This list is based on the results of our annual survey, last conducted in September 2019. 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 sponsored by The Catering Centre representing Churchill was awarded with a commemorative award at our annual Restaurant Awards Ceremony held in December 2019.

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

The overall winner: Meraki


"Delicious and genuine food served with best service and friendly staff. Highly recommended for enjoying a special evening with friends or family".
St. Rita Street, Rabat


The "best views in Malta by far". The "food is innovative and ambience is second to none". "Worth every penny".
Corinthia Hotel, St. George's Bay, St. Julian's

Conte di Montecristo

"Delicious pasta, fish and meat" and a "very nice selection of wines". "Food is divine and service is impeccable".
Triq Piscopo Macedonia, Xemxija


"Excellent service and food everytime". "The hygiene is so impressive". "Highly recommended".
Marina Street, Marsalforn, Gozo

Dimitri Valletta

"Nice atmosphere and value for money" with a "romantic ambience". "Excellent for couples".
339, St. Paul's Street, Valletta


"Value for money", "guaranteed good quality, genuine food, and service with a smile".
Triq Il-Fliegu, Qawra

Shakinah Indian Gastronomy

"Amazing food, service, ambience and interior. Creative, delicious cocktails and a vast selection of Indian dishes".
11, Ta' Xbiex Seafront, Msida

MUŻA Restaurant

"Amazing food, super good service and delicious cocktails". "Eating in the courtyard is delightful". "Top notch".
Auberge D'Italie, Valletta

Ta’ Tona

"One of the best restaurants in Gozo for seafood. Also, staff are very welcoming!"
16/17, Emanuel De Vilhena, Mġarr, Gozo

The Old Smuggler’s

"Perfect place for a low-cost midweek meal. Best burger and chips on the island".
36, Main Street, Balzan

Mezzodi Valletta

"The best for italian regional dishes". "Excellent all around. Relaxed elegance, exceptional food and wonderful service".
80, South Street, Valletta

Townhouse No3

A "hidden gem. Not only the food is great, but Malcolm and his staff are very knowledgable and passionate about their wines and spirits".
3/4, Republic Street, Rabat


"Lovely setting on the water's edge in Senglea". A "little gem in the South".
14, Juan B. Azzopardo Street, Senglea

Capo Mulini

"Excellent service, friendly staff, good ambience and divine food"
Xatt Is-Sajjieda, Marsaxlokk


"A favourite weeknight restaurant" with "decent food and portions and service always with a smile". Very helpful waiters".
Pjazza Tal-Knisja, Attard