Tel Aviv is certainly no stranger to fine cuisine. This city has been at the forefront of Israeli cooking for decades with a continuous influx of the nation’s most innovative chefs and restaurants. This year so far has brought with it a large range of creative seasonal menus and new additions to the Tel Aviv foodie scene. From award-winning establishments to new healthy eateries, and more vegan restaurants than ever before, when it comes to food, Tel Aviv has something for everyone. See below for our carefully crafted list of the very best restaurants in Tel Aviv of 2020.
Mashya TEl Aviv
Mashya has been a fan-favorite restaurant in Tel Aviv for a number of years now. Located in the Mendeli Street Hotel, the contemporary restaurant was recently rewarded with a new chef, Nir Masika. Over the last few years, Nir was running one of the hottest Israeli restaurants in New York, Timna, until its closing. Mashya is sure to satisfy every one of your senses. Come hungry and get full on lamb kanafeh, slow cooked oxtail, and ricotta parmesan dumplings.
Mendele Mokher Sfarim St 5, Tel Aviv-Yafo
OCD Tel Aviv
A true culinary experience, OCD has quickly become one of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv. OCD is an open kitchen concept where guests participate in the experience in an artistic way. The meal is served a series of dishes (up to 16 courses), and every plate is composed in a thoughtful way using special ingredients that change daily and seasonally. Guests go on a culinary journey with Chef Raz Rahav who has created a one of a kind dining experience at OCD. It is best to plan ahead and call in advance as seating is limited.
Tirtsa St 17, Tel Aviv-Yafo
A newly opened vegan chef restaurant that is innovative and creative where the space is as beautiful as the food. The dishes are small and thoughtful using vegetables in unique ways. A real gem in the city, and a highlight to the culinary scene in Tel Aviv, OPA is a great place both for vegans and non-vegan diners. This upscale establishment is the ideal place for couples or to celebrate a special occasion. OPA is a special experience with added special touches on each dish.
Ha-Khalutzim St 8, Tel Aviv=Yafo
Arguably, Manta Ray has one of the best views that any restaurant could possibly have. Situated right on the beachfront, Manta Ray overlooks the azure waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Beyond the views though, this restaurant boasts some stunning dishes inspired by its location such as the Baked Blue Bream. Signature meat dishes include the Lamb Osso Buco accompanied with a stew of raisins, chestnuts, and shallots. If you are not a meat eater then fear not because Manta Ray also has their very own vegetarian and vegan menu. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner so it should be possible to fit a visit into your itinerary.
Kaufmann St 703, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Bait Thailandi, or in English, Thai House, is consistently rated as one of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv, and in all of Israel. Located just one block from the beach, you would expect the food to be fresh, and do they deliver. Diners keep coming back for the papaya salad, spring rolls, curry dishes, noodle dishes, and of course, the exotic cocktails. The food is authentic, the staff is superb; you really cannot go wrong.
Bograshov St 8, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Vitrina has catapulted to popularity since opening several years ago and they are still holding their position as one of the best burger spots in Tel Aviv. They offer unique condiments like beet ketchup and garlic mayo and the most delicious sweet potato fries that will make you feel like you’re floating in heaven. Come for a burger or sausage and stay for the half potato, half sweet potato fries. You will thank us.
Shlomo Ibn Gabirol St 36, Tel Aviv-Yafo
The Orel Kamahi chef restaurant is one of the best restaurants for fine dining in Tel Aviv. It is also located in one of the finest neighborhoods of Tel Aviv, Neve Tzedek. The staff strives to entertain diners through food. They present a new style of dining with a menu which is split into five categories- pickling, steaming, baking, roasting, and long cooking. Diners have a view of the kitchen and can converse with the chefs as they please. Don’t miss out on the shrimp burger and the corn dog.
Ahad Ha’Am St 3, Tel Aviv-Yafo
Dallal Restaurant is an iconic spot tucked away in Neve Tzedek, one of the oldest neighborhoods in Tel Aviv. This go-to restaurant focuses on European cuisine using fresh seasonal ingredients. Guests can enjoy sophisticated dishes within a restaurant that provides a laid-back charm and elegance. Alternatively, there are a number of grab and go options including freshly baked goods and excellent coffee directly from the notable bakery located just around the corner under the pink bougainvillea trees.
Shabazi St 10, Tel Aviv-Yafo
The Brothers – Ha’achim
The Brothers Ha’achim is a cool place to dine in an equally cool location. The restaurant was opened in 2011, on the popular Ibn Gabirol road, by (you’ve guessed it) two brothers; Assaf and Yotam. The concept at The Brothers is simple; good food to share with friends. Dishes can be served for the whole table to share, or, for one person depending on your preference. The menu focuses on traditional Israeli dishes which are cooked on a charcoal grill. Food and drink here is slightly more affordable than other neighborhood hotspots and after dinner guests can enjoy cocktails alongside banging DJ tunes. Those with a big appetite can indulge in the all you can eat brunch every Friday.
Shlomo Ibn Gabirol St 12, Tel Aviv
Follow the taste buds of celebrity chef Eyal Shani at this hip restaurant Port Said. With a daily changing menu, diners can expect unique dishes every single night. The food here offers a contemporary twist on authentic Israeli dishes alongside bold cocktails. As the sun sets expect the DJ to liven the place up with eclectic tunes. Port Said is definitely one of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv of 2019 – and extremely popular among locals, so be prepared to wait for a table. We promise it is worth it.
Har Sinai St 5, Tel Aviv