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Review of Mona

Ranked #12 of 728 Restaurants in Jerusalem
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Israeli
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Nachla'ot
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed April 13, 2013 via mobile

We had a family meal; the food was very good and the prices are fair; the service was very good: Dont go with kids; the kids menu actually does not exist; overall it was joyful brassery diner

Visited April 2013
Thank Ariel P
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Level 6 Contributor
167 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
“A gem”
Reviewed April 12, 2013

Mona is arguably one of the best restaurants in Israel and most certainly in Jerusalem. We were hesitant at first, because it is now owned by the people who run Jerusalem's Mahneyuda restaurant, one of our least favored places. Our fear was baseless. Mona and Mahneyuda exist in two very separate and different planetary systems. Mona is what you expect of a top class chef's restaurant - great food, beautiful location, excellent service, value for money and leaving a strong desire to go back again.
Mona offers a tantalizing bistro menu with a range of offers that should satisfy almost every taste from meat lovers to fans of the sea as well as vegetarians. Not easy to choose. The menu avoids the trendy but obnoxious and indecipherable descriptions so loved by Mahneyehuda. It tells you clearly and unambiguously what the offerings are, In the end we went for a creative and mouthwatering starter of seared calamari and the best polenta with mushrooms and parmesan that I have eaten in a long time. A nice surprise was the caesar salad offered on the house. Based on other reviews this gesture is prevalent at Mona, but no less appreciated. That was followed by a truly classic and perfectly executed boeuf bourgignon and a delectable burger. By the looks of the other available dishes and reactions of neighboring diners, they were all top notch. The pear tart for dessert was very enjoyable, but perhaps a bit below the standard of the previous courses. The repast was well accompanied by the Israeli Trio winery's Secret, a fruity, medium bodied combination of cabernet, merlot and sirah grapes.
Service was as good as it gets and our server Yoav was friendly, very knowledgeable, helpful and there when we needed him. We called the chef out to receive our personal thanks and compliments.
Mona is located in a wonderful old Jerusalem stone building that houses the city's Artists House. The decor is cozy, comfortable and inviting but in no way distracts you from what you came for - a delicious meal. The restaurant also has a nice bar that looks inviting for an evening of imbibing.
Mona is not cheap, but certainly not more expensive than other restaurants of similar standard and quality in Israel and abroad.
We will definitely go back and warmly recommend Mona to anyone looking for a very satisfying culinary experience in Jerusalem.

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank wolfman50
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Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Creative Tasty Food, Lively Atmospehere”
Reviewed April 2, 2013

A really wonderful night out. Great service. Wonderful creative food, of which we enjoyed every bite ! Friendly barman and great service. Perfect !

Visited March 2013
Thank IMichal
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Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“excellent modern not kosher”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

interior : classy but not swanky, comfortable and snappy
great service: knowledgeble but not pretentious
great food: refined, modern... not kosher
excellent desserts : cheese mousse out of this world

Visited March 2013
Thank petitnez
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Hale, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Vibrant atmosphere, friendly staff good food”
Reviewed March 31, 2013 via mobile

A Jem of a restaurant in Jerusalem. Had a lovely evening there. Vibrant atmosphere. Friendly helpful staff . We had the tasting menu. It was really delicious . Not cheap but worth spending that extra .

Thank Karen R
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