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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bar
“A historic pub with a fabulous menu and locally caught crab dishes - a firm favourite with locals. ”
  • 33 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Look out for drop in yoga classes or just visit the gardens for a relaxing look around. Good cafe and a selection of island favourite plants to buy”
  • 22 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Perfect for lazy beach days, rock pooling or simply eating crab and lobster with a glass of cold white wine.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Good for breakfast and lunch, morning coffee. Interesting and varied menu. They also sell their own sour-dough bread which is the best in Ventnor.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Lodging
“Upmarket hotel, with an old fashioned elegance. Located just up the hill in a beautiful garden. We recommend lunch outside in the summer or their Royal afternoon tea. It is delicious! ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Pub
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“Smoking Lobster is a fantastic Restaurant on Ventnor Beach Seafront, Adam and GM have been serving fantastic food for many years at Tramazzinis in the town and opened Smoking Lobster a couple of years ago to add to the reputation they deserved. Fantastic Seafood and local produce served overlooking the beach”
  • 15 locals recommend
Corner Shop
“In the town centre a few mins drive up the hill, there is a Co-op and also a Tesco Express for essentials. You can normally park right outside or opposite. If you want to walk allow 15 mins. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bar
“Simply the most friendly Pub in the town, Dave and Di host quiz nights, music , sport and parties no shortage of entertainment , craft beers , great value food what more can you ask for a real local”
  • 8 locals recommend
Corner Shop
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  • 1 local recommends
Italian Restaurant
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“Even though the Met is not the best eating place in Ventnor it is one of the most popular due to the location. You can sit here for hours watching the world go by and the sea roll in”
  • 7 locals recommend
Store
“Fantastic food and service. We recommend for fish dishes, catch of the day and great deserts.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Lodging
“It's clean and safe, a mix of sand and pebbles so bring your beach shoes. Great waves”
  • 9 locals recommend
Food
“Best for – freshest fish on the island. Visit in the day for your pick of locally caught fish, crab and lobster. During early evenings you can pick up delicious hot fish and chips – try crab on chips for an authentic island takeaway. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Bonchurch Inn is quirky, no frills but the Italian food served is the best on the Island having been prepared by the family owners. I recommend the Spinach Canneloni with a good bottle of red wine. Friendly welcome, Courage beer in kegs behind the bar, a few locals-reserve a table in the main bar. Not suitable for very young children although in the Summer months you can sit outside comfortably for lunchtimes.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Hearing good things about this Bistro. Booking advisable. Quite compact with mature diners so I wouldn't recommend for families with small children.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bar
“Just a few doors down on the seafront these guys do lovely food, we recommend the steak!”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Good for breakfast and lunch, morning coffee. Interesting and varied menu. They also sell their own sour-dough bread which is the best in Ventnor.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Pub
“Smoking Lobster is a fantastic Restaurant on Ventnor Beach Seafront, Adam and GM have been serving fantastic food for many years at Tramazzinis in the town and opened Smoking Lobster a couple of years ago to add to the reputation they deserved. Fantastic Seafood and local produce served overlooking the beach”
  • 15 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Even though the Met is not the best eating place in Ventnor it is one of the most popular due to the location. You can sit here for hours watching the world go by and the sea roll in”
  • 7 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Bonchurch Inn is quirky, no frills but the Italian food served is the best on the Island having been prepared by the family owners. I recommend the Spinach Canneloni with a good bottle of red wine. Friendly welcome, Courage beer in kegs behind the bar, a few locals-reserve a table in the main bar. Not suitable for very young children although in the Summer months you can sit outside comfortably for lunchtimes.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Beautiful fresh fish, caught that day by the owners!! Very expensive but worth every mouthful 😁”
  • 7 locals recommend
Café
“At the end of the esplanade known for its tasty breakfasts and great café food. Run by our lovely friends. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Indian Restaurant
“Simply the best Indian and Malaysian restaurant on the island in our opinion. Great specials and huge variety to choose from with good service too ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our lovely local cafe opposite the pond. Please check with them regarding their lunch and supper availability as their seems to be a change of ownership.”
  • 2 locals recommend

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