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Jerusalem’s Best New Restaurants

Everyone knows that Israel has great food. However, what’s even better than our tasty food traditions is that our chefs are always looking to grow, experiment, and evolve. Here are the newest restaurants in Jerusalem, introducing new flavors, new menus, and even some new cuisines. Bon Appetite!


Meejana Restaurant – at the St. George Hotel (Photo: Ahmed Douglas)

Meejana Restaurant is located at the roof of St. George Hotel by the Old City, from which you can observe both the Old City Walls and the New Jerusalem. The restaurant is designed in an elegant, luxurious Lounge style, boasting with chef menu inspired by authentic Jerusalem cuisine and the modern Mediterranean dishes. The result is an unprecedented collision between the past and the present.

The menu includes highly recommended dishes, such as lamb chunks on mashed potatoes, various handmade pasta and ravioli, fresh salads, appetizers including shrimps and fried kibbeh, and a whole menu of sandwiches of all kind.
We also recommend to check out the dessert and alcohol menus for the perfect finishing of your meal.

Do you have a cause for celebration? Meejana restaurant is also suitable for private and business events for a total of up to 160 guests.

Kosher: not Kosher

Working Hours: noon to 11 PM every day of the week

Where: St. George Hotel, Amr Ibn Al A’as St. 6

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Burger Market – Downtown Jerusalem (Now Open!)

צילום: בורגר מרקט

Photo: Burger Market

After taking the burger scene at Machane Yehuda Market by storm, Burger Market opened a new spot in the City Center of Jerusalem. For those of you who are not familiar with the place yet, the concept is simple and brilliant: a 200 gram burger with French fries and beer for 49 ILS only – that’s less than 14$ for a whole meal! Burger Market’s secret lies not only in the concept but also in the quality. With daily ground meat, oven-toasted buns, and handmade fries and sauces, everything you eat is fresh, homemade, and conveniently affordable.

Kashrut: Kosher
Open: Sun-Wed: 12pm-2am; Thurs: 12pm-3am; Fri: 11am-Shabbat; Sat: End of Shabbat-3am
Where: 3 Ben Shetach Street, Jerusalem

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O2 Restaurant at the Inbal Hotel

O2 restaurant. Photo: Afik Gabai

The O2 is a new chef restaurant in the Inbal Hotel. It is a concept restaurant emphasizing the ultimate Jerusalem culinary experience. To serve you the best food in Jerusalem style, the home chef of the Inbal hotel joined forces with Moshiko Gamlieli and Itamar Navon from Mona group. Together, they crafted the most excellent meat and fish menu, which consists of many dishes to be shared in a warm atmosphere. The design of the restaurant is luxurious and welcoming, the service adheres to the highest standards, and the food is meticulous and delicious – with such combination you cannot pass on the opportunity to visit O2.

Kashrut: Kosher
Open: Lunch: 12pm-15pm, dinner: 6:00pm – 11pm
Where: 3 Ze’ev Jabotinsky Str., Jerusalem.

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Following the success of the restaurant in Tel Aviv, Memphis has opened a new location in Jerusalem. Owner Ori Melamed, a rabbi and a former food critic sets the bar high and claims that this is where we’ll find “the tastiest kosher hamburger in the history of Israel”. Memphis serves burgers with a unique house sauce, fun toppings, French fries, and with beer on the side of course. You will also find crispy chicken sandwiches and a vegetarian burger.

Kashrut: Kosher
Open: Sun-Thurs: 12pm-12am; Sat: 1 h after Shabbat-12am
Where: 68 Agripas Street, Machane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem

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צילום: סמדר

Photo: Smadar

Smadar is a chef restaurant specializing in fish and based on Italian cuisine with an Israeli dairy touch. Located at the legendary Lev Smadar Movie Theater, between the romantic alleyways of the German Colony, the restaurant serves the community and employs workers with special needs. The restaurant’s new menu includes fresh fish dishes, pastas, and pizzas with interesting toppings. You will also find pampering breakfasts and even a host of gluten-free and vegan options.

