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Top 20 Restaurants in Malta with Online Booking & Reservation

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Whether it is a quick bite to eat, a business lunch with your clients or a 3 course family dinner, Malta has many charming restaurants to enjoy a meal despite its limited size. From eateries with traditional Maltese food to country-specific cuisines and vegetarian alternatives, ironically, having so many options might make it a bit of a challenge to choose the right place for the right occasion.

But isn’t it frustrating having to wait in line to be seated, not to mention disappointing when you’ve arrived at a restaurant famished only to be turned down at the door for not having a table available? And how about wasting precious time waiting for someone to pick up the phone or to reply to your Facebook message? Worry not. With the help of
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Below is our extensive list of places where to eat in Malta, together with our recommended restaurants all bookable online. Go on. Embark on a culinary journey like no other with
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The capital of Malta is not only the administrative hub of the island but also a hot-spot for food with an eclectic mix of restaurants offering a variety of cuisines to fit any budget. Whether you prefer to dine outside surrounded by stunning architecture or inside within a cosy setting, Valletta is populated with eateries of all sorts, each having something special to offer. And whereas up until a few years ago the city used to become a deserted capital once the business community called it a day, nowadays, Valletta remains alive and kicking well into the night.

Places we recommend:

De Robertis

Whether you’re on your lunch break and looking for some place to eat or you’re heading to the theatre and would like to kick off your evening with some drinks, at De Robertis you can indulge in mouth-watering dishes and delicious drinks while relishing the spectacular views of the Grand Harbour, the Three Cities and the city centre. Occupying the terrace of the former palace known as Palazzo Xara and located across the road from the Auberge de Castille, the restaurant is one of the oldest and most well-established joints in the capital, known for its refined cuisine. Its A La Carte menu is the epitome of Italian, French and local cuisine, featuring Mediterranean highlights such as an abundance of vegetables and fruits, whole grains, as well as a generous selection of the day’s fresh catch and shellfish. For an exquisite cuisine and surroundings to match, there’s no better choice than De Robertis.

64 Gun

Located in the heart of the capital city, a stone’s throw away from majestic St. John’s Co-Cathedral, 64 Gun is a relatively newcomer in the Valletta restaurant scene. What sets this joint apart? Its close connection with the Knight’s of St. John and the San Giovanni, the Order’s 64-gun vessel which has been the main source of inspiration behind the restaurant’s name and design. Featuring a varied menu that consists of fresh, high-quality ingredients, dishes are whipped up with versatility and innovation, showcasing the very best in fish, poultry, meat, game and other exotic meats, while the bar is fully-stocked offering any type of cocktail or drink you’d like. In addition, you might want to join one of the specialised events, such as the gin appreciation evening or pop by on days when live music is available. The added bonus? A haven of calm away from the shoppers and sightseers that fill other areas of Valletta, at St. John’s street you’ll be able to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner indoors or al fresco while taking in the imposing buildings that line the street.

Ta’ Xbiex




Originally a fishing village that slowly but steadily grew into a commercial and residential town which also hosts a number of foreign embassies, Ta’ Xbiex is snuggled on a small headland inside Marsamxett Harbour between Msida and Gzira. Some say that its location facing sunrise, which in Maltese is called tbexbix, gave it its name, yet others attribute this to the fishing nets known as “xbiek”, a common sight in the village. Regardless, Ta’ Xbiex is the idyllic locale for leisurely walks along the promenade starting from the Gzira gardens, moving on to the head of Ta’ Xbiex and reaching the town’s yacht marina. End your stroll with a lovely dinner or a relaxing drink in one of the restaurants found across the coast.

