*Refers to restaurants with multiple locations throughout the city
$ - $$$$ refers to expense
Restaurants will display their Kosher status in a prominent location. Most restaurnats that are kosher will have licenses sponsored by the State Rabbinate. A few establishments have “independent” Kosher certificates (“Hashgacha Pratit”), which are known to be legitimate checkers of Kashrut.
It is customary to tip between 10-15% per meal at a restaurant.
Cafe Yehoshua - $$ - Azza Street cafe
Shosh Cafe - $$ - Delicious brunch
Pizza Flora - $$
Wine Bar - $$ (open on Shabbat)
Wine Bar - $
Bab Al Yemen - $ (open on Shabbat with no payment necessary - you pay a different night)
Mistabra - $$ (nice Coffee shop)
Lehem Shel Tomer* - $ (amazing Challot)
Sushi Rehavia* - $$
LaPietra - $$
Bardak - $$
Humus Rehavia - $
Beer Bazaar - $$ - good beer selection
Mahaneyehuda - $$$$ - Need reservation in advance. Very expensive and loud but incredible
Azura - $$ - Only open for lunch
HummusTahini - $ - *some say* it’s the best hummus in the city
Hatch - $$ - good beer selection
Ishtabach - $$ - excellent meat
Argento - $$ - Israeli take on empanadas
Hachapuria - $$ - Georgian food
Mona - $$$ - nice restaurant
Cafe Bezalel - $/$$ - Great cafe with outdoor seating
Nocturno - $ / $$ - Coffee shop, bar and concert venue
Tmol Shilshom - $$/$$$
Jahnun Bar - $
Gatsby - $$$ - Speakeasy with excellent cocktails. Open on Shabbat
Foccacia Bar - $$/$$$ - Open on Shabbat.
Kadosh - $$ - Excellent brunch and Sufganiyot.
Kedma - $$$/$$$$ - fancy meat restaurant in Mamilla mall
Humus Ben Sira - $ - delicious hummus and close to HUC
Caffit - $ - Coffee shop with lunch near HUC
Aroma* - $ - The Starbucks of Israel. Closest one is in Mamila Mall
Muffin Boutique - $ - Best bagels and muffins in Jerusalem, on Ben Yehuda St.
Sam’s Bagels - $ - Also good bagels on Ben Yehuda Street
First Station - Has multiple nice restaurants, including some open on Shabbat. Also includes smaller restaurants, ice cream, etc.
Ben Ami - $/$$ - Excellent coffee shop and brunch spot
Waffle Factory - $$ - delicious late night waffle spot
Coffee Mill - $ - much of this guide was written in this comfortable coffee shop
Thailandi - $ - “Thai” food.
Bagel Cafe - $/$$ - Another decent bagel spot in Jerusalem
American Pie Pizza - $$
Japanika - $$ - Sushi
Silo - $ - Nice bar near first station in a refurbished water silo