Restaurants and Cafes
We are lucky to have many fantastic restaurants in the town and on the beach and they continue to improve on a regular basis so always check them out for latest offers etc. We have provided links and numbers as it’s always best to book and mention where you are staying.
We don’t prefer any one particular restaurant over any other as they are all different but if it is here on these pages then we eat there and recommend it, nothing more than that.
Andy and Jane took over the Bistro in 2017, what was already a good restaurant has been improved again, after a fantastic 2018 they will be looking to get even better so book early. The Bistro, situated in Pier Street, just yards from the Cascade Gardens and the sea front, is a small, family friendly restaurant with a relaxed, contemporary atmosphere that is both warm and welcoming yet sophisticated. Using the best of locally sourced seasonal produce and ingredients the food is cooked fresh and can be adapted to suit children or specific dietary requirements. There are daily specials, including vegetarian dishes and locally caught fish
Cantina is one of our daytime and weekend favourites and has been for years. Open all year round, Cantina offers great food in a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The food is British, with strong Continental influences. With just 22 seats, Cantina fills up pretty damn quick, making booking a good idea, even for breakfast. However, the team will always try to fit you in. The service is great Jo and Dita are wonderful as front of house so enjoy.
Mediterranean themed menu specialising in local seafood and products. Adam and G provide great food, great service and always a meal to savour. We constantly look for their themed evenings during the week and it’s always worth booking ahead as its always busy.
The first completely Vegan Restaurant on the Isle of Wight.
Sandra O’Toole founded the Isle of Wight Vegan Festival and used to have a mobile catering unit, The Keep Smiling Cafe, which she would take to festivals around the country.The menu at Pulse features parsnip and watercress soup, bruschetti with salsa verde, courgetti with roasted vegetable chilli, dhal and carrot cake ice cream with fig coulis and many more. Sandra, who describes her food as home cooking with a chefy twist, will be cooking herself until she recruits a new chef.
Introduced to the town in 2017, a top class Indian Dining and Tapas Restaurant, it has really made an impact to the dining options in the town. Specialising in Nepalese cuisine, with an extensive menu that means you’ll probably never order the same thing twice, we’ve never had a bad meal there, very accommodating and great service.
It’s now 2019 so ‘Shoreditch’ has come to Ventnor or something akin to a more London feel anyway. Stripped opened it’s doors in Ventnor in 2018 from the owners and staff of Cantina which has been popular for many years for its unique twist on many dishes. A nice feel in terms of buzz and ‘stripped’ back decor which will be familiar to many mainland based holiday makers and home owners. The food is as its suggest ‘stripped’ but the menu continues to have new dishes added to it, new specials and starters appear all the time. Dita and Jo (yep they serve both Cantina and Stripped) will always provide a friendly welcome so give it a try also the wines and cocktails.
The Rex Restaurant, once the iconic Rex Cinema, (I once saw the Sound of Music twice in 2 days on a rainy July 1966 ….. true story). Has been in business for nearly 20 years and commands arguably some of the best views of Ventnor Beach down to Steephill Cove. With an extensive menu with an Italian theme, the classics, Pasta and Pizzas are excellent and Abdel, your host, will do his best to keep you happy.
The Royal Hotel is a great place to have either a lovely dinner or lunch, also to sit out in the Summer in either the Conservatory or by the pool and have drinks, cocktails and bar snacks. If you fancy a fantastic view of the Beach you can wander up to their Cliff Terrace and enjoy a drink or afternoon tea overlooking Ventnor bay.
Given that there is also a Spa on the premises it’s a great way to unwind for a day. Like much of the Ventnor Terraces it’s difficult to remember you’re on the Isle of Wight and not on the French Riviera
Previously known as Phileas Fogg and then a Mexican pop up. On the corner of the High Street, Le Tour du Monde is the latest Restaurant to open in Ventnor, with an rotating menu from around the world (hence the name) it extends the choice available in the Town.
We haven’t tried it yet so watch this space, open for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
On the Beach/Esplanade
Jim and Sean have been building a reputation since opening a few years ago and are is now Michelin listed for 2018 for the 3rd year running. Head Chef Sean Jeffers is heading that ambition, proudly using local fresh produce when available, fresh fish from Ventnor bay to island reared beef. Every effort is being made to get that first elusive star but believe me it won’t be long in coming in our opinion.
They pride themselves on the fact that they use top ingredients to produce all of their dishes, also making their bread in house along with homemade butter.
The newest restaurant in town, following on from their success with Tramazzini in town, Adam and G are branching out into what will be the place to sit and drink a cocktail whilst enjoying a locally caught dish as the sun goes down. A little pricier than some but on a sunny evening I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. After a quick revamp exciting things happening here so watch this space and go and enjoy the experience.
Our favourite for a beach lunch anytime, not only is Andy a friend of ours , he also runs a superb day time café-diner on the beach with a lovely variety of hot and cold snacks and lunches. Try the soups, the crab salads and sandwiches and anything you fancy, it’s all good. No need to book but we can guarantee it will be busy though never too long to wait; try it, you won’t be disappointed. Open normally 7 days a week, 10 to 4 from March through to November, weather permitting.
The Boathouse is open from May to September and cant be beaten for an Al fresco lunch in the open or in the shade, fresh catch and wonderful locally sourced salads and vegetables. Book in advance as its always busy and you cant get in without a reservation. They are also very good at putting you on a waiting list if fully booked as it does free up evert so often. Enjoy !
01983 – 852747