There is so many fish and seafood restaurants in Tel Aviv like fish in the sea ;). Generally, I must admit that the overall level of the fish restaurants is astonishing. Pretty much everywhere you’ll go you will have an awesome experience, however I will share my favorites and explain why:
1) Barbunia Bar
The Barbunia bar I love because you sit at a bar with music, smoking and drinks – on top of that you can enjoy awesome fish and seafood of the same preparation method as the Barbunia restaurant across the street. You’ll get served a nice selection of salads followed by a main dish. The salads are included in the price of the main dish. This was the place I first started loving calamari. Here the card turned for me and I understood what I was missing out on my entire life :). (calamri ~66 NIS). Awesome atmosphere, cute and cozy. You’ll find it on Ben Yehuda/Jabotinsky. Ben Yehuda 163, here is their site.
It’s very common to serve a big variety of salads as starters in the fish restaurants with are included in the price of the main dish. The best salads up front are in my opinion in Stshupak – by far. The Ikra (fish eggs with Mayo) is the best in town. They also have amazing sweetish maties with onions. I tried a lot of different main dishes and everything was always great. The special highlight I remember was when they prepared crabs for me in their Provencial sauce (it’s not on the menu, however they do it if you ask). I loved it (~99 NIS). Their Dennis on the grill is also pretty memorable (~98NIS). You’ll find Shupak on Ben Yehuda 256 and here is the website.
3) Manta Ray
This place simply buys you with its location. It’s located at the beach, in the sand, 4 meters away from the water…. Having lunch here on a beautiful sunny day is incredible. The food is good but a little pricier (100NIS+) than most of the places discussed in this post. I wrote in the past a review about Manta Ray. The big mixed plates with different seafood and fish combinations are the star of this restaurant. The little salads (19 NIS each) are also tasty and fresh.
It’s always good to go to Goocha. It will be always full, it will be always good and you’ll always have fun. This seafood and fish restaurant is located on Ben Gurion/Dizengoff on a very nice corner of this city. The dishes in Goocha are not very complicated, it’s simple good food; awesome sauces with the seafood. They have also interesting dishes such as seafood risotto, different seafood pastas and as well as Asian seafood/fish dishes. The prices are very fair (between ~60NIS – 100 NIS/ main course), however the portions are not huge. Link to website.
5) The Old Man and the Sea
This place has two branches one in deep Ajami and the other one in the Yaffo port. I like it also for the big variety of salads in the beginning; and a nice choice of different fresh fish. It’s in my opinion by far the best option, which you can find in the Yaffo port. Yona was a pretty disappointing experience, as well as the container and the third one (don’t remember the name) are sharks. The prices are fair (~ 95 NIS) and the portions are huge. They also have a good selection of meat dishes. Go to their website.
As you may imagine; there are more great places, however I cannot feature all of them here. These are my favorites. I still would like to mention Mul Yam, which is of course an extraordinary seafood and fish restaurant. I must also say that I had a way better experience the second time I have been there (after I wrote this rather unimpressed review). Many of my friends love also Beny HaDayag in the Tel Aviv Port. I heard awesome things about it; just keep in mind it’s a little pricier than the average fish restaurant (~120 NIS/portion).