As Israel is such a historic nation visitors to this fascinating country can expect plenty of traditional dishes with authentic flavors. Around the country, there are a huge number of exceptional restaurants serving up the very best of Israeli and Mediterranean cuisine. We’ve already introduced you to the best restaurants in Jerusalem as well as the best restaurants in Tel Aviv. The list below celebrates the best restaurants in the rest of Israel in 2019 with a combination of new additions and old time favorites. From trendy city establishments to restaurants by the sea, we have found you places to eat across the entire country.
Venya Bistro, Haifa
Set in the pretty colonial city of Haifa is the Venya Bistro; a famous restaurant serving the best in fine cuisine. In keeping with its diverse city, this restaurant serves dishes that are inspired by a number of countries. From stunning French dishes to popular Palestinian cuisine, the chefs here use local ingredients washed down with Israeli wine. Venya Bistro is ideally located for visitors to Haifa with the city’s main bus station a short walk away. Expect carefully crafted pasta, the popular Schnitzel Vanya (approx 20 USD), and the Grilled Entrecote Steak (approx 27 USD) to name but a few.
Another Haifa restaurant to make it on the list is Vivino. Vivino is an Italian restaurant that serves delicious homemade pasta and pizza along with a large number of seafood, meat, vegan, and gluten-free dishes. Aside from the food, it’s the décor of Vivino that captures the hearts of the people who visit. The restaurant finds itself within a pine grove which boasts a wonderful courtyard area that is very romantic on a warm evening. Plants and flowers decorate the inside whilst the flavors of Italy are brought straight to your plate.
Moving away from Haifa and onto the charming coastal city of Eilat is the restaurant Whale. Whale is a welcoming place to eat for family and friends to come together and rejoice in tasty food. In keeping with the name, the main focus here is fish and seafood (and definitely no whale). The interior strives to keep your dining experience relaxed with fresh plants and plenty of natural sunlight. When it comes to the menu there are lots of options. The European Bass (approx 41 USD) is served in a fragrant green curry sauce with Pac Choi, chestnuts, bamboo, kales, and peanuts. Meat-eaters may prefer the Pork Belly (approx 34 USD) served with chipotle and creamed corn. For something a little less refined, try the Shrimpburger (approx 28 USD) – you won’t regret it.
Uri Buri, Acre
From one coastal city to another, Acre is a beautiful fortified city that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in its own right. One restaurant in Acre that is talked about across Israel is the Uri Buri fish restaurant and brainchild of the renowned Israeli chef Uri Jeremias. In keeping with the city’s historic charm, this restaurant takes diners back to another era with its stone arches and traditional patterns. With beautifully presented dishes (often served by Uri Jeremias himself) this restaurant is undoubtedly a must for any seafood lover. Oysters, anchovies, sashimi, raw shrimps, and octopus adorn the appetizer menu whilst Sea Wolf, Barramundi, and Crab Meat make wonderful main courses.
Diana is a wonderful restaurant in Nazareth with a wonderful backstory. In the 1960s Diana originally opened as a cinema. One day an usher decided to cook up some hot delicacies for the audience during intermission. Of course, this exploded in popularity and the usher (accompanied by his son) continued to cook until it became the renowned restaurant it is today. The son is now Chef Duhul Safid and Diana is no longer in that same cinematic building. Duhul Safid has continued what his father began and expanded it into a culinary empire. Expect traditional Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dishes within an extraordinarily friendly environment.