Tel Aviv is a city of style, food and nightlife. All of these elements make Tel Aviv a haven of restaurants, bars and their ultimate combination: gastropubs, aka resto-bars. Check out the following list of hotspots to spend the perfect evening made up of drinks, music, excellent food and a stylish crowd.
Gastropub, Restaurant, Wine Bar, Mediterranean, Contemporary, Israeli, Greek, $$$
Chef Avivit Priel Avichai and her partner Limor Ophir Lami were inspired by Greece’s small ouzerias to create a unique adaptation of traditional Greek and Mediterranean cuisines. Their motto of creating a joyful place to escape everyday life is evident in both the food, the ambience and the dishes, which are made on the spot. Come prepared to drink some Ouzo, move to the music, savour the food and just have a wonderful time.
This classy European-inspired restaurant and bar is perfectly set on Rothschild Boulevard, which is one of the reasons it has been so trendy for quite a long time. As its name implies, Cafe Europa is a charming outdoor terrace bar, offering a graceful combination of elegance and grunge, along with wonderful food and wine.
The undisputable king of Tel Aviv’s hipster scene and a must-visit for every self-respecting Tel Aviv tourist, Port Said serves some of the most delicious dishes in the city. Featuring Israeli chef Eyal Shani’s super simple, yet top quality Israeli style cuisine, most of the dishes are served on sheets of cardboard and appear as though the food was just smeared on top. Keep in mind that during busy (late evening) hours, you may need to queue up for a long time to get a table, but with great company, music and beer, time will just fly!
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Gastropub, Restaurant, Thai, Asian, Fusion, $$$
Kab Kem is the little sister of Thai House, one of the most beloved restaurants in the city. Its name actually refers to a Thai dining style, meaning a flow of tasteful, spicy bites along with plenty of booze, lasting until the late hours of the night – and that is exactly what goes on here. Yummy, spicy and small Thai dishes, along with flavorful cocktails and loud music, make for a wonderful night out.
Just across from the latter, in the trendy Har Sinai compound, is one of the city’s hottest restaurants, Santa Katarina. The Taboon-style dishes on the menu offer unique takes on Israeli and Mediterranean cuisines, and along with a glass of wine and a romantic ambience, this gastropub is one of the best places in the city for a night out.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Gastropub, Restaurant, Contemporary, Fusion, Israeli, Mediterranean, $$$
Levinsky Market’s Dalida is one of the trendiest and most beloved spots in the city and with good reason. With a loud, vibrant indoor space, a romantic courtyard and a selection of fresh, interesting dishes, you are simply bound to enjoy it here. Consider taking the Moabet meal suitable for tables of four or more, which is a sharing meal composed of a variety of flavours and drinks. Keep in mind that between 17:00-19:00, Dalida offers 50% off all of the food available on the menu!
This resto-bar and gastropub, which opened last year in Jaffa’s Greek Market, was all the rage and is still going strong. Brought to us by the chef of Santa Katarina, Tomer Agai, Jericho offers a modern take on local dishes, accompanied by the sea breeze, Jaffa’s atmosphere and serves in both the restaurant space and on the outdoor garden.
Bar, Cocktail Bar, Gastropub, Contemporary, Fusion, Mediterranean, $$$
First of all, let’s talk about the setting. Ramesses is located in the heart of the Jaffa Flea Market, surrounded by stone-built alleys and decorated with graffiti walls and string lights. In addition, the fresh produce-based menu offers small dishes, made using trendy techniques like clay-pot cooking or on a charcoal grill, and incorporates local spices, great music, a variety of cocktails and a bustling atmosphere.
Bar, Gastropub, Restaurant, Contemporary, Israeli, Mediterranean, Fusion, $$$
Yet another trend-setter by Eyal Shani, Romano is a resto-bar located on the terrace of the second floor of Beit Romano, which is also home to Teder.FM bar. As one of the coolest places in the city, and as part of the Eyal Shani collection of food establishments, there isn’t much room for disappointment here. Shani is known for his, well, interesting (and intriguing) menu descriptions, with options like ‘a bag of a fresh green field full of life’ or ‘a painful pasta with black pepper from Madagascar’.
Bistro, Gastropub, Wine Bar, French, Contemporary, $$$
A Parisian wine bar set in the French Institute building on Rothschild Blvd, this hotspot offers a seasonally changing menu, an incredible selection of wines and the chef’s contemporary and refreshing adaptations of traditional French cuisine. Bar a Vin is perhaps the best place to sit back, relax and indulge in a glass (or more) of fine vino and some French nibbles.