Let's Eat

The experts recommend restaurants in Tel Aviv

Heading to Israel for your summer holidays? Looking for new places to eat? The best recommendations always come from chefs, so we’ve asked some top expat Israeli masters of the kitchen where they eat when they go home:


Alon Shaya, Israeli-born and Philadelphia-raised chef-owner of New Orleans restaurant, Shaya 

Shishko Bulgarian Bar 
“Hip bar and restaurant with an amazing Israeli beer selection and killer bar snacks; where beautiful people sit at their outdoor tables until late in the night.”
2 Har Sinai street, Tel Aviv +972 3 560 6406

Azura Restaurant  
“The flavours are so pronounced and it reminds me of the way my grandmother cooked.” 
8 Machane Yehuda Street, Jerusalem +972 2 623 5204

Abu Hassan Hummus 
“A must-visit in Jaffa. Some of the best hummus I’ve ever had. Sit on the sidewalk watching the bustling streets of Jaffa in action or look towards the harbour that is the setting for famous Greek myths involving 
serpents and mermaids.” 
1 Ha’ Dolfin Street, Jaffa, Tel Aviv  +972 3 682 0387

Eran Tibi, chef and co-owner of Bala Baya in Southwark 

Yaffo Tel Aviv  

“Amazing restaurant serving Middle Eastern-style food with a French fine-dining twist. Stunning design with a gorgeous terrazzo bar.” 
Yigal Alon St 98,Tel Aviv +972-3-624-9249

“A tapas bar that’s a hidden gem. I literally couldn’t stop eating there! I wanted to order the entire menu as everything was sublime.”
3 Hahalutzim Street, Tel Aviv +972 3 523 1016 www. 

“Open only Wednesday and Thursdays yet it is still one of the most talked about places in 
Tel Aviv.” 
8 Ma’avar Yabok, Tel Aviv +972-52-703-5888 

Michael Solomonov, chef and owner of Philadephia restaurant, Zahav


“Majda the chef, is Jewish, her husband Yacob is Arabic; he handles front of house and is the bartender. It’s in a small rambling house, seating outside, too, in an Arab village. The food is amazing and they are incredible.”  
Ein Rafa, Abu Gosh +972 2 579 7108 

Uri Buri  
“The Efendi Hotel has perhaps the most beautiful room I ever stayed in and the owner, Uri Buri, also owns the restaurant of same name. He’s a wonderful character, and the food is spectacular.” 
Ha-Hagana St, Akko +972 4 955 2212
“Julie shops, cooks Egyptian and closes when 
she runs out. Give her a big hug (you’ll want to 
take her home with you, too). It’s a few blocks 
below the middle of the market just above the Yemenite quarter.” 
42 Malan Street, Carmel Market +97 3 516 9334

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