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Jerusalem Restaurants

It is true that the range of Jerusalem eateries will never rival that of cosmopolitan Tel aviv. Having said that, one can eat very well in the capital city. Jewish people ask G-d three times a day to return them to the holy land and Jerusalem eateries are the perfect reflection of the ingathering of the people from all four corners of the earth. French, Italian, Middle Eastern, Continental, American, Indian, Thai and Chinese restaurants can all be found in Jerusalem, with far more Kosher establishments than in Tel Aviv. The food is just as varied and delicious and the Kosher aspect does not stop the food from being delightful!


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An extremely popular restaurant at the moment, Machneyuda is an authentic Mediterranean market restaurant, run by three Jerusalem chefs with impressive resumes, having worked in various French and Italian restaurants for many years; Asaf Granit, Yossi Elad and Uri Navon.

The restaurant manages to successfully walk the fine line between top-end gourmet and down-to-earth homemade cooking, resulting in stunning, delicious dishes that leave diners in awe. Everyday diners will find a different selection of dish price categories (20-30 NIS, 30-60 NIS, 60-80 NIS and 80-100 NIS and up), with two fish dishes, two meat dishes and a selection of vegetarian options in each category.

The service is excellent, the waiters friendly and the atmosphere very lively with chefs breaking out in song and dance occasionally as they cook in the open-plan kitchen. The music is Israeli, Arabic and North African.

For those looking for creative and fresh Mediterranean cooking and an inimitably lively atmosphere, Machneyuda is the place to go.

Kosher: No




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Hachatzer restaurant
The synthesis of Middle Eastern ingredients and southern European techniques is the latest culinary influence to hit Israel and Moti Ohana, the Chef at the Mediterranean Chef restaurant Hachatzer leads the way in this unique fusion of modern Israeli cuisine. Specializing in grilled meats, casseroles and fish, the menu at Hachatzer is creative and contemporary, using only the finest ingredients while inventively combining different cuisines and influences.

Hachatzer is located in the increasingly popular old train compound and gives off a warm and homey feel with two levels, a bar and open kitchen. The magnificent garden can hold up to three-hundred guests for special events. The atmosphere is welcoming, the service attentive and the clientele diverse.

On Friday at noon a Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony is held with a delicious menu with various dishes offered.

Kosher: Yes




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Scala is a recent addition to Jerusalem's high-end culinary scene, successfully combining local ingredients and international cooking methods. Chefs Oren Yerushalmi and Meir Adoni's menu is made up of medium-sized dishes that are perfect for sharing although to be honest you may not want to!

The food looks as good as it tastes and it doesn’t end there; renowned Italian architect Piero Lissoni designed Scala in a contemporary Italian style that is combined effortlessly with local design elements.

Scala hosts a splendid bar and for those who aren't interested in dining can, nonetheless, supplement their cocktails with tapas' from the special bar-only menu.

Kosher: Yes- Rabbinate 




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Tmol Shilshom is a restaurant-cum-reading-room located on the top floor of a Jerusalem stone building in the Nahalat Ha'Shiva neighborhood. It's the choice location for a delicious dairy lunch, good cup of coffee, quiet place to read and fantastic food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Heaping salads, wholesome soups, warming Shakshuka, delicious fish dishes, delectable pasta dishes are on offer and the hot drinks menu is also quite fabulous.

Tmol Shilshom is named after a famous novel by S.Y. Agnon and it is quite common to see aspiring writers tucked up as they scribble away here, hoping to draw from some of the inspiration of the place that is renowned as being popular with literary clientele. The restaurant's walls are lined with hundreds upon hundreds of books in English and Hebrew and if you spot something you like, you can buy it. Tmol Shilshom hosts lectures, readings, workshops and other literary events on a regular basis, with local and national authors featuring prominently.

