Restaurants & Cafés

Your guide to dining out in Israel, including new restaurants, fabulous street food and glorious cafés

Carnivore's cut: the juiciest meat restaurants in Israel
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Carnivore's cut: the juiciest meat restaurants in Israel

While veganism is still all the rave amongst the hipsters and Tel Avivians (and with good reason), sometimes you just want a good hearty steak – no frills, no flowers, no fakes. These meat-heavy restaurants in Israel give you the ‘thumbs up’ to thumb your nose at your parents’ request to “eat your vegetables.” Dig into the juiciest, most succulent cuts of meat this side of the Mediterranean with our carnivore’s bucket list of meat restaurants in Israel.

​Cre’me, the new ice cream shop that sinfully pairs cake with your favorite dessert
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​Cre’me, the new ice cream shop that sinfully pairs cake with your favorite dessert

Some things go together perfectly like peanut butter and jelly, or bread and butter. However, in Tel Aviv the rule for everything is even simpler: break the rules. The mastermind team behind Israel’s biggest and most successful restaurant group, R2M (Brasserie, Hotel Montefiore, Coffee Bar, Delicatessen, Bakery), have now decided that you can have your cake and eat it—with ice cream too.  © Idit Ben Uliel Bakery, one of the most popular bakery chains in the city, started off when people simply fell in love with the pastries at restaurants like Brasserie and Coffee Bar, and so R2M had the brilliant idea of turning it into a place on its own.  Now, people love Bakery—and the next step? Why, an ice cream shop that focuses on pastry pairings!   © Idit Ben Uliel Cre’me, situated next to the Bakery branch on Dizengoff, serves up Tinder-perfect matches of cake and ice cream, all decked out with a confetti of toppings. Simplicity is the key here, with everything homemade, using natural sweeteners and all-natural ingredients and 4 flavors at a time. Think high quality Valrhona chocolate, pistachio, mouthwateringly fresh sorbet that changes daily, and of course vanilla ice cream.   © Idit Ben Uliel All these are a match made in heaven with cakes and strudels; pistachio ice cream and lemon meringue tart, Coffee Bar’s hot banana strudel with vanilla ice cream and a caramel toffee on top, or Bakery’s “famous” apple pie with vanilla ice cream.   © Idit Ben Uliel

Nine awesome 24/7 Tel Aviv restaurants and cafés for the local insomniacs
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Nine awesome 24/7 Tel Aviv restaurants and cafés for the local insomniacs

After all, we are the city that never sleeps...might as well hold true to our name with a city of nonstop eats. Whether it’s the afternoon and you’re craving a coffee and pastry, 3 a.m. and you’re feeling the dreadful drunchies, or 10:30 in the morning and you dreamt all night of Benedict's blueberry pancakes drenched in ‘faple’ syrup, the Tel Aviv restaurant scene has something for you. Hit up any one of these nine 24/7 hot spots any time of day (or night) for consistent service, quality eats, and happy living. Bon Appetit!

Israel under the Tuscan sun, Vitrina returns to Ibn Gvirol, and other hot food news this summer
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Israel under the Tuscan sun, Vitrina returns to Ibn Gvirol, and other hot food news this summer

A Friday afternoon party, Tuscany lands in Israel, David Frankel's new brunch, Munnar opens in the evening, and most importantly, Vitrina is returning to Ibn Gvirol. Summer is officially here, so it's time to heat things up with these special food offerings.

California cuisine takes over Tel Aviv's grid
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California cuisine takes over Tel Aviv's grid

If tidal waves couldn't save the world from Californication, then we're in luck because that west coast flavor has seeped into Tel Aviv's culinary kitchen and peppered its grid with a host of eateries that serve an authentic taste of the Golden State. While Tel Aviv's beaches and sun combo doesn't stray too far from California's laidback, sand-between-your-toes vibe, it's still nice to be transported once in a while with some delicious grub. From house-made granola bowls with coconut chia seed pudding to matcha tea smoothies and thick cuts of tuna sashimi with a pistachio crust, here are some worthwhile Tel Aviv restaurants boasting some serious Cali flare. Now all you need are a solid pair of sunnies.

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The Newest Tel Aviv Chic Restaurant is actually in…Hod-Hasharon!
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The Newest Tel Aviv Chic Restaurant is actually in…Hod-Hasharon!

