Last updated August 27th 2023
Tel Aviv’s kosher restaurant market is booming! No longer just the standard meat and milk options, there are now great kosher sushi, Asian, Italian, and burger options… even celebrity chef Eyal Shani has a kosher spot!
So save yourself the trip to Jerusalem to find a top-quality kosher meal… carry on reading for a selection of Secret Tel Aviv’s favourites!
North Tel Aviv | Royal Beach Hotel, Hayarkon 19 | Chefs: Omri Cohen
Prestigious haute cuisine restaurant located at the Royal Beach Hotel in Tel Aviv, offering you a quality wide-ranging seasonal menu under the stewardship Chef Omri Cohen. The restaurant is open to the sea, and has a wide balcony overlooking the stunning sunsets of Tel Aviv, and is designed as stated in the spirit of New York restaurants – large, spacious, comfortable and contemporary. No wonder West Side has gained an honorable place in the list of the eleven best Kosher restaurants in the country according to the Maariv newspaper. Omri left the desserts to Anat Alon, a talented pastry chef, who knows how to surprise all sweet lovers. There are dozens of types of cocktails, and the wine menu is rich and varied. You will not be disappointed!
Sarona | Rav Aluf David Elazar 27
“Beneath the ground, behind a wooden door, in an ancient Templar tunnel with arches, hides an amazing land – the land of Israel’s whiskey”. Great food. Whiskey in abundance. Historic location. What more could you ask for? Whiskey Bar & Museum is the perfect destination for any whiskey worshiper who also happens to crave some delicious smoked meat in an amazing atmosphere! The restaurants boasts over 1000 whiskey varieties from countries all over the world. Even the salads and vegan dishes are excellent. Also make sure to order the lemon dessert, to finish on a lovely sweet feeling.
Central Tel Aviv | Nahalat Binyamin 37
Goshen is a kosher meat restaurant which offers a bistro menu featuring simple and delicious food made from high-quality ingredients. The restaurant’s elegant space is designed with warm wood and earth tones, creating an intimate atmosphere, ideal for a date or dinner with friends. The restaurant’s specialty is its high-quality kosher meat, which is displayed in an aging refrigerator at the entrance. We recommend sitting on the terrace when the weather allows it!
Neve Tzedek | De Picciotto St 22, Tel Aviv
Poupee restaurant, known for its sensational entertainment experience, is now more kosher than ever. The chef specializes in haute kosher cuisine, with a vision to combine the world of haute cuisine and bridge the gap between traditional Jewish culture and foodies. Poupee hosts culinary meetings and workshops as part of this collaboration, weaving together stories and food to create a cultural experience for guests. Read more.
Montefiore | Ha’arba’a Street 27, Tel Aviv
Tel Aviv’s ultimate oasis – Qumran! Nothing says festival of colors and flavors quite like the unique culinary experience here. This kosher restaurant is perfect for private events and fun nights, where you can get up on the table with the belly dancers holding flame throwers and have a night to remember! The exotically beautiful decor adds to the ambiance, on top of the exquisite cuisine that is homemade with love and experience. And, of course, you can’t leave this luxurious dining exhibit without ending the night with one of their high quality desserts! Read more.
Central Tel Aviv | Weizmann 2
Meatos is a kosher meat restaurant established in 2004 by chef and owner Kobi Abed, with the goal of providing high-end, kosher-compliant dining options. The restaurant specialises in grilled meats, including big and tasty steaks. Meatos offers a lunch service throughout the day, and transforms into a restaurant bar with an elegant atmosphere in the evening. The restaurant also has an American sister in Queens, New York, for those that would like to visit Meatos in New York. Kobi Abed, the chef and owner of Meatos, is dedicated to proving that quality and kosher food can be served on one plate.