Kosher: Yes- Rabbinate




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Eucalyptus restaurant
Chef and owner Moshe Basson is famous within and beyond Israel as a "food archaeologist" who reinvents Jerusalem home-style dishes that span cultures and traditions. Basson has won awards all the world for his stunning rustic Middle Eastern dishes and his skills can be appreciated at Eucalyptus which is located in the Artist Colony in Hutzot HaYotzer.

The ingredients used by Basson are all native to Israel and Basson's work extends beyond the kitchen; he ventures out in the wild to search for weird and wonderful native plants to incorporate into the haute cuisine that he creates. The menu is seasonal and Basson's sense of experimentation means that changes are a normal occurrence. However regular standbys include ma'aluba (a chicken, rice and vegetable dish), stuffed sage leaves, Middle Eastern meatballs, eggplant in all it's varieties, a plethora of vegetarian dishes and if you’re lucky, Moshe's international award-winning couscous.

Eucalyptus is, without a doubt, one of the finest dining experiences that Jerusalem has to offer.

Kosher: Yes-Rabbinate




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Te'enim Vegetarian Cuisine
Te'enim is one of Jerusalem's oldest vegetarian restaurants, is open since 1993 and is located in the picturesque Yemin Moshe neighborhood.

A plant-filled patio, inner courtyard and private room for groups are the seating options in the splendidly thought-out restaurant. The windows of the restaurant overlook the incredible view of the Old City Walls, David's Tower and the Church of Dormition.

The owner of Te'enim, Patrick Melki, was born in Algeria and raised in France. An impressive twenty years of experience in vegetarian cooking and baking finds expression in the lovely meals from all over the globe. Indian, Mediterranean and Chinese salads, specialty tofu dishes, delectable soups, and main dishes from the Levant to the Orient and everywhere in between grace the menu and the homemade are both home-made and not to be passed over.

Kosher: Yes




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Chakra is a Mediterranean restaurant, ranging from classically Italian dishes to creative creations of local origins. A well-stocked bar, the international fusion cuisine and seafood add to the hearty, rich menu. In addition to the regular menu, the specials menu changes daily, depending on what is available in the local markets.

With an informal yet elegant ambience and the inventive and sophisticated meals, dining in the sleek Chakra is a truly pleasant experience.

Kosher: No




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The Mirror Bar is a stylish cocktail and wine bar located in the Mamilla Hotel which allows customers to enjoy a well-made drink in impressive surroundings. The interior of the bar has clearly been well thought-out with a long, sleek bar, comfortable chairs and sofas and wooden beams spanning the ceiling. The surroundings may mislead one into thinking that the prices will be outrageous but they're actually reasonable and the atmosphere is formal without being pretentious. There's a small tapas dish menu that compliments the wine and cocktails wonderfully.

For those who can't think of having a drink without a cigar, worry not, the Mirror Bar has a special room for those who wish to combine the two pleasures.

Kosher: Yes




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Jacob's Pizza

Jacob was born and raised in Cyprus and came to Israel with the dream of opening up a place of his own that would combine good food and friends. Ten years later, Jacob is living his dream with the opening of Jacob's Pizza in 2009 in the Christian Quarter of the Old City. The restaurant's reputation goes before itself with mouth-watering pizza, friendly staff and well looked-after place.

The pizza is made throughout the day with fresh, local ingredients and can be eaten in, taken out or delivered with margherita, cheese, pepperoni and veggie mix pizzas regularly available. Whole pizzas are also available and can be made to order. Special topping requests and dietary needs can be accommodated for.

Kosher: No




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Zuni restaurant
Located in downtown Jerusalem in Nahalat Shiv'a, which over the years traded it's deeply religious immigrants with a dizzying array of eateries and a buzzing nightlife, Zuni is a stylish, friendly place that is open 24/7, offering a range of meals from light to heavier, snacks and drinks and all at a reasonable cost.

Morning dishes are rather hearty, lunch dishes are more eclectic with a large selection of starters, main courses, salads, sandwiches, pastas, quiches and meat dishes. Later on, there is a smaller selection in the lunch-dinner menu. The design of the place is simple and the view of the Nahalat Binyamin Pedestrian Mall from the large windows is pleasant.

