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Appreciation of food is very personal.

I sometimes find it difficult to appreciate expensive wine, but I can always tell a good Hummus 🙂.

This list is there for very personal list by my taste, but it is based also on feedbacks of tourists. In general the food scene in Israel is AMAZING!, and that’s not just me saying it, but also Forbes.com..

Think you know Israeli Food well enough? try to pass this quiz..

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Recommended restaurants in Jerusalem

Mahaneyuda The biggest buzz over a restaurant in Jerusalem for the last few years is at Mahaneyudah ( top 20) which is located at the edge of the vegetable market by the same name (Mahane Yehudah Market   ).
 yudale So popular and succesful that its owners now run four more restaurants, inlcluding TWO in London (!).

I personally favor their evning tapas-bar Yudale ( top 5). Another great new option in that market is kosher  Jacko’s street (top 10), or  Arcadia (F Frommer's Exceptional) ().

JackosStreet For less pricy options in the (Mahane Yehudah Market    you could tru  The “Jerusalmite” style Azura ( top 20),  Rachmo (),  Kurdish style IMA () (F), or the great new Hamotsi!().  Consider also the trendy Italian style Pasta Basta ().
azura Other good choices would be Chakra () (F), Rova 5 (and to less extent Kosher Angelica () in the city center, and restaurants along Shlomzion street, such as Lara (),  Focaccita (), kosher Canela (), and Gabriel (). An excellent combination of  location and cuisine  is Mamilla rooftop (), especially at sundown!.
chakra The Former Turkish train station (“First Station” ) provides several new places to eat, inlcuding Beit Hakavan () hummus bar, Adom (), Hamiznon (), or Asian style  Station 9 (). Near it are also good options Satya ()Colony () and The Culinary Workshop (“Hasadna“) (top 20).
Adom For an ethnic experience go either to the authentic Armenian Tavern () or Bulghourji () in the Armenian Quarter  of the Old City  , the vegetarian Eastern European style Café Harova () in the old city. Next to Jaffa Gate  is the very special Eucalyptus  ( top 20) (F), and off Jaffa Road   is the Moroccan style Darna ().
pinati And of course the best Hummus joints are in Jerusalem!. In the Old City   go to Hummus Lina ( top 10) or Hummus Achramawi, and in western Jerusalem go to Pinati  ()(which is now a chain, but only the Jerusalem original branch is really good!). near it Ta’ami is also a good choice, and so is Hummus Talpiot, which is,well, in talpiot.
Kafe Harova If planning a tour of the Israel Museum  the Modern () restaurant is a pleasent meal, as well as Leo Bistro (), opposite the Supreme court. In Baq’a the two sister restaurants “Olive” and “Olive and Fish”  () would provide a nice dinner. In Ein Karem Karma () is my favorite.
Gavna Outside Jerusalem a popular destination for an Arab cuisine is the village of Abu Gosh, where Naji () would be the best Kabab option, though I personally favor Majda () in nearby Ein Rafa. If heading towards Gush-EzionGavna will provide a good kosher vegetarian meal (with the most spectacular view in Israel!).

