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Ale and Oyster

££ - £££French, British,
Esplanade, Ventnor PO38 1JX, England
+44 1983 857025
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good20%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“oysters” (149 reviews)
“steak” (37 reviews)
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French, British, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
Esplanade, Ventnor PO38 1JX, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited here with some friends between Xmas and new year. It was a bit quiet but to be fair it is a funny time of year. However, the food and service were excellent. Between us we had crab starters, king prawn , main courses were...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Mafco
Reviewed 4 December 2018

Fantastic setting on the balcony on a sunny autumnal day, it was perfect. The food was very good, excellent in fact though a little slow to arrive. Wine was also very good, not much to fault here. Deservedly busy.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Woodabell
Reviewed 7 November 2018

strolling along the promenade we noticed this place, which boasts a Michelin star. Feeling peckish we just had to try it, especially as the prices are moderate. Seafood is locally caught. Madame had the crab ciabatta with mayonnaise, fresh and moist, which went down well....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank HJPinBeds
Reviewed 4 November 2018

Had a very warm welcome at the ale and oyster...it's a local restaurant for my cousin who lives just up the hill and took us there on her recommendation. The staff are very helpful, knowledgeable and clearly passionate about their food,and restaurant , the menu...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Jangolly
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

We have taken three different sets of friends to this fab restaurant within a few weeks. Each time we have enjoyed a delicious meal, beautifully presented with excellent service. Sean and Jim are always friendly, knowledgeable and fun.....the chef's produce tasty, quality meals, nothing is...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Carol B
Reviewed 27 October 2018

Another fabulous night here. We took visiting friends of ours here and they loved it. We all had the steak which was superb. I like mine well done, theirs was medium and they were perfect. The meat is sourced locally which is good to know....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank micheleiow
Reviewed 27 October 2018

This was our first visit but definitely will not be the last! We will be back. The food is amazing, staff very friendly and welcoming, great wine list. We had a wonderful evening.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Tracey V
Reviewed 23 October 2018

Not cheap - but why should it be? Ale and Oyster provides food that tastes great and is beautifully presented. I had a really delicious steak and a gorgeous chocolate and strawberry dessert, but there were plenty of other dishes on the menu I'd like...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Rosalie K
Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

Wonderful service, fabulous food, sea view and great wine list. Highly recommended. Ventnor is beautiful. Definitely going again soon!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Julia T
Reviewed 19 October 2018 via mobile

Ate here in a small group with colleagues on a training course. Think we were the only ones in the place and I don’t know why as the food was lush! I didn’t drink but was told the red wine was also very good. Had...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Janice D
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Questions & Answers
11 January 2019|
Response from Foodforthought5456 | Property representative |
Hi Keith unfortunately we are shut till the 30th of January for our annual leave.
Elizabeth A
25 August 2018|
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Response from Foodforthought5456 | Property representative |
Not at the moment due to the summer period it will be back on mid September
2 August 2018|
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Response from capablue90 | Reviewed this property |
No kids menu but they made fish goujons & chips for my son.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$58 - US$154
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View, Romantic
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Esplanade, Ventnor PO38 1JX, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Ventnor
  • Phone Number: +44 1983 857025
Bar/ fine dining restaurant in the evening on Ventnor seafront overlooking the sun, sea and sand! Spectacular views coupled with quality dining, relaxing atmosphere and friendly staff
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