Restaurant Review: Where to Eat Out in Israel on Rosh Hashanah

Traveling in Israel on the Jewish New Year and need a place to celebrate? Or simply have no time or strength to cater for your family? Here's a list of the top 5 restaurants in Israel offering festive meals. Book in fast, before they book out.

Rosh Hashanah meal preparations can take every ounce of energy you have left over from the previous year. This year, we decided to give you a few options for your holiday meals that will save you time at the supermarket and in the kitchen, and might make the table slightly less crowded, too. Be sure to reserve a table soon before these restaurants book out!


Rosh Hashanah at the Alma Lounge

Chef Yonatan Roshfeld will be in the kitchen on Rosh Hashanah eve to put his special touch on the traditional holiday meal. Appetizers will include homemade challah, vegetables and Mediterranean salads, traditional chopped liver and gefilte fish, your choice of chicken or Moroccan fish soup. For main course, choose between grilled lamb and stuffed vegetables with roasted dried fruit in pomegranate sauce, or grouper fish roasted in lemon and herbs alongside rice and roasted potatoes. Deserts will include nectarine Napoleons and passionflower sorbet, or truffles filled with vanilla ice cream and hot chocolate.

Where: Alma Lounge – 23 Yavne Street, Tel Aviv.

When: September 4, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.

How much: NIS 340 per person.

Kosher style


Rosh Hashanah at Soho Sushi Bar

Every Rosh Hashanah, Soho hosts a rich, Asian-cuisine themed meal, that features the traditional Rosh Hashanah blessings as well. On the menu: cabbage and broccoli tempura with mayonnaise and mustard seed sauce, salmon Carpaccio with shallots, African peppers, lemon juice and olive oil, a wide array of sushi, hot egg noodles with fresh ginger, chili, shallots and cilantro, beef tandoori skewers, roasted with mustard and date honey, lamb spare ribs, herb encrusted salmon filets with mustard and bread crumbs, coconut rive or white rice with bay leaves and cinnamon, roasted sweet potatoes in sweet chili sauce and olive oil. For kids, there will be mini-schnitzel, grilled chicken breast, and steak with French fries or white rice. Soft drinks will be served, as will beer and a glass of wine for the holiday toast.

Where: Soho, 15 Moshe Bakar Street, Rishon Letzion

When: September 4, 2013 at 7:00 P.M.

How much: NIS 330 for adults, NIS 120 for children aged 3-10.

Not kosher


Holiday meal at the Mamilla Hotel

The Mamilla Hotel in Jerusalem invites you to a holiday meal that will feature a special menu. Under the direction of Chef Kobi Bachar, the holiday meal will start with the customary apples and honey, dates, pumpkin marmalade, pomegranate seeds, and all of the other holiday foods, alongside fresh bread. The meal will continue with a salad and tapas course, which will feature treats like goose liver patte with brioche and fig jam, fried quail eggs with tartar sauce, and more. The main courses will include wellington filet with potato cream, chicken stuffed with basmati rice and pine nuts, and duck confit with roasted vegetables. For the kids, there will be roast chicken with mushrooms, or pasta with tomato sauce. There will also be a wide array of fruits and deserts.

Where: Mamilla Hotel, 11 Hamelech Shlomo, Jerusalem.

When: September 4, 2013

How much: $97, not including VAT.

Certified kosher


A taste of India for the holiday

The Indira restaurant in Tel Aviv will feature a wide array of traditional Indian food for the Rosh Hashanah meal. The menu will offer a choice of tomato soup with paprika and cumin, traditional dal lentil soup, or corn soup; gefilte fish or Indian spicy khreime and a slew of traditional salads, a platter of meats with traditional Indian side dishes, and a choice of many homemade ice creams for desert. House wine, soft drinks and grape juice will be available to drink as well.

Where: Indira, 4 Shaul Hamelech Street, Tel Aviv

When: September 4, 2013

How much: NIS 260 for adults, NIS 130 for children under 3.

Kosher style


Rosh Hashanah at the Carlton

The Carlton in Tel Aviv is celebrating Rosh Hashanah with a fancy holiday meal, like it does every year. The menu will include appetizers like roast beef, chopped liver, gefilte fish with horseradish, okra salad with onions and peppers. The main courses will nuclide entrecote in mushroom sauce with vegetables, roast lamb with rice and roasted dried fruit, meagre fish fillet with vegetables in saffron sauce, rice with raisons and pomegranate, and a rich array of deserts.

Where: Carlton Hotel, 10 Eiliezer Perry Street, Tel Aviv.

When: September 4, 2013

How much: NIS 550 per person, NIS 750 per person for a private room.

Certified kosher

Itay Sicolsky
David Moskowitz
Dan Peretz
Yossi Navi