Jerusalem Cafe

★★★★☆
  • 516 SE Chkalov Dr 45

    Vancouver, WA 98683

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  • 360-891-1490

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Mon. - Fri. 11am - 9pm;Sat. - Sun. 24 Hours

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We went in last night to an almost empty restaurant. The server was friendly and seated us right away. There was ethnic music playing pretty loudly and since it was our first time eating here we asked about the menu but had a difficult

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★★★★★

We went in last night to an almost empty restaurant. The server was friendly and seated us right away. There was ethnic music playing pretty loudly and since it was our first time eating here we asked about the menu but had a difficult

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This place has the absolute worst food I have ever OVERpaid for! The pita bread was cold and tough.... the chicken was all fatty and gristley.... The rice is bland, and to top it off, it was all floating in a soggy mound of grease. The

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★★★★★

This place has the absolute worst food I have ever OVERpaid for! The pita bread was cold and tough.... the chicken was all fatty and gristley.... The rice is bland, and to top it off, it was all floating in a soggy mound of grease. The

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The food is good but after you come there a few times you realize that all dishes come with same side, so most of their dishes taste the same. Definitely pricey for the portion they offer. There is only one server per whole restaurant who doesn't speak good English. The service is horrible. The manager acts very unprofessional by asking too many personal questions and even being somewhat disrespectful. As much as I love Mediterranean food I'm probably not coming there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is good but after you come there a few times you realize that all dishes come with same side, so most of their dishes taste the same. Definitely pricey for the portion they offer. There is only one server per whole restaurant who doesn't speak good English. The service is horrible. The manager acts very unprofessional by asking too many personal questions and even being somewhat disrespectful. As much as I love Mediterranean food I'm probably not coming there again.

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Wonderful Mediterranean food! Very friendly staff and owners! It was a delight to dine there and we would go back with our kids for sure!

5
★★★★★

Wonderful Mediterranean food! Very friendly staff and owners! It was a delight to dine there and we would go back with our kids for sure!

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This is a fabulous hidden place. It is off the beaten path and hard to see at first but you won't want to pass it up. The fire chicken is really good as well as the sample platter.

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★★★★☆

This is a fabulous hidden place. It is off the beaten path and hard to see at first but you won't want to pass it up. The fire chicken is really good as well as the sample platter.

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My favorite Mediterranean restaurant is in Portland. But when in Vancouver, Jerusalem Cafe is really very good!

There are 3 locations, downtown Vancouver, off of Mill Plain and 205, and Battleground. Chicken on Fire is my favorite. The Mezza Platter is another favorite. Appetizers are good. A lot of food for the price. Healthy faire that is so much better than fast food. I highly recommend.

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★★★★☆

My favorite Mediterranean restaurant is in Portland. But when in Vancouver, Jerusalem Cafe is really very good!

There are 3 locations, downtown Vancouver, off of Mill Plain and 205, and Battleground. Chicken on Fire is my favorite. The Mezza Platter is another favorite. Appetizers are good. A lot of food for the price. Healthy faire that is so much better than fast food. I highly recommend.

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First of all, let me address the veracity of the negative review.
From my experience, no negative comments can be made about the cleanliness of the establishment or the quality of food. Upon walking through the doors, I was transported from the bland exterior to the strip mall where the cafe is located to a very nicely painted and decorated dining establishment.

Now regarding the large, sweaty, hairy-chested man, this is ALL true. However, if you are at all familiar with the machismo and image that is preferred by some Mediterranean men, I can tell you that he only adds to the authenticity of the experience. The large hairy man is also quite surly, but in a good way, bringing some humor and levity to the dining experience. When he brought our meals to the table, he asked through a thick accent "'now which one of you had the fish?". Neither of us had, and I was not looking forward to the cross-cultural miscommunication challenge that is sometimes encountered at ethnic restaurants. Needless to say, he was just messing around with us.

On the food, the babaganoush was excellent. After plowing through the side order portion I was ready for more. We had the kufta kabob (incredible for a lamb lover) and the chicken and lamb special (amazing flavor).

The only negative about the food was the pita, tot the greatest pita bread I have ever had. Probably store- bought, which is not a crime, but it could have been toasted or heated to give it that desirable crunch.

I was so impressed with my first experience at the Jerusalem Cafe that I was motivated enough to post my first citysearch review.

I'm also glad so see another restraint in Vancouver bringing high quality, reasonably priced cuisine to the confines of the friendly local strip mall, in the tradition of Roots, 360 Pizza, Doner Haus, and many others.

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★★★★★

First of all, let me address the veracity of the negative review.
From my experience, no negative comments can be made about the cleanliness of the establishment or the quality of food. Upon walking through the doors, I was transported from the bland exterior to the strip mall where the cafe is located to a very nicely painted and decorated dining establishment.

Now regarding the large, sweaty, hairy-chested man, this is ALL true. However, if you are at all familiar with the machismo and image that is preferred by some Mediterranean men, I can tell you that he only adds to the authenticity of the experience. The large hairy man is also quite surly, but in a good way, bringing some humor and levity to the dining experience. When he brought our meals to the table, he asked through a thick accent "'now which one of you had the fish?". Neither of us had, and I was not looking forward to the cross-cultural miscommunication challenge that is sometimes encountered at ethnic restaurants. Needless to say, he was just messing around with us.

On the food, the babaganoush was excellent. After plowing through the side order portion I was ready for more. We had the kufta kabob (incredible for a lamb lover) and the chicken and lamb special (amazing flavor).

The only negative about the food was the pita, tot the greatest pita bread I have ever had. Probably store- bought, which is not a crime, but it could have been toasted or heated to give it that desirable crunch.

I was so impressed with my first experience at the Jerusalem Cafe that I was motivated enough to post my first citysearch review.

