The best Tel Aviv restaurants

The White City is brimming with truly delicious options...but where to start first?

By Elianna Bar-El |
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Dok © Anatolly Michaello

Welcome to the Time Out EAT List. The best restaurants in Tel Aviv, handpicked by our local food editors. Tel Aviv is a conglomeration of outstanding elements: the glittering Tel Aviv beaches, and the non-stop crazy Tel Aviv nightlife scene, the wild people-watching and the eclectic energy that fills every corner. But the true secret lies in its thriving culinary scene. With so many stellar restaurant options, it's painstakingly hard to choose where to eat. So we've done the leg work. Here are our top picks of the best Tel Aviv restaurants. If you've already tackled the Tel Aviv foodie scene, head south to the White City's little sister and enjoy the best Jaffa restaurants and street foodGet grubbin'!

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The finest Tel Aviv restaurants

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Claro © Jonathan Ben Chaim
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Claro

Sarona

Located in the Sarona Compound, Claro is a farm-to-table restaurant with a cozy and welcoming vibe. Chef Ran Shmueli, one of Israel’s most well-loved chefs, celebrates fresh local produce with creative ingredients, a big open-kitchen, a tabun (brick oven) and fresh fish, meat, chicken and handmade-pasta and breads. The bar seating around the open kitchen is the perfect spot to soak in the atmosphere, and get a good view of this beautiful restaurant.

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HaSalon
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

HaSalon

Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Chef Eyal Shani, the celebrity chef behind HaSalon has his own straightforward style, one that has shaped contemporary Israeli cuisine. Here, you’ll find the best vegetables and raw materials coming together in a slick, but hip manner. HaSalon is his playground. It’s only open a couple of nights a week. Come for a dinner experience, to see how every ingredient stands out on its own and to taste exquisite local dishes from a menu that changes daily. Simply put, this is the place to experience local cuisine at its best.

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HaBasta
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

HaBasta

Nachalat Binyamin

Locals know Ha’Basta as the place to try creative, well-executed food straight from the neighboring, open-air shuk. This is the kind of place where anything you taste will hit the mark. Creative dishes and an incredible wine list make HaBasta the place to go for a hyper local dining experience.

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Shila © Matan Katz
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Shila

Old North

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.

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Cucina Hess 4 © Hila Feler
Restaurants

Cucina Hess 4

Tel Aviv City Center

Quite possibly one of the most charming restaurants in Tel Aviv is this sweet little spot, on the corner of an unassuming street off of Allenby, home to a minimalist, one-room dining room fit with a handful of tables, white doily tablecloths and glistening wine glasses. Northern Italian cuisine and handmade pasta are chef Tamar Cohen's signature passions, and after years working in Michelin-starred restaurants alongside rural eateries, we are lucky to have her pristine taste and skill in Israel.

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Abie © Anatoly Michaello
Restaurants

Abie

White City

Abie is not the first culinary revolution that talented chef Asaf Doktor has brought to Tel Aviv. The Dok restaurant that he opened with his brother Yotam in 2015 brought the obsession with the local Israeli kitchen into a particularly structured idea, which includes climbing trees in the neighborhood to collect oranges, and the iconic charcoal kohlrabi dish with Meiri cheese. The duo opened Ha'Achim (brothers) in 2011, which has since become a Tel Avivian go-to. 

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Restaurants

Café Nordoy

White City

Set in a stunning, rose-colored hotel, originally built in 1925, that displays the White City's Eclectic architecture at its most pristine, locals and visitors alike flock to the café's garden for sun-dappled, killer Israeli breakfasts and fresh culinary experiences like the Scallop Burger smothered in tarragon aioli on a brioche bun.

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Yaffo-Tel Aviv
© Asaf Razon
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Yaffo-Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Chef Haim Cohen is one of the most respected chefs in Israel, and Yaffo-Tel Aviv is his baby, where his love for food is released. At the center of it all is a beautiful tabun (clay oven). The genre here is contemporary Israeli cuisine with the menu composed of seafood served with rich tahini, handmade gnocchi, the freshest local vegetables, fresh-from-the-tabun focaccia and premium quality meats. This is Israeli cooking at its finest as all the best ingredients come together harmoniously on each plate.  