North Jaffa | Hatachana 10
Regina is a kosher restaurant set in a breathtaking Mediterranean building, constructed in the 19th century. Heavy iron gates surround a traditional inner courtyard packed with plants and flowers, and the rooms’ design features chandeliers, old-fashioned shutters and lots of marble – just like in the old days. The kitchen is located in one of the rooms, and creates a captivating range of dishes from all corners of the world – Hungarian goulash, Kreplach soup, salmon delicatessen, avocado salad and dishes inspired by the railway station with its Babel of languages and tastes brought by the new immigrants on their way to and fro.
Central Tel Aviv | Floor 49, Azrieli Centre
2C is a French Mediterranean kosher restaurant located on the 49th floor of the Azrieli Towers in Tel Aviv, offering a delightful culinary and visual experience with a breathtaking view. Enjoy a meal crafted by a talented chef using high-quality ingredients, surrounded by an elegant atmosphere above our favourite city. Definitely a unique dining experience!
Central Tel Aviv | Dafna 2 | Modern Lunch & Dinner
Eyal Shani has done it again! Israel’s top celebrity chef, and the man responsible for making tahina the common topping and sauce, and ‘inventing’ the baked cauliflower, opened up his first kosher restaurant in Israel in 2018. Located near the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Malka has all the deliciousness of his other restaurants, and with a kosher certificate too! Be sure to check out their schnitzel and a great selection of fish dishes!
North Tel Aviv | Ben Yehuda Street 87, Tel Aviv
The Dvora restaurant by Chef Eyal Shani is located at the luxury Debrah Hotel by Brown. She is kosher, but also bold and exceptional. At Dvora, you will enjoy a creative menu with fish, meat, vegetables and great desserts. Add to that an open kitchen with the best show in town and get the full experience. Read more.
North Tel Aviv | Yosef Yekoutieli 4
Meat Kitchen is a top choice for kosher meat lovers seeking high-quality dishes. The restaurant’s menu is focused on beef, lamb, and chicken, with many flavourful and expertly cooked options, created by the two chefs and owners Nadav Natsar and Elad Levi. The modern, chic atmosphere is inviting, and the friendly staff is happy to make recommendations. A highlight of the restaurant is the use of advanced equipment to prepare exceptional meats, including an aging refrigerator and smoker. Visitors can also enjoy fine wines and in-house pastries.
North Tel Aviv | Yorde Hasira 1
Lehem Basar, which means “bread and meat” in Hebrew is a fantastic restaurant that specializes in kosher meat dishes served with freshly baked bread. . The quality of the meats is top-notch, and the fresh bread is the perfect complement. The menu features various types of meats, including beef, lamb, and chicken, as well as a range of salads and side dishes. The service is friendly, and the atmosphere is casual and comfortable. It’s a great place to enjoy delicious food with friends and family.
Central Tel Aviv | Abarbanel 56
Florentina is a great kosher restaurant located in Tel Aviv. The menu features Mediterranean-style cuisine, with a focus on dishes that are inspired by Middle Eastern and North African flavours. The food is fresh, flavourful, and beautifully presented, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options available. The atmosphere is casual and laid-back, making it a great spot for a relaxed meal or weekend brunch. The service is friendly, and the prices are reasonable, making Florentina a popular choice for locals and tourists alike.
Central Tel Aviv | HaCarmel 27
Looking for a trendy and delicious Kosher restaurant in Tel Aviv? Look no further than Olà-Olà! This restaurant offers a wide variety of dishes with a creative twist, all with Kosher certification. The menu ranges from classic dishes to contemporary fusion cuisine, and the desserts are a must-try. The atmosphere is vibrant and welcoming, making Ola Ola the perfect place for a night out with friends or a special celebration. Don’t miss out on the great food, service, and vibe at Olà-Olà!
Central Tel Aviv | Italian Restaurant | Gordon 39
Opened in 2017 by Italian Olim on the corner of Dizengoff and Gordon, Pankina was created with love and great taste. The food is delicious — the kitchens are managed by two Italian chefs both with over 30 years of experience — you can really taste the passion that goes into preparing every dish. The ingredients are fresh, the atmosphere is very Italian, and the service is great! Tip – make sure you save space for the tiramisu, it is definitely the best in Israel!
