A classic restaurants older than Israel itself
The Penguin Restaurant in Nahariya was established in 1940 by the Oppenheimer family, a Zionist family that immigrated from Germany and chose to settle in the Western Galilee for ideological reasons. At that time, there were no restaurants in the Galilee, and no entertainment culture existed at all. The residents looked at the new place suspiciously, but soon took it into their hearts. In the 1960s, when Nahariya became a popular resort city, the best musicians in town would use the space to perform for guests and young couples on their honeymoon. They hired new immigrants looking for jobs as cooks, and the menu changed accordingly to include classic dishes from Romania, Hungary, and Morocco: Goulash, Spätzle, sausages, Bavarian steaks with sauerkraut and mustard, blintzes with mushrooms and cream, and schnitzel. Penguin is located in the city center near the Ga'aton river, and is considered a favorite meeting point even today. It is still managed by members of the Oppenheimer family and makes sure to preserve its nostalgic spirit with music and dance evenings and black and white photographs decorating the walls. A crisp Viennese apple strudel topped with vanilla ice cream and a generous heap of whipped cream is a must, whether you've just finished a full meal or are taking a short coffee break.
31 HaGa'aton Blvd
|Opening hours:||Everyday 8:00-12:00pm|