9 Best Places To Eat In Malta

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Food in Malta is a pretty big deal; the Maltese love their food so much and endeavour to pass on to future generations all the traditional recipes that use local ingredients. Maltese cuisine is described as being quite typical of a central Mediterranean Island, with its full flavoured and colourful variety of dishes. Taking influences from across the Mediterranean and from its proximity to North Africa, there is much to savour here with a glass (or two) of local wine. We’ve selected nine of the best places to eat in Malta, just for you.

1. Dinner in the Sky

Suspended above the rooftops of the island, in the heart of Malta, you will be enticed by chef Marvin Gauci’s innovative menu that will indeed take you to new heights. Twenty-two diners are hoisted up to a height of 40 metres (131 feet) at dusk and treated to a five-course menu that is accompanied by a fantastic selection of wine. Dinner in the Sky Malta is a worldwide franchise that takes diners to great heights for breathtaking dinner experiences.

Dinner in the Sky Malta

Address: 126 Archbishop Street, Valletta, Malta

Website: Dinner in the sky

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2. Medina

The Medina restaurant has Romanesque features and is located in an original Norman residence down a winding alley, just off Madina’s main Cathedral Square. The restaurant offers a Mediterranean a la carte menu, with dishes that reflect the chef’s skills and talents using locally sourced produce. Diners are also advised to take advantage of Medina’s excellent wine list.


Address: 7, Holy Cross street, Mdina MDN1231, Malta

Website: Medina

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3. De Mondion

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by The de Mondion Restaurant on Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Perched atop the Medina’s old bastions within the Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, the De Mondion has spectacular panoramic views of the island from its terraces. This award-winning restaurant, lead by chef de Cuisine Kevin Bonello, offers a refined menu that is packed with choice seasonal ingredients, all of which are indicative of chef Kevin’s signature north meets south surf and turf dishes.

De Mondion

Address: The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux, Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina MDN 1050, Malta

Website: De Mondion

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4. Barracuda

Barracuda Restaurant
Source: Photo by user Adam Burt used under CC BY-ND 2.0

Housed in a lovingly restored 18th-century villa that is located just over the water’s edge and which overlooks the Balluta and Spinola Bay, the Barracuda restaurant is a gastronomic delight. With a menu that features a range of tartares, pasta as well as meat and fish dishes, chef Andrew Pace remains true to the Mediterranean roots of this family-owned restaurant. Try out the barracuda degustation menu, which will take you on a gourmet journey.


Address: 194/195 Main Street, St. Julians, SLM05, Malta

Website: Barracuda

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5. Surf n Turf

Don’t just eat, but live the experience. #surfnturfmalta #chefkerstinmanicolo #malta #finedining #finefood #chef #lovefood #qawra #passion #desserts

Posted by Surf N Turf on Friday, 29 September 2017

The recently opened Surf n Turf restaurant, located in Qawra, is a delightful collaboration between chef Patron Kerstin Manicolo and restaurant manager Joshua Borg. The menu, as you can guess by the name, features a range of carefully crafted meat and seafood dishes. The signature dish, however, is their surf n turf.

Surf n Turf

Address: L-Imhar street, Qawra, Malta

Website: Surf n Turf

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6. Bouquet Garni

Fresh Fish of the Day served with King prawns

Posted by Bouquet Garni on Thursday, 26 April 2012

Located in Mellieha, on George Borg Olivier Street, the Bouquet Garni restaurant is like a modern taverna. The small restaurant is often packed, so reservations are highly recommended. The Bouquet Garni’s cuisine offers a modern take on classic Mediterranean and French cuisine, specialising in seafood. Their limited menu is complemented by a host of ever-changing daily specials, so you can be sure that you will be savouring some of the freshest of ingredients.

Bouquet Garni

Address: Mellieha, Malta

Website: Bouquet Garni

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7. Rampila

Rampila is set amongst the old bastions of Valletta, in the passageway of the middle wing of St. John’s Cavalier. Having undergone refurbishment for the crowning of Valletta as European City of Culture for 2018, the restaurant overlooks the remodelled city gate and bridge. With a brigade of young Maltese chefs, the lunch and a la carte menu are founded on traditional Maltese cuisine with an international flair.


Address: 1, St. Johns Cavalier, Valletta, Malta, VLT 1110

Website: Rampila

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8. Rubino

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Nanna Rita's Pasta roulade aka "Roly Poly" Filled with minced beef, pork and spinach and finished with a hearty tomato...

Posted by Rubino on Saturday, March 27, 2021

Originally opened in 1906 as a confectionary by Vincenzo Rubino from Palermo, Sicily, this restaurant can stake its claim as one of the oldest establishments in the city. As of 2008, it is run by brothers Karl and Michael Diacono, who transformed the confectionary into the restaurant it currently is. You are sure to be delighted by the extensive and varied menu that changes daily, meaning that you are in for a wonderful surprise whenever you visit.


Address: 53 Old Bakery Street, Old Bakery Street, Valletta, Malta

Website: Rubino

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9. Trabuxu Bistro

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Vopi n puff Dish of the day #trabuxubistro #seasonal #sustainable #food #letsdolunch

Posted by Trabuxu Bistro on Thursday, May 13, 2021

Krista and Kris Fenech Soler present an establishment that features a wine bar, bistro and relocated boutique hotel. The Trabuxu Wine Bar sits below street level, in a 400-year-old stone vaulted cellar that provides an excellent setting for tasting some great vintages, paired along with hand-selected cheeses. The Trabuxu Bistro offers a selective and seasonal menu that is complemented by an extensive wine list. For gourmet and wine enthusiasts alike, there is no other place to be.


Address: D8/9, South Street, Il-Belt Valletta VLT 110, Malta

Website: Trabuxu

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Let's go eat!

Seafood platter
Source: Photo by user Jeremy Keith used under CC BY 2.0

Despite its small size, Malta is home to numerous restaurants, all of which offer traditional Maltese food and international dishes. Is it your first time in Malta? Then make sure to try the national dish “Stuffat tal-Fenek” (rabbit stew), which is probably the best representation of the rebellious Maltese spirit, as the dish was initially created as a form of symbolic resistance to the hunting restrictions imposed by the Knights of St John. Check out our other articles to discover what to do when in Malta!

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