I first started this blog because friends coming to Israel for Pesach would ask me where to eat and I thought it was easier to write one post, than repeat the same thing to everyone. Since then, my Pesach posts have been some of my most popular so I hope this one is helpful too.
Best Jerusalem Foodie Experience
Anyone who knows me well, knows that Jacko’s Street is my favorite restaurant in Jerusalem and always top on my list of recommendations. Jacko’s Street embodies the term fun-dining and offers an eclectic, vibrant menu in a relaxed and fun environment.
The Pesach menu (click here) is very similar to the normal menu and includes many must try dishes including the Asado Bruscetta and Fish sashimi Bruscetta as starters and the Entrecote, Goose Breast or the Burger for main course.
They are also opening for lunch just for Pesach.
Jacko’s Street (No- Kitniyot) 02 581 7178
Best Dinner with a View
For the most unique “Jerusalem” setting, Rooftop Restaurant, Mamilla Hotel is a must. The view over the Old City is incredible and the menu is always interesting. The prices are definitely on the higher end and the service is slightly hit or miss in the whole hotel, but the view and quality of the food make it worthwhile, in my opinion – click here for a full review.
The Sirloin Tataki, Iron-rich Salad and Grouper Schwarma are all great starters and although the Entrecote is my go-to main course, the fish dishes are always really good – click here for their full Pesach Menu and the desserts menu.
Rooftop Restaurant, Mamilla Hotel (No-Kitniyot) 02 548 2230
Best Street Food
People never seem to know what to each for lunch on erev Pesach – clearly they don’t live near the shuk and have the option of having schwarma!
A few years ago I discovered that one of the best schwarma bars in Jerusalem, Jerusalem Steak House on Agripas, is not only open for Pesach but the laffa pitot they make are super thin and tasty and, in my opinion, better than the ones the rest of the year. Since then it has become my tradition to have lunch every erev Pesach.
Jerusalem Steak House (Kitniyot) 02 625 2745
Mirror Bar in the Mamilla Hotel is still the most stylish bar in the city and always has a good vibe over Pesach. They have an extensive wine menu and a very good kosher meat bar menu. They also have an impressive selection of Pesach spirits including the coveted Trump Vodka – here is the full wine and drinks menu.
Mirror Bar, Mamilla Hotel (No-Kitniyot) 02 548 2230
If you are looking for a Pesach desserts which taste as good as the rest of the year, head over to Waffle Factory. I went last year and could not believe how good the waffles and pancakes were.
The savory food is also really good (only at Emek Refaim branch this year) – my pasta loving nephew was very impressed and they also have a huge selections of milkshakes and fruit shakes. Everything you can think of to make kids happy!
Waffle Factory Cinema City (desserts and drinks only- Kitniyot with no-kitniyot options) 02 625 5906
Waffle Factory German Colony (full menu – (No-Kitniyot) 02 567 2049
Although the selection of restaurants open for Pesach is limited this year, there are some other good options, like Gabriel if you are looking for a traditional steak restaurant, Zuta (full review here) if you want a smaller intimate bar experience and Corky’s for cheese and wine.
If I hope that this post helps you find some delicious Pesach food experiences in Jerusalem. Wishing everyone חג פסח כשר ושמח.
To read some of my previous Pesach posts, click here.