Kosher: No




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Village Green

Village Green has two levels of dining rooms and a plaza outside on Jaffa Road but it is still sometimes a squeeze trying to fit everyone in to this popular, Kosher L'Mehadrin restaurant. Village Green is one of Jerusalem's only specifically vegetarian restaurants as well as one of it's only cafeteria-style joints.

The Village Green stocks an impressive array of freshly-baked vegetable pies in whole wheat crusts, quiches, lasagnas, buckwheat burgers, grilled tofu served with different sauces, soups and just about anything a healthy-minded eater could ask for. Each customer constructs their own meal as they slide down the queue with their tray- the food is priced by weight so one can take as much or as little as one wants. There are also terrific desserts on offer for those who still have room!

The place can get very busy at mealtimes with long queues but this is still a place worth checking out!

Kosher: Yes- Mehadrin




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Adom restaurant, Jerusalem
The Feingold Courtyard is hidden between the bustling Jaffa Road and lively Rivlin Street in the center of Jerusalem. Feingold Courtyard is a stone street that dates back to the nineteenth century that offers respite from the business of the town and has some of the classiest restaurants that Jerusalem has to offer.

The choicest of these restaurants is undoubtedly Adom a bar/restaurant that is housed in a magnificent stone building, complete with stunning arches and an outdoor dining area. International cuisine and wines are the specialties of Adom, with the food being the combination of local produce and international influence; in the main French and Italian.

The choice of wine is impressive with choices from Israel and all over the world, both mainstream and boutique. The menu fluctuates with gourmet, late-night and even kid options.

Kosher: No




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Little Jerusalem- The Ticho House

Anna Ticho and Avraham Albert Ticho are a larger-than-life couple in the history of Jerusalem. Anna was a painter and her still-lifes and depictions of Jerusalem launched the beginning of the modern era for Israeli art. Avraham Albert was one of the very first modern medical practitioners in pre-State Palestine and he was famed for treating Jerusalemites irrespective of their background.

The Tichos arrived in Palestine in 1912 and moved into a former Arab manor in the center of the city and converted the house into an eye clinic. Avraham Albert would treat Jerusalemites as Anna would host countless dignitaries and paint. The Ticho house was converted into a museum with an attached dairy restaurant- Little Jerusalem.

The restaurant is a family-operated business and is simply an oasis in the center of the craziness of Jerusalem. Little Jerusalem's architecture and rural gardens take visitors back a century.

Little Jerusalem offers indoor and outdoor seating and the extensive menu has both Middle Eastern and European influences. Breakfast combinations, soups, salads, stir fries, omelettes, quiches, baked potatoes, sandwiches, pasta, fish, a children's menu and a senior's menu are some of the offerings. The desserts are known for being out-of-this-world.

Regular music performances fill the courtyard of Little Jerusalem with special nights for Arabic, jazz and Jewish soul music.

 

Kosher: Yes- Mehadrin




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Dolphin Yam translates to mean Sea Dolphin and is one of Jerusalem's old-time culinary establishments, serving seafood in one of the hottest restaurant districts in Jerusalem- Ben-Shetach Street.

Dolphin Yam's specialization is non-Kosher, moderately-priced seafood with shrimps with a variety of sauces, fried calamari and blue lobsters baked in the oven. A huge selection of Israeli fish is also on offer.

Dolphin Yam also caters to those who aren't so keen on fish with steaks, pastas, vegetarian dishes and children's dishes on offer.

Kosher: No




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Mona is a popular Jerusalem restaurant-bar that is located in a beautiful stone building in what was once the former Bezalel Art School. Journalists, politicians, Jerusalem personalities and international stars are known for frequenting Mona, famous for it's excellent meals that are served at all hours of the night.

The menu includes many Mediterranean dishes, meats and seafood and the homey atmosphere, enhanced by the fireplace that is sometimes lit in the winter, and the famously generous bar keep Mona a favorite.

Kosher: No


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