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Dec 22, 2009 07:58 AM

Best Restaurants in Jerusalem

Can you please recommend the best places to dine in Jerusalem. We will be going out some nights with kids and some nights without, so I'm interested in both family-style restaurants as well as more upscale options. Thanks in advance!

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  1. Although I have not tried the Jerusalem location, I did try the Haifa location of Papagaio. All you can eat meats. Nothing like it here in New York with a nice atmosphere.

    I will be in Israel in like two weeks and am looking forward to dining there.

    1. I would definitely recommend Sheyan for a more upscale experience. They have very interesting and creative dishes that are absolutely delicious!!!

      For a family style eatery, I would go for Cafe Rimon.

      1. macaroni for a handmade pasta experience (dairy)- REALLLY good on king george- can be both family and more upscale...

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        1. re: marissaj

          Unfortunately, Macaroni is no longer kosher.

        2. We loved Luciana on Emek Refaim. Delicious homemade pasta. We also had a great meal at Darna--traditional Morrocan with great ambiance and amazing food.

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          1. re: teachermom

            never went to luciana- heard it is incredible though!

            1. re: marissaj

              I had this beet ravioli with goat cheese that I can still taste...
              I have never had pasta like that in a kosher restaurant in the US...have yet to go Rome, though.

              1. re: marissaj

                Kids didn't want Papagaio (thought all you can eat meat = fattening) so I tried to suggest Korus Steak House; almost convinced one of them telling her she can order the chicken. No dice, finally we agreed on Luciana . I am not a pasta person so I will go for one of the fish dishes.

            2. Darna or 1868!
              If you choose Darna, order the 6 hr lamb! Amazing!

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              1. re: DebbyT

                missed the 6 hr lamb, but sounds interesting....we had two different tagines and the pastilla, which was absolutely incredible. Best part: the waitress pours the tea about 4 feet above the glass, and it's delicious. It's a great place for families because everything is served family style with a lazy Susan in the middle for passing. Man, I'm getting hungry just thinking about it.

                1. re: teachermom

                  We had the pastillas as well...and my husband loved them so much, he ordered them for dessert! We had a wonderful experience there...hope others do too! And yeah...I'm really hungry right now!