Best Newcomer Award


About this Award

This list is based on the results of our annual survey, last conducted in September 2021. 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 Horeca magazine was awarded with a commemorative award at our annual Restaurant Awards Ceremony held in December 2021.

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

Winner: Don Royale

The Golden Fork

Galea's Kitchen



Port 21

Al Sale

Hammett's Mestizo



Rebekah's Restaurant


ION The Harbour



Vecchia Napoli, Qawra

Vini e Capricci by Abraham's


fernandõ gastrotheque

Il Pirata Senglea

Rampila Restaurant

Ta' Philip

Beefbar on the Beach

Cheese & Cuts

Sicilia Bella

Gracy's Arts & Supper Club

Osteria Scottadito



Chukkas Restaurant

Okurama Asian Fusion

Don Royale

Serving pizza regarded as being "on par with Italy, possibly even better". Popular for offering "many types of crust—gluten-free, charcoal, mixed gains and traditional".
Ix-Xatt ta' San George, St. Julian's

The Golden Fork

It's always a lovely and surprising experience to dine at this restaurant. "Interesting, creative dishes" and "beautiful presentation".
31, Triq L-Isptar, Rabat

Galea’s Kitchen

Food that "seems to be made from heaven" at "affordable prices". "Great atmosphere when bands are performing".
214, Triq il-Merkanti, Valletta


Incredible service. Excellent food. Beautiful setting. "A surprise with every course".
167, Triq il-Merkanti, Valletta


In a class of its own, with "very friendly and attentive staff" "serving exquisite food".
No 6, Misrah Frenc Abela c/w Triq il-Parocca, Dingli

Port 21

Great ambience, amazing view, food is excellent, service is great, prices are not exaggerated.
Ix- Xatt Ta' Xbiex, Ta' Xbiex

Al Sale

A "passionate chef and the friendliest of staff" make this a "place not to miss".
Pjazza Vittorja, Xaghra, Gozo

Hammett’s Mestizo

Truly South American food with service that is "very attentive, friendly and professional".
11, Triq Schreiber, St. Julian's


Exciting and innovative menu. An "amazing place" with the "stunning Xewkija church as a backdrop". "Service is second to none".
1, Pjazza San Gwann Battista, Xewkija, Gozo


A place to enjoy "excellent food, excellent service and outstanding ambience" with "an amazing view".
83/84, Triq Dingli-Cornelio, Senglea

Rebekah’s Restaurant

Divine food including presentation and the "place is pleasant and peaceful". "Very consistent and truly exceptional".
12, Triq it-Tgħam, Mellieha


A "joyful gourmet experience", with a menu that is "always a lovely surprise" offering "delicious flavours and creativity".
Triq l-Imsida, Gzira

ION Harbour by Alex Dilling

Something out of this world, with dishes that are "very well presented". The "Grand Harbour view - cannot be any better".
11, St. Barbara Bastions, Valletta


The "food is always good" and "presented nicely" and "very well explained". "Service is good and top notch".
Triq Sqaq Lourdes, St Julian's


Exquisite food served in a "warm and inviting atmosphere". "Great wine selection as well".
16, Triq il-Knisja, Xaghra, Gozo