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The Best Restaurants in Israel

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Updated: 26 July 2017

Israelis love to pick and choose their favourite global cuisines into a new fusion of tastes and flavours, and it shows when it comes to the best restaurants the country has to offer: French cuisine gets Mediterranean twists, Moroccan cooking gets a modern update, and the few unchanged classics succeed superbly. Here are our picks of some of the best restaurants in Israel.

Toto

Year after year, Toto remains one of the most popular restaurants in Israel. Politicians, celebrities and fine dining enthusiasts flock here to experience great food in a luxurious atmosphere. The food, based on the Italian kitchen, is characterised by simplicity working its magic on the best ingredients. If comfort food and fine dining sound like an oxymoron, Toto proves that it’s definitely possible to serve both on one plate.

טוטו לאנץ

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Sat :
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm 6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Budget
$$$
Mashya

Mashya superbly succeeds in what is possibly the hottest trend in Israeli dining: fusion cuisine. Bridging the gap between traditional Moroccan food and ultra-modern cooking, Mashya adds modern twists to old-fashioned dishes without trying too hard, and the result is spectacular. Alongside delightfully prepared common Israeli dishes, the menu boasts surprises like kibbeh nayyeh ravioli (with raw minced lamb, burghul, peanuts and crème fraîche). Mashya definitely makes for an unforgettable culinary experience.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Thu :
10:00 am - 11:00 am 12:30 pm - 4:00 pm 6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri :
11:00 am - 12:30 pm 6:00 pm - 10:45 pm
Sat :
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm 6:30 pm - 10:45 pm
Budget
$$$
Taizu

In the last few years, Taizu has become synonymous with Asian food in Tel Aviv. This beautiful restaurant manages to combine different Asian kitchens without compromising on quality or taste. Taizu doesn’t do crazy twists and alterations, instead focusing on making each dish the best possible quality. The intensely flavourful and generously spiced result is sophisticated and modern. Those who can make it on a Sunday will find a whole different menu providing what many consider the best Indian food in Israel.

Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun :
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Mon - Thu :
6:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thu - Fri :
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Fri :
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat :
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm 7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Budget
$$$
Habasta

Habasta (‘market stall’ in Arabic) is full of contradictions. Located at the edge of the Carmel Market, one of Tel Aviv’s noisiest and busiest spots, with a design that seems like an afterthought, Habasta offers a surprising and original menu of French and Middle Eastern fusion. Some of the best dishes include the brain burek (a traditional phyllo pastry) and the pork shawarma, best paired with a glass from the distinctive wine menu.

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Thu :
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri :
8:30 am - 12:00 am
Sat :
7:30 pm - 12:00 am
Budget
$$$
Pescado

Pescado, a favourite among chefs and foodies, remains relatively obscure to the general public. Pescado specialises in fish with astoundingly delicious creations like gilt-head bream grilled on a plancha served with roasted onions, cherry tomatoes, hot peppers and Spanish pesto catching the eye and pleasing the palate. Only kosher fish are on the menu, but unlike other kosher restaurants, Pescado doesn’t attempt to replace dairy but celebrates olive oil in all its glory.

רגע של אלבקור וצ׳ילי... #pescado

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Thu :
12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat :
8:00 pm - 12:00 am
Budget
$$
La Regence

La Regence at the King David Hotel manages to break all the clichés of hotel restaurants and of kosher ones, too. The classic menu offers dishes that could easily compete with Michelin-starred restaurants – lamb tongue, Jerusalem artichoke cream, grilled lettuce and other treats will please even the most discerning tastes – and a thought out tasting menu allows sampling a bit of (almost) everything for a complete culinary journey. Here, too, olive oil reigns supreme and adds that little thing that sets La Regence apart.

בר ים , תפוז , ג׳ינג׳ר ושום שחור ...רג׳נס !

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Thu :
6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Budget
$$$
Extra Brut

With only a few bar stools and some outdoor tables, Brut is as close as Israel gets to an authentic French bistro. Inside, diners get to see the chefs at work and even order directly from them in an unusually intimate interaction. Brut’s menu is one of the most daring in Tel Aviv, with delicacies like brown butter and lemon spinal cord or soba noodles in vodka butter with salmon eggs and crème fraîche gracing the regular menu. The real magic, however, happens on the ever-changing daily specials menu.

ניטרלתי את הגן המזרחי

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Mon - Sat :
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Budget
$$
Halutzim3

Halutzim3, named simply after its address, is probably the most romantic restaurant in Israel. The small, dimly lit space may not work best for Instagram, but it compliments the stunning food perfectly. The menu is ever changing, with new creations gracing tables every day, but the restaurant’s signature pulled pork Challah bread is a delicious staple. The food here doesn’t try to be extravagant, proving that sometimes all you need is top-notch ingredients treated with love.

Maltagliati with Beef Ragu

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Address & Phone
Opening Hours
Sun - Fri :
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri :
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Budget
$$