Jerusalem is full of delicious food but the most delicious steak or pasta dish just can’t be enjoyed if your kids are nagging you that they want to go home or if the waitress gives you the evil eye because you’ve brought your kids to dinner with you. There are great restaurants that are worth getting a babysitter for but this post is about the places you can feel comfortable taking your kids to. Thanks to the Fun In Jerusalem facebook group for sharing info and their opinions on their favorite places to eat with their kids.
These are the Jerusalem Restaurants that have the Fun In Jerusalem readers’ seal of “kiddie” approval when we asked them in the summer of 2012. Feel free to add your comments about the following places or other places we should add to the list. Please double check the current Kashrut certificate. For a list of local Jerusalem restaurant coupons click here.
Pinati: Yad Haharuzim 22, Talpiot 02-622-2556This meat restaurant is located in Talpiot which is close to Baka and the German Colony. According to Robin "the food comes practically as you order it. Not too many options so nobody gets overwhelmed"
Kashrut: Beit Yosef Bus: 21, 5,
Gingy: Kanyon Hadar, Talpiot 02-6731177
This meat restaurant is a family favorite and according to our reader Yael, they are really nice to kids. Choose from a selection of meats and salads. Chavi calls it "super kid friendly."
Kashrut: Rabbanut Yerushalayim Bus: 30, 31,
Tzidkiyahu: 21 Yad Hacharutzim 02-673-3379
When it comes to Al Haesh (On the Grill) Tzidkiyahu is famous for its meat and its portion sizes. If your kids are starving and you want to make sure you will get served quickly this is the place to go. Within two minutes of ordering we had fresh warm pita and a selection of 8 salads on our table. The freshly grilled chicken and meat followed within 5 minutes. The salads are refilled as needed and the waiters wont give your kids the evil eye. Just make sure to bring your own crayons.
Kashrut: Mehadrin, Beit Yosef. Bus: 12, 14
54 Hamoshava: 54 Emek Refaim, 0579443379
54 is a meat restaurant located at the end of Emek Refaim in the German Colony. They have fast service, good kid friendly food and great prices! Prices range from 10 NIS-54 NIS. Thanks to Leah for the recommendation.
Kashrut: Rabbanut Yerushalayim Bus: 4, 4A
McDonalds: Avizohar St, Ramat Beit Hakerem 054-2399131 & Harel Mall, Mevaserret
Treat your kids to a tradiional happy meal at one of the local kosher McDonalds. You can find them in Ramat Beit Hakerem across the street from Shaarei Tzedek and in the Mevasseret Mall.
Milk RestaurantsWaffle Bar: 24 Emek Refaim 1-700-701-775
This is a child's dream! The menu is filled with food they will love (pizza, pasta, cheese toasts) and great salad and adult options as well. To end the meal the hardest decision will be what flavor waffle to order. Waffles come with whip cream and ice cream. Waffle Bar is located in town on Hillel St, on Emek Refaim and on Derech Beit Lechem in Baka.
Kashrut: Rabbanut Yerushalayim Bus: 4, 4A
Tal Bagels: 64 Emek Refaaim 02-566-6666
This is a local and tourist favorite. The bagels taste like they are made in NY and the atmosphere is warm and friendly. The menu includes salads, pastas and some of the best desserts in town. The waitresses will often bring kids some paper and crayons for coloring and there are many items on the menu suitable for kids. If you ask nicely they will even let you play with the cows inside the dairy case.
Kashrut: Kosher LeMehadrin. Bus Route 4, 4A
Luigis: 36 Shai Agnon (corner of Maale Zeev in San Simon/Katamon) 02-563-3338
Luigi’s is a well known Italian restaurant in town that recently opened up a second branch in San Simon on Shai Agnon. The food is Italian Milky and delicious. The reason it is so great for kids is because they have a large fenced in grassy area with children’s toys including a slide, playhouse and see saw. They will have a kids menu very soon. For now they have yummy fruit shakes, pizza and pasta favorites for kids. Luigi’s has my vote for the easiest place to take kids. Our reader Dena had this to say "Luigi in Katamon was great for a family lunch over sukkot. Very laid-back, lots of pizza/pasta options, and they offered to split the "3 scoops of ice cream" dessert into 3 separate ones without charging extra."
Kashrut: Rabbanut Yerushalayim, Gush Katif. Bus Route: 22
Anna Ticho House: 9 Rav Kook St 02-624-4186
This is a favorite for adults and kids. The delicious dairy menu has lots of options and according to Michelle she loves going there because there is plenty of outdoor space for your kids to run around once they have finished their meal. This restaurant is located in town just a few blocks from Ben Yehuda.
Kashrut: Kosher Badatz Mehadrin.