Zahav

4.8
6620 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
Zahav showcases the Israeli-Mediterranean cuisine of Chef/Owner Michael Solomonov. In 2008, Zahav was named one of Esquire's Top 20 New Restaurants in America and Philadelphia Magazine selected Zahav as its Best New Restaurant.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Middle Eastern
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Hours of operation
DINNER:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm,
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

HAPPY HOUR:
Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
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Phone number
(215) 625-8800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Michael Solomonov
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Dock Street at Walnut (Between 2nd & 3rd)
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Parking details
Valet service available at Sheraton Society Hill on 2nd and Dock Street. Bring Zahav receipt for discount upon leaving. Public lot also available on 2nd Street between Chestnut and Sansom.
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Special events & promotions
Rehearsal Dinners, Cocktail Receptions, Wine Tastings, Weddings, Bar Mitzvahs.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 6620 People Are Saying
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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 8 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was fantastic! Every bite delicious! Can’t wait to go back

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for a birthday and was greeted with Happy Birthday greeting on the menu which was a fun welcome. Our server, Julie, was lovely, attentive and explained everything very well. We ordered the mesibah tasting menu which offered a great selection and the lamb eaters at the table were thrilled with the deleicous dish, the laffa was fluffy and hot and everything was fresh and tasty - I loved that there was a drink with sahleb in it and malabi for dessert

The one issue I had was that there were too many hands, too quickly over and around the table and the “meal will be served at your pace” (because mesibah is a party/feast) proved less than true. I loved having dishes cleared quickly but then clean plates appeared within seconds (literally) - we would have like to wait for our mains but by the time I got our servers attention, it was too late. Dessert arrived so fast that coffee was almost its own course

All in all a delicious, Michael Solomonov creative and delicious meal!

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RK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. Fantastic good and service

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DM
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Zahav is a spectacular Philadelphia dining experience

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CP
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place. Provided gluten free versions of their dishes that were as good as the original. Went for birthday and the staff really went out of their way to personalize the experience.

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BJ
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing dining experience. Impressed with the attention to detail and their attentiveness to a food allergy.

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R
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve dined here. As always they never disappoint and Ben was a great server.

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Get the tasting menu. It was incredibly beautiful and so filling with 4 people eating. The hummus cannot be matched, the duck hearts and lamb tartar were mind-blowingly flavorful and tender. And the desserts. Holy moly, the desserts. Eat here as often as you can and ask for Lindsey. She was kind and helpful and lovely. One of the absolute best dining experiences ever.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food are impeccable, quality can’t be beat!

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After finding the table for 2 available for the same night, we had a wonderful spontaneous date. Thank you for the great experience.

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SS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and wine were delicious and very satisfying. If you want to order dishes like the lamb I would suggest making a reservation for earlier in the night. We sat at 9:15 and it had sold out by then :( Apparently it's a 4-day process to prepare the lamb so there is a finite amount served each night.

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MQ
Chicago
111 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal!! I can't stress enough how important it is to have a reservation unless you want to stand in the cold and or rain for 30-45 minutes prior to there opening. I am not going to lie, it is very hard to get a reservation unless you are persistent. I had been trying for a month to get a reservation (checking every single day) for 3 people on a Tuesday evening at 5:30 and finally on the day of, I scored! I was so happy and it was well worth the effort! Prior to my score, I had been in touch with Liz Mak, the manager and she added me to the waitlist and anytime I emailed her, I received a prompt response. On the day of, I needed to add 2 more people to my reservation and Liz accommodated us.
Lindsey was our waitress and she was patient, thoroughly explained the dishes to us, and was just overall wonderful. For a large party, I highly recommend that you go with the tasting menu as it allows you to pretty much try the entire menu. From the pickled starters to the surprise desserts in the end, we were wowed with every single bite.
We had 2 pitchers of the Lemonanna and it was very refreshing and a must!
The tehina and Turkish hummus were bomb and the laffa bread...there are not enough words to describe how amazing it was!
To say we were wowed by Zahav would be an understatement and I cannot wait to go back.

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EO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and beautiful ambience! Superb service!!!

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F
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome. I could eat their hummus every day. Amazing!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got the Tasting Menu and it was delicious. Great service, a wonderful evening, and we'll certainly go back.

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AH
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

By far and away my favorite restaurant. The food is exquisite and reasonably priced. Impossible to get a reservation without 2 months notice, but worth the wait.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing. Far beyond expectations!

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ZB
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Going to Zahav is always a wonderful experience, and parts of the menu/certain cocktails changing throughout the seasons makes every visit equally as exciting as going there the first time.

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F
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

DELICIOUS!!! Go for the tasting menu! We had a group of 4, so got to taste almost everything on the menu!

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l
Atlantic City
28 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We used to dine here often when we lived in philly 10 years ago. It was so great to be back and did not disappoint after all these years! The food is wonderful and the service is fantastic too. I could live on their hummus and the fried cauliflower. Highly recommend!

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RM
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I do not know what was better, the service, the food or the playlist of music.

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OT
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service, food, drinks, music, experience overall.

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SB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An assortment of tastes and all delicious!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easily one of the best meals I’ve ever had. We did the tasting & it felt like the food just kept coming! Definitely the way to go. Each dish was so flavorful. Our server was kind and attentive. We were celebrating my birthday & they really went above and beyond to make it special.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and great ambiance. Well worth the wait!

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RK
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our group had a great time and all of the food was fabulous. The waiter was very helpful, explaining the dishes and how the tasting menu worked. I would love to have heard Israeli music instead of Michael Jackson. You could leave that type of music to your basic restaurants. Also, there HAS to be a better way to make reservations. 60 days in advance, calling at midnight? And since there aren't many tables for 6, calling at midnight was VERY frustrating! I'm happy to report that our visit was worth the effort.

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SS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it! Every bite more delicious than the one before it.

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OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always excellent food that is continually worth a 2 month wait.

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J
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome experience! Amazing food. The lamb was just sublime!

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MS
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both excellent.

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JL
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great. Highly recommended. I will definitely be back.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Salads and hummus were great! Huge fan of the dessert and steak too.

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N
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food is very good but not quite worth the hype in my opinion. Also, a bit disappointed there was no lamb main course on the menu considering this is middle eastern / Israeli.
It's good for a one time visit on a special occasion, but for the price I can think of a few better alternatives.

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CR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. We ordered the tasting menu and were delighted with the variety of flavors, textures and look. My only suggestion is that when bringing out 8 small plates of unfamiliar food, perhaps a little better explanation of what each is.

We were not hurried and were able to really enjoy our meal over a period of 2 hours.

We want to go back, just need to wait another 2 months for a reservation.

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience! Food was phenomenal! The service was outstanding! Very nice personable people! They made sure we were taken care of really well!! We will definitely be back!!

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A
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner at Zahav never disappoints. We love everything.

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MM
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Zahav was amazing! Incredible food, best hummus I've ever eaten, classy ambiance. Highly recommend and can't wait to go back!

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could eat here every day, I would. Get the "Taste of Zahav" fixed price menu. And maybe skip lunch that day, because it's a lot of food, but you'll want to eat every bite anyway.

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BC
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Just wasn’t my kind of food. Too much pickled stuff. The meats were excellent. The steak and branding and sweet potatoes, but the salad idea was not. Other items average. waitress was very nice

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W
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great flavors, loved the waiter, incredible variety of dishes. Loved the concept with the small plates. Our kids were even willing to eat duck hearts - and liked it. A handful of the dishes were overly salted, to our palette. We felt the wine list was a bit precious and spendy and the cocktails sounded more interesting than they were.

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