Opening its doors in 2008, Zahav is a modern Israeli restaurant that brings the authentic flavors of Israel's cultural heritage to Philadelphia.

The name Zahav means "gold" in Hebrew, and is a reference to Jerusalem, which has been a cultural crossroads for thousands of years. The design of the restaurant echoes the hidden courtyards of Jerusalem, with golden limestone floors and walls, hand-carved tables, and soaring ceilings.

The soul of Zahav is the laffa bread, baked to order in our wood-fired Taboon; the creamy and nutty hummus that will transport you to Jerusalem; and the sizzling skewers of meat grilled over hardwood charcoal. Zahav offers a small plates menu that encourages guests to sample the large variety of cultural influences on the cuisine of Israel - from Eastern Europe to North Africa and from Persia to the Eastern Mediterranean.

Guests can relax and enjoy the bounty of the Israeli table with a cold Lemonnana, a cocktail from our award-winning list, or a bottle of boutique Israeli wine from one of the largest selections outside of Israel.


Chef Michael Solomonov was born in G'nei Yehuda, Israel and raised in Pittsburgh, PA.
At the age of 18, he returned to Israel. With no Hebrew language skills, he took the only
job he could get – working in a bakery – and his culinary career was born.

The 2011 James Beard Award winner for "Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic," a 2016 James Beard
Award winner for "International Cooking" and "Book of the Year," along with business partner,
Steve Cook for Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking and 2017's James Beard Award winner
for "Outstanding Chef", Chef Solomonov is known for his extraordinary skill at transforming
simple foods into artful culinary masterpieces. He is widely regarded
as one of the city's top chefs.

In addition to the James Beard Award, Chef Solomonov has been recognized for his
many accomplishments by The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine, Esquire Magazine,
Condé Nast Traveler,
and Travel + Leisure. In 2014, he was named Eater's National Chef of the Year.

Today, he can most often be found covered in flour, working the bread station at
Zahav's open kitchen.

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Reservations can be made 60 days in advance beginning at 7am.
Walk-in dining is available at our 16-seat bar (for guests 21+) and
6-seat chef's counter, both serving our full menu. Typically all
22 seats will be full by 5pm as many guests choose to arrive early
to wait for these seats.

If no tables are available on your desired date, you can add your name to the
waitlist by clicking the “Join Waitlist” button. Most cancellations occur within
72 hours of the requested date. We will contact you if we are able to
accommodate your request.

For questions about reservations, please

Private dining rooms are able to booked at anytime. For information about booking our private rooms (parties of 9 or more), please email


Zahav offers private rooms which can accomodate between
9 and 30 guests for special events. Restaurant buyouts are
also available for larger parties. For more information, or to
book your event, please e-mail us at


Zahav is located at 237 St. James Place on the grounds of the Society Hill Towers. The restaurant overlooks Dock Street (just off Walnut Street, between 2nd and 3rd Streets) and next to the Ritz 5 movie theater. Click here directions.

Limited street parking is available. A public lot is located on 2nd St. between Walnut and Chestnut Sts. Discounted valet parking is available at the Sheraton Society Hill.
DINNER: SUN-THUR, 5-10pm | FRI & SAT, 5-11pm
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ISRAELI SOUL earns a starred review from Publishers Weekly!

Following on their wildly successful Zahav, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook embrace the informal, varied, boisterous, and simple food of a nation in ISRAELI SOUL: Easy, Essential, Delicious (out October 16, 2018; Rux Martin Books/ Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

Timed for the anniversary of a country that will be just 70 years old, the book not only shows how the food has shaped the soul of Israel but also brings that deliciousness home to the American kitchen. Within these pages, readers will find meals in the hand like falafel; the juicy, grilled, and roasted spice-rubbed meats called shawarma; a wealth of chopped salads; a flotilla of kebabs; crispy chicken schnitzel; flatbreads and filled breads; pastries; ice creams; fruit-and herb-infused seltzers; and tehina shakes.


Zahav is a two-time James Beard Award winning cookbook for both the 2017 best "International" cookbook and the coveted "Book of The Year" award. The book showcases the melting-pot cooking of Israel, especially the influences of the Middle East, North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Eastern Europe. Solomonov's food includes little dishes called mezze, such as the restaurant's insanely popular fried cauliflower; a hummus so ethereal that it put Zahav on the culinary map; and a pink lentil soup with lamb meatballs that one critic called "Jerusalem in a bowl." It also includes a majestic dome of Persian wedding rice and a whole roasted lamb shoulder with pomegranate and chickpeas that's a celebration in itself.

Click here to take a peek inside the book.

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CookNSolo is a Philadelphia restaurant group, founded by
Steven Cook and Mike Solomonov. The two began their
professional collaboration at West Philadelphia's
Marigold Kitchen.

In addition to Zahav, Mike and Steve invite you to visit
their other restaurant locations.