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“Dining on the waterfront”

Barracuda Restaurant
Ranked #43 of 331 Restaurants in Saint Julian's
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $47 - $53
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Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Reviewed July 22, 2014

This restaurant is set in a lovely villa right on Balluta Bay. As I had not made a reservation, I had a choice of an indoor table or the front terrace, which is facing the road, but still affords a partial view of the bay. Do book ahead, if you want to be seated on the terrace facing the bay!
Service was so-so, friendly and pleasant, but not always attentive.
I had prosecco while studying the menu, and bread with bean pate was brought to the table immediately. While waiting for my starter, I was served a very nicely presented amuse bouche of tomato and Maltese goat cheese. I had opted for swordfish carpaccio, which consisted of well flavoured smoked fish, served with rocket, but could have benefited from more lemon wedges. My main dish of pan fried sea bass was very good, indeed, very fresh, again served with lemon, and with roast potatoes, which were fine. I had ordered a side salad of rocket and parmesan, very simple, no complaints, offered with good quality olive oil and balsamico to dress the salad. This was washed down with sparkling water and a half bottle of local Le Torre chardonnay, which was surprisingly good. The dessert was lovely, and beautifully presented, an amaretto and pistachio parfait with an almond tuille, very yummy. The espresso at the end of the meal was also pretty good, and came with some delicious petits fours.
The total bill, before tip, for this thoroughly enjoyable meal was EUR57. Maybe dearer than some other places, but then this restaurant is fairly upmarket, with a good ambience, and, of course, fresh fish is never cheap anywhere these days.

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Reviewed July 21, 2014

Amazing food, amazing service, definitely going back!!! Very impressed by view, the pleasant and quick service and one of the best places for seafood for sure!

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Reviewed July 19, 2014

Its lovely and romantic. Friendly service and atmosphere, with gorgeous views of the Balutta bay. A little pricey, we paid about 200 Euro for the meal, so watch what you order. Go at around 11pm, they have a discount for seafood at the close.

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Reviewed July 16, 2014

Delicious food, great ambiance, amazing views, nice staff. What more could you want on your Maltese vacation? Gourmet food in St. Julians. Get the Octopus Carpaccio!

Thank TravelHayes23
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Reviewed July 12, 2014

Went twice whilst on this holiday, and lucky enough to get a table on one of their balconies overlooking Balluta Bay, twice!! If you are looking to have a romantic meal with sea view, and on the balcony, book in advance. We were very well looked after and think it is rather good value for money. We were recognized on our second visit which was a nice touch. Seafood is exceptional and very fresh. Bravo indeed!

Thank Jan A
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