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AKI, Valletta, Valletta

AKI

4.5
4.5
682 Reviews
€30 and under
Creative Japanese
Taking its name from akitsu, which means ‘dragonfly’, AKI in Valletta aims to reflect the elegance and sophistication this insect demonstrates in its sleek body and flying pattern.

Modern Japanese cuisine is prepared by our highly-trained and skilful chefs using the freshest and most seasonal ingredients. Savour our enticing selection of sushi, tapas-style dishes together with a selection of meat and fish dishes expertly grilled on our Japanese robata grill allowing you and your friends to feast on a variety of exciting dishes. Match our culinary creations with an extensive beverage list which features a diverse list of wines, cocktails and Japanese Sake.

AKI puts a distinct spin on familiar Japanese flavours, leading you onto new and exciting gastronomic journeys. Our ambience and music offer a perfect setting for our guests to relax and enjoy a lovely meal; we invite you to join us for lunch, dinner or drinks, where our team will take care to deliver a memorable experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout

2737 9053

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Creative Japanese, International, Contemporary Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–12:00 am Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Phone number

    2737 9053

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Catering

    In house catering

  • Private party facilities

    AKI is available for private events parties up to 120 people. For details please call on 0035679442718

  • Neighborhood

    Valletta

  • Cross street

    Santa Lucia Street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Valetta bus stop; Mandragg bus stop; Nawfragju bus stop.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 682 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

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  • Malta

    Best Service

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anyela and Andy were the best waiters. Excellent recommendations, food and service!
  2. OC

    OrietteC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our experience at Aki! Food was top notch and so were the cocktails! The service was amazing and the music and violinist complemented the evening.
  3. CR

    CecilieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing! We ordered a platter to share and two smaller dishes, and we struggled to finish the last pieces. Amazing atmosphere in the restaurant, but the music became a bit on loud side around 9, but regardless we will be returning. The staff was fantastic as well
  4. RC

    RafaelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great and friendly service, great food, good cocktails. On the pricey side but its definitely worth it.
  5. S

    Sercho

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic place with outstanding service and food!
  6. c

    chrisb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    well done to all the team at Aki! we will definitely be back!
  7. BO

    BrechtO

    Malta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The set lunch menu at AKI was the best value for money we experienced during our full week stay at Malta. Really seomething to check out.
  8. VV

    VeroValletta

    Malta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Il ristorante è considerato su Tripadvisor il numero 1 di Valletta, quindi le mie aspettative erano molto alte. Sono rimasta delusa perché il sushi non era cattivo, ma assolutamente nella media. Per una porzione di uramaki e due porzioni di nigiri ho pagato circa 30 euro.
  9. LM

    LeahM

    Limerick

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! However it was my sisters birthday and had requested a desert plate but it never came or was acknowledged which was disappointing
  10. A

    Alex

    Raleigh

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    The food did not live up to the hype or expectation.
  11. a

    amandaj

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was amazing, atmosphere was really cool, and staff was so kind and helpful.
  12. A

    Alan

    Malta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food, service and ambience is impeccable, however the music was too loud that even a table of 2 people would had difficulties to speak properly.
  13. DA

    DianaA

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing! Can only recommend it!
  14. f

    franciscaa

    Malta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience5
    Long waiting hours, bad service, food mediocre and really overpriced
  15. RO

    ROBERTS

    Malta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience2
    Too many customers. Service was rushed. Did not enjoy it.
  16. M

    Mari

    Malta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambience, staff and food. Best sushi on the island.
  17. CM

    CaitlinM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Must eat in Malta! Food is so reasonably priced for quality. We went back twice! The service is impeccable too
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Melbourne

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice restaurant and great value for that level of food, service and atmosphere. The staff were very attentive and helpful, most vegetarian dishes could be made vegan.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waiter was very informative and made great suggestions for us to try. The food was great and Kome drink is a must have!
  20. MW

    MarkW

    Malta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a special occasion and it was also our first time at AKI. We will most certainly return. Everything was impeccable. Our server by the name of Sethu explained to us the concept of the restaurant. His good suggestions on portion size and food combination meant that we ordered enough as not to leave any leftovers. Full marks on all counts and aspects
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Liverpool

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing! The food was delightful. The servers were so attentive and friendly. Couldn’t of had a better last night in Valetta. Will be back again soon!
  22. BM

    BrianM

    Malta

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Excellent but please last two visits the air-conditioning is not that powerful
  23. BC

    BogdanC

    Malta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very tasty food, good music and friendly staff. Outstanding culinary experience
  24. LC

    LouiseC

    Malta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The music was a bit too loud as it was just base… the restaurant was full and it was a bit chaotic
  25. JS

    JonathanS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    An excellent meal, great sushi, many other alternatives, good attentive service. Now a regular restaurant i visit. Manager was very good !!
  26. XE

