Welcome to the Temptation Tourist Center of Jericho.

Surrounded by history, the Center sits at the doorstep of the biblical city of Jericho. It was here that the seven priests blew their trumpets and “the walls came tumbling down.” The Elijah Spring, where the prophet Elijah miraculously sweetened the bad water, runs across from the Temptation Center. Also within close proximity are the historical sycamore tree Zechariah climbed to catch a glimpse of Jesus; King Herod’s winter palace; and the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights.

The Temptation Tourist Center of Jericho originated in 1979 as a small café called the Mount of Temptation Restaurant. Founded by Abu Raed and his wife, Maha, the café was a place where Jericho tourists could receive a warm welcome and be served quality homemade food.

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  •   Food was great. Very accommodating. Very friendly. Very casual ambiance. Place was kind of empty but we were early with a prearranged group.

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    5/09/2019
  •   I see there are great reviews for Mount of Temptation Restaurant, and I am wondering what I missed. It was a mediocre buffet and since we were the only group visiting, we felt like the staff hovered a bit. I wasn't sure if they were...More

    thumb TravelerTP
    4/27/2019
  •   We stopped here after the cable car and had a delicious lunch with wonderful attentive service! This was a refreshing change from the relatively poor service we’d received through Israel. Worth the money and the views are great!

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    1/25/2019
  •   Located in the center of Jericho, the Mount of Temptation restaurant caters to tour-bus crowds. With their “captive audience,” the restaurant puts little to no effort in atmosphere, service, or quality and taste of food. Our car-service driver brought us here, probably because it appeared...More

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    9/11/2019
  •   This is a big place - upstairs and downstairs which caters mainly, we think to large tourist groups. A Middle Eastern buffet which we felt was average at best - and with indifferent service. We got the feeling that we needed to be in, eat...More

    thumb BenYorkie
    10/19/2018
  •   I think the title says it all. Grab a tray, load your plate with cold Middle Eastern foodstuffs (piece of chicken - just warm - is extra, pricewise). Caters for coach tours, and, although not expensive, has no atmosphere, is crowded, but, sadly, the only...More

    thumb Sandy S
    10/22/2018
  •   Our day tour brought us here and we were welcomed warmly. The lunch was a buffet of delicious foods, For 50 shekels we could eat all the vegetables and for 65 shekels we could add 2 types of meat, chicken, lamb and or or fish....More

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    8/29/2018
  •   Grab a tray, grab some grub. Cost was for entree and drink, additional cost for extras such as dessert or alcohol. Prices very reasonable. $5 camel rides in the parking lot were a fun addition to the experience.

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    10/07/2018
  •   The best shish kebab Ive had in about 35 years.... Really took me back to my childhood when my great grandmother would cook at special Church functions in Los Angeles. So delicious that now I have to return to have another meal there. Also, buy...More

    thumb KimMcbeach
    3/12/2019
  •   Restaurant was clean, nice clean bathrooms and waiters were friendly and kept the food coming. The food was some of the best we had during our 10 days in Israel. It was hot and plenty of it. Our menu was set by our tour guide...More

    thumb Cynthia A
    12/27/2018

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