"Edison" (yes, named after Thomas A. Edison for a reason unknown to me) is a popular restaurant in Raanana, in a relatively new shop and restaurant complex across from the Raanana Park.
Seating is available both indoor (air conditioned, leathe-upholstered chairs in red, black and grey) and outdoor (people watching, strret view and temperature, simpler furniture). Inside there is also a bar, a popular hang-out in the evenings.
The menu is varied, some Mediterranean dishes, some fish, some seafood and pasta, and sushi as well. My "Lamb cigars" for starters, sinta rolls with salad for main course, ans sorbet for dessert, were all very tasty. Phillipa sampled the sushi and also approved. David's beef medallions were also tasty.
Service was very good, always accompanied by a smile.
The name is a pun: "Gam Cafe" means "Coffee Too", but it also alludes to the cafe's unique location, by the lake ("Agam") in the Raanana Park.
The food is typical for Israeli cafes: salads, sandwiches, pasta and more.
The ambience is special due to the presence of the lake in the background; it may be a small artificial lake, the water may not be very clear, but it's Raanana's pride and even has a few swans!
The scene is always lively, with families, kids, groups of friends all enjoying a snack and a drink by the lake.
Roladin is a small cafe-bakery situated in a plaza on Ahuza St.
There is outdoor seating (on the plaza) and indoor seating as well.
Roladin has a reputation as one of the best bakeries in Raanana. We went there before a show in the Yad Labanim Auditorium, directly on the opposite side of Ahuza St.
This is usually a daytime cafe: The place closes at 8pm.
On Rambam St., just around the corner from Ahuza, Raanana's main street, there are a few old-fashioned one-storey houses, a relic from Raanana's old days as Moshava (farming village). In one of these houses you will find "Salta". When you enter, it feels like you are in a private family's home, a small space with an intimate atmosphere.
We chose to go through a narrow alleyway to the back yard, where there were a few more small tables, neatly arranged.
The food was good, the service friendly and the atmosphere homely.
Hendale is a cafe-restaurant in Giv'at-Chen, a moshav (village) just south of Raanana.
It gives the impression of an out of the way place surrounded by fields, but is actually very easily reached from Raanana.
You can choose to sit indoors (air conditioned, rustic decor, somewhat noisy) or outdoors (feels like the farm yard, quiet, but not suitable for Israeli hot summer days!).
The menu is quite varied, with salads, pasta and meat dishes. When we were there the service was good and efficient.