Last updated October 15th 2016
Welcome to our Insider’s Guide to the best restaurants in Tel Aviv. Tel Aviv has loads of amazing restaurants featuring cuisine from around the world. If you are coming from out of town, or just want to treat yourself, we’ve selected our top 7 – one for every day of the week. Continue scrolling to see the Best of the Rest, a definitive list of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv, ordered by price. And if you couldn’t tell, we love Eyal Shani!
Tel Aviv’s Best 7 Restaurants:
Shila – Best Mediterranean Restaurant
Ben Yehuda 182
Family-run restaurant Shila has been around for years, and it’s a place for people to come who want to have fun and enjoy food. Located on Ben Yehuda just near the Hilton Hotel, the up-scale restaurant serves delicious locally-sourced meat and seafood. Check out their tasty a la plancha dishes of seafood and vegetables, and if you really want a treat the lobster is incredible! The waiters are friendly and super-knowledgeable, and there’s an extensive wine and cocktails menu -there’s even a valet parking service!
This is a great place to go on a date, or to take your parents when they come visit. A meal for two with drinks starts at 500 NIS. They’re also open at lunch with a special lunch menu. Call to make a reservation.
Itzik HaGadol – Best Meat Restaurant
Raziel Street 3, Jaffa
Typical Israeli barbecue. The meat is excellent, and they fill the table up with almost a hundred delicious little salads. If you are entertaining guests from out of town, this will definitely give a wow-factor! The steaks are great, and the house kebab is the best kebab in Tel Aviv. A meal for two with drinks starts at 300 NIS, and the restaurant is open 11.30am to 11.30pm every day (closed Friday). Call to make a reservation.
Zakaim – Best Vegan Restaurant
Simtat Beit HaSho’eva Street 16, near Allenby
Tel Aviv has a huge vegan scene and Zakaim is at the centre of this. All the food is fresh and locally sourced, and prepared lovingly in creative ways. The menu has a Persian twist, using only fresh ingredients of vegetables, herbs, nuts, and fruit, and changes every day. The decor is an eclectic shabby chic style (shanti shanti as they say in Israel), the kitchen is open, and even the chairs are second hand. They open every day from 6pm to midnight, and from 12pm during the weekend.
Cafe Xoho – Best Cafe / Best Breakfast
Gordon 17, corner with Ben Yehuda
Laid back deco, delicious healthy vegetarian home-made food, and a good strong coffee… no wonder Cafe XoHo is a favourite hangout amongst the cool international crowd in Tel Aviv. Be sure to try their delicious all-day breakfasts, and of course their famous cookies! It’s open every day from 7.30am to 6pm (Friday to 7.30am-4pm, Saturday 10am-4pm, Monday closed).
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Eyal Shani Restaurants
Eyal Shani is an Israeli celebrity-chef with different restaurants across Tel Aviv. We include his three walk-in restaurants in our top 7 restaurants. He also has 3 reservation-only restaurants: Abraxas North, Salon Romano, and the uber-exclusive HaSalon.
Port Said – Best Street Food
Har Sinai 5, next to the Great Synagogue | Eyal Shani restaurant
If you are looking for a restaurant that represents Tel Aviv, this is it. With its hipster atmosphere and delicious take on middle-eastern food, this is the perfect place to chill and meet friends after a hard day at work, or playing matkot on the beach. The menu changes daily and includes sharing portions of freshly-sourced local food, served with spoonfuls of tehina. We recommend their minute steak and chicken liver!
It’s not suitable for parents – there’s a long wait for a table (no reservations), most of the tables are outside where everyone’s smoking, and the food is for eating with your fingers. Open seven days at week, 12pm to 5am. A meal for two with drinks starts at 300 NIS.
TEDER.FM – Best Pizza
Derech Jaffa 9, South Tel Aviv | Eyal Shani restaurant
If Tel Aviv is a hipster capital of the world, TEDER.FM is its Mecca! The pop-up bar has taken permanent residence in Derech Jaffa 9, a closed-off courtyard in South Central Tel Aviv underneath their Salon Romano restaurant. A new addition is Eyal Shani’s first pizza restaurant, serving huge delicately-thin-crust pizza with great chunks of melting mozarella. Wash down with jugs of beer, perfect for sharing.
Note this is more of a bar than a restaurant. It only opens at 8pm (closed on Sunday), the tables are outside where everyone’s smoking, and there’s only margarita pizza on the menu. A meal for two with beer starts at 180 NIS.
Miznon – Best Sandwich
The third of Eyal Shani’s restaurants , I could eat at Miznon every day! It’s very simple – meat in pita. Costs about 50 NIS for a sandwich, and get as much free pitot, labneh, and tehina while you are waiting. They also have great vegan and fish options, and a tasty banana pita dessert. The sides are also delicious, check out their flagship cauliflower! Like all Eyal Shani restaurants, the food is great with beer. It’s open 12pm to 12am except Friday.
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10 shekel humus in the middle of the Shuk (on the right hand-side towards the end if you are coming in from Allenby). HaCarmel 11.
