Israeli Restaurant · Center City East
237 Saint James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–11:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Dinner, Happy Hour
Beer, Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. Discover & Visa)
Outdoor Seating:

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    "Get the Turkish hummus- large size!"(6 Tips)
    Dan T.
    "Get the crispy haloumi or the fried cauliflower."(6 Tips)
    Visit Philly
    "Chef Michael Solomonov’s modern spin on traditional Mediterranean"(6 Tips)
    Alyssa G.
    "Tasting menu is amazing but make sure you're hungry when you come."(11 Tips)
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  • hummus
  • good for dates
  • tasting menu
  • healthy food
  • solomonov
  • romantic
  • trendy
  • lively
  • lamb
  • mezzes
  • authentic
  • cocktails
  • wine
  • vegetarian food
  • branzino
  • cozy
  • good for groups
  • fancy
  • desserts
  • happy hour
  • Paul S.

    Come hungry and get the tasting menu. Standouts for me were fried cauliflower, roasted lamb, hummus and laffa bread, and smoked sable

    Paul Sanwald · 1 day ago
  • donna t.

    Get one of the tasting menus - the service was impeccable and food phenomenal!

    donna t · 2 weeks ago
  • Farah V.

    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.

    Farah Visslailli · 2 weeks ago
  • Omer Z.

    Everything was truly phenomenal except the lamb shoulder—I'd stick with the mezze and skewers.

    Omer Zach · 2 weeks ago
  • Brian M.

    It's all fantastic

    Brian Michel · November 26, 2015
  • Amol K.

    fantastic. Loved everything. Taboulleh was okay, but even then it was good.

    Amol K · November 25, 2015
  • Camden J.

    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 Janney · November 16, 2015
  • Camden J.

    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!!!

    Camden Janney · November 8, 2015
  • Akio T.

    They don't have falafel

    Akio Tsuchiya · October 31, 2015
  • Joanna D.

    Amazing dinner!

    Joanna Dauber · September 24, 2015
  • Aprile E.

    Serving sizes are huge so don't order too much, but you'll want to because everything is awesome.

    Aprile Elcich · September 16, 2015
  • Dan T.

    I'd be happy just eating the hummus but the whole menu is amazing.

    Dan Torres · September 15, 2015
  • Henry F.

    Hummus -- best in the world !

    Henry Fung · September 12, 2015
  • Ariel W.

    The hummus is very very good.

    Ariel Wu · September 5, 2015
  • Brad L.

    Delicious food.

    Brad Lomas · August 21, 2015
  • Annaliese S.

    Four varieties of hummus to choose from—the Turkish was the best I've ever had.

    Annaliese Soden · August 19, 2015
  • Allison S.

    The lamb is to die for.

    Allison Strough-Weisneck · August 13, 2015
  • Patrick W.

    The best hummus and great food all around. Good for private events too

    Patrick Ward · August 3, 2015
  • Sam Z.

    A must have Philly dining experience...

    Sam Zivot · July 27, 2015
  • Tom M.

    Lamb shoulder! Yum!

    Tom McMullen · July 16, 2015
  • Alex H.

    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!

    Alex Hennessey · July 7, 2015
  • Raj S.

    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.

    Raj Sarma · June 6, 2015
  • ℰℓεnaᶳᵘ³

    Sexy ambience and amazing food! ❤️ the Fried Cauliflower, Crispy Haloumi, Chicken Freekah, Lamb Shoulder and Sirloin Steak. All of the desserts were equally as charming as the main courses.

    ℰℓεnaᶳᵘ³ · June 2, 2015
  • Conrad B.

    Food is on fleek

    Conrad Barrett · May 18, 2015
  • Emilie F.

    Get lots of small plates to share. Service is slow so expect a 2h dinner.

    Emilie Futterman · April 17, 2015
  • Catherine

    Delicate food with great waiters/waitresses. I'd recommend the tasting menu ($42) for first-timers.

    Catherine · March 29, 2015
  • Joe C.

    Best menu in the city for the price.

    Joe Czeiner · March 8, 2015
  • Sakib D.

    Get a group of 9 for the lamb shoulder

    Sakib Dadi · February 7, 2015
  • ℰℓεnaᶳᵘ³

    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.

    ℰℓεnaᶳᵘ³ · February 5, 2015
  • Susan S.

    Interesting menu, but small portions and over priced.

    Susan Sims · January 30, 2015
  • Olivia K.

    Order the halloumi! Cheesegasm

    Olivia K · January 24, 2015
  • chinsel

    my favorite place in philly. warm hummus is divine. cauliflower is amazing. cocktails are scrumptious.

    chinsel · January 11, 2015
  • Elaine L.

    Get the tasting menu to try lots. The hummus is amazing. Still need to go back for the lamb shoulder though.

    Elaine Lee · December 21, 2014
  • 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
  • John E.

    Best hummus in Philly, by far

    John Easlea · October 28, 2014
  • Leah H.

    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.

    Leah Hammerschlag · October 15, 2014
  • Epicurious

    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

    Epicurious · October 2, 2014
  • Margo L.

    The tasting menu is the way to go for newbies.

    Margo Ling · September 16, 2014
  • Daniel W.

    If you want to splurge on a high end restaurant in Philadelphia, this is the one.

    Daniel Wolf · September 10, 2014
  • Gregory W.

    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.

    Gregory Wang · September 3, 2014
  • TV Food Maps

    Check out Zahav as seen on Unique Eats Read more

    TV Food Maps · September 1, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Chef David Katz eats here on his nights off. He loves the Crispy haloumi. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
  • 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
  • Elias A.

    I especially liked the beef stew and the lamb merguez. It's all mezze style so you can choose many small dishes.

    Elias Allegaert · August 13, 2014
  • Can K.

    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.

    Can Kurtul · August 11, 2014
  • Brendan R.

    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.

    Brendan Rastetter · August 10, 2014
  • Yonatan

    The best Israeli food in town. #1 hummus.

    Yonatan · August 6, 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 · August 1, 2014

    Pro tip: The Tayim Tasting Menu is a bargain at $39 for five courses.

    CITY GRIT · August 1, 2014

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