Recommended restaurants in Tel-Aviv

Based on a pole of 100 Israeli chefs and culinary experts, this 2016 webpage ranks the highest scores the restaurants recieved. Most are in Tel-Aviv: #1: Toto (); #2: Thai House ( top 20); #3: Taizu ( top 20); #4: Rafael (); #5: Mashya ( top 20); #6:  Catit (F Frommer's Exceptional)( top10); #7: Topolopompo (); #8: Shila ( top10) and Pronto (); #9: Habasta (); #10: Brut (); #11: Yaffo-Tel-Aviv () and Yakimono (). Also praised: Messa () (F); Dinnings (); Magdalena ()  (near Tiberias); Montefiore boutique hotel ( Top10); and Bistro Michael () (in Liman).
Herbert Samuel Tel-Aviv  has many good restaurants, and the list could always include more. Along Hayarkon street one can find Rafi Cohen’s excellent Rafael (), or Moshe Aviv’s Greek style Yassou. South of it is  Yonathan Roshfeld‘s  Herbert Samuel ().
mulyam In the Vicinity of Rothschild Boulevard  you can try Eyal Shani’s Tsfon Abaraxas  (), or a one-of-a-kind Vegi Georgian food experience in Nanuchka  (). Near by, at Montefiore boutique hotel ( Top10) one can appreciate a very nice meal, as well as at nearby Catit (F Frommer's Exceptional)( top10) and Cafe Noir (), and Kimmel ().
tony-vespa If you are seeking a fast food option in that area, nothing beats Sabich Frishman (except for Maybe Falafel Frishman (), ah ah..), although “Falafel Hakosem (#1!)” is also damm good..  For Shawarma, no doubt Dabush (is the best!, and for Pizza try excellent Tony Vespa ().
kalamata In Jaffa  go for SUPERB Greek style KALAMATA , or to  Cordelia (F Frommer's Exceptional) or it’s sister Noa Bistro, both mastered by chef Nir Tzuk. Nearby, in the Flea Market   you have a good Italian restaurant Italkia in the Flea Market () or the trendy food bars at Pua (), Fleamarket (), or Khan Manoli.
tapas For a great Arab kitchen experience order the Kebab Halabi in Haj-Kahil (), fresh fish and sea-food at Hazaken Vehayam () at Jaffa port, or excellent Hummus at  Abu-Hassan /Ali Karavan ().
Segev In Tel-Aviv port  you can enjoy Mul-Yam () which is perhaps the best sea food in Israel (!). A less costly sea food option but still very good would be Benny Hadayag (). You can try also the new and trendy “Kitchen Market“(), or  “Rokach Shuk”  () beaneath it, and if you are a vegi, nearby Bariba () is also a good choice.
dabush If strolling in Neve Tzedek  you can fetch some nice steaks at Makom shel Bashar ()(=”A place of Meat”), and complement it with romantic Nana-Bar ().
claro In Sarona , the best food experience, by far, is SUBERB Claro (). Recently a whole food market was opened in the complex as well (“Sarona Market” ().  Of the many food stands I recommend especially the “Hiro Free Style Aharoni’s Ramen Bar()., and the three “Segev Concept” stands.
hazaken Segev () and Segev Express () are managed well by chef and celebrity Moshe Segev, and Aviv Moshe’s Messa () (Fwill also provide a very good meal experience. So will Toto () , Brasserie (), and Hadar Ochel ().
Dr. Shakshuka For an Ethnic experience  go to Dr. shakshuka (), who provides an excellent shakshuka as well as a Lybian kitchen. For Chinese go to Sing Long near the central bus station, and for Italian the SUPERB Amore Mio (restaurant on Ibn Gvirol Street. Its neighbor Brasserie () will also be a pleasing experience, but the latest buzz is over Eyal Shani’s Miznon (), top-end “street food” style restaurant.
 Samaritan Shabbath dinner For a very special food+culture experience join the Samaritan Holon Community , who live outside Tel-Aviv, for dinner. Not gourmet, but very special people and very special food!.

North of Tel-Aviv, Reviva and Celia (), in Ramat Hasharon are a coffee and desert “institution”.

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Recommended restaurants in the North

Andarin

The north offers a wide range of dinning possibilities, from Arab and druze kitchen, chef restauants, to Kibbutz lunch meals. In kibbutz Sdot Yam near Caesarea   one can find a standard yet interesting kibbutz lunch. At Caesarea Harbor one can find several restaurants, but Helena (#1) stand out by fr as the best.

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Near it, at Atlit, one can find  good and kosher fish restaurant named Ben-Ezra the Fisherman. Meat lovers would be content at Alabama in Netanyah. Wine lovers will love a visit to Kushtunio () wine-bar in Zichron Yaakov  .

Further north, in the Carmel, the best Druze  restaurant is Andarin. For a top Arab cuisine experience go to Tishreen  ( top 10) or  Diana (top 10) or  in Nazareth  , or El-Babur, not far from Megiddo .

In Haifa   itself   Hanamal 24 (#1!), is a great gourmet restaurants, but perhaps a better local Arab ethnic experience would be Douzan () or Fatoush (), both in a beautiful location along the German Colony.
Decks  In Kiryat Tivon Limousin () is a known Meat restaurant, now also operating its sister site Burger Saloon (). In the Upper Galilee, Churan in Hurfeish will provide a genuine and excellent Druze meal.
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In Akko   best Sea Food Bar in my opinion is Savida (). Fish Arab Doniana () is also very good, as well as Uri Buri (#1). For Hummus best is probably Humus Said ().

