You don't have to pay a lot of money in order to enjoy the city's known culinary scene. The following list consists of (Relatively speaking!) inexpensive restaurants- all are recommended, tasty and well-known by locals and tourist alike.
Feel like a part of the family at Ha’achim (“the brothers”), a trendy spot known for its buffet-style weekend brunch with endless rows of traditional local salads, homemade jams, fresh-from-the-oven breads, and shakshuka. Ha’achim is so lively and friendly its like dining in the welcoming home of a Tel Aviv local. Much more than a hummus joint, Ha’Achim also offers chef specials and grilled meat and fish.
Try to imagine a table filled with beautiful, colorful dishes from surrounding markets, perfect drinks and all of this in a historical Jaffa building, where upon it’s walls there are ever-changing exhibitions from the best of Tel Aviv’s contemporary art scene.
The chefs, Yogev Yaros and Shami Golomb have created a menu that brings together Mediterranean cuisine with unique Jaffa touches while focusing on bringing the best and the freshest products that Israel has to offer.
The Old Man is as classic as Hemingway's novel. This Sea food Arabic restaurant is located in Kedem St., in southern Jaffa. There is another branch on Jaffa Port, but I think that the original on Kedem St is superior. Get ready for lots of food!
Located just south of Rothschild Avenue in a beautiful 1920’s era building, Night Kitchen is almost always packed with happy customers. The rustic array of pots and pans above the full bar and old kitchen utensils all over the wall inspire both a majestic and down-to-earth cottage feel. In addition to a regular menu they also have a sharing option, both of which are creative and delicious.
With the reputation of vegan capital of the Middle East to live up to, Tel Aviv definitely does not disappoint with Meshek Barzilai. This farm-to-table restaurant has been satisfying customers with delicious organic food for over 15 years. Enjoy your food in their indoor dining space, their glass-covered patio or their garden terrace, all of which look over the beautiful Neve Tzedek neighborhood.
If you’re looking for a lot of different sushi options, whether fish or vegetarian, Moon Sushi provides an exotic menu with pages full of creations. This restaurant does not just stop at the basic maki combo—try ordering a sushi sandwich, nigiris, a rice-less sushi, temakis or noodles for a new experience. Not only does everything taste fresh and flavorful, the presentation is just as well done. Each plate comes out more vibrant and colorful than the next, and it is obvious that each meal is carefully prepared.
7. Amore Mio
Among what feels like hundreds of Italian restaurants in Tel Aviv it was difficult to pick out a favorite, but when we took ambiance, cuisine, and service all into account, Amore Mio was an obvious pick. Right off Rabin Square, this family run restaurant is so authentic you’ll think you're in Rome. Anything you order is bound to be delicious as owners Suzanna and Shlomi spent years in Italy perfecting their knowledge of Italian cuisine before returning to open this fantastic restaurant.
Ask anyone you like, when it comes to fresh seafood, there is nowhere like Barbunia. Ever since its opening over 30 years ago this no-frills restaurant has become something of a local legend. As soon as you sit down you’ll be presented with at least nine different mezze platters and salads, and whatever fish you order for your main meal is guaranteed to be delicious. Barbunia really is simplicity at its finest, and to make matters better, there is a bar with the same name by the same owners just across the street.
9. Port Said
This lively restaurant comes courtesy of celebrity chef Eyal Shani. His style is elevated simplicity, showcasing vegetables like whole-roasted cauliflower and serving up dishes such as masabaha (a chunkier version of hummus) with lima beans and spicy peppers, ratatouille with chopped egg and tahini, and hunks of fresh-baked bread. Chef Shani — who is known for forgoing plates and utensils for paper bags — has many spots around town; Port Said is his most lively, with a young crowd, thumping music, and tables spilling onto the sidewalk.
With more than 15 different burgers to choose from including one fantastic vegan option, there's something for everyone at Prozdor. The buns are thick and fluffy, the meat is flavorful and juicy, and the toppings are endless. Many argue it’s the best burger in Tel Aviv (if not all of Israel!).