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“Worst, most expensive dinner ever”
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Arcadia
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Israeli, Middle Eastern
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Neighborhood: Nachla'ot
Atlanta
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Worst, most expensive dinner ever”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

We went in July, family of 4, to what is billed as the best restaurant in Jerusalem at 7pm. We had to sit in the court yard with the stray cats. The weather was good, and the courtyard is pretty, so this was OK. We did get amuse bouches right away. But it was 30 minutes before we got a menu and longer before we got drinks. This restaurant seats maybe 30 and only had about 8 patrons. Why the wait? We opted for the tasting menu, so we could try everything. The food took a LONG time. The kids didn't like it and fed some of it to the cats (who were so used to us because we were there for THREE HOURS). We started guessing when the main meal would come. I had the earliest guess of 9:15pm, over 2 hours after we arrived. At 9:15 the waitress comes by and asks us if we would like dessert. Imagine our frustration! We should have left then. I spoke to a manager who assured us the food was coming. 15 minutes later it did. There were minor attempts to make it up to us, extra drinks, and extra dessert. But the dessert I ordered never came. The food didn't justify the price. Three hours of frustration made it a horrible experience. But we will always laugh about the best WORST dinner we ever had. DON'T GO!

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank gexin
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English first
Morristown, New Jersey
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Expected better at Arcadia”
Reviewed September 9, 2012 via mobile

I had heard about this restaurant some time ago and was delighted to finally eat there! The food was good, the service pleasant, but not as good as I was expecting. Unlike many restaurants the menu on the website was identical to the menu in the restaurant. We were pleased that they expanded a dish for two to full servings for three. The head chef, Ezra Kedem, was not there that Sunday night - perhaps the experience might have been more memorable if he had been there. As it was, it is unlikely we will return. By the way, the gate to enter is locked. You have to press a button to be buzzed in.

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1 Thank travelontheroad
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Level Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Poor, very poor and super expensive dinner experience ...never again”
Reviewed August 31, 2012

Hugely disappointing food experience even without considering the over priced menu. The food was simply not tasty, not well cooked, simply bad.

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1 Thank matitiahus
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Berkeley, California
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12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Expected More”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

My wife and I had dinner on a Thursday evening. We should have known that something was up when only two other tables were occupied. The atmosphere is reasonable. It's a nice space in a beautiful old building. The menu was difficult. We've never had such a hard time piecing together a good meal. We just kept staring at the menu trying to find some decent combinations. In the end we had to order a salad off of the menu. The food was all passable, but just barely. Nothing at all special. The service tried hard, but was far too inexperienced for a restaurant with aspirations like this one. Three dishes with a bottle of wine ran around NIS 650. That's what we pay for absolutely outstanding meals in Tel Aviv. Oh well. We wrote it off as being what makes trying new places interesting...

  • Visited July 2012
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Thank 203Andy
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Jerusalem, Israel
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“poor and expensive”
Reviewed June 24, 2012

The nu. 1 over priced restaurnt all over Israel.
i was invited there last week by good friends .In the menu it is promised - '' organic veg. from our garden '' = 0.
Half of the menu - not seRved today.....
Over priced wine list
3 starters + 6 main course + 1 dessert + 2 bottels wine (270 each the cheep one ) =2400 + tip = 2 8 0 0 sh. FOR 6 PAX
not worth by half

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank AmiGizIsraeGuide
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