Bekseh Hanahal

Around the Sea of Galilee don’t miss the opportunity to try St. Peter fish in Decks (#4) or Little Tiberias  (#3) in Tiberias ; Magdalena () at Migdal; Superb Foccacia () or Dag al Hadan () at the source of the Jordan River  ; or fish restaurant in kibuutz Ein-gev (or Marinado Banamal () for meat lovers).

Near Tiberias  and Ginosar  Kseh Hanahal offers a nice and unique Lebanese style food experience, while Abu Salach () near Amiad offers a really good Arab cuisine.

The Last chance

The best gourmet and organic restaurant in the north would probably be Muscat (#3) in Mizpe Hayamin Spa Resort, and just as good is the nearby Shulamit Auberge (#1), or the superb Organic AND KOSHER Makom BeSejera near Golani Junction. For Italian style, the best in the north, no doubt, is Foccacia ()!.

In the Golan Heights  there are several good food options. In Katsrin you can enjoy a good burger and locally made beer in the Golan Brewery. Other good options are Havat Habokrim in kibbutz Meron Golan,  Doris () in Rosh Pina , Yogi-Chef in Wasset junction,  Betty and Nachi () in Ramot, and Villa V (), in Had Nes. Vered Hagalil at Vered Hagalil.  A special winery + vegetarian experience can be found in Yekev Ein-Nashut. And If you wish to try some Druze  Food, go to Peace Restaurant in Masa’ade.

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If returning to Jerusalem via the Jordan valley you could have a nice (and kosher) lunch stop at Kibbutz Tirat-Zvi (that’s where I grew up!), Dag Dagan, Kimmel in the Gilboa (), or The Last chance, near Jericho.

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Recommended restaurants in the South

Netachim

Heading south? I am afraid there is not much to offer along the way.. In Ashdod you have the superb Idi () Fish restaurent, and in Moshav Segula and Beer-Sheva you have the good meat restaurant of Cramim (). Further SW, not to far from  Gaza strip, Nethachim at Yad-Mordechai junction can supply a descent lunch break.

 

If your destination is Eilat via Road 90,  perhaps best to pack some sandwiches and drive along the Aravah and only stop for Coffee at Aroma Hatzevah… Ok, you can do one stop at Yotveta for some locally made ice cream.

If you do go via Road 40, at Beer-Sheva the best option would be Cramim (), or Moroccan style Yakuta (). For the best local street food go to “Beit Haful” (). 

 barbis At Mizpe Ramon there are also several nice options: Tzokim (), which has the BEST view of all, although the dairy restaurant () of 5 star plus “Bresheet” () hotel has even a BETTER one.. Innsense (), Pangea (), Neto Besarim, or Hahavit () are also all good options.

Near Mizpe Ramon you can also try some really good wine at “Kish Farm” and “Rujum Winery” () at “Tsel Midbar“, or a good selection of local goat cheese at farms like Kornmehl () and Haroa () Farms.

The Last Refuge

In Eilat there are several good places to eat, of which I recommend mostly Eddie’s Hidaway” (), and “The Last refuge (), a great fish restaurant (!), and  Rodízio style “Little Brazil” (). For a smaller budget Barbis (#4) is my favorite burger joint in Eilat, and Mika  () is my favorite Sushi bar.

If touring Timna parkTimna restaurant offers a surprising nice desert meal, made of home made pitah bread with a variety of light salads.

And if you get to Jordan, Al Qantara () in Petra  and Reem Albawadi () in Amman are probably the best there is!

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Recommended Israeli Food Chains

Hashamen

Macdonalds can be seen in every corner in Israel too, but if you are after fast food, atleast go for the local chains. There are several pretty good burger bar chains (Moses, AgadirBlack bar n burgerBurger’s Bar, Burgerim, and more), or go for some oily fatty and so tasty veal shawrma in HashamenHummus Pinati is now a chain too. For Asian food, Giraffe Noodle Bar will be a very goood choice.

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For the ultimate coffee you MUST try an Aroma coffee, or even better – their Ice Coffee (!). You will not be disappointed also at  competators like – Café hillelCafé Café, and Cup ‘O’ Joe.



A tour of Israel is not complete without a Falafel of which the chain Falafel gina and Falafel Arba Taamin ( = “Falafel four flavors”).

Bon Apetit!