Tel Aviv

Restaurants in Tel Aviv

Overall, Israeli cuisine is heavily influenced by Mediterranean food culture and visitors will find plenty of falafel, hummus, olives and other familiar dishes alongside familiar Jewish dishes throughout the Middle Eastern country. Still, Tel Aviv restaurants work over time to buck trends, and visitors will find more than their share of internationally renowned eateries in the city specializing in everything from sushi to fusion. Restaurants in Tel Aviv are interested in attracting and impressing an international crowd and here are a few that excel at it.

If you’re looking for some of the best French cuisine the Middle East has to offer, be sure to visit restaurants like Brasserie M + R, Messa and Olive Leaf, all specializing in haute cuisine using local ingredients, and if Japanese is the name of the game try the sushi at Sushi Samba TLV or Sushi Bar Bazel. Both offer refined takes on the cuisine of the Far East in spades.

If you simply want an authentic Israeli meal, make reservations at restaurants like North Abraxas, Dalida and Port Said, which all feature modern takes on classic local dishes sure to satisfy visiting gastronomes looking for a truly immersive experience.

The Mal’enkaya Rossiya (Little Russia) delicatessen has everything you need to re-create a serious Russian table in the Middle East.

Overlooks the water in Jaffa and serves simple, beautifully prepared Mediterranean and Israeli dishes.

Despite the name, actually a lively bistro.

An open-air waterfront bar and restaurant named after a well-known Israeli psychiatric hospital. Tel Avivans throng here on weekends under an expansive canopy of woven palm fronds; the setting could just as well be Santa Monica.

A languorous, partly outdoor restaurant that joylessly specializes in dishes like golubets, a stuffed cabbage peppery and garlicky enough to register on the taste buds.

Stop here for shakshuka (a Tunisian egg, tomato, and red pepper stew).

A wide variety of Middle Eastern-inflected seafood, served on a terrace steps from the Mediterranean.

Tel Aviv was woefully lacking in quality kosher restaurants until the arrival of this upscale fish-and-dairy establishment in the city’s industrial center.