- Machneyuda (Jerusalem): At the edge of the Market District, this favorite offers the country’s most inventive (and luxurious) menu, lively spirit, and a joy-filled open kitchen where you can watch three master chefs at work.
- Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market: This enormous market for produce, spices, and exotic ingredients is dotted with tiny no-name, genuine eateries and a sprinkling of boutique food shops and gourmet restaurants. Sip fresh almond milk, munch sweet grapes or a bag of fresh-from-the-oven ruggele pastry, and let the aromas, sights, and mountains of foods overwhelm you.
- Eucalyptus: Elevated versions of traditional Palestinian and Israeli dishes are the lure here, served in a romantic, candle-lit setting. Plus the restaurant is quite near to Jaffa Gate, so convenient after a day spent seeing the sights inside the walls.
- Shila-Sharon Cohen's Kitchen and Bar (Tel Aviv): The freshest of seafood, grilled on aromatic wood planks, served in a buzzy, chic eatery. What could be better?
- Thai House (Tel Aviv): Curries and lemongrass aren't what first come to mind when it comes to dining in Israel. But the Thai cuisine here is revelatory, rivaling anything you'd get in Bangkok. It's also quite affordable, and makes a nice change from all the hummus.
- Margaret Tayar (Jaffa): A breezy garden terrace by the sea, at the foot of the Casbah of Old Jaffa, is the location for long and talkative Mediterranean-style evening meals, where Jaffa’s most legendary cook brings you creations and tidbits from her tiny kitchen.
- Dr. Shakshuka (Jaffa): A street party masquerading as a restaurant, this chaotic, ebullient eatery occupies an alley near Jaffa's market. Order the signature dish: a comforting tomato-based stew, topped with a fried egg and served in a battered frying pan.
- Decks (Tiberias): With a setting that floats on the surface of the Sea of Galilee like a dream, Decks offers luxurious meats and fish expertly grilled over olive- and citrus-wood fires. As an extra, go on a complimentary postdinner disco cruise. Decks is kosher and a great choice for a memorable evening at moderate-to-expensive prices.
- Helena (Caesarea): With vistas of the sea, waves lapping at its terrace, and a great young chef designing its menu, this restaurant, set amid the ruins of Caesarea, may be the most romantic spot in Israel for a gourmet meal, especially when the sun sets over the Mediterranean.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.