This list is based on the results of our annual survey, last conducted in September 2017. Thousands of readers participated in our Restaurant Survey to discover which are Malta and Gozo’s most popular restaurants for Best Newcomer. The top rated restaurant was awarded with a commemorative award at our annual Restaurant Awards Ceremony held in December 2017. The restaurants are listed and ranked by number of surveyors’ votes. The overall winner: ROCKSALT


"The new location is superb". The head chef "creates amazing dishes" with food that is "out of this world" coupled with "super attentive staff"
Hill Street, St. Julian's

L’Artiglio Ristorante

The "amazing location" coupled with the "attention to detail" both in the "dishes and the service is impeccable"
62, Melita Street, Valletta

LVB Restaurant

Hands down a favourite amongst diners who praise the "delicious tasting menu" serving "food made with passion"
65/66 Merchant Street, Valletta

Hammett’s Gastro Bar

By all accounts "a truly unique and exciting" "chic" place offering "a cool concept". Regulars "love this addition to the Maltese scene"
33/34, Tigne Seafront, Sliema

La Vida

High praise indeed for Elaine and David's "excellent food" and "amazing service". "Best find in Sliema"
166, Guze Howard Street, Sliema

Dinner In The Sky

"Such an amazing experience" boast diners, praising the "impeccable service" and "top notch food"
Mobile location


Considered by all as the "best seafood and fish" in Malta. Their "prawn carpaccio" is a winner
139, Spinola Road, St. Julian's

A Modo Mio

By all accounts " the food is delicious and the presentation very creative. "A superb dining experience."
9, St. Dominic Street, Valletta

Taro Restaurant

Considered an "amazing fine dining experience" with "excellent service"
Le Meridien St. Julian's Hotel, 39, Main Street, St. Julian's

Capo Crudo

Simply put it's the "right ambiance for a perfect dining experience" with "excellent views", "delicious food" and "superb staff"
Ferry Street, Marsamxett, Valletta


Regarded by patrons as "an exciting, fine dining experience" ..."simply delightful" and "highly recommended"
75, Preziosi Street, Lija


By all accounts the "excellent food and ambiance" is "highly recommended"
Pretty Bay, Birzebbuga


Diners praise the "really creative menu specialising in fresh seafood". The location oozes the "vibe of the fishing village" with a "lovely ambiance"
1, Wilga Street, Marsaxlokk

Lore & Fitch Steaks

Returning diners love the "outstanding views and food" plus the "great service"
8, St George’s Road, St. Julian's

Hugo’s Pizza & Pasta

Diners are pleasantly surprised by the "extremely genuine food and a good value for money"
St George's Road, St. Julian's