Zahav

Israeli Restaurant$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • William S.
    William Shriver1 week ago
    Truly amazing Israeli food. The Tayim tasting menu is a great value, and a great way to try a bunch of different foods on the menu. The Turkish hummus and Brisket Kofte were both out of this world.
    Upvoted 1 week ago
  • Hind R.
    Hind R3 weeks ago
    Best Mediterranean food ever. The kenafa had an orange Sorbet on top it was amazing.
  • Robert T.
    Small plates to share, but it can get a bit pricey.
  • Andrickson C.
    It is a different place that makes you love everything you taste. The app that recommends me this place is amazing and free. Here is the link guys. https://share.serviceempire.com
  • Elizabeth M.
    Everything was amazing
    Upvoted May 12
  • Martin
    MartinApril 18
    Turkish Hummus w/ Laffa
  • Stephan M.
    Spectacular. From the service to the bar to the food, we enjoyed every aspect of the experience.
  • Alejandra C.
    Lively! Great food
  • Lauren M.
    Lauren MacMarch 8
    Grab happy hour at the bar & hope that Gabriel will be there to take care of you for cocktails (Z&T!) & recs. Don't miss the Branzino or fried cauliflower, but honestly, the fresh pita is the best!
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonFebruary 27
    Splurge on the tasting menu, it's worth it (and as far as tasting menus go, not too pricey). Eat slowly and save room as you go. The service is exceptional, on par with the best. 10/10.
  • Maayan S.
    Maayan SheinfeldFebruary 22
    WOW. Amazing food, cocktails, staff. Reserve places in advance
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanFebruary 19
    One of the best meal experiences I've had in my life. The food is amazing, and the service is even better. 10/10.
  • Derek J.
    Derek JobstFebruary 8
    The lamb tasting menu is sublime.
  • Leanne A.
    Leanne AlyssaFebruary 7
    Amazing food and service! The hummus, haloumi, and Salatim are perfect. So is the mint tea and turmeric lime soda.
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 24
    To best appreciate Mike Solomonov’s passionate, exuberant distillation of his Israeli heritage, bring a group, and prepare to feast on mezze and smoked lamb. Read more
  • Derek J.
    Derek JobstJanuary 10
    Reservations are hard to come by, so don't be afraid to come by late - it's a popular spot all night.
  • Ryan H.
    Ryan HaymanJanuary 6
    The hummus and lamb was a fantastic dish, every dish was really good.
  • Deniz S.
    Deniz SDecember 17, 2016
    Not exaggerating so far one of the best lamb I ever had (manager told us that its been cooked for 2 days) which explains why its soo soft!! Get it: roasted lamb shoulder with pomegranate & chickpeas
  • Mike W.
    Mike WeberDecember 16, 2016
    One of the best restaurants in America
  • Staff Picks
    Staff PicksDecember 6, 2016
    Zahav was one of the more wished for places throughout 2015’s I Want Somewhere holiday campaign. Where’s your somewhere? Enter to win a bucket list experience. Read more
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah P.November 24, 2016
    Tehina hummus with daily topping was great; branzino and chick were good grilled options. Favorite mezze was sweet potatoes!
  • Condé Nast Traveler
    Condé Nast TravelerOctober 26, 2016
    “The hummus and house-made laffa alone are worth the dinner price, as are the amazing salatim vegetable salads.”- Peter Jon Lindberg Read more
  • Grace L.
    Grace LeeOctober 8, 2016
    Haven't tried the famous lamb shoulder, but everything is delicious here, so get the Tayim or Mesibah so you can sample as much as possible!
  • Danielle O.
    Danielle OlivieriOctober 2, 2016
    Food atmosphere drinks staff
  • Michael K.
    Michael KauffmanSeptember 23, 2016
    Salatim (salad/tapas assortment) with hummus and fresh-baked pita. Perfection. World-class.
  • Aviv G.
    Aviv GadotSeptember 4, 2016
    Without a doubt, the best Israeli restaurant I've been to, in the US. Maybe even better than the ones in Israel.
  • Amy J.
    Amy JacobsAugust 21, 2016
    Incredible tasting menu and wonderful staff/service. The menu is constantly changing based on local and seasonal ingredients.
  • Lane R.
    Lane RettigAugust 18, 2016
    The Turkish hummus and fresh bread is to die for.
  • Dina R.
    Dina RughaniAugust 1, 2016
    The tasting menu with the slow cooked lamb shoulder was delicious
  • David K.
    David KirschJuly 25, 2016
    Hummus will never taste the same
  • April R.
    April RubinchikJuly 8, 2016
    Everything was absolutely delicious! The hummus however was my personal favorite!!!
  • Rian v.
