With Malta’s legendary long summer and warm balmy evenings, there is no better way to complete a day sunbathing on the beach or taking in the island’s historic sites than with dinner al fresco under the stars.

For the perfect end to a perfect day, here are the top five restaurants in Malta to enjoy outdoor dining with fine cuisine, good company and beautiful surroundings.

The Edge Restaurant, Radisson Blu Resort, St Julian’s

True to its name, The Edge sits on the very tip of the coast along St Julian’s, with a spectacular view across Malta’s signature crystal blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Seated on the elegant and comfortable terrace that overlooks this panoramic sea view, guests can enjoy a varied menu which includes some of the best examples of local and Mediterranean cuisine. That this is also a popular wedding venue is further testament to the high quality of the menu, and the sheer beauty of the surroundings.

The Medina, Mdina

For a taste of Malta’s history along with your meal, look no further than The Medina. Full of Romanesque and medieval features inside a building of Norman origin, this restaurant lies in the fortified old capital of Mdina. The atmospheric architecture envelops a pretty internal courtyard, in which diners can enjoy a romantic outdoor à la carte meal in summer, surrounded by vines and a wild flowering oleander tree.

Ta’ Frenc, Xaghra, Gozo

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This award-winning restaurant is well worth the ferry ride to Malta’s sister island of Gozo. Charmingly situated inside an idyllic farmhouse, the restaurant leads out onto a unique herb garden and balmy courtyard, for outdoor dining amidst the aromatic scents of mint, lavender, basil, lemon balm, marjoram, and thyme, mixed with the sweet scent of the climbing roses. Ta’ Frenc is also famed for its painstakingly local and fresher-than-fresh cuisine: all ingredients are sourced locally, not only making full use of the herbs from their own garden, but also making a point to source fresh produce from neighbouring farmers.

Rampila Restaurant, Valletta

Situated in the heart of Malta’s capital city Valletta, Rampila Restaurant offers diners an uninterrupted panoramic view across the city when seated upon its vast terrace. Despite its busy location, Rampila is renowned as a haven offering peace and tranquillity amongst the rush, with its terrace featuring a central fountain, a rock-carved well, and a border of ancient olive trees. An in-house wine bar also offers an enviable selection of wine to accompany your star-lit meal.

Blue Creek Restaurant, Għar Lapsi

If a picture-postcard sea view is a must for your outdoor dining experience, then a visit to Blue Creek is the place to find it. Situated on the cliffs of the Għar Lapsi creek, an achingly beautiful seaside inlet, the Blue Creek Restaurant affords diners with a front-row seat to watch the sunset on the horizon, beyond the sparkling turquoise sea. Its seafront location has also inspired a menu that specialises in seafood, including fresh oysters and local king prawns, and so with a bottle of fine local wine and good company, this is where to make your lasting memory of Malta.

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