Instead of searching for a kosher restaurant in downtown Tel Aviv, with all the parking hassles that such an enterprise conjures up, my son and his girlfriend suggested a night out at the marina in Herzliya.
After a quick search by an Ethiopian security guard in a crisp white sailor suit at the entrance, we strolled along the dock, enjoying the light evening breeze and the view of dozens of yachts anchored there, casting reflections on the dark water.
Right off the dock area is the Arena Mall, all lit up, with dozens of restaurants to choose from. The mall itself is a bit on the kitschy side, with the ceiling painted to look like a blue sky with clouds, ornate brass banisters, wrought-iron “street lamps” and colorful mosaics set into the floor.
A nice idea are the wooden swings-for-two that dot the plaza outside the mall, facing the marina (they are very popular, especially among the young couples – you might have to wait a bit to grab one).
Bistro 56 is a kosher meat restaurant on the second floor of the mall, with tables outside on a wooden deck overlooking the water. At first we could barely attract the attention of the wait staff, but then we had so many it was almost ridiculous. Our order was taken by one waitress and then served by at least two more. After that a whole bunch of others hovered around, snatching away our plates and basically waiting for us to finish…I found the music too loud, but they did turn it down on request.
Favorite Dish: The food was okay, but not outstanding. I had “Salad 56” – some thin slices of beef buried in a large pile of greens in a tart vinegary dressing. The hot chicken salad was more or less the same, except with strips of grilled chicken breast. My son ordered the osso bucco, a large chunk of bone with not very much meat on it, served in a bowl of gravy with root vegetables. The best of the lot were the “pargiyot” - grilled chunks of chicken - served with a good potato puree. The bill for 4 was NIS 240, which comes to about $14 per person.
So yes, the Herzliya marina is a lovely place to eat out, but I would try a different restaurant next time.
Black bar 'n' Burger is a new restaurant with the culinary advice of one of Israel's famous chefs Tzahi Bukshester.
There are 2 branches : Herzliya and Rehovot.
I went to the Herzliya branch to celebrate my birthday and it is a nice place , good music and good service.
The biggest problem is that we had to wait 30 minutes for the food but i guess it can happen.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the biggest hamburger they've got (330gr) with fried onion and french fries.
The portion of french fries was very big and good and the meat was great too !.
i also took 1/5 liter of the temple bar draft beer (a beer that was made for the irish pub next to the restaurant).
The hamburger cost me something like 44nis (with the french fries) and with the onion addon it was 54.
the beer was 19nis.
We came to Dublin to celebrate my wife's birrthday and it was a great place !
I never visited Ireland so i don't know if it is an authentic pub like the pubs in Ireland but the atmosphere was great.
They serve many types of beer , food and more alcholoic beverages.
Favorite Dish: I ordered 0.5 liter of guinness beer from the barrel and also a glass of whiskey.
The beer cost me 24nis (5 usd) and the whiskey was free (i brought a coupon).
The food plates are also very big.
Odeon is a famous restaurants with 2 branches - Herzliya and Tel aviv.
They are famous because of the meat they serve.
We came to celebrate my wife's birthday and the place was very nice and cozy , the service was good , the food was also great.
Because this is a famous restaurant it will be better to order a place.
They are open 24/7 if you are very hungry.
Favorite Dish: I ordered 300gr Hamburger with french fries , grilled onions and a glass of diet pepsi.
The food was very good , the meat was great.
The Herzeliya branch of moses is a very quiet one , located on the Industrial/High Tech area of Herzeliya Pituach , between other good restaurants.
During the week you will see a lot of High Tech people eating there but during weekend and evenings there are families or couplues that want to enjoy good food and lovely atmosphere.
The food here is like in Tel Aviv and the service is good also.
Favorite Dish: I love the Hamburger and the spicy pepper souce is excellent !!!
Probably the best Sushi restaurant in Israel and it can easily compete with the good ones I tried in many places abroad.
The place is always busy, so you better make reservations in advance, unless you'd like to have your food on the bar (which also gets totally packed by 8pm)
Huge place with an open kitchen where you can spot dozen of sushi chefs creating everything you can find in the menu. Oh yeah, the menu.... you'll have to read several pages and look at many pictures before you finally make up your mind.
Bear in mind the restaurant is quite pricey (like everything in Herzliya) but worth every penny!
There's not much to recommend since your only choices are rolls, sushi, or sashimi in diferent shapes, colors, and combinations and everything is absolutely delicious.
Sure there are hot dishes too, but I can't say much about those since all I care about is sushi.
A sea weed & cucumber salad was great as an appetizer and Saporro beer helped to make the dinner perfect.
Definitely a great experience, give it a try if you get a chance.
We went to ElGaucho to celebrate a birthday in the family.
