Smoking Lobster

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£26 to £40
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Seafood
We are famous on the Island for using fresh and local produce, with an incredible sea view.

Justin, our local fisherman delivers our lobsters & line caught sea bass, whilst we offer other exotic dishes with an Asian twist, alongside.

We also offer the best cocktail menu on the Island
What 66 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.3
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KP
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food!!
The staff went out of their way to help us

EB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad we booked the Smoking Lobster for our grown up son’s birthday. It was Totally outstanding. Better than any London restaurant we have been to recently. Their attention to detail on taste, texture and presentation is brilliant and the service is spot on. Love it.

OT
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious. Very explosive flavours. Beautifully balanced. Well recommend.

HG
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, lovely personable staff, great ambience and perfect location, finally great food
Hayley

OT
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Could not find fault with anything except restaurant was cold when we arrived for lunch even though heating was on. The elderly feel the cold so would have been perfect if had been warmer

M
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic food fusion here, tuna cooked to perfection, lovely crispy skinned bass- my wife and I didn't want the meal to end!! Only negative comment; we had a bottle of Riesling (from U.S.A.) which the waitress didn't have much knowledge of, but the wine was fantastic and went so well with the Asian fusion of the food.

OT
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Could have been warmer inside but fab setting and food!

OT
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was absolutely fantastic, great service. Can’t wait to return again

JJ
London
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best food this side of the Solent! Even my fussy parents were blown away. Thanks team.

ES
London
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliably fabulous food, charming service and made a beautiful surprise pudding for my daughter whose birthday we were celebrating.

Best restaurant on the island.

t
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service. Can be a bit chilly and noisy! This time was just right but on a previous occasion was VERY noisy.

PB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great location by the beach. An extremely wonderful experience

r
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food is always great and all the staff are welcoming.
Ambiance adds to the experience, but recommend you avoid the tables nearest the door which can be draughty in winter.BUT do go-you will enjoy.

AL
London
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was sublime and the service fantastic. Very helpful in choosing both food and wine. One of the party preferred meat and had no problem choosing something suitable.

NW
Berkshire
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic food - one of the best places to eat on the island.

SG
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 1/2 tempura lobster and salt 'n' pepper squid to start, follwed by Tempura monkfish with new potatoes and Asian slaw and Korean roast pork belly with Asian mixed veg and rice noodle spring rolls. Fantastic puddings to finish. The food was exceptional and I can honestly say this was the best meal we have eaten in a very long time, the staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. Would highly recommend.

M
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this place was amazing!

From the outside it looks like a normal seaside restaurant but when you go inside everything is spectacular: the food (we had the fish platter which was incredible), the staff and the decor.

We loved the platter but got the feeling that any dish you had on the menu would be incredible. The couple sitting close to us that we got chatting to said they thought it was the best restaurant on the island and we couldn’t agree more. It’s worth a trip!

LC
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This our 3rd visit - would be more, but the place gets booked out quite quickly 😀. Took friends who were visiting from Essex. As he said, ‘the best meal I’ve had out in a long time’. Inventive, tasty and visually appealing entrees and mains. My favourite restaurant, and I’m glad it’s where I live !

HJ
Oxford
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and atmosphere! Would highly recommend. Fish cooked perfectly and amazing flavours.

MG
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Really great food and great service, do NOT let the appearance from outside fool you! If we visited IOW again, this would be our first stop!

