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“Extraordinary Culinaric Experience”
Review of Alreda

Ranked #4 of 65 Restaurants in Nazareth
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $18 - $32
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Nazareth dishes with a Mediterranean , Morrocan , Persian , Italian , French , and Indian twists !! And what a twist it was. It is our opinion that the food served here combined with the ambiance of a 200 years old restored mansion and the friendliness of the owner leaves all the other restaurants in Nazereth or Israel for that matter far, far in its wake!!
daliyat el carmel
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Extraordinary Culinaric Experience”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

It has been an ongoing love story with this unique resturant! A story that has begun years ago and is still going on. Whenever we want to eat out and enjoy a culinaric, special experinece then Al Reda is difinetly our one and only choice. First the atmosphere is wonderful, highly esthetic, the food is simply divine, and the staff is great. You will find unique dishes there, all made with extra touch, something you won't find at other restuarants. If you are looking for something special then Al-Reda is The Place.

  • Visited April 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 567 helpful votes
“Hidden Gem: Tasty food, a tad pricey”
Reviewed April 10, 2013

First Impressions: From an unassuming façade, the guest is ushered into a converted mansion with stone walls and cross-shaped vaulted ceilings. A piano sits forlornly to one corner.

PROS: Location... location... location is its best asset. Located at the town centre, it sits near and overlooking the Basilica of the Annunciation. There is outdoor seating. The views from the upper terrace is awesome. The food is simple yet quite tasty, and the portions are adequate. Ambiance is fun and lively. There's live music on occasion.

CONS: For all of its excellent location, the restaurant is not easy to find. After a bit of exploring, I found it tucked away in some alley. Parking is spotty. Smoking is not prohibited in the restaurant. In fact, there is no non-smoking section in that place (except perhaps the table by the window) Non-smokers are welcome though. I found many of the food too oily but I guess that's the nature of the local dishes. Service is on the slow side, but I found that to be the case in most places in Israel. Finally, at £6 - £15 per entrée, the meal prices are moderately expensive.

Verdict: There you have it... The pros and cons all balance out. The tipping point? The food is -- hands down -- really tasty. No argument here. I would still recommend it, but perhaps not rank it so high because of the price.

  • Visited May 2012
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Wayland, ma
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Leisurely Lunch”
Reviewed March 31, 2013

Saw the TA reviews and the NYT article. I was very excited to dine in Nazareth. As other mentioned the restraunt is a bit hard to find - but worth the walking. Couple of notes
1. Plan to spend a lot of time having a full meal - leisurely service
2. Very limited wine list
3. Menu vs. reality - my menu indicated lamb neck - but it was really shoulder - nicely done
4. Definitely pretty pricey for the area

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Waylandtransplant
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DAZEI, General Manager at Alreda, responded to this review, April 15, 2013
Dear Mr. Waylandtransplant
- You are almost right about our leisurely service , thank you for explaining that to the readers \users of Tripadvisor , others already mentioned that before you did , but customers like you still complain of the same !!!!!! So here I am declaring towards all running customers , w e d o n o t r u n ! w e d o n o t w a n t t o r u n !! we are not good for running customers ! ! !
- I am confused whether I should be more impressed by your deep knowledge of the anatomy of lamb , so that you are able to recognize the piece of meat as lamb shoulder , or should I be impressed by your short memory when you forgot to tell that you were told that “ we have lamb shoulder instead of lamb neck , if it is OK for you ?????!! “
- In the name of our “ area “ I promise to try to meet your expectations : to reduce prices for rich people from rich and “ respected “ areas like your area , and at the same time to enrich our “ limited wine list “ with best wines of Italy , France , California and Rioja , not to mention of course lowest prices for those best wines of the world , because this is what is expected from an “ area “ like our area versus your area !!!! but I must tell you I am not very optimistic I will succeed !
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“You can spare it”
Reviewed March 25, 2013

I went there with 2 tourists because they read about it in lonely planet book. We were with GPS and it took us forever to find it. Drove those little narrow very steep roads of Nazareth, finally we parked and had to walk and ask 3-4 times until we found it. The restaurant decorated nicely and the staff is nice but the food was very expensive and dishes were small. We ordered 4 dishes, one was an appetizer (eggplant with tehina - tiny dish for 30 something shekels=about 8 euro), a salad which consist mainly of sprouts and some crunchy bits, a pan with 4 sausages in tomato sauce and 2 pieces of pastry with meat and pine nuts and 3 lemonades = total of 60 euros without tip. The food is good but I just think to go to all this trouble for over priced food that you can eat in a lot of other cities in Israel, you can spare this one.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank hillama
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DAZEI, General Manager at Alreda, responded to this review, April 16, 2013
Dear Hillama !
Mysterious lack of precise memory is most significant in your review !
I will try to help you remember : Eggplant 28 i.sh = 5.6 euro, not “ 30 something shekels = 8 euro “ , salad 44 i.sh , sausages ( 6-7 sausages , not “4” ) 80 i.sh. , 2 kubbeh ( “pastry with meat “) 16 i.sh , 3 lemonades 45 i.sh.

total bill is 213 shekel , which is about 44 euro , if you add 36% on that you will reach the 60 euro you mentioned in your review !!!!!!!!!!!
is it realy lack of memory ??? !
Nevertheless , You ( Hillama ) ” could spare it “ ! why don’t you dear Hillama read TA before coming to us ? that could help very much not to make mistakes of other disappointed Israelis ( Freddylubin , 8 January 2013 ) who obliged themselves to come to Nazareth “ with tourists “ ???!
And another advice : find a better GPS rather than accusing us of its inabilities , and take it only to well planned new flat cities with no “ little narrow very steep roads “ or try to convince your "tourists " to visit such cities only , so "tourists" will not overexert you next time !
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Jerusalem, Israel
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“What a gem - It's worth going to Nazareth just to eat there”
Reviewed March 14, 2013

I had lunch at Al-Reda with a couple of friends after reading the New York Times review, and after hearing praises from friends who had eaten there. I was not disapppointed. The restaurant is located right behind the Basilica, next door to the lovely Covent of Mary, in a tiny, quiet alley. It's located inside a stunning, old Arab stone house, and decorated in a quirky but very atmospheric way. There's even a sofa if you don't feel like leaving after lunch or dinner, and chances are you won't.

The food is stunning too. At first we were suprised when the waiter suggested we should choose other salads than the ones we wanted to order, but we trusted him and did not regret it. These salads were fresh, creative and absolutely delicious - baby salad with orange and rocca salad with pommegranate. The pastilla was fantastic, and the vegetable focaccia excellent.

The cuisine was a creative mix of Palestinian, Moroccan and Mediterranean flavours. There was a good vibe, nice music and excellent wine, not to mention that the manager and the waiter were both helpful and nice. The customers were a mix of Western diplomats or journalists, Israelis and tourists, all very laid back and relax. There are not so many restaurants that are both creative and tasty in Israel, and this one is not to be missed.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank allega
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