237 Saint James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106
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  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
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  • "Get the Turkish hummus- large size!" (5 tips)
  • "... duck hearts, and konafi 😍😍😍" (4 tips)
  • "Chef Michael Solomonov’s modern spin on traditional Mediterranean and..." (2 tips)
  • Bravo

    Kevin Sbraga loves this place! -Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef

    Bravo · November 29, 2010
  • Visit Philly

    Chef Michael Solomonov’s modern spin on traditional Mediterranean and Israeli cuisine has earned kudos from Bon Appétit, Esquire, Food & Wine and Travel + Leisure magazines. Read more

    Visit Philly · March 25, 2011
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    Most people go here for the duck hearts and lamb’s tongue. We go for the bar; it’s one of the most underrated in town.

    Philadelphia Magazine · January 3, 2012
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    Drink choice: The Marble Rye. It sips better than it sounds. Read more

    Philadelphia Magazine · December 22, 2010
  • Eater

    Zahav is not only Philly's best restaurant, it's our best value, as well. A unique concept executed perfectly with fantastic service. [Eater 38 Member] Read more

    Eater · April 16, 2012
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    You can never go wrong with the Lemonnana, one of the best drinks in Philadelphia. Read more

    Philadelphia Magazine · December 7, 2011
  • GourmetLive

    Chewy, fresh-baked laffa bread, crisp Haloumi piled over a smear of date jam, an exemplary raw kibbe, peppers stuffed with rice and walnuts & juicy housemade merguez sausage.

    GourmetLive · October 17, 2010
  • Bob C.

    Get the Fried cauliflower. Also the Syrah was amazing.

    Bob C. · August 12, 2010
  • Charles B.

    literally everything here is good imho. when asked what type of Hummus you want, go Turkish, you won't be sorry...

    Charles B. · October 31, 2010
  • Molly S.

    Start with the fava bean hummus for a different and amazing flavor. Mezze Indulgence: the crispy haloumi. Vegetarians MUST order the smoked eggplant and lentils. Beverage of choice: the sig lemonada

    Molly S. · August 15, 2013
  • Jamie S.

    Go here and definitely order the lamb. Best thing I've eaten all year.

    Jamie S. · May 11, 2010
  • HomeSpeakeasy

    You always hear how great Zahav's food is, but what you might not hear is that the drinks are right up there with the hummus. Unexpected spices and flavors make for unique and delicious cocktails!

    HomeSpeakeasy · February 3, 2012
  • Jonathan K.


    Jonathan K. · June 21, 2013
  • Travel + Leisure

    At this citadel of worn wood and limestone in Society Hill, Michael Solomonov’s Middle Eastern combinations include mellow, musky, eggplant salad served next to nutty hummus with blistered flatbread.

    Travel + Leisure · November 2, 2012
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    During the week from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. get $3 select beer, $5 cocktails, $3 off select wine and half-price hummus. Read more

    Philadelphia Magazine · August 15, 2012
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    Even your food snobby, city slicker friends from NYC will be floored by the creative Israeli cuisine Zahav has to offer. The drinks are incredible too! Have them try the bourbon-and-mint Lemonnana. Read more

    Philadelphia Magazine · September 14, 2011
  • Maggie S.

    Hummus. That's all there is to say.

    Maggie S. · April 7, 2010
  • David K.

    try the's to die for

    David K. · February 6, 2010
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    The bar at Zahav makes for one of the most enjoyable eating and drinking experiences in the city.

    Philadelphia Magazine · January 14, 2013
  • Visit Philly

    Chef Michael Solomonov got some face-time when he competed against Philly chef, Jose Garces on Iron Chef in 2011. Since, he's starred in our own Philly 101 video:

    Visit Philly · September 19, 2012
  • Darrel H.

    Beets with tahini - very good.

    Darrel H. · July 23, 2009
  • Megan F.

    Incredible. I recommend the salatim, cauliflower, kofte, and chicken. Amazing meal and incredible service. They even brought us complimentary champagne since we were celebrating our anniversary.

    Megan F. · 23 hours ago
  • Keren

    Get the Turkish hummus- large size!

    Keren · November 23, 2013
  • Dave E.

