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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 - 23:00
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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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Grantham, United Kingdom
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164 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 Tom O
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Lara B
St. Paul's Bay, Malta
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank A N
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm a steak lover, and i will only adore a place where i can have a good steak. In this place i had the best one EVER ! I urge everyone if you like steak try the aged beef, it's very very good. The waiteress was kind and kept checking on us , if everything was okay but it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was given a experience cause i m a food lover .and i can conferm that once i was at the Grotto I traveled back in passed with all flavours s and gastro plates we had traveled with around the world

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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 

Rabat, Malta
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's a one of a kind experience, exactly when you enter you are warmly welcomed by a friendly waiter, the atmosphere is great and the place is a mixture of modern and antique style, service is great and food is excellent, what can i say about the amazing home made deserts, they are delicious. Keep up the good work, 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 

London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Tucked away underground, full of character and some traditional maltese pieces of decor, this little place has great service and quality food. Really enjoyed the pasta and the chicken plus some desserts! Thank you!

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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

We dined at Grotto Tavern yesterday. My usual goto place for fine cuisine was fully booked for the day, so I booked here. I must say, I was positively surprised, the cuisine was exceptional, the service was perfect. Every single dish was beautifully presented. The chef was able to create harmony, with every ingredient complimenting one another. This restaurant in... 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 

Northampton, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Fabulous dinner, although the place is not very inspiring from the outside, it's for sure one of the best food I had in Malta. The pictures of the restaurant are not up to date and it's a shame. Casual chic design now 12/16. Service is impeccable and the food is just so delicious, refined and exquisite with a little "... 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

The restaurant is really chic and welcoming at the same time. The staff is very friendly, the attentio and service are top quality. The food is delicious! Absolutely a must in Rabat.

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Thank Sandra C
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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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$27
Cuisine
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, 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, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups, Cheap Eats
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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