Ta' Marija Restaurant - Malta
Never a dull moment at Ta' Marija restaurant. Great place to enjoy traditional Maltese food, folklore and hospitality.
Ta' Marija Restaurant is a cultural attraction in itself. Awarded the 'The Best Maltese Food Restaurant' for the last nine consecutive years and with the celebration of Maltese food, wine, culture and heritage at its heart, Ta' Marija is the one restaurant you have to visit during your stay in Malta.
Keep an eye out for the themed nights. Ta' Marija's Folklore Dinner Shows are held on Wednesday and Friday evenings with strolling musicians playing mandolins and guitars, who belt out the sweetest of Maltese song with assured merriment in the making. After your delicious dinner, the charming Maria Muscat will present the folklore show in a variety of languages, featuring six dancers who lure you into a jovial story of Maltese history told through dance. On Saturday evenings local popular entertainers captivate the audience with singing and music for dancing on their unique lit dancefloor. Great value for money with sumptuous Carvery Buffets offered on Saturday evenings and Sunday lunches.
Your hosts, the Muscat family, are a charming bunch. Benny and Marija Muscat founded the establishment in 1964 as the successful Whisper Knightclub and Farmhouse. Feeling the need to offer genuine Maltese cuisine with the growth of tourism in Malta, they revamped the locale and opened Ta' Marija in 1990. Named after the lady of the house, Marija also ably comperes the regular shows in various languages. Ben Muscat Jr. joined the fold rounding up his parent's 50 years experience in a modern framework of management style. The one thing that has not changed in all these years is how the family and team work together to present a uniquely warm and friendly Maltese dining experience.
Ta' Marija can comfortably seat 200 diners split in two dining areas. The decor takes in many typical Maltese characteristics, such as the rubble inspired walls, wooden trellises and various hanging farming artefacts. Seating arrangements can easily be altered according to needs and is able to host any type of function: from good value meals for groups to the most sumptuous champagne gala dinners.
The menu incorporates a fresh and genuine take on Malta's food heritage. The traditional recipes, passed down the generations, arrive at your table the day they are harvested...freshly caught fish, fresh meat cuts, fruit and vegetables. While the variety available will certainly appeal to all tastes, the more adventurous will revel in tasting some 'out of the ordinary' Maltese dishes - octopus stew, rabbit liver or maybe some Maltese farmhouse snails, whilst regulars will always choose from the selection of Ta' Marija's home-made ravioli.
But Ta' Marija is not only about the food. The entertainment is nothing short of brilliant. The state of the art sound system, a band stand and an elevated dance floor make sure that the after dinners are just as enjoyable as the actual meal. This mostly takes the form of traditional Maltese folk dancing and singing where patrons are encouraged to join in while the whole show is expertly and charmingly compered by the Muscat family. No wonder it Ta' Marija restaurant has regularly been awarded as the most lively restaurant on the island.
"Celebrate Malta. Celebrate its food, its wine, its culture and its heritage at the award winning Ta' Marija Restaurant"