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Am I making a horrible mistake? Noise at Zahav

I have a 7:15 reservation at Zahav on Sunday for our mother's birthday. While I won't reveal her age, I am her baby at 49! Can anyone comment on the noise particularly on a Sunday night? Thanks

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  1. Last time I was there on a Sunday they were completely full. It's not deafening, but I wouldn't take my family members that are that age there.

    1. We frequent Zahav and have only found the noise level objectionable infrequently. Stating the obvious; much will depend upon where one is seated and next to whom. We have found the tables by the windows facing the Ritz to be relatively buffered from the noise. I am not sure how big a party could be seated there probably only 6-8. They do have a back room thru the curtains, or is it arches, which could suit your party. Great choice for interesting food and drinks and good service. Best wishes and good luck with the noise level. I am sure management will do all they can for you if you advise them of the issue.

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      1. re: Bacchus101

        I concur with Bacchus. Seating on the side is much quieter.

      2. ask about being seated in the back room- agree with bacchus that you should talk to mgmt- on a sunday night especially, they will do all that they can

        1. Thank you all for your suggestions! I was going to call them and request a quiet area and then this happened:
          When making the reservation I had mentioned it was my mother's (undisclosed year) birthday - it is kind of how I managed to get a late reservation in the first place. Last night, a different person from the one who made the reservation called me and said "you have a reservation and it is a ## birthday?" I said yes, and he said "may I offer you a table in a quieter area of our restaurant?" I was thrilled! Of course we still need to see how it is executed, but they get massive points in my book for offering without being asked! Will report back after our dinner. Mom is triled - Zahav was her choice!

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          1. re: Bigley9

            That;'s fantastic Bigley that they would do that for a 29 year old lady!

            1. re: Bigley9

              Either that or they read Chowhound too. (No...I'm not cynical.)

              1. re: Philly Ray

                I actually considered that - but if that"s the case, more power to them! We were a last minute (week) reservation they were squeezing in, no need to cater to us. (don't take my quiet table away if you read this! ; )

              2. re: Bigley9

                A very considerate and classy call on their part. Chowhounds readers or not they took positive action to improve a customers dining experience. Good show Zahav!

                1. re: Bacchus101

                  I wonder if I can pre-order the Mesibah for later in the month on Chowhound? It would save me a call...

              3. Call restaurant. Explain situation. Ask for seating in side room.

                1. It would be appreciated if you could post an overview of your experience and specifically how your mother enjoyed her birthday dinner. Thanks.

                  1. Reporting back! The chowspouse and I arrived at 7:05 for a 7:15 reservation and were taken to a table between the booths and the open kitchen seating. While it did not seem noisy at the time I worried that as the restaurant filled it would be. We mentioned to the young woman seating us that we had been offered a quiet table and she explained that there was a party in the side room that hadnt left as of yet, but should be and that we could move at that time if we'd like. Mom and my brother and his wife arrived at 7:15, placed their drink orders and we were then graciously (and I mean graciously!) moved to the now vacated side room to a table on the side with a banquette. It was a delightful space and there was absolutely no problem with noise for the entire evening even as the room filled. Eilon Gigi, I presume the manager, stopped by the table to see if we were comfortable and to wish Mom a happy birthday. We had the Tayim which was great for five. They allowed us to get both hummus-tehina and the Turkish hummus which were both excellent (and that bread!) The Salatim was the perfect amount for sharing - those carrots are wonderful, as was the fennel salad and the beets. We also really liked the spices that are presented for the table. They made interesting additions to many things. For Mezze I ordered the cauliflower (have to get it every time!) and the kibbe naya, which was perfectly seasoned for my taste. Mom got the sable and the duck hearts both of which she enjoyed. I liked the duck hearts but I'm not sure I'd order them again because they weren"t over the top for me. My S-I-L ordered the persimmon salad which she swooned over. I am forgetting many dishes here but thats because we really had a great time eating and talking and sharing, not because the food was less than memorable! Strangely, for Al Ha'esh we all ordered either the duck or branzino. Not sure how that happened - we usually plan better than that - but both were very good and Mom took one of the branzino home for a future dinner because we were all full. Well, except for the dessert part. I am not a dessert eater but the labaneh ice cream was refreshing and a great ending. I should mention that the wines were also great we had an Israeli Pinot Noir and an Austrian Reisling that were both wonderful with different parts of the meal and our waiter was very knowledgeable about the wine list as a whole and steered us well (my bother is very knowledgeable about wines and the conversation in choosing the wine was fun). I am glad we chose Zahav - the food is different than what Mom and the family are use to (but they are all foodies), sharing the small plates added to the social atmosphere and the service could not have been more accomodating - down to the quiet birthday serenade Eilon sang to Mom.

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                    1. re: Bigley9

                      Thanks very much for reporting back and glad it went so well! Zahav is on must go-to list in Philly.

                      1. re: Bigley9

                        Eilon is awesome! Have had a few meals that were put over the top because of him.

                        1. re: barryg

                          absolutely!

                        2. re: Bigley9

                          Thanks for the review. Pleased it all worked so nicely for your party for mom.

                          1. re: Bigley9

                            It sounds like you all had a lovely time. Zahav is probably one of the most eager-to-please restaurants I have ever seen. The food is great but the service really puts it over the top.