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Zahav
Israeli Restaurant$$$
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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237 St James Pl Philadelphia, PA 19106
237 St James PlUSPAPhiladelphia19106
(215) 625-8800zahavrestaurant.com
$$$Israeli Restaurant, Middle Eastern RestaurantToday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 – 10:00 pmTuesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 5:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 5:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 5:00 – 11:00 pmSaturday 5:00 – 11:00 pmSunday 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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Casual restaurant where modern techniques elevate a traditional Israeli menu.- Google
People talk about tasting menu, hummus, lamb shoulder, cauliflower and eggplant
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Marie T. Fisher
reviewed 3 weeks ago
Zahav occupies a previously cursed space in Old City and it has been thriving since its opening. The hummus plates (ask your server for the full selection of hummuses) with antipasti, picked vegetables, and crispy breads are out of this world. Vegetarians can rejoice, but they also cater to meat and seafood lovers (the branzino melts in your mouth). The international wine selection is impressive, so be sure to try something different that will complement your meal (Turkish wine, anyone?). Note that it can get loud - the music is upbeat and the bar crowd is energetic, making for a fun after-work meeting spot or group dinner.
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George Ehrgott
reviewed 7 months ago
Exceptional experience. Ambiance/atmosphere very good, comfortable. Small plates allowed us to share and experience differences we normally wouldn't have tried. Plenty of hummus options. Yemenite soup full of flavor. Fried cauliflower delicious & will want more. Duck Kabob and eggplant dishes worked - presentation & flavors done right. Desserts REALLY good too. Staff very good - helped us understand the menus and very friendly. Drinks came out exactly on time when they should! Music eclectic and enjoyable. Delicious food and music had me dancing in my seat.
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David Liang
reviewed 4 months ago
Food: 4 Decor: 4 Service: 5 Came here for dinner around 8pm after parking in the adjacent residential area. Opted for the Tayim tasting, 39 (choose two mezze, choose one al ha'esh, choose one dessert). 1. Salatim & hummus with laffa ~Pretty good. Hummus was fantastic and extremely smooth, and the salatim was pretty good. The green beans and eggplant were particularly memorable, and I wasn't a huge fan of the cabbage. 2. Fried cauliflower 7 labaneh with chive, dill, mint and garlic ~Okay. I expected the cauliflower to be more fried, but these were a bit soggy. 3. Crispy haloumi 8 dates, apples, walnuts, urfa ~Okay. Cheese was nice and crispy, but the overall dish was a bit too salty. I could only eat about a fourth of it, and it would have been nicer to have more of the apple to cut through the cheese. 4. Duck kebab 12 black garlic, grapes, rose, pistachio ~Excellent. Two kebabs were really moist, and the combination with the grapes and rice was excellent. 5. Carrot basboosa 8 cream cheese mousse, candied hazelnuts ~Okay. I'm not a huge fan of carrot cake, but the presentation and flavor of this one was quite good. 6. Other dessert 8 Custard, ice cream, huckleberries ~Pretty good. Ice cream on top of a custard with huckleberries. Originally thought it was the konafi, but the description didn't match. Service was pretty good, although my water did run out once earlier in the service. However, my server was friendly and gave me two desserts, and the manager also dropped by my table to chat.b
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Matt Minarchek
reviewed 3 months ago
We would highly recommend the Taste of Zahav for first-timers, it provides a large variety with more than enough food to fill a person up. The incredible variety of flavors, textures, colors, and scents that came across our table was impressive. While the atmosphere might not suit those seeking a romantic and quiet/white tablecloth dining experience, it was exactly what we were hoping for -- an unpretentious and relaxed atmosphere to enjoy an amazing dining experience with drinks after a busy day. The staff was helpful, kind, and observant. They never imposed upon us or bothered us in any way, but empty dishes and plates seemed to disappear within seconds of being set down while the table was also cleaned and organized. Can't wait to return, the hummus and salatim were magical!
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Amanda Livingston
reviewed 4 months ago
Honestly, I'd give this more stars if I could. The food, the atmosphere and the service was impeccable. Erin, our server was absolutely fabulous from start to finish. The 4 of us ordered the chef's tasting menu, all of which was delicious, but the lamb shoulder... I have no words. They brine this thing for 24 hrs, then smoke it for 24 hours, THEN braise it for 18-20 hours. It is fantastic. I would eat here all the time if I lived closer, but will definitely find the time to visit again.
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Charles Vine
reviewed 4 months ago
People must be drinking the Kool-Aid to consider this restaurant superb. I guess folks just want to be "in" and mimic what others say. Food is okay, some dishes better than others, but the killer (not in a good way) is that you are made to feel rushed. Plates taken away before you are finished, and the check placed right in front of your nose when dessert is presented. Would not go back, either for the food and certainly for the insulting, rushed service. Oh, and WAY OVERPRICED!
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