Santini Restaurant

Santini Restaurant

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Hours
Sun
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Mon
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tue
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Wed
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Thu
6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Fri
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Sat
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm6:30 pm - 11:30 pm
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Travellers' Choice 2023

RATINGS
Food
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Food and ambience
Local cuisine, Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Healthy
PRICE RANGE
$62.00 – $106.00
CUISINES
Italian, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Healthy, Sicilian, Southern-Italian
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, BYOB, Dog Friendly
Top 3 reasons to eat here
Sponsored by: Santini Restaurant
1. Best in malta
"Fresh ingredients cooked with care"
5.0 of 5 bubblesLawtonhayes
2. Fine dining
"Perfect place to eat with excellent service van"
5.0 of 5 bubblesdelhev
3. Fish fish fish
"Absolutely great food !"
5.0 of 5 bubblesAngie R
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4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles1,854 reviews
Excellent
1,418
Very good
272
Average
95
Poor
42
Terrible
29
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.

Courtney S
Stuttgart32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 family
Our FAVORITE meal in all of Malta!!!! There was literally nothing we could have asked for of this meal at Santini: the food was AMAZING, the wait staff was attentive, friendly, and funny, the chef/owner came out to visit, the atmosphere was chic/sexy/modern/romantic, and the wine was on point. Did I mention how amazing the food was? We started with Prosecco to clear the palate along with fried calamari as an appetizer. We ordered a bottle of Montepulciano for dinner as well as the sous vide duck breast and prime rib beef along with grilled vegetables and a side salad. Everything was cooked perfectly and was so mouth watering. We topped the night off with a tiramisu and espresso with amaretto. We had our four year old with us and felt like we were regulars/family. Simone was a joy to be had and we hope when we come back to Malta to see him and the Santini staff again. Salut!
Written 22 July 2021
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Joscha D
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 couples
We went here for a nice dinner. We ordered rib eye steaks which is our favorite. We wanted it medium/rare. When we got it we saw that it was not medium/rare, we asked the waitress for a new one, and she was more than happy to get us a new one. The staff is very friendly and professional, we would highly recommend to eat here!
Written 1 November 2022
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Michela P
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 family
I have been to Santini twice and I took different food, both time I was amazed by their dishes. Fresh fish perfectly cooked, but nothing usual or boring, their menù is full of tradition and innovation and they take care of any details. The staff is very nice, friendly and kind.
Written 19 September 2021
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Roundar
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 none
I had a meal in this restaurant with my friends. They ordered pasta and had sizeable portions of remarkable quality for 7 euro. I ordered an octopus for dinner. It was good, except that, apart from the salad, I had only 12 pieces of octopus strips, which is definitely not filling at all, costing me 17 euro. I don't think it's the right destination for customers who enjoy a large plate full of delicious meat.
Written 13 February 2020
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Santinirestaurant
Hello Sir/Madame Our pasta is 160gr per portion and octopus comes with no salad but with seasoned mashed potates and costs 12€ and not 17€. I am sure you mistaken restaurant as things from you described does not belong to us. Regards
Written 14 February 2020
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Steve
27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 none
What a bitter disappointment. Our party of four, two of whom were chefs, were so enthused about going here having seen the reviews, and it was mostly going OK until the mains. They were all so oversalted, but particularly the two risotto funghi dishes, to the extent that they were barely edible. Presumably someone in the kitchen had double (triple?!) salted the stock base which the pasta dishes shared. One of the servers was astute enough to notice four people gingerly picking at mostly full plates of pasta, and asked us if everything was OK. I said the food was unfortunately far too salty, and she asked others on the table if it was the case with their food as well. When they sheepishly agreed (none of us are confrontational or problematic people), she did not apologise, but simply said she would speak to the chef. Maybe she did, but she never came back to tell us what he said! No further comment was made by her or any other staff member - zero attempt at service recovery. I mean, why would they bother? We were clearly tourists and there are always more coming through the door tomorrow. It's clearly not a case of differing palates or cultures either - no other Italian meal I've had, whether in Malta, Italy or beyond has ever been so utter laden with salt. I've only ever experienced anywhere near that level of salt when eating Chinese dishes like salt and pepper chicken, and at least the clue is in the name there! The bill was presented at the end without commentary, all items present, no discounts, no conciliatory offers to remove a main or two, and certainly no mention of the saltmeister general in the kitchen. Not wanting a confrontation, we simply did not leave one cent of our typical 15% tip, and walked out. I'm willing to accept it was a one-off mistake that night by someone in the kitchen, and it probably won't happen to you. You'll probably have a fairly solid meal, given the other reviews. But are you happy supporting an establishment that views you as a disposable cash cow who couldn't give a flying fig if they make a mistake, and takes no responsibility? There are loads of other decent restaurants nearby who actually have pride in the food they turn out, even to tourists, and care that their diners have a good experience. Please, go to any one of those and give this place a miss out of principle.
Written 27 November 2021
