Restaurants and Eating Out in Malta

GuideToMalta.net offers you a selection of restaurants available in Malta and Gozo. During the summer season it is highly recommended to make reservations, also on weekdays.

Location: St. Julian’s, Malta

Blue Elephant

Hilton Malta, Portomaso, St.Julians, Tel: 2138 3383. http://www.hilton.com.mt/

Awarded the ‘Most Romantic Restaurant’ for 2004 and 2005, the Blue Elephant is a tranquil oasis of waterfalls, luscious greenery and tropical flowers. Smiling, friendly staff add the best Royal Thai Cuisine in Malta the restaurant guarantees a memorable visit. Fresh fruit and herbs and tons of orchids are flown in weekly direct from Thailand. Blue Elephant Malta offers you the possibility to reserve your own speciI space in this magnificent restaurant. Here .you cart surprise your guests in a unique atmosphere in private huts.

Opening hours: Daily 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Bottega Del Vino

Hilton Malta, Portomaso, St.Julians, Tel: 2373 3340 http://www.hilton.com.mt/

Visit the Bottega del Vino – a rustic yet, fashionable restaurant and bar, with a unique old Italian style ambience. Enjoy a variety of traditional Italian foods, where quality and simplicity are the flavour of the day. Alternatively, sit, relax and enjoy a bottle of red or white wine from our extensive wine list, or a chilled Italian beer. Everyone knows that when it comes to style, the Italians have it, so try some at the Bottega del Vino.

Opening Hours: Daily 12.30p.m. – 11p.m.

The Casino Brasserie

The Casino at Portomaso, Portomaso Tower, Level 1, St. Julian’s, Tel: 2138 3777 http://www.portomasocasino.com/

The art deco-designed Brasserie is located in the most exclusive Casino in Malta, situated at the heart of St.Julians. Offering exquisite flavours from the Mediterranean; special discount of 50 per cent off (two courses minimum per person) is given every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Drinks at the bar are 50 per cent off from Sunday to’ Thursday, from 7 till 9pm. Amazing prizes such as mobile phones and plasma screens can be won by trying your luck on the slot machines.

Opening hours: Dinner daily from 7pm – 12am. Breakfast on week. ends 230a.m. – 5a.m. Lunch on Sunday 1p.m. – 3p.m.

The Dragonara Casino Brasserie and Bar

Dragonara Casino, St. Julian’s, Tel: 2138 2362/3/4 http://www.westinmalta.com/

The Dragonara Casino Barriere Brasserie and Bar is the place to be for a great night out with live entertainment every nightl Enjoy our a Ia carte menu specialising in French Mediterranean cuisine, complemented with a vast wine list a/very affordable prices. The ambiance is second to none. Al fresco terrace dining overlooking the blue Mediterranean Sea during the summer months.

Opening Hours: Daily from 7p.m. – 2a.m. Dress is smart casual. Free parking. Reservations recommended on 21 382 362/3/4.

Paranga

St. George’s Bay, St.Julians, Tel: 2137 7600

Paranga, the stylish restaurant at InterContinental Beach Club in St. George’s Bay, St.Julians, is definitely the place to wine and dine at. Paranga is set on a teak deck at the water’s edge with the rippling sound 0/the sea beneath. The creative dishes at Paranga include a wonderful selection of Mediterranean cuisine; A feast of grilled fish, marinated meat, refreshing salads, mouthwatering pasta dishes and much more – all guaranteed to awaken the senses.

Paranga is open daily for lunch and dinner. Please call for reservations.

Sale e Pepe Trattoria

Marina Restaurants Ltd. Portomaso Marina, St. Julian’s – Tel: 2138 3345, 2137 2918

Email: info@marinarestaurants.com.mt

Enjoy appetizing Mediterranean cooking at its best and delicious Italian dishes at Trattoria Sale e Pepe, situated at the idyllic setting of the award-winning Portomaso yacht marina in St Julian’s. Sale e Pepe offers casual dining of outstanding qua ity and choice. The menu includes a wide selection of traditional and popular dishes ranging from delicious starters to excellent main courses including fish, meat and specialties of the day. Reservations are recommended. Sale e Pepe is managed by Marina Restaurants Ltd, operators of Caffe Portomaso, Marina Terrace Caffe e Pasticceria & Dusk Lounge Bar as well as Al Molo.

Open for dinner from Monday to Sunday 7p.m. – 11p.m.

Terrazza

Spinola, St. .lulians, Tel: 2138 4939, Mob: 7938 4939

Terrazza, situated right in the heart of picturesque Spinola Bay, St.Julians can be reached either from the Cavallieri Hotel end by following the road to the nay or the steps by the ‘Love’ sculpture. Locatec en a high terrace away from the noise and traffic, Terrazza offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a truly relaxing atmosphere. Excellent Mediterranean and Local Cuisine; a wide selection of fresh fish, pasta & meat dishes together with a varied and exquisite range of local and foreign wines. All this, together with friendly and efficient service, makes Terrazza the natural choice for a definitely pleasant, dining experience. Special menus are available for group bookings.

