Tel Aviv Restaurants, Dining, Food and Drink
Where else in the world can you start the morning with the freshest of breakfasts, eat impeccable hummus, devour a perfect medium-rare sizzling steak, get top notch sushi, lick your fingers after gorging yourself on freshly baked oven pizza, and be blown away by what seems to be a simple pita with aubergine but is in fact a meticulously prepared sabich?
The answer to this question is nowhere else but in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv has it all, and is rightfully considered one of the top culinary destinations on the planet. We’ve included our recommendations here and throughout the site, but you can almost never go wrong if you choose smartly. If you see the locals eating at a particular restaurant – it has to be good.
The different kinds of restaurants are pretty evenly spread throughout town, and every area has a collection of restaurants from the simplest kind to the most prestigious. There are a few specific areas with a larger concentration of restaurants, such as:
- Ha’Arba’a street and its parallel Karlibach: high end food next to food stalls
- Yad Harutsim: an eclectic selection of expensive spots
- Ramat Ha’Hayal: amid high-tech company offices and a hospital has grown a large community of top end restaurants, mostly popular with people who can afford to pay handsomely for a hearty meal.
Prices can vary from a 15 NIS falafel to a 200 NIS course in a chef restaurant, and everything in between. You’re expected to leave no less than 15 percent tip, and more in really classy spots where there’s an emphasis on good service. Generally speaking, there’s no dress code in TA restaurants, as this is an buttoned-down city, but in the chef restaurants you shouldn’t show up in flip flops.
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