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Jerusalem Garden Cafe

78 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 524-0255
Five Stars
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Jerusalem Garden Cafe is a great family-owned Middle Eastern restaurant which has been serving downtown Asheville for over 20 years. It's a great alternative to the popular foodie hotspots, especially if you are seeking something more affordable and exotic, in a less congested setting. Both the food and ambiance are great, making this a fantastic place for a lunch date.

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The menu consists of a mix of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean specialties. Lunch is the best time to visit as the menu is more affordable, plus it's easy to walk right in without a wait. Highlights include Shashuka, Falafel wrap, a variety of tapas, and a wonderful Vegetarian Platter.

The platter is a real steal at just 11 bucks. With this dish, you will be able to sample a variety of traditional foods such as pita, hummus, falafel, tabbouleh, olives, tahini salad, stuffed grape leaves, and baba ghanoush for one low price.

For dessert, treat yourself to Baklava and Turkish coffee. Also, they serve a variety of wine and cocktail drinks, local and seasonal beers, and tea.


Service is attentive and the presentation is great.


The decor is attractive and the atmosphere a bit more toned down than the more touristy dining options. The dining space is colorful and interesting with a relaxing tone. At night, they offer live music and belly dancing, so definitely something unique to consider if you are seeking an eclectic dining choice.

Final Remarks

If you are craving authentic Middle Eastern food, Jerusalem Garden Cafe is your best bet in the Asheville area. Here you will be treated to the best falafel and hummus in the region, and one of the more interesting dining rooms you will find in the city.