Terrazza is open daily noon 11p.m. For reservations and more info call 2138 4939/79384939.

Zest

12, St.George’s Road, Spinola Bay, St.Julians, Tel: 2138 7600

http://www.hoteljuliani.com/

A culinary voyage of Thai, Indonesian, Continental, Japanese including Sushi. Chic dining and tantalising food…Zest, where East meets West in both dining and decor, Zest is a point of encounter between Conf inenfal and Asiien cuisine in a contemporary ambience. Attractive features include an open wine cellar and sushi bar on the restaurant floor, where patrons can sif around the chef and enjoy the art of preparing Japanese cuisine. The resfaurant also boasts an open-air terrace bar, overlooking the romantic Spinola Bay, ideal for pre-dinner drinks.

Location: Sliema, Malta

The Kitchen

210 Tower Road, Sliema, Tel: 2131 1112, Mob: 9945 5650/60

Situated on Malta’s most beautiful promenade, The Kitchen is one of the top restaurants on the island. Owned by the international awardwinning Chef Mark Gauci and his partner Nadja, this is the kind of place that makes you want to return. Once you enter the inconspicuous front door, you discover a minimalist yet comforting environment and an atmosphere that only few places on the island can create. Mark has recently won the prestigious Chef of the Year award. The a Ia carte menu is versatile, both taste-wise and price-wise.

Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.

Ristorante Del Capo

16, 6th FIr Triq iI-Kbira, Sliema Tel: 2133 5778

Relatively new but already popular, Ristorante Del Capo is sit uatec at roof level of tne Sliema Car Park. Dining in a unique ambience whether indoors oral fresco on the beautiful terraces — you will defin tely enjoy the Dolce Vita of Sicilian din ing. The focus at Del Capo is on fresh and quality produce, used to create the simple yet delicious dishes prepared by locally renowned Chef Elias and Chef Antonio from Catania. Anything s available from a delicious plate of pasta to mouth-watering antipast fresh fish, shellfish, lobsters and freshly grilled steaks and meat dishes. Risforante Del Capo is ideal for casual / business lunches or any dinner occasion or function and accommodates up to a hundred or more persons, whether seated or standing. The cherry on the cake? Parking is free!

For reservations call 2133 5778.

Tex Mex

132a Tower Road, Sliema, Tel: 2131 8943 I 2133 9247

http://www.texmexmalta.com/ Email: info@texmexmalta.com

Tex Mex Bar & Grill is not a Mexican restaurant but a South Western American Restaurant with a Mexican flair and a bit of Italo Mediterranean influence. Apart from serving the BEST ribs in town, amazing grills, the largest juicy steaks, pizza & pasta, we can’t have a Tex Mex Restaurant without including our favourite Tex Mex dishes amongst which are the Fajitas, Enchilladas, and much much more.. Great portions and a fantastic atmosphere for party events…Wild, Mild & Spicy fun for everyonell So be prepared for the tastiest fun on your visit to Malta. Only one road leads to good timesl Bookings are highly advisable.

Vino Veritas Restaurant

59, Sir Adrian Dingli Street, Sliema Tel: 2132 4273 Mob: 9942 6998

Vino Veritas is situated on the Sliema front overlooking St. Julians Bay. Popular for a rustic, warm and friendly atmosphere, one can sit inside or outside enjoying beautiful views. The menu specialises mainly in home-made pasta, pizza, salads and grills. Various dishes include tris of ravioli or tortelloni, big list of pizza and selection of grills such as milk fed veal. Vegetarian dishes are also available. Home-made cakes and ice-creams are served everyday. To live up to their name Vino Veritas offers a very good selection of local and foreign wines.

Open daily for lunch and dinner from 12p.m. – 230p.m. and 630p.m. – 12a.m.

Location: Mdina, Malta

Bacchus Restaurant

1, lnguanez Street, Mdina, Tel: 2145 4981 http://www.bacchus.com.mt/ Email: reservations@bacchus.com.mt

If you’re after a romantic evening, topped by a quiet dinner with your partner or loved one, then Bacchus is the ideal choice. At Bacchus, we’re not here to impress because our standards are already known to be of the highest and most exclusive on the island. Set within the medieval walls of Md,na, Bacchus Restaurant is one of the most highly acclaimed venues for fine dining in Malta.

Opening Hours: Daily 9 a.m. – 11.30 p.m.

Ciappetti Restaurant

5, St, Agatha’s Esplanade, Mdina, Tel: 2145 9987 Email: ciappetti@kemmunet.net.mt

Grape vine covered courtyards, home-grown herbs, multi-coloured lights and a myriad of wind chimes give a flirtatious wink of what’s to come. Your hosts, Peter and Mary Louise, have created a ‘classic with a twist” menu of intense flavours and texture which hint at their sublime ingredients, yet still based on traditional local dishes. Dining beneath the orange trees to the sound of running water transports clients to a peaceful place which is all too easy to forget, still exists in Malta. As for costs, they are very reasonable. Ciappetti’s motto is ‘Quality, Character, Consistency”. Definitely worth a visit! Booking recommended.

