The Prickly Pear

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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travelers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.9 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.7 of 5 bubbles
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PRICE RANGE
$8.00 – $55.00
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
FEATURES
Street Parking, Wine and Beer
About
Named after the local prickly pear fruit with a tough exterior and a soft interior. Our creative chefs follow a seasonal menu created with the intention to tantalize the health conscious and equally those who like us, prefer to let go. Dishes include some typical local and Mediterranean dishes, along with our signature ‘House-Favourites’. All of our offerings can be paired with a selection of local craft beer, wine or cocktails, all while enjoying a great ambiance, decorated with traditional Maltese tile prints and interiors. We are open daily, à la carte, 7 days a week for late breakfast, lunch and dinner!
PRICE RANGE
$8.00 – $55.00
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
FEATURES
Street Parking, Wine and Beer
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles95 reviews
Excellent
68
Very good
12
Average
7
Poor
4
Terrible
4
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Margaret B
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
We went for a relaxing day at the Nataraya Day Spa & Wellness, thanks to Santina our day was really enjoyable. Highly recommended!!!! Definitely will visit again. During our stay, we also went there for lunch at The Prickly Pear where the food was extremely delicious and well served. The place is also beautifully decorated with lots of attention to detail. Keep up the excellent work !!!
Written January 7, 2020
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SolanaHotel
Dear Guest, Thank you for your positive feedback with reference to your recent visit to Prickly Pear. I do hope to welcome you again in the near future. Sincerely, Martha
Written January 8, 2020
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Julesf
Rugeley12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 couples
Absolutely fabulous food great choice on the menu meals are of a generous portion and presented very well. Served by Rene he was very pleasant and attentive a true pleasure and very enjoyable. Relaxed environment with live music in the hotel solana . Perfect evening .
Written February 28, 2020
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SolanaHotel
Dear Guest, Thank you for your positive feedback with reference to your recent visit to The Prickly Pear. I do hope to welcome you again in the near future. Sincerely, Martha
Written March 10, 2020
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Ruth Rakinic
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 family
Had my baby shower here. Food (afternoon tea) was delicious and service (especially by Sara) was excellent. Great value for the price and they cater for so many dietary requirements which made me comfortable knowing that all my guests would have something appropriate to eat without compromising on quality. Very nice atmosphere also!
Written May 19, 2022
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SolanaHotel
Dear Guest, We’re so delighted to hear that you chose to celebrate your special date with us! It’s an honor to be a part of this important day, and we are glad that we could provide a great service and quality dishes for you! We will make sure to pass this great review to the staff. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Thank you! Kind Regards, Prickly Pear Team
Written May 23, 2022
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Giuly
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 friends
I've been there to celebrate my birthday and booked in advance through the Facebook page.The day before I asked for a confirmation of my booking and they told me it was ok.On the day when I arrive they don't find my booking so I speak to the person in charge and they arrange a table for us in the middle of the room in front of an automatic door on the coolest day of the year. I ask for changing it as there were 2 other tables. In the meantime 30 minutes have passed. Then we finally order and I confirm if we can have one afternoon tea diary free and one vegan and they told me it would take around 45 minutes because it had to be booked in advance (of course I had it specified while booking).but that's ok,the time passed fast as we were having fun. At least the food was ok and the portion quite large so it worthed the waiting. We spend there the evening and we decide to have some drinks and nibbles and we order some arancini and other things. They bring us camembert bites instead but they looks similar so you cannot say before tasting them.when I asked what it was they told me camembert bites (I am intolerant to lactose) that wasn't what I ordered and they told me if I wanted the arancini I should have pay for that (wtf?!) This is the customer service I received on my birthday that I decided to spend there. No apologies but only an arrogant staff completely unprofessional. I should have been warned when a couple of days before I ordered a cappuccino with soy milk while waiting for my bus and after 10 minutes the girl brought me a cappuccino that probably had normal milk because I felt sick just after. And she didn't even give me the change nor the bill... I should have changed my booking to somewhere else. The only star I gave is for the afternoon tea price and the effort from the reception team of the hotel to try to solve my problem.
