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Top 10 Restaurants in Maldives - a food lover’s dream

The idyllic Maldive Islands are a leading global holiday destination. You will also find an array of fine restaurants in these islands which offer outstanding culinary creations, as listed below.



Muraka is an attractive restaurant located at South Ari Atoll. It features a rather rustic theme, presenting a distinctive appearance with many wooden elements in its design. This restaurant features an international selection of dishes, with an emphasis on seafood. Signature dishes at Muraka include the exquisite peppercorn coated loin of tuna with potato wonton and accompaniments, and the bisque of lobster with special papaya salad and dressing.


Ithaa Undersea Restaurant

This upscale restaurant offers patrons the sensational experience of dining 5 metres below the surface of the ocean. It specializes in modern European themed cuisine, and is renowned for its extravagant six course dinner. You will have the opportunity to sample such luxurious delicacies as exquisite Malossol caviar and kingfish with a special risotto and other accompaniments, followed by delectable desserts.


Shell Beans

Shell Beans is a laidback quality cafe that offers an array of mouth-watering specialities including an array of international main courses as well as lighter meals. You will be able to enjoy wonderful salads, including teriyaki beef and tandoori chicken, as well as delectable filled croissants. Other highlights include exceptional coffee and a host of fresh cakes.


Sala Thai

As its name suggests this is an authentic Thai restaurant, with supplies being flown in every week. Sala Thai features fresh and healthy food in a cosy setting that provides a welcome haven from the bustle of the Maldivian capital Male. The talented chefs are well-known for creating generously sized dishes like marinated shrimps, and the zesty Penang curry.


Aioli Restaurant

This fine restaurant is well-reputed for its outstanding selection of typical South Asian dishes albeit with a distinctly Mediterranean influence. At this quality dining establishment you will have the opportunity to sample specialities like curried chicken in authentic Maldivian style and seasoned cuttlefish matched with accompaniments like spicy rice dishes.


Seagull Cafe House

Seagull Cafe House is a captivating bistro which features two levels for diners; a tranquil courtyard below and an upper floor which offers enjoyable views of the urban bustle of the Maldivian capital. The venue here features Western, Indian and Maldivian specialties including such highlights as glazed roasted breast of turkey and seafood dishes; not to be missed is the ice cream, reputed to be the finest in the city.


Palace Sichuan

This is an authentic Chinese themed restaurant which offers fine Cantonese specialties served by friendly and courteous staff. As its name indicates this restaurant focuses on the cuisine of China's Sichuan Province. You will find exotic Chinese dishes here, such as steamed gourd with shrimp and sweet fungus accompanied with papaw sauce.


Jazz Cafe

This stylish European themed cafe offers a diverse range of meals ranging from exotic fare such as Thai chilli beef to western style juicy beef burgers that are reputed to be amongst the best in the city. A highlight here is the regular musical presentations offered by talented local musicians specializing in jazz, soul and rock. In order to experience the outstanding culinary specialties at these fine restaurants, it is important to select a convenient accommodation choice in the islands, such as a Maldives resort like the Kandolhu Island Maldives. This attractive resort always meets the expectations of its guests.



This appealing restaurant offers an attractive selection of Western, Indonesian, Indian and Chinese dishes. You will find numerous dishes created for Maldivian tastes like the spicy fish macaroni, but you will also find other specialties like the Lebanese style chicken with accompaniments and the lobster paired with tangy lemon sauce.


The Sea House

t this pleasantly laidback establishment you will have the opportunity to enjoy tasty cuisine whilst enjoying the views over the harbour and the sight of airplanes arriving and departing from the nearby airport. At The Sea House you will find affordably priced foods with distinctly South Asian flavours. Highlights here include sushi, Thai curries and Maldivian specialties.