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“An usual waiting experience.........”

Tal-Familja Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 95 Restaurants in Marsascala
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $28 - $43
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The restaurant is run by the family and a group of people who are passionate about their work, the food and the service we provide. We specialize in a wide variety of daily fresh fish and shellfish….fresh oysters, oysters in batter, fresh scallops, fresh cannellocci, vangole, prawns, king prawns, octopus, calamari crudi, calamari fritti or grilled, white bait, salted cod, fresh mussels, sea bass carpaccio, prawn carpaccio…..And those of you who do not like fish we have the best cut of Angus beef, Irish beef and mouth watering T-Bone steaks…specialties are continuously changing weekly. The most important part of our business is you, our customers. We treat you the way we wish to be treated ourselves, with respect and honesty. Here at the Tal-Familja Restaurant, we look at things from a different perspective...yours. We have been reviewed in the 'Defiantly good guide' Book every year….number of reviews on newspapers, awarded 5 star by Mona (Maltese Food Critic) and much more.
Reviewed May 7, 2013

We had been to this restaurant before, and though in general food was good, not spectacular. As it was my father's birthday we gave him the right to choose the restaurant and this is what he chose. We got there on a Sunday Lunch at 13:15 hrs and we did not get our starters before 14:45 hrs! The waitress did not even notice at first that we were still waiting. All the other tables which came after us where in their main course. The starter portion was very small compared to usual. For our two fussy eaters (kids) we asked for a starter portion of pasta with only cream and bacon to be divided between the two and we were charged Euro 8 each (Euro 16 for the both of them!!!). No wonder that for the other pasta starters we were charged Euro 12.50! As a main course five of us opted to have an individual portion of fish. The waiter who took the fish to be cooked did not even bother to tell us that these fish were much bigger that a one person portion. In normal restaurants, if the portion is bigger they would advise you so that you are aware of the cost and you decide. I actually find this very professional (this was the case in the same family's restaurant in Valletta). We were charged for the fist Euro 28.50 each for a normal fish. The main course more than an hour after the starter and we were contemplaiting to take this as a take away! Some excuses were made for this but no apologies or offerring a drink at the end. Anyway, definitley the last visit unless I am invited.......

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1  Thank RCZMalta
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Reviewed May 5, 2013

Unsatisfactory service: long wait to take order and between courses; different standard of service clearly depending on whether clients known to management; cursory attention to detail (wrong or missing cutlery: no dessert spoons and steak knife); surly service overall.
Food: presentation of tuna carpaccio without garnishes; steak requested medium-rare and presented well done. Overall, not good value for money.

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3  Thank Viphil M
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

Wonderful Sunday lunch. Spoilt for choice with the specials and set menu's,all at very reasonable prices. A lovely warm friendly atmosphere. Service excellent. Portions just the right size, the fish was cooked to perfection and was presented beautifully. A restaurant that makes every one, family's, groups,couples, feel very welcome. Our first but definitely not our last visit.

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Reviewed April 20, 2013

In my opinion this is definately the best restaurant in Marsascala. The food is excellent and prepared well and the portions were quite satisfactory. You are made quite welcome by Charles, who is more than your average waiter. Do ask for his advice and you will not regret it. Overall we spent an enjoyable evening with good food and friendly athmosphere.

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1  Thank joanmifsud
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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Although i don't visit that often, each time i turn up with friends who are frequent diners at Tal-Familja, i find something new listed on the daily menu. If it's not Daniela, then Roberta comes out from the kitchen - just leave it in her hands and wait for all the starters presented at your table to be devoured - so original and tasty. For mains i always opt for fresh fish/shellfish - same leave it to the masterchef - no denial or regret. For desert, wine and others, Daniela's great.

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Thank Rosemarie G
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