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“Nice sea foods” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Philadelphia Restaurant

Philadelphia Restaurant
Ranked #133 of 695 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighbourhood: Down Town East Jerusalem
Description: Welcome to The Philadelphia Restaurant. We are an Established Restaurant located in East Jerusalem. If your looking for a nice dining place for you and your guests,look no further. When you come to tour the Holy land you came to have a Memory of a Lifetime. Let us be a part of that!
Fatama
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3 reviews
“Nice sea foods”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2014

We were in one and half hour in this traditional restaurant. The foods are good and the service is quick and polite. My husband very like the fishes. Thank You! (I think a little bit expensive)

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Excellent Middle Eastern Food, Very Kind Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2014

I was recommended this restaurant by the hotel staff and was extremely satisfied. The soup was AMAZING (vegetable), and the kebab the same. Service was great, very welcoming. I loved the sound so much I came back the next day and they gave it to me on the house! Highly recommended.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank James S
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Milan, Italy
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64 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“A nice place... but not too much”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2013 via mobile

Located in east Jerusalem, this restaurant is just quite good. We were two couples, went there without any reservation at 8.30 pm. With our surprise the restaurant was empty. Just 30 minutes and it became full of tourists (most of them Italian). Personnel is friendly but not too much, food is good but not too much, price is on average of some other restaurants. You can eat Arab food and some Palestine's specialties, but also pasta and other typical tourist food. It's not a real Arab restaurant as we got an alcoholic beer... From Palestine....
Definitely not a restaurant we would go again or recommend

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Thank Brende_9
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice meal - a bit pricey for East Jerusalem but worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2013

When we got there for dinner the place we were the sole patrons in the place (only three other people came in while we ate) An individual, waiter/seater/ perhaps everything including cook (since we saw no other staff our entire time there)

The restaurant had been recommended to us during our time in Jerusalem and does, by and large, have good reviews here on Trip Advisor so we decided to give it a try.

The restaurant is far closer to Herod's Gate then Damascus, being about three blocks away from that entrance into the old city. Philadelphia Restaurant is in East Jerusalem, situated in an alley on a side street that was not all that well lit and had more then a little garbage on it. At night many tourists probably would not feel comfortable walking around in the area, but when we left we walked to Herod's Gate and flagged down a taxi with no problem (there is a police station directly across the street from Herod's gate)

As the place was empty when we went it obviously is not a local hotspot (perhaps far later in the evening?) , and you can see why the second you open up the menu - the prices are rather steep at first glance (and second/third etc) and given the paucity of patronage we thought about leaving immediately.

Not wanting to go through the hassle of figuring out somewhere else to eat (and having to grab a taxi) we ordered and were both pleasantly surprised at the quality of the meal - it really was quite delicious! As has been written by others a number of other items were brought out in inclusion to what we ordered - the hummus was delicious, I had the lamb and was quite pleased.

The meal ranked with some of the best on the trip, if your staying in East Jerusalem this is definitely worth the splurge (though if your staying in East Jerusalem (which I have done and enjoyed - National Hotel is an excellent value..) you might not be splurging on meals.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Tide2014
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Tucson, Arizona
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Hard to find, but worth it”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2013

We spent the better part of an hour looking for this restaurant, but we were rewarded. It stated in a guide that the restaurant was across the street from the Damacus Gate. It was not. It was hidden on a side street/alley. When we finally arrived there the restaurant was empty and we were concerned. It seems they didn't normally serve lunch, but they accomodated us anyway. And it was good fresh food. It wasn't until when we were talking to the waiter later that we discovered trhey didn't serve lunch, but we both thought the wait was worth it. I had the lamb, and it was cooked just right. I would defintely return to this restaurant, especially now that I know how to get there.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Harold P
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