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Italian, Mediterranean, European
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This sweet little bistro started life in 1906 as a confectionery shop, serving, among other things, cassata Siciliana – which it still offers today. Si...
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Reviewed November 21, 2020

My boyfriend and I went there for dinner on November 2020. Because of Covid, we were the only ones in the restaurant. We had an excellent evening. The food was delicious. The atmosphere is genuine and authentic. The staff was especially helpful and nice. Would...go again to try more dishes. Note: the lamb was super tender.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 12, 2020

we tried to get a table here on our first night (a saturday) but it was fully booked. a good sign! after eating at the restaurant it is very easy to understand why it is so popular on the weekend: everything is delicious. it's a...cosy family-run (and family owned) joint where people really care about food. the lighting was warm and homey and the decor was very beautiful. expect traditional dishes in hearty portion sizes done to perfection, mixed with more adventurous concoctions. some of the dishes i ate included pressed and deep fried pigs head (which was a LOT more appetising that it sounds!) and rabbit arancini. our host also picked out a local wine for us - a perfect match for the meal. the hospitality was remarkable - it was like eating at a friend's house. 10/10 would recommend. and would definitely go back! if you're planning to go on the weekend, be sure to call ahead and book.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed September 29, 2020

Was told about this fantastic place by a Maltese friend, great authentic food with an owner who is unbelievably knowledgable and passionate about food and wine.If you go to Malta this place is a must ! book in advance.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 10, 2020 via mobile

Another excellent meal. Asparagus was delicious, as was the tagliata. My husband had beef carpaccio and lamb - equally good. Service outstanding as always (thank you Toni!). Always well worth a visit.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 6, 2020 via mobile

Having read some of the previous reviews we soon decided that Rubino was unmissable and we were not to be disappointed! We booked a lunch table for two over the phone and took a small table at the front of this charming former confectioner’s shop....Our host, Toni, was warm and attentive, explained the menu and the specials and happily chose the glasses of local wine for me at my request. A refreshing and fruity glass of local Chardonnay appeared before me. Whilst we considered our food, we devoured two small bowls, one of crunchy hummus and the other of unguent caponata. The accompanying local bread is very hard to resist. For a starter I chose Aljotta and my partner chose local goats cheese with fig jam. The Aljotta is a local fish and vegetable soup served with a quarter of lemon and by god was it delicious! My partner’s soft cheese no less so. I had asked Toni what I should try for my main course and he was unequivocal: “you must try the rabbit.” And so I did. A dark and rich wine gravy with a balanced sweetness and beautifully cooked pieces of rabbit served with a side order of crisp vegetables. Absolutely wonderful - especially with a glass of local Syrah. My companion’s grilled calamari had that wonderful taste of griddle, married with the seasoning and the olive oil. Just perfect. And then dessert... wow the homemade Cassata Siciliana is astonishingly good. I have not eaten anything like it - a wonderful confection of marzipan, sponge, crumbled nuts and candied fruit. So good is this restaurant that we were back within 48 hours to recreate the experience and guess what? It was every bit as good.... If you’re in Valletta and you appreciate good food you’re a fool if you don’t come here for lunch.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed July 30, 2020 via mobile

A great meal. Always fabulous food and service. The three of us really enjoyed everything we ate. Highly recommend.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 16, 2020 via mobile

Very nice restaurant with great food and an awesome host. He led us to our table and explained every single dish in detail. The food is absolutely worth the money charged for.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed March 29, 2020

I had Rubino on our list before our AirBnB host told us that us that it was one of his and his wife's favourite restaurant, I was glad we took his recommendation, it was the last evening of a fabulous weekend in Valletta and a...great way to finish. Just as well we decided to make a reservation, many people were being turned away. The restaurant has a slightly old school feeling but this is good, it makes dining there feel like a special occasion. Service was friendly, our waiter apologised several times as he felt service was slow and wanted to give us more wine on the house but we weren't aware of any delays and told him that. The food was faultless, no menu, it's all on a blackboard and I guess changes depending what's in season. We both had tortellini in brodo, my partner had rabbit, I had quail stuffed with porcini and foie gras and finished off with some delicious cassatta Siciliana. I'd highly reccomend Rubino for anyone visitor or indeed any local who wants to treat themselves.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 9, 2020 via mobile

This is an outstanding restaurant. The food is stunning - beautiful, characterful, rustic cuisine, prepared with passion and care. The emphasis is on flavour and the quality of the ingredients, and less on how things present on the plate. Local, traditional Maltese dishes are prepared...to the highest standard - rabbit, lamb, fresh fish, and wonderful desserts (including a sublime Cassata), all cooked to perfection. All of this is under the watchful and attentive eye of Tony and his team, and all undertaken in a cosy and convivial setting, full of character and history: the restaurant has been going since 1905 and its structure and decor tell its fascinating story. Rubino has enjoyed a fantastic and consistent reputation for decades, and that is no accident. For wonderful fresh and characterful food, prepared with care and with scintillating flavour, it is difficult to beat. But if you want to eat here, be sure to book in advance: we dined on a Friday evening and booked a week in advance; we got the last table; on the evening that we were there, the restaurant had already turned away 142 prospective diners who had not reserved in advance and who called or turned up in the hope of a table. Such popularity tells its own story!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 21, 2020

We decided to patronize Rubino as we were desperate to taste some Maltese food. Although we do not have any dinner reservations, we were extremely lucky to be “accepted” because we were very early. So, please do not repeat our mistake if you do not...wish to be disappointed. There was no fixed menu. We believed we were served by the restaurant owner and he explained the menu on the board to every table in detail. After the explanation, he was very kind to allow us some time to digest the information. We, of course, went for the rabbit. I must say, I am not a rabbit fan but I braved myself because I really wanted to taste the local delicacies and rabbit apparently was high on almost all restaurants’ list! I must say the rabbit was delicious as the taste was covered by the yummy thick red-wine sauce. The meat was stewed until tender and it resembled chicken breast. The meat was a little bony. We used the fork and knife and it wasn’t a good choice. The owner noticed and advised us to use our fingers! It was wise indeed. No other better way than using our own hands! Nothing left and we finished the sauce with bread! It was an experience I will never forget!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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    • Food: 4.5
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    • Value: 4.5
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