    Rian van der MerweJune 29, 2016
    Wow, loved this place. Authentic Israeli food. I've had hummus in Israel and this place comes really close. Highly recommended. Happy hour 5-7 is a good deal.
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WJune 21, 2016
    The Taste of Zahav is the way to go. Don't miss the sirloin shishlik.
  • Bradford R.
    Bradford RileyJune 16, 2016
    Make a reservation to make sure you get a table.
  • Jake S.
    Jake SteinermanJune 10, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The only thing you should ever order is the Mesibah (Hebrew for "party"), the chef's tasting menu. It's worth it, without a doubt.
  • Hollie S.
    Hollie SickJune 7, 2016
    Get the chefs recommendation, you won't regret it. Best food in Philadelphia
  • Colin L.
    Colin LeeMay 30, 2016
    You can share the tasting menu at the bar ($45 for a lot of food!). Its great value way to try out most of the menu. Carrots and beets are my favorite small plates of salatim
  • Tim W.
    Tim WeaverMay 25, 2016
    Hummus was fantastic
  • jana f.
    jana fMay 23, 2016
    Best meal in town.
  • Bailie
    BailieMay 6, 2016
    The food was great, service was terrible.
  • Jeremy R.
    Jeremy RiosApril 29, 2016
    We grabbed one of the last spots available that night. The food was delicious and I wish I didn't order that second pitcher of spiked lemonade.
  • Rachel S.
    Rachel ShifmanApril 25, 2016
    The garlic butter hummus is the best I've tasted in America, and the service is excellent. Only shame is that it's not kosher, just Israeli style cooking.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MatznerApril 6, 2016
    Go with 4-5 people so you can order every single menu item.
  • jana f.
    jana fApril 5, 2016
    Skip the lemonana cocktail but get everything else, including extra servings of the killer house made pita.
  • Mitchell A.
    Mitchell ArchMarch 25, 2016
    Food was amazing. We loved the grilled haloumi.
  • Michael C.
    Michael CarrabineMarch 16, 2016
    The Marbled Rye cocktail is very boozy. Try the Lemonnana for a lighter cocktail that still has Jim Beam in it.
  • Eater
    EaterMarch 16, 2016
    Bring a group for the breathtaking smoked lamb shoulder braised in pomegranate juice. No place else in America serves such a sensuous, transporting, and finely wrought feast. Read more
  • RC
    RCFebruary 25, 2016
    Lamb Shoulder
  • Lene P.
    Lene PFebruary 12, 2016
    Hummus is a must.
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    Get the fried cauliflower. Zahav brings modern Israeli flavors and culinary techniques to Philadelphia. Read more
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    Try great dishes such as a fried okra small plate and a luscious grilled Halloumi cheese dish served with peach, pickled mango, corn and pecan. Read more
  • Paul S.
    Paul SanwaldFebruary 6, 2016
    Come hungry and get the tasting menu. Standouts for me were fried cauliflower, roasted lamb, hummus and laffa bread, and smoked sable
  • donna t.
    donna tJanuary 22, 2016
    Get one of the tasting menus - the service was impeccable and food phenomenal!
  • Farah V.
    Farah VisslailliJanuary 20, 2016
    Easily one of the best meals I've ever eaten. Go for the "Tayim" - you'll be incredibly full (like, for a few days), but not disappointed.
  • Omer Z.
    Omer ZachJanuary 19, 2016
    Everything was truly phenomenal except the lamb shoulder—I'd stick with the mezze and skewers.
  • Brian M.
    Brian MichelNovember 26, 2015
    It's all fantastic
  • Amol K.
    Amol KNovember 25, 2015
    fantastic. Loved everything. Taboulleh was okay, but even then it was good.
  • Camden A.
    Camden ArmsbyNovember 16, 2015
    The best food I've ever had! This place is AMAZING. Grilled haloumi, Turkish style hummus, grape leaves, and branzino for main dish. Everything about this place is fabulous
  • Camden A.
    Camden ArmsbyNovember 8, 2015
    This is the best restaurant in all of Philly. Definitely get the Turkish hummus, fried haloumi, grape leaves (spicy), and the branzino entree. It's incredible!!!
  • Akio T.
    Akio TsuchiyaOctober 31, 2015
    They don't have falafel
  • Joanna D.
    Joanna DauberSeptember 24, 2015
    Amazing dinner!
  • Aprile E.
    Aprile ElcichSeptember 16, 2015
    Serving sizes are huge so don't order too much, but you'll want to because everything is awesome.
  • Dan T.
    Dan TorresSeptember 15, 2015
    I'd be happy just eating the hummus but the whole menu is amazing.
  • Henry F.
    Henry FungSeptember 12, 2015
    Hummus -- best in the world !
  • Ariel W.
    Ariel WuSeptember 5, 2015
    The hummus is very very good.
  • Brad L.
