Welcome to Taste of Jerusalem, an authentic Middle Eastern restaurant where we offer a true taste of the rich and diverse culinary traditions of the region. Our menu features an array of dishes inspired by the vibrant flavors and ingredients of countries such as Lebanon, Palestine, Turkey, Iran, and beyond.
From succulent kebabs to fragrant rice dishes, our chefs use only the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques to bring out the full depth of flavor in each and every dish. We take pride in using authentic spices and herbs to create dishes that are both savory and aromatic, and our homemade sauces and dips are the perfect complement to any meal.
Our dining atmosphere is warm and welcoming, with soft lighting and comfortable seating that invite you to relax and savor every bite. Whether you’re looking for a romantic dinner for two or a lively gathering with friends and family, we have the perfect setting to suit your needs.
We also offer a range of vegetarian and vegan options, to cater to a variety of dietary preferences. And for those looking to experience a taste of the Middle East at home, we offer takeout and delivery options as well.
Come visit us and experience the true flavors of the Middle East. Our friendly staff and delicious food are sure to leave you satisfied and eager to return.
Where It All Began
Taste of Jerusalem’s story begins with Chef and Owner Ray Sehweil. He has been diving into the art of cooking since he was just a teenager. In 1986, Ray started working in the kitchens of his local YMCA and the King David Hotel. After arriving in the United States in 1991, Ray opened two Gyro’s restaurants in Peoria, IL. Tired of the cold Chicago winters, Ray turned his sites to the Sunshine State! Ray relocated to Pensacola in 2010 and has been planting his roots with his family and restaurants ever since.
Ray’s love for cooking is deeply personal and passed down through the generations. Growing up, Ray was always fascinated by his mother’s artful cooking. She would spend hours in the kitchen utilizing the finest olive oils and spices straight from their backyard! The complex and enticing flavors of the region never failed to create tasty meals.
Today, Ray’s children enjoy the same passion for food. His eldest son carries on the tradition by working alongside him in his restaurants. Ray’s daughter recounts her favorite childhood memories with dad frequently grilling in the Chicago snow, baking elaborate pastries at 2 AM, and never failing to have The Food Network on instead of ESPN like other dads.
Food is happiness to us here at Taste of Jerusalem, and we hope to share that happiness with you in each bite.