    Astoundingly good. Go for the tasting menu and don't look back. Moroccan chicken and chicken liver mousse are standouts, as is the limonanna cocktail. Made me long for Israel

    Dave E. · September 14, 2013
  • Hannah G.

    Try the Turkish hummus, smoked sable, fried cauliflower, haloumi, lamb tongue, kibbe naya ... or literally anything on the menu. Every item I've tried here (~10 visits) has been fantastic.

    Hannah G. · August 17, 2013
  • George A.

    Grease stain? #Fuhgettaboutit.

    George A. · March 3, 2013
  • Tracey H.

    Everything, everything is amazing, ya know...if you like food...

    Tracey H. · February 8, 2013
  • Lindsay S.

    This is one of the best restaurants in the city. Amazing as usual.

    Lindsay S. · January 23, 2013
  • M Lauren H.

    Enjoyed a private event, celebrated my Bubie's life & met the parents here. To say this is a special place with the best Israeli food outside of Israel, would be an understatement. Michael delivers.

    M Lauren H. · December 30, 2012
  • Deidre O.

    Try the Assorted Housemade Desserts (via @Foodspotting)

    Deidre O. · October 27, 2012
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    Anthony Bourdain had dinner at Zahav on his second day in town while filming for his show The Layover.

    Philadelphia Magazine · August 29, 2012
  • Saveur Magazine

    One of the most seductive restaurants I know, pulsating with the energy of contemporary Israel's vibrant dining culture, is tucked away in Philadelphia's Society Hill neighborhood. Read more

    Saveur Magazine · April 9, 2012
  • Sloane B.

    Halumi cheese and the laffa and hummus are delicious!

    Sloane B. · April 8, 2012
  • Julia D.

    Get the Salatim and Turkish hummus. Have a wonderful life.

    Julia D. · January 16, 2012
  • Philadelphia Magazine

    Zahav made Philadelphia Magazine's list of Philadelphia's 50 Best Restaurants! Read more

    Philadelphia Magazine · September 14, 2011
  • Dan T.

    Get the crispy haloumi or the fried cauliflower. SO GOOD!

    Dan T. · June 25, 2011
  • The Feast

    It's a challenge to make Israeli cuisine a fan favorite, let alone a destination. That's exactly what Chef/Owner Mike Solomonov has done. Get the Kibbe Naya. Read more

    The Feast · June 10, 2011
  • Gaurav N.

    Lafah and hummus is amazing !!!

    Gaurav N. · April 26, 2011
  • Evan H.

    Drink white Lebanese white wine, the best!

    Evan H. · February 24, 2011
  • Menaka S.

    Definitely try the Turkish hummus!

    Menaka S. · February 24, 2011
  • Josh C.

    The bastilla is fantastic!

    Josh C. · November 11, 2010
  • Meaghan R.

    Wow. Amazing food.

    Meaghan R. · August 26, 2010
  • Sean B.

    Absolutely amazing!!!!

    Sean B. · 1 week ago
  • Lana N.

    Lamb merguez, duck hearts, and konafi 😍😍😍

    Lana N. · March 20
  • Michael S.

    Chateau Kefraya! Best wine on the menu...from Lebanon. Try it

    Michael S. · March 15
  • Brad G.

    Chef Marc Vetri and Tony have dinner at Mike Solomonov’s modern Israeli restaurant, Zahav.

    Brad G. · February 27
  • Jennifer S.

    Everything we ordered was delicious and perfectly cooked. The Duck Heart dish was our favorite. The heart is slightly tangy and sweet. I ordered a gin cocktail off the menu that was super sweet.

    Jennifer S. · December 28, 2013
  • Angela P.

    By far, the best food I've had in such a long time. I'm a picky eater, and I ate EVERYTHING they put in front of me. Simply delicious. And you get so much food! Highly recommend!!

    Angela P. · December 17, 2013
  • FedNuts

    Get in here for happy hour - half priced hummus and drink dealage at the bar, where one never needs a reservation.

    FedNuts · November 22, 2013
  • Matt S.

    Best food in Philadelphia, hands down. Do the hummus & salads sampler to start, and follow with the crisp-fried cauliflower and the branzino. Do *not* miss the haloumi.

    Matt S. · November 17, 2013

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