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“Absolutely awful”
Review of The Dining Hall

The Dining Hall
Ranked #304 of 1,639 Restaurants in Tel Aviv
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Israeli
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Dining Hall is an Israeli multi-cultural restaurant featuring chef Omer Miller's interpretation of a wide variety of Sephardi, Ashkenazi, Arab and Jerusalem style dishes. The restaurant is situated at the Performing Arts Center in Tel Aviv, at the previous location of the FoodArt restaurant. Chef Miller was FoodArt restaurant's chef and is still the executive chef of FoodArt catering. Miller's menu at The Dining Hall uses local produce, a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, fish and meat, together with Mediterranean and European cooking techniques. The menu includes well known dishes, familiar from home, with Miller's precise techniques and presentation, and the typical "Miller" twist - modern, minimal and innovative. The restaurant design is modern and meticulous, resulting in a beautiful interior of calm, neutral colors, allowing the food to be the spotlight. The seating is at long tables, appropriate to the manner in which the dishes are served - just like at home - medium sized portions served to the center of the table for sharing. Dishes are served to the table as soon as they are ready, without regard to traditional serving order. The atmosphere of the restaurant, the modern Israeli background music, the casual and delightful service and moderate pricing, all come together to create a young, energetic and happy eating experience.
Geneva, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Absolutely awful”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

This restaurant was absolutely terrible. I came with my family for a meal before seeing a show at the Cameri on New Year's Eve and it was a huge let down for such a popular and highly regarded place.

First, the atmosphere. We were there for a meal around 7 and felt like they were just setting up for the evening. I understand that on New Year's they are expecting most of their business around midnight, but there is no reason to assume that the pre-theatre crowd will not be around. Indeed, there were still several parties there, since it is the closest and best place near the Cameri. Unfortunately, the staff were completely neglectful and spent most of the time blowing up giant tacky silver balloons in the shape of 2013 and rewriting Happy New Year on the blackboard. As such, surrounded by frantically prepping employees and breaking glass, we felt more like catering staff grabbing a bite before a banquet than guests at an expensive restaurant.

Next, the food. Honestly, I wish I could saying anything good about it. The Tapas style is not appropriate since while all the dishes are indeed tiny, the prices are not. You may order 10-15 dishes between 6 people, but you will come out having paid for 10-15 people. They have a special talent of misrepresenting the food. They tell you about half of the important information about a dish and when it comes it is not even close to what you expected. For example, the shrimp wrapped in spinach is indeed wrapped in spinach, but some might think twice about ordering it if they knew it was raw shrimp, mashed. (Who mashes shrimp?) The simple wedge salad is not a wedge at all. We made very clear that all we wanted was the lettuce and the sauce, and not to have the advertised cheese and almonds. However, they failed to advertise or remove the large slices of pear. Not good. If you like pear salad its fine but it is definitely not what we ordered.

Ignoring things like half-cooked kebabs, I have to make a special mention of the salmon with lentils. The salmon was just fine, but the lentils were so bad it ended the whole meal for the entire family. My description, if you will indulge me, goes like this: imagine you catch a salmon. next imagine you leave it in a bucket to sweat for a few hours. then take the leftover juice, warm it to about 40 degrees, and stir in some raw lentils. strain (without cooking) and serve. There's bad, and there's repulsive.

My advice, if you are going for a show at the Cameri, go to some burger joint on Even Gvirol.

  • Visited December 2012
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Tel Aviv
Level 5 Contributor
39 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“too busy, too snobbish”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

they act as if theu invented the wheel. well, they didn't. It's a fast food restaurant which pretends to act like a gourmet one and it is not. Some of the dishes are nice, some are horrible. I will not go there again.

Visited July 2012
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Boston
Level 6 Contributor
100 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“A mixed bag”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

We dined here after a show at the near-by Cameri theatre. We were seated in the closed-in porch. Our server was very pleasant and professional. We asked that the music volume be lowered, and it was, but this is a very noisy restaurant, and diners were shouting and eachother to be heard. The spicy "orange soup" special was very good. The chopped liver was tasty, however it was not actually chopped- it had been made into a paste. The fried calamari were just OK. The date cake was tasteless. Prices tended towards the expensive.

Visited December 2012
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Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“a place to come back”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

some restaurants are there for you to come back to... not because their food reminds you of home, not at all...
it's just because they leave you with a rare feeling that no matter when you will come back you know that the level will be high with no visual tricks, the price will be appropriate and the service will be always welcoming

Visited October 2012
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Gesher Haziv, Israel
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Mixed package”
Reviewed December 22, 2012

The food was very good.The location is good, The noise was attrocious. For me that makes dining a problem.

Visited October 2012
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