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£13 - £20
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Grill, Seafood, Healthy, Japanese Fusion
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wow, fabulous fish correctly cooked and served well. Full of flavour. Great cocktails. Small but enough of a choice for the wine list. Staff friendly and helpful. Great service. Would love to have such a restaurant near me.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Probably the best restaurant on The Isle of Wight ! We had two seafood platters and some Albarino. The presentation of the food was fabulous, the taste was also fantastic. To get all the various elements of these platters all served at the correct temperature...is in itself a challenge; but the perfectly seared scallops, the lightly chilled crab, hot Seabass, the tempura squid, grilled prawns along with other items were all served perfectly and it was great to enjoy. "Hats off" to Chef. Thank you. The service was perfect too with great explanations of exactly what was on the platter. The staff are all knowledgeable and charming as well. This was our third visit to this Ventnor branch of Smoking Lobster and so far it scores 10 out of ten on every visit.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

First visit to the Smoking Lobster in Ventnor & it won’t be the last. Went with my husband for lunch & it was wonderful. It was really quiet as we had a very early table but it started filling up quite quickly. Lovely vibe, very...relaxed, very good & again, relaxed service & absolutely wonderful food. Lovely little surprise of a pecan tart for dessert - it was my birthday but we hadn’t ordered desserts, obviously we finished it though 😁. Thank you all, we will be back.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One of THE best places to eat in on the IoW and hands down the best place to eat in Ventnor. Service and atmosphere fabulous, food fresh, original and so tasty! Cocktails original too. Just fabulous as always! Cannot recommend enough!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Life is short. Put simply. You must eat lunch at the Smoking Lobster in Ventnor. It is such a beautiful setting. Amazing Outlook. I love this place. Top quality seafood. Scollops. King Prawn Tempura. Tuna Cerviche. Half a Lobster. Few bottles of Rose. Heaven. Great...people. Coconut Espresso Martini to end. We felt well looked after. I would happily marry the chef or the waitress. It was that good.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 7 April 2024 via mobile

Stopped by for lunch overlooking the bay - we both had delicious food all expertly prepared - I tried the Lions Mane which was unusual but very good Overall a perfect spot for lunch - book, go and enjoy!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 April 2024

brilliant food, especially the mixed grill!!! definitely recommend going, service is really good aswell, everyone was lovely in there x

Date of visit: April 2024
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Giancarlo Giancovich, Owner at Smoking Lobster Ventnor, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2024

So happy you loved it! Look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 3 April 2024 via mobile

This is a lovely restaurant right on the beach. The food was generally very good (my wife’s sea bass was cooked to perfection) but it was quite expensive - some of the portions were quite small so I’m not sure it represented good VFM. Service...was friendly and attentive. The place is small; reservations are essential.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Giancarlo Giancovich, Owner at Smoking Lobster Ventnor, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2024

Hi Geoff, thank you so much for your review! We're sorry you didn't feel like the portion sizes were VFM! Unfortunately, due to sourcing all ingredients locally and fresh, our prices have to match the effort of our fishermen and chefs behind the scenes. Hope...More

Reviewed 2 April 2024

What a little gem!! found this on Google and so glad we did. Views were amazing, cocktails superb and the food was just delicious.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Giancarlo Giancovich, Owner at Smoking Lobster Ventnor, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2024

Thank you so much Melanie! You are a gem!

Reviewed 1 April 2024

This seafood restaurant is out of this world . Right on the seafront . I had the sea bass it was huge and cooked to perfection . Staff friendly and very professional .

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 30 March 2024

What a beautiful little restaurant- doesn't look much from the outside but the view is stunning. Absolutely loved our visit. Service was great (although a little slow, however 100% worth the wait). Staff were lovely and checked in with us regularly - even the lady...on the phone when we booked was extremely pleasant! Food was beautifully cooked and well presented, couldn't fault it!! Definitely recommend booking in advance as it is very popular and gets fully booked quickly. Be mindful that the surf and turf includes an added price for the lobster.. but was absolutely delicious and worth every penny!! A must go if you visit or passing Ventor.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 28 March 2024 via mobile

Great food great position and dog friendly for lunch. Highly recommend the restaurant sitting in the bay. Challenging drive down the cliffs 👍

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 March 2024

Excellent restaurant, from a friendly hostess who accommodated a last minute booking with two children, to the food and experience itself. The windows overlook the beach and the sea, and the wholly seafood menu reincarnates this. The seafood platter was fresh, delicious and full of...flavour. If staying on the IOW, you should definitely check this place out.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 23 March 2024

Great service and food. Don't be put off by the slightly faded exterior. Inside is smart, clean and welcoming and the food top quality. Almost exclusively seafood menu with a couple of vegan/veggie options or steak. Not cheap but lovely for a special occasion. The...Chinese turnip cake starter and coffee creme brulee deserve special mention and the mains were good too - we had sea bass, steak and monkfish and all were good.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 9 March 2024

Excellent food and service. Scallops, blackened cod and tempura lobster followed by iow cheeses. Serving staff very caring and attentive.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Smoking Lobster grill and cocktail bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5