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Restaurants in Israel

Over the years, restaurants in Israel have gone well beyond the classic Middle Eastern and Mediterranean staples of falafel and shwarma (rotisserie meat) sandwiches.  Most restaurants offer some level of kosher dining, so you may notice menus that offer dairy (like the fabulous local cheeses) or meat (just no pork)— but not both. Around Tel Aviv and near the beaches, you're more likely to find shellfish. Here are some of the best restaurants in Israel:

  • Darna. This Jerusalem eatery is acclaimed among Israel restaurants for expertly creating Moroccan cuisine and ambience, catering to the large Moroccan Jewish community that lives here.
  • Catit. This bold Tel Aviv restaurant showcases creative Israeli cuisine in multicourse gourmet meals—perhaps starting with calamari stuffed with lamb, and ending with an excellent version of the local dessert, the cheese pastry kadaif.
  • Bardak. It may not taste quite like the pies back in the States, but this  cozy, friendly pizza-and-beer joint offers a great  take on pizza Jerusalem-style.
  • Mantras. This popular restaurant in Jerusalem offers a Euro mix of Italian and French foods, s well as tapas, seafood and  homemade bread. Just be sure to reserve ahead of time—or just come for a late dinner.
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