The Jerusalem Restaurant rates as one of Denver's best choices for Middle Eastern cuisine, a fact evidenced by long waits for a table. Its menu, ... More
The Jerusalem Restaurant rates as one of Denver's best choices for Middle Eastern cuisine, a fact evidenced by long waits for a table. Its menu, however, which offers tasty Pita Rollups stuffed with lamb or chicken, Babaghanouj and Falafel Patties, is well worth the wait. The restaurant tends to be crowded (especially with college kids after the bars close) and smoky but the outdoor patio is unbeatable on warm days. Vegetarian choices abound.
Asides from the cooks putting out cigarettes on the big skillet and having them curse at you in Arabic(my wife understands the language), it is an OK place to eat. Hotbed of liberals and pro-palestinian sentiment and if you are Jewish, the service is less than sub standard. Never could figure out why they never changed the name to Al Quds Restaurant.
Having just moved back to Denver after a 10 year absences, I had never been to Jerusalem Restaurant before. I was living in Detroit, the heart of Middle Eastern cuisine in North America. I need to admit that Jerusalem Restaurant is as good as anything in Michigan. The food was fantastic, the service was solid, the prices were a bit high but still reasonable, and the atmosphere is excellent.
This is a must try if you like food from the Middle East.
Don't go for fawning service because you won't find that here - do go for excellent food, great people watching, reasonable prices and great variety. Best of all, one of the few late night/early morning restaurants, making it perfect for delicious food and conversation to cap an evening out.
I thought I didn't like lamb until I tried the beef and lamb gyro. It was delicious, I was full and I had to finish the whole thing. The atmosphere feels out of Colorado, it reminded me of a small restaurant in Ethiopia. It's a little chilly inside during the night, so bring a jacket. The service isn't the friendliest, but that didn't bother me that much. It's my new favorite place. Don't let the shabby appearance fool you, this restaurant is amazing.
The trouble with Jerusalem is that they have masses of potential, but seem to be content with easy (or even lazy) mediocrity.
The food is okay but often bland. The chicken dishes, in particular, are tedious eating. The venue itself is looking run down and this gives it a feeling of being somewhat unhygienic.
However, some of the beef/lamb dishes are quite good, and the desserts are a favourite amongst my friends. So the seeds of possibility are there.
I think that if the building were renovated, and the hot sauce made in-house (instead of relying on Sriracha), that would be a huge step forward. Maybe being a little more adventurous with the spices would seal the deal.
There are very few 24-hour places within easy reach of Littleton, and I think Jerusalem could reach the top of the board. But, as I said: masses of potential, no meaningful investment.
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