Dine in Preserved Building Restaurants
Restaurants in Historic Sites
Israel is a country rich in history and it seems that wherever you turn there are buildings of historic significance. One of our favorite trends in restaurants are those housed in preserved historic buildings. These buildings are often protected by law, which poses limitations for the owners, but the terrific ambiance that these buildings afford, is well worth the hardship.
The following are some of the eLuna restaurants in historic buildings. We invite you to visit these remarkable restaurants and enjoy the amazing food, the unique architecture and the lovely preserved structures.
Rozalia - 1 Chayim Shturman, Beit Shean 04-6453366
The Rozalia Café and Bakery is just a stone’s throw from the Beit Shean National Park, in a preserved building clad in the local black stone typical of the area. Inside, the ceramics, chandeliers, wooden beams and long windows all make for a charming and warm atmosphere, complemented by the friendly and professional staff. When the weather permits, you can sit outside and look out at the Beit Shean antiquities.
Chava and Chana, who have a passion for creating beautifully crafted, precision made desserts, breads, cakes, pastries, you name it; have spared no effort in planning and designing this café, and it shows. On a daily basis, they continue to invest in preparing uncommonly tasty food.
Beit Henkin - Mifratz Binyamin, Hadera 04-6214424
Henkin House, built in the 1930's, is an Israeli historic landmark. The house was originally the home of Yehoshua and Olga Henkin.
1868 - 10 King David, Jerusalem 02-6222312
1868 is a romantic restaurant, a restaurant that is unique, special, a little bit pricier than the average Jerusalem restaurant, but there is nothing average about 1868.
This is a serious high-end restaurant with all the things that you would expect. It starts with real cloth Netilat Yadayim towels. the amuse bouche from the chef, the sorbet between courses, and a dessert that you won't find in any other restaurant. The atmosphere is striking and the food is exquisite. In case you need to be reminded, 1868 is the place to come to confirm that you are worth it.
The restaurant architecture is a wow. The dome ceilings and the arched doorways are uniquely middle eastern. The polished stone floors and the embedded decorative tiles, the ironwork on the doors, and the contrasting woodwork nod to the 21st century. Chandeliers and artwork create a feeling of refined hominess. Thick candles lit in clusters throughout the restaurant give 1868 a most romantic feeling, making this one of the very special restaurants in Jerusalem.
Anna - Anna Ticho House , Jerusalem 02-5434144
Anna Italian Cafe offers a delicious Italian dairy menu at the renovated Anna Ticho Museum restaurant. The historic 19th century home of Dr and Anna Ticho has been modernized, while retaining its legacy architectural elements. The house, the gardens, the museum and the restaurant, make this Jerusalem landmark, and a must-visit attraction.
Enjoy light vegetarian dishes, fish, and pasta, with a combination of gentle flavors and textures. The cafe offers delicious foods, excellent service at moderate prices. The presentation of the foods matches the aesthetics of the location itself. Anna Cafe works with the Dualis Fund to put young people on a good footing.
Anna is on the second floor, with an elevator from the first floor. There is indoor and outdoor seating on the picturesque patio. Pay parking lot close to the restaurant on Harav Agan Street.
Darna - 3 Horkonus St, Jerusalem 02-6245406
Darna is a strikingly beautiful restaurant, unique on the Israeli scene. This restaurant combines great atmosphere and delicious authentic Moroccan foods. You aint seen nothin' till you've been to Darna, and if you haven't been there yet, here is your opportunity.
Darna is a feast for your senses, from the magnificent Moorish decor to the last forkful of your meal. You will enjoy the unique combinations of herbs and spices, lentils, fish and meats that characterize Moroccan cuisine. Manager Ilan Sibony sees to every detail personally, which is one of the reasons that this restaurant is so special.
For a cyber "taste" of the magnificent restaurant
visit the Darna website.
This restaurant has several rooms, each more beautiful than the next. This restaurant is ideal for parties of all sizes. You can even make a wedding at Darna.
Eucalyptus - Hutzot Hayotzer, Jerusalem 02-6244331
We welcome back our old friend Moshe Basson and his Eucalyptus Restaurant. Chef and restaurateur Basson has brought back his classic Israeli meat restaurant, now in the Artist Colony of Hutzot Hayotzer. The menu focuses on foods made with local ingredients. Many people call Moshe a Culinary Storyteller this is apparent in the food.
One of Moshe's favorite subjects is slow food. Those dishes that simmer for hours developing layers of flavor. But his calling card are the foods of Eretz Yisrael. His dishes focus on the herbs indigenous to this land, that have grown here for thousands of years. This, says Moshe, is the food of the Bible. Come taste the flavors of the Tanach at the new Eucalyptus restaurant.
