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Zahav
Israeli Restaurant$$$
Today 5:00 – 10:00 pm
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237 St James Pl Philadelphia, PA 19106
237 Saint James PlaceUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19106
(215) 625-8800zahavrestaurant.com
$$$Israeli Restaurant, Middle Eastern Restaurant
Israeli Restaurant
Middle Eastern Restaurant
Bar
Today 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
"4. Duck kebab 12 black garlic, grapes, rose, pistachio ~Excellent."
"Can't wait to return, the hummus and salatim were magical!"
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Carol Chan
a week 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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Shashidhar Desai
3 months ago
its a gourmet restaurant so servings are small, but it will fill you up eventually...one of the best hummus and peta bread..the appetizers were sooperb, each one having very unique flavours..its pricey but that's not the point I want to review it on..we only had vegetarian for the first visit...salatim was really unique..vegetarian dishes were so very different..just loved the flavours in each one of them..and good desserts too. My fav's: Salatim Hummus with peta bread note: its pricey (around $100 for 2) have to book in advance, don't go without booking
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Rebecca Crawford
4 months ago
Went very smoothly for great service great food, great for dining in or taking home. I prefer dining in. I think if you are gonna pay the price you don't need to be doing dishes after your meal. You need ambeonce this is the place to go if you don't mind sitting cross legged on the floor.
Eric G
a month ago
Quality food. But, seriously there is almost nothing on the plates. Tapas is not an Israeli thing, they usually eat bigger dishes. The Hummus and Lafah are extremely good, and the craft beer selections have been chosen very well.
Anatoli Murha
a month 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.
will xiang
3 weeks ago
Best dining experience since Paris. Absolutely must go. The food is excellent and the drinks are better.
Kate M
4 months ago
Zahav is expensive, but the Mesibah is my favorite special occasion meal in Philly. Getting anything other than the Mesibah is almost a crime, so find 3 friends to go with you and order ahead. It starts with hummus, which even friends who have lived in Jordan and Israel for years agree is good (although they're outraged by the price). Assorted salads, pickles, and mezzes build up to one of the best, richest pieces of lamb I've had outside of Central Asia. The salads are sometimes a little salty for my taste but are fresh and flavorful. The best mezzes are the ones you wouldn't make at home. Everyone loves the cauliflower, for example, but I say roast that yourself. Instead opt for the incomparable house-smoked sable. The lamb is tender (you could eat it with a spoon), flavorful, and studded with chickpeas and pomegranate seeds. There was enough for me to have two more meals at home later. The meal ends with dessert, so try to save a little room. I tend to find "fine dining" oppressive, but the service at Zahav made an impression even on me. I mentioned that it was a special occasion when I booked the table. We were there on an incredibly crowded night but we never felt rushed and they were just so darn nice about it. For that alone I'm a big fan.
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Lorie Anzalone
in the last week
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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