In addition to the choices in Tiberias, travelers who have use of a car should dine at some of the delightful restaurants in the countryside and on the shore around Kinneret. And even if you’re not staying at the Galei Kinneret be sure to treat yourself to a meal at their on-site restaurants, Lotte, one of the best in the region.

On the Waterfront

The specialty in Tiberias is Saint Peter’s fish, so-called because it is the very fish that swam in the Sea of Galilee when Jesus called Peter away from his nets to become a “fisher of men.” It’s a white fish that’s indigenous to the Sea of Galilee, and its taste resembles that of bass. The main place in Tiberias to try the fish, is along the Waterfront Promenade in the Old City.

Three of the large, attractive waterfront restaurants have the same management, the same menu, the same prices, and the same delicious food. These are the Nof Kinneret (tel. 04/672-0310), the Galei Gil (tel. 04/672-0699), and the Roast on Fire (tel. 04/672-0310). The indoor decor is different in each restaurant, although outdoor dining on the boardwalk is virtually the same, so stroll along and see which you like the best; if the weather is good, you’ll likely want to eat by the water. All three restaurants offer their fish fried, charcoal-grilled, or in a special sauce. Plan to spend about NIS 75 for something simple to NIS 140 for a large (more than a pound) serving of Saint Peter’s fish, french fries, salad, and pita bread. In summer, these places may be open 24 hours on weekends.


A bit away from the crush of the Waterfront Promenade, around Ha Galil and Ha-Banim streets, you’ll find restaurants that are less tourist-oriented. The north end of Ha Galil Street and Ha-Yarden Street next to Shimon Park is “Falafel Row.” The lineup starts right outside Ha-Atzma’ut Square and stretches up toward the bus station. Quality and fixings can vary, but the cost should be about NIS 20 for falafel to go. The best falafel and shwarma stands offer a big selection of salads to tuck inside your pita, and cook the felafel fresh for each customer.


North of Downtown—The Lido Complex

Just about a 5-minute walk up Gdud Barak Street from the downtown promenade are three lively, yet romantic restaurants, each of worth serve topnotch fare. They’re worth the stroll, but offer free parking for those who don’t want to hoof it.


Country Dining Around the Sea of Galilee

Tiberias can become very hectic in the evening, especially during the summer. If you have a car, a drive out into the countryside for dinner can be very pleasant.

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