Many restaurants on the Isle of Wight serve local seafood because of their close proximity to the sea. The island is a quintessential British holiday destination with miles of sandy beaches, flanked by seafront promenades. However, its culinary scene has never been more diverse.

    Aside from classic British comfort food, you’ll find plant-based options, Asian delicacies, and Mediterranean staples. There’s no shortage of pubs, fine-dining restaurants, as well as beachside cafés that cater to all tastes and budgets of locals and tourists alike. Trying to decide where and what to eat during your visit? Check out our guide to the best restaurants on the Isle of Wight



    Indulge in contemporary British cuisine

    • Food
    • Luxury

    Thompson’s specialises in contemporary British cuisine. Robert Thompson, who is the youngest British chef to receive a Michelin star, runs this restaurant. Its staff prepare seasonal menus, consisting of fresh, locally sourced produce and seafood. You can also enjoy a wide range of a la carte options, including plenty of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

    If you’re looking for a fine-dining experience that won’t break the bank, this is the place for you. Thompson’s can even prepare an 8-course tasting menu so you can confidently select the dishes you want.

    Location: 11 Town Ln, Newport PO30 1JU, UK

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from noon to 3 pm and from 5.30 pm to 10 pm (closed from Sundays to Tuesdays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1983 526118


    The Little Gloster

    Savour delicious Scandinavian-style cuisine by the sea

    • Food

    The Little Gloster is a nautical-themed restaurant that serves seasonal British and Scandinavian dishes with a modern flair. This includes slow-cooked lamb breast, roast pork, and courgette pakora. You can also find many vegan and vegetarian options on the menu.

    If you’re looking to dine in a chill, relaxed atmosphere, this Danish-style restaurant is a must-visit. It sits on the sea’s edge in the quaint town of Gurnard, which is about 2 miles from the seaport town of Cowes. 

    Location: 31 Marsh Rd, Cowes PO31 8JQ, UK

    Open: Thursday from 6 pm to 11.30 pm, Friday from noon to 11.30 am, Saturday from noon to midnight, Sunday from 12 pm to 3.30 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1983 298776



    Chill and drink the night away at a relaxed, welcoming restaurant

    • Food
    • Nightlife

    Pendleton’s is a rustic, cosy gem at the heart of the old seaside village of Shanklin. Its friendly staff and laidback ambience make the place feel inviting – as does its ever-welcoming owner, Steven. The restaurant specialises in classic British dishes, along with local beer, wine, and cocktails.

    Pendleton’s is only open for dinner and late-night drinks. So, if you want to have a chill night out with friends or a significant other, you may want to book a table while you’re on the island.

    Location: 85 High St, Shanklin PO37 6NR, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 6 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1983 868727


    Burrs Restaurant

    Treat the entire family with a kid-friendly fine dining experience

    • Families
    • Food

    Burrs Restaurant offers a charming, intimate setting with delectable European cuisines, made fresh from locally sourced produce. The chef, Matt Burr, knows his way around steak and seafood. He prides himself on making everything from scratch, from the bread to the chocolate fudge in your coffee.

    Burrs Restaurant offers some vegan and vegetarian options. It also provides free Wi-Fi and highchairs, making it a family-friendly establishment. If you’re travelling with kids, Burrs is the place to be.

    Location: 27-28 Lugley St, Newport PO30 5HD, UK

    Open: Tuesday from 6.30 pm to 9 pm, Wednesday–Thursday from 11.30 am to 2 pm and from 6.30 pm to 9 pm, Friday–Saturday from 6.30 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +44 (0)1983 825470


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    Feast on Mediterranean cuisine made with fresh local produce

    • Food
    • Couples

    Tramezzini is a steakhouse and seafood restaurant that serves Mediterranean and European dishes at reasonable prices. It uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients to create delicious dishes and mouth-watering desserts, ranging from cheesecakes and tarts to brownies. It’s the place to go to for coffee and weekday brunch. On the weekends, you can have a romantic night over a candlelit dinner.