Places we recommend:

The Galley

Restaurant Emanating a beach house feeling thanks to its airiness, soft furnishings, as well as its casual and comfortable atmosphere, at The Galley Restaurant patrons are spoilt for choice. Mainly multi-cuisine and brimming with both a range of popular dishes and seasonal specials, the menu consists of premium meats, seasonal fish, pasta, pizzas and light snacks, as well as a wide selection of staple suitable for those suffering from food allergies and intolerances. However, the restaurant offers more than just good food. The views here are truly arresting. Overlooking the Marsamxett harbour, whether you’re seated indoors or outdoors, you’ll be able to view the splendour of the sea and Valletta’s skyline. Offering an array of additional services, The Galley can also provide outside catering for any occasion be it a corporate or private event, as well as weddings. Would you rather eat in the comfort of your own home? Opt to have your food either delivered right to your doorstep or drop in, order whatever your heart desires and take your food to go.

Irrera Restaurant & Cafe

Another favourite in the area that has managed to make a name for itself, Irrera Restaurant and Cafe takes full advantage of its surroundings by having a spacious terrace overlooking the Valletta Bastions and an indoor area where you can dine in comfort away from the elements yet still enjoy the beautiful scenery. Affordable with a relaxed and laid-back atmosphere, this joint can cater for any palate, no matter how discerning. For those who are after a hearty meal, the menu is varied and includes classics like pasta, meat, fish and poultry. On the other hand, for those who would like to keep things light, the snack section, together with the numerous salads, Maltese ftiras, wraps and sandwiches will surely content you without leaving you feeling stuffed. Big group? Go for one of the many platters on hand, whereas young patrons can choose something from the kids’ corner. Family and kid-friendly, children are allowed to roam free in the terrace and large groups will feel right at home.

Uncle Matt’s Kitchen

Carrying on the tradition of offering patrons hearty meals in a lively and vibrant setting such as that found in the Marsascala eatery, Uncle Matt’s Kitchen has now also opened its doors in a prime location in Ta’ Xbiex. Maintaining the many highlights that make it an excellent restaurant for sampling creative cuisine at its best, main courses are plentiful, while pasta lovers can feast on the wide selection of either fresh pasta like the popular spaghetti meatballs or the stuffed pasta alternatives such as the wild boar ravioli or the ravioli with swordfish. Those who would like something different can select a plate featuring rice as the traditional Spanish paella or one of the succulent pizzas. Are you a sports fan? Uncle Matt’s Kitchen is excellent for watching football matches showcasing your favourite team and any other major sports event. What’s more, here, families and large groups are always welcome.

St. Julian’s




The heart of Malta’s nightlife and one of the most touristic places on the island, St. Julian’s is a blend of fishing village charm and modernity, popular for its trendy clubs and bars. But did you know that it is also the locale for great eateries? With restaurants on every doorstep, this picturesque location is a good place to enjoy different types of food and depending on which part of town you’ve opted to dine, you can relish your meal while marvelling at either the drifting luzzus, the beautiful neo-Gothic and Art Deco buildings in Balluta Bay or the many high-rise buildings that dot the coastline. In close proximity to Paceville, St. Julian’s is the perfect spot for filling your belly before a night of binge drinking or pumping your energy levels before hitting the dance floor. Whatever your palate desires, restaurants in St. Julian’s can certainly deliver.

Places we recommend:

Rocksalt

Situated on the edge of Balluta boasting stunning views of the bay and surrounding valley, Rocksalt is a concept cafe, a wine bar and gourmet food store, serving up a true culinary experience with dishes that are not only tasty, but creative and impeccably presented. A crowd-pleaser, the eatery’s food is prepared with the freshest of ingredients and produce sourced from all over Europe. The dining menu consists of numerous dishes including the lamb rump and delectable Canard Barbarie Arabic that packs a flavour punch, while the tasting menu is one-of-a-kind and includes staple like veal tartare and seared beef carpaccio, to name a few. What’s more, the deli counter is filled with salumeria products which are also sold by weight, so you can purchase some of these exquisite items. A place where foodies and wine lovers unite, Rocksalt is where you can savour exceptional food, enjoy an impeccable service in a stylish setting, making any meal a memorable experience.

