Sensational Sea View Restaurants on the Isle of Wight

An island abundant with delicious local produce, it’s no surprise that eating out on the Isle of Wight combines some of the UK’s finest food and coastal scenery. Think just-caught fish served with the sea in sight, modern cuisine served in Med-style settings, and artisan produce piled high on tables beside the beach. With so many eateries to choose from, here’s our pick of sensational sea view restaurants on the Isle of Wight

Smoking Lobster, Ventnor

Sea view meal at the Smoking Lobster, Isle of Wight
Photo courtesy of The Smoking Lobster

When you dine in a place with its own fishing boat and lobster pots out the front, you know the seafood will be the freshest, most local you can get. And when it’s an AA Rosette restaurant with numerous accolades, you know that the seafood is going to be exquisitely cooked. How about all that with a cracking view of Ventnor’s sandy beach? Tickle your taste buds? Time then to book a table at the Smoking Lobster, where local island produce and seafood is infused with Pan-Asian influences and served at the ocean’s edge. 

The Hut, Colwell Bay

The Hut seaview restarant on the Isle of Wight
Photo courtesy of The Hut

One of the island’s coolest beach hangouts, The Hut was once a rustic beach bar on Colwell Bay that’s turned into a buzzing seafront bar and restaurant. Arrive on foot or by boat – sandy toes and salty locks are all part of the decor, and at high tide the ocean laps the sea wall at your feet while you eat, drink and relax with a view. Location aside, the food is enough to lure you here, with unfussy, flavour-packed dishes showcasing the best of the island’s bounty from land and sea. 

The Boathouse, Seaview

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Photo courtesy of The Boathouse

Bang on the beach in the charming village of Seaview, The Boathouse is a pretty 20-minute coastal stroll from the bustling streets of Ryde. Escape and soak up the cosy, nautical ambience inside, or kick back on the terrace and watch the boats bobbing across the Solent. Either way, the stunning vistas are complemented by stylish plates of seasonal produce and thirst-quenching local tipples. 

The Terrace, Yarmouth

Sea view table at The Terrace, Isle of Wight
Photo courtesy of The Terrace

Staring out over the Solent from the edge of Yarmouth Harbour, The Terrace is where Michelin-starred dining meets the ocean. Boasting a huge sea-view terrace right above the Wightlink ticket office, it’s no surprise that fish is at the forefront of the menu, alongside colourful island ingredients conjured into delicious dishes for the whole family. 

The Pearl Café, Isle of Wight

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Photo courtesy of The Pearl Cafe

Fancy cream tea on a picnic blanket, or plates of local seafood, vibrant vegan dishes and big breakfasts served with the sea in sight? Perched on the cliff tops in a sublime spot to watch the sailing boats on the English Channel, The Pearl Café is the perfect pitstop for local delicacies that echo the natural environment on the doorstep. 

Drunken Lobster, Ventnor

We can’t sign off without mentioning the little sister restaurant of the Smoking Lobster –the Drunken Lobster, which also hogs an enviable beachfront location in Ventnor. Views aside, it’s the swanky sake and cocktail bar, and Japanese Yakitori grill that make this tiny venue stand out. Stay late and socialise over tapas-style Japanese dishes, or book the private dining room for you and your friends. 

The Crab & Lobster Inn, Bembridge

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Photo courtesy of the Crab and Lobster Inn

Tuck into local crab and lobster served with a crisp white wine or the Island’s own Mermaid Gin and tonic against the backdrop of the sea. The Crab and Lobster is the Isle of Wight’s Landmark seafood pub overlooking Bembridge Bay. Alongside fresh seafood, locally reared meats and just-picked produce, enjoy spectacular views of the rocky bay and Bembridge’s old lifeboat station. 

The Duck, Ryde

The Duck doesn’t brag the same sea views as the rest of the contenders in our recommendations, but sitting beside the canoe lake it boasts serene watery views that rival the rest of the pick. Just five minutes’ walk from the Ryde passenger ferry, here you can paddle to the shore and sample an ever-changing menu inspired by the island’s micro seasons. 

Book a Sea View Retreat in the Isle of Wight

If dreaming of ocean air and island adventures has stirred your appetite, browse our collection of coastal holiday cottages in the Isle of Wight and book your next foodie escape by the sea. 

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