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“Good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mona

Mona
12 Shmuel Hanagid, Jerusalem, Israel (Nachla'ot)
972(0)2.6222283
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Ranked #41 of 468 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Israeli
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Nachla'ot
Jerusalem, Israel
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144 reviews 144 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

The restaurant is under new management by people who run the famous Mahanyehuda. However it has not been re-decorated. The menu is simple, which is a good sign. We took my friend there for his birthday and had a nice bottle of wine (Cotes de-Rhone) and the tartare and pate as a first course. The tartare is a real winner, well made, great presentation, with little sides of mustard and pepper, salt, parsley and cheese. The pate however is just passing. It is blended with chicken (is that to cut costs?) and comes with little rolls that are hard to spread it on. It is served in a glass and has been heated so it is hard on top. All in all, strange. Entrees: The meat special (filet) was excellent, nice portion (156 NIS) and cooked to perfection. The Beef Bourguignon is served on the bone, which is an oddity, and could be a slightly bigger portion. It wasn't served on mashed potatoes and there could have been some more pearl onions on it. Stay away from the chicken liver main entree, it is a tiny portion and not worth it. The tartare is the best in Jerusalem (it may be the only one in Jerusalem?).

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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71 reviews 71 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Jerusalem of beetroot, asparagus and good wine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

It's not our first time @ Mona, but it's the first time under the (not so anymore) new management.
We came for a late lunch (16:30) and the food was great. Especially the first courses (see attached photos). They even added an extra salad "on the house" because one of the dishes we wanted wasn't available any more.
The main courses were delicious, the wine rich and the atmosphere...international with the special Jerusalem "touch".
The only drawback was the deserts. We couldn't find anything we liked. Perhaps next time. And there will be a next time!

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Haifa, Israel
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“A good restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Friends., who live in Jerusalem, recommended Mona, so we went there. The food was good, and what's more important, interesting and innovative. the service was good as well. and we enjoyed the evening very much.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Very Jerusalem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013 via mobile

Mona is set in an old building where the artist's house resides, which makes the atmosphere special and the setting typical to Jerusalem. If you come early evening, you can have a stop in the gallery rooms and see special exhibitions
The food is very good, prime products and blended with different tastes and textures. The tastes and touches are similar to machaneyuda, but much lighter and not as noisy.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Shanghai, China
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“Elegant, nice but average food for high $$$”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013 via mobile

Very nice place inside an old building. Always full and with very nice atmosphere.
However, food is average and prices are very high for what you get.
Unfortunately, not too many choices in Jerusalem to eat decent food in Thursday night but one should expect more
When paying $45 for a fish...

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