"Prices are very good considering the quality of the food and environment."

In one of Rabat’s ageless winding alleyways, Il-Bitħa (Maltese for “courtyard”) sits like a precious gemstone gracing the side of St Mary Ta’ Duna Chapel. Touches of grey and bronze complement the rustic ambience created by genuine Maltese limestone, solid wood furniture and antique ornaments, alongside hand-painted flowers by renowned local gilder Arthur Vassallo. The retractable pergola allows for al-fresco dining during the warm months, made even more pleasant by the breezy air typical of Rabat’s narrow alleyways under a star-studded sky. When the season turns chilly, the dining area can be covered while the sturdy limestone walls keep things warm and cosy.

The menu at Il-Bitħa is a well-curated tribute to traditional Maltese and Mediterranean cuisine with a personal touch. Portion sizes are perfect for sharing, so you can sample multiple dishes without feeling stuffed. The 48-hour slow-rise focaccia comes adorned with salami and bresaola cured in-house. When available, the special of prawns in garlic with a rich bisque is a must-have. For a more hearty, crunchy bite, the pulled beef croquettes have no equal. From the mains, there’s something to please any palate — pan-fried grey meagre, slow-cooked pork belly, traditional fried rabbit — the list goes on. Desserts are every bit as enticing, with the brownie being an enduring classic and a perfect conclusion.

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2023 Ratings

Food: 46
Service: 46
Ambience: 46
Overall: 46

These ratings out of 50 are the results of our annual survey by 3,557 diners who dined out on an average of 1- 2 times a week-

277,446 dining experiences in a year.

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Mon -Tue - Dinner. Wed-Sun - Lunch and Dinner
€54 average price per person.


Triq San Pawl, Rabat, Malta

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