We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“The best in Valletta”

Michael's at the Civil Service Sports Club
Ranked #24 of 230 Restaurants in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $17 - $62
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Michael's, a refuge offering cuisine of the land and from the sea and fusing together the traditional and the cutting edge, is fittingly housed in this very building in Valletta, a historic city also at the nexus of tradition and the brand new, yet, in perfect harmony. The same effect is sought after at Michael's. Father and son chefs Michael and Daniel Cauchi bring different experiences and opinions to the table, serving up harmonious dishes of blends of Mediterranean flavours. Chef Michael Cauchi is highly regarded locally. His famed restaurant 'Il Re Del Pesce' is still spoken of in revered tones in foodie circles, and he has served his fare to many a dignitary, including Presidents and Prime Ministers of Malta and Italy, celebrities such as Madonna, Sir Roger Moore, and celebrity chef Ainsley Harriot. Michael's cooking is delicate, respectful of tradition, and above all, based on the highest quality ingredients. Additionally Michael is a firm believer that his culinary skills are best used when they blend Mediterranean flavours into easily digestible dishes that are as kind to your waistline as they are to your palate. Lean, clean, and utterly delicious are the rules here at Michael's. On the other hand, Michael's son Daniel brings his own opinions and techniques forth, fuelled by his love for modern and fusion cuisine, yes still respectful of the traditional tastes his father is known and loved for. As to the building, it's a veritable treasure trove of history. It's known as the L'Hostel De Verdelin, after Fra Jean Jacques De Verdelin, a nephew of Grandmaster De Verdalle, took 12 years to construct, and apart from two coats of arms removed from the facade by Napoleon Bonaparte's troops in 1798, is excellently preserved in all respects. We like to think that De Verdelin, a man of excellent taste, would greatly appreciate the fine cuisine we create at Michael's, and we aspire to breathe new life into the noble culinary tradition that must have once existed in this home. Come in, and bite into tasty tradition and zesty contemporary fare!
Leics, England
Level Contributor
75 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“The best in Valletta”
Reviewed June 3, 2014

This is just fabulous! The food is sublime, the ambience wonderful and the service is very attentive. We really enjoyed our evening here and would certainly return next time we are in Malta. For what we had, we thought the price was reasonable too.

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
Thank met1517
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

544 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    402
    100
    29
    10
    3
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Norwegian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Dublin, Ireland
Level Contributor
5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Classy”
Reviewed June 3, 2014

That is the place where you want to be dressed less casual than usually. Great interior, excelent food, very good service. Michael himself is a very pleasant person. Would certainly recommend the restaurant for calm relaxing evening.

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Irina C M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Houston, Texas
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Dining in Valletta”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

Great surroundings lovely meal staff really attentive it was lovely when we were offered complementary after dinner liqueurs. Would recommend for a pleasant evening.

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Ginny F
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Ramsbottom, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“saturday night out”
Reviewed May 30, 2014

We booked a table for 6 for a Saturday night, very welcoming. Michael came over to speak to us early on and checked on us a couple of times and as we were probably last to leave he introduced us to his son, who works with him in the kitchens. The food was great. I had ravioli followed by rabit, these were excellent. All 6 of us had a great time and enjoyed the food with lots of wine (at a reasonable price). The cost for us as a couple was Euro 110 (but we had lots of wine)

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank Clive G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Canberra, Australia
Level Contributor
19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Went on a recommendation from our landlord who advised it was a new restaurant. Great decor, beautiful atmosphere with a soft guitar playing above our table and very friendly staff - a chic establishment for special occasions. My wife had the ravioli, which was delicious, I had a seafood linguini,which although tasty was so dry I had trouble swallowing it. We both ordered the steamed fish - the sea bass and the grouper, done with tomatoes,olives and ?? Sadly, although the fillets were very generous, they were overcooked, dry and tasteless! The recommended wine was not up to expectations,so we had a coffee and left. Not sure if this was an off night, but it was no where near the cosy atmosphere,style or standard of Amrosia or Aaron's!!
Susan & Graeme Canberra Australia

Visited May 2014
Helpful?
3 Thank Susan V
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Michael's at the Civil Service Sports Club also viewed

Valletta, Island of Malta
Valletta, Island of Malta
 
Valletta, Island of Malta
Valletta, Island of Malta
 

Been to Michael's at the Civil Service Sports Club? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing