No hotel is complete without a great restaurant – it enhances the staying experience for the guests and attracts exceptional crowd additionally to the visitors of the hotel itself. Every restaurant requires an excellent chef and unique design to express its outstanding style. Moreover, a beautiful restaurant speaks volumes about the quality of the whole establishment, so this is great for maintaining a good name.
So when you stay in one of Jerusalem's grand hotels and consider to check out the restaurant in it, the chances are that you won't be disappointed. These dining places are great for all kinds of occasions, to grab a bite, to have a romantic dinner or close the deal for your business while you're in town. These restaurants are suitable for big family gatherings. If you're visiting to celebrate a particular date, these are great for reuniting with relatives and friends. To help you choose the perfect hotel/restaurant package, here’s a review of the best places in town to wine and dine and spend the night as well.
The Veranda restaurant at the David Citadel Hotel – the best location in Jerusalem
Photo courtesy of David Citadel Hotel
The Veranda Restaurant at the David Citadel Hotel is located in the best location in Jerusalem – just off Mamilla Avenue and near the Old City. The design of the place is thought-through, creating a pleasant and inviting atmosphere as a gateway to excellent food. Chef Kfir Misnikov has created a menu that combines Mediterranean cuisine with meticulous and precise gourmet style, including a twist that can only be found in Jerusalem. The menu includes quality meat dishes that are prepared through the process of soaking, slow-cooking, smoking, and grilling, alongside a wide range of meticulous chef dishes.
The highlight: large shared meat dishes that are fun to share with friends and family on special occasions, or just a pleasant and atmospheric dinner facing the Old City walls. The chef and the staff of the restaurant are available for hosting private events as well, whether it is a birthday, an anniversary, a brith, a wedding, or a business event such as a launch night, team-building activities, etc. The restaurant can accommodate up to 100 guests and the menu can be adapted to the event's needs. The technical specifications are also state-of-the-art.
Where? King David 7, Jerusal
Chill out at the lounge restaurant at Inbal Hotel
The Lounge restaurant at the Inbal Hotel (Photo: Jonathan Ben Haim)
The Lounge is an extremely elegant and serene restaurant, located in the beloved and well-known Jerusalem hotel – Inbal. Here you'll find a dairy-based menu offering the most known tastes of Jerusalem. Plus, there are many European guest appearances from Paris and Rome. Here at the Lounge, you'll enjoy all kinds of pasta and rattles, fine, velvety soups, fantastic fish dishes and a variety of unusual salads. The warm Jerusalem atmosphere, along with the meticulously made meals, will make this experience truly unforgettable.
Where? Inbal Hotel, Jabotinsky str. 3, Jerusalem
O2 restaurant: best modern Jerusalem cuisine at Inbal Hotel
O2 restaurant at Inbal Hotel (Photo: Afik Gabay)
In addition to the Lounge, in the Inbal Hotel, you'll also find the O2 restaurant. As its name suggests (the local phone code of the city), it is a purely local vivid restaurant, based on a friendly, family-like atmosphere. The menu is truly unique Jerusalem experience, including a wide variety of local dishes, such as the Freekeh, fine farm vegetables, fish and meat on the grill, all defined by precision during the cooking and exquisite taste. The charming concept of a shared meal placed in the center of the table contributes to the warm and fun environment of the place. This is the perfect option for families, groups, or couples. At O2 you’ll enjoy a great lunch and diner alike. Additionally, you can reserve the restaurant and its staff for private events for personal and business purposes, in the elegant and impressive halls of the hotel.
Where? Inbal Hotel, Jabotinsky str. 3, Jerusalem
The dreamy Courtyard restaurant at the American Colony Hotel
The patio at the American Colony Hotel (Photo courtesy of the American Colony Hotel)
The enchanting and intimate Patio and courtyard in the ancient building of the American Colony Hotel is the perfect refuge from the heat and the bustle of the big city. The wide-branched strawberry trees and the fountain create a refreshing and pastoral atmosphere. During the heated noon hours, you may enjoy a light, and rejuvenating menu, as well as from business offers served at 12:00-15:00.
The diners are an interesting combination of Mediterranean Cuisine and elements from all around the world, including dishes such as lamb kebab cooked with yogurt and eggplant, a minion fillet served with mushrooms and asparagus, Mediterranean seafood and varied, delicious vegetarian meals. This is a wonderful combination of magnificent atmosphere, spectacular design in Jerusalem style and amazing service that makes the Patio Restaurant the perfect choice for small events for family and friends, as well as business events for up to 60 guests.
Where? American Colony Hotel, Louis Vincennes 1
Meejana Restaurant at the St. George Hotel
Meejana Restaurant - at the St. George Hotel (Photo: Ahmed Douglas)
The St. George hotel is regarded as one of the most beautiful spots in Jerusalem for many years now. It’s equally inspiring for both occasional visitors and those who stay overnight. From now on, you can enjoy the Meejana on the roof of the hotel, overlooking the breath-taking landscape of the Old City walls and the New City. The restaurant is designed in an elegant, luxurious Lounge style, boasting with chef menu inspired by authentic Jerusalem cuisine and modern Mediterranean dishes. Here you’ll be able to combine Jerusalem classic with a meticulous modern approach, enjoying a one-of-a-kind experience.
The specials include lamb chops with mashed potatoes, gourmet chicken rolls, a variety of pasta in unique sauces, 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. Meejana restaurant is also suitable for private and business events for a total of up to 160 guests in a spacious and impressing compound.
Where: St. George Hotel, Amr Ibn Al A’as St. 6
Villa Brown Hotel – an amazing brunch
Brunch at Villa Brown Hotel Jerusalem (Photo: Asaf Pinchuk)
Villa Brown is an upscale boutique hotel set within a 19th-century building that previously was a meeting place for the Jerusalem social elite scene. Now you can also feel like the aristocratic persona you are and enjoy brunch at the hotel, taking a close look at the collision between the East and the West and the influence of past eras on Israel: from the Ottoman period to the British Mandate and modern-day elements. The Brunches are served in the pastoral villa yard, and it includes a selection of fresh bread, freshly squeezed juices and the excellent, ever-changing menu created by the chef of the hotel. We urge you the reserve your spot in advance!
Where? Villa Brown Hotel – Haneviim 54, Jerusalem.
The Rooftop restaurant in Mamilla
Photo courtesy of Rooftop Restaurant
Such a list wouldn't be complete without the Rooftop restaurant that has become a Jerusalem local icon. The Rooftop is located on the Mamilla, overlooking the breathtaking landscape of the Old City walls. Here you'll find fine meals from the chef's kitchen, pleasant music and the famous and distinguished mountain breeze you'll inhale only in Jerusalem. The menu will dazzle you with a variety of dishes made of fresh ingredients, combined with Italian-style cooking, plenty of grilled meats, fish, kinds of pasta, salads, sandwiches, and desserts. For those of you who need a drink after a long day, the place offers numerous cocktails and drinks that'll go perfectly with the sunset over the mountains' tops. The place has limited sitting spots, reservation is recommended.
Where? Mamilla Hotel, King Solomon 11, Jerusalem