One of the delights of exploring the city of Akko is the opportunity for culinary adventures, especially when you’re dining at one of these Mediterranean hotspots.
While the more traditional flavors of the Mediterranean (think hummus and falafel) run rampant throughout the city, you can pretty much find anything your heart desires. From fresh seafood to authentic Israeli and Levantine fare, this ancient port city is a foodie’s paradise, boasting the kinds of dining destinations that are sure to satisfy your craving for all things Mediterranean. Here is a sampling of some of the finest restaurants you’ll find in Akko:
1.) Uri Buri
Considered one of the finest seafood restaurants in Israel, Uri Buri is the brainchild of legendary chef, Uri Jeremias. Located in an unassuming Ottoman-era building, just a short distance away from the Mediterranean Sea, Uri Buri treats its guests to a singular experience of the freshest fish, inventive seafood dishes, and over 100 kinds of the finest Israeli wine. Be prepared to spend several hours there, feasting and chatting with the owner himself.
Tucked away in a quiet corner in the old Turkish Bazaar is Mercato, a small, but intimate eatery that specializes in serving up a fusion of rustic Italian with a touch of the Middle East. Enjoy handmade pastas and wood-fired Neapolitan pizza as well as the freshest fish and seafood. Round out the experience with an iced coffee or espresso and a homemade lemon tart, and you’ll be planning a repeat visit.
3.) El Marsa
You can’t go to El Marsa just for the view, though to be fair—the view is pretty spectacular. Located on Akko’s port, just a stone’s throw from the harbor, this Middle Eastern gem is located in a converted 13th century home that reflects its Crusader roots. El Marsa is a seafood lovers haven, serving fresh catches daily, from sweet, juicy shrimp to calamari rings and salmon. Their menu also includes various meat-based dishes and creative desserts, such as halva mousse.
Imagine a sumptuous supper, served al fresco against the magnificent backdrop of the ancient walls of Akko, overlooking Haifa Bay and the remnants of the Crusader Harbor. If this is your idea of the ultimate dining experience, then make your way to Doniana. Fresh grilled fish and tender, juicy meats comprise the menu, with everything designed to pair with the salty Mediterranean breeze. Perfect for families with children or for a romantic date, Doniana will sweep you off your feet.
5.) Abu Christo
Located in the Old City, this popular, family-owned oceanfront restaurant is best known for serving up the daily catch—take your pick of grouper, red snapper, or sea bass—prepared either grilled or deep-fried. If shellfish is more your taste, then opt for juicy, flavorful jumbo shrimp and crabs, or take your pick of grilled meats and other items. The starters are not to be missed—sit in the shade of the covered patio while you dig into freshly prepared hummus with pine nuts and an array of salads, suited for any palate.
6.) Pisani Port
Pisani Port restaurant welcomes guests with its lovely, relaxed charm and rustic seafood and vegetarian dishes…and did we mention the view? Take in a warm afternoon or evening on the terrace and indulge in freshly grilled whole sea bass while watching the waves crash against the sea wall below. If you’re daring, be sure to try their assortment of small plates featuring local dishes and varieties of salads.