This list is based on the results of our annual survey, last conducted in September 2018. Thousands of readers participated in our Restaurant Survey to discover which are Malta and Gozo’s most popular restaurants for lively atmosphere.

The restaurants are listed and ranked by surveyors’ votes.

The overall winner: districtfive


"Good environment, food and very friendly staff". "A place to relax and have good food any time of the week"
Pretty Bay, Birzebbuga

Dinner In The Sky Malta

"A simply mind blowing experience" with "outstanding service and food". By all accounts "it was the most amazing dinner in my lifetime".
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Surf N Turf

"Impeccable from start to finish. Lovely staff, amazing attention to detail"
14, L-Imhar street, Qawra

59 Republic

Definitely "one of the best in Malta" when "it comes to food, atmosphere and service". An "elegant interior" with a "classic twist". "Simply amazing!"
59 Republic Street, Valletta

La Buona Trattoria del Nonno

"Food, service and ambiance were excellent". "Service was flawless and the atmosphere amazing". "Best ribs and pizza"
San Paul Street, St. Paul's Bay

Da Pippo Trattoria

"A typical 'Sicilian' atmosphere" with "good wine, chequered tablecloths" and a vibrant "atmosphere".
136, Melita Street, Valletta

Palazzo Preca Restaurant

A "very romantic" restaurant with "delicious food". "Wednesday's candlelit dinner is a must"... Such "excellent service"
54, Strait Street, Valletta


An "amazing experience" by all accounts "with a magical atmosphere". Consistently "good food and service"
1, Inguanez Alley, Mdina

Tex Mex South

"Delicious food, live music and friendly staff". "Highest quality for food and drinks" and "impeccable service"
Triq Tat Trunciera, Marsaxlokk

The Chef’s Table

"Very promising and talented restauranteur". "Original dishes and outstanding ingredients. Impeccable service indeed". "Great hosts and everything is cooked with love and served with a smile"
Pioneer Road, Bugibba