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Middle Eastern, Israeli
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher
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Reviewed December 1, 2020

One of the few Kurdish places to eat anywhere outside of Kurdistan! Food is delicious and servers great. Food is very comforting after a long day of walking through religious sites.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed March 2, 2020

This is my sixth visit or so. All previous visits were tasty and fun. This time ordered the special dish (beef marinated in silan -date honey) Took forever to get the dish (we were not told it woll take longer than others), and there was...nothing special except overly sweet fried onions on top. Meat was grainy and not soft. Bread was overly crusty. We were two people and left three quarters of the dish. No one asked why (even though we were sitting on the "bar". We had to *ask* for a second knife, and a *clean* fork. No service at all. Not adding a photo as tripadvisor does not add points for photos despite advertising so.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 24, 2020 via mobile

Cool and cosy place with tasty stuffend Kurdish pastry. Fresh salads. We really enjoyed the well-coming vibe.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 16, 2020

Shamburak with Syrian kabob was awesome. green salad had sweet potato chips and walnuts. great taste. friendly staff.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 9, 2020

I went there with two of my cousins from the US and all three of us were very happy. The restaurant is located in the Mahane Yehuda area about a 2 minute walk from the hear of the shuk. There was a line to get...in and we sat at the counter to avoid a wait. The service was prompt, competent and friendly. All main dishes are varieties of a shambuka. It's Syrian-Kurdish food. It's essentially bread stuffed with various fillings. I and one of my cousins had kebab meat and the other cousin had a vegetarian choice. They are accompanied by various sauces salads to eat with it/ on top of it. The bread is considered bread for those (like me) who are religious and have to "wash". It's not only kosher but BaDa'tz Beit Yosef. I want to go again.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed January 11, 2020

Great food as described by others at a great price. Terrific selection of local wine and beer delivered with a smile by its enthusiastic waiters.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 7, 2020 via mobile

So finally I get to Jerusalem in the evening, so my Daughter and decide to hit Machne Yehuda, for some great food. We're up to anything major, and we go to Ishtabach. The concept is a baked pastry with various meats to choose from, the...pastry is a Curd recipe, kinda like a shepards pie. Its to die for! Theres a little redheaded smiling waitress that gave us such great service I just had to hug her, because out of the blue she brings out Halva mouse that was sooooo gooooood! Theres usually a line be patient its worth a couple minutes wait. Ill be back there!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 6, 2020 via mobile

Yum! I had the shamborek, their key item, which is like a kosher calzone. Perfectly baked pastry stuffed with meat that melts in your mouth. The dipping sauces pair perfectly. I could have eaten two it was so yummy! They have veggie as well and...even a shepherds pie for those with dietary restrictions.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed January 6, 2020

It took us a while to find this popular eatery but it was well worth the search.We really enjoyed the warm and lively atmosphere and friendly,helpful service.The food was tasty and it was nice to try something really new.Prices very reasonable.

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed January 1, 2020 via mobile

the food was a very traditional and delicious one the staff were nice and helpful; they were willing to offer us indoor seatings despite the fact that we don’t mind sitting outside (although it’s winter now) would probably come again before i leave israel

Date of visit: December 2019
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February 6, 2018|
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Response from DanSap27 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think that they take reservations
Amy P
May 16, 2017|
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Response from Michel G | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. It is closer to a street food restaurant than to a formal place. Maybe they will keep a seat for you if you say you'll be there within minutes.
April 8, 2017|
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Response from Michel G | Reviewed this property |
It is a certified kosher place : closed on Shabbath until night.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Ishtabach

  • Yes, Ishtabach offers takeout services.

  • Yes, Ishtabach offers delivery services.

  • Ishtabach is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 4.5