Spinola Terrace

Tucked away from all the madness, Spinola Terrace features awe-inspiring views which can be appreciated while relishing delicious dishes that are a fusion of local and Italian staple. In effect, here Mediterranean cuisine is celebrated to its full glory. Whether you’d like something light and tasty from the snack menu, a juicy beef or veal dish picked right from the lunch menu or a plate of steaming crispy calamari from the A La Carte menu, the choice is yours. However, you may also opt to select one of Spinola Terrace’s signature dishes that will satisfy both carnivore patrons, as well as fish lovers. Do you have specific dietary needs? Offering more than the blunt salad, flavoursome, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are abundant and available daily, prepared with the very best of nature’s produce. With the option to dine both indoors and outdoors, the restaurant can also help you host your anniversary, birthday or staff party, while this family-friendly joint can cater for both small and large groups.

Sliema




When looking for a place to have a quick bite or a relaxed dinner with friends, Sliema is your place to go. Located between vibrant St. Julian’s and cosmopolitan Gzira, it’s the perfect option if you want to enjoy a meal but want to stay in the hustle and bustle of it all. Many restaurants are situated on the seafront, near the shopping area, whereas others are nestled in side-streets. Offering a variety of ambiences to suit all moods and occasions, restaurants in Sliema will certainly not disappoint any foodie looking for a mouth-watering meal.

Places we recommend:

Fernando Gastrotheque

In close proximity to the neighbourhood of the oldest polygonal fort in the world, Fort Tigne, here you can find a number of restaurants. However, one stands out from the crowd for being a wine theatre, a place for trying and sharing, while it has been praised for bringing the concept of social expos to the island, providing an unparalleled food experience. From a wide selection of tapas that are a spin to delicious classics like the fish and crisps to original fish, seafood, meat and pasta dishes, any option will surely satisfy you to the full. Out shopping and got the hunger pangs? Step into Fernando Gastrotheque and nibble on a platter of charcuterie and cheese whilst sipping some prosecco. But perhaps the ultimate highlight of this eatery is the impressive selection of wines that includes magnums, jeroboams and imperial bottles amongst others. The restaurant’s love for wine is further enhanced through the various wine tasting events. Known as wine journeys, these explore a different wine region each time and present patrons a selection of bottles to quench that thirst.

Birkirkara




A town situated in the central region of the island and the second most populous in the country, Birkirkara is where modernity and traditional Maltese characteristics like narrow streets and alleys come together. A densely populated residential area, surprisingly the town has many attractions like the Old Railway Station, nowadays located within a public garden, the Wignacourt Aqueduct, Villa Chelsea, Saint Helen Palace and the Birkirkara Civic Centre to name a few. Tired of exploring the city and marvelling its attractions? Have a break and get something to eat and drink.

Places we recommend:

Pit Master Authentic Smokehouse

One of the latest joints to establish itself in this part of the island and perhaps one of the few restaurants of its kind in the country, Pit Master Authentic Smokehouse is every carnivore’s dream. An authentic smokehouse, as expected meats of all sorts take centre stage here and are available all day long after being smoked in-house for hours in the restaurant’s pit, deepening the taste and softening the meats’ texture. The menu displays the very best in smoked meats like tagliata, wagyu ribeye, tomahawk, black angus ribeye, all paired with their homemade sauces, as well as briskets, ribs, pastramis, chicken wings, hot dogs and impressive burgers. However, smoked chicken and salmon are also on hand for you to enjoy. Delivery is also on offer, whereas if you’d like to savour your food in a different location, opt for takeaway.

Mellieha   




Situated on top of a hill, surrounded by fertile valleys, Mellieha, is perfect for those who love nature and peace, while the town’s rich history adds further to its charm. The area is usually filled with tourists most especially during the summer season, however, this also means that restaurants in Mellieha abound, satisfying the most discerning taste buds. For tourists and locals alike, Mellieha is a convenient stopover to grab something to eat after visiting Ghadira bay. Stay closer to the sea and tuck into your food while admiring Malta’s largest sandy beach or move towards the village core and eat like the locals do.

