If there’s one thing tourists and locals alike can agree on, it’s that the beaches in Tel Aviv are one of the White City’s top attractions, and for good reason. From the Tel Aviv Port all the way down to Old Jaffa, the Mediterranean sandstrip embraces all walks of life...even dogs. Who said the fun had to end when the sun sets though? These five Tel Aviv restaurants sprinkled along the sea keep the good times rolling with sensual seafood, high class cuisine, and even Greek classics. With fantastic food and views to match, we’ll let you decide which of the two is more awe inspiring.
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Put together an attractive beachfront location, fresh seafood prepared with a distinctly Mediterranean flavor, friendly but very efficient waiters and you have the winning combination that has made Manta Ray one of the most popular restaurants in Tel Aviv. Enjoy leisurely breakfasts, brunches, lunches or dinners in this stunning location. You won’t regret it.
It seems like everywhere you look Omer Miller is popping up with a new eatery and now he’s at it again! Partnering with David Tor, the man behind the famous nightclub, The Cat and Dog, to bring Calypso, a traditional seafood tavern set against the backdrop of the majestic Mediterranean Sea. Fresh seafood dishes and wistful cocktails are presented through the night in a space where the sea meets the electrifying energy of the city’s nightlife.
With a dreamy, eye-level view of the glittering Mediterranean and authentic fare, the new Greek taverna, Parakalo, is set to dominate the summer days and nights with its sprawling outdoor patio, freewheeling good vibes and colorful decor dripping in tasteful blue and white accents. Situated smack dab on the bustling beach promenade between Tel Aviv and Jaffa, the location could not be more ideal for a walk-by sit-down of spontaneous brunch, lunch, a drink and a snack or an all-out dinner and drinks scenario. The open-air atmosphere and the eccentric mural, painted by Israeli street artist Elna Oo of local graffiti collective Brothers of Light, are perfectly synchronized complements to dining in the summer breeze, carefree, and grubbing on great food. What’s more is the purely hospitable nature of the waitstaff and Jaffa-born and bred owners, Hany and Nelly Grably, who take the utmost care in making sure you are enjoying every last bite. Make sure to order a range of fresh fish and seafood options like rounds of calamari and plump shrimp doused with lemon and tangy herbs. Their signature Greek recipes are inspired by Hany’s childhood visits to Athens, and the mezze platters, punctuated by fresh tziziki sauce, ikra and homemade flatbread are all winners.
Since branching out to the Jaffa Port, The Old Man and the Sea has become more than a meal, it is a complete theatrical scene. From waiters running around like whirling dervishes, to giant pitchers of fresh squeezed lemonade, and so many vibrant salads you won't even need a main course (though you must try the grilled chicken, fish and kebabs), a weekend brunch at the port is worth braving the long line. Don't fret, it moves fast, and the fare is worth it. While the inside is cool on a hot day, we suggest braving the heat and eating port-side for the full experience. Throw in warm oven baked pita bread, and complimentary coffee/tea and tiny balls of honey-glazed goodness for dessert, and you'll never want to leave
Located in the Tel Aviv Port’s indoor market, this market-to-table restaurant serves up seasonal dishes bursting with creativity. At Kitchen market, you can enjoy breathtaking views of the sea while indulging in some of the best contemporary Israeli food in the city. Handcrafted by artisanal chef Yossi Shitrit, the gourmet cuisine is harmonious, while each dish surprises and soothes at the same time.