Restaurants in Tel Aviv

There are over 500 restaurants in Tel Aviv, serving food from all over the world, so visitors are spoilt for choice. Most restaurants don’t bother with kashrut (Jewish dietary laws), making this a foodie city on a global level.

Several outstanding places offer gastronomic dining but there are many good mid-priced restaurants too and scores of budget eateries, including a wonderful legion of falafel cafes.

The Tel Aviv restaurants below have been hand-picked by our guide author and are grouped into three pricing categories:
Expensive (over NIS200)
Moderate (NIS100-200)
Cheap (up to NIS100)

These Tel Aviv restaurant prices are for a three-course meal for one, including half a bottle of house wine or equivalent, tax and service. A service charge of 12.5% or more will be added to your bill in most restaurants. If service is not included, a minimum 10% tipping is customary. 


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Israeli

It might be housed in a beautiful Ottoman villa with its original floor tiles, but Chef Meir Adoni’s oeuvre is anything but old fashioned. Drawing on the molecular cuisine pioneered at the Fat Duck and El Bulli, the menu is ever changing and the dishes thoughtful, albeit with plenty of unexpected touches.

Address: Nahalat Binyamin Street 57, Nave Sha’anan, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telephone: +972 3 510 7001.


Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Israeli

Run by one of the city’s most famous chefs, Aviv Moshe, Messa is a fine-dining restaurant that specialises in an upmarket version of local food with most ingredients sourced from the surrounding area. The black and white décor is slightly intimidating but it’s well worth it for the excellent food.

Address: HaArba'a Street 19, Sarona, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telephone: +972 3 685 6859.

Mul Yam

Price: Expensive
Cuisine: Seafood

A great dining experience on the harbourside, Mul Yam specialises in beautifully presented seafood served with a stunning view of the Mediterranean. Favourites include grilled scallop on white asparagus gratin with lime-thyme foam, served with brioche. Expect an exceptional wine list but sky-high prices.

Address: Hangar 24, Tel Aviv Port, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telephone: +972 3 546 9920.

Orna and Ella

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: International

A light and airy restaurant decked out in light pinewood and Scandinavian-style fittings, Orna and Ella is the place to go if you’re after healthy food or a light lunch. That said, the sweet potato pancakes are divine, while just about everything else tastes great and comes in large portions.

Address: Shenkin, 33, Sarona, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telephone: +972 3 525 2085.

Cafe Noir

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: French

With dark wood furnishings and exposed brick walls, Café Noir offers an authentic splash of France in bustling brasserie surroundings. A block from Rothschild Boulevard, it’s open from early morning till the early hours of the next day, and offers a genuine French menu that includes everything from croissants to entrecôte bordelaise (steak).

Address: 43 Ehad Ha'am Street, Harakevet, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telephone: +972 3 566 3018.

Max Brenner Chocolate Bar

Price: Moderate
Cuisine: International

Chocolate goes with everything at this Tel Aviv institution, which has two further branches around the city. Among the offerings: chocolate pizza. The savoury dishes are good too, and it is possible to enjoy lunch or dinner here without touching the sweet stuff - but what would be the point?

Address: 45 Rothschild Boulevard, Nave Sha’anan, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telephone: +972 3 560 4570.

Dr Shakshuka

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Israeli

Don’t be fooled by the slightly grotty exterior – this is one of the best places to eat in Tel Aviv. As the name suggests, the speciality is shakshuka, a pan filled with simmered tomatoes and a fried egg, but the shawarma (kebabs) and mezze are delicious too. Wash it all down with a lemon-mint juice.

Address: Beit Eshel Street 3, Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telephone: +972 3 682 2842.

Abu El-Abed

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: Israeli

Ever since it opened in 1949, this simple family-run diner on Jaffa’s busy Yefet Street has been packed with locals united by a love of good, inexpensive eating. Deemed the best place to eat houmous by many, highlights also include the excellent falafels and shishlik (Shish kebab) among other local favourites.

Address: 92 Yefet Street, Old Jaffa, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telephone: +972 3 681 4665.

Café London

Price: Cheap
Cuisine: International

Big, crowded, easy-going, and right beside the beach, this huge open-air eatery offers a very wide selection of dishes all day and all evening. Almost any and every kind of food is available, from brunch to late-night supper and between meals too. The quality varies but the location is unbeatable.

Address: Retsif Herbert Samuel Street 11, Mahane Rabin, Tel Aviv, Israel
Telephone: +972 3 523 5055.