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“Beautiful place with wonderful food”

American Colony Hotel Arabesque Restaurant
Ranked #74 of 743 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Buffet, Reservations
Neighborhood: American Colony
Reviewed January 18, 2013

Had lunch at historic hotel. The place is beautiful. Well kept and maintained. The restaurant was outstanding. excellent food with top service. A peaceful, relaxing place to enjoy lunch.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Great ambiance, terrific food, excellent service. We made it our home away from home!
Political note: this hotel is known to cater to a a Palestinian crowd (they advertise in "Palestine Today" for example). If you have issues with that, you might want to pick another place.

Thank Tezajovy
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Anyone who's someone in Jerusalem has been at the American Colony Hotel. Its breathtakingly beautiful setting - an old Ottoman palace surrounded with lush gardens, furnished with antiques in Palestinian East Jerusalem - and its amazing customer base - every foreign correspondent, diplomat, UN worker or intellectual in town goes there - makes it a must. The whole place has the charm of British mandate Palestine, and the hotel has become famous for its debates and book readings where you will meet celebrities and the world's experts on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, managed by the excellent Bookshop of the hotel.

While not being the finest available in Jerusalem, food has greatly improved in recent times and menus vary according to where you eat - in the restaurant / in the courtyard, in the cellar bar, or in the garden bar. Service is excellent unless you're rude - it may be a five-star hotel, but you're still expected to behave like a gentle(wo)man - this is not a place for the newly rich.

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Thank allega
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Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

The Hotel is one of the friendliest and welcoming 4//5 star hotels I have ever had the pleasure of staying in. On the East Jerusalem/Palestinian side of the Old City the owners are american, the management company Swiss, the GM British and the staff by large Israeli-Arab. The peace process would be advanced by using this hotel as its blueprint. Not surprisingly Tony Blair took up 2 floors in the hotel when he led the Quartet.
The rooms are old world, large luxurious and unique. Not Mandarin Oriental 5 star but a really comfortable 4. And for the price it's a knockout. Staff is very responsive and accommodating and when you get back to the hotel after a long day touring (or spying ?) you feel like you are "home".

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Thank Shoredevil
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Reviewed October 20, 2012

I had brunch here on a Saturday as part of a large family group. The courtyard made a perfect setting. The brunch (eat as much as you like for $ 50 a head, excluding drinks) was absolutely delicious. You help yourself to what is basically a large three-course meal. The first course is a huge variety of salads, cold meats, cheeses. There's a strong seafood presence, and if you don't or can't eat shellfish you might find the choice a bit limited.
For the next course, head into the kitchen where the staff serve a choice of meat and fish dishes. The lamb was exquisite, beautifully cooked and delicately spiced.
Lastly, a desserts table offers a range of mousses, miniature pastries, and sliced fruit.

As I mentioned, drinks aren't included in the meal price. We took a couple of jugs of lemonade, which was too sweet. As the previous reviewer mentioned, they are reluctant to serve tap water, although after ordering a few bottles a waitress did give us a tap fill up.

This isn't a cheap meal, but for a special occasion or a special treat it's got a style and class all of its own.

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Thank Shaul01
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