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0.5 miles from Eglise du Saint-Sepulcre
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Shanty, a Jerusalem staple since 1992. We continue to serve delicious fresh food with a friendly, homey atmosphere
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Seafood, Mediterranean, Israeli, International
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What an amazing dinner! Everything was just perfect. Delicious food, very friendly service, the ambiance was relaxing and we will definitely come back as soon as possible. We had the calamari at first and the Shrimps and Pork ribs (it was a special of the...evening:)) and as a bonus we got the chance to thank the great Chefs :) . What can I say.. Just go and enjoy.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here to celebrate my birthday! As soon as the waiter discovered this, he went out of his way to spoil me…. Food is amazingly fresh and delicious . The atmosphere friendly and the service was amazing! Highly recommended!

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 1, 2021 via mobile

Great place. The dishes were delicious. The waiters was very pleasant and his recommendations were excellent. Highly recommended

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed May 29, 2021 via mobile

Lovely evening Nice atmosphere Very good food Excellent service The chef even came out to chat with the diners

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed May 8, 2021 via mobile

Not an easy task to find a place to eat in Jerusalem on a Friday night but Shanty is always a good choice, we had delicious South African wine, sizzling steaks and Kebabs and salads and moved to the bar for deserts and more drinks....Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed April 9, 2021

TL;DR version: a must-try! A home-run as far as we were concerned. My wife and I booked this place on a Friday night for our anniversary. We hadn't been out in AGES due to Covid, so this was the first in a long time. We...were slightly apprehensive in terms of expectations, as the pandemic pretty much reset everything to zero worldwide and we didn't know whether we could trust reviews from early 2020. That said, we were intent on going somewhere we hadn't been before, so we decided to give this a shot. On a chilly Friday night the restaurant was quite full. There aren't too many tables though, so you don't get a feeling of being too crowded. The tables are responsibly distanced from each other, although being indoors I wouldn't really count on that if you are very skittish regarding Covid. However, they do make sure to check your "Green Pass" (Covid vaccination certificate / recovery certificate if you had Covid) and they do make sure that it's up to date. Stav, the manager, was gracious and patient. Didn't hold us at the door asking us for our passes, but rather sat us down first and then came back when we were settled down to check them. The atmosphere in the place is great for couples or a quiet dinner with friends. It is located in what feels like a mid-19th century or early-20th century structure right in the middle of downtown Jerusalem (but it is inside a quiet walk-thru street so no noise -especially not on a Friday night!). The music level was just right - not too loud so that you have to shout to hear yourself, but just loud enough so that you don't hear other couples chatting. That was a great plus. Menus are disposable paper (felt like bio-degradable, but I can't say for sure), since with Covid restrictions they can't have multi-use menus. The menu is concise with about 6-7 starters, and 6-7 mains. We started with the Focaccia and dips. The bread was excellent - crispy, not too thin, and delicious. The dips were also good - I'm assuming that they would rotate them occasionally but the ones we got were really tasty. We then ordered a special of the day - chicken breast in mushroom-cream sauce (comes with a side of baked or mashed potatoes), and shrimp in white wine, butter garlic and herbs. Both dishes were spectacular, though the portion size of the shrimps was slightly disappointing. My only nitpick was that they should probably serve it with rice to soak up all that delicious sauce! The chicken breast was juicy, tender and not at all dry - and the cream sauce was AMAZING. Service was also top-notch. Solange, our waitress, was patient, not pushy. And after a mixup with our order (my wife ordered mashed potatoes and received baked instead), they didn't blink! Apologized humbly and made us the mashed potatoes, no questions asked! (which is certainly not a given in Israel!). The upside was we got to sample both kinds of potatoes - and both were awesome. The baked potato was crispy on the outside, creamy on the inside. And the mashed potatoes, while not 100% smooth (which is a subjective choice I guess) - were not too lumpy and the texture was great (and they use real butter, also not a given!). As I mentioned the size of my shrimp portion was slightly disappointing, so I decided to order chicken wings (also a staple special not written on the menu). We were a bit undecided about the choice of sauce offered (spicy teriyaki), so Solange winked and told us a "house secret" - you can order them in a lemon-garlic sauce as well! The wings were also fantastic - full of flavor and done just right. We also had some sauce left over from our main dishes, which Solange noticed - she brought us some delicious challah-style bread to mop up the leftovers! We skipped dessert as we had other plans, but we were told that the creme brulee and the chocolate cake are made in-house. Stav then brought us a complimentary chaser of their house liqueur - you have to try it if you're into spiced drinks - slightly lemony with cinnamon, cloves and a hint of saffron. Our bill was entirely reasonable - although we did not have wine or dessert. Still, even with wine, dessert and service you can have a delicious meal for two at a very fair price. To sum up, the experience was outstanding and we will 100% be back.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed August 3, 2020

We were pleased to be able to eat outside as the neighborhood, Nachalat Sheva has its own special atmosphere. The waiter was very helpful in his recommendations for food and drink, he came back periodically to make sure we had everything we needed. The chef...surprised us with a number of complimentary items which made the whole experience even better... If you're looking for a place to eat especially on a Friday night or before the Sabbath is over this is an excellent choice... we'll definitely be back...More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed March 7, 2020 via mobile

Excellent restaurant! I really enjoyed the stay. The ceviche was freh an delicious an my gnocchi with seafood were near perfect! I would definitely recommend to come to this restaurant. Additionally the service was really nice and helpful.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 3, 2020

I loved this restaurant. The food was of a very high standard. Loved the tapas starter. There is such a great vibe in this place that we ended up hanging out in the bar after dinner with the very characterful chef and owner. We would...have returned but it's closed on a Sunday and we had to leave. I'd highly recommend it.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed February 18, 2020 via mobile

This place is worth finding! It's a short way down an alley off of Joffa. There is a bar side (smoking) and restaurant side (non-smoking).

Date of visit: February 2020
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4