The best Tel Aviv restaurants

With innovative twists on everything from entrées to desserts, these Tel Aviv restaurants will satisfy your hunger and more

Mashya © Dan Perez
By Elianna Bar-El
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There are so many cool things to do in Israel and things to do in Tel Aviv. There are the beautiful sunny Tel Aviv beaches, and the non-stop crazy Tel Aviv nightlife scene, but the true secret of the city lies in its thriving culinary scene. With many delicious restaurant options that it's painstakingly hard to choose where to eat. Well, 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 food. Or, if Tel Aviv was merely a short pitstop on you're crosscountry adventure, the best chef restaurants in Israel offer fine dining from the Galilee in the north to the Negev in the south, east to west. Check out our list of the best Tel Aviv restaurants from A to Z.

The finest Tel Aviv restaurants

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Taizu
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Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Taizu

icon-location-pin 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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Alena
© Anatoly Michaello
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Alena

icon-location-pin 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. Chef Barak Aharoni’s  creative menu features local ingredients at their finest with fresh seafood and fish, handmade pasta, chicken, meats and lots of vegetables and dishes to share. You’ll find comforting rice-stuffed cabbage, sage and raisins with butter and labane,  roasted cauliflower on an assortment of herb-mashed potatoes, filet skewers with grilled broccoli and sour cream, and so much more.

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OCD
©Haim Yosef
Restaurants

OCD

icon-location-pin 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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Popina
© Haim Yosef
Restaurants, French

Popina

icon-location-pin 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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Pastel
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Pastel

icon-location-pin 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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Mashya
© Dan Perez
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Mashya

icon-location-pin 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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Pronto
© Anatoly Michaello
Restaurants, Italian

Pronto

icon-location-pin 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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© Anatoly Michaello
Restaurants, Israeli

Oasis

icon-location-pin 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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Toto
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Restaurants, Italian

Toto

icon-location-pin 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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Claro
©Ilya Melnikov
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Claro

icon-location-pin 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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Yaffo-Tel Aviv
© Asaf Razon
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Yaffo-Tel Aviv

icon-location-pin 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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Hotel Montefiore
© Shiran Carmel
Restaurants, French

Hotel Montefiore

icon-location-pin 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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Dinings
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Restaurants, Japanese

Dinings

icon-location-pin 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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HaSalon
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

HaSalon

icon-location-pin 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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Dok © Anatolly Michaello
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Dok

icon-location-pin 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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Kitchen Market
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Kitchen Market

icon-location-pin 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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Milgo&Milbar
© Afik Gabay
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Milgo & Milbar

icon-location-pin 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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Santa Katarina
© Shlomi Yosef
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Santa Katarina

icon-location-pin 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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HaBasta
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

HaBasta

icon-location-pin 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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Brut
© Tomer Applebaum
Restaurants, Israeli

Brut

icon-location-pin 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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Ouzeria
© Dan Lev
Restaurants, Mediterranean

Ouzeria

icon-location-pin Shuk Levinsky

Chef Avivit Priel Avichai (formerly of Tapeo) and her partner Limor Lami opened Ouzeria less than ten years ago to much critical acclaim. Known as a modern "hamara", a meeting place to drink, play and discuss life, Ouzeria is the classic Florentin neighborhood joint. At Ouzeria Avivit and Limor serve original, Mediterranean-style cuisine accompanied by a simple decor and an appealing long bar offering a selection of anis beverages.

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Thai House
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Restaurants, Thai

Thai House

icon-location-pin 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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