There’s a restaurant opening in Hod Hasharon that’s making waves as far as Tel Aviv, which is about 20 minutes away. It’s much-anticipated opening is creating quite the buzz around the city.   Republic is a success story in the making. This modern brasserie comes from a group of influential people in the hospitality industry. They include Ori Raz from the founders of Social Club, Pappa’s, and 223, Kiko Belluco, who is behind the well-loved Kalamata restaurant, Ronen Shemesh, Instagram star and hospitality maven, and Eli Ben Harush, who is known for his years in the restaurant world. If having a collective of food industry professionals known for pulling off the best of places is not the secret of success, then I don’t know what is.       © Daniel Layla   This sexy-chic spot is headed by Chef Avi Cohen, whose experience spans from some of themost popular restaurants in the city such as Social Club, Abraxas North, Umami, and Tapeo. On the menu, you will find innovative brasserie food alongside a fun and detailed cocktail list. You’ll find lettuce wraps stuffed with Korean chicken and fresh peanuts, whole cauliflower from the wood-fired oven, and black linguini with chili, calamari, and white wine.     © Daniel Layla The drinks menu is both flirty and innovative, including white sangrias with cinnamon and cooked pears, the Cancun special with tequila, berries and pineapple juice as well as the Viva Fidel with Bacardi, lime, cucumbers, mint, and

A sneak peek at Tel Aviv's sensational summer cocktails
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A sneak peek at Tel Aviv's sensational summer cocktails

It's summertime, which means many things in Tel Aviv: bustling beaches, longer days, ice cream galore...but summertime only means one thing for the White City bar scene: new cocktails! We've summoned Tel Aviv's cocktail Gods to grace us with their newest, wildest, wackiest summer creations. From fabulously fruity gardens of Eden to IV "blood baths" filled with the tomato-inspired classic Bloody Mary, these mixologists are leaving nothing behind. Here's a sneak peek at the sensational summer concoctions to imbibe from June to July and even August.

Israeli acclaimed chef Meir Adoni opens Nur: a new and already raved about restaurant in New York
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Israeli acclaimed chef Meir Adoni opens Nur: a new and already raved about restaurant in New York

Martha Stewart fell in love with the eggplant carpaccio, the New York Post wrote that the Cubana was "immediately addictive," and the oh-so-Israeli song "Queen of Roses" blasted from the speakers. We ate at Nur in Manhattan and came back to share.  A pleasant and smiling hostess, who seemed to have witnessed many restaurants opening and closing in the city, welcomed me at the door to Nur. Meir Adoni's new restaurant opened two weeks ago on 20th Street near Broadway on the southern edge of Midtown Manhattan - an area recently declared the hottest in New York's culinary scene. The hostess ushered me to my chair at the bar, which was positioned at the entrance of the intimate restaurant space in a modest basement floor. The design of the place is simple and clean with light shades of white, cream, and marble, light wood paired with delicate green colors and Middle Eastern touches such as painted floors - a reflection of Adoni’s complex flavors? Adoni, who due to administrative procedures had to postpone the opening of the restaurant by 6 months, was a bit raspy, which was understandable four days after the official opening. "As a cook and a chef whose essence in the world is to serve food to people and excite them through food, this restaurant allows me to reach millions," he said excitedly. Adoni has been talking about this dream for many years, and over the past year, he has been traveling back and forth from Tel Aviv to New York to finally realize it. -------- Althoug

Check out these culinary workshops led by renowned Israeli chefs
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Check out these culinary workshops led by renowned Israeli chefs

Take your pick - from eating, crafting &  cooking workshops - all hosted by renowned chefs   A gastronomic experience for all the senses © Sarah Liberman   After years immersed in fine dining kitchens around the world, Yair Feinberg  discovered that although a lot of culinary trends and fusions are arriving to Israel, there isn’t a forum to share the information and allow people to absorb it. To reach and educate more people about food, he decided to provide the right tools and an accessible space. Hence, Feinberg  opened Feincook and joined forces with fellow chef Eli Hoffner to create a full service gastronomic space. Now Feincook hosts workshops ranging from understanding food labels to utilizing stabilizers in cooking, and serves as a gastronomic center for curious foodies and more. 84 Ben Zvi St, Tel Aviv  (077-7107744/feincook.co.il)   Cook with Israel’s healthy food expert Phyllis Glazer American-born Phyllis Glazer is one of Israel’s most influential food personalities and a successful cookbook author. In her energetic cooking classes, she welcomes patrons into her home for an evening of vegan cooking using the healthiest flours, organic herbs grown in her garden, and a sit-down feast. Visitors learn about fermented foods, the health benefits of herbs and spices, how to bake no-knead spelt bread, cook eggless shakshuka, and experiment with protein-filled grain combinations.  The alternative opportunities are endless. (058-6115888/phyllisfood.co.il)   Tou

