Top 10 restaurants in Rabat, Malta

December 24, 2017 Leonardo Torrence

Discover the best restaurant in Rabat, Malta including Cosmana Navarra Restaurant, Grotto Tavern, Fontanella Tea Garden, L'agape, Crystal Palace, Il-Baxa Cafe Bar, Il Veduta, Rising Sun Snack Bar, Toffee & Co, Bottegin Palazzo Xara
Things to do in Rabat

1. Cosmana Navarra Restaurant

28, St.Paul St, Rabat, Island of Malta, Malta Takeout, Parking Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi Bar, Pizza, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks +356 2145 0638
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

Cosmana Navarra Restaurant

Casa Cosmana Navarra is a traditional Maltese. Is a 17th-century townhouse in the suburb of Mdina, building belonged to Cosmana Navarra (1600-1687), who was the main benefactress of the rebuilding of the Rabat parish church of St. Paul. The house is found in front of the parish church opposite the The Wignacourt Museum. It has a vernacular facade, that includes a closed timber balcony and two neoclassic columns. In the inside it features some baroque architecture including the coat-of-arms of the family, the decorative archways from a room to the other, the former courtyard and upstairs they are several spacious rooms inside.

Reviewed By Colin K - Somerset, United Kingdom

Having eaten out quite a bit on Malta our experience of customer service has been a bit patchy to say the least. However at this restaurant it was a pleasure to be served by polite thoughtful staff who were genuinely enthusiastic about their food. We both had pasta dishes and they were excellent. Recommended!

2. Grotto Tavern

10 Parish Square, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1232, Malta Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, International, Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Late Night, Drinks HK$141 - HK$251 +356 7945 3258
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 263 reviews

Grotto Tavern

Situated in the charming village of Rabat, opposite St Paul's Church, The Grotto Tavern Restaurant boasts a typical Maltese house of character, which has been transformed into a lovely restaurant retaining original Maltese features and an interconnecting cellar featuring a 2000 year old cave. The Grotto Tavern's kitchen brigade have and continue to satisfy the palate of a multinational clientele with sublime cuisine, bringing together the finest seasonal produce with innovation, finesse and expertise to bring forth tantalising dishes. The Grotto Tavern Restaurant guarantees a discreet and an impeccably attentive service allowing patrons the time to savour and enjoy the cuisine and the company.

Reviewed By DHW2015 - Bishops Castle, United Kingdom

This was nearly a disaster, but for the tremendous calm professionalism of our waiter. We should never have found this restaurant but for the persuasions of a man in the square outside who had been employed for his charming manner and his persuasive Reading of...MoreDear DHW 2015, We are glad that the matter was resolved and we appreciate the positive feedback. We hope to see you again on the near future :) Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern

3. Fontanella Tea Garden

1 Bastion Street, Mdina, Island of Malta, Malta Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night HK$8 +356 2145 4264
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Fontanella Tea Garden

Reviewed By Jenika I - London, United Kingdom

When I told my Maltese friends I was planning to spend a few hours in Mdina they advised me to go and try the chocolate cake at Fontanella or any of their sweets (meringues, etc). So once in Mdina I went there. I had a slice of the chocolate cake, it was very nice and a vanilla flavoured cappucino. Sadly I didn't know the cappuccino was already very sweet, I added plenty of sugar without tasting it first and it came out as something sooo sweet I didn't manage to drink it all. I am not one to waste food or drinks but that was too much. One advice: if you get any drink taste it first before adding anything. It's a pity because it seemed very nice.
The top floor of the Tea Room has a lovely view on the sea. I was told I could see Sicily from there (or from the Belvedere nearby) but even if the sky was clear I didn't manage to see it. If in Mdina it is a very nice idea to stop there for some refreshment and the lovely views.

4. L'agape

Pjazza San Kataldu, Rabat, Island of Malta, Malta Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night +356 2099 2209
Excellent
84%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

L'agape

Reviewed By Ed N - London, United Kingdom

It's a bit difficult to know where to start as everything was perfect. We were in Malta visiting friends and went to L'Agape on the last night as a group of 4. There is no menu as such - they change the dishes daily so it is a voyage of discovery in some respects! The food was exquisite and plentiful. They offered to do a mix of starters based on that day's menu which was tuna, squid stew, Sicilian sausage stew and bread. The mains we had were tuna steaks, ribeye steaks, beef kebabs and veal escalope - all cooked to perfection. We passed on dessert given the amount of food we tucked away on the first 2 courses. Book early as they are very popular.