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Dok © Anatolly Michaello
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Dok

Sarona

This intimate spot on Ibn Gvirol is the epitome of local cuisine. Showcasing olive oil, fresh fish, meat and a fabulous selection of wine, the only rule here is that it must be from Israel. Each dish is executed with sophisticated simplicity where vegetables take center stage alongside fresh cheeses, charcuterie and more.

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Milgo&Milbar
© Afik Gabay
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Milgo & Milbar

White City

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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Mashya
© Dan Perez
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Mashya

Tel Aviv City Center

Located in the Mendeli Street Hotel, this contemporary restaurant spearheaded by Chef Yossi Shitrit (Kitchen Market, Onza) showcases modern cuisine with Moroccan touches. His sophisticated touch and cutting edge culinary are the perfect palette pleasing combination. A feast for your senses, Mashya is one of the most celebrated restaurants in the city.

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Santa Katarina
© Shlomi Yosef
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Santa Katarina

White City

Effortlessly fashionable, this restaurant and bar serves up ethnic cooking with the best local ingredients and a meticulous attention to detail. Eclectic spices, fresh breads from the Tabun (clay oven) and modern takes on Mediterranean comfort food, make it one of the top prize winning restaurants in the city.  

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Taizu
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Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Taizu

White City

It’s no surprise that Taizu earned the title of Time Out’s Best Restaurant for 2 years in a row (and other accolades the years before) with their “Asiaterranean” cuisine, an extensive, seafood-heavy menu of small plates, amazing flavor combinations and consistent craftsmanship. Chef Yuval Ben Neriah’s restaurant is one of the best in town, and Pastry Chef Ana Shapiro’s desserts are in a league of their own thanks to a fusion of savory, sweet and unique ingredients like curry, saffron and other surprisingly harmonious spices.

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Restaurants, Israeli

Oasis

White City

Situated on the charming and beautiful Montefiore Street, Oasis is the dimly lit culinary escape Tel Avivians have been waiting for. Featuring a wide selection of seafood as well as an exquisite range of vegetables that are cooked to perfection, get ready to have your taste buds explode.

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© Tommer Halperin
Restaurants

Opa

Shuk Levinsky

From its crisp, white-washed facade placed unassumingly in south Tel Aviv's Levinsky Market to its gorgeous interior (hat-tip to the design collaboration between Vered Kadouri and Emma and Ofer Shahar, the minimalist makers behind Craft & Bloom), Opa is a study in meticulous details. So it is no surprise that Chef Shirel Berger's main inspirations come from the whisps and whims of the planet kingdom - the way they can be delectably fused and funneled, and equally, how they grace a stunning ceramic plate.

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Popina
© Haim Yosef
Restaurants, French

Popina

White City

Located in the romantic Neve Tzedek neighborhood, 2011 San Pellegrino’s Best Chef Under 30 winner, Chef Orel Kimchi, elevates creative food with artful masterpieces, outstanding seafood and an awe-inspiring attention to detail. With a unique menu that divides each dish by cooking method, we invite you to delve into the world of culinary possibility and savor the "Popina" experience.

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Pronto
© Anatoly Michaello
Restaurants, Italian

Pronto

White City

From the kitchen of young and acclaimed Chef David Frankel, Pronto’s dedication to seasonal ingredients, homemade pastas and inspirational elements in every dish make this place stand out. Nestled behind Rothschild Blvd, the pleasant aromas of marinara and fresh parmigiano will tantalize your senses. Step out of Israel for the evening and into an Italian home kitchen where Frankel’s attention to detail is apparent in his regular menu and creative seasonal and dinner menus.

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OCD
©Haim Yosef
Restaurants

OCD

Tel Aviv - Jaffa

OCD lives up to its name, offering a meticulous dinner experience. Crafted to perfection with flavors that pop and playfulness that entices your tongue, the magic of it all lies in the structure with one seating area where everybody eats together at the same time. Sit with random people who share the same love of food and become friends: this is communal dining at its finest. This top-notch diner is one of the most talked about experiences in town, so make sure to nab those reservations early.

