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 Best Newcomer. The top rated restaurant was awarded with a commemorative award at our annual Restaurant Awards Ceremony held in December 2018.

The restaurants are listed and ranked by number of surveyors’ votes.

The overall winner: The Chef's Table

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

Root 81

"Great new restaurant, definitely one of the best newcomers on the island". "Romantic ... with a perfect view and outstanding food"
21, Saqqajja Hill, Rabat

Patakka Restaurant

A "lovely addition to Valletta's food scene". "Service is extremely attentive and professional with great food and wine knowledge"
2, Eagle Street, Valletta

Grotto Tavern

By all accounts "a divine dining experience" in an "unforgettable ambience". "Very professional staff" and "immaculate service". The "food was sublime"
9/10/12, St. Paul's Square, Rabat

Venus Restaurant

"Restaurant is outstanding" and the "dinning experience is unforgettable". "Food was delicious"
Gandoffli Street, Bugibba

Noni Restaurant

"The food is of a league on its own". Very nice atmosphere and ambiance". "I couldn’t have asked for a better place to eat ... such great hospitality and service"
211, Republic Street, Valletta


"Very friendly staff and spectacular view". "One of the best restaurants I've been to". "Keep up the good work"
8, Marsamxett Harbour, Valletta

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


"The ambiance was very good" and "consistent". The food is "authentic"
64, Wilga Street, C/W Church Street, Paceville, St. Julian's

It-Torri Restaurant

"Food is excellent from pizza to pasta, seafood and grill". "Staff and owner very friendly" with "magical views"
Tower Road, Sliema

Scruples Kitchen & Bar

"Outstanding Maltese food". "Service ... always with a smile". "Lovely family run and fantastic Maltese cuisine plus perfect location indoors and outdoors"
34,Balluta Bay, St.Julian's

Tokyo Fried House

An "authentic Japanese experience". Staff are "elegant and polite"
29, Triq Ball, St. Julian's

Two Buoys Bistro & hands on art studio

"An incredible view of Spinola Bay" accompanied with "amazing food and a very friendly service"
Spinola Road, St. Julian's

Il Pirata, Mellieha

"Lovely food and service, definitely recommend". "Food is excellent and the view is to die for, so we'll definitely return"
20, Triq Il-Marfa, Mellieħa

Tex Mex South

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