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23 Windmill Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 11, Malta
+356 2123 7121
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12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Giannini a family run business since 1988 is an excellent place to have...
Giannini a family run business since 1988 is an excellent place to have lunch or dinner when visiting Valletta. The restaurant is situated above St. Michael's bastions with vast views of Manoel Island and the pretty Marsamxetto Harbour. The third floor of a typical Malta townhouse, reached by lift from the ground floor lounge bar, has been converted into a delightful restaurant. Giannini tends to be popular with locals for business lunches and romantic dinners giving it a casual but discreet atmosphere.The cuisine is a delicious blend of Mediterranean food. Fresh fish is available daily (ask the host) and you should also consider the daily specials such as the pastas scribbled on the board. The a la carte menu changes according to season with the current options for starters including carpaccio of octopus, risottos and fresh seashells amongst others. Mains include roasted lamb, local rabbit, pan seared duck breast and daily fresh fish and fresh angus beef. The a-la-carte menu is attached next to Giannini's contact details above. A rather comprehensive wine list is also available to complement the meal.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Great Evening with Great Food

We decided to book this restaurant after I look into tripadvisor, The photos where very nice and food looked great. As we enter the welcome was very nice and the owner gave us a table on the Terrace even if when I called there was no room but they manage to get me a table out. Food Was really... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
Kenneth C
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Island of Malta, Malta
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Island of Malta, Malta
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We decided to book this restaurant after I look into tripadvisor, The photos where very nice and food looked great. As we enter the welcome was very nice and the owner gave us a table on the Terrace even if when I called there was no room but they manage to get me a table out. Food Was really excellent,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

Typical fine dining experience. Attentive staff and lovely views. Recommended and well worth a visit - try the fresh fish.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

We were recommended by a local and were not disappointed. It has great views over the Harbour and the service is second to none. The menu was a good mixture of fish and meat, with plenty of choice. The wine list was also excellent and not stupid prices. Having eaten a couple of nights in the tourist restaurants, this was... More 

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ruth d, Manager at Giannini, responded to this review

Dear Sir/Madam, Many thanks for your positive comment. We are very pleased you enjoyed your evening at our Restaurant. Regards Ruth More 

London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We chose this is a romantic spot for our last night in Valletta. It wasn't the best food we had during the week, but it was very good, and you can't beat it in terms of location, ambience, and the superb view over Marsamxett Harbour, with the sun setting in the distance. To start I had asparagus and cheese, wrapped... More 

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Dear Sir/Madam, Many thanks for your positive comment. We are very pleased you enjoyed your evening at our Restaurant. Regards Ruth More 

Edinburgh
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27 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Treated ourselves to meal here on our last evening in Valletta on recommendation from someone local and it didn't disappoint. Good menu with staples and varied fish specials. We had mozzarella, fish soup and calamari for starters and fillet, rib eye, lamb and tuna for main accompanied by potatoes and veg and all were delicious. Good wine list available. Not... More 

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ruth d, Manager at Giannini, responded to this review

Dear Sir/Madam, Many thanks for your positive comment. We are very pleased you enjoyed your evening at our Restaurant. Regards Ruth More 

Malta
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Outstanding service from the minute we entered, excellent food and fantastic views over Sliema. God bless places like this.

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ruth d, Manager at Giannini, responded to this review

Dear Sir/Madam, Many thanks for your positive comment. We are very pleased you enjoyed your evening at our Restaurant. Regards Ruth More 

Leicester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

We wanted to have a nice - "last night's meal in Valetta". As we got back late from a day trip, we quickly looked on Trip Advisor and Giannini's came in the top 3. With great expectations we were quite disappointed. Some of the food was excellent - starters and tiramasu. However the mains were particularly disappointing and one of... More 

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ruth d, Manager at Giannini, responded to this review

Dear Sir/Madam, Many thanks for your comment. We have been established since 1988. Our strive is to give a good service and food. as for the main you order the rack of the suckling pig, whereas you had eaten it all and we still deduct it from the bill. I do believe that if something is not good you complain... More 

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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I had only heard about this place, went for a b'day dinner there and was quite pleased about the service and food. The only 'con' was the loud music coming from some teenagers playing below in Hastings' gardens (not the staff's fault). Portions were quite large, but delicious. Great view of Sliema (we were seated outside). The only 'complaint' was... More 

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ruth d, Manager at Giannini, responded to this review

Dear Sir/Madam, Many thanks for your comment. We are very pleased you enjoyed your evening at our Restaurant. As regards to the music outside, we truly do not have any control on the outdoor situation. Any sort of complaints must be made to the Local council or Police station. Our strive is to give a good service, we are very... More 

Somerset
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102 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

The service and view are both fantastic. Lovely staff (if a little stiff) attending to everything wether you want it or not! My carpaccio's to start were mixed. One didn't have the sea urchin as promised and the swordfish was poorly cut (dark, 'bloody' vein running through it). The other, the tuna, was delicious. My tagliatelle to follow (another special)... More 

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ruth d, Manager at Giannini, responded to this review

Dear Sir/Madam, Many thanks for your comment. Regards Ruth More 

Brussels, Belgium
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86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

View makes the price and you pay for the view. Food was ok but nothing special. Veal chop was way too huge and not even attractive on plate as it is so big. Creme brûlée was very good but top sugar coating not well done. Just barely touched with fire , so all sugar was still not melted for hard... More 

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Dear Sir/Madam, Many thanks for your comment. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 23 Windmill Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 11, Malta
  • Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Valletta
  • Phone Number: +356 2123 7121

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 54 - 81
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business, Local cuisine

Description

Giannini a family run business since 1988 is an excellent place to have lunch or dinner when visiting Valletta. The restaurant is situated above St. Michael's bastions with vast views of Manoel Island and the pretty Marsamxetto Harbour. The third floor of a typical Malta townhouse, reached by lift from the ground floor lounge bar, has been converted into a delightful restaurant. Giannini tends to be popular with locals for business lunches and romantic dinners giving it a casual but discreet atmosphere.The cuisine is a delicious blend of Mediterranean food. Fresh fish is available daily (ask the host) and you should also consider the daily specials such as the pastas scribbled on the board. The a la carte menu changes according to season with the current options for starters including carpaccio of octopus, risottos and fresh seashells amongst others. Mains include roasted lamb, local rabbit, pan seared duck breast and daily fresh fish and fresh angus beef. The a-la-carte menu is attached next to Giannini's contact details above. A rather comprehensive wine list is also available to complement the meal.
Open Hours
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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