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Grotto Tavern

10 Parish Square, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1232, Malta
+356 7945 3258
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Overview
  • Excellent79%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (15 reviews)
“rack of lamb” (4 reviews)
“oysters” (3 reviews)
Open Now
All hours
CUISINES
Seafood, International, Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
LOCATION
10 Parish Square, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1232, Malta
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Grotto Tavern
1. Vasilena
"Service was personal and gracious, interesting menu and great wine"
cooperpeterj
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2. A Perfect lunch
"Pasta for lunch, it was Perfect!!! Mine was Tagliatelle Maltese"
Peter_van_Beek
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3. The decor
"I Loved the food, the decoration, the ambient and the service."
Enrique
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1 - 10 of 137 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent food and service. A very friendly atmosphere with jazz music and Rabat's parish church in the background.Will visit again.

Thank Geoffrey F
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern

Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 25 May 2017

Initially planned to visit because of Tripadvisor reviews and was additionally incentivised by a lady at the entrance with a free aperitif voucher. It was a great experience, food is great, octopus stew was the best octopus dish I had, perfect and friendly service. Prices...More

Thank Lukasz_Cz
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 23 June 2017

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food. We had some pasta, and they were excellent. Especially Linguine Vongole! The local desert was also good. The waiter was very friendly and served quickly. We really enjoyed the dinner there.

Thank Sa_Yam_08
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

well this place could be much better, the quality of the food is less than avarege compare of the price and the design. overall we expected much more. I hope they will find the balance as it is in a lovely location and very cozy...More

Thank Charlotte G
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Dear Charlotte, We regret any inconvenience you have experienced. We truly strive our best to keep a good name for our restaurant and take complaints very seriously. We highly appreciate your feedback as it will assist us in becoming better at what we do. Best...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Waited 5 mins to be served but waitress was too busy gossiping to a friend so I walked across the road.More

Thank roymark2000
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Roy, We regret any inconvenience you have experienced. We truly strive our best to keep a good name for our restaurant and take complaints very seriously. We will look into the matter with our service staff. We highly appreciate your feedback as it will...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very disappointed with our visit to Grotto Tavern. The waiter we had was incredibly arrogant and unhelpful which soured our whole experience. There is really only one vegetarian option which was ok. On asking whether some dips were vegetarian (specifying no meat or fish) we...More

Thank Helenberyl
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Helen, We regret any inconvenience you have experienced. We truly strive our best to keep a good name for our restaurant and take complaints very seriously. We will look into the matter with our staff. We highly appreciate your feedback as it will assist...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant has tables in a basement, where you're well protected from the sun's rays at lunchtime. This was a pleasant surprise, since the service was really friendly and the food (we both had the lamb) was simply delicious, the kind of stuff you'd expect...More

Thank Fenking
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a visit to Mdina we ate our lunch here with four people. Pasta for lunch, it was Perfect!!! Mine was Tagliatelle Maltese which I finished off with a nice coffee and a Amarone Grappa. Go there and try, Instantly.

Thank Peter_van_Beek
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern

Reviewed 4 August 2017

we went twice to the Grotto Tavern (was opening an upstairs area at the time of our second visit) in the downstairs area. The staff are super friendly, the restaurant is nice and cool being underground. The chef was great with our kids. The Maltese...More

Thank Dartagnan_12
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern

Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Grotto Tavern is an outstanding restaurant and is a must visit . Keeping it short and sweet. Services is 10 out of 10 - very helpful and friendly staff / manager. Food 10 out of 10 - fine food - and drink! Highly recommend you...More

Thank Wakey6511
Jonathan P, Manager at Grotto Tavern, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for taking the time to post a review. We are delighted with your comments and positive feedback and greatly anticipate your return! Best Regards, Kathleen Pearson Marketing and Events Manager Grotto Tavern

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Neil K
19 May 2017|
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Response from Sliema28 | Reviewed this property |
Check out their website for menu. Yes you can sit by the bar but its mainly an eating place.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
Average prices
US$18 - US$31
Meals
After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
19:00 - 22:00
00:00 - 15:00
Monday
19:00 - 22:00
00:00 - 15:00
Tuesday
19:00 - 22:00
00:00 - 15:00
Thursday
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 22:00
Friday
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Saturday
00:00 - 15:00
19:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10 Parish Square, Rabat, Island of Malta RBT 1232, Malta
  • Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Rabat
  • Phone Number: +356 7945 3258
  • E-mail
Description
Situated in the charming village of Rabat, opposite St Paul's Church, The Grotto Tavern Restaurant boasts a typical Maltese house of character, which has been transformed into a lovely restaurant retaining original Maltese features and an interconnecting cellar featuring a 2000 year old cave. The Grotto Tavern's kitchen brigade have and continue to satisfy the palate of a multinational clientele with sublime cuisine, bringing together the finest seasonal produce with innovation, finesse and expertise to bring forth tantalising dishes. The Grotto Tavern Restaurant guarantees a discreet and an impeccably attentive service allowing patrons the time to savour and enjoy the cuisine and the company.
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