There are so many cool 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
Well-known Chef Guy Gamzo is behind this restaurant serving up eclectic contemporary cuisine in a fine dining atmosphere. The focus is on the finest seasonal and raw ingredients including fresh fish, palate-pleasing ceviches, handmade pastas and an ever-evolving menu. For more of a nightlife atmosphere, head downstairs to the bar and lounge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Located in the prestigious Norman Hotel, this Nicoise-inspired brasserie style restaurant lets you experience the French Mediterranean with high-end dining, attention to detail and exquisite ingredients. Choose the setting according to your mood from alfresco dining to the beautiful main dining room or a private space for families and events. Helmed by Chef, Barak Aharoni, breakfast is a morning feast, and the business lunch is a popular favorite; all in all, a great place for a world class experience at any time of the day. For carefully-crafted cocktails and some lovely bites, stop by the hotel’s Library Bar.
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.