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$15 - $26
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Mediterranean, European
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed June 27, 2022

Bistro 516 is great for a quick stop for lunch for some pasta or pizza. I wouldn't expect fancy food or elaborate presentation, the bistro has quite a relaxed vibe - and the portions are quite large, too - so prices are quite affordable. In...brief, we ordered the spaghetti "aglio olio" and we opted to add supposedly fresh prawns. We were charged €1.50 per prawn, which were not even fresh and barely had any meat inside them. In our opinion, we believe that paying an additional €6 for a total of 4 prawns was quite presumptuous, especially since they were not fresh as advertised by the staff there. When we raised this point, the manager or owner of the establishment spoke to us as if to stir up an argument. However, and I must be truthful here, the price for the prawns was reduced and we paid some €1.50 less - better than nothing, I suppose. We didn't want to cause further commotion because at the end of the day it's just €4.50... All in all, our experience was quite enjoyable - but perhaps the staff should be a bit more forthcoming and honest with its patrons about the freshness of their 'catches of the day' and food.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed June 15, 2022 via mobile

Very good food, decent prices. Shout out to the non Maltese waiter (already mentioned this to the cashier/manager, hope that the message was passed on to this guy), who is very professional, nice and solved a small issue I had in a short time, which...is a rarity nowadays. Will be back for sureMore

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 11, 2022

This was the third restaurant we tried along the waterfront. Looks like it gets busy as most tables had already been reserved. Large portions, good food and equally good service at a reasonable price. In fact we didn’t have room for dessert.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed June 5, 2022 via mobile

I asked whether seafood is fresh as I was enticed with a seafood platter. I was told only fresh seafood is served. The official verdict - the seafood is as fresh as my armpit after a stroll in Valletta when it is 40 degrees. Left...totally disappointed. This is a fast food/quick pasta place. Nice views but probably better for a drink only.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed April 26, 2022

Ok you may have to take the lift from the upper gardens down to the waterfront and make sure you get back by 10 o’clock before the lift closes, but you won’t be disappointed with the quality of the food and service for the price....The picture shows my fillet steak cooked to perfection and a very generous portionMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 20, 2022 via mobile

Fantastic service! We were 30 people for a family meal. We pre booked the food and had been placed upstairs which was great as it was then like a private dining area. The food was delivered all at the same time ( which in some...places is not done for a table of 4). The service throughout was fantastic and the food was super. Definitely a place to go if you have not been and one to return too many times. They cater for all and have a full menu/ kids menu/gluten free/ Vegan! FantasticMore

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed December 25, 2021 via mobile

This place is very well located in waterfront. They have a good variety of food, we tried ribeye and chicken. They were both great. The ribeye (medium rare cooked) super soft and juicy with a delicious gorgonzola sauce. Even the chicken was tasting perfect and...portions very big. The fries were not so abundant as the rest of the meet as well as the veggies. We'll come back to taste some pasta plate as well. Price is average, considering the good quality of the food.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 15, 2021

My first time visiting this place.As a food lover i will say that their food was nothing special but not so bad.The amount of food was average i cant deny that but the taste need to improved.The service tho,it was very unpleasant.The one who took...our order was very rude in my.opinion because he was rushing us to take our order even tho we told him that we will check the menu once again first.Then when we re ordering for drinks it took so much time for them to come and gave as the wrong order.More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 21, 2021

Delicious chicken curry, friendly waiters and lovely atmosphere. Would recommend a visit. Good for families and big groups as well.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed November 2, 2021 via mobile

I've been going to this restaurant for over 3/4 years now. We were always satisfied with the food and service. Especially with the gluten free menu. We revisited yesterday.. food was good as always and even portions were abundant. Unfortunately the service was a bit...unprofessional; waiters with the mask under their chin all the time. It's better not to wear a mask in the first place. Also most waiters didn't even speak to you.. they just put the food/menus on your table and leave Used to be a good 5 star overall but not lately unfortunately.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed October 7, 2021 via mobile

Never disappointed. Very good fast service and food. Also a plus for the gluten free options available. Good value for money also!

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 21, 2021 via mobile

Booked for a meal of 4 for the Valletta fireworks last night, superb food, service and location, the paella is to die for.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 10, 2021 via mobile

Excellent service, delicious and mouthwatering food (sirloin steak and chicken cajun), and helpful staff. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 5, 2021 via mobile

Very good service and excellent food... We had chicken with mushroom sauce and fried octopus... Both with salad and chips... Plates were quite abundant... Loved them.. We had for dessert mama's cake and profiteroles, very satisfying as well... Will definitely visit again

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed September 1, 2021 via mobile

Local food, beautifully made and fantastic portions. The decor is traditional with a modern edge and the staff were very attentive. Just when we thought we could eat no more, one of the staff brought a tray of the desserts to look at, there is...no way you can resiste as they looked and subsequently tasted delicious! Bill was very reasonable for the quality and quantity if food snd drink we had. I definitely recommend a visit!!More

Date of visit: August 2021
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You need to get to the waterfront which is about 300 metres long and walk along it. You will find the restaurant. Just look at the names of the restaurants as you walk along because there are many others!
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Bistro 516 is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4