Best restaurants in Gozo

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Nadur

    Osteria Scottadito

    Energetic owners from northern Italy run this excellent restaurant tucked behind Nadur's church. Cuisine influenced by the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy is the focus, but many local and sustainable ingredients are used. Try the Scottadito lamb chops with a pecorino and wild fennel crust. It's an old shepherds' dish apparently, and it's best eaten with your hands. Tuck in.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Mġarr ix-Xini

    Rew Rew

    This simple, pine-shaded place has 10 tables beside a beachside shack and serves up delicious seafood, including calamari, prawns and fish. Mains are served with salad and deliciously chunky homemade chips, and it's the perfect place for a leisurely lunch looking out to sea. The restaurant appears as an old-fashioned grocery in the 2015 movie By the Sea. Cash only.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Marsalforn

    Qbajjar

    Around 1km west of Marsalforn in quieter Qbajjar Bay, ocean views and excellent seafood blend at this locals' favourite. Combine views of nearby rocky headlands with dishes including a great spaghetti pescatore crammed with seafood, and delicate ravioli stuffed with local Gozitan cheese. Look forward to good service, which has just the right mix of informality and efficiency.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Xlendi

    Boat House

    This is a highly rated restaurant where you can eat fresh fish with the sea almost lapping at your toes – there's a seafront, tented terrace. Seafood is the obvious choice, prices are reasonable and it's a great choice for families. If you're a squid fan, push the boat out with the Boat House's Trio de Calamari featuring squid three ways.

  • Top ChoiceRestaurants in Xagħra

    Oleander

    The much-loved Oleander, located on the pretty village square with tables outside, has a menu specialising in Maltese cuisine, with dishes including rabbit cooked in various ways, homemade ravioli with Gozitan cheese, and fresh fish of the day. Boneless quail stuffed with local figs and pistachios is a definite menu highlight.

  • Restaurants in Victoria (Rabat)

    Patrick's

    From the linen-covered tables to the extensive wine list and menu of complex fusion dishes, Patrick's is polished and professional. Asian influences, New Zealand beef and fresh local fish all come together wonderfully in a nautical yet elegant blue-and-white dining room. The restaurant is consistently a worthy contender for one of Gozo's most popular eateries.

  • Restaurants in Marsalforn

    Restaurant Ta'Frenċ

    About 1.5km south of Marsalforn, this restaurant is in a beautiful setting (a 200-year-old converted farmhouse surrounded by garden) and has an impressive menu of French, Italian and Maltese dishes created from fresh local ingredients. There's also an extensive, award-winning wine list. A more affordable option is the two-/three-/four-course (€25/40/50) Market Menu. The two-course option is lunch only.

  • Restaurants in Mġarr

    Tmun Mġarr

    Family-run Tmun Mġarr offers a menu rich in seafood dishes such as bouillabaisse and fresh-from-the-sea fish. Set behind the fishing boats at the water's edge, it has an outdoor terrace. If you're tiring of Malta's usual focus on Mediterranean flavours, Tmun Mġarr also offers a few Asian-inspired dishes such as calamari with chilli, ginger and lemongrass. Service can sometimes feel rather formal.

  • Restaurants in Mġarr

    Bancinu

    Named after a historic ferry that used to cross between Gozo and Malta, Bancinu celebrates a position above the harbour with knockout renditions of traditional Mediterranean flavours. Begin with a delicate starter of whitebait fritters on rucola (arugula) and then move on to homemade octopus panzotti (a stuffed pasta). Leave room for a dessert of apple and cinnamon tart.

  • Restaurants in Xlendi

    Ta' Karolina

    This long-running seafront restaurant is named after the nun Karolina Cauchi, who raised money to have the steps cut into the cliffs at Xlendi in the 19th century. These days it features a covered terrace, and a great range of soups, pasta and Gozitan specialities. Outdoor tables framed by aquamarine waters have an absolute waterfront location. Booking ahead is recommended.

