Where to eat in Jerusalem on Saturday/Shabbat is a commonly asked question, especially for first-time visitors. Even though most of the city closes down on Friday afternoon, there are still plenty of good places to eat all over Jerusalem, you just have to know where they are. I have decided to split the recommendations into three categories: fast food/takeaway, nighttime and daytime, as the recommendations for these categories are very different. I am starting with fast food, as it is the easiest one, and the others will follow.
As the only sushi restaurant in Jerusalem open on Shabbat, Hasushia is a popular option. The restaurant itself is simple and small, with a stronger emphasis on takeaway and deliveries. As well as the usual selection of sushi, the menu also includes dim sum, Asian soups, salads, noodles and other cooked foods. Kids meals available are schnitzel and rice or chicken noodles.
Takeaway orders are ready for collection within 40 minutes and for orders over NIS 50 there is a delivery charge of NIS 8-16 (depending on your location), deliveries take up to 90 minutes. Online ordering is only in Hebrew (and I could not find an option to pay online), but telephone orders can usually be made in English. This branch serves seafood, meat and dairy together, but vegetarian and vegan dishes are available.
Hasushia, 12 Hillel Street, 02 633 5050
- Chili Pizza
Chili Pizza has been around for a several years and serves a traditional range of toppings to satisfy non-kosher consumers, such as ham and pineapple, pepperoni and cheese, bacon and eggs, and spicy beef and sweetcorn. Ready-made pizzas are available by the slice but the freshly made individual pizzas are much better.
The menu also includes some pasta dishes and desserts. The full menu is online in English and deliveries can be ordered by phone, 11 am to 5 am, 7 days a week.
Chili Pizza, 28 Hillel Street, 02 625 4040
- Iwo’s Burger
Iwo’s Burger is a typical burger restaurant with American diner style booths. The choice of burgers includes beef, veal, lamb or bacon, and among the more gourmet toppings are Emmental, Roquefort and Parmesan Cheese, Bacon, Goose Liver and Truffle Butter. They also serve a selection of sandwiches and salads, as well as, sticky chicken wings and tater tops with cheese.
The full English menu is available on their website and there is also the option for ordering deliveries in English. Iwo Burger is open until 3am, 7 days a week.
Iwo’s Burger, 24 Hillel Street, 02 622 2513
- Domino’s Pizza
As well as the usual pizza selection, Domino’s Pizza also offers the chef pizzas by Asaf Granit, with gourmet toppings such as asparagus, mushroom, parmesan and truffle oil; spinach, cauliflower and pine nuts with an alfredo sauce; thin sliced beef, parmesan with fresh rocket; broccoli, salami, parmesan and roasted almonds, and more.
There is a choice of alternative pizza bases including whole wheat and gluten-free, as well as the option for vegan cheese.
Online ordering is only in Hebrew but telephone orders can usually be made in English. Deliveries are normally received within 30 minutes or you can collect from your local branch.
Domino’s Pizza, 122 Herzl Boulevard; 1 Etsel Street; 25 Rivka Street, 1700 70 70 70
- Captain Burger
Unlike other burger places open on Shabbat, Captain Burger uses only kosher products and does not serve dairy. Burger meals start at NIS 46 including a 110g burger and fries. The burgers are not the best in the city but they still tasty and better than chains like McDonald’s. Online ordering is available in Hebrew.
Captain Burger, 4 David Remez Street, First Station, 02 671 9403
P2 serves real Italian thin-crust pizza in the heart of Jerusalem and they recently started selling gluten-free pizza. Other interesting dishes include Panzanella Salad, Calzone and Gnocchi. They do not have a menu online and do not deliver, but you can pre-order by phone for collection, if you know what you want.
P2, 36 Keren Hayesod, 02 563 5555
- Mian Noodles
A simple, authentic Asian noodle restaurant near the Old City, which offers five kinds of noodles: ramen, egg, spinach, carrot and rice noodles, with different types of meat and vegetarian toppings.
Mian Noodles, 22 King Solomon Street, 02 994 4333
The Hillel branch of Aroma is open 24/7, with a large seating area and free WiFi. The menu is similar to the kosher branches, but also includes a limited amount of meat dishes such as roast beef and chicken sandwiches and chicken salad. The full menu in English is available here and there is also a small branch of Aroma in Yes Planet, which is open on Shabbat.
Aroma, 18 Hillel Street, 02 625 5365; 4 Naomi Street, Yes Planet, 02 656 7787
- Jachnun Bar
For those who are not familiar with Yemenite food, Jachnun is a roll of Malawach pastry (fried flaky bread), which is traditionally cooked on a low heat and eaten on Shabbat morning by Yemenite Jews, with fresh tomato sauce, hard-boiled eggs and schug (spicy pepper and coriander paste).
Jachnun Bar also serves a variety Malawach options filled with salads and dips. Stand out items include the Shakshukalawach, Pizzalawach, Malawach filled with shakshuka and chocolate filled Malawach.
All the food in the restaurant is vegetarian but as it is open 24/7, including Shabbat, it is not officially. Here is the full menu in English (page 2), they do not deliver.
Jachnun Bar, 28 Hillel Street, 02 566 1919
- Black Burger
Although the quality of the meat at Black Burger is superior to other chains, it is still a chain restaurant and the quality and service can vary greatly. It is, however, a great option for a group dinner but if you are going for a pre-movie meal, allow plenty of time, as this is not typical “fast-food” and they don’t do takeaway.
Deliveries are not available but you can call in advance for collecting takeaways. The menu is only available in Hebrew and they claim that all the meat is kosher but they do serve cheeseburgers and the mashed potato is dairy.
Black Burger, 4 Naomi Street, 02 930 9575