Written February 15, 2021
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SolanaHotel
Dear Giuly, We are really sorry about this mishap and we thank you for your valid comments as this will make us work harder to improve. It is unacceptable that our staff performed in that way and a meeting has been held and we have addressed all issues. On behalf of the team I would like to apologies for the inconvenience and hope that you will trust us again in the nearby future. Kind Regards, Monika
Written February 23, 2021
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Monica T
Mellieha5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021 couples
We ordered the vegan burger and vegan cheesecake from the menu to be delivered by bolt. They came fresh and warm. We were amazed because it was the first restaurant for us when they didn’t deliver burgers mashy and soggy. Thanks a lot, we will eat there again. I just want to encourage you to add more vegan options, one, although delicious, is not enough 😋
Written January 26, 2021
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SolanaHotel
Dear Monica, Thank you for taking time and sharing your experience with TripAdvisor community. Prickly Pear team and we really appreciate your feedback and your great experience with delivery from our restaurant. We can assure you that we will take a note of your advice for more Vegan options. Kindly note that our Afternoon Tea is now available as Vegan as well. Kind Regards Monika
Written January 26, 2021
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Rhianna
United Kingdom4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 friends
Not sure if we were unlucky but tried the restaurant 2 times as we were staying but the service was awful, honestly the worst I’ve ever experienced. Staff leave you standing around like a lemon half the time. First time we went we were sat for 10/15 mins before being asked if we wanted a drink. Food came out and it was adequate nothing special, Then the waiter forgot our bill at the end and we were waiting for about 15/20 mins for someone to come over and take our payment. In the end I had to walk up to someone and ask if they actually wanted us to pay. Next time, I just wanted to get a quick snack before leaving. Stood at the till area as wasn’t sure if the same person at the bar was also doing the restaurant. The guy was stood at the bar cleaning glasses 2 ft away from me with not a single other person in the restaurant or at the bar. Didn’t acknowledge or ask if I wanted anything at all so I just left. Very poor service and average food. Much better places to visit. The restaurant over the road Ta Peter for one. Lovely service, authentic food.
Written January 25, 2022
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SolanaHotel
Dear Guest, We are sincerely sorry to hear about your experience. This does not come anywhere near our standards. We are working with our chefs to ensure that it never happens again. We do our utmost to offer a good product and level of service and it seems that we did not perform as excepted. On behalf of the team we would like to apologies for the inconvenience. We're always ready to make things right, in the meantime we hope that you will give us a second chance. Kind Regards, The Prickly Pear Team
Written January 26, 2022
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June A
Surrey2757 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 none
I stayed in the hotel for a night and as my room wasn't quite ready when I arrived had lunch in the restaurant while I waited. There is a good choice of different dishes including gluten free, all of which were clearly labelled and it's not that expensive. I had a chicken salad followed by a Maltese sausage stew as part of the special meal deal with a soft drink. The salad would probably have been enough on its own as it was huge and very filling. The Maltese sausages are nice though. Service is good and the restaurant is nice and airy with tables well spaced with the music not too loud - and nice music too instead of all this modern stuff that makes me feel and sound far older than I am!
Written January 31, 2023
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SolanaHotel
Dear Guest, Thank you so much for taking the time to write this review ! We are thrilled to hear that you had a good experience at Prickly Pear restaurant. We are glad to hear that food and service were to your liking. We hope you will visit us again in the near future! Thank you. Kind Regards, Prickly Pear Team
Written February 1, 2023
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NeetsF
Woking114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 couples
This is a lovely restaurant within the Solana Hotel & Spa in the heart of Mellieha offering food all day long. We dined in the evening and were not disappointed with the varied menu. Deep fried squid as a starter is a huge dish - easily enough for two to share. The pizza I ordered was also huge and VERY tasty, and my partner’s pasta dish was plentiful, too. I like the look of the breakfast/brunch dishes, and they’re offering afternoon tea at the moment, too. Excellent food, lovely spot, great staff. We’ll be back!
Written November 7, 2021
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SolanaHotel
Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing this amazing review on TripAdvisor community. It means a lot to us to hear such a great comments. We are happy we could satisfied your taste at Prickly Pear and we hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Prickly Pear Team
Written November 8, 2021
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Sandyannpace
Swieqi2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 none
We visited Prickly Pear for our annual Christmas Staff Party in December 2021. The Food & Beverage Assistants and Restaurnt Manager were very welcoming and offered prompt service, with a smile. The food was divine, and the atmosphere is upscale, but in a relaxing way. I definitely recommend Prickly Pear to go out with friends, or a romantic night onto town.
