5 best restaurants in Tel Aviv
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
Inventive Asian fusion
Cool and cutting-edge, Zepra is one of Tel Aviv’s most contemporary dining venues. The use of mirrors, warm woods and bold colours present the perfect backdrop to creative, gourmet Asian fusion cuisine. Try tawa squid from the Asian grill, egg roll tempura or Gold noodles alongside jasmine rice, making your choice from an array of meat, fish, noodles and curry. Pricy but perfectly presented, it also serves a wide selection of local wines.
96 Yigal Alon, Tel Aviv
Tel: 03 624 0044 http://zepra.pionetsv.co.il/
A unique setting within a historic Ottoman mansion sets Catit aside from every other restaurant in Tel Aviv. Home-grown ingredients are blended to create a mix of Mediterranean, French and Arab cuisine with vibrant flavours. Personalised degustation menus can be selected over three, four or five courses, with mains including poached lobster and veal fillet, and desserts like grapefruit Campari tart. Elegant indoor spaces, an airy terrace and plenty of character give the venue unforgettable charm.
57 Nahlat Binyamin, Tel Aviv
Tel: 03 510 7001 www.catit.co.il
Tel: 03 546 9920/30 www.mulyam.com
Sumptuous seafood in style
Gaining international acclaim and a reputation as one of Israel’s best restaurants, Mul Yam boasts a plethora of clever and unique seafood sensations. Sourced from oceans across the world, offerings include just about every fish you can think of – and desserts like the sherry zabaglione are nothing short of delectable. Views of the city’s port are eye-catching through the glass wall and, although, expensive, this restaurant really gives you what you pay for – in short: unadulterated luxury.
Nemal Tel Aviv 24, Tel Aviv 63501
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern menus combine to create haute cuisine at Messa, voted one of the world’s 50 most beautiful restaurants. Decked out with different colour zones for the dining and bar areas, and with a long, lavish table as the stylish centrepiece, this is a stunning place to dine. Sample traditional dishes like the shredded-wheat pastry kadaif, along with innovative fusion dishes developed from local raw ingredients, like lamb chops with lemon fondue.
9 Ha'arbaa St, Centre City, Tel Aviv 64739
Tel: 03 685 8001 www.messa.co.il
Best for beach views
Just steps from the waves crashing on the beach, Manta Ray boasts an unbeatable location in Tel Aviv. And while the open terrace and unique views catch the imagination, so does the creative menu of seafood and Middle Eastern cuisine, from mezze and Marseilles-style fish stew to spring chicken. Open all day, this cheerful restaurant serves a brilliant beachside breakfast as well as relaxed lunches and dinners in an informal atmosphere, accompanied by an extensive list of Israeli and imported wines.
Almah Beach, Tel Aviv 63305
Tel: 03 517 4773 www.mantaray.co.il