Herzliya is a lesser-known coastal suburb north of Tel Aviv which is slowly on the rise. As new bars, restaurants and shops continue to open up in the region, more and more visitors are flocking to Herzliya. We give you our top picks to experience Herzliya as a food lover’s paradise.
Referred to as the ‘fourth cousin‘ of the famous cult burger chain Moses, Mexicali is a brand new and much needed Mexican restaurant in the industrial area of Herzliya Pituach. It is the first Mexican spin-off of the well-established and super tasty Moses brand. They offer a wide selection of Mexican staples, like fajitas, tacos and nachos, for a more refined palate. They’re only open in the evenings and they’re sure to fill up fast.
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Israel loves India, whether it’s through the influence of Indian music, culture, or food. Even so, it’s quite difficult to find Indian food that lives up to Indian standards, particularly in this neck of the woods. Enter Tandoori, a beautifully decorated and intimate sit down restaurant conveniently located in a hub next to other bars and restaurants. Their portions are far from modest and their selection is impeccable. Favorites include their delicate samosas and fluffy naan topped or stuffed with a blend of vegetables and spices.
Segev is luxury dining at its finest, a place where the food is almost too beautiful to eat and the ambiance is unlike anything in Israel. This restaurant is the culinary brainchild of world class chef Segev Moshe, who modeled the restaurant’s décor on the floral lined streets of the Tel Aviv neighbourhood of Neve Tsedek. His food expertise is apparent in his artfully prepared dishes and elegant cocktails, including decadent mushroom risotto and buttery foie gras. The menu is mostly prix-fixed and there is a wide selection of international wines which serve as a complement to an already lavish meal.
With an unassuming exterior and simplistic name, one might accidentally pass up the opportunity to eat at this exquisite establishment. As its name suggests, this restaurant specialises in all things meat, including tantalising hamburgers, juicy steaks, and succulent ribs. Some even hail it as one of the best steakhouses in all of Israel. The secret to Meatbar’s success lies in the top-secret preparation process, which uses only the best cuts of meat, and dry-ages them in-house to produce the most tender and delicious meat on this side of the Mediterranean.
Benedict serves up breakfast 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. According to their website, Benedict believes breakfast is ‘not a matter of time, but a matter of world view’, and they exemplify this mantra by offering up a huge selection of breakfasts from around the world: A New York style breakfast featuring eggs and hollandaise sauce, an English breakfast complete with bacon, franks, and beans, and a Mexican breakfast taco that packs some heat. The stars of the show are the pancakes topped with fruit and maple syrup. It’s so good, it’ll make you wish every meal was breakfast.
Given Herzliya’s prime real estate which runs parallel to the sea, it’s no wonder its home to so many incredible seafood restaurants. Located right at the Marina, Derby Bar is seafood done right, serving up only the freshest seafood with an Israeli spin. The best part of Derby Bar happens even before the meal begins. Each table is offered a hefty portion of salads and appetizers, from crispy cauliflower, to roasted eggplant, to fish roe salad. And if you aren’t already full from the initial appetizer spread, their main courses are simply divine. Finish with their Little Swiss dessert, and your meal will be complete.
Max Brenner, known for its iconic ‘bald man’ logo, is chocolate heaven. As soon as you walk through the doors, your body is sent into a sugar rush by the sweet smell of melted chocolate. Their specialties include chocolate ‘syringes’ and their pièce de résistance is the decadent chocolate pizza. If you’ve never had pizza in chocolate form, you simply haven’t been eating pizza the right way.
Sebastian is a neighborhood classic in the heart of Herzliya Pituach. Its décor lends to a very homey feel as soon as you step through their door. This café/brasserie suits a variety of needs depending on the time of day. From swanky dinner hotspot, to low-key brunch time dining, Sebastian’s varied menu and polished design appeal to a variety of different tastes. The best part of Sebastian is its wraparound bar situated in the middle of the restaurant. When you take a seat, you are immediately greeted with smiles by other patrons and staff members, who are eager to welcome you to their ‘hood’.
Tapeo is a gorgeous restaurant that just does tapas oh-so-right. From their rotating specials board to their organized menu selection, sorted by vegetables, meat, and seafood, they take the painful guesswork out of ordering. Their prices and food are simply divine, and it’s entirely possible, with the right amount of people who are willing to share, to try everything on their menu.
This small café in Herzilya Centre is the only contender on the list that isn’t in Herzliya Pituach. Untainted by tourists, this local spot is a favorite in the area. The restaurant itself is small and modest, but its portions are huge and the prices are reasonable. Their staff are so incredibly warm and will take the time to get to know each and every customer. You aren’t just paying for the food (which is excellent in itself), you are paying for the overall experience. Waiters are often seen passing out frozen margaritas in the summer to help you beat the heat. The tastiness of Toscana’s shakshouka is unparalleled in the area, possibly in all of Herzliya. A definite must if you are ever nearby.