Zahav

Israeli Restaurant$$$$
Center City East, Philadelphia
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  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim Zaman1 week ago
    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 Jobst2 weeks ago
    The lamb tasting menu is sublime.
  • Leanne A.
    Leanne Alyssa2 weeks ago
    Amazing food and service! The hummus, haloumi, and Salatim are perfect. So is the mint tea and turmeric lime soda.
  • Jenny K.
    Jenny Kim3 weeks ago
    The tasting menu & chocolate konafi
  • 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
    Upvoted Jan 19
  • 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
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