While Israel’s fine dining restaurants are top of the line, the prices can be quite steep and the high class atmosphere can be a bit much for the ‘palate.’ Sometimes, you still want the meticulous food, impeccable service, and fine Israeli wines, but without having to give a kidney to enjoy it all. You only have two of them, which is why we’ve assembled the top ten bistro restaurants in Tel Aviv so that both you and your wallet can enjoy the perks of fine dining in a more casual, comfortable, budget-friendly setting. From Eyal Shani’s North Abraxas to Dallal in Neve Tzedek, all ten bistros are so perfect, you’ll have trouble deciding where to start.
10 exquisite bistro restaurants in Tel Aviv
Scattered around four rooms and a beautiful outdoor porch, Coffee Bar is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the cozy setting. These multiple rooms, with their black and white designs and huge flower vases provide the perfect environment to enjoy the scrumptious and consistent food that Coffee Bar has to offer. Often described as reliable, generous, and delicious, Coffee Bar is a great place to enjoy food, wine, and coffee with a date, family, or friends. With a loyal set of customers, some frequenting the restaurant for over twenty years now, have no doubt that your dining experience will be both memorable and enjoyable.
Dallal is a classic spot that never goes out of style. Find this beautiful hideaway in the enchanting Neve Tsedek neighborhood, next to the Suzanne Dallal cultural center. The menu reflects the area around it: Tel Aviv, right in the point where it connects with Jaffa. Enjoy the season’s best vegetables, top quality fish and meats, fresh pastas and risottos and a romantic atmosphere unique to the area. For to-go treats, stop at the Dallal Bakery.
In true Tel Aviv-style mixed with a European flair, this cozy bistro has been frequented by locals since 1997 This lively café gets swept by a romantic vibe at night; the menu changes often, featuring classic dishes, seasonal recipes, pasta, meats, fish and bistro favorites. Don’t miss the legendary schnitzel.
Celebrity Chef Eyal Shani’s North Abraxas is a bustling restaurant with a happy-go-lucky atmosphere and excellent food. The bar seating around the open kitchen is a great place to sit and soak in the lively atmosphere. The food is creative and extremely well-executed. Shani manages to take the best and freshest ingredients and bring out their flavor in his own creative yet down-to-earth style.
This stylish modern bistro and bar has a lively atmosphere and a Manhattan feel. On the menu you’ll find a fresh combination of Middle Eastern and European cuisine, imaginative cocktails and a long wine list. For nights of excellent food and an effervescent atmosphere, Social Club fits the bill.
A few blocks away from busy Rothschild Boulevard, you will find this hidden gem of Italian small plates or snacks known as “Cichetti.” Owner Avi Kashi opened Cichetti because he wanted a place where people could come in and casually taste a selection of delicious bites. That’s exactly what you should do.
Although technically the name doesn't lie, we couldn't leave Brasserie out of our list. One of the most well-loved spots in Tel Aviv is this Parisian style brasserie. With a meticulously detailed Art Deco interior, this spot is packed ‘round the clock, serving up well-executed French classics with a side of creativity. Fashionable and casual, locals come here to get their comfort food fix.
One of Tel Aviv’s hippest restaurants, Cafe Europa is a must stop for those looking to eat and drink the best of what Israel has to offer. Start your evening off with a special dinner based around local Israeli flavors, and continue to a wild night in their second floor cocktail bar. With a signature green gin cocktail – the perfect refreshing mix for the Tel Aviv summer, you’ll be sipping all night long. You’re welcome to sit under the old tree in the yard, at the bar on the top floor, or on the balcony overlooking the entire restaurant. Cool breezes and rich Mediterranean and world music will make your evening magical.
Located in the prestigious Carlton Hotel, Lumina takes traditional kosher cuisine and stretches its very boundaries. This Kosher meat restaurant showcases classic comfort dishes from the chef's childhood, paired with innovative techniques, creative sauces, mousses and reductions. Each one will surprise you with a different layer of taste and creativeness.
Nestled on the stylish and peaceful Tchernichovsky Street, just a stone's throw from Carmel Market and the bustling pubs of Allenby, the romance of Tchernichovsky 6 lies in its open space and mesh of Israeli and European seaside culture. A stickler for detail and a lover of all things exclusive, chef Eyal Meron offers a fresh wide-ranging menu with a variety of tastings that differ daily. From seafood to meat, salads and soups, revel in Tchernichovsky 6’s mix of exclusive Portuguese wines imported specifically for this restaurant. It’s one of a kind.