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237 Saint James Pl (at Dock St)
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 625-8800
5:00pm - 10:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 11:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm

A "modern Israeli" restaurant in Philadelphia? Just what does that entail? A melting pot of Middle Eastern and Central European cuisines, woven together with a fine hand into a feast of flavors. Settle into the warmly lit casual dining room and start with hummus and house-baked laffa flatbread or persimmon salad with Bulgarian feta and olives or house-smoked sable with challah and fried egg, then sample ground lamb kebabs with pistachios and turnips, braised beef cheeks with chestnuts and pumpkin rice, or crispy branzino with braised chickpeas and okra. Finish your repast with almond semifreddo, cardamom-vanilla custard, or date and hazelnut rugelach. Israeli Goldstar beer, imaginative cocktails, and one of the largest arrays of boutique Israeli wines outside the country itself complete the picture.

— Colman Andrews



  • 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]
  • 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
  • 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.
  • You can never go wrong with the Lemonnana, one of the best drinks in Philadelphia.
  • Drink choice: The Marble Rye. It sips better than it sounds.
  • The bar at Zahav makes for one of the most enjoyable eating and drinking experiences in the city.
  • At this citadel of worn wood and limestone in Society Hill, Michael Solomonovs Middle Eastern combinations include mellow, musky, eggplant salad served next to nutty hummus with blistered flatbread.
  • Kevin Sbraga loves this place! -Kevin Sbraga, Top Chef
  • 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.
  • 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."
  • 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:
  • Most people go here for the duck hearts and lambs tongue. We go for the bar; its one of the most underrated in town.
  • 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.
  • literally everything here is good imho. when asked what type of Hummus you want, go Turkish, you won't be sorry...
  • Hummus. That's all there is to say.
  • try the's to die for
  • Beets with tahini - very good.
  • Anthony Bourdain had dinner at Zahav on his second day in town while filming for his show The Layover.
  • 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!

Nearby places

116 Market St (at Letitia St)
214 Walnut St (btw 2nd & 3rd)
212 Walnut St (2nd St)