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Sottovento

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Fish & Chips, Mediterranean, Pizza & Pasta
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Triq Ix-Xatt Il-Birgu, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2180 8990
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12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 47
    Very good
  • 30
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 62
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Ideal for the warm months to sit under the arches or umbrellas and enjoy a fab lunch or dinner.

The Sottovento restaurant and it's twin nextdoor restaurant, Cucina di Mare are ideal for the warm months as they have an outdoor accomodation under the arches or right out under huge umbrellas facing the sea. The tables are coloured a fresh blue with a white runner and look welcoming. Both places... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Antoinette B
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Island of Malta, Malta
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Marsascala, Malta
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

Service awful, staff just plain rude and arrogant. Pleased to say this is not typical of the service we have recived from the Maltese, who we have found to be welcoming, friendly and professional. The staff in particular, (we think) the head waiter was none of these. He was so full of himself it was almost comical. Would NEVER go... More 

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Valletta, Malta
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015 NEW

I have given this place more than 1 chance. This time we went for an espresso but they managed to mess it up.... Not good even for a quick coffee. The previous times I went there food was average but the main issue is still the staff. Need to be trained properly ASAP. You have to chase them to order,... More 

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2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Very good location, near the seacoast, the harbour and the maltese maritime museum, really romantic place especially at twilight. the staff was very helpful and kind. Both the indoor and outdoor part are cozy.

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Island of Malta, Malta
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

The Sottovento restaurant and it's twin nextdoor restaurant, Cucina di Mare are ideal for the warm months as they have an outdoor accomodation under the arches or right out under huge umbrellas facing the sea. The tables are coloured a fresh blue with a white runner and look welcoming. Both places are renowned for their food, ( Sottovento also bakes... More 

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mimiana, Manager at Sottovento, responded to this review

Thank you Antoinette B. for your compliments for our restaurants Sottovento bistro pizzeria and Sottovento Cucina Mare. We are happy that you enjoy your time in our restaurants and our food as well. Of course, our restaurants are good for a romantic time as a couple as well for families and we welcome you with open arms anytime. Have a... More 

St. Paul's Bay, Malta
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Fettuci hai gamberi and Ravioli funghi Porcini: Simply mouth watering!! Well done to all, great location, excellent staff! The service was prompt.

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mimiana, Manager at Sottovento, responded to this review

Dear NicholChet, you made great choice in pasta and hope next time you will try our fresh fish or pizzas. Thank you for your time spend in our restaurant. have a great day:) Regards, Management More 

Malton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

I went with my friends to have lunch. It was a Sunday. We waited for about an hour or so to be served with our starters. The staff were polite and after our starters the main meal consisting of a mixture of fish came in a matter of 30 minutes. The atmosphere was superb and the surroundings were amazing. The... More 

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mimiana, Manager at Sottovento, responded to this review

Mr. Gaetano, thank you for your honest opinion. we do our best every time to improve in food and service as well. we took notice of your observation and we are more attentive, fast and efficient with every client from now on. thats the challenge and we are happy to raise to your expectations. we are happy that you enjoy... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I hadn't visited this restaurant in a while and was pleasantly surprised. The staff was pleasant, efficient and most of all friendly. The food was very good and the prices are reasonable. Being in such a beautiful location is also a bonus.

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mimiana, Manager at Sottovento, responded to this review

Dear louise is true the location of our restaurants gives a bit of a charm which is added to our general atmosphere. with good food, location and relaxing atmosphere our restaurant have the perfect combination to enjoy anytime and we are happy that you noticed. hope we will see you in the future and you will have a great experience... More 

Marsascala, Malta
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

The only "sotto" here is in the name, if the restaurant you are after has to have a historical setting, be close to the sea and yet have the jet set with their super yachts as neighbours, this is definitely for you! We really love this place and particularly the fresh fish and the way it's cooked. Take the pagru... More 

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mimiana, Manager at Sottovento, responded to this review

Dear Michel, we are happy that you tried our fresh fish which is a special delicacy in our restaurant. Hope to see you again soon. Regards Management More 

Kalkara
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We arrived their about 8:30pm without any reservations. Ask for a table for 2 inside, and the gentle staff show us a table. We wish to take some Wine and ordered the food. My Wife take the Grilled Chicken Breast with Mushroom Sauce & I take Fillet in Pepper Sauce. The Wine & Food are excellent, even the deserts are... More 

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mimiana, Manager at Sottovento, responded to this review

thank you paul for your appreciation of our food and atmosphere created in our restaurants. hope you will have many more of enjoyable evenings with your family in our restaurants. Warm welcomes from Sottovento staff More 

1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

i go to sottovento restaurant very often, theres a very nice atmosphere,friendly staff and most of all excellent food + (mouth watering pizza ;) 100% recommanded

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mimiana, Manager at Sottovento, responded to this review

Hello Pauline we are glad that you visit us so often and we do our best to keep up the standard of our food and service. we wish you further more special and enjoyable evenings and lunches in our restaurants Sottovento Bistro pizzeria and Cucina Mare. warm welcome, Sottovento staff More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Triq Ix-Xatt Il-Birgu, Birgu (Vittoriosa), Island of Malta, Malta
  • Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Birgu (Vittoriosa)
  • Phone Number: +356 2180 8990

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 13 - 22
  • Cuisine: Fish & Chips, Mediterranean, Pizza & Pasta
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?