Kashrut: Non-kosher
Open: Sun-Thurs: 4pm-12am; Fri-Sat: 9am-12am
Where: 4 Lloyd George Street, German Colony, Jerusalem

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Harvey’s is a new smokehouse that has landed recently in the vibrant City Center of Jerusalem, offering patrons a unique venue filled with American barbecue vibes. Chef and restaurateur Harvey Sandler opened the place with an objective of introducing the popular trend of smoked meats to the Israeli public. With a kosher and local twist, obviously. Start with nachos, tacos or a chicken salad and move on to a main course of asado or a meat platter. To wash it all down, don’t forget a glass of cold draught beer.

Kashrut: Mehadrin Kosher  
Open: Sun-Thurs: 12pm-11pm; Sat: End of Shabbat-11pm
Where: 7 Ben Shetach Street, Jerusalem

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R&R Diner

R&R Diner is a classic American Diner located in the City Center and named after its owners: Chef Reut Cohen and her work and life partner Romina. The two chefs are using high-quality ingredients and serving all-American meals. The menu includes sandwiches, huge burgers, salads, and pastas. In addition you will find delicious desserts to die for, such as the traditional pancakes pile. You will also find bacon, cheddar cheese, and seafood.

Kashrut: Non-kosher
Open: Sun-Thurs: 12pm-1am; Fri-Sat: 8am-1am
Where: 33 Jaffa Street, Jerusalem
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Chef Aviram Hayouka, who is also known as one of the finalists in the first season of the reality show “Game of Chefs”, opens a new restaurant that combines street food with gourmet touches. The restaurant is located at the heart of the dining area in the German Colony, offering meat dishes such as asado and burgers alongside vegetarian options like the maakouda or the black bean falafel, on a plate or inside fresh and homemade pitta bread.

Kashrut: Kosher with supervision of Jerusalem Rabbinate (Meats – Glatt Kosher, Vegetables – Gush Katif)
Open: Sun-Thurs: 11am-9pm; Fri: 11am-1h before Shabbat
Where: 51 Emek Refaim Street, Jerusalem

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Sushi Kebab

Here in Israel, we love our Middle-Eastern food, but we are also very much into Asian food, especially sushi. The new “Sushi Kebab” restaurant introduces what you can call a new cultural concept – a combination of the Asian food and our beloved Levantine cuisine. The sushi kebab is basically a kebab roll with different fillings, such as rice, pistachios, and almonds. Other intriguing dishes include the sushi entrecote, sushi with taboon bread, and the traditional Jerusalem Mix in Tokyo sauce.

Kashrut: Mehadrin Kosher 
Open: Sun: 12pm-10pm; Mon-Wed: 11am-10pm; Thurs: 11am-2am; Fri: 11am-4pm; Sat: 8:30pm-2am
Where: 10 HaSheziff Street, Machane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem

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Ezra Grilled Meats

Looking for a more traditional and local taste? Shai Ezra’s new restaurant in Talpiyot offers a wide range of grilled meats with salads and all kinds of side dishes. The menu was developed with the help of culinary advisor Tzachi Ben Shabbat and include fresh and local ingredients.

Kashrut: Kosher. Meats – Glatt Beit Yossef; Poultry – Mehadrin
Open: Sun-Thurs: 12pm-11am; Sat: 7pm-12am
Where: 14 Yad Harutzim Street, Talpiyot, Jerusalem

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JLM Local Sushi

Chef Yankale Turjeman is running a new kosher Japanese restrobar. The menu includes sushi with fresh fish and a variety of Japanese cuisine dishes, such as ramen soup, yakitori chicken, spring rolls, steamed buns, and cocktails and beers with a Japanese twist. Highly recommended for a quick lunch break or an elegant dinner.

Kashrut: Kosher with supervision of Jerusalem Rabbinate
Open: Sun-Thurs: 12:30pm-11pm
Where: 10 King David Street, Jerusalem

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