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“Warm and Inviting!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Alma

Alma
18 Yosef Rivlin Street, Jerusalem, Israel
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Ranked #252 of 480 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Dining options: Late Night
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Melbourne, Australia
Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Warm and Inviting!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

In Jerusalem’s downtown area, nestled quietly amongst the area’s more conspicuous bars, we happily discovered Alma, a classy Israeli restaurant with distinctly Middle-Eastern flair.

Although inconspicuous from the street, once inside it became obvious that the building is historic: with ceilings lined with dark wooden beams; and small bricked alcoves inserted into the stone walls; and the fine dining atmosphere noticeably contrasting with the bustle of the pedestrian walkway in the street outside.

Although we had not booked and the place was packed, we were warmly welcomed and invited to take a seat on the sofas just inside the entrance to wait for a table to become available. We ordered a delicious cabernet sauvignon from the extensive Israeli wine menu.

It was worth the wait, we started with the wonderful house bread and, having had a long and tiring day, we then put ourselves safely into the hands of the attentive staff who did not let us down. Amongst the delicious array of tantalizing dishes which included salads and grilled chicken wings, came a memorable beef stew cooked to perfection in a clay pot and served with couscous. To say it was delicious is an understatement.

All in all this was a warm, cosy, inviting, classy yet still rustic Israeli dining experience.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Nyack, New York
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“lovely but............”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2012

The atmosphere of the enclosed square where Alma resides is lovely; the cool evening air sitting outside pleasant; even the stray cats add a touch. The main course, leg of lamb arrived and was virtually all fat save for two small pieces (one for each of us) When we brought this to the attention of the waitress, she seemed to acknowledge it and nothing more. We were left hanging. I actually gave the pieces of fat to the stray cats......... I expected the proprietor to come out and apologize, to offer another course, or a desert; in some way to keep a customer happy, but no. In the end this compromised our experience. Too bad.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Calgary, Canada
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Pretty Good Food, But Not Cheap”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

We ate here on our first night in Jerusalem. We thought the menu looked interesting so we decided to try it out. We had a beef stew and a rice dish with beef. We also had the "house bread" to start. Overall, I would say that we did enjoy the food, although the portions were somewhat small. As well, we found the prices to be quite expensive (the bill worked out to the equivalent of over $120 with no alcohol or desserts!!).

  • Visited April 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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San Francisco, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“be sure to eat here”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

this israeli-fare restaurant should not be missed. i ate here twice during my two weeks in jerusalem, and you should, too.

first time: jerusalem mix - chicken meat and innards cooked in a delicious sauce and served on a huge flatbread. second time: lamb neck - tender cooked lamb served with a potato side dish. both times i had excellent israeli wine recommended by the waitstaff, who are each of them very friendly and helpful in explaining the dishes on offer.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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jerusalem,Israel
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78 reviews 78 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“cosy atmosphere, limited choice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2011

All was O.K., but nothing outstanding, neither the service nor the menu.
Prices are not low and dishes not generous, but freshly prepared and tasteful

  • Visited September 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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