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timpreston28
Island of Malta214 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 none
Ordered food to be delivered as all restaurants are closed. The Pizza was ok, dough and base was good. The ingredients did not appear to be fresh and there was not enough cheese. Ordered dessert and instead of telling they maybe didn't have the sauce I ordered or just got it wrong. Sent the order, not difficult to get orders right or call to say we don't have.
Written 31 March 2020
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RobertaAmarFa
Zug12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 none
Previous reviewers are correct, the place is really worthy. Everything was delicious and really fresh. They bring you some warm bread with home made butter mirth herbs, and some limoncello at the end, free of charge. We had a couple of oysters, 2 different primi di pesce and shared in 2 a fresh fish of the day (spigola). Perfect ingredients, good serving. To die for. The ambient is rather casual, with soft music in the background. Strongly recommended.
Written 8 April 2022
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lewisbesley
London5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 couples
First night of our couples holiday and we found this gem third time lucky after not having a reservation on the first two attempts. What a find! Maybe because it’s a little further out, and tucked underground, perhaps why this place doesn’t top some lists when hunting restaurants reviews. I can honestly say this is the best meal I’ve had in a very long time. Duck, roasted potatoes, and Chenin blanc wine. Every aspect of the dish tasted brilliant, full of flavour and presented excellently. Other half had a pasta dish which I was I also fortunate to have a nibble of and was also superb. Service was very attentive and I’ll be recommending this place to friends and family in the future. Thanks for the wonderful meal.
Written 30 July 2021
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loux
174 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 friends
Food was generally good although the paccheri lacked of flavour. The octopus with burrata was very good. Service was very friendly and polite but it needs improvement. Wait time to get any attention from the staff was way too long each time and even when prompted staff was very slow. The impression was that restaurant was under staffed. Most requests had to be repeated 2 or 3 times before being actioned which eventually became a bit frustrating. When the white wine of our choice ran out in the fridge, we were served a warm bottle of it, without asking whether we would be happy with it (which we would not have had we been asked). Would like to go back and be able to give a higher grade but 3 appears fair for our experience on this occasion.
Written 27 September 2021
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Jane D
Sunderland169 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 none
This was the first restaurant that we visited during our stay in Malta. After eating at different restaurants, I would say the meal we had at Santini was one of the best. The restaurant is nicely decorated, the tables are well spread out and there is a good selection to choose from on the menu. Friendly, pleasant staff and good service. The night we visited it was very busy and there seemed to be local people having a meal, which is always a good sign.
Written 26 May 2022
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Biggles
Bedfordshire16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021 couples
Really lovely food and wine, we had the duck breast and the pork belly. So delicious and the staff were really kind and attentive - serving us with plenty of bread and a complimentary limoncello to finish the meal. Would definitely recommend Santini to anyone fancying a lovely Italian meal in St Julians.
Written 8 September 2021
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Pebosjan
Malmö102 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 couples
The restaurant is nice, genuine and serves very good italian food. Had an marvellous fresh Octopuss, Gorgonzola Bruschetta and Carbonara. Unfortunately the service wasnt the quickest and the meals had been adjusted for the british crowd with focus on quantities and fries to the second dishes instead of quality (e.g fresh pasta instead of a lot of spaghetti). Otherwise i would recommend it and hope they can increase their italian heritage some more.
Written 5 January 2020
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CavalinoRampante
United Kingdom153 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 couples
This is a good quality Italian restaurant in a quiet backstreet of Saint Julians. It has a comprehensive menu and wine list and the service was very attentive. The only reason, and an important one, why I am not writing this as 4* is because staff did not follow Covid rules. While all the junior servers wore masks, both the principal servers wore their masks under their chins the whole time, even in close proximity to diners as they discussed the menus with them. This is not acceptable.
Written 1 December 2021
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Marta F
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022 friends
Good afternoon, I am Marta and I am Spanish. I was in Malta this weekend having dinner with friends in this restaurant and I thought it was wonderful. We were treated very well, the food was exceptional; I had never tasted such delicious food and the fish, both the sea bass and the salmon were delicious. We had a great evening, besides being surrounded by friends, Dario's treatment was exceptional (I'm sure his son Dario will be just as great when he grows up). For us it was a pleasure to be there, we will be back for sure. I have great memories of that night. Greetings and I wish you a lot of success, although I am sure it will be easy to achieve. Greetings and hugs!!!!!
Written 4 April 2022
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SLM_Malta
Swieqi523 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 none
This is a family run Sicilian Restaurant that has recently been done up and upgraded to high standards (making the dining experience more enjoyable), yet retaining the family run atmosphere and good food. The menu is wide and varied offering a good choice of antipasti, pasta and risotto, meat and fish mains and delicious home made desserts. We were a family of four adults for Sunday lunch and we ate a mix of Pasta and Fish. Parking is easy, up the road, at Portomaso Car Park, courtesy of Santini.
Written 20 July 2021
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