Gabriel - 7 Shimon Ben Shetach, Jerusalem 02-6246444
Gabriel Restaurant on Shimon Ben Shetach Street is located in a beautifully renovated old Jerusalem building. There are two floors; the upper is a cozy bar area, also used for private parties.
The food at Gabriel is outstanding both in taste and presentation. There is an artist in the kitchen with a good eye for shape, color and design. The kitchen is classic French fusion: French sauces and a healthy dose of Eretz Yisrael.
Get set for magnificently prepared dishes such as Veal Carpacchio, goose liver in a date sauce with raisins and pistachio nuts, Tornado Rossini, Beef Wellington, Chateaubriand and Chicken Cordon Bleu. These outstanding dishes do not come cheap but dining at Gabriel is worth every shekel.
Luciana Mamila - 8 Mamila, Jerusalem 02-5021000
Luciana at Mamila is a quality Italian dairy restaurant. The charming restaurant designed puts you a quaint Italian street scene, with trees, outdoor lamps, and paths. The Italian menu offers high end fish dishes and excellent Italian pastas and specialty dishes. Portions are generous and filling. Desserts are the calling card at Luciana Mamila. Pastries are displayed in a glass case at the entrance, reminding you what is waiting for you.
The theme of the restaurant many be Italian, but the view is classic Jerusalem. Luciana at Mamila has one of the great views of the walls of the old city, in Jerusalem.
Nagila - 5 Mashiach Borochof, Jerusalem 02-6223331
Nagila is a kosher dairy restaurant with a focus on vegetarian dishes. The restaurant prides itself on its unique and fresh salads, pasta dishes and home cooking. In addition to the large selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes, the restaurant also offers dairy and fish dishes.
Nagila is located in the Even Israel neighborhood, not far from Davidka Square. Even Israel connects to historic Agripas Street, home of the Machane Yehuda Market. The side street Mashiach Borochof has a magical charm with music and artists' studios. Even veteran Yerushalmim will find this a new and charming neighborhood to explore.
Piccolino - 12 Yoel Moshe Solomon, Jerusalem 02-6244186
Piccolino is a downtown Jerusalem restaurant, in Music Square, off Nachalat Shiva. The restaurant has the signature Jerusalem architectural elements such as stone walls and arches. The owners of the restaurant created this lovely space from a formerly abandoned building. Blessed are those who rebuild Jerusalem.
Piccolino restaurant offers a delicious dairy Italian menu. Music is the theme of the menu. Start your morning with Buongiorno breakfast. Choose from the Do Re Mi Shakshuka, the Pavaroti full breakfast or Tarantella breakfast. Got the idea?
The menu continues using the musical metaphor, with dishes from the Overture section the Intermezzo, Concerto, the Sonata section and the Fugue. Whatever you do, be sure to stay for the Finale.
Sheyan - 8 Ramban St, Jerusalem 02-5612007
Sheyan is a lovely Asian "retreat" in Jerusalem. This is a beautifully designed restaurant with authentic Asian furniture and decorating elements. Every last piece of furniture, dish, utensil, art work, not to mention the cooks themselves, come directly from the Chinese mainland. And what a collection!
Sheyan Restaurant is large and spacious. The restaurant has one large dining space, a great outdoor terrace, and some smaller intimate corners. The beautifully decorated private party room is a perfect venue for a small family gathering or business meeting.
The food at Sheyan is delicious, plentiful, and reasonably priced. There are many choices including fish, and meat dishes. The noodle dishes are very reasonable and there is a complete Sushi menu.
Sheyan is a big, lively, busy restaurant with lots of positive energy. Reservations are a must.
Haari 8 - 8 Haari St, Safed 04-6920033
HaAri 8 is a South American style grill with great meat, properly cooked to order, served promptly with a relish of delicious side dishes, and home-made liqueurs. The setting is a rustic, stone-arched century-old building, off the beaten path, yet a short walk from Safed's old city.
Choose from appetizers, like a Syrian kebob or eggplant, both served with tahini. Then sink your teeth into an entrecote or sirloin steak, St. Peters fish or maybe just a hot mushroom salad. Enjoy the unique home-made liquers such as fig arak and limoncello
The next time your in Safed, check out HaAri 8. You'll get plenty of mouthwatering meat for your buck!
Regina - Hatachana, The Station, Tel-Aviv/Jaffa 03-7367474
Hatachana the newly renovated train station complex in the original part of Tel Aviv is full of great shops and great restaurants. Regina kosher restaurant is located in a historic building over 100 years old, The cuisine is traditional Israeli and Eastern European meat, prepared in the traditional way.
On the menu you will find classic dishes like shnitzel with ptitim, and stuffed peppers. Their Hungarian Goulash is not to be missed.
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