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my wife and I were travelling all over Israel last month. in our 2nd week we visit in Tiberias, next to the sea of galilee and had an amazing meal in a place called Avi's Restaurant. The best way to know about good places is to ask the locals and 3 out of 3 recommended us on this place, so we had to listen to them.
the owner is a very generous person who offered us a lot of food in a reasonable price so we took it. We started out with many (at least 12) small plates of salads and humus. for my first time I tried Tjina (lovely) I tried later on in Germany and it is not as good as in Avi's place :/. we also orderd 2 onion soups which was very tasty. Actually I could do just fine with just eating all the salads and the amazing garlic bread but the owner was so nice and talkative so we wanted to stay some more time. we ordered a spring chicken and St. peters fish. both of them was incredible. the food kept on coming and waitresses were so nice and refilled all the empty salads! we ate so much that when the waitress asked us if we want coffee or tea at the end we couldn't answer her.
the atmosphere at the restaurant is really nice and we could sit there for hours. I recommend it to everyone. you won't get disappointed. just ask the people on the street, everybody will tell you it's the best choice. The place is very popular, especially at the evening.
Updated Mar 25, 2011
Address: Hakishon street
This is my local haunt and has been for a few years now. It's quaint & stylish with a good menu selection and they do have English menus which is not easy to find in Tiberias. Price is everything if you're like me when traveling and this place fits the bill. Here two people can share a breakfast with excellent cappuccinos and do it for $10. The bathroom is always clean too!
Favorite Dish: I generally eat breakfast there and order the same thing which is their Israeli boker. You get a couple of eggs how you want them, six rolls, lots of different hard and soft cheeses, olives, fruit, juice, cappuccino & salad. It's always good. They have lots of great salads with or without meat and plenty of great sandwiches.
Written Apr 17, 2007
Address: One block down from Rambam's Tomb
Bat Ya'ar is a ranch that has a restaurant with the same name. It is located in the middle of a forest about 30 minutes drive from Tiberias. Before you plan your visit there remember that you don't want to drive there when the roads are icey (unless you drive a tank)or when it's dark and it's your first visit! The road that leads to Bat Ya'ar is a serpentine, forest path (just a bit wider) where lights cannot be found. It will take you to the height of 800 meters in less than 15 minutes and trust me this getting -there-struggle is worthy.
Once you got to the ranch you'll have many option to spice your vacation up, like horseback riding, pony for children, and jeep tours for the adventurers among us. But the real reason why you want to get there is the steakhouse. Before they serve the steak the meat is going through some secret ageing process which makes it soft, then it is marinated and only then cooked and served.
To those who like their steaks well done, sorry to disappoint, but you won't get it. Since it dries the meat, the chef will not prepare it for you.
The menu consists of many other dishes from starters, appetizers, to chicken and hamburgers. But their beefsteaks are the real reason to visit the place.
Updated Dec 20, 2006
Address: Mitzpe Amuka, Bat Ya'ar
Phone: 04 - 6921788
I have heard of this restaurant from many people and also read lots of recommendations on the Net. Knowing nothing about restaurants in Tiberias I decided it was time to listen to what people say (it doesn't happen that often).
Little Tiberias' menu combines both French and Mediterranian dishes. If you're looking for a salad then skip the place, 'cause you won't find any. But meat, fish, and pasta will be prepared for you in different styles and sauces.
Although the restaurant has quite some high standards the service is not. At least not when I visited there. The waitresses are very nice, but lack some experience (to my opinion). The questions that were asked by our waitress and the way of serving dishes led me to such a conclusion. However, it didn't ruin the dinner, just added to it some laughs.
Onion soup and eggplant roll were really good, followed by spagetti in olive oil and grilled forel. However, after eating so much (the dishes are big!) there was no space for desert.
Since Tiberias is a very touristy place foreigners won't experience any communication problems. All the restaurants are usually employing multi-lingual staff and menus in English are always available.
Written Dec 20, 2006
Tiberias is not the place I would come to for fine food. There are mostly basic fish restaurants. The Pagoda restaurant is not an exception. The main thing here is the location, right on the beach. But, don't except real quality. Yo will find here very Israelized, Kosher, Chinese food.
Updated Apr 30, 2005
Address: Gdud Barak st.
Sahara restaurant is, in a way a kebab's house but with the range of hoummus,falafel and all kind of orientale food.It's situated very near to the port in the main street.
Favorite Dish: Kebabs
Updated Mar 25, 2011
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