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Zahav
Israeli Restaurant$$$
Today 5:00 – 11:00 pm
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237 St James Pl Philadelphia, PA 19106
237 Saint James PlaceUSPennsylvaniaPhiladelphia19106
(215) 625-8800zahavrestaurant.com
$$$Israeli Restaurant, Middle Eastern Restaurant
Israeli Restaurant
Middle Eastern Restaurant
Bar
Today 5:00 – 11:00 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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Shashidhar Desai
2 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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Kate M
3 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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Marie T. Fisher
11 months 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
a year 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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Rebecca Crawford
2 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 week 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.
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Matt Minarchek
a year 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
a year 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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