The former home of the elite in Petah Tikva is now on Neve Tzedek, which has turned its skin and is now kosher! Make sure to book a Rendez-Vous in this charming restaurant living up to its name. On Fridays a buffet meal will be served between 10:00 and 14:00 at a price of NIS 85 per person. Eat as much as you can along with a drink of coffee and a cup of coffee. The new menu includes hand-made pastas, homemade pizzas, fresh fish and appetizers. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to rendezvous with Rendez-vous – it’s an appointment you won’t regret!
North Tel Aviv | Italian cuisine | Dizengoff 177
Indulge in authentic Italian cuisine at La Lasagna, a family-run kosher restaurant on Dizengoff Street. Hear the chef announce in Italian when the dish is ready and see the waitress as she serves it up with an Italian accent. Order from a range of classic Italian dishes, including lasagnas, pastas, pizzas, fettuccine, ravioli, and more. With options for gluten-free, vegan, and business meals, there’s something for everyone. During the winter, make sure to try out special menu items like the Burrata pizza or the smoked salmon risotto.
SOUTH-EAST ASIAN RESTAURANTS
Central Tel Aviv | Sushi Restaurant | Meat| Ben Yehuda 228
Nini Hachi is a Kosher Japanese meat restaurant in the centre of Tel Aviv near the beach. It is a must-visit for foodies looking for a unique dining experience, with a menu that blends traditional Japanese and Israeli flavours, the restaurant’s dishes are bursting with flavour and creativity. Sushi, fish, ramen, teppanyaki and authentic noodle dishes make for rich and diverse options. We recommend the sushi rolls and the crispy cauliflower. They also deliver, and have great options for pregnant women. Don’t miss out on this culinary-fusion gem!
Central Tel Aviv | Japanese Fusion | Milk | Bograshov 23
Kanki is one of the best kosher sushi places in Tel Aviv, a must-try for any sushi lover! The menu includes many different Japanese and Mediterranean fusion dishes, not only sushis, and amazing rolls! It’s usually crowded but a great place for a night out for dinner and drinks in the modern decor of the restaurant. So, whether you’re in the mood for classic or creative sushi, Kanki is definitely worth a visit!
South Tel Aviv | Authentic Chinese Restaurant | Meat| Mikveh Yisrael 26
Do we still have to present the Chinese Wall? Tel Aviv’s best kosher Chinese restaurant. It looks great from the outside, and tastes great inside. The menu offers everything you could dream of when you think of delicious Chinese food. Prices are affordable and every dish is tasteful, from the starters to the amazing deep-fried fruit deserts. This is the closest you could get to China from Tel Aviv for sure!
Central Tel Aviv | Asian Fusion | Meat | Malkhei Yisra’el 3
Ca Phe Hanoi is a Kosher multi-sensory culmination of culinary expertise, innovative design, and a carefully curated menu of traditional Vietnamese food with emphasis on French and Israeli influences. Featuring an all-day menu, a cocktail bar, and a constant stream of good music, Ca Phe Hanoi offers an exciting glimpse into Vietnamese cuisine with a menu created by Chef Nofer Zohar. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are paired with traditional and refreshing flavours, imported directly from Vietnam in a kitchen based on passion, fire, colour, and a lot of joy.
MIDDLE-EAST AND AFRICAN RESTAURANTS
South Tel Aviv | Yemenite cuisine | Meat | Nahalat Binyamin 80
Enjoy a true culinary journey at Saluf and Sons! The tastes, smells and sounds transport you very far from the centre of Tel-Aviv. Delicious and pampering homemade yemenite and kosher food awaits you, as if your Grandma had just prepared a whole meal for you. Different stews, soups, Yemenite dishes, fresh chickpeas, mazets and more will comfort and fulfil you in the best of ways. There is attention to detail in every dish, the flavours are bold and the presentation is artful: what more could we wish for?