The best eats in Israel

The best Jerusalem restaurants
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The best Jerusalem restaurants

Whether or not you’re looking for kosher restaurants, Jerusalem offers a wide range of options that are both mouthwateringly delicious and suitable for a plethora of palates. Unlike many of the world’s other top destinations, in the Holy Land, you’ll find fantastic culinary experiences that aren’t solely expensive (thanks in large part to the city’s unparalleled Israeli markets). Here’s a look at the best restaurants in Jerusalem and what the thriving restaurant scene has to offer. Believe us, after a day of shopping at Mamilla Mall for Israeli jewelry and designer clothing, you'll be grateful for a reason to wear your newest purchases. And for those of you that are still up and pumping, try out the Jerusalem nightlife scene, it will surprise you. 

The 8 best hummus shops in Haifa – from authentic to inventive
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The 8 best hummus shops in Haifa – from authentic to inventive

The smooth and creamy concoction, in both its hot and cold forms can be found on many a street corner in Haifa. Spun into wells on a plate topped with olive oil and parsley, and drowned in the savory topping of your choice, you’ll be in heaven from the very first bite. Here in Haifa, it is not a party dip, but a hearty lunch. Not just a food, but a sub-culture, and the hummus shop that serves it is the meeting point for your next Friday brunch – Israeli style. There are “ways” to eat it, and everyone claims to be an expert, but as long as you indulge in the creamy goodness, every little thing will be just fine. Here are our top picks for the highly debated prize of the best hummus restaurants in Haifa.

The Galilee and Golan Heights' top restaurants and vineyards
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The Galilee and Golan Heights' top restaurants and vineyards

In recent years, Israel has become known for its thriving wine economy, which is most evident in the Golan Heights and Galilee regions where farms and both large scale and boutique vineyards have set up shop. Wine, of course, is nothing without accompanying nibbles, so it's only fitting to find culinary treasures in the area as well – all of which make use of locally grown farm fresh produce. The gems can be difficult to pinpoint as an outsider, however, so we’ve prepared a list of not-to-be-missed restaurants and vineyards in the area.

The top 19 restaurants in Israel
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The top 19 restaurants in Israel

Any sabra worth his salt will argue that one of the top things to do in Israel is eat. And when it comes to celebrated chefs, innovative takes on Mediterranean cuisine, harvesting local raw materials and creating a joyous, fun-loving (and sharing) atmosphere, we've got all the goods. While Tel Aviv restaurants are teeming with an array of hands-down delicious options, the rest of the country also has a lot to show for when it comes to highly recommended places to eat. Here are the nineteen restaurants from A to Z, from the Galilee to the Negev to book now.

The most romantic restaurants in Israel
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The most romantic restaurants in Israel

Whatever the reason – whether in desperate need of an escape from the children or looking for a pre-theatre prix-fixe in Neve Tzedek – these romantic restaurants in Israel will surely satisfy your hunger and get you in the mood. Five-star quality chefs, fine Israeli wines from wineries near and far and sensational cuisine from seafood to Italian are just the start. Add the arousing atmosphere – from panoramic views of the Golan Heights to candlelit rooftop restaurants in Jerusalem – to the table, and you’ll never want to return to reality again. Book a sitter, find a dog watcher and make reservations at one of these romantic restaurants. And, just in case, make sure the sitter’s schedule is free because if dinner goes well, you may be out all night.

