237 Saint James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Dinner, Happy Hour
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  • 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 Catalano · August 12, 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 Stein · August 15, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Jamie S.

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

    Jamie S · May 11, 2010
  • El✩na K.

    An amazing restaurant that offers unique dishes. The lamb was fall-off-the-bone delicious, and the fried cauliflower with mint and labneh was delicious. The service was very friendly and helpful.

    El✩na K · February 5
  • 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
  • Eater

    From Bill Addison:"After scraping the hummus bowl clean with shards of laffa, move on to gratifiers like griddled cubes of halloumi over molten date chutney with wisps of pickled onion & urfa." Read more

    Eater · August 14, 2014
  • Jonathan K.


    Jonathan Khoo · June 21, 2013
  • 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
  • Maggie S.

    Hummus. That's all there is to say.

    Maggie Slomiany · April 7, 2010
  • David K.

    try the's to die for

    David Kinsey · February 6, 2010
  • Darrel H.

    Beets with tahini - very good.

    Darrel Herbst · July 23, 2009
  • 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
  • Olivia K.

    Order the halloumi! Cheesegasm

    Olivia K · January 24
  • Eater

    Eater National 38 member: Gather a group for a mind-opening feast and preorder the breathtaking smoked lamb shoulder braised in pomegranate juice. Read more

    Eater · January 20
  • David R.

    Maybe the best restaurant in the city. The hummus, the laffa bread, the mezza, the lamb shoulder! Skip trying to get a reso and just get on the list for a bar seat.

    David Rosenbloom · November 24, 2014
  • Angie B.

    Hummus and restaurant week menu just great!

    Angie B. · November 23, 2014
  • 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 Filipp · April 20, 2014
  • 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 Patanio · December 17, 2013
  • 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 Eisenberg · 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 GM · August 17, 2013
  • Jacob L.

    Call ahead for the lamb shoulder. Out of this world and way more food than you'll ever eat.

    Jacob Lazinger · August 12, 2013
  • Michelle W.

    The chef's lamb special is exceptional - don't miss it.

    Michelle Weber · March 23, 2013
  • George A.

    Grease stain? #Fuhgettaboutit.

    George Albert · March 3, 2013
  • Tracey H.

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

    Tracey Hack · February 8, 2013
  • Lindsay S.

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

    Lindsay Schreiber · 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 Hill · December 30, 2012
  • Deidre O.

    Try the Assorted Housemade Desserts

    Deidre ONeill · 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 Birnbaum · April 8, 2012
  • Julia D.

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

    Julia DeJoseph · 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 Nayak · April 26, 2011
  • Evan H.

    Drink white Lebanese white wine, the best!

    Evan Hughes · February 24, 2011
  • Menaka S.

    Definitely try the Turkish hummus!

    Menaka Sampath · February 24, 2011
  • Josh C.

    The bastilla is fantastic!

    Josh Cherian · November 11, 2010

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