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“The Real Deal”
Review of Avi's Restaurant

Avi's Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 61 Restaurants in Tiberias
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Israeli, Grill
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
437 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 573 helpful votes
“The Real Deal”
Reviewed April 27, 2013

First Impressions: Acting on a tip from our tour guide, my friends and I sought out this Tiberian establishment. Set back a couple of blocks from Lake Galilee's shores and on a side street in front of the Leonardo Club Hotel, it's a small, humble, unpretentious "hole in the wall" family-owned restaurant.

PROS: Excellent location at the heart of the Old City section of Tiberias. Overall, the food is their best asset. Their mezze dishes automatically arrive and are in generous portions such that you can make an entire meal on their own. The hummus, Pita bread, spreads and dips were good. Still, the best is yet to come, with their steaks and mixed grill dishes to die for. And with an excellent price value to match. On the service side, it is evident that the owner (Avi) and family are passionate with their trade, as if it was their mission in life to keep you happy. What a delight!

CONS: Despite its excellent location, it lacks a view. But this is a minor point. My order of St. Peter's Fish (tilapia) was fresh, but seem to lack the texture and native flavour that I've grown accustomed to from samplings worldwide (especially from SE Asia). Perhaps it's a local thing because I've been told that more and more restaurants are using fresh aquacultured fish as the more-flavourful native tilapia are currently suffering from a lethal virus (that was decimating the local wild fishstock). Still, nothing that a good lemon wedge or nice garlic sauce can't solve.

Verdict: This place is the real deal. A lot of positives, while the few negatives are non-issues for me. Recommended. Grade A.

  • Visited May 2012
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3 Thank Eternal_Nomad_12
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Zwolle, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
179 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“A very average and not so good restaurant especialy if you love good food.”
Reviewed April 10, 2013 via mobile

We looked on Tripadvisor for advice on a restaurant in Tiberias. Out hotel was in the neighbourhood of Avi' s restaurant.

We were there in April and the place was almost empty. We ordered the St Peters fish filet but it was served on a lot of soaked tomatoes, a sour salade was on the plate and some french fries. The fish was not a good filet and was soft. I send back most of my food.

We got some other vegetables for free. The owner did his best and the waitresse too.

The cabernet sauvignon is not so good if you are a wine lover.

So to be honoust: do not go there if you want and like good food. I do not understand the other comments for this restaurant!!

  • Visited April 2013
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2 Thank Nicole B
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Eugene, Oregon
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Avi is The Man!”
Reviewed February 5, 2013

The freshest, tastiest Middle Eastern cuisine you will find in Israel! Avi is a fixture at his place which adds big time to the atmosphere. He's a great guy, his staff is super friendly, and you will not soon forget how amazing the food is!

Visited January 2013
1 Thank DarinOR
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State College, Pennsylvania
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good food but dishes vary”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

Positives: The pita breads especially the one with olive oil and green stuff on it was great. The service was good and they added a nice touch by adding a tea on the house. It was a small gesture but it makes one feel very welcome.

Negatives: The grilled fish we had was bland and not tasty for our palates. If you like plain grilled fish, then it is for you.

I would have loved to get their set menu. That looked very good. However, my daughter and I visited there. She is nine and both of us had a decent breakfast. We did not want to eat much before going off on a hike. So, we did not get the set menu. They said we could not get one and share. I got the feeling that the set menu would have been a much better choice.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank prasen9
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ginot shomron
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Enjoyable family dinner”
Reviewed January 29, 2013

We were walking around Tiberias looking for a good place to eat dinner. The owner enticed us to come in to try his food. He gave us a complete dinner for a very reasonable price and did everything to make us feel at home. There was so much to choose from & everything served was delicious. The restaurant was neat & clean - a very relaxed atmosphere. We plan on returning to this restaurant whenever we are in Tiberias.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank samH103
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