When it comes to food, Israel is best known for three things: breakfast (hello shakshuka), street food (sabich and hummus haven) and bakeries (babka and rugelach galore). But things are rapidly changing. These days you can find anything and everything on the Israeli foodie scene, and that includes copious amounts of top-of-the-line Mediterranean cuisine, including fish and seafood. Whether you’re kosher or ready to dive head first into a pile of lobster, we’ve got the end-all be-all list of the best fish and seafood restaurants in Israel.
The best fish and seafood restaurants in Israel
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.
Chef Sharon Cohen’s Shila is always buzzing. Don’t let the white table cloths fool you into thinking this place is too fancy; the food is, but the vibe is eclectic, energetic and just what you need if you like an upbeat atmosphere with music flowing through your veins. It’s all about the fresh seafood served with a side of creativity.
Shishbarak with meatballs, kousa mahshi stuffed with lamb, cooked eggplant and tomato hummus with pine nuts on cardamom-spiced saffron yogurt, vegetarian maklouba, organ kataief with plum sauce, fish knafe, and an unforgettable semolina dessert with crème fraiche and pistachio. These are only some of the dishes that make Maiar a must-visit on your next trip to Tel Aviv. Follow the trail of aromas seeping out of every pore of Osama Dalal’s Arab kitchen and let your palates pop.
This hip and happening spot by brilliant young chefs, Or Michaeli and Moti Titman has been receiving rave reviews for its attention to detail, abundant seafood dishes and the unique creativity in every dish. Their modern Israeli kitchen incorporates a unique interpretation of international cuisines, focusing on the highest quality local ingredients around. Located on Rothschild Blvd, Milgo & Milbar is the perfect spot for dinner and a stroll.
There’s much to love about Satya, but it can be summed up in a combination of fresh seasonal ingredients and the attention to detail in each dish. Opened by Ilan Garussi, former head chef and owner of popular restaurant Chakra, this hotspot serves up Mediterranean food inspired from all over with a focus on fresh seafood along with specials like the hand-made pappardelle pasta with tomato butter, the colorful seafood risotto and 8-hour slow-cooked Japanese barbecue short ribs.
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.
Take in the breathtaking views of the Mediterranean at one of Jaffa’s most beautiful spots as the lively Greek music transports you to the Aegean. The Mediterranean cuisine is livened up with Arab, Greek, Cypriot, Italian and Israeli influences. Inside, the best seats in the house overlook the water; call ahead to book them.
For over 20 years, Shtsupak’s central location on Ben Yehuda (a quick walk from the Namal), and its incredible selection of treasures from the sea have made this restaurant a perfect place for lunch or dinner. A variety of salads are set in front of you—and the refills keep on coming. This classic spot serves up things the simple way with excellent seafood cooked to perfection… and of course, endless salads to match.