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La Pira

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35 Merchants Street | Valletta, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
+356 2722 0232
08:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Fri 08:00 - 21:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00
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Community of Madrid, Spain
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017

We were on a mission to eat the best rabbit stew on our trip to Malta since it is the national dish. La Pira is hands down the best place we had rabbit in Valletta/Malta during our trip. We ate the rabbit stew pretty much every day at various places, and nothing could beat this rabbit. The octopus stew might... More 

Thank LaLaNola
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46 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We had dinner here on our first night in Valletta and liked it enough to return at the end of our stay. The rabbit was absolutely delicious! The owner stopped by and talked to us for a minute, very friendly and nice. This is right in the middle of one of the pedestrianised streets so it's good for people-watching, too.... More 

Thank Fredericksburger
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32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

We had a very good meal in this tiny restaurant. As it was very cold inside, they were serving at just the three tables inside. They were out of rabbit, so I had octopus stew. It was tomatoey and delicious. Very soft and well cooked. Service and the quality of food were good.

Thank Cheezypuf
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Im super obsessed about octopus in terms of food, and La Pira surely gets my 10/10! With regards of Rabbit, i honestly am not fond of it in general but i took a small bite size taste from my friend's dish and it was close to divine. Service was really prompt, the waitress was more than professional. The price for... More 

Thank Billy J M
Chicago, Illinois
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47 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

There are a lot of restaurants along Merchants Street in Valletta. Fortunately, we chose La Pira for lunch. Started by sharing a bowl of the fish soup. Wow! Big chunks of fish, a couple of mussels and lots of flavor. Give me a double portion and I would have an amazing lunch. But that was a starter and we did... More 

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Tallinn, Estonia
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

Absolutely delicious! We had Rabbit for dinner, a couple of glasses of house wine (with free olives to enjoy wine with) Nice cosy little place, very good atmosphere, and the stuff is very friendly. Highly recommended!

Thank 444jekaterinaj
El Paso, Texas
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

We had Octopus and the seasonal fish and both were delicious. It's a very cozy place as we sat inside and the staff is very attentive and nice. Completely recommend!

Thank Jaime G
Sliema, Malta
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

We fetched up here mid-evening during Valletta's Notte Bianca in October and got a table straight away in the middle of the pedestrianised street. Limited menu on such a busy night so we all had rabbit - great quality, nice friendly service, fantastic atmosphere. The restaurant could have skimped on a night like this but the food was excellent and... More 

Thank Steve F
United States
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

I have to say I walked by this place twice within 3 days of being in valletta. It was trip advisor that steered me there. The staff were fantastic Paul and (I'm sorry I don't ask for the young ladies name) were great. I tried the local dishes and not only was I surprised, it was very delicious and the... More 

Thank Michael M
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53 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

We came across La Pira in Merchants Street after passing several other restaurants. We very much enjoyed the Rabbit which was tender and in a tasty sauce. The one problem that older customers might have, is the steep stone spiral staircase that leads to the toilets - not for the feint hearted! If you can manage that the restaurant is... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 11 - USD 27
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
09:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 35 Merchants Street | Valletta, Valletta, Island of Malta, Malta
  • Location: Europe  >  Malta  >  Island of Malta  >  Valletta
  • Phone Number: +356 2722 0232
La Pira - Maltese Kitchen - family run small character restaurant 300 years old building. this Maltese kitchen popular with fresh local dishes (rabbit)(octopus stew) lampuki tuna when in season .variety of pasta .fresh salads soups and specials every day

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