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“Avoid.” 1 of 5 stars
Review of Raffael

Raffael
4, St. Joseph Street, Saint Julian's, Island of Malta, Malta
+356-21352000
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Ranked #159 of 227 Restaurants in Saint Julian's
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
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“Avoid.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Our experience here was very disappointing. The location is first rate, no question. However with average service and mediocre food I would avoid this restaurant. We ordered Swordfish (cut with mechanical precision made me wary), a Well Done Steak (that was cooked Medium) and a mixed salad (that our son refused to eat - two day old lettuce and no quality). The potatoes looked like they had had a quick fire 4 minutes in the microwave. Throw in a beer, and OJ and a water and it was 55 euros for a very disappointing experience. There are much nicer restaurants around this area, alas this one has a grade A location. Textbook Tourist Trap if you ask me, as the title suggests, I would avoid this place.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
“looks can be deceiving!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

this restaurant looks the business very stylish from the outside. Inside the only letdown is the horrible plastic table and chairs which are very close to each other and pushed right up to the bar
this is quite basic food the pizza was average and the pasta dish my husband ordered was very poorly presented and disappointing the service is a bit haphazard three tables that came in after us were served and we were just left sitting with no explanation/apology
will not be returning as there are so many other better restaurants

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Munich
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63 restaurant reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great Location, Good Food, Lousy Service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Despite the really poor, slow, unattentive and careless service, we have been to "Raffael" quite a few times. Firstly because of the location, which is in lovely Spinola Bay. Secondly, because of their pizza which is excellent. Prices are okay, except for the salads which are overpriced for what you get.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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england
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Stunning setting and good service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

Visited in late October with large family group including 2 young children. Staff were very attentive and made us very welcome with children. Most seating is outside and nestled between the pretty harbor and picturesque stepped walkway. Timpana and fried carbonara were delicious.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Banff National Park, Canada
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28 restaurant reviews
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53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Amazing fried pasta and pizza.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2012

My husband and I visited on our honeymoon and ate here twice because it was so delicious. We order salami pizza and fried spaghetti carbonara. It is in a convenient and beautiful location overlooking a bay.

Visited October 2012
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