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Great Tel Aviv Restaurants for Dining Solo

If you haven’t mastered the art of dining solo yet, then put this on your list of things to learn as an adult.

Written by
Keren Brown
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Awkward at first, but one of those things that actually becomes fun with practice, dining solo is one way to gather your thoughts and enjoy every bite of your food. 

Whether it is on a business trip or just because you need to get away from the socially overloaded life we live in today, we found the 5 best places to dine solo in Tel Aviv.  We had requirements: the places have to have friendly bar staff (bartender included), the food needs to be restaurant-caliber food and, most of all, nobody will think that you’re weird for pulling up a barstool by yourself. Depending on the vibe you want, here are the choices:

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  • Restaurants
  • Italian
  • White City
  • price 2 of 4

Just a few blocks away from the busy Rothschild Boulevard, you will find this hidden gem of Italian small plates or snacks known as “Cichetti.” It’s the kind of neighborhood place where everyone knows your name. Avi Kashi, a seasoned local restaurateur opened this as a place for people who pride themselves on understanding stellar food and alcohol. Cicchetti's signature dish is the Italian platter, a colorful plate full of cured meats, vegetables and anything else that catches the chef’s fancy – it’s the perfect tasting menu for when you are dining by yourself.

  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • Tel Aviv City Center

This Japanese bar and restaurant is located in an unexpected area for dining, right across from Dizengoff Center. But no worries – strolling down busy Dizengoff Street afterward is always a fantastic way to see how Tel Aviv’s non-stop bar scene is kicking.   With an energetic yet classy vibe, Kitto-Katto pulls off a menu that seems to be never-ending with gutsy and creative options that will intrigue you and surprise you at the same time. Internationally renowned sushi chef Yama-San from the well-loved TYO restaurant really knows how to craft a dish that is a cut-above-the-rest. Just grab a stool in the inner bar and lounge area and have the bartender guide you to your best choice of saki and some crazy-creative and detailed bites.  Don’t miss the yuzu meringue, made of the fragrant citrusy fruit with a yuzu sauce to pair with every bite.

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  • Restaurants
  • Israeli
  • White City

With an ever-changing menu, numerous specials and unique dishes, Brut is guaranteed to provide satisfying sustenance. The wine bar is run by professionals, so there is no need to hesitate to ask  any questions or seek tips and advice if you are not a wine expert. The environment is calm and charming while also feeling sophisticated and sexy, creating the perfect setting for a romantic night out or a casual evening with friends after work. The food menu is simple and tasty, offering warm pastas and crisp salads. When it comes to wining and dining, Brut is a no-brainer.

  • Bars
  • Dive bars
  • Tel Aviv City Center
  • price 2 of 4

Minzar, which means the monastery, has been open since 1992 and has been well-loved by Tel Avivians since the day it opened. Located next to the Carmel Market, this no-frills bar may look like a simple neighborhood bar  – but that’s the magic of it. With old-school music and a hyper-local vibe, this cozy bar serves a menu of excellent food with local ingredients. From fresh sashimi and caesar salad to fried eggplant with tahini, there is so much you will want to try.

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  • Restaurants
  • Japanese
  • White City

As you wander into this hidden spot on Herzl, you’ll discover a gorgeous bar, restaurant, and garden housed in a building that dates back to the 1920’s. Herzl 16 is relatively new but comes from the restaurant group known as R2M, which is known for some of the most quintessential restaurants in the city. The vibe is always pumping and it’s trendy, hip and basically a come-as-you-are type of spot with an Asian fusion menu. In the same building,  you’ll find Disco Tokyo, another amazing spot where you can dine on Japanese izakaya plates while sitting on a bar adjacent to the open kitchen, letting the chefs guide you through the menu.

  • Restaurants
  • White City

Located on the lively Lilienblum street, Emesh, which means last night is where you can go if you want to party and eat at the same time. With several bar and dining areas, you can feel out the vibe before you sit down.  Whether it be pumping music or a chill-out vibe, you can grab a seat at one of the bar areas and dine on handmade pasta, risotto, or fresh vegetables plates.

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