I'm also glad so see another restraint in Vancouver bringing high quality, reasonably priced cuisine to the confines of the friendly local strip mall, in the tradition of Roots, 360 Pizza, Doner Haus, and many others.

Pros: savory lamb and meat dishes, brilliant babaghanooj

Cons: pita bread was average

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When I was stationed in Turkey while serving in the Navy I fell in love with the food. In the fifteen years since I left, I have visited Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants all over America and in most cases found them to be inferior to my experiences abroad. The Jerusalem Cafes in Vancouver, replicate the Middle Eastern experience most closely in terms of both food and atmosphere. Best of all, the prices are reasonable and the service is friendly and quick.

The first review that bashed the place for cleanliness was in my exprience incorrect and probably written by some high maintenance East Coast type who was expecting the place to be a kosher deli because of the name.

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★★★☆☆

When I was stationed in Turkey while serving in the Navy I fell in love with the food. In the fifteen years since I left, I have visited Greek and Middle Eastern restaurants all over America and in most cases found them to be inferior to my experiences abroad. The Jerusalem Cafes in Vancouver, replicate the Middle Eastern experience most closely in terms of both food and atmosphere. Best of all, the prices are reasonable and the service is friendly and quick.

The first review that bashed the place for cleanliness was in my exprience incorrect and probably written by some high maintenance East Coast type who was expecting the place to be a kosher deli because of the name.

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You are first greeted by a sweaty and hairy man. You know he is hairy because his shirt is usually open to reveal his chest. I question the authenticity of the Meditteranean starter as it contains pita, cabbage, potato salad and salsa. On our last and final visit we ordered the chicken kabob. When the hairy man brought the food a half hour later he accidentally dropped the kabob on the plastic tablecloth. He then accused my husband of pushing him causing the kabob to fall. This was a lie. He turned and went into the seedy kitchen. My husband got up and asked for a replacement kabob since the kabob was on the dirty table. The hairy (and sweaty) man picked the kabob off of the table and proceeded to eat it barehanded off of the table right in front of us. Perhaps it was his way of letting us know we were too picky by expecting a clean meal. Perhaps he is used to eating spilled food right off the table. On a side note, this is the cleaner of the 2 Vancouver locations. It's really a shame. We enjoy ethnic food and like local businesses to thrive. They need to clean up their act in the way of customer service and cleanliness.

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★☆☆☆☆

You are first greeted by a sweaty and hairy man. You know he is hairy because his shirt is usually open to reveal his chest. I question the authenticity of the Meditteranean starter as it contains pita, cabbage, potato salad and salsa. On our last and final visit we ordered the chicken kabob. When the hairy man brought the food a half hour later he accidentally dropped the kabob on the plastic tablecloth. He then accused my husband of pushing him causing the kabob to fall. This was a lie. He turned and went into the seedy kitchen. My husband got up and asked for a replacement kabob since the kabob was on the dirty table. The hairy (and sweaty) man picked the kabob off of the table and proceeded to eat it barehanded off of the table right in front of us. Perhaps it was his way of letting us know we were too picky by expecting a clean meal. Perhaps he is used to eating spilled food right off the table. On a side note, this is the cleaner of the 2 Vancouver locations. It's really a shame. We enjoy ethnic food and like local businesses to thrive. They need to clean up their act in the way of customer service and cleanliness.

Cons: Rude service, dirty, poor attitude

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The kafta kabob is one of my favorite things to order here. I love the humas and pita as well. The atmosphere is great and the staff is friendly. Great prices and good food plus it's not to far from where I live makes this one of my favorite resturants of all time. I've gotten a few friends hooked on this place. If they love it I can almost promise that you will too.

2
★★★★★

The kafta kabob is one of my favorite things to order here. I love the humas and pita as well. The atmosphere is great and the staff is friendly. Great prices and good food plus it's not to far from where I live makes this one of my favorite resturants of all time. I've gotten a few friends hooked on this place. If they love it I can almost promise that you will too.

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We found Jerusalem Cafe 2 years ago when we moved into the area and we've been "hooked" ever since. Pretty much every entree we've tried has been excellent. My favorites are the Shish Taouk, which is a chicken dish and the lamb sandwich. The premeal dishes with pita bread that they bring out for free is wonderful. The rice is very good as well. Our 11 year old daughter loves this place. Very friendly service everytime and the owner has a great sense of humor!

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★★★★★

We found Jerusalem Cafe 2 years ago when we moved into the area and we've been "hooked" ever since. Pretty much every entree we've tried has been excellent. My favorites are the Shish Taouk, which is a chicken dish and the lamb sandwich. The premeal dishes with pita bread that they bring out for free is wonderful. The rice is very good as well. Our 11 year old daughter loves this place. Very friendly service everytime and the owner has a great sense of humor!

Pros: Food, service, value

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This Mediterranean cafe is hidden in a plain little strip mall. You walk thru the door to a nicely decorated cafe, complete with a beautiful mural along one wall. Lunches come with a choice of 3 sides, but you can ask for a little of all three if you like. A great way to try something different. The steak kabobs were fabulous, and the spicy chicken was very good, too. Appetizers are fresh and warm pitas accompanied with 4 toppings. I could have filled up on these..... Although a coupon from the Entertainment Book enticed me in, I will definitely go back!

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★★★★☆

This Mediterranean cafe is hidden in a plain little strip mall. You walk thru the door to a nicely decorated cafe, complete with a beautiful mural along one wall. Lunches come with a choice of 3 sides, but you can ask for a little of all three if you like. A great way to try something different. The steak kabobs were fabulous, and the spicy chicken was very good, too. Appetizers are fresh and warm pitas accompanied with 4 toppings. I could have filled up on these..... Although a coupon from the Entertainment Book enticed me in, I will definitely go back!

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