Shapira | Bukharian cuisine | Meat | Mesilat Yesharim 15
Hanan Margilan is a Bukharian Kosher restaurant in the Shapira neighbourhood family-run and-owned. The traditional menu is comprised of an assortment of meat skewers seasoned with a variety of flavours that are both rich and delicious. We recommend you try the Dushpara soup or the Oshpolov meal accompanied by fluffy, meat-filled pastries and vodka but the lamb kebab and the roasted cauliflower are also both packed with amazing flavour. Hanan Margilan is a great option for a hearty and comforting lunch, no fuss needed.
Central Tel Aviv | Iraqi cuisine | Meat | Mikve Israel 1
Azura’s little sister in Tel Aviv is a must-try for lovers of Middle Eastern cuisine. The Tel Aviv branch has nothing to envy to its older sister in Jerusalem! For anyone craving delicious Iraqi and Kosher cuisine, Azura is the place to go. From stuffed vegetables to hearty stews and grilled meats, to shakshuka or hummus, the menu is as mouth-watering as the food is amazing. The dishes are prepared to the highest standards, and the flavours are out of this world. Don’t forget to try their famous maqluba! Highly recommended for a delicious and authentic meal in Tel Aviv.
South Tel Aviv | Persian cuisine | Meat | Nahalat Binyamin 80
Iranian food has made its way to Tel Aviv in this small, boui-boui like establishment in the heart of Florentine. The owners, Persian Jews, offer traditional Iranian cuisine, simple and fragrant. You can eat everyday dishes, prepared with spices from the nearby Levinski market. Beware, there is often a queue at lunchtime, as the place is renowned and very cheap. We love the picturesque aspect of the decoration, which is a change from the usual trendy and hipster places.
South Tel Aviv | Persian cuisine | Meat | Nahalat Binyamin 99
Shamshiri offers authentic Persian food, a healthy cuisine full of natural ingredients. The restaurant has been around for more than 20 years. The legend says its founder used to hunt wild animals and roasted them on a shamshir, and over time the smells and flavours of the food spread far and wide, attracting customers. The team boast themselves because of the visit of Shah Raja Pahlavi himself. The menu includes Persian traditional food, usually explained by Chef Molk himself.
Central Tel Aviv | Ethiopian cuisine | Meat | Malan 4
Balinjera embodies the beauty of Israeli culture – diverse Jews sharing their traditional recipes from various parts of the world to create an inclusive and thriving society. Located in the heart of the lively Shouk, this typical and traditional address, housed in a lovely colourful setting, offers simple cuisine in the colours of Ethiopia. The short menu consists mainly of Injera, the large, gluten-free, teff flour patties topped with lentils, marinated meat, hummus and herb salad. The aubergine cream is also delicious, with organic tahina and drizzled with a tomato cream. No dessert here, but an aromatic Ethiopian coffee or spiced tea.
North Tel Aviv | Healthy Vegan Food | Ibn Gabirol 165
Alegria is slightly out of the way on Ibn Gbirol Street, in Tel Aviv. But it’s totally worth the detour. Everything on their menu is surprising and only in the best possible way. They are a bounty of taste sensations that are unique and packed with goodness. If you visit, it will not be your last time.
Written by guest reviewer Scott D. Renwick.
North Tel Aviv | Vegan Indian | Ben Yehuda 188
South Indian Street Food joint on Ben Yehuda near Jabotinski. Full of flavours, happy, delicious, healthy, VEGAN and GLUTEN-FREE. Chef Chen Weinstein spent two years in South India learning local cooking, and has been perfecting her skills in pop-ups and cooking from home since returning to Tel Aviv.
Central Tel Aviv | Vegan Indian | Derech Menachem Begin 48
The Tali Lama restaurant is a special Indian restaurant full of colours and flavours. The Israeli couple who founded the restaurant a few years ago have decided to dedicate their work life to it and serve the most comforting southern Indian dishes. Together with Daniel, one of the founders, the cooks produce with love and joy delicious vegan and kosher dishes that will transport you to India.