  • Restaurants in Victoria (Rabat)

    Ta'Rikardu

    Tucked away in Il-Kastell, Ta'Rikardu sells excellent local produce – honey, cheese and wine (with particularly good rosé) – along with souvenirs and paintings. Take a seat and order a cheap, delicious platter, which includes cheese, bread, tomatoes, capers and olives. Vegetable soup or homemade ravioli is also available; wash it all down with the owners' Gozitan wine.

  • Restaurants in Ta’Ċenċ

    Il-Kantra Lido Bar & Restaurant

    Rent sunbeds, eat and drink at the Hotel Ta'Ċenċ's gorgeously set summer-only restaurant. Look forward to incredible views towards the inlet of Mġarr ix-Xini. From the hotel, it's around 3km down an unsealed road to the restaurant. It's fine for ordinary cars but parking is limited. During the peak of the summer season, the hotel provides shuttle-bus transport.

  • Restaurants in Victoria (Rabat)

    It-Tokk

    It-Tokk is a cosy restaurant with flagstone walls and an arched, bamboo-shaded 1st-floor terrace overlooking the square. Come here for traditional Maltese dishes such as rabbit stew and braġioli (rolled and stuffed beef), though it also serves pasta and steaks. Better service than at other tourist-oriented eateries around town lift it ahead of the pack.

  • Restaurants in Xlendi

    Iċ-Ċima Restaurant

    This friendly restaurant is situated a short walk uphill from the village and has an outstanding view over the bay and the coastal cliffs from its rooftop. It's an excellent choice, with the emphasis on seafood, plus dishes like fenek stuffat tan-nanna Sylvia (rabbit cooked to Nanna Sylvia's recipe). Thanks Nanna Sylvia! The pizzas are also very good.

  • Restaurants in Xlendi

    Sofia Bar & Restaurant

    Balkan flavours come to Xlendi at this restaurant decked out in blue and white, referencing a Greek island taverna. The menu travels from Greece to Serbia and Bulgaria, and the grilled lamb dishes, stuffed vine leaves and robust shepherd's salads are all good value. There's no views of the sea, but a hearty welcome and decent Bulgarian wines easily compensate.

  • Restaurants in Victoria (Rabat)

    Black Cat Cafe

    Owned by a Maltese-Australian, the exceptionally cosy Black Cat Cafe brings a touch of Down Under cafe culture to the backstreets of Victoria. That means excellent coffee, smoothies and artisan teas, homestyle baking – try the carrot cafe or the bliss balls – and more substantial mains like BLT sandwiches and bagels with smoked salmon and cream cheese.

  • Restaurants in Nadur

    Maxokk Bakery

    An excellent bakery, open since the 1930s, selling traditional ftira (Maltese bread) and pizza, freshly baked in a bread oven and with a wide range of toppings. It also serves craft beer from Gozo, and there are a few seats nearby to enjoy an outdoor feast. Good luck keeping your Gozitan sausage from the friendly dogs often mooching around.

  • Restaurants in Għarb & San Lawrenz

    Tatita's

    Tatita's occupies what was once San Lawrenz police station. When it's warm, you can dine alfresco on the postcard-perfect square. It's very welcoming – and family-friendly, too, despite the formal look and snow-white tablecloths. The kitchen prepares local treats like roasted and stuffed quail or a mixed grill of fish and king prawns.

  • Restaurants in Victoria (Rabat)

    Café Jubilee

    This cafe-bar has a nice atmosphere, with its marble counter, brass rails, dark wood and vintage ads on the walls, and has a couple of outside tables on the square. In the evening it becomes a popular wine bar and serves good local drops. It also offers local dishes such as rabbit, as well as other snacks.

  • Restaurants in Marsalforn

    Otters Bistro

    Waterfront Otters has a glorious, shady, outdoor terrace overlooking the bay. The menu has some great Gozitan choices, including braised lamb shank with fig and orange sauce, or spaghetti Gozitana (tossed with Maltese sausage, olives, capers, tomatoes and chilli).