This place is almost as old as Tel Aviv. Only open until about 11am (sometimes even earlier if they run out of food), only a few things to choose from, nowhere to sit, and usually a little queue – but OMG the sandwiches are amazing! Shenkin 53.
Before I came to Israel I had never heard of a Sabich – now there is nothing like a Sabich Sunday! Pita filled with roasted eggplant, a bit of potato, an egg, some salady stuff, tehina, and some special spices. Frishman 44 (corner of Dizengoff).
A small food stand located in the Shuk HaCarmel where they’ll whip you up an amazing Venezuelan sandwich with homemade dough and a hefty serving of guacamole for only 25 shekels. (lunch only). HaCarmel 42.
Another amazing food stand located in Shuk HaCarmel, Bunny Chow is a South African Indian restaurant that offers three different flavours of curry, each with over 20 herbs and spices, served in either a delicious sweet challah or on rice. (lunch only). HaCarmel 13.
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Home-made Indian food, lovingly prepared by an Indian couple from Bombay. It’s only open at lunchtime, but the portions are big and the prices are low. Definitely worth checking out for a healthy, flavoursome Indian-eating experience. (lunch only). Allenby 124.
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Home-cooked food, cooked to perfection – stews, rices, stuffed vegetables – all at great value for money. Only open at lunch time, and definitely worth the trip down to South Tel Aviv. (lunch only). Vital 2, Florentin.
This has to be one of the best vegetarian restaurants in Tel Aviv… all fresh, healthy delicious foods. Levinski 49.
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It means ‘the magician’ in Hebrew, and these guys do have magical shwarma. Next to the Dizengoff Centre (Shlomo Hamelech 1).
Pasta is one of my favourite meals, and this place keeps it nice and simple – choose your pasta, your sauce, and a few toppings, and you are good to go. Two locations, one next to the shuk (Allenby 60) and one in North Tel Aviv (Dizengoff 300).
Tucked away in the Shuk is one of the best street food stands in Tel Aviv – HaShomer 1! HaShomer 1 serve delicious Israeli street food, with amazing flavours and loads of tehina. Their specialities are grilled meat and chicken – served either on a plate or in a fluffy challah. Their chicken sandwich is the best in the city, and the hamburger is not far behind. They also have fantastic grilled vegetables and baked cauliflower! (lunch only)
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My favourite fast-food burger joint in Tel Aviv – beautiful juicy meat in a soft fluffy bun that absorbs all those beautiful juices – 50 NIS for a double burger, chips, and unlimited refill soda. Three locations in Tel Aviv: Ibn Gvirol 21, King George 77, and the newly opened Rothschild 31 branch.
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My favourite pizzeria in Tel Aviv – a nice place to sit down, and they also have good salads and pasta. Bograshov 51 (for people who like meat on their pizza, also check out Shine Pizza on Shlomo Hamelech 38 by the same guys as HaPizza).
If you are feeling lazy, a great pizza delivery is Philippe Pizza. Carlebach 20.
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A fresh, creative take on Mexican street food. Add a kick to your meal with chipotle salsa and a “Burning Margarita”. The tacos seen below are straight up exploding with flavour. Allenby 97.
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A super-fun, super-friendly chain of American bars with great food, great beer, and great entertainment. Their chicken wings are the best in Tel Aviv, and they serve a BIG burger and good fajitas. Three locations in Tel Aviv: beachfront Herbert Samuel 86 (pool tables), Ha’Arbaa 14 (KOSHER), and Raul Wallenberg 24.
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Delicious Southern-US style restaurants – located in Dizengoff Square (Truck Deluxe) and Jaffa Market (Pundak Deluxe). The menus are slightly different in each place, but the underlying focus on meat is the same. The ribs are great (both places), plus the burger and fried chicken are delicious in Truck Deluxe!
For about 100 NIS gets you a great piece of grilled fish, lemonade, and lots of little salads. Worth the trip to Jaffa. Hangar 1, Jaffa Port (there is also a sister restaurant further South in Jaffa on Kedem 85). For similar restaurants closer to the centre, I love HaShaked (Hashmonaim 90), and Barbunia (Ben Yehuda 192 and Ben Yehuda 163).
Tel Aviv’s most famous French brasserie, located on Kikar Rabin. The food is delicious (they do a great burger), it looks like a Parisian grand brasserie, it’s open 24/7, and now you can also get deliveries! Ibn Gvirol 70.
Another Jaffa restaurant, Pua serves lots of mediterranean and Israeli food – all fresh, all delicious. The Liver Masala is my favourite dish in Tel Aviv. Rabbi Yochanan 8, Shuk Hapishpishim, Jaffa.
My favourite date place in Tel Aviv, albeit a little pricey. Great tapas and sangria. HaArba’a 16
Another tapas place, in a beautiful outdoor atmosphere in the HaTachana area. Madoreg 5
I love the menu in this restaurant. They divide it into 4 courses, plus desert. It’s good to go with a few people so you can order a few dishes from each course. Nachalat Binyamin 57
Super-high-end Asian fusion restaurant generally regarded as one of the best in Tel Aviv. HaSolelim Street 14.
This place is super expensive, and difficult to get a table, but probably one of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv. Asian fusion food. Menachem Begin 23.
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