5 best restaurants in Malta
Our favourite places to eat. Enjoy awesome food and stunning decor.
A modern classic
This restaurant opened its doors 35 years ago, and owner Mario Vella Gatt is just as passionate about what comes out of the kitchen today as he was when the doors first opened on a hot summer’s day in August 1976. Offering inspirational culinary delights from simple, fresh products including tempura of fresh asparagus, wet polenta and parmesan, sauce remoulade, this is a classic restaurant that’s moved with the times.
1 Inguanez Alley Mdina, Malta
Tel: (356) 2145 4981 www.bacchus.com.mt
19th century chic
Situated in the heart of the pretty resort of St Julian’s, the Villa is a unique and impressive 19th century property with fantastic sea views. A great place for al fresco dining, the brasserie offers a fresh, contemporary á la carte menu featuring delights including spicy watermelon gazpacho and seabass ceviche. There is also a fabulous pizza menu.
Main Street, Balluta Bay, St.Julian's STJ 1017 Malta
Tel: (356) 2311 2273 www.thevillamalta.com
Tel: (356) 22911083 www.phoeniciamalta.com
Green fingered eating in the capital
The award winning Phoenix Restaurant is situated within the Hotel Phoenicia in Malta’s capital city, Valletta and offers a culinary journey of delicious Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant has a romantic, open-air terrace, which is open during the summer months, while the seasonally changing menu is complemented by local produce and fresh grown herbs from the hotel’s garden.
Hotel Phoenicia Malta, The Mall, Floriana, FRN1478 Malta
A local Maltese favourite
Tucked into a nook within the historic, stonewalls of Valletta, Ambrosia is one of Valletta's loveliest restaurants, with paintings covering the walls and a relaxed, intimate feel. Eating at Ambrosia is an institution - the locals love the restaurant’s Slow Food philosophy and the menu’s simple Maltese dishes that blend modernity with tradition.
137 Archbishop Street, Valletta, Malta
Tel: (356) 2122 5923 www.vallettarestaurant.com
A quirky café with an amusingly different perspective
A great place to drop in for a quick bite, or a drink when you’re seeing the sights of Valletta, this cheap and cosy eatery is open all hours and offers everything from great coffee and croissants to big bowls of homemade ravioli. You won’t forget this place – it’s literally topsy-turvy, with an upside-down table and chairs on the ceiling! What’s more, it offers free wi-fi so you can catch up on those emails from home.
Address: St Lucy Street, Valletta
Tel: (356) 2125 2332 www.cafejubilee.com