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The Maldives is not a place where you pick and choose your restaurants every evening – unless your resort happens to have more than one. But if you go resort hopping, you can chow down at a steak joint on one island and then return to a Thai or Italian place that evening on your home base. And while Malé is no one’s idea of a foodie paradise, don’t miss the chance to experience an authentic Maldivian eatery.

Top Restaurants in Maldives

Baan Huraa

Sample regional Thai specialties like ghoong makham (wok-fried scampi with crisp red onion and tamarind sauce) at this over-water teak house on stilts.

Anantara Maldives, South Malé Atoll, 011-960-664-4100,
Tags: family | moderate | thai

Evening Glory

Sit next to a local fisherman and enjoy authentic Maldivian cuisine – based around seafood with south Indian flavors such as curry – that costs next to nothing. Try mas huni (shredded smoked fish with grated coconuts and onions).

Majeedi Magoo,
Tags: budget | seafood

Olive Tree

Sit around the One & Only Kanuhura’s large central swimming pool, where waiters cross a small bridge to bring you beef carpaccio, gnocchi, and homemade gelato.

One & Only Kanuhura, 866-552-0001,
Tags: expensive

Soneva Gili

Choosing where to dine – on your villa roof deck, in a starlit pontoon boat, in an underground gourmet cellar, on a desert island, or in the resort’s garden – is as difficult as choosing between an organic vegetarian lunch or cheese and charcuterie.

Soneva Gili, 011-960-664-0304,
Tags: family | moderate


Huge by Maldivian standards, come to this 130-villa-strong gem for serious Euro-glam luxury and lots of private space – in rooms (many with private lap pools), restaurants, and the 100,000 square-foot spa with futuristic steam rooms.

One & Only Reethi Rah, North Malé, 866-552-0001,
Tags: expensive | smart splurge | trendy

The Living Room

Al fresco dining with a mix of inventive Asian and Western dishes and a wine cellar that’s a sculptural marvel and a source of perfect Chardonnay. Staying at the resort? Enjoy private dining on your terrace 24-hours a day.

Veliganduhuraa, 011-960-664-1888,
Tags: expensive | patio | casual


The design is as cool and fabulous as the food, modern interpretations of Indian and Sri Lankan cuisine with an emphasis on local produce and, naturally, seafood.

Cocoa Island, 011-960-664-1818,
Tags: seafood | expensive | trendy

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