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Zahav

237 Saint James Pl, Philadelphia, PA 19106-3936 (City Center East)
215-625-8800
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Ranked #5 of 3,733 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $20 - $25
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Cuisines: Israeli
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Dock Street at Walnut (Between 2nd & 3rd)
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Boston
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

This restaurant has solved the mystery of indifferent service that so often plagues even high end restaurants by apparently impressing their servers that every person is responsible for every table. What a concept! We watched a single Southern gentleman next to us being engaged in friendly and sympathetic conversation with almost every server. Really impressive. And it helps that the... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

This is a bustling restaurant in a part of town that seems to be coming back. While we were there only for dessert and a drink, it was a great bar atmosphere-- cozy and modern, with lots of people. The drinks were strong and fresh and the desserts were solid traditional favorites. Everything here seems fresh and cooked just right--... More

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Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Our family booked a private room for a birthday and chose a set menu with many small dishes. Food was delicious and we ate the best humus we ever tasted. There was a flair to the dishes, and even those foods we were familiar with had a twist. Never thought some of these middle eastern "street foods" could have such... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Chose to visit this restaurant based on its menu and it did not disappoint. First impressions: food smelt great, busy (in a good way), good atmosphere, proper wood fired oven. Wait staff were helpful, friendly, gave recommendations, explained dishes fully. Laffa was fresh, hot, and tasty. Watermelon with sundried tomatoes and feta was refreshing and light but winning appetizer was... More

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Sarasota, Florida
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I wasn't sure if this restaurant would be all that, but it was! It really is one of the best restaurants in Philly! First off, I love tapas. Everything was cooked to perfection. What is a MUST while dining hear is the fired cauliflower! Ohhh was that gooooood! The service was great too, which I feel like isn't very often... More

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Tulsa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 via mobile

My spouse and I went here for a romantic date before a show. We were very impressed with the unique cocktails, and the Turkish hummus was spot on and a welcome change from the ordinary. The mezzes (small plates) were beautiful with well-crafted, fresh and intentionally chosen ingredients. We were much less impressed with the larger plates we ordered. Maybe... More

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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We had planned to go on a bike ride in the city, but rain prevailed & we decided on a dinner & a movie instead. Not able to get last minute reservations, we went to Zahav right at opening at 5 and sat at the bar. What a WONDERFUL plan b! Our servers/bartenders Luke & Tori were friendly, knowledgeable, and... More

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Springfield, Virginia
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121 reviews 121 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Phenomenal food. That's all there is to it. The hummus is rich and creamy, the herb and vegetable salads are bright and flavorful, the service is courteous and knowledgeable - overall a wonderful experience.

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Atlanta GA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Went here with a group of freinds while visiting the city. Although the food may be different for some it is absolutely fantastic. Many plates such as the raw veal i had never had before blew past my expectations. Service was five star as well.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

For a couple of years I thought this restaurant was a no-go for me - I'm vegetarian and one of the friends I would go with is highly allergic to legumes and nuts. Closer inspection of the menu gave us hope, so we went for my birthday dinner and we were all blown away. It was fantastic, from the attentive... More

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