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Jerusalem restaurants and cafés

Jerusalem restaurants with EL AL

A list of restaurants in Jerusalem – the most recommended places in the holy city

If you think that in Jerusalem they serve only Middle Eastern cuisine you are mistaken. In Israeli metropolis you can try any food, from Portuguese to Japanese. Many restaurants and cafés are kosher, but you will equally enjoy both kosher and non-kosher food, because their chefs cook masterly. Kosher restaurants are closed from Friday eves to the Saturday eves. You would better book a restaurant table in advance.

Restaurants and cafés to visit in Jerusalem

The Old City

Abu Shukri Restaurant
It is one of the best restaurants specializing on Middle Eastern menu. Gourmets claim that in this restaurant lula kebab and hummus have no rivals. The prices are quite reasonable, and the restaurant is always full. Cash only.
Al Wad St., 63. (Neart the Damascus Gate). Open: Sun. – Fri. 08:30 – 17:30.

Armenian tavern
Its dome-like ceiling and thick wooden tables create unusual interior. Visitors feel themselves guests of an Armenian lord. Armenian cuisine is the top of art of cookery. The chef recommends trying his specialty dish, lahmanjun, pita with mutton, vegetables, and spices. If you would like to try something simpler, take an Armenian pizza.
The Armenian Patriarchate St., 79. The Armenian Quarter. Open: Sun. – Fri. 07:30 – 23:00.

Between the arcs
This kosher restaurant is located in a bystreet between the Arab market (called Suk) and the square opposite the Western wall. Its floor survives from the days of the Second Temple and is 2000 years old. Menu is mostly dairy one, but there are salads, pasta, fish, appetizers, wines, beer and coffee too.
Hagai St. Tel. 02-6288680. Open: Sun. – Thu. 09:00 – 18:00.

Jaffar’s Sweets
You should not look here for meat menu. Visitors widen their culinary knowledge with Oriental sweets. Knafe and baklava are especially popular. You should try them first.
Via Dolorosa, 63. The Muslim Quarter. Open every day from 09:00 to 20:00.

The City Center

Adom
This restaurant is located in Feingold Courtyard. It specializes on the French cuisine and serves wines from around the world. The menu provides one with a wide choice of dishes: meet, hamburgers, fish, and seafood. The restaurant is popular both among tourists and Israelis.
Jaffa St., 31. Tel. 02-6246442. Open: Sun. – Fri. 18:30 – 02:00, Sat. 13:00 – 02:00.

Arcadia
It is one of the best restaurants for gourmets who are experts in cuisine. It is managed by the chef Ezra Kedem.
Agripas st., 10. Tel. 02-6249138. Open every day: 19:00 – 22:30.

The Eucalyptus
The world class chef Moshe Bason manages this kosher restaurant. Every day there is a new menu. It depends on the harvest of mushrooms and herbs he gathers in the Judean hills. The menu is based on the dishes mentioned in the Bible.
Hativat Yerushalaim St 14. Tel. 02-6246767. Open: Sun. – Thu. 12:00 – 16:00, 18:00 to the last visitor, Fri. 12:00 – an hour after the sunset, Sat. an hour after the sunset to the last customer.

Black Bar and Burger
It is one of the restaurants of Hamburger network. It is kosher. The food is cooked by the American recipes. A wide choice of sauces and trimmings is provided. The prices are very moderate.
Shlomtzion HaMalka St., 18. Tel. 02-624433. Open: Sun. – Thu. 12:00 to the last visitor, Fri. 12:00 – an hour before the sunset, Sat. an hour after sunset – 02:00.

Cavalier
It is the restaurant for those who love France, French drinks, and French snacks. The restaurant keeps up to date: everything they have in Paris you can find here.
Ben Sira St., 1. Tel. 02-6242945. Open every day: 12:00 – 15:30, 18:30 – 23:30.

