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At Lovage, we are passionate about food, and creating exceptional dishes prepared with fresh ingredients to make your meal an utterly scrumptious one, is our specialty! Come and enjoy a delicious and enjoyable meal at our restaurant which combines a homegrown, traditional style of cooking with a contemporary and modern twist. The bistro also enjoys the bonus of outdoor seating and a bar.The appealing Mediterranean dishes, snug ambience and overall great service make Lovage a great choice of restaurant, be it for a quick dine with your loved ones.
PRICE RANGE
$8 - $33
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
CUISINES
Mediterranean, European
FEATURES
Parking Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went here for a meal as it was recommended in the Lonely Planet guide, plus it was near to our hotel, and it had good write ups on trip advisor. We went on a Tuesday evening, did not book in advance. Not an extensive...menu, but I much prefer a smaller menu, they have specials board as well. We had gnocchi with a mushroom sauce, pasta with pancetta spinach and cream, and calamari in a batter, deep fried served with a Marie rose sauce. We had a bottle of water and two glasses of wine, for pudding we shared cannoli filled with a sweetened soft cheese and chopped pistachio, the food was absolutely delicious, the gnocchi was beautifully light, the pasta was cooked to perfection and the calamari was nicely cooked, and importantly, not over cooked. Pudding and wine delicious. Staff were polite, friendly and warm. I really enjoyed my evening here and would absolutely recommend it to fellow travellers. Bravo to Lovage.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It was my birthday and I visited Lovage. I can honestly say it was exquisite, from the dishes to the exemplary service. I was impressed, if you're looking for a first class restaurant I throughly recommend you visit.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 6, 2024

small menu, wich means everything is fresh and tastefull, the staff is friendly and helpfull. they serve warm vegetables on the side instead of the usual salads you find anywhere

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed January 6, 2024

We went to this restaurant Xmas day. The obience was wonderful. Staff fantastic, food was top bar. Totally recommend this restaurant is a totally wonderful experience.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed December 2, 2023

Last night my partner treated me to a cosy birthday dinner, just the two of us. She wanted to try out a new restaurant to us. For the last 40 years we have been to many restaurants over the world and many in Malta. We...have been to excellent, good, not so good and mediocre ones over the years. BUT in this case we have found a first class restaurant with first class food but with just right prices. And wow what an evening. Upon entering we were warmly greeted and shown to our table. The place is exquisitely decorated without any fanfare but very pleasing to the eyes. The atmosphere was suitable for couples with pleasant background music. The service staff all had a smile and willingly explained the Chef's specials. Well done to them. We ordered the same starters and main course to compare and discuss between us the quality etc. For starters we had the Champagne battered prawns. These were delicately and exquisitely cooked to perfection by the Chef and nicely presented on Wakame seaweed. I can honestly say that I have never had such mouth watering prawns in 40 years. For main course we chose one of the Chefs specials which was the Angus beef fillet. Again these were cooked to perfection to our choice and liking. And yes it was a long time since we had this as many restaurants are opting for the lesser grade ribeye. This was accompanied by a very tasty pepper sauce as per our choice and veg(which again was cooked to perfection). For desert we opted for the sweet ricotta cannoli and we were happy that we chose them. The service staff were very attentive all night and topped our wine etc but were not overbearing. We were happy as well that we were not rushed but given the perfect timing in between courses etc. When the bill arrived I just smiled and told my partner that in any other 'fancy name' place we would have paid 50% to 100% or more for what we had. Anyway it was a perfect night out in a perfect setting with perfect food. Thank you all at Lovage. I will definitely return and tell all my friends about your gem of a restaurant.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed October 22, 2023

very poor service slow and unprofessional took 2 and half hours for 2 courses waiters could not care less about us we skipped dessert mood poor risotto main course no garnish no cheese no parsley looked like porridge tasted ok but only ok the sundried...tomatoes very nice but the shared started was served without forks or tooth picksMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 22, 2023 via mobile

It is a bit out of the way but easy to find. Best place we visited in Malta. Rib eye was perfectly cooked and the Mrs loved her sea bass. Service was well paced and overall relaxed and friendly. We tried several other restaurants and...nothing came close. Price-wise, it represents great value. Regretted not going back as some of the others weren't good and nowhere near the standard of Lovage.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed October 20, 2023

terrible waited for service forever 2 and half hours for two courses and expensive as well poor presentation incompetent waitress no one ever checked with us drink order delayed to the point of embarressing we 4 had the sharing starter at 25 euro but no...forks tooth picks anything to clean our hands very unhygenic risotto that looked like porrdge and no garnish of any kind parmesean cheese anyone no way not happy very expensive and torture waiting never againMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed September 20, 2023

The Lovage Bistro is quite simply a wonderful place to enjoy excellent a la carte dining at a very reasonable cost allied to exceptional quality food, all served within a smart contemporary environment. The head chef Matthew Schembri is magnificent, and the head of front...of house Marku is professional, personable, discreet and knowledgeable. The restaurant also offers an excellent range of wines from all over the Globe, to accompany the amazing food. i have no hesitation in rating Lovage Bistro 5 Stars. Andrew Mallia CampbellMore

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed September 12, 2023

Beautiful little place, really friendly staff, food was so great! Really reasonably priced, found my new spot 😁😁

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed May 27, 2023

Really impressive dinner. Shared bao buns and prawns for starters and both had fillet steaks which were cooked beautifully. Reallly enjoyed it. Chilled vibe for a high quality but relaxing dinner.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed May 27, 2023 via mobile

Fine dining but in a relaxed and welcoming environment, we booked here as the restaurant has connections with our hotel the Mayflower if you book through reception in hotel you get 10% discount off your meal! Food was high end but this didn’t mean small...portions I had the largest tuna steak I have ever seen which was cooked to perfection! Staff were friendly and hosted us well! If your staying in the Mayflower it’s definitely worth a visit with the 10% discount!More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 2, 2023

Very nice Maltese restaurant. Good food and friendly servant. We had a very nice dinner here and prices quite OK. Also a good Matese white wine. The area around the restaurant is not especially interesting - but don't let it disturb you - quality inside...is very fine. I had Fritto Misto, Sea bass and Chocolate fondant - all very tasteful.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed November 12, 2022

The place is very welcoming and the food is excellent. Top notch service from the staff and attention to detail makes you want to visit again. If you are looking for a fine dining restaurant please visit the Lovage bistro as you won't be disappointed.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed September 29, 2022 via mobile

Food at Lovage is phenomenal. Ambience is very welcoming and staff is attentive to detail and very polite. I highly recommend this place for a lovely dining experience.

Date of visit: September 2022
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Gill M
June 7, 2018|
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Dear Gill In our menu we offer a vast selection of gluten free dishes and dairy free too( please inform us prior you reservation and we will take care. Regards Matthew
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Natalie F
June 18, 2017|
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Hi Natalie you can choose what you like from the menu, we have just updated our summer menu this week. Thank you
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Hi For Xmas we are open for Lunch only, we are offering a special menu, you can have a look on our website also for booking you can do it from website too. Just to let you know that few tables are available. Thank you... More
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  • Food: 4.5
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  • Value: 4.5
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