Malta Restaurants

Traditional Maltese cuisine is Italian in origin, but "international" food is on most restaurant menus as well. Locally caught fish is a specialty. The national dish is fenek (rabbit); braġjoli (beef olives) and lampuki (dorado) pie are runners-up. Pastry coats fish, vegetables, cheese, and pasta dishes. Soups, minestra (minestr
Traditional Maltese cuisine is Italian in origin, but "international" food is on most restaurant menus as well. Locally caught fish is a specialty. The national dish is fenek (rabbit); braġjoli (beef olives) and lampuki (dorado) pie are runners-up. Pastry coats fish, ve
Traditional Maltese cuisine is Italian in origin, but "international" food is on most restaurant menus as well. Locally

Traditional Maltese cuisine is Italian in origin, but "international" food is on most restaurant menus as well. Locally caught fish is a specialty. The national dish is fenek (rabbit); braġjoli (beef olives) and lampuki (dorado) pie are runners-up. Pastry coats fish, vegetables, cheese, and pasta dishes. Soups, minestra (minestrone) and aljotta (fish) especially, are common, and are delicious with daily baked crusty Maltese bread. Capers, the buds of the caperis specicum shrub that is native to the islands, are widely used. Native wine is abundant and inexpensive; look for medium-dry whites. Cisk lager is a local favorite, and try Hop Leaf pale ale for something with a bit more bite. Kinnie, a terrific nonalcoholic thirst quencher, is made from a "secret recipe" that includes bitter oranges.

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  • 1. Giannini

    $$$$ | Italian

    Atop the quiet west end of Valletta's mighty bastions, this is among the city's most reserved and elegant restaurants. Leading politicians and...Read More

  • 2. Guzé

    $$ | European

    This young and dynamic team is reinventing the traditional Maltese trattoria with a vibrant contemporary menu using traditional local ingredients...Read More

  • 3. Ta' Kris

    $$ | Italian

    One of the last remaining traditional Maltese trattorias along the tourist strip, local families, along with a few in-the-know visitors, flock...Read More

  • 4. Auberge Ta' Frenċ

    $$$$ | Mediterranean

    You'll find Gozo's most refined service and classic cuisine in this limestone farmhouse. A thoroughly modern restaurant team manage their own...Read More

  • 5. Barracuda

    $$$$ | Seafood

    Perched precariously on columns and commanding a superb view of St. Julian's Bay, this old stone house holds one of Malta's most delightful...Read More

  • 6. Browns Dine and Dance

    $$ | American

    An all-day eatery in the heart of the historic waterfront district, this is Malta's closest equivalent to a diner—though it's unusual to find...Read More

  • 7. Caffe Cordina

    $ | Café

    On the ground floor of the original treasury of the Knights is Valletta's oldest café. Since 1837, this ornate, vaulted confectionery has produced...Read More

  • 8. DVenue

    $$$ | Italian

    21st-century chic meets medieval architecture at this classy eatery. Local dishes, including rabbit in a wine sauce, are accompanied by an à...Read More

  • 9. Fontanella Tea Garden

    $ | Café

    A Mdina institution, this café offers some of the most scrumptious cakes in Malta, paired with delicious freshly brewed coffee. It's not just...Read More

  • 10. Il Kartell

    $$$ | Seafood

    Fresh fish served by the sea is the signature of success for this longstanding Gozo favorite. Try a salad sprinkled with locally grown capers...Read More

  • 11. Malata

    $$ | Italian

    This shady terrace on the capital's main square is the perfect location for a lazy lunch or dinner. The well-presented menu of pastas and grilled...Read More

  • 12. Peppino's

    $$$ | Italian

    Peppino's continues to be one of the most popular authentic Italian eateries on the island despite its unfortunate location on the busy coastal...Read More

  • 13. Riviera della Marina

    $$$ | Seafood

    Set beside the multi-million dollar yachts and motor-boats of Grand Harbour Marina, this is quite a spot for an up-market lunch or dinner. Fresh...Read More

  • 14. San Giuliano

    $$$$ | Italian

    Set atop the vaulted boat yards of a 17th-century palazzo, the contemporary interior at the top of the spiral glass staircase may come as somewhat...Read More

  • 15. Ta' Rikardu

    $ | Italian

    A truly authentic Gozitan experience is enjoying locally produced charcuterie and plates of pasta in this vaulted stone medieval building in...Read More

  • 16. Trattoria A.D. 1530

    $$ | Italian

    This quiet out of the way spot in Mdina offers those who find it generous portions of pasta, salad, and pizza beneath a vaulted dining room...Read More

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