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PRICE RANGE
$8 - $26
CUISINES
Mediterranean, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
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Updated 10/07/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 10/07/22 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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The unusual name is a reference to the town’s old bus route but it also alludes to good ingredients being the root of good cuisine. Dishes have broad M...
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Reviewed 1 week ago

It was raining and we arrived 1.5 hours earlier than our reservation. The boss still let us in and allowed us to order a bottle of prosecco in their new bar on the first floor. Afterwards moved to the restaurant and had a truely fantastic...dinner. Great music and ambience. Fantastic value. Really recommend this restaurant.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We popped in after a disappointing meal in Mdina, so fancied a dessert to round the evening off. Called into Root 81 and were sat in the 'leaf' and waited on by the brilliant Martina, who was a delight to chat too and be served...by. She recommended a lemongrass cocktail for my husband which was delicious, and I had the lemon dessert which was perfect. An absolutely joyous evening. Thanks Martina!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went to this restaurant two times in a row because we liked it a lot. We tried several dishes and they were all delicious. We were very impressed by their meats. They were very careful to our special dietary needs (celiac). They were very...friendly and always ready to answer to all our requests. I really recommend this restaurantMore

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

When we travel around the world we seek out amazing restaurants for dinner. We have been in Malta for over a week and I can say that this is by far the best diner we have had. The food is amazing from the fist bite...to the last. We loved the pig croquette and the duck appetizer. The. Followed by the fist and duck breast main meals. The trio chocolate peanut dessert was out of this world. You must go.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rabat is fast becoming the centre of culinary excellence and at present I would rate Root 81 as very marginally the best. I am not a great fan of Degustation menus but my wife persuaded me this time. Having been before I thought that if...anywhere could pull it off it would be Root 81 and Robert's skill as a chef. I was not wrong, the meal the ambiance on the Saqqajja steps and the wonderful service combined to make an impeccable dining experience. This restaurant has gone from strengthg to strengh in recent years. I wonder what 2023 will bring.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 12, 2022 via mobile

We will carry very happy memories of our supper here. The proprietor welcomed us warmly and enthusiastically which made for a great start. This restaurant is tucked into the walls — there are tables out on small balconies overlooking the wide open plain. We were...placed just inside so benefitted from the view and sense of being at an open window. The food is strongly recommended. The wild boar within pasta was outstanding. A long cooking process gave this a deep gamey flavour. The duck breasts were beautifully cooked - so tender. The service was attentive. The dishes and the elaborate way they were cooked were explained - with joyful pride. If in Rabaul/Mdina.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 21, 2022 via mobile

We had this on our list for our holiday in Malta but didn’t book until a couple of days before once we’d sorted our plans after arriving on holiday. Booking a table was easy to do using the online booking on their website and the...restaurant was in touch immediately via text to confirm seating and availability. Once we arrived, the restaurant exceeded expectations from beginning to end as we watched the sun set throughout dinner. The food, cocktails, wine and staff were all perfect and will be a great meal to remember. Reasonably priced and definitely recommend a visit if you are in Malta. We followed dinner with a short walk round the corner to Mdina, a walk around here was an amazing way to end the day before booking a taxi via the Bolt app which arrived in minutes and took us back to our hotel in Mellieha (20 mins away).More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 19, 2022

Very nice place with perfect food and excellent staff. Big well done for all team. We will come again for sure.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed September 17, 2022 via mobile

My husband surprised me with a romantic dinner for my birthday. He opted for the balcony experience which I really appreciated and recommend to every couple for the beautiful view, privacy and delicious menu. Good selection of wines and really professional service by all the...staff.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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roberr, Chef at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2022

We really appreciate your time to share your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Root 81 team

Reviewed September 13, 2022

I cannot express the level of food quality I witnessed at Root 81. We opted for the tasting menu, and the top dishes are definitely: the Local Goat Cheese Fritters; the Mosaic Of Salmon; the Duck Tortellacci and finally the Local Rabbit Roulade. I must...admit that the service was below the level I expected for a Michelin rated restaurant. We waited for almost an hour between our first and second course, and only managed to gain the staff's attention by waving frantically - to which we were informed that our next dish was in fact the third one in the list. We informed them of this error, and was quickly amended. I must admit that some of the staff team was super polite and cared for our time with them. Finally, I would recommend you opting for the Balcony experience should you want a night free of excess noise from other tables with children.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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roberr, Chef at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2022

We really appreciate your time to share your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Root 81 team

Reviewed September 4, 2022 via mobile

Nice romantic spot! The cocktails were delicious and interesting, and starters of local gbejna cheese fritters and duck tortelloni were both incredibly good. Staff were friendly and attentive. Being outside, there is a bit of road noise, but the almost panoramic sunset views all the...way to the coast more than made up for it!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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roberr, Chef at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2022

We really appreciate your time to share your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Root 81 team

Reviewed September 1, 2022 via mobile

Food was 10/10, especially the beef short rib. Lovely setting overlooking Malta from the hill that Mdina is on. Whilst this restaurant isn’t actually in Mdina, it may as well be. Incredible service from the whole team, Austin was very charming and accommodating, as were...the other members of staff including the chap in the pink shirt who’s name I couldn’t get. Would highly recommend!!More

Date of visit: September 2022
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roberr, Chef at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2022

We really appreciate your time to share your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Root 81 team

Reviewed August 30, 2022 via mobile

I really liked this venue. You are sitting by the walls of the mdina, outside with views over the country side. The service and style was done with class but without the pretense Of many Michelin restaurants

Date of visit: August 2022
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roberr, Chef at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2022

We really appreciate your time to share your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Root 81 team

Reviewed August 20, 2022

This comes close to the best dining experience we've had in a long time. You've got good, then you've got really good, and Root 81 makes part of the latter group. The attention to detail in literally 'everything' is palpably visible - from the décor,...to the menu presentations and food selection, cleanliness... one could go on and on. We were welcomed very warmly, but when you're led to the balcony table, it's truly an experience as soon as the balcony doors are opened It's comfortable-chic, in a breath-taking setting which would make any history aficionado swoon. The staff, each and every single one we managed to glimpse (and there were enough to ensure that all patrons were taken care of without undue waiting), seemed to have been picked from the top of the class... everyone looked eager to be there. In particular, we must thank Neil, who kindly and very gently assisted us during the very relaxing evening. With our particular-white on the wine list, we were more than happy to dig in into the fantastic fireworks of taste the Balcony Degustation Menu offers. Nothing was out of order, not even a leaf astray in the microgreens that topped that delicious traditional 'lampuki' (mahi mahi) and tuna dishes. We definitely plan on returning. Well done and thank you so much!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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roberr, Owner at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2022

We really appreciate your time to share your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Root 81 team

Reviewed August 11, 2022 via mobile

A must-see restaurant for your visit to Malta... refined cuisine and a pairing of wonderful dishes. The service is impeccable and of an unusual kindness. Thank you to the chef and all his staff for this unforgettable moment...... Olivier and Alexandra the French who do...not speak English too well 😅More

Date of visit: August 2022
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roberr, Chef at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded September 17, 2022

We really appreciate your time to share your experience with us. We look forward to seeing you again soon. Root 81 team

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Root 81 is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5