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“For something different....”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Zahav

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Ranked #3 of 4,342 Restaurants in Philadelphia
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $25
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Buffet, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: City Center East
Cross street: Dock Street at Walnut (Between 2nd & 3rd)
washington DC
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“For something different....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

I'd give this restaurant 5 bullets but i'll get that in a minute. Zahav offers small plate Israeli fare. Located just on the edge of Society Hill. Decor is modern/spartan whatever you call it but a combination of metal tile woods and colors that all seemed to work nivcely without detracting from, well, the food and drink. Kitchen is right there in front of the seating--space appeared to consist of three for four rows of tables maybe 30 ft long with additional seating around the sides with window views---nice. Bar seated approximately 20 and yes you can eat from the bar. We sat while at the bar while our table was readied. Wifey and i had a Life Aquatic which is made with coriander vodka campari and antics.. Way different very much in the camp for not for the faint of heart and yet it worked. Time came for our table and it was ready on the appointed time----i'll say this for this crew they ARE EFFICIENT! Everything moved like clock work drinks plates food came and went in a seamless performance orchestrated by solid staff and by floor management. If there are ever problems with the atomic clock---maybe.
We ordered the tasting menu---unless you are really hungry its alot of food for the average folk. We ordered no wine but the list is acceptable, domestic and imported and of course wines from israel. So i'll run down the menus items, Tehina- hummus wonderfully rich and fresh---not coarse or bitting to the taste buds as hummus can sometimes be, Haloumi and cauliflower---both fried but really really tasty---smoked sable--whitefish which just melted in your mouth--enough but not too much smoke which allowed the flavor of the fish to shine. Sea Bass--the Israeli version of ceviche===wonderful- That fish was again perfectly prepared. We finished with Kofte and Hanger steak. The Kofte was excellent perfect play of middle eastern spices against the meat. The only let down was the hanger steak it was grilled but it might have as well have been prepared as tartar and it really was just not a cut quality of meat and that it my only criticism re this wonderful place. Dessert was pumpkin cake and peanut baklava....i wont be eating for days!
Really, give this fine eatery a try, you won't be disappointed.

Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good place, if you are NOT hungry!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2013

Trendy, Great , friendly service.
Great view. Dishes are tasty and original. I was on a business trip to Phili. Decided to go there, after watching it on Anthony Bordein.
Well . Dishes are minimalistic, though very tasty. We were hungry, after spending whole day in convention.So, you would need to either spend $$$ to get full, or you have to be anorexic.

  • Visited March 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Wonderful food, terrible music”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

We had heard great things about Zahav so I chose it as my birthday dinner. The food was excellent -- riffs on Israeli, which reminded us of Turkish. The service was top notch. But instead of lingering over a luxurious meal, we couldn't wait to leave. The techno-pop and hip-hop soundtrack was jarring and unpleasant. We felt like we were in a club -- or a sneaker store -- rather than a fine restaurant. And it wasn't just us -- the people at the tables on either side of us agreed.
Puleeze change the music! It undermines the food and the service, as we told the manager. Hope he listens, since we would like to come back.

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank artemesiapaints
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“Varied and exciting tastes and morsels of deliciousness await!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Fabulous dinner with excellent service and a warm and happening atmosphere. From groups of friends partying, to "date night" to a groups of old freinds catching up, the room was full and busy and hopping til late. While not a quiet space, the music did not overwhelm -- but not for those who do not like some noise while they dine.
Now, on to food: every bite was a delight -- really!

  • Visited March 2013
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1 Thank karpach
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 5, 2013

Just go. If you like Middle Eastern food, you will be amazed. The food is wonderful, the atmosphere calm, and the service was great when I was there. It's the perfect place for a small group.

Eat the Turkish Hummus. You must.

Just go. Now

  • Visited February 2013
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