    XabierE

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a dinner for 2 and order the 52 piece signature dish. This was definitely a bit too much for 2 but it was also delicious. The service was very pleasent but a few more hands attending the table would have imrpoved the experience as it was noy easy to get hold of anyone if something was missing. Other than that, a great experience!
  27. R

    Rabia

    Malta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    The service was basic The noise was terrible The food was good The experience was not enjoyable Will not recommend the place for dinner
  28. CS

    ChristineS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visited this restaurant 2 nights in a row because we enjoyed it so much! Best sushi I’ve had in a long time (and I live in NYC)! Great service too!
  29. MJ

    MaggieJ

    Malta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had my birthday here and it was beautiful, the food, the atmosphere and the service. Thank you!
  30. CS

    ChristineS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of the best restaurants I’ve been to in a long time and I live in New York City! Such a wonderful place… We actually might come back for the second night! Highly recommend!
  31. M

    Mauroziux

    Malta

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience2
    the AC was not working correctly, i ate sushi and lobster but was quiet normal, regular taste , cost/benefit i think is low, the service was great the food normal, the AC was terrible
  32. PT

    PeterT

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing, loved it, great Vegan selection too. Would highly recommend!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ambience was lovely, service was great and food was amazing!
  34. N

    Nott66

    Nottingham

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This dinner was to celebrate my dads birthday - so it was a special evening. As rated top on trip advisor in Valletta we booked it specifically. The night started off normal, the starters were okay (soft shell crab had no crab..) we waited an hour for our mains - of course we asked if they could check where they were (baring in mind there was no apology they were late!) they said they were coming now. Again waited.. they 1000% forgot about our order. They did not clear the starter plates until we asked them to. They brought one main out after waiting a further 10 minutes but no cutlery. Buy this point our table had to be given up in 5 minutes as they took so long. After just asking for an apology from the manager (!! Manager!) we were ignored and told the mains were not forgotten (it was as clear as the blue lagoon sea they had been) This is the worst customer service I have ever had. I am upset and angry to be dismissed and treated in such a way. Please do not go through the same experience as us. Instead our favourite meal was at Pauls- the staff inc the chef who spoke to every customer were they best, we felt looked after and had the most amazing evening. Sometimes all you need to do is explain the order was lost and apologise. These things happen - but it was how they handled it. I don’t think I’ll hold my breath for an apology
  35. SO

    SharonO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the experience, great food and service . We’ll definitely go again
  36. NG

    NathalieG

    Malta

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food4service4ambience2
    Main Course to expensive, very loud! Good Sushi and a lot of choice.
  37. MH

    MatH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great experience! The food was good and the drinks were great!
  38. AR

    AdrianR

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Disappointed to say the least. Arrived early so we sat by the bar. We ordered 2 cocktails and the barman whilst preparing mine was trying to remove something with a straw.I asked what he was doing and he said there is an insect in the drink. I told him to do me another one which he did but I expected that to be done without me having to ask. When it was time for us to get our table, we were not asked or told to move our table. We had to ask. We then ordered a bottle of water which we had to ask twice for and got it after 1/2hr. Our food was also very late waiting almost one hour from time of order to getting the food on the table. At least it was tasty. The music was really loud and to add insult to injury the violin player was way out of tune and did not synch well with the music in place.
  39. 9

    92264

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food5service3ambience4
    So many reminders and a phone call about the booking, always followed up with "it's a 2 hour booking." Service leisurely, left hungry because of the 2 hour sitting, would easily have spent more. Also took 20 minutes to get a drink. We left having had some lovely food, but not enough.
  40. KC

    KatiC

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience1
    Food and drinks were quite alright, more on the fusion kind than authentic Japanese. The fish, for example, was served with excessive sauce. The ”background” music was so loud (at 7.30 pm) that hearing the waiter was occasionally a struggle. Having had actually quite tasty a Michelin dinner with a cocktail, makiroll,, glass of wine, fried fish, side veggies, sake, cheesecake and umeshu for appr. 85€ plus tip I was very, very appalled by poor shape of the toilets. None of the three stalls in the ladies’ had any paper and one toiled bowl had you-know-what stains. When I approached the staff at the front the answer was : ”Thanks for the info”. Another lady guest went to the gents to get paper after about 5 mins when no one brought any. Shame on you, Aki.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from AKI using the Order Online button. AKI also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 2737 9053.

AKI is rated 4.5 stars by 682 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 30 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Takeout

2737 9053

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for AKI

Aki, Strait Street, Valletta, Valletta VLT1455

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Santa Lucia Street

  • Neighborhood

    Valletta

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 12:00 pm–12:00 am Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 12:00 pm–12:00 am Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–2:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Creative Japanese, International, Contemporary Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Valetta bus stop; Mandragg bus stop; Nawfragju bus stop.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    2737 9053

  • Catering

    In house catering

  • Private party facilities

    AKI is available for private events parties up to 120 people. For details please call on 0035679442718

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