5. Crystal Palace

84, Triq San-Pawl, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1240, Malta Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night +356 2145 3323
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 437 reviews

Crystal Palace

Reviewed By aniceglassofred - Manchester, United Kingdom

I read about this place in Lonely planet so thought I would give it a try. Its very local and they clearly havent changed things up for the tourist trade. When you enter this tiny cafe it feels like a different world. Pastizzi fresh from the oven. We order 1 cheese and 1 pea and wow they were lovely. So cheap too.
Maybe a tad oily but overall the best I had in Malta - yum!

6. Il-Baxa Cafe Bar

41 Triq Il-Kbira, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1010, Malta Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff, Private Dining, Television Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Lunch +356 2755 1552
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 257 reviews

Il-Baxa Cafe Bar

A small family-run business, serving genuine home-made food (lunch hours), made with the freshest seasonal ingredients, platters (evenings), and a wide variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, including beer, cocktails, a selection of local and foreign wine, spirits, liquors and coffee (freshly ground every time!). All our items are prepared on order. Waiting time is therefore required. We, in turn, assure freshness and quality. Please note: lunch - last order 3pm; dinner - last order 10pm. We offer a warm and homely atmosphere perfect for small groups and private functions...contact us for more information! Bookings are recommended. Kindly note, we do not accept credit cards. We look forward to meeting you! The BaXa Team

Reviewed By JoK0985 - London, United Kingdom

I came to Il Baxa with my boyfriend on the way back from St Paul's Catacombs.
We were surprised not only by the generous portions but the quality of food - fresh and delicious.
Definitely worth coming back.
€6,70 for traditional flat bread with lots of filling accompanied by the salad.
As it is in Malta- difficult to pay by card, but the owner allowed us to do it.
Also you can buy in this place pieces produced by a local designer Stephanie Borg instead of buying them on a website. Price is the same as on a website.

7. Il Veduta

Saqqajja Square | Is Saqqajja, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1191, Malta Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, International, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$157 +356 2145 4666
Excellent
40%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 404 reviews

Il Veduta

Il-Veduta is all about great quality, freshly prepared pizzas, pastas and risottos served in stylish, contemporary surroundings.

Reviewed By TravelWithKel - London, United Kingdom

Upon arrival, our table was covered in little flies. Food took a long while to be served.
Not really a place I would go again.
Food -
I ordered a well done burger, which came with fries and some salad. Burger was of good size, and the fries was very delicious! Though I had a lot of flies swarming around so I didn't really enjoy my food or my experience here.
There are tables inside which would have been the better option. The view was nice but I would sacrifice the view for a fly free zone.
I wouldn't recommend this to anyone unless you dine inside and take a look at the view while you wait for your food to come. - The food does take a long time so you'll have a good amount of time to enjoy the view.
Came with the Game of Thrones tour (please see other review).

8. Rising Sun Snack Bar

70 St Paul's Street, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1242, Malta Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Bar, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Drinks HK$39 - HK$133 +356 9942 1890
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 141 reviews

Rising Sun Snack Bar

Rising Sun Blues Bar is a chillax bar for cool people and music lovers. We play classic rock and blues music all day and night. We serve lunch Monday to Saturday.

Reviewed By GrahamPowell - Mellieha, Malta

I have been to The Rising Sun 5 or 6 times and because it is small, it has a Cosy but vibrant atmosphere. They are only open in the day for lunch, drinks and coffee but you can catch them on Friday and Saturday evening too. They play a fantastic selection of rock music from the bar! They serve great platters, pastas, burgers and ftira rolls that are great size portions. Definitely not to be missed or walked past !!

9. Toffee & Co

34 St Augustine Str, Rabat, Island of Malta, Malta Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night HK$78 +356 2145 1996
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 413 reviews

Toffee & Co

This is more of a little coffee shop / deli. It sells alcohol as well as cakes and sells packaged food to take away. I wanted to tell everyone to visit here, as it's lovely and we made friends with the ownsers

Reviewed By Stefan C

Cute quite location in an alley. Good service - very attentive. Good food from a small menu. Good prices.

10. Bottegin Palazzo Xara

9B Palazzo Xara St Paul Street, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT1254, Malta Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Bar, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$39 - HK$220 +356 7945 4538
Excellent
48%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 413 reviews

Bottegin Palazzo Xara

Bottegin Palazzo Xara is a friendly casual local Band Club in a mixed business, local neighborhood members and non-members . On its exterior, a 300 year old magnificent baroque Palazzo in a medieval area . On the inside, the relaxed Club atmosphere has 3 large cozy rooms, a full size snooker table, free wifi and artistic decorations. Il-“Bottegin" serve an appetizing varied food menu Monday to Sunday lunch and dinner.

Reviewed By DrMalc - Fleetwood, UK

We had not booked here, but were found a table and had a very nice dinner. Service was friendly and efficient, food good and portions more than adequate. We don't often eat dessert, but the date fried pastries with amaretto on the side were fantastic....MoreMany Thanks for your review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Bottegin Palazzo Xara

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