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“Nice small place for Hummus in the Old City”
Review of Lina Restaurant

Lina Restaurant
Ranked #74 of 728 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Neighborhood: Christian Quarter
Restaurant details
Neighborhood: Christian Quarter
tel aviv
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Nice small place for Hummus in the Old City”
Reviewed May 8, 2013

This is a very well known and loved Hummus place in the ols city of Jerusalem, in the Muslim part.
it has a very small and basic menu - Hummus of different sorts, and a great salad. That is basically it!
I f you are looking for a place to eat something tasty, authentic, inexpensive filling and healthy - this is the place for you.
I think it is a lot better than Abu Shukri, another famous place not far.

  • Visited May 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 573 helpful votes
“Top-notch hummus”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

First Impressions: Upon recommendation from our local tour guide, I sought out this place. From the Damascus Gate, take a soft 45-degree right onto Beit Hibad Street, then turn right onto Via Dolorosa, it will be on your left side, near the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. (Alternatively, take Jaffa Gate, follow David Street, turn left into Christian Quarter Road, then turn right onto St. Francis Street.) It has a glass entryway, bordered by blue doors. A humble red sign hangs overhead. It's a modest "hole in the wall" restaurant -- five tables, more on the second floor.

PROS: It only makes one thing: hummus. Fresh, authentic and unpretentious. The limited menu features different iterations on the hummus theme: Hummus with pine nuts, hummus with ful, etc. Of these choices, I particularly love the hummus with freshly-roasted pine nuts. Although I'm a dedicated carnivore, I enjoyed this dish so much that I could turn vegan! Costing about £3, it is of excellent value. I could eat this every day. Service is friendly and brisk.

CONS: Hard pressed to find anything negative, except for its small space, which can quickly get crowded during lunch.

Verdict: Remember the saying "Whatever is worth doing is worth doing... well?" In this case Lina does not disappoint. It has elevated the lowly chickpea and created a top-notch dish, IMO, better than Abu Shukri's and perhaps best in Jerusalem, worth taking a special trip into the Old City. Recommended. Grade A+.

  • Visited June 2012
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Jerusalem, Israel
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Top notch Hummesaria”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

In the heart of the old city but not hard to find.
Top quality hummesaria.
Seating upstairs or down.
Spotlessly clean.

  • Visited May 2013
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West Hartford, Connecticut
Level 6 Contributor
218 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 142 helpful votes
“The best Hummus (IMHO)”
Reviewed May 1, 2013

I tried the Hummus all over Jerusalem - but this was the best. The hummus with pine nuts was just incredible, as was the salad. It can get very crowded at lunch-time - get there early or late (by 1:30pm, it was easy to get in).

  • Visited April 2013
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Jerusalem, Israel
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“The best Humus in Jerusalem”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Simple authentic restaurant serving only Humus within the Old-City. Excellent fresh Humus of unsurpassed quality. There is a lot of competition but they probably have the best Humus. Don't expect comfortable seating or space. Eat enjoy and go!

  • Visited December 2012
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