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Middle Eastern, Israeli
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher
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Reviewed August 28, 2022 via mobile

Yummy Kurdish food that was recommended by a local. We had the steak pie that tasted a little like shepherds pie.. loved it! Different sort of cuisine and reasonably priced. Will be back!

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed June 30, 2022 via mobile

Very average. Had the asada and it was pretty flavorless. Didn’t live up to the hype at all! I was expecting so much more. The bread was overcooked as well.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 29, 2022 via mobile

We had seen this place on a food show and were intrigued. The place did not disappoint. It is a small cafe with a bar seats that overlook the guy making the food and the special oven they use. We shared a brisket and a...Syrian kebab version. They were both great and more than satisfying . They are crusty with rich meat fillings and mashed potatoes. They are served with two sauces and tastes of a couple of side salads (the raw onion salad was delicious). Eat them with a fork or pick them up to eat like a good NY style pizza. This is my kind of meal.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed March 15, 2022

Great restaurant. Food is excellent. This is a casual place. Can be a bit loud. Well worth a visit. Fair prices

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed December 20, 2021 via mobile

it's an interesting place, you don't really know to what to except. we took 2 shamburak one with brisket and one with beef. the brisket was very good!! the other was good!. they have mosko beer- blonde- don't give up on this! it's take a...little bit a time till the food arrived , about 20 min. we will go there again I guesshope cause it's really goodMore

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 29, 2021

The COVID travel restrictions have lifted - and I am back in Israel for the first time in over 2 years. I'm happy to report that so many of the best restaurants - like Ishtabach - continue to thrive! This is a small, popular restaurant...in the busy Machaneh Yehudah market. There is ample outdoor seating. The kurdish food is absolutely delicious - bit the vegan and meat entrees. We ended the meal with a walk through the market - and found dessert at Marzipan where the rugleach are superb.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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travelwizone
February 6, 2018|
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Response from DanSap27 | Reviewed this property |
I don't think that they take reservations
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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.
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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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Ishtabach is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5