When it comes to choosing a restaurant what grabs your attention? Is it the food? The diversity? The environment? The cost? The service? We’re here to help you make that decision by breaking down the options in terms of flavor of food, restaurant environment, service quality, and overall cost.
Los Angeles boasts a highly competitive food scene. There are many diverse options, which is a blessing and a curse. Lots of options can lead to decision paralysis, especially when you ask yourself “What is the best Israeli restaurant in LA?”. Don’t worry! We’ve made it easier for you to pick. Check out our list of the top 7 spots for Israeli food in LA.
http://www.jaffa.la • 8048 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90048 • 323-433-4978
If landscape and Israeli features is something that interests you, you’ll have to make a special stop to Jaffa. The restaurant is built with a high ceiling and wide windows that fill the room with natural light. Jaffa is a definite competitor for one of the best restaurants in LA while being featured in several articles including LA Eater and PureWOW.
Credit: LA Eater
~Sweet Potato Hummus (Cashew Cream, Spicy Zhug, Onions, Cilantro, Pita or Crisp Veggies)
~Roasted Salmon (Organic Chinook, Spinach, Figs, Saffron Labneh, Fig Glaze, Pumpernickel Croutons)
~North African Chickpea Stew
http://www.habayitrestaurant.com • 11921 West Pico Boulevard, Los Angeles 90064 • 310 479-7173
This hidden gem has quite the name, and it’s the perfect escape from the big city. The family-owned business has been mentioned in The Los Angeles Times and the LA Weekly. The restaurant makes all meals from scratch and ensures that there’s a wide variety of flavor in every bite all while keeping you cozy in its quaint environment.
~Baba Ghannouj (with roasted eggplant and fresh ground sesame)
~Turkish salad (with fresh vegetables and tomato sauce)
~The shishlik ( with herbed ground beef kebabs)
3. The Exchange
The Exchange • 416 W. 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90014 • 213-395-9531
The Exchange might be tough to miss located under a 12 story sign while offering a classy but welcoming environment. The food offers local ingredients and fresh produce cooked over wood and charcoal. The restaurant is also a hotel and offers live music in the evening. The establishment is run by Elad Zvi and Gabe Orta, who are referred to as “The Cocktail Wizards” for their award-winning Broken Shaker bars in Miami and Chicago according to Food and Wine Magazine.
~Daily Catch (grilled branzino with black olive & seaweed chermoula, smoked lemon ponzu, radish & labneh)
~Santa Barbara (seaweed & za’atar butter, the freshest local ingredients and highest-quality produce available, including fresh fish)
4. Shefa Melrose
https://www.shefamelrose.com • 7275 Melrose Ave Los Angeles CA 90046 • 323-592-3100
If you’re looking for spices and herbs to flavor up the mood, then the Shefa Melrose might be for you. The Israeli food offered is a healthy supply that won’t break the bank.
~Chicken Shawarma Plate (Seasoned and tender chicken roasted on a vertical rotisserie. Served with your choice of 2 sides)
~Falafel Veggie Plate (comes with 4 toppings)
~Chicken Kabob Plate (Pargiyot. Marinated and skewered dark meat chicken. Served with your choice of 2 sides)
5. The Haifa
http://www.haifala.com • 8717 W. Pico Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90035 • (310) 888-7700
Locals tend to gather here when craving a satisfying hummus plate. The Haifa offers a delivery menu with much to choose from including stuffed chicken, lamb chops, stuffed peppers or cabbage, and fried schnitzel.
~Hummus with Falafe
~Shish Kebab Chicken
6. Darna Mediterranean Cuisine
https://darnatx.com • 19737 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills • 818.914.4188
This Israeli Cuisine is located in a strip mall and stands out like a hummus plate on Friday! The LA Eater promises a “hair raising experience.” The family-run business has an environment with vibrant red and orange walls promoting a welcoming presence and a wide selection of sides to choose from.
~Chicken Shawarma (Juicy thigh meat touts a mysteriously savory marinade in addition to a crusty edge)
~Darna Combo Plate (A combo plate of our ever-changing daily special menu. Includes a main course and two sides of your choice)
~Hummus Shawarma (A flagship shawarma served on a bed of our delicious fresh hummus garnished with paprika, parsley and touch of olive oil)
7. Mh Zh
(website is not currently active) • 3536 W Sunset Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90026
Find yourself a casual environment that offers indoor and outdoor seating, is BYOB friendly, and boasts colorful chairs and tables to dine at. Known by some as one of the best restaurants in LA, Mh Zh has been featured in LA Weekly and The Infatuation.
~Cauliflower A La Josper
If you happen to seek out some of these incredible restaurants in LA and give use feedback, let us know what you thought of the Israeli food. Are you located in another city? Check out more blogs about the best Israeli restaurants and Kosher restaurants near you!
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