Chakra
Just as tourists, Israelis like this restaurant. Here you can find meet, pasta, and seafood for gourmets. The entrance to the restaurant is behind Caffe Joe, you can not see it from the street.
King George St., 41. Tel. 02-6252723. Open: Sun. – Fri. 18:00 to the last visitor, Sat. 13:00 to the last visitor.

Cielo
It is the best Italian restaurant in Jerusalem. It is 14 years old. The chef is Adi Cohen. Dishes he cooks are never tasteless. You should book a table here in advance.
Ben Sira St., 18. Tel. 02-6251132. Open: Sun. – Thu., Sat. 13:00 – 16:00, 18:30 – 23:30, Fri. 13:00 – 18:30

Darna
The kosher restaurant offers Moroccan cuisine. It was opened 12 years ago, in a 2000 year old building. They serve the food in genuine dishware. The atmosphere is trusting, and the menu is vast. The prices are rather high.
Horkanos St., 3. Tel. 02-6245406. Open: Sun. – Thu. 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 – 24:00, Sat. after the sunset to the last visitor.

Dona Fresca
Pizza is the specialty of this kosher restaurant. If you think that all pizzas are the same, you are mistaken. In this restaurant they cook pizza on the spot, but they bring the spices from Italy. With the spices you can make your own taste combination for your pizza.
Shlomtzion HaMalka., 1. Open: Sun. – Thu. 11:00 – 01:00, 18:00 – 24:00, Fri. 11:00 – 16:00, Sat. after the sunset – 02:00.

Al Dente
It is a kosher Italian restaurant. The setting is intimate. The food is served in the special ceramic ware.
Ussishkin St., 50. Tel. 02-6251479. Open: Sun. – Thu. 12:00 - 23:00, Sat. after the sunset – 23:00.

Ima
In Hebrew ‘ima’ means ‘mother’, which promises domestic-style tasty food. The restaurant is kosher. The food is traditional Middle-Eastern. The restaurant is located in an original stone house. The prices are reasonable.
Agripas, 189. Tel. 02-6246860. Open: Sun. – Thu. 11:00 – 23:00, Fri. 11:00 – an hour before the sunset.

Jan’s Tea House
The restaurant is kosher. The setting is original. The furniture is old. There are many cushions.
The menu is unusual.
Chopin St., 5. Tel. 02-5612054. Open: Sun. – Thu. 17:00 - 02:00, Sat. 21:00 to the last visitor.

Little Jerusalem
This kosher restaurant is in the picturesque garden of Ticho House, far from the city hubbub. The menu includes salads, soups, and the specialty, the steak-entrecote under lemon sauce.
HaRav Kook st., 9. Tel. 02-624416. Open: Mon. – Thu. 17:00 - 02:00, Fri. 09:00 – 15:00, Sat. after sunset – 24:00.

Link
It is café-restaurant. It is favored by journalists and tourists who are short on time. Business lunches are served at the weekend from 12:00 to 17:00.
Maalot st., 3. Tel. 02-6253446. Open every day: 10:00 – 02:00.

Sakura
The owner of the restaurant once had a small sushi-bar. In Israel he began with a sushi-bar too. Sakura is considered one of the best Japanese restaurants in Israel.
Jaffa st., 31. Tel. 02-6395464. Open every day 12:00 - 23:30.

Scala
This kosher restaurant is situated in the building of King David Hotel. Naturally, its menu is expensive and exquisite. In Food&Wine edition the restaurant was mentioned among the world’s best restaurants.
King David St., 7. Tel. 02-6212030. Open: Sun. – Thu. 19:00 - 23:00, Sat. 20:00 - 23:00.

Rooftop
The restaurant is situated under open sky, on the rooftop of Mamila Hotel providing one with a magnificent view of the Old City. The menu offers a wide choice of meat and fish dishes.
HaMeleh Shlomo., 11. Tel.  02-5482200. Open: Sun. – Thu. 12:00 – 24:00, Fri. 10:00 - 23:00, Sat. 11:00 - 23:00.

