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Il-Merill

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9, St. Vincent Street, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM 1448, Malta
+356 7942 3568
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6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer

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  • 194
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  • 26
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent Maltese Restaurant

Another excellent restaurant in Malta but it is very very small so booking is essential. Portions are very big and the food is excellent. I personally did not find the service particularly attentive or friendly and because the place is so small there was little atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
grh1963
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

Another excellent restaurant in Malta but it is very very small so booking is essential. Portions are very big and the food is excellent. I personally did not find the service particularly attentive or friendly and because the place is so small there was little atmosphere.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Really high quality traditional Maltese cooking with fresh local produce. Great meats and fish. Friendly efficient service. Will return.

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We looked for a restaurant off the beaten track and found this one up a non commercial street off the front road. The family run business had all tables reserved except one which was good for the four of us. The food and local wine were excellent and the price very reasonable.The staff were very helpful and friendly. We enjoyed... More 

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Cramlington, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Set on a small side street near the new Pandora shop. Small and very friendly. Everything is cooked while you wait. Ate here several times and never disappointed. Finally got to try their octopus stew - easily the best I've had. Best to reserve a table if you're going Friday or Saturday

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Plymouth
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47 reviews 47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We are here recently because I liked the name and the menu of local specialities looked good. We hadn't booked but we're able to get a table. We chose a couple of local dishes, rabbit and bragoli (beef olives). Before they arrived we got bread and nibbles to share. Tasty capers and beans. The food was delicious. The rabbit just... More 

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Inverness, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Excellent food at amazing prices - so much you can barely eat it all. The rabbit stew was lovely, s was the rabbit spaghetti. ll-Merill pasta is also recommended if you like your veg. The service is slow as everything is freshly prepared and some of th staff can be a bit rude, but it doesn't distract from a lovely... More 

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Derbyshire
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95 reviews 95 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

There are plenty of restaurants in Sliema area offering a few Maltese dishes among the more predictable list of Italian and international offerings on their menus. Il-Merill (which is Maltese for the thrush) is more authentically Maltese than most, tucked away off in a small side street behind the Sliema waterfront near the Valletta ferry. It's a fairly small room... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

I ate dinner here with a friend one evening. I had the rabbit and she had the rabbit stew. Both were cooked in a house sauce which has a peculiar flavour, it sort of left an aftertaste which I didnt really enjoy. The vegetables were sprinkled with aniseed. A little different and not to my taste, but may be for... More 

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Braybrooke, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Delicious food, if a little hectic set in an authentic restaurant - A great find worth a visit. You are best to book as they are always busy. Book for the earlier sitting as the fresh fish always runs oiut

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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

This little family run restaurant is pretty cramped but the food was very good. I had the sea bream which was lovely and I really enjoyed the Maltese style potatoes served with it. My partner had rabbit - traditional Maltese fare - which came with a rich tasty sauce. Cramped so we got to know the couple at the next... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 9, St. Vincent Street, Sliema, Island of Malta SLM 1448, Malta
  • Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Sliema
  • Phone Number: +356 7942 3568

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 14 - 33
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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