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“Great view, but...”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Rama's Kitchen - CLOSED

Rama's Kitchen
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Israeli, International
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: “Rama’s Kitchen” was founded by Rama Ben Zvi 18 years ago, almost as an anecdote, as a unique restaurant in the hills that is open to the public on weekends only. Over the years Rama’s Kitchen has become a thriving culinary landmark and is consistently ranked as one of Israel’s leading restaurants
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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283 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Great view, but...”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

Rama's may be getting additional attention after recently being featured in the Wall Street Journal. It is in a scenic spot, and you feel like you are almost hanging out in someone's commune (in a good way) more than you are in a restaurant. The food while attractively presented, was really nothing special. The tea was good, though the lemonade (allegedly home-made) tasted canned. The staff was generally pleasant, but for the most part inattentive. We had to repeatedly flag down someone to pay our check, and it sat there at our table until I was able to get a different server to finally help us out and run the credit card. Come for the ambiance, but do not have high expectations. It is family friendly, and almost every table had children when we visited.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Publius-DC
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New York, NY
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62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Amazing food and very unique location!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2013

This restaurant is located in Nataf, 15 minutes outside Jerusalem and above the Arab village of Abu Gosh. It is is set in the Judean Hills on a nursery farm. It is only open on weekends and well worth the trip. All the spices and fruits and vegetables are grown there or locally and all the food is organic. This is one of the most unique settings you could enjoy at a top notch restaurant. Well worth the trip from Jerusalem or even Tel Aviv. Everything we ate was delicious and served in a gourmet family style. Everything was incredible but my favorites were the lamb and flat bread topped with chopped meat. If you are a foodie and visiting Israel, don't miss this spot.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank ScubaNYC16
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Incredible restaurant set in a plant nursery in the hills outside Jerusalem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

I have been dining at Rama's Kitchen in Nataf for over ten years and the food just keeps getting better. The restaurant is set in the Nataf community past Abu Ghosh about twenty minutes outside Jerusalem, 40 from Tel Aviv. It is set in a plant nursery overlooking some beautiful hills.

They are one of the few restaurants in Israel where almost everything used is organic and locally grown. I am an event producer and have also had several events for between 50-100 people at the restaurant and for events their food is also outstanding.

Favorite dishes include their tomato salad, flatbread topped with chopped meat, pumpkin and lentil puree, ceviches and lamb chops. But I will stop typing and let the photos speak for themselves.

Incredible. A must.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank Sharon726
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Jerusalem, Yerushalayim, Israel
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149 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“An indulgent meal in an incredibly tranquil and beautiful setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2013

My friend and I finally made it to Rama's Kitchen for brunch on Friday. We decided to go all out and have the brunch tasting menu for 98 NIS each. We started with refreshing homemade herb ice-tea - lightly sweetened with honey. We only go a glass each - i would have preferred a pitcher!
The first dish was Beetroot Hummus with Tehini and Chickpea Confit - sweet and nutty, utterly delicious but we had to wait nearly 10 minutes until the bread came and it is a dish that needs bread. The bread was fresh out the taboon and came with a choice of dips. Neither of us cared for the Tzatziki but that is more about personal taste. Next we demolished Cherry Tomato Salad and Green Tehini and out of a choice of 3 foccacia's - we chose the mozzarella, tomato and basil - which was very tasty but had slightly too much cheese and lacked a certain kick.

That was followed by Perfect egg on goat cheese with Portobello mushrooms - which was actually a poached egg on oyster mushrooms which i think made it even more flavorful.

Next my friend enjoyed the Crispy chicken liver pate with a spicy sauce while I had the vegetarian alternative of quails eggs with tehina - which was nice but having already had both egg and tehina, i would have preferred a fish dish (which i believe they sometimes off on this menu). We ended with a platter of goat's cheese and coffee and were persuaded by the waitress to pay an extra 44 NIS for the pistachio ice cream with kadaif and rose water - which was nice but not amazing and not worth the extra money.

The setting is so peaceful and authentic - surrounded by the Judean hills and the garden center where they grown many of their own herbs etc. The chef is notoriously difficult and i was lucky that he agreed to make one change for me because he doesn't always and we were entertained by an outburst he had in the kitchen that we could see. We happened to have a wonderfully attentive waitress but there were long gaps between each course and we were there for a total of 2.5 hours for brunch! Nice if you are not in a hurry but a bit longer that we would have liked.

The only other negative aspect is the occasional waft of goat's as they are based just below the restaurant!

Bottom line - worth the 30 minute drive out of Jerusalem, for the view, the setting and the whole experience but it is not a place I would visit on a regular basis - more for special occasions!

  • Visited August 2013
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2 Thank Debbie K
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Sydney, Australia
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2,459 reviews
701 restaurant reviews
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“Eating Nirvana in the Judean hills.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2013

Apres our return to the Eternal City,we four drove 15 minutes into the Judean Hills to Nataf. This is the address of the best 'destination Restaurant' Outside jerusalem.Its situated on a bluff overlooking a magnificent vista that is both tranquil and panoramic.
Rama's Kitchen resides above the Arab village of Abu Ghosh,which is arguably Jerusalem's best location for hummus.The restaurant is open -air covered with cane battons that calm and beautify the interior while the outlook outside on all sides,is over the rugged hills.
The welcome is genuinally warm as we hone in on the menu. Within a minute, our taste buds signal stimulation.
A wooden platter arrives bearing a warm whole loaf called Tulma which is served from the taboon (Arabic for wood-fired oven) with green tahini & mixed olives....very zesty, tasty and light. For entrees,we opt for chicken liver in balsamic emulsion with a wheat,almond butter dish & grilled yellow zuccini: slices of leg of lamb marinated in avat of papricas for a week..we are in for a treat!! lastly asperagus sauteed in olive oil and orange juice with cream of goat cheese,quail egg and deep fried potato ribbons. We are in rapture as we eventually choose the following Mains.
Taboon roasted striped bass mediteranean style with preserved lemon & herbs,roasted fennel with safron and grilled pepper: White palmide & corvine fish fillets lightly toated on the outer skin,white asperagus sauce,jerusalem artichoke confit .All set on beautiful plates that highlighted the dishes: Prime fillet cut (250gm) in red wine glaze,sweet potato,nectarine & salicornia.
The wine,called Judean hills,from Tzora vin 2010 is a cab sav,merlot & syrah......is excellent,smooth and dry. We meet Rama who offers us a complimentary glass italian sparkling digestife and we order desserts that knock your socks off.: panacote,sweet couscous twill & green apple granite: lemon cream medallions wrapped with almond pralines with fresh fruit salad: Pistachio ice cream on kadaif (like arabic kanef) with eggplant confit followed by chocolate. We finished with Arabic coffee and eschewed the sensational meal which inspired and enlivenened our senses . This was a 2 hour meal enjoyed in leisure and great company amidst wonderful surroundings. Bookings essential. Mid-week best. Its expensive but you are worth it.

  • Visited May 2013
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3 Thank Eli B
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