Written December 19, 2021
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SolanaHotel
Dear Sandy, Thank you for sharing this great review on TripAdvisor community. It means a lot to us to hear such a great comments. We hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Prickly Pear Team
Written December 29, 2021
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Amy
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022 none
Really enjoyed dining here, did so several times as I was staying at the Solana Spa & Hotel but did not opt for included meal options. Food was lovely and delivered quickly (I guess I came on particularly quiet nights where I was one of few people dining so service was naturally very quick) All staff that served me were very kind, special shout out to the waitress with dark brown hair, I think her name is Monika? She was great and always made me smile! As I was a female solo traveller, I also felt very safe in the restaurant and hotel as a whole. 2 for 1 Happy hour was also great but the cocktails were too strong for my liking but that's just down to personal preference I guess haha! :)
Written February 13, 2022
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SolanaHotel
Dear Guest, We can’t thank you enough for the kind words. Your review means a lot to us and lets us know we’re on the right track! The team here at Prickly Pear is thrilled to receive such great rating. We will make sure to pass your compliment to our staff along with the chefs. We’re very grateful for customers like you and we are looking forward to seeing you again in the future! Thank you once again. Kind Regards, Prickly Pear Team
Written February 15, 2022
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inlovewithfood o
Malta103 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 family
The place is cosy and with a modern decor. Food is yummy however the server was really lacking friendly manners. Unfortunately this server (Katarina) wasn't friendly at all the moment we stepped inside the restaurant. Yes we didn't booked before but at least greet your customers (we were a large group of 10 persons). She brought hot drinks on the tray just above my 3 year old son's. She totally lacked professional etiquette; even when we ordered our food, she simple was forcing herself to do her job. This attitude unfortunately don't do justice and we don't think to come back because we weren't welcomed at all.
Written February 13, 2022
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SolanaHotel
Dear Guest, We’d like to thank you for taking the time to write this review and for the kind words. Your feedback is highly appreciated, as it enables us to further develop our products and services. We are sincerely sorry to hear about your experience. This does not come anywhere near our standards. We will try our best to make sure that it never happens again. We're always ready to make things right, in the meantime we hope that you will give us a second chance. Thank you once again. Regards, Prickly Pear team
Written February 15, 2022
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Paul J
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 couples
What a marvellous week being catered for at The Prickly Pear whilst staying at Solana, Melleiah. The food has always been timely and well-presented, reasonably priced and delicious:) Whether we’ve stopped by for a quick Mocktail when watching the Champions League or had a full meal, Sara and her staff (busy as they are) have always had a pleasant chat with us and given us some valuable insights into local life. We will be back :)
Written September 9, 2022
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SolanaHotel
ear Guest, Thank you for sharing this amazing review on TripAdvisor community. It means a lot to us to hear such a great comments. We will make sure to give Sara the recognition she deserves along with the whole team, they will be delighted to here the review! We are happy we could satisfied your taste at Prickly Pear and we hope to see you again soon. Kind Regards, Prickly Pear Team
Written September 10, 2022
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pickyslimiza
Sliema16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 none
Visited this restaurant a couple of weeks ago - the decor and atmosphere of the restaurant is lovely and very comfortable. Ordered a starter of Calamari Fritti which is always a favourite when we go out, but it was slightly tasteless. Our mains were carbonara but the pasta was not al dente but slightly more undercooked than that and so wasn't hugely appetizing. The cocktails were fine for the price paid. We wish to try this restaurant again in the future.
Written January 4, 2021
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SolanaHotel
Dear Guest, Thank you for taking time and sharing your experience with TripAdvisor community. Prickly Pear team and we really appreciate your feedback. We will do the best to improve ourselves. We appreciate your feedback, this will just help us to be better. We hope you will give us one more chance to prove ourselves and to give you great culinary experience. Kind Regards Monika
Written January 6, 2021
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lukem7285
Stafford4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 couples
Awful food. We stayed at the Solano hotel with the restaurant inside, tried the breakfast and it was inedible. We even tried a few starters in the evening and the food tasted and looked like it had been frozen. We will not being watering at this restaurant again
Written June 4, 2021
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SolanaHotel
Dear Guest, We are really sorry about this mishap and we thank you for your valid comments as this will make us work harder to improve our food product. We do our utmost to offer a good product and level of service and it seems that we did not perform as excepted. On behalf of the team I would like to apologies for the inconvenience and hope that you will trust us again in the nearby future. Kind Regards, Jonathan Grima
Written June 18, 2021
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Mil B
4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 friends
It says the restaurant closes at 11pm, I went there at 10.10pm to get some dessert. Customer service was horrible; I asked to sit down and said I wanted dessert the waitress just said no, we are no longer serving. Why have a 11pm closing time? The restaurant was half full as we entered a table was just getting their food, no consideration, unhelpful, crap customer service.
Written April 30, 2023
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Solana Prickly Pear Team
Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback. We’re very sorry to hear about your recent experience. This does not reflect the standard of service that our customers deserve. However, we would like to mention that our restaurant is open till 11.00pm serving drinks and kitchen operates until 10.00pm, therefore it can happen that some orders just went out. We sincerely apologize about the issues you experienced, and we hope to make this right. Please reach out at info@pricklypear.com.mt so we can rectify this issue. Thank you. Kind Regards, Prickly Pear Team
Written May 4, 2023
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