Restaurants in Jerusalem

Food in Israel is one of the highlights of a trip to the country, and Jerusalem is no exception. Cuisine here tends to be somewhat different to its neighbour Tel Aviv, and most restaurants are kosher. Fast food Middle Eastern style is cheap, filling and utterly delicious, and there are plenty of decades-old traditional eateries to be discovered.

The restaurants below have been classed into three different price categories.
Expensive (over ILS120)
Moderate (ILS40 to ILS110)
Cheap (up to (ILS40)
The prices quoted below are for a main meal. Restaurant prices are subject to 15.5% VAT (Value Added Tax). Service charges of 12-15% are generally added to the restaurant bill.

Machaneyuda

Price: Expensive
Rating: 5
Cuisine: Mediterranean

The latest fad in the city is this funky restaurant whose creative menu changes daily. It is owned and run by three well-known chefs who source all their ingredients from the next door Mahane Yehuda Market and create seasonal dishes. Prices vary hugely, and while there are some more expensive daily options, there are also some cheaper dishes to choose from. The décor is unpretentious and the open kitchen allows for a bit of a show as the chefs prepare their creations. Booking is almost always required.

Address: 10 Beit Yaakov Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: (02) 533 3442.

1868 Restaurant

Price: Expensive
Rating: 4
Cuisine: French, Israeli

This elegant kosher restaurant is so-named as it is proudly situated in the first stone house to be built outside of the Old City walls in 1868. Prime ingredients are cooked to perfection in succulent traditional French cuisine and while meals don’t come cheap you pay for top quality and an atmosphere of elegance and sophistication. The menu offers light meals, three course fine dining or taste menu extravaganzas.

Address: 10 King David Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: (02) 622 2312.
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Eucalyptus

Price: Expensive
Rating: 4
Cuisine: Traditional

Biblical foods are recreated by famed chef Moshe Basson with indigenous local ingredients to produce an elegant, gourmet dining experience. The dishes include Jerusalem artichoke soup with almond milk, chicken stuffed figs in tamarind sauce and the Seven Vegetable couscous described as biblical couscous from the days of King Solomon. The chefs and waiters will be happy to explain the history behind the dishes, making this much more than simply a meal.

Address: 14 Hativat Yerushalayim Street , Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: (02) 624 4331.

Te'enim

Price: Moderate
Rating: 4
Cuisine: Vegetarian

This all-day restaurant serves a wide selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes in a charming old stone building in the Yemin Moshe district behind the gardens of the King David Hotel. Spread over three floors with a wonderful view over the Old City, it is warm and inviting and the best seats are in the arches of the windows (these must be reserved). The food is healthy, hearty home-cooking and the menu has everything from main meals to cakes to enormous breakfasts.

Address: 12 Emile Botta Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: (02) 625 1967

Armenian Tavern

Price: Moderate
Rating: 4
Cuisine: Armenian

Nestled amidst the quiet Armenian Quarter, this is a unique dining experience with Armenian dishes served within an ancient, romantic cellar of an ancient Crusader church. It has a tiled interior, solid wooden tables, a huge chandelier, a fountain in the corner and the food is served in wooden or painted ceramic bowls. The food is distinctly Armenian and consists of lots of local spices and plenty of flavour. Small starters are good way to begin the meal so as to try as many as possible. They also serve alcohol which is rare in other Old City restaurants.

Address: Armenian Patriarchate Road, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: (02) 627 3854.

Adom

Price: Moderate
Rating: 4
Cuisine: French

This elegant yet unpretentious French-style bistro is set in a beautiful stone building in the lovely neighbourhood of Nahalat Shiva. Adom (which means red in Hebrew) has a menu which includes meaty dishes such as lamb chops on aubergine in chimichurri sauce, shrimps in saffron cream and entrecôte in mustard and cream sauce. They also offer a simpler bar menu. The décor is refined and romantic yet comfortable enough to just sit at the bar and enjoy a beer and light snack.

Address: 31 Jaffa Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: (02) 624 6242.

Maoz Falafel

Price: Cheap
Rating: 5
Cuisine: Middle Eastern

This tiny, historic falafel stand has been a city-centre favourite since it opened in 1967. Like the many that have opened since, it has a small interior with seating space around the service counter. Staff fill your pita bread with falafel, chopped salads, hummus and tahina sauce, which you can then supplement at will from a tempting array of salads and sauces spread out on the counter. They also serve a mean shwarma (think slices of slow roasted lamb).

Address: 19 King George Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: (02) 625 7706.

Abu Shukri

Price: Cheap
Rating: 5
Cuisine: Middle Eastern

This rustic and simple hummus joint is regarded as the best in the city and has been around for generations of the Abu Shukri family. It is located amid the hustle and bustle of the Muslim Quarter souk, and can be easily identified by the almost constant queues of people who wait patiently for their bowls of fresh, creamy hummus and fluffy warm pittas. The piping hot falafel balls are also worth trying.

Address: 63 Al Wad Road, Old City, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: (02) 627 1538.

Pinati

Price: Cheap
Rating: 4
Cuisine: Middle Eastern

This is one of the most popular kosher falafel joints in the city and the queues attest to its long-standing popularity. This isn’t the kind of place you visit for a leisurely meal, as you will undoubtedly have eyes boring into your back willing you to eat faster by hungry waiting diners. The falafel is light, tasty and hot and is packed into fresh pita with lashings of tahini paste and mixed salads. In addition to falafel, there are other popular Middle Eastern dishes on offer such as labane (a soured cream cheese).

Address: 13 King George Street, Jerusalem, Israel
Telephone: (02) 625 4540.
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