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What to Eat in Maldives

Cuisine in the Maldives relies heavily on the region's available ingredients, which means seafood, coconut and starches feature prominently in many dishes. Tuna, wahoo and mahi mahi are a few of the fish you can expect to find on menus in the Maldives. Other popular dishes in the Maldives include samosas (pastries stuffed with savory filling like spiced potatoes and vegetables), curries and spicy fried fish.

Keep in mind, because the Maldives is an Islamic nation, the population does not drink alcohol. However, you will be able to enjoy alcoholic beverages at most resorts.

If you're staying at a high-end resort, you will likely have more variety in terms of food, with dining options ranging from Italian and Spanish to Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. Several hotels offer buffet lunches and dinners. At some properties, you can opt for an all-inclusive rate that covers meals and drinks. Regardless of whether you choose all-inclusive or a la carte, dining in the Maldives is very expensive. And if you're looking for a truly unique experience, consider booking a table at an underwater restaurant. Some options include: the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant in the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island Resort, 5.8 Undersea Restaurant at Hurawalhi Maldives and Subsix at Niyama Private Islands Maldives.

Find the Best Restaurants in Maldives

  • #1
    Belle Amie Bistro
    #1 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 190 reviewsTripAdvisor (190)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Indian, European, Sri Lankan, International
    M. Melaa, Keneree Magu Near National Museum, Male 20191
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  • #2
    Sala Thai Restaurant
    #2 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 547 reviewsTripAdvisor (547)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    Buruneege Boutique Hotel, Male
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  • #3
    Pizza Mia
    #3 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 147 reviewsTripAdvisor (147)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    Kalhuhuraa Magu, Male
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  • #4
    Seagull Cafe House
    #4 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 389 reviewsTripAdvisor (389)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Cafe
    Fareedhee Magu Maafannu, Male
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  • #5
    Shell Beans
    #5 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 239 reviewsTripAdvisor (239)
    $ - $$ | Fusion
    Boduthakurufaanu Magu H. Jazeera Building, Male
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  • #6
    The Sea House - Maldives
    #6 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 406 reviewsTripAdvisor (406)
    $ - $$ | Cafe, Seafood, Asian
    Boduthakurufaanu Magu 1st Floor Hulhumale Male' Ferry Terminal, Male 20005
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  • #7
    The Asian Wok Restaurant
    #7 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 42 reviewsTripAdvisor (42)
    $$ | Asian, Chinese
    Vilamendhoo Island Resort Champa Building, 3rd Floor, Male 20187
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  • #8
    Lemongrass Fifth
    #8 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 189 reviewsTripAdvisor (189)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian, Thai, International
    Fareedhee Magu, Male 300-9000
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  • #9
    Meraki Coffee Roasters
    #9 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 36 reviewsTripAdvisor (36)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    Husnuheena Magu, Male 20116
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  • #10
    The Civil Coffee Society
    #10 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 39 reviewsTripAdvisor (39)
    $ - $$ | Cafe
    M. Sisil Emporium M Sisil Emporium, Male
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  • #11
    Thai Wok
    #11 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 163 reviewsTripAdvisor (163)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    Corner of Ameer Ahmed Magu & Naadhee Magu, Male
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  • #12
    Symphony Restaurant
    #12 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 99 reviewsTripAdvisor (99)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Seafood, International, Asian
    Athamaa Goalhi, Male
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  • #13
    True Beijing Cafe
    #13 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 53 reviewsTripAdvisor (53)
    $ - $$ | Chinese, Asian
    HM. Lot 10102 Halaveli Magu Hulumale Male Near Travel Lodge Hotel Lot 10102 Halaveli Magu, Male 20012
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  • #14
    City Garden
    #14 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 59 reviewsTripAdvisor (59)
    $ - $$ |
    Boduthakurufaanu Magu Front Of Jetty 5, Male 960
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  • #15
    Citron by Lemongrass
    #15 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 66 reviewsTripAdvisor (66)
    $ - $$ | Asian, International, Thai
    Alimas Carnival, Boduthakurufaanu Magu, Male
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  • #16
    Breakwater
    #16 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 82 reviewsTripAdvisor (82)
    $ - $$ | Pizza, Seafood, Asian
    Artificial Beach Food Court no.4, Male 20009
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  • #17
    Khun Thai
    #17 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 36 reviewsTripAdvisor (36)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Thai
    Chandhanee Magu No 18, Male 20190
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  • #18
    The Manhattan Fish Market Maldives
    #18 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 74 reviewsTripAdvisor (74)
    $ - $$ | Seafood
    No 21 Centro Mall, 4th Floor, Terrace, Male 23000
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  • #19
    China garden
    #19 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 44 reviewsTripAdvisor (44)
    $ - $$ | Asian, Chinese
    Abadhah Ufaa Hingun, Male
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  • #20
    Azur
    #20 of 170 Places to Eat in Male
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 46 reviewsTripAdvisor (46)
    $ - $$ | Japanese, Seafood, International, Asian
    K.Male', Male 20096
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