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Chefs hard at work at Tel Aviv's Kitchen Market | Kitchen Market ©, courtesy
Chefs hard at work at Tel Aviv's Kitchen Market | Kitchen Market ©, courtesy
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The Hottest Restaurants in Tel Aviv Right Now

Picture of Ben Jakob
Updated: 6 March 2017
Nothing makes Tel Aviv more happening right now than its culinary scene. Good food, some would say, is Tel Aviv’s most respected art form these days, with an emboldened new generation of chefs leading a gastronomical revolution. With such a rich local culture and countless regional and local influences to add spice, local foodies have had no lack of options in recent years. To help you find exactly what you’re looking for, here’s a list of all the places everyone in Tel Aviv is trying to score a table at.

Taizu

Restaurant, Israeli
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Tel Aviv's Taizu - the best of the far east in the Middle East
Tel Aviv's Taizu - the best of the far east in the Middle East | Courtesy of Taizu | © Taizu

Taizu

After overtaking Pronto as Tel Aviv’s best (and most expensive) restaurant, this stylized culinary powerhouse has remained the go-to place for far out Far East food in the Middle East. Taizu is the brainchild of Yuval Ben Neriah’s travels in Southeast Asia and is well worth the splurge. More a conceptual journey than your average gourmet dinner, Taizu’s menu is divided into the five elements. Together they form a gastronomical gradient, with diners progressing from the lighter “water” dishes—like the amazing shrimp-based har gow dumplings—to the heavier grilled “wood” or “fire” dishes—like the Japanese roasted short ribs—to must-haves “metal” dishes like butter chicken.

Taizu

Tel Aviv’s Taizu – the best of the far east in the Middle East |© Taizu | Courtesy of Taizu | © Taizu

Address and Phone Number:

Taizu, Derech Menachem Begin 23, Tel Aviv-Yafo, +03 522 5005

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12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Sun:
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Mon:
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mon:
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue:
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Tue:
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Wed:
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Thu:
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri:
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat:
12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Sat:
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Mashya

Opened by Chef Yossi Shitrit to rave review, Mashya is Tel Aviv fine dining at its most regional, offering traditional Maghreb cuisine in a variety of high-end styles. With a menu based on fresh local fish, Mashya takes staples of the local Arabic Galilean kitchen up a notch by bringing them into the 21st century. Dishes like Mashya’s amberjack tartare or its kubenia offer a new twist to the Moroccan classics, but as their starter frena bread shows—sometimes just doing the basics is more than enough.

Tel Aviv Mashya's Lemon Tart | Mashya ©, courtesy
Tel Aviv Mashya’s Lemon Tart | Mashya ©, courtesy
Tel Aviv Mashya's Mango Shrimp | Mashya ©, courtesy
Tel Aviv Mashya’s Mango Shrimp | Mashya ©, courtesy

Ahuzat Bayit 3

Though less than a year old, Ahuzat Bayit has made quite a splash in the local scene. A Tel Aviv-ized French brasserie, Ahuzat Bayit defies any single category, offering French classics like coq au vin and plateau de fromage with a local flare. Billing itself as Tel Aviv’s version of New York’s Balthazar, it’s based in the heart of the White City that is central Tel Aviv. The restaurant brings together chefs from local gems like Santa Katerina (also on this list) to create an urban amalgam of food that is both aesthetically pleasing and hearty. Trust me, the oxtail lasagna is to die for.

Address:

Ahuzat Bayit 3, Ahuzat Bayit St 3, Tel Aviv-Yafo

Halutzim 3

Market, Restaurant, Israeli, $$$
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Halutzim 3

Halutzim is a solid restaurant offering great food in a classy but not stuffy atmosphere. In a city overrun by thematic restaurants, Halutzim is a rarity. With a small space just off of Tel Aviv’s Levinsky Market, it’s easy to miss this gem, but when the market closes, one of the most romantic places in the city emerges from in between discarded boxes of pistachios and olives. Straddling the world of Italian and French kitchens with a dash of local flavors from the market, it offers a diverse menu of comme il faut pastas and other classics. The polenta is delicious and one of the richest Tel Aviv has seen.

Address and Phone Number:

Halutzim 3, Ha-Khalutzim St 3, Tel Aviv-Yafo, +03 523 1016

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7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Mon:
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue:
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wed:
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thu:
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri:
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Fri:
7:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Kitchen Market

Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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Kitchen Market, Ha-Angar Street
Kitchen Market, Ha-Angar Street | Kitchen Market

Kitchen Market

Located in the trendy farmer’s market in Tel Aviv’s port, Kitchen Market offers both a view and taste of the city’s beautiful coast. More light and fresh in orientation than its gourmet-minded sister Mashya (also on this list), Kitchen Market still bears the trademark of chef Yossi Shitrit.

Chefs hard at work at Tel Aviv's Kitchen Market | Kitchen Market ©, courtesy

Chefs hard at work at Tel Aviv’s Kitchen Market |© Kitchen Market

While Mashya offers new interpretations on classic North African food, Kitchen Market is even more local, offering organic vegetables from farms across Israel and fresh seafood from the Mediterranean.

