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
The staff went out of their way to help us
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.
Food was delicious. Very explosive flavours. Beautifully balanced. Well recommend.
Great restaurant, lovely personable staff, great ambience and perfect location, finally great food
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
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.
Could have been warmer inside but fab setting and food!
Food was absolutely fantastic, great service. Can’t wait to return again
Best food this side of the Solent! Even my fussy parents were blown away. Thanks team.
Reliably fabulous food, charming service and made a beautiful surprise pudding for my daughter whose birthday we were celebrating.
Best restaurant on the island.
Lovely food and service. Can be a bit chilly and noisy! This time was just right but on a previous occasion was VERY noisy.
Great food and great location by the beach. An extremely wonderful experience
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.
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.
Fantastic food - one of the best places to eat on the island.
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.
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!
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 !
Fantastic food and atmosphere! Would highly recommend. Fish cooked perfectly and amazing flavours.
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!
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.
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!
Great food,a really nice place...will definitely go back
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
Second time, excellent
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.
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 🙏
Little gem in Ventnor! Amazing food and friendly staff
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.
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.
Fantastic meal celebrating 60th birthday. Staff made us feel very special food superb. Pricey but we knew that.
Fabulous. Definitely recommend. The best food and service in Ventnor
A truly excellent evening, with wonderful food in a buzzy, friendly, unpretentious atmosphere. A real find!
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
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!
Friendly efficient staff!
Victim of own success as no lobster available! Tuna and Sea bream were excellent!!
Friendly service, interesting food, nice atmosphere - give it a try!
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.
The most delicious and imaginative food and great staff can’t wait to come back