St George's Square/Palace Square, Valletta
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, History, Live entertainment, People watching, Sightseeing
Best for Outdoor dining - Expert review of Malata
A popular restaurant, especially at lunchtime, in Valletta’s newly refurbished central square and a cosy cellar, candlelit in the evenings. On Tuesday and Friday nights there is live jazz from 8-11pm.
There is fresh, well-cooked Mediterranean and French food on offer. I’d particularly recommend the fresh local fish cooked to order.
Malta’s politicians look down from caricatures on the walls of the vaulted cellar restaurant while their successors sit at the tables, having popped over from parliament across the square. In warm weather, eat outside on Malta’s newly renovated central square and watch the world go by.
Staff are friendly and happy to offer advice (on food, and on Malta in general if the restaurant is not too busy).
It's at Valletta’s heart, on the side of St George’s Square, directly opposite the Grand Master’s Palace, which was the home to the head of the Knights of St John and is now open to tourists as well as housing the nation’s parliament.
Starters cost 8-9 euros, and mains 17-20 euros. Fresh pasta dishes are 8-10 euros as starters or 13-18 euros as a main course.
More information on Malata:
- Price guide:
- French, Mediterranean
- St George's Square/Palace Square, Valletta
- 21 233 967
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Daily noon-2.30pm, 7pm-11pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times