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Italian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Delicious cocktails on a suntrap terrace followed by well cooked food inside an art decco dining room. Served by very friendly and attentive staff. All in all a very good experience.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Second time here and was great Food was fantastic. Up graded on wine at no extra cost Was quite in there but was raining Will be returning

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 19 March 2024

Went to celebrate a family birthday with family and friends and I could not believe the poor service we got after pre-ordering our starters mains and desserts weeks before the event, everything came out it dribs and drabs. The starters were ok the mains were...anything but. In our group of 4 the chicken in white wine was poor with hardly any sauce and the rice was clumpy, My vongolae was passable but not much taste and two fillet steaks were dry and seemed liked they had been cooked then placed under hot lights to keep warm and were only fit for our dog when we got home. I had cheese board which lets face it you cant really muck up, while the Creme brulle was actually burnt and even after taking of the very burnt top it still tasted burnt. We did have a few drinks but couldnt believe the £250.00 bill. I did not complain as it may have spoilt the night for the rest of our group but I will never visit again and would deffo not recommend to anyoneMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 23 September 2023

Came here last time we stayed in Ventnor and had a very enjoyable return on a quiet Friday night. The host is very friendly and welcoming. The food was excellent: linguine with fresh clams was an authentic dish served as a generous portion. Excellent wine...list, too. Watching the sun go down over the bay from our window table made for a memorable last night before our return home. We highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to coming again next time we are on the Island.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 16 September 2023

Visited The Rex last night for dinner with my husband whilst staying in Ventnor. We received a warm welcome and the food was absolutely amazing. Lovely cold beers and prosecco too, all with a lovely view of the sea! Will definitely be returning!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 8 August 2023 via mobile

Please don't let the negative reviews sway you! This place is a real hidden gem and has such a lovely atmosphere with views across the Ventnor coastline. We were lucky enough to be there when the pianist was playing which added to the ambience as...we ate and watched the sun go down. The food was absolutely stunning! The prawns with garlic butter and the gnocchi were chefs kiss, and all the desserts we had were just as indulgent . The staff were so sweet and kind to us during our visit, we almost felt like we were dining at home, it was just a really warm and welcoming feeling we felt during our time there. Thank you so much for a lovely meal and we hope to come back again soon!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 5 August 2023

We’ve just got home from another memorable dinner at The Rex. My wife has to follow a careful diet and they accommodated all her requirements, we couldn’t have asked for anything more. We had our youngest daughter, who was celebrating her 21st birthday, with us...and of course they made a big fuss of her. We watched the cruise liners going down the channel from the big picture windows and then the weather fronts coming up the other way. The service was, as always, attentive but not overwhelming. It was just what we wanted, we’ll keep going back again and again.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 31 July 2023

Average food to start with. Totally disorganised in service. Staff running up up and down inside. Food came but no cutlery. And then worst part - they DO NOT. Accept foreign credit cards. None of our cards worked on his machine and he started shouting...at us. Will never ever go here again.extremely insulting behaviour by the owner.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 15 July 2023

Went for an early dinner with my wife and daughter (8). We were the second group in the restaurant at 18:30 so service was good to start with. However, by 19:30 we had finished our main course but the restaurant had filled up and with...just two waiting the tables we waited 30mins and with empty plates and glasses, before getting the bill and leaving. How was the food? I had sea bass which was OK but the rice was not fresh and had been reheated (it was dry and stuck together). Polo Funghi was very excellent, King prawn tagliatelle was OK!. My wife orders a gin and tonic which was £5 on the menu but £12 on the bill, we did not ask for a double!. I guess it is what it is, but definitely not repeatable........More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

We were both very impressed with this restaurant , I started with a cheese souffle (special} followed by a well presented chicken. My wife really enjoyed the fish . Bad weather meant there were only 3 covers so the owner had time to chat. This...is not really a pasta and pizza restaurant but one that cares about the food and its presentation.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 9 July 2023

Great food with lots views. Lovely ambiance with good music but not too loud so you can hold a conversation. Portions aren’t too big so you can have a gorgeous dessert too. Staff are friendly and attentive. We went 3 times in a week which...says it all really! Not really suitable for children.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 July 2023

Lovely greeting but food leaves a lot to be desired Had four small pasta dishes we could have cooked better at home. Left most of it and the waitress never even asked if we had enjoyed our meal, which spoke volumes Do your self a...favour and buy a can of spaghetti from the supermarket and save yourself £165More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 2 July 2023

Love this place! It was a Sunday evening, and we had the best time! We had a fantastic table with a view right across Ventnor and the sea, lovely food ( the goats cheese, fish soup and peperonata were a real delight!), and the desserts...were also wonderful. The owner, Abdel, made us feel so well looked after- I would go back in a heartbeat!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 26 June 2023

I’m sat here at the venue as I write this. PHENOMENAL. The owner is so friendly and accommodating. The food was honestly the best gnocchi I have ever had. One to visit for sure! Thank you The Rex! Xx

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 18 May 2023

RACIST Staff, I am never the one to write reviews, but I honestly can't believe the treatment that my family and I received from the old man (who seemed to be the manager) behind the bar who greeted us so rudely... so my family and...I were reluctant to try The Rex as we had looked at the reviews previously and there were many complaints about unfair treatment of families with young children and also mixed race families, which we also happen to be.. My mum was the 1st to walk in as my sister, dad and I were trailing behind and when the older gentlemen saw my mum he welcomed her into the restaurant but as soon as he saw us he said that we were not allowed to come in as, and I quote, " people are trying to eat " and shooed us away like naughty children, we were in complete SHOCK at his behaviour... It was DISGUSTING. Therefore, this restaurant doesn't even deserve 1 star.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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The owner just seems to be a very rude man on top of which he clearly does not like children or want them in his restaurant.
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The Rex Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4