This year, the restaurant scene in Jerusalem is continuing to experience yet another boom with new and upcoming places to eat adorning the city. Along with the city’s well-established restaurants, visitors to Jerusalem in 2019 have even more choice when it comes to deciding where to eat. We have selected the best restaurants in Jerusalem of 2019 so far to help you along the way.
Eucalyptus is a kosher restaurant in Jerusalem which focuses on traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist. Set within a beautiful stone building in the Artist Quarter, Eucalyptus is an idyllic place to eat where guests can unwind over a good glass of wine. One way to sample the best food that Chef Moshe Basson has to offer is by trying one of the tasting menus, which are each named after a biblical character. Alternatively, opt for the A La Carte menu which includes figs stuffed with chicken (approx $18 USD) to start and the Jerusalem Siniya (approx $29 USD) comprised of minced lamb and beef with vegetables, tahini, and freshly baked pita. Those who wish to dine at Eucalyptus should book in advance, especially if you would like to try a tasting menu.
Khativat Yerushalayim 14, Jerusalem
With a location close to the iconic Machane Yehuda Market, visitors to Machneyuda can expect fresh ingredients directly from the market. This restaurant is notable among the locals and foodies from around the world – it was even the inspiration for two restaurants in London. Machneyuda was set up by three chefs, all friends, and all of whom have grown up in and around the city. The restaurant is designed around the open kitchen, where diners can watch these chefs put together their favorite Mediterranean dishes. The menu changes on a daily basis, so visitors will never become bored of the food in one of the best restaurants in Jerusalem of 2019.
Beit Ya’akov St 10, Jerusalem
For delicious homemade dishes, look no further than Azura. Azura is not a restaurant in the traditional sense. Situated inside the bustling Mahane Yehuda market, you can be forgiven for wondering why we have included a market food stall in the ‘best restaurants of Jerusalem’ category. Well, we can assure you that Azura boasts some of the most authentic Middle Eastern meals in town. Let the spicy, fresh, fish-like aromas guide you through the market to this charming stand with its wide selection of hot and cold dishes. There have been whispers across the city about Azura’s very own hummus recipe which is far creamier than other restaurants. Well-loved dishes here include mejadra (a combination of rice, lentils, and onions), kubbeh (a filling dumpling soup), and soups made with oxtail, lungs, and chicken feet (for the slightly more adventurous eater).
Mahane Yehuda Market, Jerusalem
Adom is a wonderful restaurant set in the city’s new hub for arts and culture. Located within Jerusalem’s old railway station, this restaurant prides itself on its historical location. Adom is adorned with chandeliers and wine boxes to enhance its chic atmosphere. There is a large variety of food options from pasta to grilled meats. The Lamb Osso Buco (approx $40 USD) and Chestnut Gnocchi in Porcini Butter (approx $21 USD) are just two of Adom’s main courses. For a tasty dessert, go for the homemade tahini ice cream (approx $12 USD) with date honey, sesame candy, and raw tahini (more please). This restaurant also caters to vegans and vegetarians.
David Remez St 4, Jerusalem
The picturesque Mona restaurant combines a beautiful setting with equally beautiful food. Sit down for dinner in the charming walled garden, or settle indoors beside the fire. In fact, this restaurant – definitely one of the best restaurants in Jerusalem of 2019 – brings the outdoors inside with a large tree that winds up the wall to enhance its rustic charm. Popular dishes in 2019 include the Lamb Cheek Casserole (approx $37 USD) with artichokes, potato, and fava beans. There is also the European Sea Bass (approx $39 USD) accompanied by organic vegetables. For dessert, the Valrhona Chocolate Tart (approx $17 USD) served with marzipan ice cream, honeycomb, and crème Anglais will certainly not disappoint.
Shmu’el ha-Nagid St 12, Jerusalem
Found in the Israel Museum, Modern serves up traditional Jerusalem cuisine all overlooking the Valley of the Cross and the Knesset. The menu is based on local ingredients that are regional to Jerusalem and the surrounding areas, taking seasonality into consideration when picking the freshest ingredients, many of which come from the nearby Machane Yehuda Market. Modern serves a business lunch throughout the week from Sunday to Thursday until 17:00, before the dinner service. The menu, which highlights tradition in a modern way, also offers an extensive collection of wines and excellent service.
Ruppin 11, The Israel Museum, Jerusalem