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“Great View- average otherwise” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Lavan bacinematek

Lavan bacinematek
11th Hebron Road, Jerusalem, Israel
02-6737393
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Ranked #62 of 480 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Cuisines: Delicatessen, Italian, Café
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Charleston, South Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Great View- average otherwise”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

We ate here last month while staying at the Mt Zion Hotel nearby. It's very convenient to that locale. It is somewhat odd that it is located in a movie theater building, but the restaurant has beautiful views of the Old City walls. (If you are lucky enough to be outside in the indoor balcony, which we were) The service was fairly average-although we did have a problem with our bill being very confusing. (to the point of having to ask for a manager) All the food is very moderately priced and very ample servings. If you happen to like chicken liver pate, for a starter, you are in luck! The most delicious concoction served with jam and a baguette!! I had that and then the Rueben sandwich (made with roast beef ) while my partner had veal filet carpaccio and then the lamb ravioli. We enjoyed all of it!!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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Kfar Saba, Israel
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
“Great place for a Friday night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2013

Went to Jerusalem on a Friday night to meet guests visiting from abroad and were very happy to take them here. Wonderful area to see at night and the we were surprised by the original and tasty dishes. As a vegetarian I was especially delighted with the delicious Polenta dish topped with beet juice.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Good, not Kosher, restaurant.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2013

yam soup was great, and so was the schnitezel and the salmon steak.
Nice surroundings. Service was very good. A bit pricy, but worth it.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Israel
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“Scenic panprama and good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013

The lavan restaurant is at the Cinematek's building, facing Jerusalem's walls. The scene is breathtaking and the food is very tasty and affordable.
For a start we ordered Ceasar salad with chicken breast and got some tasty bread and garlicked-butter (dieting people beware). Then we ordered the Veal fillet and Wild mushroom risotto. They were very good. This restaurant is owned by the sane people as the Adom restaurant so if you are in the city you might go there. Enjoy!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Southern England
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“Beautiful Saturday lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

If I had to recommend one restaurant in Jerusalem to tourists, this would be it, based mainly on the location and comfort factor. There seems to be something on the menu to please everyone- plenty of meat dishes, sandwiches, salads and pizza. Quality was above average. This isn’t somewhere that only serves meat or only serves dairy, so the choice is better than most Jerusalem restaurants. Also open on Saturday afternoons.There are lovely views, though how much you can actually see of the old City is very exaggerated as you are at a much lower elevation than I was expecting from other reviews.

Within the cinema building, it’s quite an artsy place. There’s a cosy main area inside (which, for UK visitors, reminded me of Carluccios), then a conservatory area with the popular views (you’d need to book ahead), and a small outside area with a couple of tables and a long bench, which we thought was the best place to sit for a relaxed summer lunch. Lavan is actually quite easy to find- 10 minutes’ walk from the Jaffa Gate. Recommended for ambiance.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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