A Summary of the Israel Beach Restaurants, Sea View and River View Restaurants.
There is something special about eating a meal while overlooking the beach or sea and in many seaside cities around the world, some of the best restaurants are in the ports or on the beaches. I have always felt that Israel does not follow that rule. Many Israel beach restaurants are overpriced, serving mediocre food because they know they have a captive audience. However, that trend is slowly changing, and more quality restaurants are appearing at the seaside up and down the coastline.
I have divided these posts into four different regions to make them more manageable, as broken down below. While I will do my best to keep these posts updated, please be aware that things can change, and I would appreciate your input if you know of any place that has closed or changed.
This post includes the South Israel beach towns of Rishon Le Zion, Ashdod, and Ashkelon but does not include the Dead Sea and Eilat. South Beach Restaurants are less touristy and there are a few culinary gems.
Read more: Israel Beach Restaurants – Southern Cities
One area in Israel where it is not hard to find a restaurant with a sea view is the greater Tel Aviv district, including Bat Yam and Yafo. These restaurants are typically centered around the ports and marinas or located on the beach itself.
Read more: Israel Beach Restaurants – Tel Aviv Area
The Central beach restaurants are located along the Sharon plain which includes the beach towns of Herzliya Pituach, Netanya, Caesarea and Hadera. Herzliya Pituach is my favorite beach town and has the best selection of seaside dining, but there are also some good culinary options in the Caesarea Port.
Read more: Israel Beach Restaurants – Central District
Along the northern coastline, the majority of beach restaurants are located in and around Haifa, with some in Nahariya and others dotted along the coast all the way up to Rosh Hanikra. The Old City of Akko has a variety of fish restaurants overlooking the water in the fishing port and around the walls of the Old City. Around the Sea of Galilee/Kinneret are a selection of restaurants, some better than others, and there are a few restaurants in the Galil on the Jordan, Dan and Hatzbani rivers.
Read more: North Israel Sea View Restaurants
Finding a Kosher beach restaurant in Israel used to be very challenging but in recent years more kosher beach restaurants have opened along the coast. However, most of these restaurants are located on the beach promenade or overlooking the sea and not on the sand itself. Beaches in Israel are the busiest over the weekends, especially on Shabbat which is why the official beach restaurants with full beach service, are all non-kosher. While it is still not possible to enjoy a kosher restaurant relaxing on a sun lounger with sand in your feet, there are still many options of restaurants near the beach, with spectacular beach views.
Read more: Kosher Beach and Sea View Restaurants
I hope that this post helps provide ideas of where to eat on the beaches, ports and marinas around Israel. Please comment below with your feedback on any restaurants that you have visited or share photos and a review in the Facebook group Restaurant Club Israel.