The Jewish Quarter was almost entirely rebuilt in 1967, since the Jordanians leveled it in 1948 when they seized the West Bank and half of Jerusalem. Builders painstakingly reconstructed some of the Quarter's former landmarks and archaeologists used the destruction as an opportunity to delve into the ground and uncover relics from eras long past.
But despite the fairly recent vintage of much of the Jewish Quarter, not many of its restaurants take full advantage of the impressiveness of both the historical and physical surroundings. One exception is The Quarter Cafe, whose elevated location above the Burnt House affords it an epic view of the Western Wall and Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives with its magnificent churches and massive cemetery beyond.
The kosher l'mehadrin dairy fare, including soups, salads, sandwiches, quiches and more, is served buffet-style. The restaurant can be reserved for large parties and events, and often is for the Old City's many Western Wall bar mitzvas.
Sunday to Thursday, 9:00 to 17:00; Friday 9:00 to 15:00
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