israel late Oct-a few ?
We (2 people) will be in Tel aviv & Jerusalem in late Oct. How far in advance should I book dinners? What time do people generally eat-like Europe closer to 9 or 10 or more like philly-7:30/8pm? Hate to eat in an empty restaurant!
No opentable in Israel so do you recommend emailing restaurants or asking hotel to do it? Thanks!
I would say between 8-9 for both but Tel Aviv is trendier and has more people dining at later times.
Regarding reservations - for most restaurants you shouldn't have trouble getting reservations a few weeks out for most options. In Jerusalem with the exception of Chakra, Mona, and Machene Yehuda - a week out shouldn't be a problem. Give yourself more time with Tel Aviv trendier places.
Personally, I would strongly recommend taking the time to call the places yourself - and calling to confirm the reservation a week ahead of time. If that really isn't an option, I don't know about email vs. the hotel - but I don't of anyone personally who's ever made the reservation via email.
Most restaurants that accept reservations will be able to accept them in English. But if you don't want to make the long distance calls - then give the other options a try. I just personally don't know how much faith to have in either option. With a few exceptions - you can get reservations within a week.