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“Good location, average restaurant” 3 of 5 stars
Review of 1868

1868
King David 10, Jerusalem, Israel
+972 2-622-2312
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Ranked #102 of 508 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Price range: $40 - $90
Cuisines: European, Kosher
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Tel Aviv, Israel
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“Good location, average restaurant”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2013

Took a day off to visit Jerusalem's markets with a couple of friends. For lunch we went to 1868, because we wondered how the restaurant got it's name.
Well, the location is an old house, dated back to 1868. The house has got a lot of character, very unique, and beautifully renovated. The restaurant has a few small rooms connected by beautiful arches. The lunch menu has 4 starters and 4 main courses to choose from. We had the skirt steak with onions, beef fillet tartar. Continued with Arborio Risotto in spinach cream and asparagus. My choice was the Steamed Atlantic Salmon with potato instead of cauliflower [which I can't stand]. The organic Chicken on soy and ginger sauce, was nice as well. The desert was 3 samples of mini chocolate cake, 1 ball of sorbet ice cream, and 1 mini eclair.. Overall it was just nice, the restaurant and the garden are very special.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

They were helpful with food allergies Beautifully presented food, well presented must learn how to filler the fish

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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“Just nice, not great, not bad...and way overpriced”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2013

Just nice, not great, not bad...and way overpriced. Title says it all. Good service, good dishes, but something is missing,... Just didn't have the magic to make it a great restaurant. Rare ordered fillet was medium well, desert overly complex, lamb pancetta salad was very good.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Mixed reviews”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Taking a cue from glowing reviews, our group sought out this establishment. Mere steps away from the new Mamilla Shopping Centre, along King David Street (about 500 metres west of Jaffa Gate outside the Old City), sits 1868 Restaurant. Named after the year that this first stone building outside the Old City walls was built, the restaurant presently resides in that same historic building.

First Impressions: The iron grill and brown door presents an Old World-style facade that hints at hidden elegance within. Actually, it hides a tastefully renovated interior dominated by crossed-shaped vaulted ceilings and polished Jerusalem stonework, complete with chandeliers. Modern design elements with their clean lines prevail further inside. This juxtaposition of the old and new, classic and contemporary, creates a contrasting yet pleasing style.

PROS: Its location is its best asset, no doubt aimed for the well-heeled tourist crowd who linger around the Mamilla Centre. Helmed by native Jerusalemite and European-trained chef Turjeman, the luxury kosher restaurant offers traditional local Israeli fare with a contemporary gourmet twist. It's casual meets high-brow theme. The ambience has an authentic Jerusalem feel to it, tastefully elegant and intimate. Service was impeccable, informed and attentive without being overbearing.

CONS: Whereas the food is reportedly its forte', well, consistency may not. For our part, our tour group thinks that the main chef was on vacation at the time we were there and had delegated his work to an assistant or apprentice. For one, the Duck breast -- with fennel crème & marmalade, caramelized endive, soy & ginger stock -- was undercooked, but nothing that a good cooking thermometer probe can't prevent. Still, the other dishes that my friends ordered were fresh, contrasted and delicious. The restaurant is definitely not for the budget-conscious diner. Ranging between £15 for the hamburger up to £30 for the beef fillet or the 3-way lamb, it is quite expensive compared to its peers.

Verdict: I am perplexed at the wide variance and mixed reviews that this establishment has been getting. For sure, the positives outweigh the negatives. On the other hand, the few negatives are not trivial issues. I cannot praise the restaurant enough for its elegant interior design, warm ambience and impeccable service but then the food was a bit of a letdown, especially after having one's expectations raised beforehand. Bottom line: May not be the best in Jerusalem, but has the potential to be. Recommended. Grade A-minus.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“1868: Past the Best Before Date?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

Directions: Mere steps away from the new Mamilla Shopping Centre, along King David Street (about 500 metres west of Jaffa Gate outside the Old City), sits 1868 Restaurant. Named after the year that this first stone building outside the Old City walls was built, the restaurant presently resides in that same historic building.

First Impressions: The iron grill and brown door comprising the entrance hides the tastefully renovated interior with its crossed-shaped vaulted ceilings and polished Jerusalem stonework, complete with chandeliers.

PROS: Its location is its best asset, no doubt aimed for the well-heeled tourist crowd who linger around the Mamilla Centre. Helmed by native Jerusalemite and European-trained chef Turjeman, the luxury kosher restaurant offers traditional local Israeli fare with a contemporary gourmet twist. It's casual meets high-brow theme. The ambience has an authentic Jerusalem feel to it, tastefully elegant and intimate. Service was impeccable, informed and attentive without being overbearing.

CONS: Definitely not for the budget-conscious diner. Ranging between £15 for the hamburger up to £30 for the beef fillet or the 3-way lamb, it is quite expensive compared to its peers. Whereas the food is reportedly its forte', well, consistency is not. I am perplexed at the wide variance and mixed reviews that this establishment is getting. For our part, our tour group thinks that the main chef was on vacation at the time we were there and had delegated his work to an assistant or apprentice. For one, the Duck breast -- with fennel crème & marmalade, caramelized endive, soy & ginger stock -- was undercooked (in the inside), but nothing that a good cooking thermometer probe can't prevent. Still, the other dishes that my friends ordered were fresh, contrasted and delicious.

Verdict: For sure, the positives outweigh the negatives. On the other hand, the few negatives are not trivial issues. I cannot praise the restaurant enough for its elegant interior design, warm ambience and impeccable service but then the food was a bit of a letdown, especially after having one's expectations raised beforehand. Bottom line: May not be the best in Jerusalem, but has the potential to be. Recommended. Grade A-minus.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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