Address and Phone Number:

Kitchen Market, Hanger 12, Tel Aviv Port, Tel Aviv-Yafo, 63506, +03 544 6669

Fresh seafood comes out of Tel Aviv's Kitchen Market's kitchen, one of the hottest in the city right now | Kitchen Market ©, courtesy

Fresh seafood comes out of Tel Aviv’s Kitchen Market’s kitchen |© Kitchen Market

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12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Sat:
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Sun:
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Asia

Market, Restaurant, Asian
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Asia

Based in Jaffa’s Flea Market, one of the hottest neighborhoods in Tel Aviv today, Asia is at the epicenter of Jaffa’s rebirth as a hip urban center. Asia—which, as its name indicates, serves Asian food—is the brainchild of two graduates of Catit—formerly one of city’s best restaurants. But while Catit was famous for its exquisitely small dishes, Asia offers more food, with healthy portions of steaming dumplings and far east soups.

Address:

Asia, Nakhman St 3, Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Santa

Bar, Pizzaria, Restaurant, Israeli
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Tamuz Rachman | ©,courtesy of Santa Katarina

Santa

A small gem established by a number of local chefs a few years ago, this local eatery has successfully matured into a staple of the local culinary scene. Built around a large stone tabun oven and located on the western side of the hip Big Synagogue compound just off Allenby St., the Santa, as it is called by locals, is quintessentially Tel Aviv.

Notice the tabun on the left side of the edge of the bar? Tel Aviv's Santa Katarina's menu revolves around the ancient stone oven | Tamuz Rachman ©, courtesy of Santa Katarina

Tel Aviv’s Santa Katarina’s menu revolves around the ancient stone oven |© Tamuz Rachman | ©,courtesy of Santa Katarina

Though contemporary in orientation, it draws inspiration from the region as well, using it to infuse everything from pizza to oxtail with a local scent. It also has one of the best desserts in town—basbousa (traditional Arabic semolina cake) with homemade ice cream.

Address and Phone Number:

Santa Katarina, Har Sinai Street 2, Tel Aviv-Yafo, +058 782 0292

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Mon - Thu:
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Thu:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am
Fri:
12:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Fri:
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat:
7:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sun:
12:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun:
6:00 pm - 12:00 am

Lorentz And Mintz

Cafe, Restaurant, Israeli, $$$
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Lorentz And Mintz

More a high-end café than a restaurant, Lorentz And Mintz is well worth a visit. Located on the main road to Jaffa, in the long forgotten “German Colony” on the southern edge of Neve Tzedek, Lorentz And Mintz is an attempt to breathe new life into the Tel Aviv of yesteryear with the help of contemporary Israeli cuisine.

Poster for Café Lorenz, now the Schechter Institute of Jewish studies in Tel Aviv and the inspiration for Mintz and Lorenz | Kimmel Eshkolot Architects ©, courtesy

Poster for Café Lorenz and the inspiration for Mintz and Lorenz |© Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

Situated in a breathtaking German “Templar” house, it is as much an architectural and historical landmark as it is a culinary one. Its name is a reference to Cafe Lorentz—a legendary eatery founded in 1902 by German missionaries and noted in Nobel laureate Shmuel Yosef Agnon’s film Only Yesterday—its brunch is said to be the best in the city.

Address and Phone Number:

Lorentz And Mintz, Schechter Center, Aharon Chelouche Ln 42, Tel Aviv-Yafo, +03 901 8070

Site of the historical Café Lorenz, now the Schechter Institute of Jewish studies in Tel Aviv | Kimmel Eshkolot Architects ©, courtesy

Site of the historical Café Lorenz |© Kimmel Eshkolot Architects

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Sun:
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mon:
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Tue:
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Wed:
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Thu:
8:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri:
8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Susu and Sons (Omer Miller)

Restaurant, North American, $$$
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Beef burger
Beef burger | © Evgeny Karandaev/Shutterstock

Susu and Sons (Omer Miller)

One of the hottest names in Tel Aviv cuisine of the past years is Omer Miller. Miller’s instagram has become somewhat of a mecca for online foodies looking to salivate, but the food is as tasty as it is photogenic. Following the success of his Hadar Ochel (Cafeteria) restaurant, known for its stylish yet local dishes which mix Mediterranean materials with European techniques, Miller has set his sights on something more simple: the hamburger. Susu and Sons sits at the fountainhead of Rothschild, literally located at the end of Tel Aviv’s famous boulevard. The hottest grill in Tel Aviv right now, this stall is poised to becoming the city’s biggest guilty pleasure.

Address:

Susu and Sons, Herzl St 6, Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Mon - Sun:
12:00 pm - 5:00 am

Meal service:

All Day, Late Night

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Fast Casual

Fifi’s

Market, Israeli
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Fried green onions with peanuts and a side of lime at Tel Aviv's Fifi's Asian Food
Fried green onions with peanuts and a side of lime at Tel Aviv's Fifi's Asian Food | Yaron Brenner ©, courtesy of Fifi's

Fifi’s

At the cheaper end of the spectrum is Fifi’s Asian food, a hole-in-the-wall just off Levinsky Market. The new kid on the block, its owner, Fifi, has managed to bring the best of Asian street food to Tel Aviv without the heavy prices Tel Avivians have grown accustomed to.

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This Berlinesque spot has built up so much hype that you should expect a line (especially because of its small size) but turnover is high and it’s worth it. Try the Chinese Worker’s Dish with a shot of sake, and don’t forget to wait for the Indian halva that comes with the bill. It’s addictive and can be bought at the Levinsky Market.

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Fried green onions with peanuts and a side of lime at Tel Aviv's Fifi's Asian Food | Yaron Brenner ©, courtesy of Fifi's

Fried green onions with peanuts and a side of lime at Tel Aviv’s Fifi’s Asian Food | Yaron Brenner ©, courtesy of Fifi’s | Yaron Brenner ©, courtesy of Fifi's

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Tue:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wed:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thu:
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm