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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Kosher, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Israeli
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a must go to when you are visiting Kerikeri ! First of all, it opens early , to allow your day start with a strong coffee injection. The breakfast is generous and yummi Israeli food will make the rest of your day...not less than perfect ! Highly recommended !More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The fact that TripAdvisor rates Jerusalem #2 in a listing of Kerikeri restaurants says more about the fact that this Northland town is a culinary desert than it does about the food quality in this - apparently highly regarded - Middle Eastern restaurant. The restaurant...itself, self-described accurately as a 'Cafe', has more in common with a sidewalk fast food joint than a restaurant, and is cheek by jowl with similar small Indian and Thai establishments. Our meal started out well with a shared platter of dipping sauces - the 'Dip Platter', served with very fresh pita......but our food choices went universally downhill from there. The 'Falafel' and 'Levitot' offerings consisted, in both cases, of tough, over-fried, nodules, each served with a bland salad of unseasoned chopped veg. A platter of 'Lamb Schwarma' offered an - admittedly large - portion of indifferently spiced lamb remnants that included a high percentage of gristle. Overall, although the serving portions were large, the food quality was beyond disappointing.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and the service were absolutely fabulous. Great for sharing platters. Can't recommend enough. Obviously the locals know all about it, because unlike all the restaurants around it, by the time we left, it was packed!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food was authentic and fresh and the service welcoming. We had a share platter 2 vege options and 2 meat with all the accompliments. So delicious. Finished ice cream and baklava amazing. They took a table outside for us and just made it happen,...great service.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 5 December 2023 via mobile

Delicious food in a unique cafe in a lovely laneway. Service was excellent. But the food was incredible. We shared a mezze platter which was a taste sensation. Authentic Israeli and Middle Eastern flavours triggered precious memories of travels. We haven’t had food like this...anywhere else in New Zealand. The portion size was perfect for two, leaving just enough space for the best chocolate cake I’ve had in years and a truly inspiring turmeric latte. Thoroughly recommended.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 2 November 2023 via mobile

We all tried different meals, metuvlan chicken, Morav chicken livers and shawarma lamb. The meals come with a delicious hummus, salads and pita. Well we were all making noises about how tasty the food was and we enjoyed every bite. We’ve been here twice now...and it has been 100% beautiful with friendly service each time. Great job.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 28 October 2023 via mobile

This place was absolutely 5/5 - great service, food was so delicious and fresh and great setting in the centre. If you’re in Kerikeri I would highly recommend dinner here. Great price too

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023

One word - delicious! We had for entree (Burekas) and a Meeze Platter for our main (Kofta, Falafel, Schwarma & Shishlik), and for dessert the chocolate cake and baklava. We were so full and it was absolutely delicious. The staff were very friendly. The service...was quick. And the quality and flavour in the food was amazing. And great value for money. We will be back!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 9 August 2023

Great food, lovely service-it is consistent which is awesome! It is clean,the food is always fresh and tasty. I have never been let down.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 12 January 2023

Been thinking about our meal here three years ago and finally was in Kerikeri so returned. Had shawarmas for lunch with chips. Absolutely delicious. Place was busy but service was fast and efficient. Food hot temperature. Just perfect. There's a reason this place has been...around for so long - I could eat there every day. Would have returned but closed over the public holidays so missed out. Will be back again next time.More

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 8 January 2023 via mobile

We arrived just after 4pm and the kitchen had just closed. The team were happy to sell me a cold beer and we waited for them to have a short break. After re-opening we ordered and enjoyed some wonderful tasty middle eastern food. The food...was fresh and inexpensive, and we would happily revisit if in Kerikeri again. The vegetation soup comes highly recommended!More

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed 7 January 2023 via mobile

The lamb salad was delicious and filling. It came with tahini and mint & yoghurt sauces. The staff were friendly and helpful. Nice sitting in the courtyard.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 9 October 2022 via mobile

We enjoyed delicious food sharing 3 main course dishes among 4 of us. We had lamb chicken and falafels. These were accompanied by generous servings of rice 2 salads hummus yoghurt and pita bread. Everything was delicious....a very minor gripe the pita bread was a...little tough. The service was pleasant and friendly Wine list small but adequate. We also had coffee and one friend said her long black was the best she had had for a long time! Highly recommend this placeMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 17 August 2022

Certainly different - we had a platter for two - it was different and needed an acquired palate as the meat was dryish and the sauces unknown. A bit of an expnantion of what was on the platter would have been good.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 9 June 2022

I stopped in for dinner on a cold stormy night while in town for business and am so glad I found this little spot. The restaurant is cozy, affordable and the staff were attentive but it was the food that made my night. The garlic...pita comes with the best hummus I've ever had and the falafel main was delicious. I couldn't fault it and would be happy to recommend this place to others. I look forward to visiting again next time I'm in the area.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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The cafe is open 6 days a week and is run by a husband and wife team, they close on Sundays as otherwise they would never have any family time!
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CAFE JERUSALEM, Kerikeri - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Yes, Cafe Jerusalem offers takeaway services.

Cafe Jerusalem is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5