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Top 40 restaurants in Malta announced at awards ceremony

Top 40 restaurants in Malta announced at awards ceremony

The Definitive(ly) Good Guide held its annual restaurant awards ceremony on Montag 6 Dezember at The Grand Ballroom of the Radisson Blu Resort & Spa, Golden Sands.

After the unprecedented break in 2020, the awards once again celebrated the outstanding achievement of Malta and Gozo’s top survey rated restaurants as voted by diners out who participated in the Malta and Gozo restaurant survey online.

Based on diner voting, only 150 restaurants make it to be included free in the The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta and Gozo. The latest edition sees 31 new restaurants.

Congratulations go to the team at Noni who were rated Top Overall restaurant for 2022.

The results were revealed by Lisa Grech, Managing Director of the Definitive(ly) Good Guide Co, and presented by Mr Johann Buttigieg CEO of Malta Tourism Authority, Mr Adrian Cachia from Global Payments, Mr Derek Vassallo and Ms Giuliana Isolani from Nestle (Malta) as well as Mr Mark Ciantar of Continental Purchasing on behalf of Schonwald, Germany who supplied the beautiful commemorative award plates for the occasion.

This year’s survey conducted in September 2021 returned a high number of responses, with 2,023 participants who dined out on average one to two times a week, equivalent to a total of 157,794 dining experiences in a year.


The Top 40 Award winning restaurants were taken from the highest rated restaurants taking into account their overall rating, the number of people rating, comments and other data from the survey. Restaurants winning award plates in order from most highly rated were:

· Noni Restaurant
· Tarragon Restaurant
· Don Royale
· The Golden Fork
· The Chef’s Table
· Beppe’s Restaurant
· Root 81
· Ta’ Tona
· Galea’s Kitchen
· Ristorante La Vela
· Susurrus
· Ta’ Marija
· The Lord Nelson Restaurant
· underGrain
· Caviar & Bull
· Barbajean
· Port 21
· Rubino
· Palazzo Preca Restaurant
· Al Sale
· The de Mondion Restaurant
· Il-Kartell Restaurant
· Hammett’s Mestizo
· Meraki Wine & Dine
· Zeri’s
· Suruchi Indian Restaurant
· La Vida
· Il-Hnejja
· Rendez-vous
· AcquaBlu
· The Chophouse Restaurant
· Terrone
· Rebekah’s Restaurant
· Hammett’s Gastro Bar
· Briju
· Giuseppi’s Bar & Bistro
· Ta’ Frenc Restaurant
· ION The Harbour
· Nan Yuan Cantonese Restaurant
· Grotto Tavern

Additional Awards in different categories were made:

· Best Food (sponsored by American Express) – Noni
· Best Service (sponsored by Ozo Group) – Noni
· Best Ambience (sponsored by Design Hub) – Ristorante La Vela
· Restaurant Most Dedicated to Supporting Local & Best Local Wine List (sponsored by The Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Animal Rights) – Country Terrace and Root 81 respectively
· Best Restaurant in Gozo (sponsored by The Ministry for Gozo) – Beppe’s
· The Best Chef Award (sponsored by Pentole Agnelli represented exclusively by The Catering Centre) – Edward Diacono of Rubino
· Best Business Entertainment (sponsored by Spiteri Catering) – Caviar & Bull
· Best Newcomer (sponsored by Horeca Magazine) – Don Royale
· Most Children-Friendly Restaurant (sponsored by the Malta Baby & Kids Directory) – Luzzu Restaurant
· Best Maltese Restaurant (sponsored by Malta Tourism Authority) – Gululu
· Most Romantic Restaurant – Barbajean

The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in association with Vini e Capricci by Abraham’s Wine Awards were as follows:

· The People’s Choice Wine List (taken from the results of the returned surveys) – Barbajean Best Overall Wine List: Country Terrace
· Best Presented Wine List: Barbajean
· Best Wine by the glass selection: Hammett’s Mestizo
· Best Fine Wine List: Tarragon
· Best Short Wine List: Barbajean
· Best Port Wine List: Country Terrace

The results of the Restaurant Survey can be found in the 2022 edition of The Definitive(ly) Good Guide to Restaurants in Malta and Gozo and is now available to purchase online for 8 Euros at http://www.restaurantsmalta.com which will also entitle you to the Guide online and a hard copy in the post. It is also available at leading stationers and bookshops in Malta & Gozo.