Rotenberg (gesher)
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The best restaurants in northern Israel

Find true north at these noteworthy restaurants in Israel’s upper regions

By Time Out Israel Writers
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Tel Aviv is taking the international food scene by storm, while Jerusalem has kept things authentic, and Eilat has some mouthwatering bites on the Red Sea. As booming as the restaurant industries are in central and southern Israel, up north in Nazareth, the Galilee, the Golan Heights and beyond, Israel’s top chefs are whipping up showstopping dishes, worthy of sampling. Try an authentic Middle Eastern meal in an unexpected place, or pair a prime cut with an unbelievable view, and don’t forget to enjoy fresh seafood in a northern village either. You’ll want to check all of these best northern restaurants as well as things to do in Israel off your list.

Northern noshes

Diana
Diana
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9. Diana

Restaurants Mediterranean Galilee

Chef Duhul Safadi is one of the few Arab chefs who didn’t only bring the traditional Galilean-Arab cooking into the Israeli cuisine, but also established himself as the authoritative figure in this field. The spacious restaurant offers its customers classics such as the ‘Safadi’ kebabs and hummus, in addition to more experimental dishes.

Benjolina
Benjolina
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10. Benjolina

Restaurants Mediterranean Qiryat Shemona

Chefs and food lovers all over the country have been visiting Benjolina for its seasonal menus with the best ingredients and the endless creativity in their food. For locals, or those who enjoy knowing what to expect, the regular menu is available. If you come up for a visit, opt for the rotating menu, which changes daily, inspired by the surroundings and the seasonal produce that pops up.

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El Marsa
El Marsa
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11. El Marsa

Restaurants Mediterranean Acre

Residing on Akko’s port, El Marsa’s atmosphere is a unique blend between old and new; its modern decor contrasts beautifully with the ancient architecture of this converted 13th-century home. Its Arabic dishes have both eastern and western influences, with an original twist on traditional Middle Eastern cuisine. And its diversified menu offers fresh-from-the-water seafood caught right at the port next-door. Enjoy fresh calamari rings, the latest catch of the day, or creative desserts such as Halva Mousse, as you overlook the tranquil Mediterranean Sea.

Aluma
Aluma
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12. Aluma

Restaurants Mediterranean Galilee

Located between Kfar Vradim and Tarshiha, this restaurant offers Galilean cuisine with a European touch along with the breathtaking Galilean landscape to gaze at as you dine. The exquisite menu offers a taste of seasonal ingredients brimming with freshness, inspired by the region’s gems. The wine list showcases the best selections from various parts of Israel.

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Meatshos
Meatshos
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13. Meatshos

Restaurants Diners Qatsrin

As you might have guessed, Meatshos is renowned for its meat, which is all local and all delicious. Located just past the Golan Heights Winery, this steakhouse is a must try for any carnivores visiting northern Israel. They also serve regional wines and freshly picked local vegetables as well—so you not only can you go see the Golan, you can taste it, too!

Uri Buri
Uri Buri
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14. Uri Buri

Restaurants Mediterranean Acre

Calling all seafood lovers: while visiting Akko, a trip to Uri Buri is an absolute must. This iconic Akko institution has a minimalist decor and a laser focus on fish and flavor. Every item on the menu is fresh, seasonal and guaranteed to make your tastebuds dance, from the scrumptious seafood soup to the sashimi salmon with wasabi sorbet. But the restaurant’s true secret ingredient is Uri Jermias, the award-winning head chef who’s often found serving the dishes himself. For the utmost experience, order the Uri Buri tasting menu, a culinary trip through the most creative fresh dishes that Uri Buri offers.

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Ezba (Azeva)
Ezba (Azeva)
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15. Ezba (Azeva)

Restaurants Mediterranean Galilee

Located in the up-and-coming culinary capital known as Ramah Village, Ezba is run by the Dowd family. Ezba offers modest and simple seasonal authentic Arabic dishes with the best raw materials around. Warm and down-to-earth, this restaurant showcases excellent local cuisine.

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