Looking for somewhere to dine out in Tel Aviv foodie scene? We’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants which serve a diverse range of cooking styles, from Mediterranean to Italian to sushi and beyond.
For a truly luxurious weekend, stay at the Ritz-Carlton in Hertzliya and have a meal at Herbert Samuel. Jonathan Roshfeld, the main chef, is well known in Israel not only for his cuisine but also for being a judge on the popular reality cook show, ‘Master Chef‘. The elegant restaurant uses a wide array of ingredients to create rich (and kosher) dishes. Watch the marina from above as you indulge yourself in a meal of beef château or chopped entrecôte.
If you are looking for a quirky yet comfortable atmosphere; this the place for you. The menu is creative, affordable, and absolutely delicious. One of the best parts about this bar is their service. The staff are personable, attentive, and very English-speaker friendly.
With delicious, fresh food and a varied selection of 40 different local and international wines, Tasting Room provides the ultimate sensory experience to diners. Set in Tel Aviv’s Sarona complex, Soho industrial chic meets European old world in a cavernous wine cellar full of quirky art pieces and scented candles. Tasting Room’s innovative system works like this: visitors are handed a pre-loaded card which allows them to choose from a small taste, half, or full glass of wine conveniently grouped by type or region. Tasting Room’s traditional cheese platter is the perfect accompaniment to their wine. Delicacies such as the smoked salmon and truffle butter bruschetta drizzled with date syrup, and the crispy mediterranean wraps are the real stars.
Traditional Moroccan fare gets a creative twist at this jewel on Nahalat Binyamin Street. Mizlala is widely seen as the ‘crazy younger sister’ of chef Meir Adoni’s haute-cuisine establishment, Catit. It is beloved for offering an accessible approach to quality food. The dishes are colorful with equally stand-out flavors, including the salmon ceviche marinated in turmeric oil, licorice, ginger root served with yogurt cream, celery, tapioca and shiso leaves Thai basil in carrot vinaigrette. Open for lunch and dinner, Mizlala’s clean, white lines provide diners with a minimalist backdrop for the restaurant’s bold flavors both day and night.
For sushi addicts in Tel Aviv, it doesn’t get better than Moon. The extensive and appreciably user-friendly menu features an endless array of creative rolls which are all appetizingly pictured and labelled for the convenience of patrons. The fresh fish makes a classic nigiri or sashimi a terrific staple, but rolls such as Mr. Perfect (grilled salmon, avocado, sweet potato and tempura), Tuna Roll (spicy tuna, shrimp tempura, cucumber, avocado, seared tuna and spicy radish) are not to be missed. Delicious vegetarian options also abound and are given special consideration, including Japanese tofu pouches stuffed with vegetable rice and mayonnaise. The popularity of Moon means that the restaurant tends to fill up extremely quickly in the evening. Those who haven’t made dinner reservations are recommended to come for lunch to bypass the crowds and enjoy a peaceful business lunch. Tip: Starting from around 7pm, the chef begins to create rolls for a revolving carousel. Customers who are loathe to delay gratification can grab the most tempting roll (or two) off the conveyer belt while awaiting their own personal order.
Located right off the artsy and hip Jaffa flea market, Italkiya is the most delicious place to recharge after a couple of hours of hunting for finds at the shuk. Set in a sliver of a charming Bauhaus building, this Italian restaurant’s tables are covered in checkered tablecloths and sprawl al fresco. The latter is perfect for soaking up the atmosphere of Old Jaffa. Fresh raw ingredients are the starting point of every item on the menu, and are scrumptiously combined in order to please even the pickiest of palates. Notable dishes include the Bianca funghi pizza topped with king oyster and portobello mushrooms. The light yet densely flavored Jerusalem artichoke ravioli with garlic confit and tomatoes is also a good pick. Italkiya turns out great drinks to round off any meal, whether it is the local apple cider straight from the Galil, or the excellent sangria. With a friendly and helpful staff and dynamic location, this restaurant is heaven for purveyors of fresh food without an attitude.
A true chef restaurant, Oasis is a darling of the Tel Aviv foodie scene. The menu changes constantly according to the availability of the freshest ingredients, thanks to Chef Rima Olvera’s innovative and exacting approach. Each miniature masterpiece combines ingredients brought by Chef Olvera’s friends from the most exotic locales, as well as local seasonal elements cultivated by the chef herself. This element of strategic surprise is at the heart of Oasis. Some recent standout dishes include a seared octopus ceviche, and a red wine flour pappardelle pasta. Both have flavors that will astound even the most experienced diners. The space itself is all about clean, modern lines with several special touches, such as a handmade wine bottle chandelier. But the real gem is the secret garden in the back with a hydroponic vertical garden wall and an ancient olive tree — here is the oasis which is the restaurant’s namesake. Enter into this dreamy, delicious world where passion and imagination meet, and enjoy an unparalleled dining experience.
Hanoi was the realization of a southeast Asian dream of three friends, who succeeded in bringing urbanized fusion to Tel Aviv through one of the owner’s romantic links with a Malaysian girl. With generous portions, flavors and overall deliciousness, Hanoi combines Asian street tastes with a scrappy unpretentious Israeli attitude. Sparsely adorned with a few special touches, such as a red carton mod sculpture against one of the sea foam green walls, the style is as urban as it gets. With an informed and friendly waitstaff as a guide, seafood lovers, carnivores and vegetarians will all find a favorite on the eclectic menu. The bahn mi is a French-Vietnamese-inspired baguette sandwich filled with meat or tofu, stuffed with vegetables and a mayonnaise base. The vermicelli thin noodle salad is another light and satisfying option on a hot summer day Also good options are the crispy Malaysian spinach balls blanketed in a light peanut sauce. Finally, Hanoi is not stingy with their alcohol, and the cucumber-garnished house cocktail is both strong and refreshing. Visitors will easily settle into the comfortable and social atmosphere created by the three amigos, whose friendship and vision permeate the restaurant.
Stepping into Brasserie M&R is reminiscent of entering into an old New York steakhouse. It oozes the same air of iconic history, privilege and class. Open 24 hours a day, it is always a good time to come to this stylish establishment for a classic burger or an amazing brunch. With a classic cocktail menu, and special brunch cocktails that go along seamlessly with favorites such as eggs Benedict, Brasserie maintains a stylish awareness of tradition. The French onion soup is a true taste of Paris in Tel Aviv, as are the delectable desserts such as the crêpes suzette. With a huge menu and constantly changing daily specials, this is a restaurant that fills with repeat customers. These patrons return, eager to try a new delicacy each time. The buzzing atmosphere and energy of the diners and friendly waiters guarantee a memorable experience that will have you converted to a fan as well. Julia Child and francophile foodies everywhere would be quick to wish you, ‘bon appétit’ at this grand bistro.