The best Tel Aviv restaurants & cafes

The best restaurants in Tel Aviv for authentic Italian cuisine
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The best restaurants in Tel Aviv for authentic Italian cuisine

Surprise! Despite the myths of cold pizza-by-the-slice being the extent of Tel Aviv’s Italian cuisine scene, Israel’s top chefs have finally put the rumours to rest. Their handmade tagliatelle, homemade puttanesca and oven-baked thin crust pizzas are all a sweet symphony in your mouth. Throw in perfectly grilled seafood from the Mediterranean and tiramisus worth every calorie and it’s no wonder so many of these Tel Aviv restaurants were nominated for Time Out Tel Aviv's Eating and Drinking Awards. With so many delectable options though, how do you choose? We’ve lessened the load by mapping out the best restaurants in Tel Aviv for Italian cuisine.

These Tel Aviv restaurants bring the heat with tantalizing Thai food
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These Tel Aviv restaurants bring the heat with tantalizing Thai food

If you’ve ever tasted harif on your falafel or mixed into your hummus before, you know that Israelis can bring the heat, which makes Israel the perfect destination for hot and spicy Thai flavors. Not only does the White City boast some of the best Asian restaurants in Israel, including some killer Tel Aviv street food staples; more specifically, their Thai game is on point. Warm your soul with a soothing bowl of Thai curry, refresh your palate with a sweet and salty papaya salad, and wash it all down with kaffir lime-inspired cocktails or a crisp Singha. One dish at these Thai Tel Aviv restaurants and your tastebuds will travel to Bangkok and back.

The best shakshuka in Tel Aviv
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The best shakshuka in Tel Aviv

Israel has some of the finest tomatoes in the world, so it’s no wonder they are a daily dietary staple. From raw to slow cooked, Israelis have mastered making the most of their abundance of this fresh produce, which explains the ease with which they've accepted the vegan trends. Enjoy the art of the tomato in its full glory as it is put on display like an exhibition, while also getting your fill of protein and energy revving spices by treating your taste buds to a warm pan of shakshuka. This dish promises a true traditional Israeli breakfast experience. If it’s your first time, be ready to come back - no one eats shakshuka just once. If you want to try it at home, head up to the closest market, or for different budget meals, take a look at our list of best street food in Tel Aviv and Jaffa. Bet you can't eat just one.

The best burger joints in Tel Aviv
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The best burger joints in Tel Aviv

When it comes to burgers, many Tel Aviv restaurants are not only keeping up with their very distant North American cousins, some may argue they have finally surpassed them. With Tel Aviv’s pizza reputation already at full capacity, and new markets like Rothschild Allenby opening up the international food game, it’s only natural for the White City to keep on top of their burger game as well. These Tel Aviv street food spots are famous for their burgers where their meat is on point, their fried chicken burgers are all the rage, and even vegan options aim to please. There’s a reason people wait hours afterhours to sink their teeth into soft buns and succulent meat at these burger joints. Here’s our roundup of the best Tel Aviv has to offer between the buns, anytime of day.  

Coffee talk: the best Tel Aviv cafés
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Coffee talk: the best Tel Aviv cafés

Tel Avivians take their coffee very seriously. While everyone thinks the French make the best latté and the Italians, the best espresso, we know better. Israel is the only country where Starbucks shied away because it simply didn’t compare. From coffee kiosks on Rothschild Boulevard, to cute cafés tucked behind the Carmel Market, to filtered coffee at the most hipster Florentin hole-in-the-walls, these Tel Aviv cafés are roasting up the best beans in town.

Authentic cuisine in Israel

Not your average falafel stand: check out the newest pita-packed creations
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Not your average falafel stand: check out the newest pita-packed creations

We get it, falafel is delicious. Yes, sabich is so sensual it can make you feel things you’ve never felt before. But, imagine a world outside these staples...a pita-centric world packed with new flavors, vegan cauliflower creations that will melt-in-your mouth, and meats so juicy they might even give you an orgasm. The Tel Aviv and Jaffa street food vendors have been on their game this year as they come up with new ways to elevate the fluffy pita, following in the footsteps of Eyal Shani, while Jerusalem is holding strong to their authentic roots, but also upping their game. Check out what these popular pita spots have to offer.

