The best places to wine and dine in Neve Tzedek

These restaurants and wine bars are a perfect match for the ever-enchanting Neve Tzedek atmosphere
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By Time Out Israel Writers |
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There is something absolutely enchanting about Neve Tzedek. Perhaps it’s the natural Parisian charm, enhanced by French tourists on every cobblestoned street corner; perhaps it’s the ancient Israel feel, being Tel Aviv’s first ever neighborhood, or the notion that the top Israeli dance company hides at its center. For us, it’s the top quality Tel Aviv restaurants and romantic wine bars sprinkled along and around Shabazi Street. Whether you’re looking for sustenance before heading to the newest Naharin creation or simply into a change of pace, these Neve Tzedek establishments are tailor made for your enjoyment. Plus, don't forget to grab gelato after the show at Anita's, Tel Aviv's best ice cream parlour.

Neve Tzedek's top restaurants and wine bars

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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Dallal

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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.

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Restaurants, French

Popina

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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.

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Restaurants, Italian

Bellini

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Bellini is a charming restaurant that’s been a part of the breathtaking Suzanne Dellal courtyard for over two decades. At this strictly Tel Avivian take on rustic Italian cuisine, you’ll find red-and-white checkered tablecloths and a massive stone fireplace wafting the fragrance of toasted focaccia. Bellini’s menu combines classic cuisine with exciting culinary updates. Discover luscious handmade pastas, fresh seafood and pizza made with seasonal ingredient combinations that sing together in perfect harmony.

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Meshek Barzilay
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Restaurants, Vegan

Meshek Barzilay

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Located in the middle of the beautiful Neve Tzedek neighborhood, this organic vegetarian and vegan bistro feels like a secret vegan hideaway. The bright, welcoming restaurant overflows with garden-fresh ingredients which celebrate Israel’s bounty: overflowing salads, homemade cashew cheeses, impressive breakfasts, and a diverse, cultured menu.

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Restaurants, Japanese

Okinawa

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The days of suffering through dry sushi rolls and stale edamame beans are over – Okinawa, the intimate sushi and sake bar offering authentic Japanese cuisine in the heart of magical Neve Tzedek inspires Asian cuisine lovers from all over. Located in the southwestern neighborhood – the first Jewish neighborhood to be built outside the old city of Jaffa – dig into the shrimp dumplings, vegetable tempura, Japanese Root salad, or spicy Tom Yum soup for starters, taste Sashimi, Ngiri or Tamaki, but make sure you wolf down the Kinawa Dream (Surimi, avocado, wrapped in fish).

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Restaurants, Ice cream parlors

Anita

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Anita’s world-famous boutique serves up 100% hand-made ice cream, made from natural ingredients. With over 150 flavours of frozen yogurts, sorbets and organic sugar-free, fat-free, soy-based and real-cream options, Anita has something for everyone. With mouth-watering toppings, such as fresh fruit, syrups, premium chocolates and homemade jams, Anita’s is a treat that can’t be beat! Anita’s locally sourced ingredients ensure the freshest, highest quality desserts. Flavours include brownie, chocolate almonds with caramel, mascarpone ricotta strawberries and tiramisu hazelnut mousse, along with more classic tastes. Try it in a cone or on top of a waffle!

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Suzanna
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Bars, Café bars

Suzanna

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If you’re after a spot to meet up with your mates, or go on a first date – Suzanna is the perfect little haven for any occasion. Famed for its Pumpkin kubbeh soup, with a rich broth that will soothe any stress, there’s enough hearty dishes to keep you coming back for more. Tantalizing shrimp, falafel and apple tart get those taste buds sizzling in a one of a kind establishment.

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Dallal Bakery
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Restaurants, Cafés

Dallal Bakery

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Located in the enchanting Neve Tsedek neighborhood, this cozy bakery is known as one of the very best in town. Incredible French pastries with Israeli twists line the vitrine, boasting a selection of perfectly shaped eclairs, mini-size cakes and colorful sandwiches. Opt for savory quiches or the fluffy croissants—this place is the ultimate destination for quality hand-made pastries and classic cakes made to perfection.

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Restaurants, Pizza

Beccafico

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Fittingly located in Neve Tzedek, the most romantic and quaint neighborhood in Tel Aviv, lies a lovely little authentic Italian restaurant named Beccafico. The menu here changes often, as they serve only the freshest produce that’s in season. It can be a challenge to find a truly well-made pizza in Israel, but take solace in the fact that Beccafico lovingly creates other-worldly homemade pies with thin and crispy crust. And don’t forget to put on some decadent toppings such as goat cheese, sweet potato, and smoked goose. They also offer other authentic Italian dishes such as melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi, a variety of seasonal pasta dishes, and creamy burrata cheese and tomato salad. For dessert? Try the heavenly tiramisu.

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Makom Shel Basar
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Makom Shel Basar

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Carnivores should come running, as Makom Shel Basar is the place to get the best meat plates in all of Israel. Set in a charming old-world building faced with Jerusalem stone, this was one of the first houses built in Neve Tzedek. The restaurant's name reveals everything – it's the place for discerning carnivores. There's a meat-aging room plus a butcher's room in the restaurant to assure that every cut of meat has been professionally handled. As well as the magnificent meat, Meat Place offers a varied wine-list. From the restaurant's windows, you can see the new modern highrise towers of Tel Aviv beside the classic red-tile roofs of old Neve Tzedek. Inside the restaurant, the space has been classically designed, providing a warm and welcoming ambiance.

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