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PRICE RANGE
£10 - £30
CUISINES
Pizza, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Grill
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 26 November 2023

This is not the first time we visited. Very good food and generous portions..Ribeye cooked as requested. Thanks to the chef. Staff very nice and helpfull. We will definitely revisit. Recommended.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 12 October 2023 via mobile

We ended up visiting here twice on our holiday as the food was so good and the service was great. We were well looked after and all meals were superb, would highly recommend

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 30 September 2023

We have been travelling now from Australia for 5 weeks through Europe. We visited this restaurant twice. The food was sensational and excellent value. The staff were exceptional in their service; they were friendly, accomodating and efficient.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 26 June 2023

Such a nice place for Dinner - the service is professional and efficient, and the food is very tasty and fresh. Thank you for this fantastic experience. Definitely will be back.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 25 June 2023

The food and service was incredible. The owner was an absolute delight. Our food was amazing and portion sizes are to be rivalled. We would 100% come back again for the pasta alone.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 3 June 2023

This place is wonderful - the service is professional and efficient, the food is fantastic and not too expensive. The evening view is probably even better than the daytime from the outside. Fantastic experience.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 4 March 2023

.Lovely location, view of the sea. a little bit cold in the restaurant and it took a while to get our drinks but, apart from that, everything excellent. Tegamino di mare absolutely fantastic - worth trying. Crusted salmon very tasty too. Service better, after a...slow start - helpful, friendly and efficient. A great find and we will be back.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 15 February 2023

We enjoyed a lovely Valentine's Day Dinner at Pepe Nero - Veccja, in St. Paul's Bay. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was lovely and the staff was very welcoming and friendly. Highly recommended! Will surely return 🙂

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed 15 January 2023

The service was good, although the staff were not always clear on the details of the food. Fortunately they were quick to check with the kitchen to be sure they gave us correct information. Food is tasty. The background music can be a little loud.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Reviewed 21 November 2022

Certainly worth a go! One to definitely visit! Great place to grab some dinner/lunch. Freshly caught fish and various types of delectable pasta dishes are highly recommended. Excellent venue, great location! Exquisite food and great staff management! Of course, it goes without saying that Tavio's...’’Pepe Nero - Shell Shack & Grill’’, is among the Maltese Islands’ finest. Furthermore, the eatery (restaurant) is located in Trejqet il-Veccja, St. Paul's Bay, SPB 3630, a locality or vicinity noted for its awe-inspiring seascapes so it goes or comes with the territory. We are accustomed to eating out at ’’Pepe Nero’’ on a regular basis on well-spent Saturday nights and therefore it is in this restaurant that we often gather for a nosh-up or an enjoyable family meal to our heart's content. All credit to Tavio for showing great hospitality and the way he deals with his clients, restaurant regulars and repeat customers and the way he hosts, entertains and receives his guests in a way that makes them feel well taken care of. One could also note that the restaurant proprietor, Tavio has a capacity to draw others into the spell of his charm but, most of all, he is renowned or known for his service with a smile that ignites a great customer service experience. Accordingly, Tavio is always willing to go out of his way in order to make his clients and customers feel welcome in a willing way. Not only can Tavio satisfy or meet your needs or requirements so efficiently but also suit to your own tastes and cater to your own needs. His simple gesture radiates outwards into every aspect of his own catering business. Not only does Tavio's hospitality, leverage service to provide guests with the best experience possible but also his compelling charm speaks volumes. Characterwise (in terms of character), Tavio’s approach is admirable. Hence, we are overwhelmed by the benevolence that the restaurant owner or proprietor, Tavio has shown to us. Special thanks go to the restaurant proprietor/General Manager and his extremely cooperative management. Consequently (for that reason), every diner and restaurant regular or repeat customer eating at ’’Pepe Nero - Shell Shack & Grill’’ can be overwhelmed by/with the industry’s highest standards of food hygiene when it comes to public health, food safety and service, not to mention the General Manager’s/restaurant proprietor’s outstanding benevolence and big-heartedness in relation to his staff management/line management into the bargain. Speaking of which, we are in Tavio’s debt for his very warm welcome and cordial hospitality; and therefore (for that reason; consequently) we are looking forward to giving our thumbs up and seal of approval to him. Dear Sir, your food is exquisite, your service excellent and your ambiance (the character and atmosphere of a place) is great. You're doing very well, Keep it up! All the credit, therefore, goes to him! I would like to thank, Tavio for his excellent and superb service. I would give this restaurant a five-star rating for its high-class catering service. Above all, special thanks go to the staff management. I hereby enclose this review herewith. I would definitely recommend or suggest “Pepe Nero - Shell Shack & Grill“ and its service to anyone across the board! From Edwin, Carmen and ClintonMore