OT
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was our 30th anniversary, restaurant very lively & busy as usual. We were made very welcome & given a glass of prosecco on the house, thank you smoking lobster, food excellent as usual.

j
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We visited Smoking Lobster on 28th September as a party of 4 for my sons 16th Birthday. The only availability when we booked the table was 5:45pm which is a little earlier than we would normally go out for dinner and we were a little concerned that the early booking would result in us being rushed through. Needless to say this most definitely was not the case and we left around 8:15 having demolished 3 courses, cocktails and coffee!! from the moment we sat down we were made to feel very welcome with the waiting staff doing a fantastic job of explaining the menu. The overall vibe is very casual and chilled and personally we loved this, the restaurant was busy even though the weather outside was dreadful with torrential rain lashing the windows, I think this says a lot about this restaurants reputation that they can fill it on such a horrible night. The food we selected was outstanding and exquisitely presented, the chef's clearly take a huge amount of pride in their work and the results are amazing, their is a definite Asian twist to many of the dishes, but this is in no way overpowering and enhances the fantastic quality produce used, as you would expect the seafood dishes are melt in the mouth fresh and the deserts are to die for. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant and cant wait to visit again, its just a shame we live such a long way away!

LK
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food,a really nice place...will definitely go back

H
West Sussex
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, this was the best restaurant we went to during our holiday to the Isle of Wight. We got great service from the waiter, who also helped us get a good variety for our courses to make sure we got the most out of their different food options. Also the food was fantastic!

P.S. If you are a seafood connoisseur, you cannot go wrong with their seafood sharing platter <3

OT
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Second time, excellent

C
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and service. Only gave 4* for service as we did order first bottle of wine sparkling and another wine was opened. No problem as we drank it then ordered another bottle that was sparkling! Great attention given to gluten free and allergies. Ambience 4* as seats are close together and rather hard on the rear! Despite these minor personal niggles it is a place we would always recommend and return. Expensive but for the quality well worth the price. Excellent.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply amazing.

MG
Dorset
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated by the window with a beautiful view of the sea. Attentive service if a little slow but very friendly. Food was excellent.
If I had to find fault it is that, as with most restaurants the tables were too close together.
Will definitely return to this little gem. Thank you 🙏

DB
London
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Little gem in Ventnor! Amazing food and friendly staff

OT
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Amazing food and a really lovely spot with the sea veiw. I would say the food was delicious but a little over priced. Very efficient service but not overly friendly, definitely an element of teenage angst. However, an overall great evening with good food, we would happily visit again.

s
Bath
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We planned a weekend break on the Island and booked this restaurant a week in advance. It was a early birthday treat meal so had the seafood platter for two. It was excellent especially with contemporary twist to number of items. Everything was excellent about this restaurant.

J
London
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal celebrating 60th birthday. Staff made us feel very special food superb. Pricey but we knew that.

MA
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Definitely recommend. The best food and service in Ventnor

DW
Oxford
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A truly excellent evening, with wonderful food in a buzzy, friendly, unpretentious atmosphere. A real find!

BS
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a first class meal, in a lovely position over looking the sea.
as I am partially sighted a was provided with a window seat, which was sincerely appreciated.
if we ever visit the island again, you will see us again. thank you

j
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BY OUR LOCAL BED AND BREAKFAST HOSTEL, WHO BOOKED FOR US.
ADVISED COULD ONLY ATTEND AT 7:30 PM, BECAUSE TOO BUSY LATER. THIS TURNED OUT NOT TO BE THE CASE.
WELCOME AND SERVICE COURTEOUS AND FRIENDLY
VERY BUSY, VERY NOISY, AND TABLES TOO CLOSE TOGETHER (A MATTER OF PREFERENCE)
STARTER (SOFT SHELL CRAB) DISAPPOINTING AS TOTALLY DEVOID OF FLAVOUR
MAIN COURSE (MALAYSIAN SWEET POTATO CURRY) ABSOLUTELY EXCELLENT. WIFE'S FISH EQUALLY BRILLIANT!

JG
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Delightful evening!
Friendly efficient staff!
Delicious food!
Victim of own success as no lobster available! Tuna and Sea bream were excellent!!

FK
Isle of Wight
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Friendly service, interesting food, nice atmosphere - give it a try!

F
London
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last minute booking for our anniversary, staff were very helpful and fun! The food was amazing, looked great and tasted even better! Great atmosphere with a good vibe.

OT
Isle of Wight
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The most delicious and imaginative food and great staff can’t wait to come back