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Ziv Shwartzman at Shwartzman Dairy Farm, Moshav Bat shlomo

Cafe Muscat, Moshav Udim

Cafe Muscat, Moshav Udim

Window at Turqiz

Cafe Almog

Cafe Almoq

Le Bistro Jacky

Netanya beach

Turkiz restaurant

Editor's Report: Review of Some Favorite Restaurants to Experience Around the Netanya, Zichron Yaacov and Kfar Saba Areas in Israel

by Rhonda Spivak, December 24, 2018

Below is a list of my favourite restaurants in the Netanya, Zichron Yaacov, and Kfar Saba Area as well as a couple of restaurants I wouldn't rush back to. You'll see from my list below that some of the best restaurants (food and atmosphere combined) are located in moshavim in the nearby area.


Shwartzman's Dairy Farm Restaurant


If you are looking for a unique rural place to eat and visit, don't miss Schwartzman family dairy on Moshav Bat Shlomo (the Moshav is named after Baron Rothschild's Mother) which is a few kilometers north of Zichron Yaakov. The exceedingly small Moshav was founded in 1889 and the dairy sits in a 100-year-old stone house on South Bat Shlomo’s picturesque historic only street lined with gorgeous cypress trees. To enter the restaurant area you walk beneath the canopy of trees to a yard full of bric-a-brac, clay pots, Hebron glass, a chicken coop and a bird cage. You’ll also find a small store to buy olives, and there is a little seating area which makes up this rustic “restaurant.” Large clusters of garlic hang everywhere. I ate at a wooden picnic table, in the little tented seating area. We ordered the “large” cheese platter which came on a wooden tray bearing around eight different kinds of cheeses, some homemade olives and delicious sun-dried tomatoes, grape leaves stuffed with cheese and freshly baked laffehs, and salad. The dairy farm has been in the family for 100 years. The grandfather of the owner Ziv was the muktar of the village and there are photos of the family and farm implements form earlier days in this quaint historic location. The atmosphere of this charming hidden spot is rustic and rural and I've never tasted any fresher yoghurt in my life. (The Shwartzman family cat licked up its remains when we weren't looking). You can also have wine with your cheese, which is recommended. The prices are not cheap but the atmosphere is delightful and it is well worth the trip. Breakfast is also a good option at Shwartzman's. Not kosher. (see photo)


Muscat, Moshav Udim


This is a hidden gem of a cafe (not kosher), situated in a picturesque moshav, with rustic decor and the seating outside is highly recommended. Breakfast is huge and very tasty. If you come with a newspaper you can read and relax in this peaceful spot for a long time. All the excellent soups, sandwiches, and quiches are fresh and homemade. Tourists don't come to this restaurant as it is too far off the beaten path. The restaurant is good for families, friends and any informal get together. It is vegetarian plus fish. The restaurant also has a nice furniture shop inside which is pleasant to wander through. Service is attentive and there is free parking on this site. If you are near Netanya and have a car, make sure to go to this cafe. (see photos)


Turkiz, Moshav Beit Yitzhak


This charming and quaint cafe (not kosher) is located in the beautiful moshav of Beit Yitzhak. Turkiz has an exotic vibe to it, with absolutely delicious food, and an attractive furniture store and gift store attached to it. The menu includes great breakfasts, salads, pastas and sandwiches and the owners travel to various parts of the globe to bring back items to furnish the restaurant and to sell in the store. There is ample parking and a meal at Turkiz is relaxing and peaceful. The ambiance is perfect whether you eat inside or outside on the large patio area. The cafe is reasonably priced and you will enjoy walking through the gift shop, which has a nice selection of jewelry, clothing and other gifts to choose from. I have been here several times and the food quality and quantity is always terrific. It's the kind of place you could want to go back to again and again. The cafe is about a 20-minute drive outside of Netanya and is a spot always packed with Israelis, with relatively few tourists. (see photos)


Almog Gallery- 3 Ha-Gefen, Kfar Saba Israel


I highly recommend eating brunch or lunch at Almog Gallery, which has delicious buffet with a large variety of really unique and tasty salads, pastries and warm dishes. The place has amazing atmosphere, decoration and ambiance, in that it is filled with lots of English and European antiques, dishes and furniture, as well as vintage clothing all of which is for sale. There is no other place in Israel quite like it (see photos)-it is really one of a kind. You will need a car to find the place, but it is well worth it. You can finish your buffet meal and buy the dishes if you lik !  There is a large parking lot behind the restaurant/gallery (see photos)


Kofinas-Moshav Tzur Moshe


This is a lovely restaurant in Moshav Moshe Tzur, founded in 1937 by Greek Jews that is near Netanya. The restaurant which has Mediterranean/Italian food is named after the founder of the Moshe Kofinas. The pizza was delicious as was the soup and the sweet potato fries were terrific. there is a nice garden patio that was unfortunately closed when I was there but would be a beautiful place to sit. You need a car to get here and it's worth driving around the beautiful moshav if you get a chance.


Le Bistro Jacky


The food here was average, middle quality with grilled meats and traditional oriental food that is reasonably priced. The restaurant is very close to the Netanya Kikar (square) with grilled meats and traditional oriental food. I noticed a lot of the clientele were French speaking and the restaurant was quite busy. The location is noisy as you are right on a busy intersection.  I did have an interesting experience at the restaurant when an Arab peddler who lived in Beit Hanina (on the outskirt of Jerusalem) came into the restaurant asking me to buy a cap he was selling. It was a long way o come to sell caps for 40 shekels, and he told me he was trying to feed his family by selling caps. I asked if he sold the caps in Ramallah, as that was a city much closer to him, but he said that there was not a lot of tourists there and so he came to Netanya. I thought it was a hard way to make a living, and I felt badly for him so I bought a cap. (see photo). It will be my memory of Le Bistro Jacky as I won&#

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