The American Colony hotel, looking like a vision from “Masterpiece Theater,” has been used as the locale for numerous films. The generous half-Continental, half–Middle Eastern Saturday luncheon buffet at the hotel’s Arabesque Room is a Jerusalem institution that offers nonguests the chance to experience the hotel’s romantic, old-timey ambience without actually staying here. A delicious, fresh whole chilled salmon is often the centerpiece of this all-you-can-eat spread that stretches across many tables. For other meals, the Arabesque Restaurant can only be considered average. Reservations are needed for the Arabesque Room, especially for the Saturday buffet.
American Colony Hotel Arabesque Restaurant
Off Nablus Rd
Our Rating Neighborhood East Jerusalem Hours Daily noon–3pm and 6:30–10:30pm Transportation Bus: 27 Phone 02/627-9777 Cuisine Type Continental/Middle Eastern Other Main courses NIS 80-NIS 187; Sat buffet NIS 187