The best Tel Aviv restaurants

With innovative twists on everything from entrées to desserts, these Tel Aviv restaurants will satisfy your hunger and more
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By Elianna Bar-El |
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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

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Alena
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Alena

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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
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Restaurants

OCD

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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
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Restaurants, French

Popina

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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

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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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Pronto
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Restaurants, Italian

Pronto

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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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Shila
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Shila

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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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Taizu
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Restaurants, Pan-Asian

Taizu

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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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Toto
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Restaurants, Italian

Toto

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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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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Aria

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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.

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Claro
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Claro

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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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Hotel Montefiore
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Restaurants, French

Hotel Montefiore

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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

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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

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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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© Ran Biran
Restaurants, Contemporary Asian

Asia

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It's been a while since a good and decent place has popped up in Jaffa's Flea Market area. Asia, however, has just changed that. The hot spot is the brain child of the veteran restaurant owners who already proved their capabilities at Shaffa Bar situated in the same area. Asia carries a delicious menu offering meticulous options from the Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese kitchen. In addition, the restaurant offers a young and sexy atmosphere, the right kind of music, knowledgeable chefs that produce simple, yet tasty dishes and overall comfortable prices. Whether you're looking for a good Asian experience or craving the Jaffa vibe, Asia is a win-win.

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Kitchen Market
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Restaurants, Mediterranean

Kitchen Market

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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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