Places we recommend:

Commando Restaurant

Serving as both a restaurant and a wine bar, this family-run establishment rich in history sits atop the hill of Mellieha, within the four walls of a 300 year old stone building. Tasty recipes have been brought to life with much love for over 80 years and served to the local community, earning praise for its hospitality year in, year out. Flavourful and authentically Mediterranean, the simple but elegant dishes at the Commando Restaurant are made from ingredients sourced from local producers. From fresh fish and seafood to rustic pasta dishes and homemade desserts, the menu boasts seasonal items only. Big on wine, here you can select a bottle from the wide and eclectic wine list and if you really are a wine aficionado, then this eatery’s wine pairing dinner events are certainly for you.

Rabat




Originally serving as a suburb to Mdina, Rabat has its own rich history and charm. Home to over 11 thousand people, it has grown and developed into an attractive go-to town and its numerous historical buildings make it a great destination to enjoy your meal. In addition, being less crowded than its seaside counterparts, restaurants in Rabat offer peaceful surroundings with a touch of rural charm, allowing you to enjoy the company of your family and friends in total privacy and without disruptions.

Places we recommend:

Townhouse no.3

Placing Maltese and Gozitan ingredients at the very centre of every dish and being fully committed to locally-sourced and authentically Mediterranean products to help the local artisan market thrive, Townhouse No. 3’s menu changes according to the season. Redefining Maltese cuisine, it showcases beloved meat dishes like the pork collar stuffed with Maltese sausage, whereas fish and seafood is the menu’s high points, with fresh fish that is only wild and line-caught. The joint’s love for local also extends to its desserts that include typical sweet treats with a modern twist. Nestled in one of Rabat’s most picturesque alleys, Townhouse No. 3 is housed within two conjoined houses dating back to over a century, with decor that pays homage to the eatery’s homeliness. As a result, its location provides tranquil dining at its best, while the restaurant also has an area dedicated for private functions.

The Fork and Cork

Perched above the road on Saqqajja hill and located within what was once a 19th century family estate, the Fork and Cork has 180 degree views of green countryside, making it one of the most romantic restaurants to dine in Malta. With the aim to transform each meal into a unique dining experience, it has opted to keep the size of its menu small, changing it depending on the seasonal ingredients available. Food is mainly Maltese and consist of an assortment of starters like pastas, risottos and fish dishes, while mains include anything and everything from beef and chicken to veal and pork. With an ambience that is cosy and intimate, this eating house is perfect for a private dinner for two, a large family gathering, a lunch with clients, a corporate event or a birthday bash. In need of more privacy? Book their private dining room for a meal away from the prying eyes of strangers. Whatever the occasion, one thing is for sure. At the Fork and Cork you’ll feel right at home.

Peristyle Restaurant

One of the most popular restaurants in Rabat, Peristyle Restaurant has been feeding locals and tourists alike their mouth-watering fare for over 20 years. Much-loved, homemade staple includes its highly acclaimed pastizzi. Layers of puff, flaky pastry coupled with a traditional ricotta or pea filling, these are set to content any rumbling tummy. But being always inventive, the eatery knows how to experiment with traditional recipes and as a result, it has created its own unique alternative with a chicken filling. And if you’re under the impression that the restaurant only offers snacks, know that there’s more to this joint. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, at Peristyle Restaurant you’re bound to get satisfying filling with Maltese food like fish and seafood-based plates, meat, chicken and signature dishes like spare ribs with barbecue sauce and its praised fried rabbit with sauce.

Bugibba




One of the largest towns in the northern region, Bugibba emits a relaxing, holiday vibe. Surrounded by colourful buildings, palms and blue waters, it’s easy to forget that day-to-day business can go on in a place like this. However, the high volume of daily visitors to this locale has brought with it a diversity of cuisines and as a result, it has one of the most extensive choice of restaurants, idyllic for any meal of the day.

