Best Restaurants in Maldives

For all Maldives’ unparalleled beauty and charm, dining is great here. It can be a bit daunting to know what you should consider when choosing a restaurant in the country—especially given the range of options available: fast food joints, fancy international fare, locally inspired cuisine, and more. We’ve compiled a list of the best restaurants in Maldives by category—from noodle houses to fine dining experiences.

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking about noodles is probably charred beef with rice. But it may surprise you to find out that there are a whole bunch of noodle dishes in Maldives you can enjoy while on the cheap. There are two main types of restaurants that specialize in noodles: kuaymu baru (cheap bars) and kahoona bars (upscale). Although we recommend heading to a cheap bar for your noodles because the price is great and it’s more friendly for locals who are on a budget, if you’re thinking about splurging at one of these establishments, know that most cost US$10-20 for an average meal including drinks. The best place for this kind of food? Saabaru Baru; it has good reviews from TripAdvisor users who commented on its delicious food and friendly staff.


Kudaa, meaning “islands” in the local Dhivehi language, is located in the capital of Malé and serves a fusion of traditional Maldivian with Mediterranean cuisine. The restaurant has a relaxed, yet elegant atmosphere, with comfortable seating and great service; you can enjoy your meal barefoot or donned in your finest attire without feeling out of place. The prices are reasonable compared to other restaurants in the area that cater more towards tourists; while it is not a bargain by any means, it’s worth paying a bit more for an exceptional experience. When you’re planning what to order at this top-tier spot, consider their signature dishes:

  • Roshi—a popular Maldivian flatbread
  • Kasoori Chicken—chicken cooked in curry sauce with spices used to give meat dishes flavor

As one reviewer put it:

“I always go back to Kudaa when visiting Male because their food is so good. Their [sic] have very good service always quick and friendly.

Amu Whenua

The restaurant is situated on a secluded island with the most beautiful beach and house reef in the Maldives, which makes this restaurant one of the best in the country. The stunning natural surroundings, incredible service, great food, and amazing drinks make it hard to believe that you’re in paradise.

The menu consists of dishes inspired by Italy and India with a touch of Maldivian cuisine. There’s an extensive wine list as well as a selection of beers (both local and international). For more information about Amu Whenua at Vilu Reef Beach & Spa Resort, including location information, hours of operation, reviews, menu items and prices, visit TripAdvisor.


If you want to be regaled with world class cuisine after a day of exploring the many beautiful aspects of the Maldives, Saffron restaurant is absolutely the best choice. The atmosphere is relaxed and approachable, but it still maintains a high-end feel. Saffron’s reputation for authenticity has led it to be considered one of the best restaurants on this island nation. The chefs here use their years of cooking experience to create truly incredible dishes that will wow your taste buds from start to finish.

In addition to its sumptuous food menu, Saffron also offers a variety of refreshing beverages that are perfect for washing down any meal or snack. One can enjoy a hot or cold cup of espresso at this fine dining establishment before heading out into the tropical heat—or perhaps an ice cold beer would do more justice after spending an entire day under blazing sunbeams? Whatever you choose, you won’t be disappointed by what they have on tap! A well-placed selection within walking distance from most hotels around this area makes our establishment easy accessible no matter where your travels may take you during your stay here in Male City!

Sunset Grill

Possibly the best place in the Maldives to enjoy delicious food and drinks before or after a beach day, Sunset Grill’s location makes it a prime spot for your next meal. With a casual and relaxed atmosphere, this restaurant is open for lunch and dinner so you can spend some quality time enjoying their delicious menu items. Whether you order their wood-fired pizzas (with your choice of toppings), their burgers topped with cheese or you opt for one of their amazing grilled entrees, any meal here is bound to impress. Enjoy your meal at one of the tables on their outdoor patio while taking in views of the ocean and watching the sunset—it doesn’t get much better than that!

Reef Club

Reef Club serves up some of the best restaurants in Maldives. This restaurant is located in Per AQUUM with a Jacuzzi, a pool and a kids’ pool. Themed dinner buffets are held by the resort and they have an a la carte menu with a range of cuisines that includes Asian, Indian, Maldivian and international cuisine.

Reef Club’s layout is perfect for dining under the stars; it has an open-air concept that provides guests with an unforgettable dining experience by the sea. Diners can also enjoy live cooking stations to meet their preferences.

Salt Water

Salt Water is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant located on the island of Dhuni Kolhu. It overlooks the Indian Ocean and has an open-air terrace for sunset dining. The menu features a delicious mix of Mediterranean, Asian, and Indian cuisines.

The restaurant boasts a daily happy hour from 5 to 7 p.m., during which guests can enjoy refreshing cocktails like the Coconut Colada (coconut rum and coconut cream) or the Island Breeze (vodka and orange juice).

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