Where to Eat in Mdina: The Best Restaurants and Bars

August 25, 2017 Leonarda Pillsbury

Graceful Mdina, the stately town known as the Silent City, holds court from the southwest corner of the captivating island of Malta. The commanding medieval Old City perches on its rocky promontory, its fortified bastions looming above the azure waters of the Mediterranean. This enchanting Maltese city offers a warren of narrow streets, populated by churches, palaces and gracious houses, punctuated by large squares and delightfully free of cars in its UNESCO-designated ancient quarters.
Things to do in Mdina

1. Bacchus Restaurant

1 Inguanez Alley, Mdina, Island of Malta 1030, Malta Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$47 - HK$385 +356 2145 4981
Excellent
46%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
7%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Bacchus Restaurant

Medieval Mdina is a city of wonders. Along the narrow lamp-lit streets, the Cathedral, convents, palazzos, quaint little houses and museums which characterise the Silent City you will find Bacchus Restaurant on the first turning to the left as you enter Mdina. Bacchus’s Chefs and Serving Staff make no bones about the fact that they consider the input of customers as the strongest motivation for them to give their customers the kind of experience they would enjoy. Let us know - directly. And we'll make sure your experience here is what you want.

Reviewed By N33l30N - Zurrieq, Malta

Visited this restaurant for Saturday Lunch, what an amazing experience, very relaxing, quiet ambiance and rustic interior. Staff amazingly welcoming and friendly. Food was very good, excellent in taste and in presentation. Very well done, will definitely recommend.

2. de Mondion Restaurant

The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux | Misrah Il-Kunsill, Mdina, Island of Malta 1050, Malta Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night HK$502 - HK$1,201 +356 2145 0560
Excellent
63%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 347 reviews

de Mondion Restaurant

The de Mondion restaurant at The Xara Palace Relais & Chateaux has consistently rated amongst the top restaurants on the island. Set atop Mdina's centuries-old bastions, the de Mondion enjoys truly stunning 180-degree views of Malta, the Panorama providing a spectacular accompaniment to the restaurant's comfortable and convivial setting. We also pride ourselves in offering a discreet yet attentive service, leaving you time to savour the refined cuisine, the company and the view.The cuisine combines the finest seasonal produce with innovation and expertise to create tantalizing dishes of a style we like to call Modern Mediterranean.

Reviewed By richard g - Holt, United Kingdom

In a wonderful position overlooking most of Malta. Service was good, decent selection of wines, great atmosphere. We thought the food was exspensive and although good did not justify the price. You are really paying for the location and ambiance.

3. The Medina Restaurant

7 Holy Cross Street, Mdina, Island of Malta MDN 1231, Malta Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, International, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$188 - HK$385 +356 2145 0560
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 766 reviews

The Medina Restaurant

Dine in truly romantic surroundings beneath the flowering Oleander tree in the vine-clustered courtyard during the summer, and by candle-light and an open log fireplace that keeps the restaurant warm during the winter months. The Medina presents a selected à la Carte menu based on Mediterranean and local cuisine, frequently changed to guarantee the pleasure of regular diners.

Reviewed By AJM155019 - London, United Kingdom

had a special birthday dinner here recently, and was very impressed by the service, the location and the food. This was the best meal we had in Malta.

4. Fontanella Tea Garden

1 Bastion Street, Mdina, Island of Malta, Malta Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Late Night HK$8 +356 2145 4264
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Fontanella Tea Garden

Reviewed By Jenika I - London, United Kingdom

When I told my Maltese friends I was planning to spend a few hours in Mdina they advised me to go and try the chocolate cake at Fontanella or any of their sweets (meringues, etc). So once in Mdina I went there. I had a slice of the chocolate cake, it was very nice and a vanilla flavoured cappucino. Sadly I didn't know the cappuccino was already very sweet, I added plenty of sugar without tasting it first and it came out as something sooo sweet I didn't manage to drink it all. I am not one to waste food or drinks but that was too much. One advice: if you get any drink taste it first before adding anything. It's a pity because it seemed very nice.
The top floor of the Tea Room has a lovely view on the sea. I was told I could see Sicily from there (or from the Belvedere nearby) but even if the sky was clear I didn't manage to see it. If in Mdina it is a very nice idea to stop there for some refreshment and the lovely views.

