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Root 81

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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 01/10/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 01/10/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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PRICE RANGE
$10 - $30
CUISINES
Mediterranean, European
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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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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The MICHELIN Plate: Good cooking
Comfortable restaurant
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went there last night and was greeted very warmly by the lovely staff. All of our food was excellent. I highly recommend the Wild Boar Tortellacci with truffle sauce, it was simply to die for! Thank you Root 81 team for making our evening such...a great one.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yesterday we visited Root 81 at around 8pm, and the atmosphere was very nice with a cool breeze blowing our way on the patio. The food was excellent, and the stuff was very friendly and knowledgable. I had the tortellaci for starter and the Beef...half for main. As for dessert I had the pistaccio cheesecake followed by an expresso. I highly recommend this restaurant, to anyone that enjoys a great food experience.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I had an unplanned, first-time, dinner at Root 81 last week. My wife had the wild boar and truffle tortellacci and a pistacchio cheesecake for dessert, while I opted for the beef short rib and as dessert the Belgian chocolate lava cake...with ice cream. To wash down the meal we had a very nice bottle of Pimitivo. The ambience was lovely and, if the food was superb, the service was simply amazing. Must go back!More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely Experience at Root 81. Food was exceptional and service was amazing. Our waiter Liam was great and provided us with a very professional and friendly service. Would definitely recommend and return. 👍🏼

Date of visit: May 2021
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roberr, Owner at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So glad to hear you enjoyed.Thanks for for coming at Root 81 and taking the time to share your experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been looking forward to Malta's restaurants reopening having heard about Root 81 from a friend. We were not disappointed. The menu is classy and interesting with something for everyone whether you're looking for a Maltese classic or dishes from further afield. The wine...list is extensive - lots of choice from Malta, Europe and the New World and something for every pocket, with no compromise on quality. And if you are celebrating (as we were) the ever-attentive Austin will wow you with his own cocktails that offer a wonderful way to get your visit off to a flying start. A big thank you to a happy team who offered us a warm welcome and an unforgettable experience.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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roberr, Owner at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So glad to hear you enjoyed.Thanks for for coming at Root 81 and taking the time to share your experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed May 10, 2021

First time I've been here, and it was just a wonderful experience overall. The perfect fun-loving atmosphere for a meal with friends or family. Delicious food and the plating was so eye-catching. The service was excellent and the wait between meals was just right. Very...humble owner and staff. Highly recommended to try it out!More

Date of visit: May 2021
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roberr, Owner at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So glad to hear you enjoyed.Thanks for for coming at Root 81 and taking the time to share your experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed February 28, 2021

We happened on this gem of a place by accident. We tried to have a meal within the wallls at Mdina but the only restuarant open was fully booked. So we took a wonder and found this place. Even though we didnt have a reservation,...Neal did us a solid and offered us a table by the balcony and it was perfect! The weather was perfect and the view gorgeous! As massive foodies who have a penchant for taster menu's, the food here is really a must try. We had a couple of starters and I can not fault any of it! the oxtail croquest, foie gras, octopus! I mean the tumeric butter served with the bread was yummy! Tucking into the DUO of duck was a joy to my palate. Everything we sampled was perfect, whilst we felt like the dishes too a bit of time comng out, tghat time was well spent with Julia who was the best hostest! Definitely worth a visit, you will not be disappointed. And if you are really nice, Julia might offer you a frangelico which has got to be the best tasting digestif ever! Thank you for a fantastic lunch .. We will be back! Cheers Ndidi & NealMore

Date of visit: February 2021
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roberr, Owner at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

So glad to hear you enjoyed.Thanks for for coming at Root 81 and taking the time to share your experience. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed February 21, 2021

Fantastic food, service, decor, price. Such a pleasure to eat somewhere and leave feeling totally satisfied on all aspects. Highly recommend you try this gem 👌

Date of visit: February 2021
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roberr, Owner at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us. We look forward to see again soon !

Reviewed February 18, 2021

First time and for sure will not be last...excellent food and service...BIG WELL DONE AND KEEP IT UP...

Date of visit: February 2021
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roberr, Owner at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded February 24, 2021

Thank you so much for your kind words. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us — We look forward to see you again

Reviewed February 12, 2021 via mobile

Visited for the first time last Saturday evening as a couple. We were served by the owner and masterchef himself, Robert, who was very attentive to our needs and is a very outgoing person who knows how to engage positively with clients. The restaurant itself...offers a very relaxing atmosphere with beautiful views. The food is simply exquisite. Staff was extremely helpful and Robert very able in suggesting choices which cater for everyone, including those with particular needs. Very much impressed!! Highly recommended.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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roberr, Owner at Root 81, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2021

Thanks for coming at Root 81 and taking the time to share your experience. Robert Cassar

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Yes, Root 81 is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Root 81 is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5