Best restaurants in Lower Galilee

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Sea of Galilee

    Magdalena

    Subject of a glowing New York Times review in 2016, this 'chef's restaurant' features innovative 'Galilean Arab' cuisine that combines ingredients and recipes that chef Zuzu Hanna learned from his mother – in the Upper Galilee village of Rameh – with modern gourmet techniques such as sous vide. The menu, based on herbs and vegetables that grow in the Galilee and beef, lamb, chicken, fish and seafood, changes with the seasons. Save room for the award-winning halawet el jeben (semolina dough filled with sweet Arab cheese and sprinkled with honey and pistachios). Incongruously situated above the Dabbah supermarket, with the entry around back.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nazareth

    Abu Ashraf

    This old-time coffeehouse is famous all over town for its katayef (sweet pancakes folded over goat’s cheese or cinnamon walnuts and then doused with geranium syrup), coffee (a special mix of five kinds of bean plus cardamom) and collection of antiques. Ebullient owner Abu Ashraf loves to share stories about Nazareth. It also has excellent vegetable salads, freekeh (roasted green wheat), labneh (thick yoghurt) and kibbeh (meat-filled cracked wheat croquettes). Built around 1730, this place is not to be confused with a modern copycat of the same name nearby.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nazareth

    AlReda

    In a 200-year-old Ottoman-era mansion, this atmospheric restaurant – the songs of the legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum are on high rotation – serves traditional Nazarene recipes with a Mediterranean twist. Specialities include seasonal dishes made with okra (bamya) and wild thistle (akub), and fresh artichoke hearts filled with chopped beef, almonds and pine nuts. Owner Daher Zeidani encourages guests to share the generous portions to taste different dishes. It has a bar.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Tiberias

    Yisrael’s Kitchen

    An 8km drive from Tiberias (take Rte 77 to Rte 7717), this rustic, family-run restaurant features local produce and warm, from-the-heart country cooking. Specialities include huge (500g) portions of Galilee-raised steak and lamb served in terracotta casseroles, baked St Peter’s fish and yummy desserts, including homemade ice cream. Call to reserve. Has a good selection of wines from the Galilee and the Golan.

  • Restaurants in Sea of Galilee

    Moshbutz

    This homey meat restaurant – the name is a contraction of 'moshav' and 'kibbutz' – is renowned for its fabulous Golan-raised steaks, juicy burgers and creative salads as well as starters such as grilled aubergine in tangy goat’s-milk yoghurt and French onion soup. The food is complemented by boutique Golan wines and microbrews, charming service and great views down to the Sea of Galilee. Reservations are highly recommended. To get there from the moshav's gate, take the third right.

  • Restaurants in Sea of Galilee

    Ein Camonim

    Surrounded by Galilean brushland, this family-run ‘goat cheese restaurant’ serves up a gourmet vegetarian feast that includes eight to 10 kinds of Israeli- and French-style goat cheese, freshly baked bread, salads and wine. Has a few kids (baby goats) for the kids (children) to pet. It’s a good idea to reserve ahead on Friday and Saturday. Situated 20km northwest of Tabgha, just off Rte 85 at a point 4.8km west of Nahal Amud Junction.

  • Restaurants in Tiberias

    Decks

    Legendary for grilled meats – including filet mignon, baby lamb and goose liver (not force-fed) – that are prepared outdoors over a mixture of five kinds of wood: olive, citrus, cherry, walnut and eucalyptus. A wood taboun is used to bake focaccia fresh for each diner. Occupies a hangar-like space built out over the sea, offering gorgeous views. Has an excellent wine list. Kosher.

  • Restaurants in Tiberias

    Guy

    An unpretentious, old-time Mizrahi (Oriental-Jewish) restaurant featuring home-style grilled meats, soups (winter only) and a delicious array of stuffed vegetables, as well as Ashkenazi-style chopped liver, Iraqi-style kibbeh (spiced meat balls in tangy soup) and Lebanese-style kibbeh (a fried cracked-wheat dumpling stuffed with chopped meat). Cash only.