Authentic Jaffa street food
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Authentic Jaffa street food

Some of the best things to eat on a budget – and eat period – can be found on the streets, Jaffa's streets to be exact. Though the food truck trend has yet to hit Israel, Jaffa is a goldmine for top notch, authentic street food. Most authentic Jaffa street food is not only quick to cook up, but very filling, making it the perfect fuel for a long day of exploring the city, including areas nearby like Neve Tzedek with its incredible jewelry shops and designer boutiques and the ever-so-hipster Florentine. Here’s to joyfully chowing down on the best hummus your taste buds have ever met!

Get your falafel and sabich fix with our Pita Pocket Picks
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Get your falafel and sabich fix with our Pita Pocket Picks

After just one flavourful bite of vegan-friendly greasy grub from these falafel and sabich establishments, you’ll be singing, “I got a pocket, got a pocket full of sunshine” from the rooftops. Walk down the busy streets of Tel Aviv any time of day and you’re bound to pass at least ten shops serving up Israeli street food squeezed between chic designer boutiques and vibrant juice stands. With so many options, how do you weed out the authentic street eats from the tourist traps? By following our helpful guide to pita pocket paradise. We’ve scavenged the city far and wide in search of the juiciest chickpeas, crispiest eggplant, and perfectly hard boiled eggs in Tel Aviv. The lines may be long at famous Tel Aviv restaurants like Frishman Sabich and Falafel Gabay, but with good reason. Grab some free pickled vegetables and some patience because we promise you, these spots are well worth the wait.

The best Israeli breakfast in Tel Aviv
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The best Israeli breakfast in Tel Aviv

Israeli breakfast is a rite of passage for those visiting Tel Aviv and whether you head to a place that sticks to the classics (eggs, chopped cucumber and tomato salad with a range of house-made spreads) or veers away from the norm with options like shakshuka, bourekas or jachnun, we guarantee you'll be tied over for the rest of the day. So, If you’re looking for some serious a.m. fuel to charge up before a day of activities and shopping in the White City, turn to these Tel Aviv restaurants and you will not be disappointed.

Five hidden food treasures sprinkled behind the bustling Carmel Market
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Five hidden food treasures sprinkled behind the bustling Carmel Market

Ever wondered what’s beyond the bustling main Shuk HaCarmel road? What treasures lie within the charming Yemenite quarter? Well it’s time to turn those dreams into a reality. Here are some must try places right outside Tel Aviv's famed Israeli market that will not only excite your taste buds, but also set the perfect ambiance for a perfect Tel Aviv day.

The best restaurants in Jerusalem

Eucalyptus
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Eucalyptus

Chef Moshe Basson is famous worldwide for his revival of the biblical menu. The award-winning restaurant is located just steps away from the Old City, where Chef Basson showcases the flavors of plants like hyssop and meloukhia that have been served up for generations in traditional Jerusalemite kitchens. The menu changes according to what mushrooms and plants he finds on his daily trips to the Judean Hills.  Choose one of the exquisite tasting menus for the full Eucalyptus experience.

Machneyuda
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Machneyuda

With three Jerusalem chefs running the show, this rustic haven for foodies offers a changing market-to-table menu with all ingredients sourced from the nearby Machne Yehuda Market. The open kitchen gives you a front seat to the action, and the lively, spirited vibes are like no other. This restaurant was the inspiration for two of the most-talked about restaurants in London, The Palomar and The Barbary. Both are known for bringing this ‘Machneyuda’ genre of energetic Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine to the city.

Mantra
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Mantra

In a pastoral edifice built 120 years ago, chef Yaakov Elisha cooks up fresh fish, seafood, pasta, and meat. This spot turns into a tapas bar past sundown, with alcohol and snacks served into the wee hours of the night. Enjoy handmade pastas and delicious comfort food paired with a selection from the vibrant wine list.

Gabriel
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Gabriel

A kosher gourmet favorite. Gabriel offers an exquisite array of French-inspired cuisine and global delicacies in the heart of Jerusalem. A mix of romantic and classy, the candle-lit room offers an elevated dining experience. On the menu, you’ll find Indian salmon with coconut curry, spicy hoisin ginger beef, lamb spare ribs with a date honey mustard glaze, freekeh with eggplant and tomato, Texas-style barbecue pulled beef, and a selection of creative dishes for every palate. Alternatively, order what the chef has dreamt up with his daily specials. On a budget, but still want classy kosher food? Stop in for the attractively-priced business lunch, which includes the freshly baked focaccia and a soup.