Tel Aviv Best Restaurants
My Current List of Handpicked Favorite Places to Eat in the City that Never Sleeps

What are Tel Aviv's best restaurants? As the culinary capital of Israel, there are so many great restaurants and cafes to choose from.

Israel has gained quite a reputation for producing fresh, quality food.

The city is home to a huge variety of places to eat. There are many good gourmet restaurants you shouldn't miss. But there are also lots of quality 'blue-collar' joints that only the natives know about serving delicious, ethnic food.

So here is our updated list of our nine favorite Tel Aviv restaurants, in no particular order.

Most of these restaurants aren't kosher, but there are excellent places with kosher food in Tel Aviv. Read more about our ten favorite kosher restaurants in the city that never sleeps.

Tel Aviv best restaurants
Jonathan Food Club -  Superb, Seasonal Gourmet

Tel Aviv Best Restaurants - the bar at Jonathan Food Club

6 Koifman Street  03-696-0707

Jonathan Roshfeld is one of Israel's celebrity chefs, and Jonathan Food Club is his latest gourmet restaurant opened in 2017. 

I've eaten here twice. The service is generous and friendly, the atmosphere and sea views are good. Most of the meals are not only delicious, but refreshingly different. The only exception are the deserts, which range between good and disappointing. More on that later. 

Don't miss Jonathan's famous tomato salad. Sounds boring but it is one of his classic dishes and is simply superb!

The salad is composed of  different types and colors of the freshest tomatoes, a few grilled tomatoes mixed in, radishes and topped with crumbled hard-boiled eggs. Words don't do this salad justice...

The pasta dishes are amazing as well.  We tried pasta stuffed with duck meat, and a classic ravioli with spinach and white cheese. 

There is a variety of fish and seafood dishes and you can order a small or large portion of most of the dishes, to make it easier to share.

Although we are not huge steak fans, my Mom couldn't resist the steak dish that served bone marrow at the side, as well as roasted potatoes, onion and okra. 

Jonathan Food Club steak with bone marrow, grilled potatoes, onions and okra

The smallest cut was 500g on the bone. It was perfectly done and delectable. We we ate every last bite!

Our main disappointment was with some of the deserts. The Weiss chocolate desert is not for real chocoholics. It had a dry, flaky taste. The plum crumble desert was also good, but not special.

We did enjoy the sweet and tangy 'Red Riding Hood' which is Jonathan's interpretation of Red Velvet Cake. And beautiful to look at too!

Tel Aviv best restaurants
Topolopompo -  Artistic, Asian Gourmet

14 Hasolelim Street  03-6910691

I confess that I usually don't like overly stylish, 'in' gourmet restaurants. But Topolopompo is so delicious, the meals are so beautiful to look at, that I can't help but recommend this delicious Asian 'grill' restaurant, although its not cheap.

Its a great place to share lots of small dishes.

Take a look at the two appetizers that we ordered recently -

The bottom dish was delectable salmon sashimi with three varieties of wasabi sauces. I felt like I was eating a work of art. 

Topolopompo manages to be delicious and original even with salad.

We enjoyed this unusual, blackened cauliflower salad with mint, scallions and puffed rice. And beautiful to look at too...

Fish Appetizers at Topolopompo, great Asian restaurant in Tel Aviv

We also ordered steamed buns, one with pork and one with shrimp. Light and tasty.

topolopompo steamed bun shrimp
topolopompo steamed bun pork

If you feel like an elegant experience that is stylish, delicious, artistic but not cheap, Topolopompo is an excellent choice for Tel Aviv dining.

Tel Aviv best restaurants
Manta Ray -  Romantic Dining on the Sea

Tel Aviv best restaurants Manta Ray Seafood on Alma Beach

7 Kaufman Street on Alma Beach. Telephone 03-517-4773

When my friend Michael asked me to recommend a romantic Tel Aviv restaurant for his anniversary, I didn't have to think twice. I sent him to Manta Ray, one of Israel's best seafood restaurants with a very special atmosphere.

Make reservations in advance and ask for a table near a window for a romantic seaside view. It makes all the difference.

On a summer evening, if it's not too hot, ask to be seated on the terrace so you can enjoy the sea breeze and watch the waves crashing.

fresh and delicious appetizers at Manta Ray -a Tel aviv restaurant on the beach with a great sea view

After drinks, the waiter will offer you 10 or more appetizers assorted on a tray for you to pick and share together. Choose several – they are scrumptious! In fact you can make a whole meal out of the appetizers.

