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Grotto Tavern

10 Parish Square, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1232, Malta
+356 7945 3258
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Overview
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (19 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (4 reviews)
“oysters” (4 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
CUISINES
Seafood, International, Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
LOCATION
10 Parish Square, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1232, Malta
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Grotto Tavern
1. Vasilena
"Service was personal and gracious, interesting menu and great wine"
cooperpeterj
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2. A Perfect lunch
"Pasta for lunch, it was Perfect!!! Mine was Tagliatelle Maltese"
Peter_van_Beek
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3. The decor
"I Loved the food, the decoration, the ambient and the service."
Enrique
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1 - 10 of 142 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Expensive and slightly pretentious. I knew the previous owners well. Belgium/ Maltese, decent food and good atmosphere and Didier was quite a character. Let us see if they get it right this time as they have stiff competition from AGape across the square.

Thank mjuk888
Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Initially planned to visit because of Tripadvisor reviews and was additionally incentivised by a lady at the entrance with a free aperitif voucher. It was a great experience, food is great, octopus stew was the best octopus dish I had, perfect and friendly service. Prices...More

Thank Lukasz_Cz
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Was lucky enough to find a hidden gem here in Malta. Had some Maltese food special that included stewed rabbit over pasta and a Maltese platter of sausage, cheese, bread, olives, and vegetables. It was very tasty and the host was fantastic. She even recommended...More

Thank Steven B
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We went there as suggested by the owner of the related guesthouse. A really pleasant dinner, the oysters were especially good. Price adequate to the offer.

Thank Massimo B
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Pretentious, interpretation is far from traditional dishes but not for the better! A personal interpretation of the dishes that pull out the main idea and the enjoyment from the dishes. have a tablespoon size Rego on a bowl of pasta When the rego is so...More

Thank noadear
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Grotto Tavern has lovely ambiance and the sweetest waitresses! Unfortunately we were not there everyday customers i guess. We choose this restaurant because they claim to know their way around intolerances/allergies which i have for both gluten and lactoses. That was the case; they just...More

Thank Desiree R
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

Excellent food and service. A very friendly atmosphere with jazz music and Rabat's parish church in the background.Will visit again.

Thank Geoffrey F
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

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

Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Very good food. We had some pasta, and they were excellent. Especially Linguine Vongole! The local desert was also good. The waiter was very friendly and served quickly. We really enjoyed the dinner there.

Thank Sa_Yam_08
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

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

Reviewed 8 September 2017

well this place could be much better, the quality of the food is less than avarege compare of the price and the design. overall we expected much more. I hope they will find the balance as it is in a lovely location and very cozy...More

Thank Charlotte G
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2017

Dear Charlotte, We regret any inconvenience you have experienced. We truly strive our best to keep a good name for our restaurant and take complaints very seriously. We highly appreciate your feedback as it will assist us in becoming better at what we do. Best...More

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Waited 5 mins to be served but waitress was too busy gossiping to a friend so I walked across the road.More

Thank roymark2000
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2017

Dear Roy, We regret any inconvenience you have experienced. We truly strive our best to keep a good name for our restaurant and take complaints very seriously. We will look into the matter with our service staff. We highly appreciate your feedback as it will...More

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Neil K
18 May 2017|
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Response from Sliema28 | Reviewed this property |
Check out their website for menu. Yes you can sit by the bar but its mainly an eating place.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$31
Meals
Brunch, 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
00:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Monday
18:00 - 21:30
00:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
18:00 - 21:30
00:00 - 15:00
Thursday
00:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 21:30
Friday
00:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
Saturday
00:00 - 15:00
18:00 - 22:00
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 7945 3258
  • E-mail
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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