HaChatzer Chef Restaurant

September 13th 2016

Eating at HaChatzer (The Courtyard) is an elegant yet informal experience.

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This chef bistro is located in the historical and popular First Train Station in Jerusalem. HaChatzer is a two-level restaurant with warm modern décor, consisting of large dark wood tables, simply set with white plates, cloth napkins, and attractive wine glasses. There is a small bar and an open kitchen. Watch Chef Moti Ohana, a Cordon Bleu graduate with 13 years’ experience, and his staff create his contemporary cuisine. The wait staff is courteous, attentive and knowledgeable about the menu.

Chef Ohana uses only the finest locally sourced produce and carefully chosen raw ingredients to create Mediterranean cooking with a heavy Israeli influence. Appetizers are varied with something for everyone: traditional chopped liver with fried onions and cornichons, a colorful mazze plate served with Moroccan bread, or sea bream crostini with eggplant and Thassos olives are just a few of the offerings.

First courses include the tame – risotto with mushrooms, peas, spinach, and beef stock – to the more adventurous: mixed fish with tahini, pickled lemon, amba sauce, and Middle Eastern seasoning or broiled sweetbreads served on eggplant cream, among many other dishes that you won’t typically find at a kosher eating establishment.

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Main courses include fish (like red tuna steak, sea bream, salmon fillet, and baked sea bass) and meat and poultry offerings (likes goose liver, sweetbreads, rib eye, sirloin steak, chicken breast and moulard breast), each creatively prepared and served according to the chef’s direction. Desserts include petit fours, lemon meringue pie, and almond truffles. HaChatzer’s extensive wine list ensures a perfect pairing for any dish.


HaChatzer’s tasting menu includes salads, appetizers, meats, and desserts, as well as wine pairings. The tasting menu is for a minimum of four people. HaChatzer offers a special Kabbalat Shabbat lunch menu on Friday afternoons, based on salads and mezze.

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Appetizers cost between 32-52 NIS. First courses cost between 48-70 NIS, with main courses running 82-130 NIS. The tasting menu is 190 NIS per person. Wine and dessert are additional charges. Dining at HaChatzer is pricey, but the opportunity to dine on locally sourced, seasonal fare prepared by Chef Ohana is worth it.

Address & Contact

Address: Derech Beit Lehem 7, Jerusalem

Phone: 053-941-9655, email: hachatzer1@gmail.com