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Grotto Tavern

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10 Parish Square, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1232, Malta
+356 79453258
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00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Tue 19:00 - 22:00
Thu - Tue 00:00 - 15:00
Thu 19:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 19:00 - 23:00
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Newport, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great restaurant , lovely staff really helpful and friendly. The food was great. . Free appetiser also. It's really a fab place.

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4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to this place on Easter Sunday evening presumably after a long hard day for all the staff... yet they were all extremely helpful and attentive. As regards the food... well it is amazing! Ordered a ribeye steak medium rare and for a meat lover like me I must give it full marks. Rest of my family had fish... More 

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Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern More 

Hudson River Valley, New York
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's been so long since I've eaten fish that I could rave about, that I don't often order it anymore. I'm so glad that I chose the Turbot tonight because everything about the dish was exceptional: the attractive plating (there's a photo of this dish dated 30 March at their Facebook page), the perfect taste/texture of the fish, the inventive/colorful... More 

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Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

In the small village of Rabat off the square is this little restaurant down some stairs. After the village celebrated the feast of St Joseph we decided to begin our own little feast, and a feast it was.. Very, very friendly staff explaining the menu and specials. We had a lovely 3 course feast. . Octopus was the best I... More 

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Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern More 

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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 March 2017

I went twice and hope to visit again, but it will have to be a special occasion or maybe Christmas or Easter time since it's a bit pricey

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Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern More 

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017

We ate at the Grotto Tavern in early March, 2017. The decor is beautiful and the staff are friendly and attentive. We were given a nice complimentary starter platter. We both ordered an organic free range chicken dish that was delicious and the chef was kind enough to replace the butternut squash puree with potato puree (since we hate squash).... More 

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Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern More 

Varna, Bulgaria
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373 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

We stumbled upon "Grotto Tavern" after strolling around Rabat and St Paul's catacombs on a very hot summer day. The restaurant is a bit underground and we happily enjoyed its coolness. The food can't be described with words, it must be tasted! Delicious and fabulous is the least I can say. Superb combination of ingredients, professionally prepared and beautifully presented... More 

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Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern More 

Grantham, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I ordered a rabbit mousse starter and was looking forward to this - rabbit is a speciality on Malta - then the waiter said that the chef wasn't happy with it and so I must pick again. Disappointed but kudos to the establishment that takes such care in what they provide. The meal was fine and the local, limited edition... More 

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Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern More 

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Reviewed 17 February 2017

Modern dining, with quality food and great service. A fantastic combination not found everywhere on the island. The atmosphere is calm and cool, lots of privacy and space, the food is truly to die for and the service is attentive. I would highly recommend it! Will go back for sure :)

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St. Paul's Bay, Malta
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017

This was the third time we've enjoyed a dinner at The Grotto Tavern, and the experience always exceeds our expectations. The Grotto Tavern has undergone a very tasteful and professional refurbishment. Not only has the ambience been upgraded, but also the food. Don't get me wrong...the food was always bliss (see my previous review), but this third time we've eaten... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 16 - US$ 28
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Cheap Eats, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
19:00 - 22:00
00:00 - 15:00
Monday
19:00 - 22:00
00:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
19:00 - 22:00
00:00 - 15:00
Thursday
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
Friday
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Saturday
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Parish Square, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1232, Malta
  • Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Rabat
  • Phone Number: +356 79453258
Description
Situated in the charming village of Rabat, opposite St Paul's Church, The Grotto Tavern Restaurant boasts a typical Maltese house of character, which has been transformed into a lovely restaurant retaining original Maltese features and an interconnecting cellar featuring a 2000 year old cave. The Grotto Tavern's kitchen brigade have and continue to satisfy the palate of a multinational clientele with sublime cuisine, bringing together the finest seasonal produce with innovation, finesse and expertise to bring forth tantalising dishes. The Grotto Tavern Restaurant guarantees a discreet and an impeccably attentive service allowing patrons the time to savour and enjoy the cuisine and the company.

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