Places we recommend:

Chang Thai Restaurant

Fancy some Thai cuisine true to its oriental roots? Prepared by a professional Thai chef, dishes at Chang Thai Restaurant pay justice to Thailand’s four regions, offering patrons recipes that are found only there and which bring the art of five flavours at the forefront of anything prepared in the kitchen. A balanced combination of sour, sweet, salty, bitter and spicy, Thai cuisine features a variety of ingredients, spices and herbs that help create dishes that are not only tasty, but also rich in texture. With the option to choose between a set menu or pick individual plates of your choice, amongst the restaurant’s signature dishes include Tom Kha Kai, chicken in coconut soup, as well as delectable vegetarian dishes like the Pad Thai, the stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food. Dine immersed in Asian culture and tradition within surroundings decorated with items brought from the country and where no detail is spared.

Marsaxlokk




This small and picturesque fishing village is a must destination for a local catch of fresh fish and seafood. With restaurants in Marsaxlokk situated minutes away from each other, the village is steadily becoming one of Malta’s fastest-growing food hubs. Here you’ll find a selection of the finest fish restaurants on the island, but you may also find places that offer traditional meat dishes, hearty soups, as well as well-loved staples such as pizza, pasta and homemade burgers. Known for the popular fish market, this attracts hundreds of locals and tourists every Sunday, however, in recent years it has expanded to include local produce such as jam, honey and wine, as well as souvenirs, clothing and all kinds of other things. Make sure you pick a table overlooking the harbour and watch as the boats come and go.

Places we recommend:

Tex Mex South

Praised for its prime cuts of meats, delicious Mexican cuisine and wide choice of Mediterranean food, Tex Mex South carries on the tradition from its flagship restaurant located in the Strand in Sliema. Bringing the well-known, authentic barbecue and roast flavour in this part of the island, the renowned rack of baby back ribs remains the pride and joy of this joint, yet in order to keep patrons on their toes and to distinguish itself from its forerunner, the menu includes an assortment of fresh fish, oysters, live lobsters and crabs and the ultimate surf and turf. Clients who would rather sit by the bar, sipping on their favourite drink can do so while enjoying a handful of nibbles. A winning element of this restaurant is certainly its atmosphere and vibe, which is second to none. Tex Mex South continues this legacy with midweek live music sessions showcasing local musicians and DJs.

Terrone

Rustic charm, contemporary regional cuisine, good wine and great service is what makes Terrone stand out. With the aim to bring Southern Italian and local Maltese cuisine under the spotlight, the menu is kept short, while it changes according to what is in season and fresh at the time, supplied by fish, meat and organic vegetable growers. So what’s available? Local pork, beef, rabbit and fish are some of the most popular items on hand, prepared without much fluff to preserve the ingredients’ natural flavours. For the health-conscious and those who would like to keep the numbers on the weighing scale in place, Terrone strives to bring a healthy way of dining back to the masses. So whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, the restaurant’s attention to detail coupled with its welcoming environment will make any meal a memorable affair.

Marsascala




Marsascala has grown in popularity by leaps and bounds, steadily becoming a favourite food destination by both locals and foreigners alike and it isn’t hard to understand why. From Zonqor point to St. Thomas bay, restaurants in Marsascala are scattered all over this town boasting views ranging from colourful fishing boats, low shelving rocks and saltpans to majestic watchtowers and patchwork fields lined by the typical Maltese hajt tas-sejjieh (dry-stone walling). Depending on your appetite, you may dine in one of the many eateries found along the harbour that offer a laid-back atmosphere or you may walk past the Natura 2000 reserve and go for a restaurant with a poshier ambience.

