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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent location in Steephill Cove, literally right on the Seafront, lovely spot to have a lunch. Sandwiches were good, generous fillings. Perhaps a bit on the pricey side but worth for the location. Alcohol is available for those that want it, service was good.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Found this place by accident on a coastal walk. The best crab soup I ever had. Amazing! Swedish cider was nice too. What a gem. Rick Stein come and taste it!

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

1 4.4 (161) Reviews All Service Meal Price lunch16 sandwiches14 island12 crab sandwich11 +6 Sort by Most relevant Newest Highest Lowest Kirsty Seward 12 reviews I can't rate food or atmosphere as I ended up telling them not to worry about it.. I initially asked...for 2 coffees to take away (to sit on rocks) and was intending on having some lunch.. Thank you to the lady and young girl who tried to …More Mark R Local Guide·71 reviews·82 photos 7 months ago Dine in | Lunch | £10–20 We usually try and visit here when on the IOW as the location and craft salads are really great! It's not easy to reach but a short walk is all it takes. We have seen it busy at lunch times and it's not possible to reserve a table so we try …More Photo 1 in review by Mark R Photo 2 in review by Mark R Luke Hatherley 5 reviews·2 photos 5 months ago Dine in | Lunch | £10–20 A fantastic little spot to watch the waves crash onto the beach. The food was great and the staff were very helpful. Definitely recommend …More Photo 1 in review by Luke Hatherley Photo 2 in review by Luke Hatherley Andraea Posnett Local Guide·69 reviews·80 photos a year ago Dine in | Lunch | £10–20 Cute place to stop for some lunch and lovely being sat right on the rocks. Had the crab sandwich, filling was great. Super tasty and juicy. Think it was let down by the choice of white bread, for £11 you'd expect something of better quality. Photo 1 in review by Andraea Posnett Photo 2 in review by Andraea Posnett Kirsty Seward 12 reviews I can't rate food or atmosphere as I ended up telling them not to worry about it.. I initially asked for 2 coffees to take away (to sit on rocks) and was intending on having some lunch.. Thank you to the lady and young girl who tried to serve me in a friendly manner. You are unfortunately let down by the man with the beard who I'm presuming is your boss.. he was incredibly rude to me growling at the lady and girl not to serve me and to put frozen delivery away.. the staff deserve better management and respect.. bearded guy stood, I'm guessing doing paperwork.. Young lad hovering and , honestly? It wasn't a hot day so I'm sure one person could have made a couple of coffees... To be honest, I would have been happy to have waited if you hadn't of been so rude to me and your staff.. Not a great start to the season.. I hope you apologise to your staff and start treating them more respectfully ASAP! I'd be happy to help with customer service and management skills training. Kirsty (ex Landlady plus 20 years experience in customer services)More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a picture perfect location for a cafe/bistro. You are practically on the beach here with the e most amazing views. Not many tables & chairs, luckily we managed to get a seafront view one on this beautiful sunny April Thursday. We shared prawn sandwich...with a couple of drinks & spent a delightful 40mins or so. The sandwich was delicious & packed full. Yes, as others have said it is on the pricey side, but sometimes the location & food is worth it 😋More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This beachside cafe is in a lovely spot, Steephill Cove, which is tucked away at the bottom of the cliffs near Ventnor. It’s a great place for a walk by the sea, and it’s deservedly popular among visitors. The speciality is the crab sandwich, which...is perfectly OK (fresh crab between two slices of ordinary sliced bread, and with a few crisps and salad leaves) but ridiculously overpriced at £16.75 a pop. The service is brisk and efficient. A nice place to visit, but three of us paid £50 overall for a crab sandwich each, and that felt like too much.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 29 March 2024 via mobile

This place is situated at Steep Hill Cove below Ventnor. As the name suggests there is a very steep hill down to the cove but it’s certainly worth a look. The small cove is picturesque and quaint with weather beaten structures and beach paraphernalia. The...shack was the only sign of any life when we arrived in pouring rain. We ordered a crab sandwich and a crab soup. Both were delicious and freshly prepared. Yes the prices aren’t cheap but bear in mind they have to haul all of their supplies down to the beach and you’re enjoying a meal sat in the midst of outstanding sea views on a quiet English coastal shore. Thanks to the team who were very friendly and served us well!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 2 October 2023

Disgusted with this place, had to give 1 star should have been 0. Travelled to Sandown just to go to this Restaurant as a treat for my parents, paid for parking, Elderly people had to walk to restaurant to find it was closed Although advertised...as open. Complete waist of time missed lunch had to leave very disappointed. Do not waist your time.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 20 September 2023 via mobile

Pricey! Now £15.75 for a crab sarnie with a little pot of crisps (& that didn’t include a drink) - but a beautiful spot, and it was a lovely sandwich!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 4 September 2023

Great place to stop off for a drink after your walk from Ventnor Esplanade. Stunning views and right on the beach. Service was quick and efficient Would love to come back for something to eat next time.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 2 September 2023 via mobile

We had a wonderful lunch here this week. The food was outstanding and the service fantastic. Really accommodating with our children too (5 and 7). Lovely spot to enjoy the views too.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 11 July 2023

We had a lovely walk from Wheelers Bay, Ventnor to Steephill Cove and called here for lunch. We both had crab salad which had a generous portion of crab. Excellent service located next to the sea. Perfect!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 10 July 2023 via mobile

Seems like a average cafe on approach but the setting is stunning especially on a summers day over looking the Sea. However…. When I ordered the Fresh Crab sandwich for £15!!! I was expecting something out of this world. Don’t get me wrong the crab...and the bread were lovely, but that was it, - it was accompanied with half a bag of plain crisps and a few leaves. Felt very ripped off. I wouldn’t really recommend if I am honest, as the prices don’t reflect the experience. Steep hill cove is lovely, but there isn’t really a lot of choice for eating apart from here or 2 other small eating places. Shame as could be a real winner.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 June 2023

Had drinks and ice cream from here. Ice cream was ok. Hot drinks weren't great. It was very busy so I give the benefit of the doubt. Will come back another day.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 25 May 2023 via mobile

We walked down the very steep path hoping to eat at the Crab Shed which had been recommended. Unfortunately the Crab Shed was closed so we had no choice but to eat at this place. It is really overpriced (£15 for a very ordinary crab...sandwich!) and the staff were rather unfriendly. Such a shame as the setting is beautiful, but we will not be visiting again.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed 21 May 2023

Resting after a long walk,a couple encouraged us to go down to The Beach Shack...... thank goodness we did! I don't take pictures of food but just had too. Mouthwatering egg mayo sandwich...never had better.

Date of visit: May 2023
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Hi November 3rd will be the last day of this season, thank you very much for your custom, hope to see you again next year.
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Steep hills when coming into Steephill either way. I would hazard a guess and say no to both wheelchairs and scooters
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No bookings, definitely first come first served. However, they will serve you on the beach or the sea wall
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5