Central Tel Aviv | American Kitchen | Meat | HaArba’a 2
Don’t miss Bodega American Kitchen, a chef-driven family-run kosher business pumping out the best classic American smash burgers, as well as signature recipe hot dogs, crispy cornflake chicken, truffle fries, and freshly baked chocolate chip & sea salt cookies. Their (kosher) bacon double cheeseburger has already become an Israeli institution and makes Bodega a must-try Tel Aviv destination. Oh, please get their hand cut & panko battered onion rings (trust us) and wash it all down with Israel’s widest variety of imported American specialty soft drinks.
Central Tel Aviv | Hamburger Restaurant | Meat | Carlebach 20
The American burger of the Middle East! Chef Amir Ilan and butcher George were involved in collaborating with the founder, during which the team tasted, tested, compared, mixed, and grilled different ingredients. Ultimately, a winning patty was created, consisting of a mixture of four pieces of 100% beef. Definitely a premium hamburger joint – some call it the most delicious in the history of the people of Israel… but you be the judge for yourself. Kosher, suitable for those who are sensitive to gluten, oh and don’t miss out on their delicious portobello burger!
Central Tel Aviv | Falafel, Shawarma and Schnitzel | Meat | Shlomo HaMelech 1
They call it “The Magician”, that’s how much this place can do with chickpeas! If you drop by around noon, you’ll realise that this is the place to be for falafel: a long queue waiting to eat the delicious pita filled with falafel: the precious address of Tel Avivians. Also, if you can’t find a seat, take it to go and sit on one of the public benches right next to it. The falafel balls are delicious! The shawarma and the schnitzel pitas and plates are also amazing, and the restaurant is Kosher. Trust us, you’ll be licking your fingers and wanting more!
Central Tel Aviv | Falafel and Shawarma | Meat | Dizengoff 105
Relaxed ambiance and tasty food, with a view on the bustling Tel Aviv, this little temple of shawarma is a true gem. The restaurant offers a Kosher version of our adored shawarma: traditional kebab of the Levantine and Turkish kitchens, with beef, lamb or chicken meat, salted and marinated and roasted on a grill for hours, nicely condimented and set into a fresh pita or Lafah bread. You can also try the hummus, tehina, aubergine caviar, falafel and other Israeli street-food delights. You can enjoy it all on the terrace, at the corner of the busy Frischman and Dizengoff streets.
Jaffa | Coffee, pastries, ice cream and great pizza | Milk | Dizengoff 105
Cafe Shaked was established in 1993 in Ramat Chen as a cozy family cafe for Ramat Gan locals, but eventually became a popular spot with a high-quality culinary menu. Its warm and welcoming atmosphere created a loyal following and led to the opening of a second branch, Cafe Shaked Express, in Jaffa. Shaked Coffee is famous for its exceptional ice creams with unique flavours, fine Italian pizzas, various pastas, and rich menus that change seasonally. They also offer customer activities and experiences, such as Boki Naa tours, and serve delicious coffee.
North Tel Aviv | Pizza | Milk | Ben Yehuda 147
Two brothers making pizza like their grandfather did in Roma. The pizza style is quite similar to the Neapolitan style, with a relatively thin crust, a great balance of mozzarella cheese and super fresh tomato sauce. Try the Toscana pizza – fresh arugula with cuts of Parmesan sprinkled, or the not-on-the-menu potato and pesto – buonissimo!
North Tel Aviv | Pizza | Milk | Dizengoff 177
Zota Pizza is an Italian-style pizza restaurant that opened its first branch in 2010 on Dizengoff Street in Tel Aviv. The pizza recipe is a well-kept secret originating from a long-standing tradition in Rome. The restaurant strives for simplicity and quality, with great attention to detail in pursuit of the perfect taste. Zota uses only the finest, fresh ingredients imported from Italy, and the pizza is prepared in the traditional Al Taglio style in an open kitchen. The Pizzetaio carefully selects daily additions based on fresh market supplies. Highly recommended!