Location: Valletta and Floriana, Malta

Phoenix restaurant

Le Meridien Phoenicia, The Mall, Floriana VLT16 Tel: 2291 1083

Email: guest@malta.lemeridien.com

Housed within the elegant Le Meridien Phoenicia hotel and at the doorstep of Valletta, the Phoenix restaurant is imbued with all the characteristics and charm of a typically stylish 1930’s restaurant, Friendly, professional service together with creative cuisine by award winning executive chef Victor Borg, continue to earn the Phoenix recognition as one of Malta’s top rated restaurants. Victor Borg ensures the a Ia carte menu takes advantage of fresh seasonal produce. Our summer al fresco menu would definitely tantalise your taste buds. Open to residents and non-residents for dinner with seating on a panoramic tefrace during the warm months, the Phoenix provides diners with a sense of unparalleled luxury.

Open for dinner from 730p.m. – 10.3Op.m. Bookings recommended on 2291 1083 I 2122 5241

Location: Mosta, Malta

Ta’ Marija Restaurant

Constitution Street, Mosta, Tel: 2143 4444, Fax: 2141 8181

http://www.tamarija.com/ Email: info@tamarija.com

Voted the Best Maltese Food Restaurant for the last three years Ta’ Marija offers a truly authentic Maltese evening with original Maltese cuisine served with friendly, local hospitality in a welcoming, traditiena seth ng and charismatic entertainers that w II see you joining in on the fun! Every Wednesday and Friday evening is Maltese Extravaganza Night with roving mandolins and guitars who sing traditional and popular songs w:th clients from all natonalities singing along. After dinner they present a Maltese Folklore Show with six dancers in traditional costumes, compared in a charming way by your lovely patron Mania Muscat. Ta’Marija’s authentic Maltese menu will give you a choice of appetizing local dishes and delightful Maltese wines to complete your ideal evening out.

Open for dinner from Monday to Saturday and Sunday lunches.

Location: Gozo

Country Terrace

Zewwieqa Street – Mgarr – Gozo, Tel: 2155 0248 http://www.country-terrace.com/ info@country-terrace.com

Dine indoors or out on the terrace and enjoy the magnificent views of the Mgarr Harbour and Malta. We specialise in local and Italian cuisine offering you the possibility to indulge in a large variety of fresh fish, Iamb, rabbit, game and more. We guarantee that the variety is large enough to tickle everyone’s taste buds. We offer transport frow Mgarr to Country Terrace and back to Mgarr, free of charge, to accommodate our Maltese clients when crossing for a romantic lunch or dinner. We are geared to cater large parties, weddings and outside catering.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday noon – 3p.m., 6p.m. – 11p.m. For reservations please call 9944 6833 or 2155 0248

Patrick’s Tmun, Victoria

Europe Street, Victoria, Gozo Tel: 2156 6667 http://www.patrickstmun.com/ Email: info@patrickstmun.com

Full of charm and character, lt-Tmun is definitely one of Gozo’s main attractions. This unique dining experience starts as soon as you walk inside the restaurant to be greeted by the beautiful decor – a super stylish foreign restaurant, thanks to the creativity of owner Patrick Buttigieg. Your trip to Gozo would not be complete without paying a visit, especially if you are a wine lover, as this restaurant has been awarded the top overall wine list for the past two years.

Open everyday for dinner from 630p.m. onwards except Thursdays. Bookings during the weekends recommended.

Oleander Restaurant

10 Victory Square, Xaghra, Gozo, Tel: 2155 7230

Website Email: oleander@onvol.net

Oleander Restaurant situated in Xaghra’s main square, one of the liveliest village centres. A family run and a young friendly staff. The restaurant is housed in a typical 300-year old Gozitan stone building. Oleander specialises in local and Mediterranean dishes like fish soup (aljota), homemade ravioli, spaghetti with rabbit sauce, fried rabbit, local roasted lamb, boneless quails and lots more. Along with the food one can choose a bottle of wine from the temperature-controlled wine cellar. Oleander is popular venue for both Gozitans and Maltese and especially overseas visitors come and visit the historic village of Xaghra and enjoy a warm welcome at the Oleander.

Open for lunch and dinner. Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 12p.m. – 3p.m., 7p.m. – 10p.m.

Ta’ Frenc Restaurant

Triq Ghajn Damma, Off Marsalforn Road, Gozo – Tel: 2155 3888 Mob: 7946 0696

http://www.tafrencrestaurant.com/ Email: info@tafrencrestaurant.com

This tastefully converted fourteenth century farmhouse, in the midst of a tranquil valley, is renowned for setting the benchmark for culinary excellence in the Maltese islands. The restaurant offers an imaginative blend of Maltese and Mediterranean cooking to be matched by any of the 700 varieties of wines from the wine cellar. The specialities of the house inc ude quail and other game birds, reared on their own farm, enhanced by herbs and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Other signature dishes are flambes, starters, main courses and desserts, prepared at your table. The restaurant was voted Best Overall Restaurant in the Maltese Islands 2006 by the Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants.

Opening hours: Daily for lunch noon – 2p.m. and dinner 7p.m. – 1030p.m. (Closed on Tuesdays)