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Enter into the reimagined world of Contessa – where high-end Southern Mediterranean cuisine is an everyday luxury.

Whether in our iconic dining room or our botanical garden-inspired terrace conservatory, Contessa is more than a restaurant; it’s a destination where each meal is a celebration of the finest local and seasonal ingredients.

This is where Phoenicia Malta’s beloved hospitality meets the expectations of exciting modern dining. It’s where every dish is the culmination of our chefs’ imagination, the island’s very best produce, and your favourite flavours.

Contessa promises an experience that’s both exclusive and enchanting, captivating you with every course and at every opportunity. Allow us to welcome you to Contessa!

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Contessa will fast become your favourite place to be – a destination to see and be seen.

Here at Contessa, contemporary flair meets The Phoenicia Malta’s historic grace, creating an inviting space for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Every detail is an intentional stride towards an atmosphere that complements the sophisticated palette of our dishes, ensuring your dining experience is as visually pleasing as it is flavourful.

So, whether seated in our elegant dining room or our sunshine-and-stars-lit conservatory, the Contessa setting promises to be a thoughtful accompaniment to your dining experience. Where would you like to reserve your table?

Opening Hours


open daily
7am – 10.30am


Mon – Fri
12pm – 3pm


open daily
6pm – 10pm


With our focus firmly on the future, we take sustainability seriously at Contessa – from our carefully sourced ingredients to the produce grown in our Kitchen Garden.

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Tableside Theatre

We come to you! Contessa’s unique dining trolleys promise to bring a little extra flair and entertainment to your meal – from cocktails to our signature dessert.

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Contessa is a reimagining of the award-winning Phoenix, which was an iconic part of The Phoenicia Malta for decades. It is named as a fitting tribute to Countess Strickland, who cofounded the Hotel in 1947.

Meet our Chefs

Executive Chef Daniel Debattista manages the kitchen operations within the hotel, and together with Chef de Cuisine Alessandro Gravino, ensure smooth delivery of breakfast, lunch, brunch and dinner at Contessa. Daniel has numerous years of culinary experience, having worked in luxury properties including The Gleneagles in Scotland and La Gavroche. Alessandro also has ample experience, having worked in a number of top restaurants locally and internationally. 

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