There are so many things to do in Israel, but doing them on an empty stomach is definitely not ideal. 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
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.
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.
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.
Step into the luxurious Royal Beach Hotel and make your way towards this stylish, modern kosher meat restaurant. You’ll discover food that is not only beautiful, but wildly creative too—and, without exception, made with stellar seasonal ingredients. The restaurant's open balcony faces the Mediterranean sea, providing a perfect backdrop for chef Omri Cohen's Mediterranean menu. If you book just right, you'll even get to enjoy the Tel Aviv sunset while dining.
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.
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.
Mere moments after the Master Chef final, and barely a month into his newest Miznon mission in New York, chef Eyal Shani shows absolutely NO signs of slowing down. Proof? Malka ("Queen" in Hebrew), his new kosher restaurant. The winner of Time Out's 2017 Chef of the Year Award, Eyal Shani opened his regal restaurant in collaboration with the Dualis foundation, which operates social businesses. Malka replaced Liliyot, which operated in the Asia House as a kosher chef restaurant, and has held a social project in cooperation with Elem, an association training youth at risk to work in the restaurant industry, for more than a decade.
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.
Wining and dining at the famed Yakimono throws a spanner in the works. The conundrum? You’ll never want to eat at home again. While its walls may be small, Yakimono’s charm is hugely captivating, located just off the prestige of Hilton Hotel’s lobby. Seeing as though it’s such a special occasion every time Yakimono is featured in your evening, opt for the tasting menu with an array of Japanese dishes designed to appeal to the Asian cuisine enthusiast. Look out for the fish wasabi and loosen that tie a notch to keep Yakimono-ing.
Hanan Margolin is a family-owned Bukharian restaurant in Tel Aviv's Shapira neighborhood. Sticking to traditional dishes, the menu consists of a variety of meat skewers, rich in taste and seasonings. Try the dushpara soup, a thin flavorful broth with light meat dumplings and fresh cilantro, or the oshpolov meal of rice with carrot slices and beef. Wash it all down with a some vodka, the perfect compliment to their fluffy, meat-filled pastries. The meals are hearty, comforting and full of flavor.