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El Toro Contento

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2 Pier Street | Isle of Wight, Ventnor PO38 1ST, England
+44 1983 857600
17:00 - 21:00
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My mum is coeliac and we always look out for decent gluten free restaurants when we are away. When we realised that this restaurant did take away tapas we decided to take them up on it! I would go as far as to say this is the best takeaway we have ever had. Prawn and mussel paella with sides of... More 

Thank Kate S
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Small restaurant, very friendly service, excellent tapas at a good price. They also had Trabanca cider from Asturias, replete with correct pouring technique. Thoroughly recommended.

Thank John_Carpenter11
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Booked El Toro for a rare night out. We were looking forward to it as we had been a couple of years ago. We were excited about the ham and overall Spanish atmosphere the little restaurant had but when we arrived we were surprised to see that the layout and lighting had changed so that it was very bright and... More 

Thank lrobo6363
Lorraine C, Owner at El Toro Contento, responded to this review

Dear Irobo6363, We were really sad to see your comments. I am sorry you didn't enjoy your meal. As they say, you can't please everyone! More 

Ventnor, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

Fantastic family owned business in my home town of Ventnor. They catered superbly for us awkward Vegans. Delicious freshly prepared dishes suggested and altered to suit our needs. Warm and friendly service with a really nice intimate atmosphere. Our non vegan eleven year old daughter loved it too. If you are on The Isle of Wight do go out of... More 

Thank TheCB500
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Super tasty, authentic Spanish food . Eat as much or as little as you like. Informal, friendly atmosphere. And all very reasonably priced. A must on any visit to Ventnor.

Thank Chr28
Southampton, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Eaten here on so many different occasions throughout many years, and the food and service has always been exceptional! If you are visiting Ventnor or even if you are visiting the island, I would definitely recommend this place. Fab work guys!

Thank blm1893
Essex, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 April 2017 via mobile

Last meal on the island. Booked it the night before because of the smell coming out! Was gorgeous. Paella. Lamb. Meatballs. Breads. Olives. And the best pancakes for the kids to top it off. Brilliant.

Thank David G
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

Visited this eaterie some time ago with friends,found the food bland and the service slow,Restaurant is small and somewhat claustrophobic and if you eat downstairs that's even worse, Owners seem to open and close when they feel like it,place has just reopened after being closed for ages.Would not be an experience I would want to repeat.

Thank happygannet
Lorraine C, Owner at El Toro Contento, responded to this review

Dear happygannet, I'm really sorry you have waited so long to let us know you were unhappy with your meal, as this experience obviously took place in the summer last year, and you seem to live in Ventnor. Maybe we know each other? Our restaurant IS small, and we can't actually do much about that. Most people tell us our... More 

London, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed 29 March 2017

Ate out here with a group of friends, lovely food, wine, and atmosphere. Very personal service by the owner. Freshly cooked specials were delicious.

Thank georgierosesynge
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

Great crab croquette, black pudding pate, white beans. Great and highly individual service too, from the two sisters ? Running the place

Thank 36bells

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$32
Mediterranean, Spanish, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Takeout, Highchairs Available
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Pier Street | Isle of Wight, Ventnor PO38 1ST, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Ventnor
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 857600
Small restaurant striving to give excellent value for money. Plenty of delicious home made dishes from Spain. Constantly changing specials, genuine interest in cooking tasty, healthy and traditional & really authentic dishes. Informal dining in the tiny street level bar or dinner in the "dungeon". Excellent value Spanish wines, beers and cider. Paella available, freshly made to order. Lots of options for vegetarians, vegans & gluten/lactic free.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?