The best restaurants on the Isle of Wight

Found off the south coast of England, the Isle of Wight is a picturesque location that’s home to gorgeous beaches and historical points of interest, all of which are well loved by holidaymakers. Food lovers will also be glad to hear that the title of ‘best restaurant on the Isle of Wight’ is a hotly contested one, with everyone from seafood lovers to vegetarians well catered for here. Throw in seductive seaside views, local hospitality and fair prices and you’ve got the recipe for an Isle of Wight dining experience that you won’t forget. Check out our top picks below

Updated on 18 August 2021

The Isle of Wight may be fondly remembered by a generation of children as the destination for their year six school trip, but this island off the south coast of England has plenty to offer for people of all ages.

It will come as little surprise to anyone who has ever visited that the Isle of Wight is most famous for its pristine beaches and seafront promenades, including the golden sand of the Shanklin Beach and the charming, south-facing Ventnor Beach which is dotted with coveted vintage beach huts.

Whether your trip to the Isle of Wight consists of exploring the sites or laying on a beach, you are likely to need sustenance to keep you going. Luckily for you (and the island’s year-round residents), this corner of the world is home to a thriving restaurant scene. The majority of the best restaurants on the Isle of Wight specialise in seafood, but a good number of them offer other delights too, such as pizzas and steaks, as well as various vegetarian alternatives.

To see our pick of the Isle of Wight’s best restaurants, simply read below and then click through to the individual restaurant listing to book your table. Happy dining!

The Crab Shed Ventnor

The Crab Shed Ventnor

Love Lane, Steephill Cove, Ventnor,, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1AF

This lively shack offers a short and sweet menu of lobster, mackerel and crab, as well as vibrant salads and daily-changing specials. To pair alongside your seafood, choose from a selection of well considered wines.

Fish
The Crab & Lobster Inn

The Crab & Lobster Inn

32 Forelands Field Road, Bembridge,, Bembridge, Hampshire, PO35 5TR

At this cosy inn, expect to find elevated pub grub as well as an ambitious menu of fresh seafood dishes. Highlights include dressed crab and moules mariniere, while gin cheesecake is a novel dessert option.

£30 - £49
Pubs
Fish
The Island Room at Priory Bay Hotel

The Island Room at Priory Bay Hotel

Priory Bay Hotel, Priory Drive, Seaview, Seaview, Isle of Wight, PO34 5BU

For a taste of luxury, head to the flagship restaurant of the swanky Priory Bay hotel. Opulent surrounds are complemented by an equally sophisticated tasting menu, with almost all produce sourced from the island itself.

Modern European
The Royal Hotel

The Royal Hotel

Belgrave Road, Ventnor, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1JJ

This grande dame dates back to 1832, but still attracts diners. A sophisticated a la carte includes dishes such as halibut with beetroot risotto and whipped ricotta, while afternoon tea and Sunday lunch also impress.

British
The Garlic Farm Café

The Garlic Farm Café

Mersley Lane, Newchurch,, Sandown, Hampshire, PO36 0NR

Home to an annual Garlic Festival (live music, a funfair) and a menu dedicated to championing the pungent vegetable, The Garlic Farm Cafe is a truly unique proposition. Perhaps not one for date night though.

£30 - £49
The Coast Bar & Dining Room

The Coast Bar & Dining Room

15 Shooters Hill, Cowes, Hampshire, PO31 7BG

The Coast’s rustic dining room is complemented by its menu of unpretentious, ingredient-led dishes. Be sure to check out the range of wood-fired pizzas, best paired with a glass from the expansive, European-leaning wine list.

£30 - £49
British
Gastropub
The Taverners

The Taverners

High Street, Godshill, Ventnor, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 3HZ

Taking advantage of its idyllic location, The Taverners pub incorporates locally sourced produce into its crowd-pleasing menu of home-cooked pies, hearty sandwiches and slap-up Sunday roasts. There are a surprising number of plant-based options too.

£30 - £49
Gastropub
The Terrace in Yarmouth

The Terrace in Yarmouth

Quay St, Yarmouth , Isle of Wight, PO41 0PB

Get here early during the summer months to grab a table on the highly coveted terrace, before settling into an afternoon of sipping on fine wines and indulging in a menu of seasonal, simple seafood.

British
International
Fish
Smoking Lobster Cowes

Smoking Lobster Cowes

127 High Street, Cowes Isle of Wight, PO31 7AY

Boasting picturesque seaside views, Smoking Lobster draws in the crowds by serving up a mix of small and large plates with global influences - think fluffy squid ink steamed buns stuffed with tempura soft shell crab.

£50 - £79
British
The Red Duster

The Red Duster

37 High Street, Cowes, Hampshire, PO317RS

Found in the glamorous yachting town of Cowes, The Red Duster serves an alluring menu of globally influenced fare - think ginger and coriander spiced red mullet on Thai mussels. Plenty of vegetarian choices available too.

Under £30
Pubs
British

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