The restaurant is not very big and we came something like 20-30 people.
The food is good but i was hungry after 300gr of steak.
This is a south american restauran (argentina) and they have many kinds of meat.
Burgers is Odeon’s specialty, so this is what I tried and enjoyed it very much. The place is huge, decorated with taste and is kinda upscale and the prices are accordingly. Besides the burger that can be served in many different variations, I recommend their eggplant with ricotta cheese as an appetizer. The place has a nice bar, which I’m sure is very popular, especially in the evenings. The service was great and very professional.
All in all, a great experience.
They claim to be a steak house although they serve everything from salads and fish to delicious goulash soup.
Martin_S. and his wife Zohara decided that this is the place where B-Days are celebrated and made sure that this experience will be unforgettable. Thank you very much M&Z.
I started with a nice carpacho with rocket leaves and parmesan cheese. Be sure that I also picked in others' plates and that's how I know that the Goulash soup is so good. :)
Since I never say no to sea food my main course was Shrimps in butter and garlic, it was really good. And again I checked plates next to me and tasted some great entrecote thin slices served in a "burning" pan.
I did get to dessert but couldn't finish it (no wonder, I tried every piece of food that was served to 5 people), but a fresh fruit salad was pretty good to finish this eating marathon.
Now to the restaurant itself: it's a medium size place with very nice decorations, especially the tables where every cork that ever poped out of White Hall's wine bottles was put in a tray and then behind the glass which is also the table. Quite neat.
Again, the service was good and the company even better. Nice place to have a dinner with friends.
OK, so they do serve real, delicious American food at Moses, but most important...THEY HAVE BELGIAN DUVEL! Well, I'll stop shouting now. It's just I was so excited to find a bar that serves Duvel after spending 1,5 years on search and disappointment. Moses' bar has a great selection of beers, Whiskey, vodka,...etc. and if it's not enough you should have seen the bar tender who didn't stop experimenting with cocktails.
On a lazy Saturday night, watching too much Sopranos, hunger finally won and drove us outside to get some food. Thank god that Italian restaurant was closed, that's how we discovered Moses and its mouth-watering burgers. I didn't experience the restaurant itself since we ordered take away and had some beer while waiting for the food. But I'm sure that their dishes served on plates are even better than those that come in doggy bags. A 200gr. burger was more than big enough and their fries were really good (or was I hungry?)
Murphy's os an Irish pub in Herzliya's marina , in Arena mall.
You will find here good beers and other alcoholic drinks.
You can also eat here good food like : hamburger , french fries and more.
Favorite Dish: The Murphy's stout beer was good.
Nafis is a chain of middle easterm/yemenite food in the country.
They are very popular and some of their branches is always full and open 24 hours a day (like the one in Herzliya).
Favorite Dish: I like a dish called fatut - it is a scrambled Me'la'wach with cheese.
I can't explain - just try
This one was a loser for me, the steak was small, only about 250 grams and it was a "tough bird". Not often am I so disappointed when eating a beef steak.
What did make the evening not a total loss was the ambience, sort of American west/kitsch, even to having a cigar store indian there, not to mention the wagon wheels, sombreros, 6 shooters and other accounterments...
And I do need to mention that our waiter was very good, polite and helpful..so in this case even though totally dissatisfied with the food he got a good tip for the service.
End result, you may enjoy the place itself, and even try another meat dish so be okay, but if you are a steak person, try White Hall across the street.....
This is one of these restaurants where you'll be enjoying and appreciating every bite. First, you'll feel sorry that your fork will have to destroy the beautiful presentation on a plate. And then you'll swear that this is the tastiest thing you have ever had.
The decorations are very romantic, in white colors (Lavan means white in Hebrew) and gentle red lights. First floor contains of regular tables and an impressive bar. And the gallery floor is the "creme de la creme" of the restaurant. Large compartments with king size matrasses with big pillows and tables in the middle.
It's an upscale restaurant, so the dress code does not include shorts and sandals. Additionally, leave your old socks with holes at home and wear your best pair, because you'll be asked to take your shoes off before being sitted on the matrasses :).
Definitely not a cheap place, but the food is great, wine selection is large, and the service is friendly and very professional.
Favorite Dish: Try the shrimp in sun dried tomatoes creamy sause and wrapped asparagus dish as appetizers. Continue with 300g. entrecote or parpadelle pasta with tomato sauce. Yummi!
Shlomy Katzin is the chef here at the "eigth rib" and from what we tasted he is doing a good job...it was a beautiful evening so we choose to sit outside and do some "sidewalk dining" and do some people watching as we ate. This area in Herzliya Petuach is given over to many, MANY restaurants, so in the evening it is a great opportunity to flow with the crowds.
Favorite Dish: Prime rib.....just plain delicious.