Restaurants in Maldives
The Maldives have a great mixture of local and international fare and many Maldives restaurants aren’t afraid to toe this line. Visitors leaning toward the traditional will find that Maldivian cuisine is unsurprisingly heavy on seafood and greatly influenced by Middle Eastern culture (the majority of Maldivians are Sunni Muslims). As a result, outside resorts, visitors are unlikely to find any pork-based dishes or boozy cocktails. Still, local dishes like barbecue fish basted with chili and smoked fish served with coconut and onions won’t disappoint and offer a wonderful departure from the norm. Just dip into any hotaa, or café, for a quick lesson in local cuisine. If you’re seeking restaurants in Maldives that are serving international cuisine, look no further than the on-site eateries operating at many resorts or on the island of Malé, which is home to the Maldives noble population. Of particular note are Maldives restaurants like Sala Thai, which specializes in Thai cuisine, and the unforgettable Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, which allows visitors a chance to dine in an underwater room while local ocean life swims overhead.
One of the only underwater restaurants in the world, Ithaa is located 16 feet below sea level at the Conrad Maldives Rangali Island resort.
Located in the Cocoa Island Resort on the South Male atoll, the Ufaa restaurant offers of fusion of Sri Lankan, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine with an emphasis on fresh seafood and local, organic produce.
The Reethi Restaurant is the main restaurant of the One & Only Reethi Rah Resort on the North Male Atoll. It is housed on the calm eastern side in a thatched pavilion over the azure water.