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Top Chef Restaurants

Let’s talk about food for a moment. And while we’re at it, why not treat ourselves to some high-quality, fine dining chef restaurants in the center of Jerusalem. A few years ago, the culinary scene in Jerusalem had experienced a real renaissance, and from that moment on, it has taken off at such high speed that new high-end restaurants are continually springing up like mushrooms after the rain.

So with so many delicious options, how do you choose where to go? Who are the real extraordinary chefs that rule the city of Jerusalem? What do they have inside their pans and pots and on top of your plate? Here are the top 7 chef restaurants of Jerusalem that you simply cannot miss.

Bon Appetit!

The 02 Restaurant at Inbal Hotel

Photo: Afik Gabai

02 Restaurant (of the Jerusalem group of Moshiko Gamlieli and Itamar Navon) is a fine chef-restaurant, situated in the popular luxurious hotel Inbal. The city itself inspires both the style and the cuisine – from the fresh ingredients coming straight from the Mahane Yehuda Market and to the custom of serving plentiful of huge plates at the center the table for the enjoyment of all patrons. The atmosphere is warm and cozy, with meticulous, rich dishes with a unique aroma, all of which crafts an unforgettable experience for the visitors. The vast menu includes skewers, fish and meat, local roasted vegetables, legumes, and spices.

The menu was created through a cooperation between the chefs Moshiko Gamlieli, Itamar Navon, and the hotel’s chef – providing the ultimate Jerusalem dining experience.

Where? Ze’ev Jabotinsky st 3, Jerusalem

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Kinor Bakikar


Photo: Kinor Bakikar

Kinor Bakikar is a chic chef restaurant located at one of Jerusalem’s most elegant corners – The Music Square. Chef Kobi Katani, who has worked in some of the most successful restaurants in Australia, brings a new and exciting meats menu to Jerusalem. Roast beef pizza, 6-hour Asado, salmon fish with a sunny side up fried egg, and even a traditional Jerusalem mix dish. Perfect for a relaxing night out with your family or for an impressive business lunch. The prices are fair, the food is exciting, and the ambiance is classy. Recommendation: take a Becherovka shot as your digestif, and you’re all set.

Where? 8 Ma’avar Beit Haknesset, Music Square, Jerusalem.


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Bein Hakshatot – Between the Arches

Photo: Bein Hakshatot


Bein Hakshatot is an authentic gourmet restaurant, crafted in an authentic Jerusalem style, situated in an ancient 13th-century building. The whole place is inspired by the beautiful views of the Western Wall and the Old City, creating a remarkable antique style. The restaurant serves kosher dairy food, defined by exclusive local perks. The meals include business breakfasts, brunches, lunches, and dinners. In the menu, you’ll find Focaccias with home-made dips, freshly, oven-baked pizza, pasta with beet butter and Bulgarian cheese, fish mix in Jerusalem style, and much more. Between the Archers creates a unique and unmatched experience.

Where? Al Wad Hagai 174, by the Western Wall Square, Jerusalem.

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Photo: Valero

Valero is a luxurious and intimate resto-bar where you’ll encounter the vivid and joyful atmosphere with the Mahane Yehuda Market. The kitchen of the restaurant offers a great menu in the Mediterranean style with special touches of Jerusalem. You’ll find here everything: a restaurant, a bar, and a private booth so that any nightlife fan will find here his or her preferable style of leisure. The spirit of the Jerusalem market is evident here in the fresh ingredient, the colorful atmosphere, and great music. Among the most notable courses, you’ll find here hot arais, salmon in soy and shimeji mushrooms caramel, truffle risotto, Mullard breast in Merlot, Sinta and goose liver, sirloin and traditional Jerusalem mixed grill. Do not miss the rich alcohol menu, filled with unique cocktails, wines from all around the world, fine whiskey types, and more.
From 9 PM, the rhythm is rising, and the place joins the boisterous nightlife of the Mahane Yehuda Market.

Where? Agripas 80, Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem.

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Scala Restaurant at the David Citadel Hotel

Photo: Daniel Laila

The exclusive chef restaurant Scala lo at the luxurious David Citadel hotel. It specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, the menu includes meat, fish, salads and local appetizers, served at the tables on the house. The restaurant is defined by its unique location, above the Old City Walls and the Tower of David, by the Mamilla Center and the Western Wall.

The chef of the restaurant, Avi Turgeman, created a perfect menu, which combines street food, that’s highly popular nowadays, along with meticulous gourmet style.
The menu offers appetizers, like special local eggplant dish, seasoned with garlic and lemon, cauliflower with tahini sauce, and hot lupine grains. The main courses have skewers (turkey, chicken, or lamb), accompanied by a wide array of grilled vegetables, whole Orata fish cooked with salt, and served with fresh lemon. Additionally, authentic Jerusalem dishes are served here: stuffed peppers, Jerusalem mixed grill, entrecote, kebab, lamb sambousek, red meat Shawarma, and more.

Where? King David Str. 7, Jerusalem


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Photo: Courtesy of Modern Restaurant

Modern Restaurant at the Israel Museum is one of the top chef restaurants in Jerusalem, thanks to its luxurious location, the unique atmosphere, and, most of all – the best kosher chef kitchen in the city.

The dishes in “Modern” restaurant are based on the classic Jerusalem cuisine, originated from beyond the old city walls, as well as on the warm flavors expressing the longing to far-away lands and past times. The chef of the restaurant dissembled and conjured the recipes, creating modern Jerusalem cuisine with local flavors following the season of the year.
One of the innovations brought to you by Modern restaurant is the Jerusalem Tapas – original Jerusalem-style appetizers.

The restaurant holds many unique traits: its pastoral view, an exceptional location, plentiful and free parking next to the Jerusalem Museum, authentic and prices Jerusalem cuisines, variety of menus to suit all kinds of crowds, and an exceptional experience in arranging thousands of different events.

Where? The Israel Museum, 11 Ruppin Road, Jerusalem

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