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Oui Oui! It’s French Week in Tel Aviv, and in the spirit of our French brothers and sisters, here is a list of the top French restaurants and bistros within one of the world’s greatest culinary cities, Tel Aviv. Grab your berets and striped t-shirts and explore the city’s eclectic gastronomical delicacies inspired by France and its exceptional chefs. Experience the restaurants that make French visitors feel at home while exploring Tel Aviv.
One of the most celebrated and well known restaurants in the city, the Brasserie has been offering gourmet meals to their patrons 24 hours a day, seven days a week since its opening in 2002. Located in the heart of Tel Aviv, this renowned establishment offers favorites like chicken cordon bleu, niçoise salad, moules frites (mussels and French fries) and a full bar to choose your favorite alcoholic beverage. The Brassiere has been, and will continue to be, one of the best French restaurants in the city.
Brasserie, Ibn Gabirol St 70, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, +972 3 696 7111
Situated in a 129 year old building near Rothschild and Nachalat Benyamin, Kimmel offers a more rustic atmosphere, featuring a humble, countryside design. If you want to take a break from Tel Aviv and take a trip to the south of France for a night, this is the right place for you. Kimel’s décor consists of window shutters, old clocks and wooden chairs, making you feel like you are enjoying your dinner abroad. Menu items begin with starters such as bread, French onion soup, country salad, veal brain, risotto and stuffed calamari. Dinner items range from duck breast in red wine sauce to fillet brûlée, salmon steak and sea bream with mushrooms.
Kimmel, Ha-Shakhar St 6, Tel Aviv- Yafo, Israel, +972 3 510 5204
If you are looking for something a bit lighter than a full dinner, consider another option. Along with food, French cocktails are also featured here in Tel Aviv. French 57, a cocktail bar off of Brenner St., offers both mixed cocktails and great New Orleans/French-themed starter menu items. While enjoying the background jazz music, take your pick from a mix of refreshing, fruity, complex or miscellaneous type of craft cocktails consisting of various French alcohols. After enjoying a few drinks, indulge in the selection of starter foods from shrimp, mussels, oysters and pork chops.
French 57, Brenner St 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, +972 50 734 7452
For a more upscale, boutique ambiance, Hotel Montefiore serves options for a delectable breakfast, lunch or dinner. Based in central Tel Aviv in a colonial-style hotel, the cozy restaurant features simple options like yogurt and granola for an early dining experience plus French classics like beef fillet with goose liver or truffle and goat cheese ravioli for a later meal. The restaurant also offers business lunch for the working man and woman, as well as cocktails to take the edge off of the standard Tel Avivian.
Hotel Montefiore, Montefiore 36, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, +972 3 564 6100
If meat is on your mind, L’Entrecote offers some of the best in the city. From steaks to hamburgers, business lunches to standard dining for dinner and lunch, prices are reasonable and the portions are sure to fill you up. The place is not too large, which offers a very comfortable setting to enjoy their wonderful meals. Starters include liver paté, tomato and beet salad, plus charred grilled eggplant, while entrées consist of different cuts of beef, salmon fillet and chicken plates. The food is great, and everything on the menu is kosher.
L’Entrecote, Ahad Ha’Am St 28, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel, +972 3 633 7733