  • Restaurants in Jezreel & Beit She'an Valleys

    Herb Farm on Mt Gilboa

    For a hearty, country-style meal in a rustic setting, head to this family-run restaurant, which has both meat (Cornish hen, steak, lamb chops) and veggie/vegan options – as well as lovely views of the Jezreel Valley. Reserve ahead on Friday and Saturday. Situated on Rte 667, 3.5km southeast of Rte 675; follow the yellow signs to 'Country Restaurant'.

  • Restaurants in Sea of Galilee

    Tibi's Steakhouse & Bar

    Run by renowned chef Chaim Tibi, this sleek restaurant – the architecture has an alpine-chalet vibe – specialises in steaks from the Golan but also has good options for vegetarians, such as salads and pasta. Everything is made with the finest ingredients. The excellent wine list includes quite a few boutique wines.

  • Restaurants in Nazareth

    Avra

    'Avra' means 'good atmosphere' in Greek, and that's exactly what this cafe-restaurant has, along with delicious Greek and Palestinian dishes and a soundtrack of traditional and modern Greek instrumental music. The speciality is the Ouzo Plate, which mixes Greek favourites such as meat-stuffed grape leaves, feta and kalamata olives with a local or Greek ouzo. Also has pasta, sandwiches, authentic Greek salads and Greek-style iced coffee.

  • Restaurants in Sea of Galilee

    Ktzeh HaNahal

    From the outside you’d never guess that this unassuming restaurant serves up a sumac-accented Lebanese feast. After a parade of 11 mezze, you might want to try shishbarak (meat-stuffed dumplings cooked in tangy goat’s milk) or Antabli kebab with roasted tomatoes. Situated at the intersection of Rte 90 and the access road to the Ancient Galilee Boat, next to the Delek petrol station (look for a red, green and white sign).

  • Restaurants in Nazareth

    Tishreen

    The wood-fired oven at this well-loved restaurant, adorned with antiques and wine bottles, turns out Arab- and Mediterranean-inspired dishes such as aubergine stuffed with pesto and cheese, as well as excellent muhammar (Arab pizza topped with chicken and onion), hearty meat dishes, pasta and meal-size salads. Also worth trying: a traditional Galilean dish called freekeh, made with cracked green wheat.

  • Restaurants in Nazareth

    Rose Mary

    This convivial bistro-cafe serves French and Italian dishes prepared with top-quality ingredients and fresh Galilean spices. The house speciality is shrimp and calamari with garlic and arak sauce. Also serves locally made pork chorizo, an excellent chef's salad, pasta and sandwiches.

  • Restaurants in Tiberias

    Galei Gil

    Has tables on a romantic wooden deck overlooking the lake – the sea views are unbeatable. Eight varieties of fresh fish from the Sea of Galilee and the Mediterranean are available either grilled or fried, along with meat and soups. Open Shabbat.

  • Restaurants in Nazareth

    Mahroum Sweets

    A family tradition since 1890, this pastry shop, which moved to a new location in 2017, is one of the best places in Israel for baklava and other syrup-soaked Arab pastries, as well as kunafeh and Turkish delight.

  • Restaurants in Nazareth

    Elmokhtar Sweets

    A brightly lit sweets emporium that could be at home in Beirut or Cairo. It has a selection of mouth-watering baklava, superb kunafeh (a hot, thin, syrupy cheesecake) and homemade halva.

  • Restaurants in Nazareth

    Souq

    Fruit, veggies, bread and even pita pizzas are on sale along the narrow, winding alleys of the Old City’s market.

  • Restaurants in Nazareth

    Mama Cafe

    Decorated with colourful photos by local artists, this mellow cafe and cake shop serves sandwiches, fresh-squeezed juices and homemade baked goods, including cheesecake. Salads cost 20NIS to 40NIS, while brunch is 28NIS.

  • Restaurants in Nazareth

    Al Taboun

    The decor is unspeakably tacky, but the shawarma, hummus plate and veggie salad-and-starter spread are tops.