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Reviewed August 20, 2022

I would like to thanks the owner of the restaurant and the waiter's sorry I did not ask there names. A first class service as soon as we enter the restaurant. Food was immaculate well cooked and with great tempo. As soon as they see...the wine class empty they fill it up again. I would like the italian waiter who speak good maltese thank you very much, like to see waiter's learn our language easy to communicate with them. And like to thank the person who came to take the order very professional person. RegardsMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed March 10, 2022

We had seen on internet that they had a tasting 5 course menu and even though apparently they did not have it anymore they still said they would fix it for us and they came through with flying colours. Tuna carpaccio and prawn tartare with...stracciatella - neonati patties, caponata and calamari fritti - spaghetti vongole and paccheri with prawns - a white fish with roast potatoes and veg followed by 2 beautiful and delicious deserts. Everything was top notch inclufing the very attentive service. Will definitely return and recommendMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed October 26, 2021

We wanted to go to a fine restaurant for our wedding anniversary, and we had to choose one of the best restaurants on the islands. Was not disappointed - the food, the service and the atmosphere. The staff were helpful and ready to accommodate us....Thanks to all and we will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed October 18, 2021

We have had lunch and breakfast buffet at VELA, both are worth the money. The variety of food at restaurant and it’s taste both are great.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed December 29, 2020 via mobile

We visit this restaurant again and again, lunch, dinner, midweek, weekend! Always a relaxing and delicious experience. Never disappointed, good value for money. Service is truly excellent, all staff accomodating and welcoming. The owner is always extremely nice and very much present, she greets guests...personally. We have come to know the wait staff and they are very obliging. The food is extraordinarily delicious, the pasta dishes exquisite, I'd say among the best in the world, the very best! We look forward to the specials, the element of surprise and newness is tantalising but above all we know it will be fantastic anyway. At this place you can have lobster without breaking the bank. We have tried a selection of antipasti, very tasty and fresh, both the crudo as well as the hot items, the latter freshly cooked and served piping hot. Pasta to die for as already mentioned, fish dishes cooked to perfection. We have also had meat dishes, also highly recommended. Desserts are excellent and a good variety is available. Even the bread and olive oil that accompany the meal are of outstanding quality. The wine list is extensive and we've had some really nice wines here. Suits every budget. An added bonus is parking availability. All in all this is the place where we know we can have a delicious meal, comfortably, at a reasonable price, in an excellent ambience. Highly recommended indeed!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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michelle, Owner at La Vela, responded to this reviewResponded January 4, 2021

Thank you so much for a lovely review! It is always a pleasure to host you and we will keep on trying our best to make your dining at La Vela as special as we can. Looking forward to hosting you again.

Reviewed November 24, 2020

This restaurant is perfectly located enjoying sea and marina views. The decor is fresh and classy. Adapted for lunch and dinner, family or romantic. The chef Enrico is a little genius in terms of flavour, creativity and presentation in spite of his young age. He...also like few chefs around, knows his wines as much as his food. Its a fish place really but we had excellent steaks too at times. its one of our favourites and top joints on the island. Spotelss and top class toilets too. Indoor and outdoor. One last thing. The host Michelle is a very beautfiul lady who smiles and carries her persnality right through the dining room. I would go even only to eet her never mnd the food. By the way. An encyclopedia of a wine list too. Please go and share your experience with me. A must at least once a month lol.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 12, 2020 via mobile

This is one of my favourite restaurants in Malta. Fresh ingredients, consistently good cuisine. Most staff (chef included) has worked here for many years and the owner runs front of house extremely elegantly. My wife, kids and I just had lunch here. Apart from an...exquisite meal, we were impressed by the safety precautions in place due to COVID. We felt perfectly safe and enjoyed every second of our dining experience. I strongly recommend La Vela. Best to book a table in advance.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 5, 2020

Highly highly recommend this lovely restaurant with a beautiful setting. For starters we had whitebait fritters,fritto misto,involtini of bresaola with cream cheese walnuts and honey. My daughter had spaghetti vongole and we had seabass al sale as main course. Everything was cooked with so much...love and perfection and I honestly and genuinely recommend this place. We finished off by sharing a Nutella cheesecake which was to die for. Felt very safe dining in this restaurant with all the necessary precautions in place. Willie Mangion definitely kept us entertained throughout the evening. Will definitely return.πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘More

Date of visit: September 2020
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michmus68, Owner at La Vela, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 2020

Thank you so much for a lovely review. We look forward to hosting you again

Reviewed February 15, 2020 via mobile

Lovely evening. Perfect service, excellent food. Caring host. Lovely atmosphere. Beautiful wife. Who needs more?

