Israeli kosher food goes way beyond your deli classics or your bubbe’s Shabbat signatures. From Asian to Italian, street food to fine dining, there’s nowhere aside from Israel where you’ll find the level of diversity and quality when it comes to kosher food (and wine!). To help you cover all of your kosher cravings, we’ve rounded up the best Rabbi-approved kosher restaurants in Israel.
K is for kosher
Located in downtown Jerusalem in the Ticho House, a place to immerse yourself in Jerusalem’s art and literary works, a kosher dairy and fish Italian restaurant called “Anna” immediately became one of the city’s most-beloved spots. Handmade pizzas and pastas, fresh fish and the best seasonal ingredients all come together for a memorable dinner. Anna is more than a restaurant, it is also an organization that helps disadvantaged students gain work experience in the kitchen and helps them get back on track.
From fresh fish to kosher Asian cuisine, Chef Meir Adoni has tackled the culinary world as he brings the Far East to the near “White City.” Offerings include: tartar of tuna in soy and honey, sea fish sashimi with green melon, Asian aioli, green tea and lime yogurt and macha powder, grouper capriccio with kohlrabi ravioli and mango, apricot, ginger and lemon grass alongside Indian focaccia on an open grill and more. Pick up those chopsticks and enjoy the best panoramic view around.
Unexpectedly located in an industrial area, you will find a strikingly beautiful, contemporary kosher dairy restaurant that manages to combine haute cuisine with an incredibly warm vibe. The precisely-selected menu offers the freshest of fish, served alongside house-made sauces, delicate salads and flavors that complement each other through and through.
Masterchef winner Avi Levy’s new kosher restaurant feels like an open invitation into his home. Chiripom (which means “happy food” according to Levy) offers delicious North African cuisine with an Israeli twist. Everything about this homey spot is colorful, from the aromatic flavors and spices to the eclectic menu of Moroccan and Algerian-influenced dishes.
After the departure of Chef Charlie Fadida, Chefs Boaz Dror (formerly of the Alma Hotel in Zichron Ya'akov), Shimon Maman and Mikla Buzato came together to fashion a new menu for the Olive Leaf. The concept: kosher Mediterranean. The menu: lasagna with cooked lamb and pepper foam, gnocchi in spinach crème with pumpkin cubes, drumfish fillet in a pan on black eggplant crème and tahini, lamb chops with asparagus and black lentil salad, and more. The Sheraton's offers the general audience a breathtaking view of the sea, with cocktails and small Italian dishes.
Located in the prestigious Carlton Hotel, Lumina takes traditional kosher cuisine and stretches its very boundaries. This Kosher meat restaurant showcases classic comfort dishes from the chef's childhood, paired with innovative techniques, creative sauces, mousses and reductions. Each one will surprise you with a different layer of taste and creativeness.
Located in HaTachana, a beautiful leisure and shopping area in Jaffa, Regina is housed in a charming structure from the 19th century surrounded with greenery offering a relaxing atmosphere. Here you’ll find impressive kosher meat home cooking with creative gourmet touches alongside fish, soup and a vegan menu.
Set in Jerusalem’s famed Machne Yehuda market, this kosher dairy restaurant is a true taste of local cuisine. Its vibrant personality matches the market with high energy and an abundance of healthy food, literally plucked at its roots. Set in a beautiful stone house with high ceilings and arches, the menu offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan options. Try out the hearty veggie burger with sweet potato fries, or opt for traditional breakfasts with a vast selection of breads, jams, salads and eggs.
Situated on the roof of the Herbert Samuel boutique hotel, this kosher restaurant follows in the footsteps of its two older sisters, in Tel Aviv and in Herzliya's Ritz Hotel, from the Adi's Lifestyle group. Chef Oren Yerushalmi spent months on these properties and has built a menu that coincides with the group's previously established restaurants (including the iconic tomato salad, this time without cheese). Herbert Samuel is influenced by Jerusalem's unique character, the markets, and the surrounding mountains. Bibi's already eaten there—now it's your turn.
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.