Your guide to dining in the south of Malta
Discover our handpicked local restaurants that serve genuine food in the south of Malta. Regardless of your taste or budget, there’s a restaurant on our list to suit you. Here’s where to find them.
A special find situated on the waterfront of Senglea. Here the seafood is fresh and simply delicious – the fresh calamari in squid ink as well as the octopus in breadcrumbs were to die for. The restaurant has a varied menu, not limited to seafood, which includes home made burgers, salads, snacks, dishes from the grill and more. Some excellent bigilla, galletti (water biscuits) and delicious bread straight out of the oven will help you settle in whilst deciding on what to order from their vast menu.
The restaurant features traditional Maltese arches above the indoor dining area and also boasts two outdoor dining sections, one just outside the restaurant entrance and the other on the edge of the Three Cities harbour. Coupled with the views of Birgu and Valletta, this restaurant is highly recommended. Oh, and the service is definitely a bonus! You’ll definitely be planning your return.
AcquaBlu is a newly refurbished restaurant that is located along the promenade of one of the beautiful three cities, Senglea. Book in advance to have a table outside by the water and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and view over one of Malta’s scenic harbours.
AcquaBlu offers a vast selection of fresh seafood as well as other dishes such as tender chicken breast with goat cheese crust… to die for. Excellent food, fresh and well prepared!
By creating a shared meal format, the team wants people to lend themselves to closeness and camaraderie. The gastronomical concept is a take on the islands’ succession of powers, with a modern representation of traditional Mediterranean culinary influences from the Phoenician times, to the Knights of St. John, to today. To accompany this historical menu, a wine list was created reflecting the concept.
At Mykonos you’ll be feasting on a myriad of tastes, aromas and textures. A sentiment that drives two of the greatest cuisines in the world — Greek and Italian. Savour their mouthwatering gyros brimming with flavourful pulled pork in pita bread and topped with chopped tomatoes, onions, fries and tzatziki.
This Birgu restaurant combines rustic charm with contemporary regional cuisine and focuses on southern Italian and Maltese cuisine. Handpicking the best local produce, the team aims to recreate a healthy way of dining. The new venue is part of the historic Fort St. Angelo and was honoured with Michelin Bib Gourmand.
Bongonyah offers something for everyone’s tastes in their cosy and cheerful atmosphere. They offer a hearty, wholesome and varied selection of food and drinks, ranging from the healthy options to the guiltier ones. From the healthy smoothies, juices and salads to the vast range of platters from around the world, as well as a fine selection of artisinal teas and coffees that fit perfectly with their yummy desserts, we’re sure that you’ll find something for every mood you’re in.
This restaurant has been established for over a decade, serving delicious Mediterranean, Maltese and Italian cuisine. They specialise in seafood and the stuffed clamari and spaghetti vongole are unreal. Having said that, the rabbit liver is to die for. Tal-Familja is one of those family run restaurants that you come across as a very special treat. It ticks all boxes when it comes to excellent quality food, service and atmosphere.
A traditional steakhouse at heart, with a touch of class and elegance, CUT is the perfect treat for those who wish to enjoy quality cuts paired with a great bottle of wine. There’s a wide selection of sausages, various meat cuts including kangaroo, wild boar and mouth-watering Canadian rib-eye steak served with mashed potatoes. When it comes to preparing a quality cut of meat, this restaurant knows what it’s doing. Ten points for this one.
la nostra padrona
Set right in the heart of Malta’s main fishing village, Marsaxlokk, La Nostra Padrona Restaurant enjoys a full view of the picturesque harbour. Although specializing mainly in seafood, the ‘A la Carte’ menu includes Mediterranean dishes and various specialities of the Chef. With fish delivered daily right from the boats, a selection of fresh fish and shellfish is always guaranteed. They also serve 100% fresh pasta and various salads.