    Brad LomasAugust 21, 2015
    Delicious food.
  • Allison S.
    The lamb is to die for.
  • Patrick W.
    Patrick WardAugust 3, 2015
    The best hummus and great food all around. Good for private events too
  • Sam Z.
    Sam ZivotJuly 27, 2015
    A must have Philly dining experience...
  • Tom M.
    Tom McMullenJuly 16, 2015
    Lamb shoulder! Yum!
  • Alex H.
    Alex HennesseyJuly 7, 2015
    Best restaurant in Philly. Probably the best meal of the year for me. Lemonana. Must try haloumi and cauliflower. Any of the al'haesh options. Worth staying for dessert too!
  • Raj S.
    Raj SarmaJune 6, 2015
    The small plates and salads can be a meal by themselves. Their specialty appears to be roasted lamb, but it's available only with the tasting menu, which is unfortunate.
  • Conrad B.
    Conrad BarrettMay 18, 2015
    Food is on fleek
  • Emilie F.
    Emilie FuttermanApril 17, 2015
    Get lots of small plates to share. Service is slow so expect a 2h dinner.
  • Catherine
    CatherineMarch 29, 2015
    Delicate food with great waiters/waitresses. I'd recommend the tasting menu ($42) for first-timers.
  • Joe C.
    Joe CzeinerMarch 8, 2015
    Best menu in the city for the price.
  • Sakib D.
    Sakib DadiFebruary 7, 2015
    Get a group of 9 for the lamb shoulder
  • Susan S.
    Susan SimsJanuary 30, 2015
    Interesting menu, but small portions and over priced.
  • Olivia K.
    Olivia KJanuary 24, 2015
    Order the halloumi! Cheesegasm
  • chinsel
    chinselJanuary 11, 2015
    my favorite place in philly. warm hummus is divine. cauliflower is amazing. cocktails are scrumptious.
  • Elaine L.
    Elaine LeeDecember 21, 2014
    Get the tasting menu to try lots. The hummus is amazing. Still need to go back for the lamb shoulder though.
  • David R.
    David RosenbloomNovember 24, 2014
    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.
  • Angie B.
    Angie B.November 23, 2014
    Hummus and restaurant week menu just great!
  • John E.
    John EasleaOctober 28, 2014
    Best hummus in Philly, by far
  • Leah H.
    Leah HammerschlagOctober 15, 2014
    Sable, haloumi, cauliflower, potatoes, all of the kebabs. All of the everything. Except don't bother with the chicken freekah. I would travel on a plane for 3 hours to eat here.
  • Epicurious
    EpicuriousOctober 2, 2014
    The restaurant's tayim menu allows solo diners (or large parties) to experience tastes from every section of the menu for just $42. Read more
  • Margo L.
    Margo LingSeptember 16, 2014
    The tasting menu is the way to go for newbies.
  • Daniel W.
    Daniel WolfSeptember 10, 2014
    If you want to splurge on a high end restaurant in Philadelphia, this is the one.
  • Gregory W.
    Gregory WangSeptember 3, 2014
    Zahav is Israeli cuisine at its finest. Go with a group to sample more dishes. It is difficult to go wrong with anything here. I always try to stop by when visiting Philadelphia.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsSeptember 1, 2014
    Check out Zahav as seen on Unique Eats Read more
  • Chefs Feed
    Chefs FeedAugust 22, 2014
    Chef David Katz eats here on his nights off. He loves the Crispy haloumi. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterAugust 14, 2014
    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
  • Can K.
    Can KurtulAugust 11, 2014
    Try $42.00 menu. You will get totally 16 courses and everything was really perfect taste. Waiters know how to serve and have knowledge about foods. One of the best restaurant in Philadelphia.
  • Brendan R.
    Brendan RastetterAugust 10, 2014
    It's all about the hummus. My personal favorite is the tehina. Then have fun with the small plates. The fried cauliflower, crispy Haloumi and grilled duck hearts are particularly good.
  • Yonatan
    YonatanAugust 6, 2014
    The best Israeli food in town. #1 hummus.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    You can't go wrong with anything on Chef/Owner Solomonov's menu, but don't miss the Whole Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Pomegranate and Chickpeas. And the Sweetbreads changed our lives.
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 1, 2014
    Pro tip: The Tayim Tasting Menu is a bargain at $39 for five courses.
  • Don N.
    Don NorbeckJuly 27, 2014
    Eat at the bar. Tori is awesome!!!!!!!
  • Christine L.
    Christine LiangJune 25, 2014
    Get everything.
  • GrantBwpg
    GrantBwpgMay 23, 2014
    The Tayim tasting menu was a great deal and provided for a ton of food! Turkish hummous was soooo tasty. Everything was great - you cannot go wrong. Wait staff are very attentive and knowledgeable.
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