They vary, but can include feta cheese with figs, spinach salad with shrimps and mangos, pickled mullet fish with onion, tzatziki yogurt with mint.

They are served with delicious homemade focaccia along with olive oil, balsamic vinegar and sea salt for dipping.

My favorite main course here?  

Definitely their bouillabaisse (fish stew), but I've tasted most of their fish and seafood dishes and they are all first class. If you're not a fish lover, there are also excellent meat and vegetarian entrees.

The price range for the main courses runs from 85 to 160 NIS. Manta Ray serves great breakfasts until 12 noon for 40 - 65 shekels.

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Tantalizing Yemenite Soups in Kerem HaTeimanim

Kerem HaTeimanim - translated as the Yemenite Vineyard - was settled by Jews from Yemen in 1903.

It is now a tiny, quaint Tel Aviv neighborhood, in between Nachalat Binyamin and the Carmel Market. The place is brimming with small restaurants serving aromatic, traditional Yemenite food.

You can come any time of the year. I especially enjoy coming during the winter which is a perfect time to eat the hearty Yemenite soups which taste like no other!

Try Erez Restaurant  

at 28 Nachliel Street. Telephone 052-255-3808

My husband Yoram Yoram adores their rich bone soup...

amazing Yeminite food at Keren HaTeimanim - yemenite bone soup

made with lots of beef bones full of marrow,chickpeas, carrots and greens. It's a bit too much cartilage for me :)

But I love their Yemenite chicken soup cooked with Hawaj, a Yemenite spice mix that includes turmeric, cardamom, cumin and pepper.

The food is good value. A filling soup dish with 'lachuch' - the unique, spongy Yemenite bread on the side costs about 25 - 30 shekel, less if it’s a bean soup. Beside soup, they serve many other tasty Yemenite and Middle Eastern dishes.

Take note that the best time to come is for lunch. Erez and other restaurants in Kerem HaTeimanim close during the week at about 6 PM and are closed on Saturdays. 

Tel Aviv best restaurants      Raphael is CLOSED
Israeli Gourmet Food at Raphael Bistro

87 Hayarkon, in the same building as the Dan Hotel, 03-5226464

One of the best gourmet restaurants in Tel Aviv and all of israel - Raphael's bistro.

Rafi Cohen is the well-known chef at this sun-filled, lively gourmet bistro. Raphael Bistro has been around since 2001. Despite some downs, it continues serving superb and creative dishes.

It's pricey but worth it for special occasions. You can try the business lunch at 125 shekels per person,and a weekend special of 145 shekels, both excellent value for the good food.

One of Rafi's better known dishes is his lamb couscous -

Raphael bistro best tel aviv restaurant serves lamb couscous

with chickpeas and vegetables. The lamb is soft, the vegetables melt in your mouth. Succulent and delicious! 

Try your best to save room for the amazing deserts...

dessert at Raphael Bistro Tel Aviv restaurant

Ruti and Mati Broudo's Restaurants Trio:

My extended family has a tradition of dining out to celebrate family birthdays.  

family birthday celebration at Montefiore Restaurant in Tel Aviv

We consistently return to three Tel Aviv restaurants that we love, all owned by Ruti and Mati Broudo:

  • Hotel Montefiore Restaurant - for French-Asian fusion inspired by Vietnamese
  • Brasserie Restaurant - superbly French
  • The Coffee Bar - for French and Italian classics

Tel Aviv best restaurants 
Montefiore Restaurant

sitting area at Montefiore restaurant in Tel Aviv

42 Montefiore St. Tel. 03-564-6100

Located in the boutique Hotel Montefiore, you will love the old-world atmosphere of leather chairs, mirrors and palm trees. If it's available, ask to sit in my favorite, the library room...

I usually prefer the lighter French-Vietnamese flavored fish dishes with lemongrass and vegetables.

My parents' enjoy the spare ribs, the lamb dish and the classic French dish “Tournedos Rossini" with beef and goose liver.

Tournedos Rossini at Montefiore Restaurant in Tel Aviv

If you feel like indulging your sweet tooth, the Montefiore runs a special Aternoon Tea every Saturday.

The cakes and scones are fabulous! 

afternoon tea every Saturday at Montefiore Restaurant in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv best restaurants

70 Ibn Gvirol St. Tel. 03-696-7111

Brasserie is a Tel Aviv favorite. The decor is simple elegance, with lots of black and wood, high ceilings and mirrors. It is a bit noisy because the restaurant is huge and always seems to be full. 