    Tramezzini is also a wheelchair-friendly establishment. If accessibility is crucial, you’ll like it here. It even offers street parking and free off-street parking.

    Location: 14 High St, Ventnor PO38 1RZ, UK

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 7.30 am to 3 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 7.30 am to 3 pm and from 6 pm to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1983 855510


    The Bandstand

    Sip a fresh cup of coffee by the stunning Sandown Bay

    • Food
    • History
    • Photo

    The Bandstand is a small restaurant overlooking Sandown Bay. It retained the former bandstand’s architectural features and refined its vintage charm by adding large glass windows so you can have a panoramic view of the coastline wherever you’re seated.

    If you’re heading to Sandown Bay, you can grab a cup of coffee, a light lunch, or a cold brew at this restaurant. At night, you’ll have a completely different experience, with seasonally varied dishes and an even more breathtaking view of the coastline.

    Location: 39 Culver Parade, Sandown PO36 8AT, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 10 am to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1983 406875


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    Gastronomy Cowes

    Enjoy a pint or a cocktail at a fun, vibrant restaurant

    • Food
    • Nightlife

    Gastronomy Cowes offers a diverse menu with Asian, Mexican, and European influences. Burgers and ribs, pork bao buns, and piri-piri chicken are a few of its tempting dishes. The restaurant goes above and beyond to cater to customers’ tastes and dietary preferences. If you have dietary restrictions but you still want an unforgettable gastronomic experience, you should check this place out.

    Aside from the excellent food and vibrant atmosphere, people come to Gastronomy Cowes for the local beer and fun, tropical cocktails.

    Location: 46-47, High St, Cowes PO31 7RR, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 10 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1983 200666


    Off the Rails

    Grab breakfast in an old railway station

    • Food
    • History
    • Photo

    Off the Rails is a restaurant occupying an old railway station in Yarmouth. It retains much the station’s old charm, though it has become so much more to the local community. You can enjoy an extensive breakfast selection, from croissants and pain au chocolat to pancakes and waffles.

    Off the Rails is well-known for its themed evenings, which you must check out if you’re in town during the winter months. Some of its most popular events include Murder Mysteries and themes like the popular sitcom Faulty Towers.

    Location: Off the Rails, Station Rd, Yarmouth PO41 0QX, UK

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 9 am to 4 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1983 761600


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    Tansy’s Pantry

    Head here for a healthy, strictly vegan meal

    • Food

    Serving 100% plant-based food, Tansy’s Pantry is the place to go for a hearty vegan meal. It offers plenty of tempting fusion dishes, from vegan curries and sausages to desserts. Even its artisanal sodas, beers, and teas are healthy and guilt-free.

    Tansy’s Pantry is a vibrant cafe that has live music and locals with their pets. If you have a dog, it’s more than welcome to join you on your plant-based dining experience at this restaurant.

    Location: Church Hollow, Godshill, Ventnor PO38 3HH, UK

    Open: Wednesday–Saturday from 5 pm to 9 pm (closed from Sundays to Tuesdays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1983 840921


    No64 Ryde

    Take your dog out to lunch at this pet-friendly restaurant

    • Food

    No64 Ryde is a dog-friendly establishment that serves classic British comfort foods for a reasonable price, including good coffee and homemade cakes. Although very limited, they provide vegan options as well. In fact, they cater to all dietary requirements.

    The restaurant’s chirpy staff and warm interior lighting make it extra cosy and inviting, which is why it’s a local favourite. If you want to meet and dine with the locals without having to leave your furry friend at home, you should visit No64 Ryde for a memorable experience.

    Location: 64 George St, Ryde PO33 2AJ, UK

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 9 am to 5 pm (closed on Sundays and Mondays)

    Phone: +44 (0)1983 614071

    Geri Mileva | Contributing Writer

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