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“Good food, terrible attitude”

Israel's Kitchen at Arbel Guest House
Ranked #13 of 61 Restaurants in Tiberias
Price range: $23 - $38
Cuisines: Israeli
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Host a dinner you will not forget for a long time Meals based on meat stews and root vegetables All the fruits all the vegetables and all the meat come from our Neighbors - the galilee farmers. Art best appetizers and desserts made by our chef Rural atmosphere and personal service of the Israel Shavit Executive chef Casseroles food behold With good old Israeli music Meal which is shared by all your senses and beyond An experience you will not forget for a long time Here some of our course: starters Stuffed Mushrooms - lamb and pine nuts Antipasti - a variety of roasted vegetables - garlic, onions , sweet potatoes , peppers , zucchini and more. Crostini dish - homemade bread with Galilean spreads cylindrical olives, sun-dried tomatoes , basil and roasted peppers Pate of chicken liver - with hot Tomato comfiture. Green medley Homemade bread - Jabetta baked with olive oil and coarse salt hyssop Soups Rural goulash soup with beans Sweet Potato Soup Major Lag of lamp - slow cooking after marinated in superior wine, mix with olive oil and herbs Lamb casserole - prime cut with bone cooked on bed of Aromatic vegetables. Veal casserole - prime cut with bone cooked on bed of Aromatic vegetables. Chicken steak - in silan-sweetened sauce Entrecote steak - well aged juicy cut of galilee free-range cattle. Lamb ribs - a delicate cut interlarded with juicy drippings. St. Peter fish - baked in the oven in pappers sauce with garlic. All dishes are served with a selection of extras Desserts Warm chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. Refused on three flavors lemon , passion fruit and berries Moose milk with a touch of chocolate Bavaria on a bed of Kadaif Coffee Chocolate Mousse In addition we serve verity of wines from Ramat-Ha-Golan and Galilee.
Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Good food, terrible attitude”
Reviewed February 27, 2013

We had a fantastic and lavish breakfast the first morning of our 2-night stay at the Guest House. One of the main reasons we booked the room was that the restaurant got such high praise. When we asked to reserve a table for dinner, we were told by Sara that they might not serve dinner that night because they had family visiting. But lucky for us, Israel did decide to offer dinner to us and a few other guests. He was very friendly and accommodating when we placed our order. Service was slow but we were patient knowing that Israel was trying to do both the cooking and the service. When the main courses arrived, we immediately saw that he had made a mistake in one of the orders. I walked to the kitchen area to let him know, politely, that we had gotten the wrong dish, probably someone else's order. I returned to the table, and Israel's wife Sara came over. She looked at us and said, "You shouldn't have eaten it if it wasn't your order." We were shocked as she continued, "That was wrong of you, you should not have touched it."

I had to work very hard not to lose my temper at her rudeness: not only had we not touched the dish, but even if we had, it was their mistake, not ours, and we notified them immediately. Her attitude was so terrible that it ruined the dinner and put a cloud over the entire stay in Arbel. We heard Israel arguing with her back in the kitchen, and he made an effort to come back to the table to ask us how everything was. We felt badly for him but the damage was done.

We left the next morning earlier than planned, without eating breakfast, simply to avoid Sara who clearly did not consider us customers worthy of respect. It is clear that she does not enjoy the hospitality business and sees her "guests" as inconveniences. If they're serious about running a restaurant, Israel should let her stay out of the public eye and hire a professional assistant who knows how to be gracious and courteous.

  • Visited November 2012
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“The food disappointed us!!!”
Reviewed January 12, 2013

The atmosphere and service are really nice but the reason you came for restaurant is the food and it's not good at all. The place is far from the city of Tiberias and I don't think it worth the effort...

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Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“As good as the reviews say!”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

My husband and I first found Israel's Kitchen on a short trip to the Galilee for our anniversary. We were less than impressed with the food at our highly rated accommodations, so I poked around online to find something better nearby. Israel's Kitchen had the best reviews, and with good reason! The dinner was absolutely outstanding - uniquely Middle Eastern but not too foreign for foreigners.

We just went back to the Galilee with some American friends who were visiting and actually stayed at the attached Shavit Guest House. They raved about the breakfast so much that we came back two days later after some hiking to have dinner there. Most of us had one of the lamb dishes, which were really, really amazing. The crostini starter is also terrific (had that both times). Chocolate and coffee mousse is delicious if you have room, but steer clear of the ice cream if you're from America. Good ice cream is almost impossible to find in Israel, even in its #1 restaurant, Israel's Kitchen!

Sara and Israel are both wonderful and very authentic Israelis. Israel can be seen picking herbs in the garden in between serving his guests, so you know the food you're getting is as fresh as can be! They also serve oranges and grapefruits from their own trees, etc.

I am really really picky and this is only the 3rd review I've ever written, and it's because I really truly think this place deserves it.

  • Visited December 2012
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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“Intimate best dinner in Israel - right from the land”
Reviewed January 1, 2013

Yisreal's Kitchen provided our family's favorite dinner on our trip through northern Israel. The vegetables were fresh, the home-made bread was exquisite, the soups were thick and delicious, and the desserts were as memorable as could be: a halva mousse that was so warm and creamy that it seemed to melt. For meat eaters, the lamb stew and chicken dishes were seasoned to perfection, and for the vegetable eaters, the salads, soups, hot roasted vegetables and accompaniments were true highlights. For people staying in Tiberias, this is well worth the fifteen minute drive outside of town. Yisrael and Sara are warm and generous hosts who welcomed our family of six; with the kitchen area just footsteps from our table, we felt as if we were in our own kitchen.

  • Visited December 2012
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Amazing meals”
Reviewed November 29, 2012 via mobile

We had both dinner and breakfast here. Great service, friendly staff, and AMAZING food. We couldn't resist a 3 course meal. Our best meal in Israel for sure.

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