Date of visit: February 2020
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michmus68, Owner at La Vela, responded to this reviewResponded February 16, 2020

Thank you for your lovely review. We are very happy that you enjoyed your evening with us

Reviewed December 29, 2019 via mobile

Discover delicious Italian cuisine @la_vela_pieta in the heart of Malta on a seaside location. Absolutely loved this restaurant. We were not sure about how good it would be, however surpassed our expectations. The food was delicious, the waiters were lovely and made sure that we...were looked after properly but not in a way that made you feel rushed. Wine list was nice, just a very nice experience and yes we will be back again.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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michmus68, Owner at La Vela, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Thank you for your lovely review.

Reviewed December 24, 2019 via mobile

An exquisite meal based on seafood and fish dishes cooked to perfection. The ambience of this restaurant is perfect too, not too big, space between tables was adequate to have our privacy to chat. Although the restaurant was busy on Christmas Eve we were given...attention and service was excellent with all members of staff all knowledgeable about food and wine. Needless to say the dessert selection was perfect too. I opted for different pieces of real chocolate and Rum. Not a very common dessert on restaurant menus. I thank Michelle and her team for a perfect birthday meal.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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michmus68, Owner at La Vela, responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2020

Thank you so much for your lovely review and hope to see you again soon

Reviewed December 24, 2019 via mobile

Great Sicilian and Mediterranean food. Antipasti to die for. Great service and food. Specialises in sea food but the meat is great too Chef Enrico is a genius whilst Michelle keeps her customers happy

Date of visit: December 2019
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michmus68, Owner at La Vela, responded to this reviewResponded December 25, 2019

Thank you for your review. We hope we will have the pleasure of hosting you again.

Reviewed December 6, 2019 via mobile

What an excellent cozy restaurant this is ! Sumptuous food, quality service ( like the good old times) and superb hospitality. Highly recommended and can’t wait until next visit. Well done to the Director of Operations Michelle and all the team...you can feel the genuine...teamwork at this place. πŸ˜€πŸ‘More

Date of visit: December 2019
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michmus68, Owner at La Vela, responded to this reviewResponded December 7, 2019

Thank you so much for your review Mr Gauci. Looking forward to hosting you once again at Ristorante La Vela. May I also take this opportunity to wish you and your family a lovely, peaceful festive season from myself and my team. Regards, Your host...More

Reviewed October 19, 2019

I have had the opportunity of visiting this place twice in a row after being absent for some time. I must say the place has made a huge step up in quality and ambiance. Michelle is always herself, radiant and helpful. The wine waiter Enrico...is very knowledgable about wines and ready to help you make a choice,, the starters are amazing from deep-fried squid, to clams, scallops sauted octopus, etc.. The first course is a treat, made with homemade pasta and incredible sauces, my favourite is Ricci or red shrimp. The main course is a difficult choice as there is always a good variety of fresh fish to choose from. Not to miss are the cannoli disfatti..yumms finally, the eine list is huge and prices acceptable, but as I said the sommelier Enrico is there to help and guide. In all always a pleasure to go there have an excellant meal and relax.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed September 14, 2019 via mobile

Today I wish to re endorse one of our favorite restaurant. The starters were divine. Raw Red King prawns and Tuna Carpaccio for starters. Followed by excellently cooked Lampuki (El Dorado) and Triglie. Very tasty vegetables and tasty desserts- fruit Tart was divine as was...the Tiramisu with a Twist. Of course excellent wine and service could not be better. Congrats to Enrico the chef for feeding us brilliantly and Michele for her Hospitality!.More

Date of visit: September 2019
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