Thai House – בית תאילנדי
Thai House is one of the culinary institutes of Tel Aviv. Although it has nothing Israeli or Mediterranean on its menu, Thai House is regularly featured in the top of almost every restaurant-ranking on the Israeli media. The menu is Huge, and everyone can find something to eat here. There’s a section for vegetarians and vegans, and some of the dishes are incredibly spicy for the brave ones. Starters begin at ₪32 and main dishes at ₪68, but most of them are ₪80-₪120. If you are missing the white sandy beaches of Thailand, try the Koh Tao Cocktail, made with coconut milk, white rum, and fresh Curacao. Don’t forget to reserve your table in advance. Otherwise, you can easily wait over two hours for a seat. The flavors here are so good, therefore this restaurant is one of the best restaurants Tel Aviv has to offer.
Address: Bugrashov 8.
Opening Hours: Sunday-Saturday 12:00-23:00; Business lunch until 17:00.
TOTO – טוטו
One of the most significant problems when making these “best restaurants Tel Aviv” lists, is that there is room for only a few out of dozens of great restaurants. Some people will be disappointed and say: “Really? How come restaurant X is not on the list? You know nothing!”, Others will grumble: “restaurant Y is not that good”. But it looks like there is one restaurant that is agreed by all, or at least by most. This restaurant is Toto. Chef Yaron Shalev and his team created a unique experience for their guests, whether it’s working people on their break during lunch time, or the unforgettable atmosphere at dinner. The special menu is updated twice a day, and an appetizer is included in the price of the main on the lunch menu. The flavors of the food here earn Toto a well-deserved spot on the Best Restaurants Tel Aviv list.
Address: Berkovitch 4
Opening Hours: Lunch 12:00-16:00, Dinner 18:00-00:00 daily.
Taizu – טאיזו
Ever since Chef Yuval Ben Neriah opened Taizu in 2013, it has a spot at the top of almost every “Best Restaurants Tel Aviv” list. The pioneering menu is divided into five categories: Water, Wood, Fire, Earth, and Metal. The dishes, influenced by the chef’s journey in Southeast Asia, are served at the center of the table and meant to be shared. The most recommended thing to do here is to choose one dish from each category. It won’t be an easy task since every single dish looks stunning and inviting. But hey, you have a reason to come again and try new ones! Appetizers are included in the price of mains during lunch. On Saturday Lunch you get a three-course meal for ₪145, and you should seek the Indian dinner on Sunday at least once. When you are looking for the best upscale restaurants in Tel Aviv – Taizu is what you are looking for.
Address: Menachem begin 23.
Opening Hours: Sunday: 19:00-00:00; Monday-Wednesday: 18:30-00:00; Thursday: 12:00-15:30, 18:30-00:00; Friday: 12:00-15:30, 18:00-00:00; Saturday: 12:30-15:30, 19:00-00:00.
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Hotel Montefiore – הוטל מונטיפיורי
Every foodie in Israel knows the R2M group, owning some of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv, as well as several bars. Some of these places are pioneering, all of them are landmarks of the local culinary scene. Hotel Montefiore restaurant is no different. They serve here a classic French cuisine mixed with Vietnamese kitchen. When you add a very professional service to the last detail, you will get one of the great experience at one of the best upscale restaurants in Tel Aviv. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, and between 17:00-19:00 the happy hour is on. Our sirloin steak was so good that we didn’t want to share it with anyone else.
Address: Montefiore 36.
Opening Hours: Breakfast – Sunday-Thursday 7:00 – 11:30, Friday 7:00-17:00, Saturday 7:00-13:00. Lunch – Sunday-Thursday 12:00-17:00, Friday-Saturday 13:00-17:00. Dinner – Sunday-Wednesday 17:00-24:00, Thursday-Saturday 17:00-1:00.
Nithan Thai – ניטן תאי
Nithan Thai is not only one of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv, but it also has a lively Instagram page with photos that will make you drool. Chef Shahaf Shabtay serves here delicious lunch and dinner, but what earns Nithan Thai a spot on the Best Restaurants Tel Aviv has to offer is the brunch. The brunch is served every Friday and Saturday between 9:00-15:00. For a wallet-friendly price of ₪90 per person, you’ll get a variety of pastries, cheeses and salads, and main dish. It’s a mix of European, Mediterranean, and Asian pleasure on a plate. For extra ₪40 you’ll get bottomless cocktails.