Date of visit: November 2022
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Ottavio S, Owner at Pepe Nero - Shellshack & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2022

Wow ….. There are no words to thank you enough for this review . It’s always a pleasure to host you and your wonderful family . Regards Ottavio

Reviewed 20 November 2022 via mobile

Two days ago I have dinner in that perfect place. The service was great and the food amazing. Thank you to the staff and all those involved in preparing and serving a very tasty dinner.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Ottavio S, Owner at Pepe Nero - Shellshack & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 11 December 2022

Thank you 🙏 for your lovely words & for taking some time to review our restaurant. Regards Ottavio

Reviewed 7 August 2022 via mobile

It wasn’t busy for a Wednesday night but we waited an hour just for our drinks to come… which came after we got our main course. It’s a shame because the food was tasty and the view was great. However, poor service and long waiting...time makes you lose your appetite. They did apologise but it’s a place I wouldn’t come back to.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Ottavio S, Owner at Pepe Nero - Shellshack & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 30 August 2022

Good evening, First of all May I excuse myself on the wait and for what happened. On the night I was not present myself as had a function upstairs in Veccja eatery and obviously I must say that this doesn’t reflect my usual service we...More

Reviewed 31 July 2022

The service is attentive, friendly and efficient. The location is great overlooking the bay, great sunset views. The food was excellent with quality ingredients. There's the main restaurant with a nice balcony area, but there's also a bar upstairs on a nice terrace. Food can...be served too, from the bar menu.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Ottavio S, Owner at Pepe Nero - Shellshack & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2022

Thank you !!! First of all I would like to thank you for your custom and for spending some time to drop off a review. . Will be looking forward to host you again on your next visit to the Maltese islands Regards Tavio

Reviewed 31 July 2022

We arrived at about 20:15 and already didn't have the best first impressions. The restaurant was very hot and humid and we had to tell the floor manager to switch on the fans. Seriously, fans... in a pretty pricey restaurant, come on don't kid yourself....The food took about 45 mins to an hour to arrive and the salmon was VERY dry and bland and the fish and chips was caked in flour. At least the ravioli was good, so that's a plus I give them that. Unfortunately everything was pricey and not worth it.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Ottavio S, Owner at Pepe Nero - Shellshack & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2022

Good evening, First of all thank you for your review and for your custom in our restaurant. I do acknowledge in a heat wave that the restaurant on a Saturday night having all the doors on the balcony & terrace opening & closing I do...More

Reviewed 30 July 2022

Had a very nice experience yesterday at Pepe Nero. Was a farewell dinner and was very satisfied with the evening... The restaurant has a nice view, we were there at sunset time, the staff were nice and friendly and the food was very good. An...overall pleasant experience... Ottavio Suda also resulted to be a very nice and genuine man, as I forgot my small backpack at the restaurant, but was called up to pick it up. Thanks Ottavio. Appreciated.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Ottavio S, Owner at Pepe Nero - Shellshack & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 4 August 2022

Good evening, Thank your for your review and for your custom. I’m glad that you appreciated our service and quality of food and look forward to host you again . Regards Tavio 99224247

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Pepe Nero - Shellshack & Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4