Café Rimon
The café was opened in 1953 and became very famous due to its finest coffee. Here one can have a snack almost around the clock except for Shabbat, because the café is kosher.
Luntz St., 4. Tel. 02-6252199. Open: Sun. – Tue. 24 hours, Fri. closes 2 hours before the sunset, Sat. opens 2 hours after the sunset.

Mahane Yehuda
Gourmets gather here from all Israel to try the masterpieces cooked here. The restaurant belongs to 3 chefs who change the menu each day depending on foodstuff they bought before on the nearest market. Or, maybe, they buy foodstuff for a certain menu. In the restaurant one can see the kitchen. The chefs not only roast and chop, but they sing and dance at the same time. You should book seats in advance and call in the working hours only.
Beit Ya’akov St., 10. Tel. 02-53334422. Working hours: Sun. – Thu. 12:00 - 16:00, 18:00 to the last client, Fri. 11:30 – 15:00, Sat. after the sunset to last client.

Tmol Shilshom – a café and a bookstore
The cafe is named after the novel of Shay Agnon, a Nobel Prize laureate. It has a fine menu and a cultured atmosphere. The café is hidden in tight bystreets, but the signs will show you right to the entrance.
Yoel Moshe Solomon St., 5. Working hours: Sun. – Thu. 09:00 - 01:00, Fri. 09:00 – an hour to the sunset.

Village Green
This bar bistro is famous for healthy food. Every visitor may make a salad from a large number of organic ingredients, and the waiter gives him everything else, including a soup, a baked pudding, and so on.
Jaffa St., 33. Working hours:  Sun. – Thu. 09:00 –  22:00, Fri. 09:00 –  15:00.

Zuni
Zuni is the only restaurant in Jerusalem, which works around the clock. In fact, it is a bistro with wooden furniture and good music. The menu changes, but tortellini and seafood are always present. The best places with a view of the street are on the balcony.
Yoel Moshe Solomon St., 15. Tel.  02-6257776. Open around the clock.

1868
The kosher meat restaurant is located in one of the first houses built outside the walls. It happened in 1868, so the restaurant was named in honor of this event. The old Jerusalem setting here remains in perfect harmony with the modern kitchen, where they cook for visitors with the most refined taste.
King David St., 10. Tel.  02-6222312. Working hours: Sun. – Thu. 12:00 – 15:00, 18:00 –  23:00.

Ein Kerem

Agua
The restaurant is situated in a picturesque Jerusalem neighborhood. Its interior is designed in village style. Its menu includes unusual for restaurants dishes: an eggplant in tehina, a fillet in sauce… But there are also usual ones: salads, soups, fish, meat, and seafood. There is a separate menu for kids.
HaMa’ayan St., 1. Tel. 02-6449494. Working hours: Sun. 12:00 to the last visitor, Mon. – Thu. 09:30 to the last visitor.

Karma
From afar it looks like an ancient castle. It specializes on pizzas, baked puddings, and dishes for children.
Ein Kerem St., 1. Tel. 02-6436643. Open every day: from 10:00 to the last visitor.

The Museum Quarter

Kohinoor
The Indian restaurant is a part of Tanduri restaurant network. It is located in the Crown Plaza Hotel. Its menu offer traditional Indian dishes and drinks.
Givat Ram St. Tel. 057-9553996. Working hours: Sun. – Thu. 12:00 –  16:00, 18:30 –  24:00.

Caffit
This kosher restaurant is situated on the shore of the pond in The Botanical Gardens. The menu is common for the fashionable restaurants. It disposes to leisurely talk during the meal.
Yehuda Burla St., 1. Tel. 02-6480003. Working hours: Sun. – Thu. 08:00 –  01:00, Fri. 08:00 to an hour to the sunset, Sat. An hour after the sunset –  01:00.

Information on recommended locations in Jerusalem

Old City
City center
Jerusalem Night Life
East Jerusalem
Jerusalem Ein Karem
Historical and archaeological sites and museums 
Arts and Culture 
Jerusalem malls, shops, and markets
Jerusalem Family Entertainments
Pilgrimage to Jerusalem
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