Address: Ha’arbaa 21
Opening Hours: 12:00-00:00 Daily
Claro – קלארו
One of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv for brunch is Claro. For ₪178 you’ll get a stunning breakfast tray for two. The deal includes a basket of baked goods, market vegetables salad, eggs any style, home-made burrekas, goat cheese, cured pink trout, yogurt with granola, orange juice, and coffee. For additional ₪18 you can get a cocktail instead of the soft drink. Choose between Steak and Eggs, Claro Sabich, or The most scrumptious toast in Tel Aviv and try one of the cocktails, such as Claro Collins or Figs Bellini. Claro offers one of the best brunches in Tel Aviv, and you won’t leave this place hungry.
Address: Ha’arbaa 23
Opening Hours: Business Lunch Sunday-Thursday 12:00-16:30, Evening Menu 17:30-23:30 daily. Brunch Menu Friday 9:00-12:45, Saturday 9:00-12:30. Lunch Menu Friday 13:15-16:00, Saturday 13:15-16:30.
Oasis – אואזיס
When you are looking for one of the best upscale restaurants in Tel Aviv – visit Oasis. It’s not the cheapest, but the flavors will make your taste buds dance. Chef Rima Olvera, the owner, believes that to become a Chef is to approach the continuous process with respect and humility. She believes that truly great food is not a product of trends, media hype, or passing fashions. The menu is creative and unusual, and you won’t find here dishes that you can see on any other menu. There are seven entrees and seven main dishes, divided by cities around the globe. Chef Rima says that the menu is dynamic and if someone brought an exotic fruit from their garden, or a fresh fish, the will serve a special menu until the ingredient is finished. Oasis is not just one of the best restaurants Tel Aviv offers, it’s a total experience.
Address: Montefiore 17
Opening Hours: Sunday-Thursday 19:00-00:00, Friday 18:00-00:00, closed on Saturdays.
Night Kitchen – מטבח לילה
Night kitchen is unique not only because of the fantastic food but also the friendly atmosphere: “We are all friends here,” explains the manager. During the night the whole team calls all guests to collective shots. You don’t need to think a lot about what to order. For ₪150 you will get the “Dinner with Friends” menu, and the food will keep coming to the table. Add ₪70, and it will include wine, wine, and more wine. It is so successful that they opened another restaurant in Berlin. The tasty flavors, the variety of dishes, and the friendly atmosphere earn Night Kitchen a spot on the best restaurants Tel Aviv list.
Address: Lilienblum Street 43
Opening Hours: from 19:00 daily.
Yafo Tel Aviv – יפו תל אביב
Chef Haim Cohen is a superstar in Israel. He became a mega celeb as a result of cooking shows, such as Masterchef Israel and MKR Israel – המטבח המנצח. Chef Cohen elevates “mom’s food,” influenced by international cuisines. When the food is served to your table, nothing feels fake on the plate which feeds your soul. Fresh seafood and excellent Israeli meat are the core of Yafo Tel Aviv’s menu, as well as seasonal vegetables. Appetizers start at ₪55, and main courses are ₪95-₪184, but if you come for lunch (12:00-17:00) an appetizer and a soft drink are included in the price of the main. This deal makes it one of the best lunch deals at one of the best restaurants in Tel Aviv.
Address: Yigal Alon 98.
Opening Hours: 12:00-23:30 daily.
Kitchen Market – קיצ’ן מרקט
Location, location, location, says the cliché and Kitchen Market enjoys one of the best sites in Tel Aviv. Not only it’s situated in the old port of the city; it’s located above the local farmers’ market. It means that the market’s finest ingredients are brought directly into the kitchen so that your dishes are guaranteed to be fresh and flavorful. Add to that the stunning view of the Mediterranean sea’s sunset, and you get a romantic atmosphere for your dinner. Like many other restaurants in the city, an appetizer is included in the price of the main on the lunch menu. The weekend lunch menu is especially worthwhile: ₪126 will get you a delicious starter and a sophisticated main course, accompanied by bread and olive oil. Kitchen Market has a well-deserved spot on our best restaurants in Tel Aviv list.
Address: Hangar 12, Tel-Aviv Port, Farmers Market 2nd floor.
Opening Hours: Sunday: 18:00-23:00, Monday-Friday 12:00-16:00, 18:30-23:00; Saturday: 12:00-16:30, 18:30-23:00.
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