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Today 5:00 – 10:00 PM
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237 St James Pl Philadelphia, PA 19106
237 Saint James PlaceUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19106
$$$Restaurant, Israeli Restaurant
Israeli Restaurant
Middle Eastern Restaurant
Today 5:00 – 10:00 PM
Wednesday 5:00 – 10:00 PMThursday 5:00 – 10:00 PMFriday 5:00 – 11:00 PMSaturday 5:00 – 11:00 PMSunday 5:00 – 10:00 PMMonday 5:00 – 10:00 PMTuesday 5:00 – 10:00 PM
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Casual restaurant where modern techniques elevate a traditional Israeli menu.- Google
"4. Duck kebab 12 black garlic, grapes, rose, pistachio ~Excellent."
"1. Salatim & hummus with laffa ~Pretty good."
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Priyank C
in the last week
it speaks for itself. The food, ambience, and hospitality. Its just amazing and definitely worth going back. Great small plates for vegetarian. Maybe next time I would do their happy hour menu. It's still enough to fill yourself.
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Syreeta Ocile
3 weeks ago
we were late for our reservation but the hostesses were very nice and still accommodated us, the seating isn't the best for a party of 2 i feel its not really roomy (personal preference) but its okay because the food is hands down the best food I've ever tasted period, started off with beverages we weren't sure exactly what kind of wine we wanted so we took a recommendation from the Sommeleir and his selection was perfect and we weren't sure what we wanted to eat being that neither of us had ever tried israeli food so our waitress recommended we try the tayim which is basically a sample of EVERYTHING! its 45/person but there's just so much food so I thought it was well worth it, WARNING! do not try the hummus if you ever want to be able to eat super market hummus again, because this hummus was so delicious that i can't fathom eating hummus anywhere else again, the tayim comes with about 6 plates per person, so have your stomach ready! EVERYTHING IS GOOD! the food is just so flavorful I cannot wait to go back! I know it sounds cliche but I seriously never write reviews, I had to for this restaurant though, it is my new favorite!
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Tom Meaney
3 months ago
Went to Zahav this past Sunday with my wife for Restaurant Week. We had seen the reviews were great and had to try for ourselves. I must say I was blown away, both by the food and the service. Before I get to how delicious the food was, let me speak to their service. From the second we walked in to the second we left, the whole staff was on point and made sure that our experience was great. Our waitress was knowledgable of the entire menu, starting with our drinks (Lemmonada was awesome!) and great recommendations on food. The rest of the staff was always present to fill our glass or clear plates after we had finished... Now to the food! The starters that came out first were fantastic. Best hummus I've ever had. Our second course did not disappoint either. My favorite was the cauliflower. Our favorites for the main course were the Branzino and Duck Kebabs. All in all, one of the better dining experiences we've had in Philly. Would ABSOLUTELY recommend to anyone looking to try something new!
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Carol Chan
5 months ago
Ever since my husband and I began planning our weekend trip to Philly, I'd been trying to reserve a table at Zahav for my birthday dinner. Weeks after weeks, I would check - everything was booked. I tried calling - no one ever picked up. On the night we were in town, we decided to push our luck, swung by to give walk in a try. We came just in time - a couple was just leaving from the bar when we arrived. Although we were seated at the bar, we didn't feel the service took a toll. Our bartender/server Chris was wonderful. He took his time in explaining the menu, making recommendations, and checking in on us throughout. Since my husband and I gorged our hearts out at Reading Terminal Market just a couple hours before, we decided to skip their tasting and went with a la carte. One specialty hummus, lamb tartare, sable fish, and crispy haloumi, we were beyond satisfied. Their hummus was the creamiest hummus I've ever had paired with their toasty, home made luffa perfectly seasoned with house blend herbs. My husband had to repetitively remind me that we still had three mezzes to come and birthday girl needs stomach room for desserts. But it was too good, two refills of luffa later.. Can't stop, won't stop. Crispy haloumi - the cheese wasn't as crispy/melted as expected and only lukewarm when served. Nevertheless, I loved the sauce pairing and picked onion on top. It was my husband's fav. Sable fish - a fried egg with runny yolk in the center - runny yolk anything screams cherry on top. We found this dish to be a bit under seasoned however. Good but not great. Lamb tartare - like the sable fish, a bit under seasoned. There were bits of tartness which added some flavor punches into this dishes. Again good but not memorable. Birthdays aren't complete without something sweet. Kafaiti - tasted giant ball of ferro roche. Wished there was a scoop of ice cream to go along. Nevertheless, beyond delicious! Ice cream sandwich - rose jelly, pistachio bits - another winning choice. Overall - A wonderful birthday dinner. Loved the ambiance, food, service and did I say price? So much food and only $60 for 2! Israeli fusion, a must try when in Philly!
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Chris Stratton
in the last week
This place exceed my expectations. I've eaten a lot of hummus in my life and this was possible the best I ever had. Had a mix of apps, mezze, and entree and everything was excellent. The lamb merguez was a highlight as well as the sable on challah with egg.
Melissa Keller
a week ago
Amazing flavors! I had never had this type of cuisine before and I'm so glad I tried it. So delicious and the service was wonderful
Anatoli Murha
6 months ago
In the last 5 months, my wife and I have dined at Zahav three times. Food is consistently incredible. Service is consistently awesome. Each experience has been unique. I can't recommend anything specific because everything we have has is that good. Reserve early. There's a reason why it can take a couple weeks or longer to get a reservation on a Friday or Saturday night.
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Lorie Anzalone
4 months ago
I think they cater to a very specific client base. I called ahead to see if they have bar seating area since I was traveling solo for work. They confirmed bar seating is available so I took a taxi there. When I arrived, I found out that they are not serving their regular menu. It was during the holiday week and they are only serving one kind of a set menu. I completely understand of the celebration but they should have mentioned that when I called in, especially since they are located quite out of the way.
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