5. Don Mesquita

5A, Mesquita Square, Mdina, Island of Malta, Malta Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Drinks +356 2702 6640
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 391 reviews

Don Mesquita

Reviewed By Piotr P - Krakow, Poland

We stopped at Don Mesquite in Pjazza Mesquita in Mdina during our trip to Citta Notabille today. It was a perfect day which - as it turned out - was complimented with a perfect lunch. I must admit, I've checked on TripAdvisor before going to Mdina and was planning to go to Don Mesquita. And I can tell you - we were not disappointed! Although we ordered only Maltese Plate for Two (and followed it with chocolate cake), the whole experience was amazing. The restaurant is located on a small pjazza, it's a nice stop during siteseeing, great food (Maltese Plate consisting of Gozo cheese, Maltese sausages, amazing capars, bigilla and other tasty stuff) is served by nice and helpful staff, house wine (red, Merlot) is quite tasty and cakes are great.
We will definitely come back during next trip to Mdina!
Thanks!

6. L'agape

Pjazza San Kataldu, Rabat, Island of Malta, Malta Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Mediterranean, European, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Late Night +356 2099 2209
Excellent
84%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 184 reviews

L'agape

Reviewed By Ed N - London, United Kingdom

It's a bit difficult to know where to start as everything was perfect. We were in Malta visiting friends and went to L'Agape on the last night as a group of 4. There is no menu as such - they change the dishes daily so it is a voyage of discovery in some respects! The food was exquisite and plentiful. They offered to do a mix of starters based on that day's menu which was tuna, squid stew, Sicilian sausage stew and bread. The mains we had were tuna steaks, ribeye steaks, beef kebabs and veal escalope - all cooked to perfection. We passed on dessert given the amount of food we tucked away on the first 2 courses. Book early as they are very popular.

7. Trattoria 1530

The Xara Palace | Misrah il-Kunsill, Mdina, Island of Malta MDN 1050, Malta Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, Pizza, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$369 +356 2145 0560
Excellent
43%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 618 reviews

Trattoria 1530

Reviewed By GOH77 - Malta

Must say it was my first time at Trattoria AD1530. I ordered the Ribeye steak as a main and asked for it to be medium cooked. Actually seemed more well done rather than medium, but anyway. I wasn't impressed at all - surely not the juiciest and most tender I've ever had. Asked for fries portion to be replaced as the first one was overcooked. Service needs some improvements too. I'm sure there are better options around.

8. Toffee & Co

34 St Augustine Str, Rabat, Island of Malta, Malta Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Cafe, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night HK$78 +356 2145 1996
Excellent
77%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 413 reviews

Toffee & Co

This is more of a little coffee shop / deli. It sells alcohol as well as cakes and sells packaged food to take away. I wanted to tell everyone to visit here, as it's lovely and we made friends with the ownsers

Reviewed By Stefan C

Cute quite location in an alley. Good service - very attentive. Good food from a small menu. Good prices.

9. Santa Lucia Specjalita Artigjanali

29 Main Street, Rabat, Island of Malta, Malta Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, Mediterranean, European Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +356 2145 1852
Excellent
66%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 80 reviews

Santa Lucia Specjalita Artigjanali

Reviewed By Lis4444 - Lincoln

We’re delighted to have discovered Santa Lucia, a small but perfectly formed café/cake shop in Rabat. Most tourists pile into Mdina, the Silent City, but a wander around Rabat reveals many treasures. We’ve enjoyed coffee and cakes here and the Maltese bread pudding was delicious - still warm, delicately spiced and a generous portion too. The staff are friendly and welcoming and the café is very airy and clean. There is a wonderful range of cake and local specialities and Santa Lucia is just how a good café should be.

10. Palazzo De Piro

3 Triq Is-Sur, Mdina, Island of Malta MDN 1131, Malta Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Cafe, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night HK$47 - HK$196 +356 2010 0560
Excellent
43%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 818 reviews

Palazzo De Piro

Reviewed By Brian K - Godalming, United Kingdom

We had a quick lunch here. Terrific location, especially in better weather when the Terrace on the city ramparts is magnificent. Aims to be quite posh, part of an upmarket establishment. Our toasted Turkey Sandwich was very bland (even for a Turkey sandwich) and we've had better (fresher?) ftira elsewhere. Underwhelming on this visit, although I'm sure they know how to do it well.

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