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Alena
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Alena

White City

The Norman Hotel has established itself as one of the most sophisticated hotels in Israel, known for its high standards and world-class restaurants. The newest culinary addition is Alena, serving up local cuisine with influences from the Mediterranean. Alena showcases an approachable dining style with the same unbeatable standard that The Norman is known for. The Norman restaurant was a high-end brasserie that was majorly successful, but Alena–named after the wife of Norman Luria, the person behind the hotel–promises to be just as incredible, but more accessible and less formal. 

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Thai House
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Restaurants, Thai

Thai House

Tel Aviv City Center

Over 20 years, this has become one of the most-loved spots in the city, known for mastering the traditional Thai experience from the coconut-milk squeezed every hour to the vegetables grown on their own farm. Experience meticulous attention to detail, bold flavors and an extensive selection of dishes made from the freshest ingredients around.

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Brut
© Tomer Applebaum
Restaurants, Israeli

Brut

White City

With an ever-changing menu, numerous specials and unique dishes, Brut is guaranteed to provide satisfying sustenance. The wine bar is run by professionals, so there is no need to hesitate to ask  any questions or seek tips and advice if you are not a wine expert. 

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Dinings © Anatoly Michaello
Restaurants, Japanese

Dinings

White City

This restaurant in the Norman Hotel is part of the world-renowned Dinings restaurant (London) serving up a fusion of Japanese Izakaya-style small plates and European cuisine. Set on a stunning terrace, take in a panoramic view of Tel Aviv, as well as a view of the chef’s workings, with an incredible menu of sushi, bento boxes and nibbles that are wildly creative.

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Hotel Montefiore
© Shiran Carmel
Restaurants, French

Hotel Montefiore

White City

Is there anything better than starting the day off with a chic breakfast of fluffy baked bread, perfectly-poached eggs and piles upon piles of pancakes? The restaurant inside the Hotel Montefiore offers a brunch menu that is as much an oasis of style as the boutique hotel itself. This one-of-a-kind classy vibe with antique silverware is the spot to spend your morning, but also the place to indulge in French cuisine cast under a Vietnamese spell any time of the day. 

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Yakimono
© Meital Salomon
Restaurants, Japanese

Yakimono

Tel Aviv Beach 

Wining and dining at the famed Yakimono throws a spanner in the works. The conundrum? You’ll never want to eat at home again. While its walls may be small, Yakimono’s charm is hugely captivating, located just off the prestige of Hilton Hotel’s lobby. Seeing as though it’s such a special occasion every time Yakimono is featured in your evening, opt for the tasting menu with an array of Japanese dishes designed to appeal to the Asian cuisine enthusiast. Look out for the fish wasabi and loosen that tie a notch to keep Yakimono-ing. 

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Toto
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Restaurants, Italian

Toto

Tel Aviv - Jaffa

Chef Yaron Shalev‘s award-winning Toto is known for its highly accomplished Italian dishes, excellent seafood, mounds of innovation and the incredible quality of the ingredients used. With it’s flattering light, clean lines, comfortable seating and a seasonal menu prepared in style, It’s no surprise that Toto is one of the most loved spots for fine dining in Tel Aviv.  

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Topolopompo
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Restaurants, Fusion

Topolopompo

Tel Aviv - Jaffa

This restaurant’s fiery theme informs everything, from the large and creative space to the dishes. Every element is brushed up with heat, from the flavors to the atmosphere and the myriad of fire-focused cooking techniques. Chef Avi Comforti (Zepra) pushes boundaries with every dish, combining mysterious ingredients with creativity derived from cuisines in different corners of Asia. You’ll be inspired and surprised here with plates that hint at influences from Korea, Japan, India, Malaysia and other Asian nations with beautiful, detail-oriented notes.  

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Kitchen Market © Anatoly Michaello
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Kitchen Market

Tel Aviv Port

Located in the Tel Aviv port's indoor market, Kitchen Market offers gorgeous views of the water while dining on creative food with excellent ingredients, conveniently, from the market. Enjoy one of the top spots on the city here while indulging in contemporary Israeli food brimming with creativity. This is harmonious food that surprises and soothes at the same time.  

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Pastel
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Pastel

Tel Aviv - Jaffa

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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