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23 Windmill Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 11, Malta
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Ranked #15 of 153 restaurants in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $54 - $81
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

We had lovely food and very good service! We can really recommend this little nice restaurant! We had lamb racks a nice maltesian red wine, it tasted very good!

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York, United Kingdom
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38 reviews 38 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

We are currently on holiday in Malta. Maltese friends took us to Giannini. I didn't know of this restaurant ... I can very easily say one of the best ive ever eaten at. Very professional from the moment you walk in... But also friendly. Our food "my wife and I" was cooked to perfection. We had a wonderful evening. Many... More

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Birkirkara, Malta
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6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Since I like to try new restaurants and I have lately been to the same restaurants over and over since they are to die for.. I chose Giannini at random from tripadvisor. I had very high expectations from previous reviews. But either we were very unlucky or the reviews are made from friends or what not. When we arrived the... More

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GianniniValletta, Owner at Giannini, responded to this review

Dear sir we are very sorry for the bad experience you had at our restaurant. Our aim is to provide good service also fresh food. As for the antipasto you had shared , the mussels were fresh imported from Scotland but knowing as seafood we have no guarantee that if there will be 1 mussel bad. Knowing yourself that mussels... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

The review dated 17 october 2013 wasn't sent to GIANNINI BUT to SAN GIULIANO IN ST. JULIANS. I am 100 % sure that I wrote san giuliano. I wonder how my comment has transfered to GIANNINI of Valletta, as I know for sure that Giannini is one of the best in Valletta, MALTA. Still can't believe my eyes. Frank G

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Expensive , small restaurant but food excellent, service excellent a real must for a unique experience would definately return.

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Warwick, United Kingdom
11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Whilst it cost over £100 for the 2 of us it was special. It was our wedding anniversary. The service was impeccable and the food was of a very high standard. If only the terrace had been open- it was closed due to a short storm- it would have been exactly as we had wanted. The view is stupendous.

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Kenilworth, United Kingdom
16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

I rarely give 5 stars. This deserved it. We called in on a quiet lunchtime whilst on a business trip. The restaurant is in a stunning location with views over the Harbour. The food was excellent. We started with a mixture of starters and they were all really good. I had the pumpkin soup and it was presented to me... More

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Island of Malta, Malta
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Booked a table last week for a special night and certainly had one of the best nights. Perfect wine list and could not choose from the menu! Loved my fish although I forgot what it's called (rockfish i think) it was one of the best fish I ever tasted. The deserts were to die for and you could also tell... More

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Qrendi, Malta
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Had never been to this restaurant before, wanted to celebrate my 19 year wedding anniversary. It was suggested by a friend and I don't regret it. Don't miss out on this marvellous restaurant and spectacular views. Peaceful, Great hard-working Chef and professional staff always there with a sincere smile.The food excellence and the deserts what can I say home made... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Excellence I cannot find any words to describe this unique and marvellous resturant. Great hard working Chef, polite and professional staff always there for al your needs. The food made to perfection, wine excellent, deserts all home made. Great value for money. And finally the View was sensational and so peacful and lovely.

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