Although a mere dot in the Mediterranean Sea, Malta has a lot to offer in the culinary sector. Its local and international cuisine diversity makes it an ideal destination for all gastronomy oriented people. Whatever your appetite, you can find a vast selection of different dishes and popular food from around the world to satisfy your taste buds. You may be looking for an eatery where you can hold a business meeting, go for a family outing, plan a romantic date or celebrate a special occasion. Whatever your objective, you will surely find a restaurant which satisfies your expectations and your cravings on Yellow.
Feeling overwhelmed by the number of local eateries? Yellow can facilitate your decision by enabling you to filter your results based on location, cuisine, food restrictions, atmosphere and services such as delivery or takeaway options. You can also check out the restaurants’ websites to be able to compare menus and prices and select the right place to eat.
In contrast to various countries, good restaurants are not restricted to the capital city and popular touristic areas, but are spread out throughout every corner of the Maltese Islands. Nearly every town and village has its own fair share of popular places to eat so finding a restaurant nearby is not a challenging task. If you’re looking for a place which offers alfresco dining with sea views, then a waterfront restaurant is the place to go where you can enjoy the evening summer breeze. In winter you may opt for a cosier outlet in a village square. Hotel restaurants are usually also open to the public and not just restricted to their guests. The tiny island of Gozo also offers its own range of first-class eateries which are worth a visit.
Food establishments would normally offer a large variety of dishes and a mixture of tastes, ranging from salads to appetizing Italian pasta and pizza, meat and fish. Apart from being renowned as a multicultural country, Malta is also a multi culinary island. Popular international cuisines such as Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Thai, Turkish, Indian and Mexican are easily found in various towns, along with our popular local and Mediterranean cuisine. If you’re set on a specific dish, you can visit a speciality eatery. Burger houses, Italian pizzerias, steakhouses, American diners and fast food restaurants are easily found.
If you wish to experience a Maltese culinary experience, then a place which offers rabbit and horse meat is suggested. Seafood is also an integral part of Maltese cuisine seeing as we’re an island surrounded by a large variety of fish. Seafood places are typically found but not restricted to the seaside village of Marsaxlokk, as fish can be found on many menus.
Most eating places are constantly updating their menus to include dishes which cater for specific dietary requirements, such as diabetic, gluten-free, halal, vegetarian and vegan options.
A la carte and buffet restaurants are both common throughout Malta and set menus and daily specials are also commonly found. For special occasions such as Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Easter, restaurants may create a special menu just for the day. Apart from the diversity of food mentioned above, most eateries offer a wide selection of beverages which includes both local and international beers, wines and other spirits.
Delivery and takeaway
If you don’t feel like cooking, some restaurants also offer delivery and takeaway services, especially Chinese, Thai, Turkish and fast food restaurants. Do check pricing because delivery fees may differ according to the locality and amount of money spent.
Atmosphere and amenities
So you’ve decided on the cuisine and have taken a look at a restaurant’s menu but still not sure whether it will suit your expectations? You can filter eating places according to their atmosphere and services provided. You may be looking for a cheap restaurant or you may be in the mood for fine dining. The diversity of local restaurants will enable you to choose one which will best suit your budget. Some may come with a private parking area, provide live music, offer sea or country views, have free wi-fi and even a play area. Kid-friendly restaurants and pet-friendly places can also be found across the island. Thanks to the photo gallery on our website, restaurants can be chosen based on the ambience. In addition, most restaurants across Malta and Gozo accept all types of debit and credit cards. Providing a small tip is typically expected, but is not obligatory.
Being a highly visited island, especially in the summer months, coastal restaurants are typically busy during this peak season. Valletta, Mellieha, Bugibba, Sliema and St Julians are some of the locations which attract a lot of people. If you intend on visiting a specific restaurant during the weekend, we’d suggest you book a table in advance to avoid disappointment. Reservations are normally made by phone but some are also introducing online reservation methods to facilitate booking. Here are 20 restaurants in Malta with online booking and reservation. Having said that, if you forget to book, you may still visit the restaurant and ask for availability.
Whether you’re looking for a place to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, we advise you to check opening hours on our website beforehand. Most restaurants are closed on Mondays and some may just open for lunch or dinner only. We do encourage you to check an eatery’s website or Facebook page before visiting to check any special events which may be organized at the place.
Need to organise a private event? Some restaurants can be booked for a private celebration or they may even rent you a private room within their place. In these cases, they may provide you with personalised finger food catering or set menus, depending on your preferences and budget.
Malta can be described as an international food haven due to the diversified restaurants offering an assortment of appetizing cuisines to both locals and tourists. New avant-garde restaurants are constantly emerging, providing original food concepts throughout the island. The food spectrum in Malta is over time becoming more extensive and inviting. What are you waiting for? Visit one of the top restaurants on Yellow for a great culinary experience.