They say you get what you pay for, so, if you’re ready to drop some sheks like you just got paid in dollars, we’ve rounded up the best restaurants in Israel to reserve right quick. Whether it’s a romantic Jerusalem restaurant for Valentine’s Day you desire or an incredible culinary birthday experience at one of the top chef restaurants in Tel Aviv, our top ten list has got it all. These special occasion spots may be pricey, but they’re also packed on any given night - and all for good reason.
Ten truly special restaurants in Israel for any occasion
Bindella is where Italian finesse meets London chic. Offering crisp design, modern decor and a long, sleek bar with a bird’s eye view of the chefs cooking things up. Sit back as you watch them work with grace and agility, slicing and shaping dishes into works of art. This restaurant is the brainchild of the Bindella family, who run more than 60 restaurants in Switzerland and produce wine, grappa and olive oil in Italy. Everything is brimming with freshness and flavor; the menu offers vibrant vegetable dishes, homemade pastas, meats and seafood and a vegan menu to impress. Don’t miss the bountiful new bar menu, which includes three delicious courses to choose from alongside two cocktails or wine for NIS 129 per person. This special menu is perfect for sharing and boasts delicious options like lamb married with a pumpkin chutney sauce and a fresh endive salad with gorgonzola and hazelnuts. Pair 'em up with the Pineapple Puttanesca cocktail - featuring flavors of spice rum, pineapple, chili, mint and basil.
A communal fine dining experience in Jaffa with meticulous attention to detail. OCD lives up to its name, offering a meticulous dinner experience. Crafted to perfection with flavors that pop and playfulness that entices your tongue, the magic of it all lies in the structure with one seating area where everybody eats together at the same time. Sit with random people who share the same love of food and become friends: this is communal dining at its finest. This top-notch diner is one of the most talked about experiences in town.
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.
If you like surprises and multiple flavor contrasts in every dish, then head to Popina, a beautiful gem in the romantic Neve Tzedek neighborhood. Popina brings creative food to a higher level with artful masterpieces, outstanding seafood and an awe-inspiring attention to detail. The open kitchen lets you peek behind the scenes at the craftsmanship of chef Orel Kimchi and his team. You’ll find options like the sea bream fillet and forbidden rice risotto, with king oyster mushrooms stuffed with parsley, tomato and parmesan with a leek fondue, or the seafood pizza with goat cheese cream, chopped shrimp, scallops, thyme & chili oil. They have plenty of non-seafood and vegetarian items too—the chef is always ready to tailor a menu to your needs. For a multi-course experience ask about the nightly tasting menu.
A vibrant restaurant with a creative and surprising menu. Situated in the old stone Artists’ House, Mona is further enlivened by its select menu where unusual, flavorful combinations always sing and are never heavy-handed. Expect to try the best seasonal and raw ingredients with menu items like fresh pastas made by hand, light and refreshing sashimi and out-of-the-box desserts.