Places we recommend:

Uncle Matt’s Kitchen

Uncle Matt’s Kitchen brings variety to popular hearty meals, elevating them to a totally new level, while offering something fresh and novel in this part of the island. Centrally located at the very core of the town, the joint is a lively, family style restaurant, a gastropub and bar, ideal for seaside alfresco dining, big gatherings or for watching an important sports event, whilst eating some really good food. The spacious open kitchen is a feast for the eyes, allowing patrons to marvel at what’s cooking, while it helps maximise efficiency. So what’s on the menu? Brimming with classics, the crowds flock for its homemade burgers, fresh pastas, steaks, fish dishes and its sought-after pizzas. A benefit of this eatery is its proximity to Marsascala’s square and playground, perfect for letting your kids roam free and wild, while you devour your meal in peace. Group bookings, takeaway and delivery to the southern region of Malta is also available.

Taninu Bistro

Set off the beaten path and located in the quieter side of Marsascala, Taninu Bistro fuses traditional Maltese cuisine with an urban Mediterranean theme, providing clients with exquisite and genuine flavours. Healthy, wholesome food is what distinguishes the menu from those of other eateries in this seaside village. Nutritious favourites like rabbit, wild boar, king scallops and premium quality meats like the black angus beef ribeye take centre stage, however, the restaurant does not fall short in offering vegetarian clients exquisite alternatives. Taninu Bistro is also the perfect place for getting a drink while downing it with a platter in the restaurant’s dedicated chill-out lounge or alternatively, grab a seat in the outdoor area and enjoy a warm cup of coffee whilst watching the boats sway up and down with the rhythm of the waves.

Hamrun




Hamrun may be more known for shopping along St. Joseph high road, the town’s commercial hub peppered with shops and offices and less for its restaurants, but as a densely populated part of the country with both car and foot traffic on a daily basis and at all hours, more and more restaurants have mushroomed, so you’ll be surprised at the amount of eateries you may come across in this part of the island.

Places we recommend:

The Boiling Pot

If you’re shopping around Hamrun or running errands and would like to pause for a bite to eat, set foot in the conveniently and centrally located The Boiling Pot. Despite having opened its doors only recently, the restaurant has managed to build a reputation for providing delectable food, great prices and an efficient service. Its appetizing menu displays a range of dishes such as burgers and meat cooked to perfection, whereas wok dishes have increasingly become popular among clients. Amongst the restaurant’s most prized fare is the fresh, homemade pasta. Wondering why? The Boiling Pot has its own pasta laboratory which guarantees fresh pasta around the clock. Sink your teeth into a plate of gnocchi gorgonzola or a Greek moussaka lasagne to really flavour what pasta made from scratch truly tastes like. Amazed by the freshness of your pasta dish? You may order some for you to cook at home.

Gozo




Less densely populated and industrialised than Malta, helping it to retain its pristine, natural beauty, Gozo, otherwise known as Ghawdex, is where life is simpler and greener. Home to beautiful coastlines and beaches, spectacular scenery and a variety of historical sites to visit, Malta’s sister island can be a great option if you would like to get away from it all and take a breather from the commotion that accompanies many Maltese towns. With clear links to the main island, as expected, the country’s culinary heritage that incorporates the very best of Mediterranean flavours, has found its place in Gozitan kitchens, however, don’t be fooled by its limited size. Dining options in Gozo are aplenty.

Places we recommend:

Ferdie’s Cocktail Bar and Restaurant

A cocktail bar and brasserie, Ferdie’s Cocktail Bar and Restaurant brings together the finest seafood, steaks, tapas and cocktails under one roof. With a vast and exciting menu, the eatery is renowned for its prime cuts of meats and for specialising in steaks. Prepared and offered in a wide variety, the beef and reef is one of the restaurant’s most popular staple, whilst Mediterranean options consist of pastas, risottos and pizzas. Dishes for the little patrons are also on hand and include kid-approved meals like pasta with tomato sauce, battered chicken nuggets and pizza amongst other items. Elevate your meal to the next level with a cocktail from the bar or with one of the signature desserts. But best of all, the stunning views overlooking Mgarr Harbour is what brings the crowds coming back for more.

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