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“Food taste better than descriptions”
Review of Kalamata

Kalamata
Ranked #71 of 1,652 Restaurants in Tel Aviv
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Greek
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 23 June 2016

We reserved a table by the window at Kalamata, 10 Kedumim Square, recommended by several sources. We tried to explore Old Jaffa first, but the heat drove us into the restaurant a bit early. The Greekish menu looks somewhat conventional, but the dishes delivered were mostly special. First, at no charge, we were given a plate of babaganoush, dotted with feta cheese, chopped olives, and small pieces of red pepper. We also shared a salad of artichoke hearts, radishes, cranberries, fennel, slivered almonds, parmesan cheese, parsley and olive oil (40 NIS, $10.40), going near the top of the best salad ever list. I had "Greel lamb gyro" (70 NIS), or a deconstructed version thereof. It had shredded spicy lamb on a flat pita, spread with yoghurt, onions and mint. Madam had fish kebab (62 NIS), really sea bream croquettes with chickpeas and tzatziki, not as interesting as the other items we tried.

A major attraction of Kalamata is the view. It sits on a high spot in Old Jaffa, right on the Mediterranean. Patrons are given a two-hour time limit to allow others to share the view of the sea and the sunset. Unfortunately, we sat down at 5:25 P.M., more than 2 hours before the sunset, so we had bright, bright sun reflecting off the water during our meal. So, plan ahead and reserve about 30-45 minutes before sunset. Note that there are only about 7 tables inside where you are able to enjoy the view. Another 7 or 8 tables are in front of the restaurant, on the square, pleasant enough, but lacking the wow factor.

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Thank Alan G
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Reviewed 19 June 2016

Kalamata is a very pleasant restaurant in historic old Jaffa with wonderful views of the Mediterranean. We had an enjoyable dinner there and have no hesitation in recommending it. Try and reserve a window table to enjoy the sea view, especially at sundown. The food was very good and the menu offers a nice variety of seafood, fish and meat courses. Everything we ordered was well prepared, tasty and beautifully presented, although the crispy calamari was not really that crispy. For starters we had the Greek salad, seared tuna and the above mentioned calamari. As mains we had the fish kebab, the prawn gnocchi and the lamb souvlaki. The rustic bread and dips which accompanied the meal were excellent, but I have a basic problem with restaurants that charge for bread separately.
Service was friendly and efficient. We were in a very good mood so we didn't take umbrage at the request to move on because the table was reserved. During the meal there was no pressure whatsoever to hurry and the request was politely made only when it was clear that we had finished. Nevertheless we should have been told when reserving that the we would be limited in time.
The restaurant is not cheap (characteristic of many Tel Aviv restaurants), but in this case there was perhaps the added value of location and view that we were paying for.
This place is definitely worth a visit.

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Thank wolfman50
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Reviewed 13 June 2016

We had a great lunch at Kalamata, spending 2 hours there. The food was excellent Mediterranean cuisine. The service was very friendly and professional and the drinks were great.
The restaurant has an amazing view of the sea and a breeze I've never felt.
Go there, you won't regret!

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Reviewed 9 June 2016 via mobile

I've been twice, both times were great. The food is fresh, simple and delicious. The view makes Kalamat more special. The service is very friendly and efficient. I will hopefully return a third time when I am next in Israel.

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Reviewed 7 June 2016

Great location, friendly staff, but bottom line the food was really not impressive. Standard fish from local fish farms (like almost everwhere in Tel Aviv). Can´t say it´s bad but it´s just not anything special and certainly not Greek (though they clarified they are a Greek inspired fusion restaurant)

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Thank Telly2408
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