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The best pre-theater restaurants in Tel Aviv

Because performances are better enjoyed on a full stomach...

© Eran Kliger

While Tel Aviv hasn’t quite caught onto the pre-theater prix fixe menu trend that took over major cities like London, New York, and Montreal decades ago, there are some prime pre-theater restaurants in the area. From Brasserie and other charming options around Kikar Rabin to Whiskey Bar and Claro in Sarona Market and even the Tel Aviv Museum’s chic Pastel, these Tel Aviv restaurants are perfect to grab a tasteful bite before a Cameri Theater, Israeli Opera, Habima or Culture Palace performance...and they’re all within walking distance.

Tel Aviv restaurants within walking distance of the theater

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Pastel

Adjacent to the must-visit Tel Aviv Art Museum, you'll find this modern brasserie showcasing classics of French and Italian cuisine while using fresh local fare with mounds of creativity. Whether you dine inside or revel on the outside terrace, you’ll love the eclectic flavors in the food, the artistic plates, the attentive service—and most of all, how all these aspects mix in perfect harmony.

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Tel Aviv - Jaffa
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Whiskey Bar & Museum

Whiskey Bar & Museum is a unique compound from among the biggest in the world. The impressive wall of whiskeys showcases over one thousand varieties of "water of life" from classic locations like Scotland and Ireland, to the most eclectic like Taiwan and Indian. All bottles in the museum are available for tasting and purchase. On top of the extensive collection, the Whiskey kitchen offers diverse dishes like smoked meats prepared in-house and fresh fish and vegetable entrées. Don't miss their alcohol-infused desserts that incorporate sweet notes of whiskey for a perfect finish.

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Sarona
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Ca-Phe Hanoi

Part of a group of Parisian restaurants by Claude Luzon and Emmanuelle Dayan, Ca-Phe Hanoi is a new Vietnamese and French restaurant with a modern and stylish world-class look, a laid-back vibe, and trippy bathrooms that will mess with your head. The restaurant boasts a brilliantly creative cocktail menu, developed by key players in the Tel Aviv bar world, Dan Kraicer and Yotam Shilo, both behind the award-winning Spicehaus and Double Standard. Vietnamese spring rolls, steamed fish in banana leaves, 7-hour star-anise and cinnamon-infused pho, chicken with ginger and lemongrass, and a long list of local seasonal spices and exotic ingredients are combined to round out an extensive and inventive menu.

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Tel Aviv City Center
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Messa

From the kitchen of famed Chef Aviv Moshe, this impressive restaurant evokes a New York style with its impressive white-on-white dining room and black-on-black bar. Here you’ll find haute cuisine and exquisite raw materials coupled with creative dishes from the chef’s mother’s kitchen alongside with Provencal cooking techniques. With out-of-the-box fusion dishes like shakshuka sashimi and veal baklava, Moshe brings Israeli cuisine to a global sphere.

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Sarona
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Milgo & Milbar

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.

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White City
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Brasserie

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.

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Tel Aviv - Jaffa
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