Open on Shabbat – Eating in Jerusalem on Friday Night and Saturday


Everything you need to know about Restaurants in Jerusalem on Shabbat

Much as this blog is a creative outlet for me, I also try to provide local information that is not easily available. Sometimes I am surprised by the popularity of certain posts versus others, but I always knew that there was a severe lack of information online about non-kosher restaurants in Jerusalem and restaurants open on Friday night and Shabbat in Jerusalem.

I have written a few different posts on this topic but as these are some of the most-read posts, I thought it made sense to collate all the information into one post.

Non-Kosher Restaurants in Jerusalem

Let’s start with the general topic of non-kosher restaurants in Jerusalem. They generally fall into three categories:

  1. All the food is ‘kosher’ but the owners do not wish to have a kosher license or they are open on Shabbat
  2. The food is not kosher but they only serve ‘kosher’ meat and fish (no seafood and pork etc).
  3. Fully non-kosher with seafood and/or pork and bacon

It is worth noting that not all non-kosher restaurants are open on Friday. Most significantly, Machneyuda, one of the best restaurants in Israel, is closed on Shabbat, as the whole of the shuk area in which it is located, is closed. This also includes Yudale Bar and Dekel, two other restaurants from the Machneyuda Group located in the same area, so they are also closed on Shabbat.

Read more: Top Ten Non-Kosher Restaurants in Jerusalem

Steak & Bone Marrow @Machneyuda, Jerusalem

Cafes in Jerusalem Open on Shabbat

Where to eat in Jerusalem on Saturday/Shabbat is a commonly asked question, especially for first-time visitors.  Even though most of the city closes down on Friday afternoon, there are still plenty of cafes open on Shabbat in Jerusalem, you just have to know where to find them.  There are many options in the city center, including Zuni, which is Jerusalem’s only 24/7 sit-down restaurant and R&R Diner, for those craving bacon and eggs for breakfast in Jerusalem on Shabbat (or any day).

Read more: Shabbat In Jerusalem – Cafés and Diners.

French Toast with Goose Breast, Swiss Cheese and Fried Eggs @Zuni Jerusalem

If you are looking for fast food on Shabbat in Jerusalem, then you can find all the usual suspects to choose from like pizza, burgers, sushi and noodles. For those looking for more local fare, Jachnun Bar serves Yemenite comfort food and is open 24/7. Here is my list of recommendations for Fast Food on Shabbat in Jerusalem.

Friday Night Dinner in Jerusalem

For visitors looking for a kosher Shabbat dinner in Jerusalem, most of the hotels offer traditional Friday night meals, but the cost is high. There is also the option to have Friday dinner with a local family through Eat With.

Some of the most frequent online searches that lead people to this blog are those looking for ‘restaurants open on Shabbat Jerusalem’ or ‘open restaurants Jerusalem Shabbat’.

As well as the more casual restaurants open on Shabbat that are mentioned above, there are also some great high-end restaurants that offer a mixture of local and Mediterranean cuisine for locals and tourists to enjoy dinner on Friday night. As all these restaurants are usually very busy on a Friday night, I would recommend making a booking well in advance.

Read the full list here: Top Ten Friday Night Restaurants in Jerusalem.

Red Tuna Sashimi @Mona Jerusalem

All these lists are based purely on my personal preference and are by no means all-inclusive. Some places have been excluded on purpose and some because I have not tried them myself, so cannot recommend them personally. I am always happy to hear feedback on places you have tried and would recommend to others.

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