Zahav, Philadelphia



237 St James Pl

Philadelphia, PA 19106

(215) 625-8800

Zahav Website

Zahav Philadelphia Exterior decor

Forget about the cheese-steak! When you ask foodies in Philadelphia, Zahav often comes up as the must visit restaurant. We had to dine at this 4.5 Yelp rated stop. They serve Middle Eastern Israeli cuisine. We have nothing like this in the San Francisco Area.

Zahav Philadelphia Interior decor

You need to make reservation well in advance, otherwise line up before they open at 5pm for a seat at the bar or chef’s counter. We lined up at 440pm on a Sunday and got a spot easily.

This was easily the best meal of our trip. Unique offerings with a high level of cooking prowess. Be sure to give this try when you are in Philly.


Zahav has a variety of reasonably priced salatim, hummus, and mezzo small plates. Many entrees with lots of options for vegetarians and gluten free eaters.
They also have a tasting menu ($48) plus a special chefs tasting where they pick all dishes plus include a special entree. ($60) The entire table must order the special menu. Food quantities are really high with these set menus.

taste of zahav

salatim & hummus
with laffa
two mezze
one al ha’esh
$48 per person for the entire party


Our server really knew her stuff, helped with suggestions, and was personable. Water and other tasks happened organically.

Food Picks

We ordered 2 tasting menus, which is a TON of food.

Zahav Philadelphia Lemonnana cocktail

Lemonnana ($10) was like a spiked lemonade. Very nice on a hot n humid day.

Zahav Philadelphia Salatim

Salatim ($16/$28) has 6 daily vegetable salads. A nice assortment of salads. Really liked the waxed beans and the beet salad. Interesting dish, but we could have sacrificed this to reduce quantities of food.

Zahav Philadelphia Hummus Classic

Hummus Classic ($9/13) served with Laffa baked in their wood burning oven. Sesame, garlic, lemon, olive oil, cumin, green regina. About the most smooth hummus we’ve had. Hot Laffa pita straight out of the oven. OMG!

Zahav Philadelphia Fried cauliflower

Fried cauliflower ($10) labneh, garlic, mint, aleppo was also very well done. Crispy veggies with a sauce on the rim. Vegetarians rejoice!

Zahav Philadelphia Haloumi cheese

Haloumi ($10) Strawberry, Rose, Pinenuts is a goat cheese based dish that is very rich but worthy. The cheese had a nice crust from the cooking.

Zahav Philadelphia Spring Onion

Spring Onion ($10) English Peas, Feta, Verbena looked beautiful and proved also to be good.

Zahav Philadelphia Grilled duck hearts

Grilled duck hearts ($10) green garbanzos, carrot, pistachio wowed us. Did not expect to like it, but the chewy hearts were great.

Zahav Philadelphia Hanger steak

Hanger steak ($14) ajvar, harissa was recommended by our server. Very well done. Their charcoal grill works it magic on this.

Zahav Philadelphia Eggplant

Eggplant ($14) lentils, silan is a great vegetarian entree. Also cooked on the grill, adding some char. The lentils topped this dish.

Zahav Philadelphia Chocolate sorbet Malabi Custard

Chocolate sorbet ($9) Passionfruit, sesame was good but not as good as the custard. Eggless and gluten free.

Malabi Custard ($9) strawberry, almond, rose was our top dessert of the nice. Crunchy bits on a bed of not too sweet pudding like custard. Eggless and gluten free.

Restaurant Map:

Zahav Overall Rating: (Excellent 3)

Come Back?

Food Rating: (Excellent)
Service Rating: (Very Good)
Atmosphere Rating: (Very Good)
Value Rating: (Excellent)

Guide: 0 = poor, 1 = Below/Average, 2 = Good, 2.5 = Very Good, 3 = Excellent , 4 = Extraordinary

Alcohol:Full Bar

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1 Comment

  • Dr Martin Huang
    August 7, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    The photos just make me drool. I can’t wait to go to this place this weekend. Hopefully, the queue isn’t long.

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