It's open 24 hours a day, serving delicious classic French food that I cannot recommend enough.

I think their french onion soup is the very best in Israel, their warm Chevre goat cheese and greens salad is amazing and their hamburgers and french fries ('chips' in Hebrew) are excellent whether you order them at 1 PM or 3 AM.

great cheeseburger and fried at Brasserie in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv best restaurants
Coffee Bar

13 Yad Harutzim Street. Telephone 03-688-9696

Don't be confused by the restaurant name! This isn't a simple coffee bar, but a superb restaurant with a compact menu of great French and Italian classic dishes.  

My sister always orders their delectable carpaccio - 

carpaccio at the Coffee Bar in Tel Aviv

with lots of tart arugula leaves, freshly shaved parmesan and olive oil. 

There is always one or two pizza options with extra crispy crusts, handmade pasta dishes and polenta or risotto. 

If like me, yu enjoy  Italian sweets, I recommend their mouthwatering cannelloni stuffed with ricotta and oranges!  

sweet cannelloni at the Coffee Bar restaurant in Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv best restaurants
206 Restaurant – the Best Middle Eastern Cuisine

54 Moshe Sne Road in north Tel Aviv  Tel 03-649-9466

Most foodies will disagree, but believe me, 206 is one of the best Middle Eastern restaurants in all of Israel.

Their hummus competes with the best of the best. It is also one my family's favorite Tel Aviv restaurants. Not many tourists aware of it, since its in the north of Tel Aviv, a 15 minute ride from the city center.

206 is also a sponsor and the proud 'home' of the Tel Aviv Macabi basketball team, one of the best teams in the Euroleague.  You can't miss their photos all over the place.

Tel Aviv Restaurants 206 Classic Israeli Middle Eastern food

206 Dagim is the good fish restaurant upstairs. But for the Middle Eastern restaurant, head downstairs to the basement.

206 serves what locals love to eat and I'm sure you will to:

  • A variety of great salads as appetizers – 'Israeli' salad, wonderful hummus, thick tehina, eggplant, labne (yoghurt spread). 
hummus, tehina and harif at 206 Tel Aviv restaurant
  • Tender and freshly grilled meats: chicken chunks, beef, lamb, whole or filleted fish and even 'white meat' (the Israeli euphemism for pork) - served on skewers, as kebabs, as filets or on the bone...
grilled pork chop at 206 Tel Aviv Restaurant
  • The side offerings included with your order are: rice and beans, majedera (rice and lentils), roast potatoes and cabbage salad. You can order separately French fries.
  • Mimula'im meaning stuffed vegetables – cabbage, pepper, potato, moussaka (eggplant) and my favorite, stuffed cauliflower.  They are filled with meat, or meat and rice and are very tasty.

As soon as you are seated, the waiter will bring warm pitas, bitter Syrian olives and pickles. Ask for the grilled pita halves with olive oil and zaatar (hyssop). Yum.

I come here often with the family. We like to sit at the bar and watch the cooks behind the scene.

When my kids were younger, they loved watching the cook chop huge amounts of vegetables. It's like watching a magic show. One minute there are 10 whole cucumbers. After thirty seconds, they are all chopped into tiny cubes. And elegantly done too. I think that started my son Gilad's interest in cooking.

Tel Aviv best restaurants
The Local - A Rare, Decently Priced Chef Restaurant

22 Ibn Gvirol Street. Telephone 03-652-5311

Tel Aviv is an expensive town. It may be hard to believe, but in the heart of Tel Aviv near City Hall, chef Eran Zur serves reasonably priced, quality dishes!

Best Tel Aviv restaurants The Local refreshing cocktail with vodka, lemongrass and citrus peels

First things first.

The Local has an amazing bar with every drink imaginable and prices you can afford. Try some of the unusual and delicious cocktails like the  apple and ginger Chaco, or my favorite, the Local with lemongrass, vodka and citrus fruit peels.

I felt like a light meal, and chose a hot salad dish -

grilled calamari and arugula salad at the Local Tel Aviv chef restaurant

of perfectly grilled calamri on arugula leaves that I loved.

My Mom had a a grilled filet of fish on risotto and my daughter ordered torn pappardelle pasta with tomotoes and vegetables. They both loved their dishes.

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