I start with East Jerusalem, the main Arab region, where Middle East food is paramount.
- Petra Restaurant
Here, one will find a spacious restaurant that specializes in fantastic Middle Eastern food. Conveniently located at 11 Al Rashid Street. It is easy to find and has been in this same location for over 50 years. If one does not like Middle East food, one can also get a good hamburger!
- Azzahara Restaurant
Here is another restaurant that has been around for over 50 years and specializes in Middle East food. A wonderful selection of Arab cooking, but one can also get a pizza if one prefers. This restaurant is located in the Azzahara Hotel, in the Sheik Jarrah area on 13 Azzahara Street.
- Arabesque Restaurant
This is one of the most outstanding restaurants in Jerusalem. Located in the American Colony Hotel, which is a gem in itself, and having dinner here, or in the outdoor restaurant if the weather permits, is an unforgettable treat. The hotel is located in the Sheik Jarrah area on Louis Vincent Street.
- El Marrakesh Restaurant
Moroccan Jews run the restaurant. It is one of the most authentic restaurants in all of Jerusalem. While one could probably get a hamburger, I have to ask why? If one wants a real Moroccan dinner, with all of the atmosphere and entertainment, this is THE place. It is located at 4 King David Street in the New City.
- Philadelphia Restaurant
This is one of my favorites, located in the Sheik Jarrah area on Shimon Ha Tzzadik Street. They serve a variety of exceptional Arab dishes. Of course, one could get a hamburger, but again, I ask why?
Let us look at Continental Restaurants now.
- Adom Restaurant
Located in the Fiengold Courtyard, just off Jaffa Road, is one of the best Continental restaurants in Jerusalem. They offer excellent French wines and excellent French cuisines. This is not to be missed on any trip to Jerusalem.
- Gabriel Restaurant
Located in “restaurant row” on Ben Shetach, one will find this beautiful Continental Restaurant. While it is Kosher, it offers some of the finest French cuisine in all of Jerusalem. If one wants a gourmet delight, try the Chateaubriand for two. It is well worth the price and will provide an unforgettable experience.
- Montifiore Restaurant
If one likes Italian food and wants a perfect atmosphere, this is the place. Located across from the Jaffa Gate of the Old City, one will see the Montifiore Windmill. Just beneath the windmill is this fantastic restaurant. It provides some terrific pasta dishes as well as superb seafood dishes and has to have one of the greatest views of the Old City of Jerusalem. This one place is not to be missed.
- Iwo Meat Burger Restaurant
Therefore, one must just have to have a hamburger. This is THE place. Of course, there is a McDonalds, and there is a Burger King, but there is only one Iwo Meat Burger! Located at 28 Hillel Street in the city center, one will find the mother of all hamburgers! Signs warn vegetarians that this is not their place! One will not forget this place.
OK, this is just a small smattering of some of the fantastic restaurants in Jerusalem. Perhaps in another Ezine we can discuss others. These are some that I have been to and can report first hand an unforgettable experience.