Tel Aviv is a casual city; so casual there’s usually only one dress code: be dressed. If you’re looking for a spot that’s a bit more “civilized” for a business meeting or if you want some basic everyday pampering, these are some of the city’s nicest food joints, according to the local Cool Cousins. Oh, and we weren’t kidding. There really is no dress code.
Iris, Art Curator
On the edge of Kerem HaTeimanim, this small corner bistro is a perfect dinner spot. Fresh ingredients for simple yet well-executed dishes. We love the cozy atmosphere and the great light food. You can't go wrong here. Usually you don't need to make a reservation on weekdays, but weekends can get busy. All the dishes are equally good. our favorite is the Moroccan Parana Bread with tahini & Pesto, Gravlax, Seafood Kube, Shabre Salad, Swedish Meatballs or the specials of the day. Do not miss out on the malabi for dessert - it is the best in town.
Leon, Hotel Owner
On the first Friday of each month, this wonderful establishment sets up a great oyster stand that’s worth checking out. But the Basta is a restaurant with fresh raw materials coming straight from the market, used creatively by the chef Maoz Alonim. I love going there on Friday night but it’s a restaurant fitting for any hour of the day. Their wine menu is excellent.
Rosa, Fashion blogger
One of my favorite places in the world to be. It’s the ultimate place to meet interesting locals & internationals who visit Tel Aviv, while dining well. I love their crispy spring rolls and their pear cocktail. I usually go there on a Thursday afternoon when the weekend begins in Tel Aviv. Get a reservation if you can.
Maytar, Clothing Desinger
Rothschild 12 is a cafe, bar, restaurant and all in all a great place. I can come here for power lunch meetings with the city’s businessmen. You can also come here for great live music - the place hosts free shows every night. I love getting their eggplant sandwich in the morning. I like their spicy fries and am also likely to order a dish of bread with garlic confit. I get their nicoise salad for lunch, and usually grab something from their happy hour menu - either a jasmine cocktail or a nice foreign beer.
The best beach restaurant in Tel Aviv. I have to visit every so often both for the quality food and the balcony facing my favorite Tel Aviv beach. The restaurant offers a variety of fish and seafood. In the beginning of your meal, the servers will approach you with a tray full of excellent fresh appetizers. You point and choose - many of them. On the side I’d recommend getting the house focaccia with olive oil, balsamic and coarse salt. I get all the appetizers there - to the surprise of the people dining with me. By the end, however, we make sure to order more of them. The mussels or the seafood pots - depending on the season - are highly recommended, as are the other fish dishes. If you happen to be hungry in the morning, you should consider going there for the spoiling breakfast.
Shachar, Co-founder of Cool Cousin
La Republica Di Ronimotti
Bar, Owner of Imperial Bar
My favorite restaurant-bar-cafe in all of Tel Aviv, one of the most successful locations of team R2M (which also owns Hotel Montefiore and Rothschild 12). A French restaurant that's open 24-7, with a menu that covers a wide range of dishes that fit anyone’s taste (Including vegetarians and vegans). I love to have the gillardeau oysters, steak & French fries (don't miss out on the perfectly made fries), order a dry martini, mojito cocktail or a glass of cote du rhone. The mille feuille dessert is my favorite. The Brasserie is a place to come to after a long night out or for a nice brunch on the weekends (or even on weekdays). The place is a perfect microcosm of Tel Avivian society: young families, local celebrities, journalists, businessman & the occasional hipsters. The staff at the Brasserie is one of the most professional in town.