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.

Review of Giannini

Ranked #37 of 259 Restaurants in Valletta
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $54 - $81
Cuisines: Mediterranean
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Giannini is a family run restaurant since 1988 and is an excellent place to have lunch or dinner when visiting Valletta. The restaurant is situated above St. Michael's bastions with vast views of Manoel Island and the pretty Marsamxetto Harbour. The third floor of a typical Malta townhouse, reached by lift from the ground floor lounge bar, has been converted into a delightful restaurant. Giannini tends to be popular with locals for business lunches and romantic dinners giving it a casual but discreet atmosphere.The cuisine is a delicious blend of Mediterranean food. Fresh fish is available daily (ask the host) and you should also consider the daily specials on the board. The a la carte menu changes according to season. A rather comprehensive wine list is also available to complement the meal.
Reviewed October 4, 2012

I would agree with all the previous reviewers. The restaurant is in new ownership since my last visit but the quality and service has been maintained! It is only open Friday & Saturday for dinner so make a booking as soon as you arrive!

The views and ambiance are worth the slightly more expensive bill!

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank MalmoFitandfun
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
ruth d, Owner at Giannini, responded to this reviewResponded October 6, 2012

Dear Sir,

Many thanks for your nice review but we would like you to note that we are OPEN FOR LUNCH & DINNER FROM TUESDAY TO SATURDAY.

Hope we will host you again in the near future.



Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (398)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year

273 - 277 of 398 reviews

Reviewed September 27, 2012

Wonderful spot, sit outside on small balcony view is magnificent.Food beautifully cooked,freshest ingredients,good selection,service impeccable

Thank lynn233
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed September 10, 2012

I used to come here with my parents 30 years ago, but my wife and I only started revisiting a couple of years ago when our son could be trusted! It is a very "grown up" place, but not stuffy in any way. It is worth requesting a table by the window since the view over Sliema harbour is spectacular. The food and service in no way play second fiddle and it is difficult to think how it might be improved. I am so looking forward to returning next month!

Thank Robert_Temple
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 30, 2012

I had possibly one of the top 3 tastiest rib eyes ever. The view is amazing as is the actual restaurant. The staff was lovely and very helpful. I would definitely recommend this place if you want to treat yourself. On the slightly more expensive side but definitely worth it.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank JBS70
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed August 9, 2012

My husband and I ate a wonderful leisurely lunch here on a very warm, humid day in July; it was so warm that there were no tables set on the outside terrace. We made a reservation to ensure that we had a table by the window in the air-conditioned diningroom. We arrived early at noon and were warmly welcomed into the air-conditioned bar downstairs for an aperitif, a couple of cold, local beers, while we waited for the kitchen to open. Indeed, we had a table, overlooking the harbour and the view toward Sliema - delightful -- probably the one of the best views we had during a meal in Malta.

Although this meal was the most expensive meal we had during a two week stay in Malta, the quality and presentation of the food, the attentive service and the view contributed to a good value. We choose to share a John Dory that was presented among other fish and lobster on the restaurant's fresh seafood offering plate. In general, in any of Malta's restaurants, we found that the fresh fish was somewhere dear, but -- usually quite good. The John Dory here was excellent, simply grilled with a light, herb sauce. It provided a good sized portion for the two of us. We shared one, lovely dessert and had a bottle of nice, local red wine. Coffee completed the meal.

Do go and enjoy this restaurant, if you have a chance.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank leigheliza
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Giannini also viewed

Valletta, Island of Malta
Valletta, Island of Malta

Been to Giannini? 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