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Smoking Lobster grill and cocktail bar

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  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Contactless payment
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Modern contemporary seafood/ pan Asian restaurant serving great cocktails right in the heart of ventnor bay. We use only the freshest of ingredients using as much local produce as possible. Smoking lobsters fisherman catches sea bass from line and lobsters April-November so look out for Justin’s catch of the day!
US$17 - US$26
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Grill, Seafood, Japanese Fusion
Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service
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Reviewed today via mobile

Great place to eat. Fabulous fish expertly cooked and served. I had halibut which was fab. Wonderful views across the beach and bay. Although i have say everything also looked so good. Well done. Go visit but make sure you book.

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed yesterday

Outstanding restaurant. We had the seafood platter and it was amazing. We were seated outside on an extremely hot day with an amazing view. The staff were very friendly and attentive, I am sure if this restaurant was twice the size it would be full,...as they were turning people away. Glad we booked first.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed yesterday

A real treat. Beautifully prepared fish dishes, lovely wines, great atmosphere and fabulous service. OK, not cheap, but worth every penny

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

If you’re on the Isle of Wight you love food a trip to the Smoking Lobster either in Ventnor or in East Cowes is a must! In my opinion it’s the best food on the island! We visited the restaurant twice in our four day...stay on the island. The fish is cooked to perfection! The starters are extremely eclectic and well executed. The chocolate nemesis was unbelievable!! Top-class restaurant with fabulous service! Well done the Smoking lobster keep up the good work!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Second visit and not disappointed. So pleased to see this lovely little gem survive and thrive! Unpretentious but with fab food with an Asian twist. Lobster was the flavour of the day on our table although I opted for two small light bites. Delicious! I...suppose my only suggestion would be to increase the ‘sides’ to make this more substantial as there was really only chips as a choice. That said, a thoroughly enjoyable meal!More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What more can I say? We were fortunate enough to get a last minute lunchtime booking.. wouldn’t normally do a big lunch, but the recommendation was persuasive & thank goodness I listened! We were a party of 3, and as it was lunchtime, ‘just’ chose...all 7 starters and a couple of sides.. oh and a couple of bottles of blush.. Followed by a couple of desserts. The tastes were phenomenal…. We’ll be back, and book sooner next time, to get an evening slot! Thank you, from the bottom of our stomachs!More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wow, the restaurant is very comfortable, the staff very attentive and knowledgable and the seafood is out of this world. My husband and I shared a seafood platter for 2. The artistic presentation, the flavours of the seafood was incredible. We will be back again...soon. Booking in advance is strongly recommended.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago

Fresh and welcoming layout. Friendly welcome by staff. Food was excellent, a bit pricey but worth it. After some very average experiences on the island this was our last meal before leaving and has left a lasting impression. We'll head there again!

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Recommended by island locals and mainland friends. Lovely fresh food, delicious flavours, and great service. Had the Sea Food platter for 2, lemongrass and kaffir panacotta, and banana parfait. This was enough for 2 to share. Make sure you book as we saw many people...being turned away as the restaurant was fully booked. Thanks to the staff. We’ll be back.More

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Unfortunately, despite booking a bunch of restaurants two months before we travelled, I could only secure one evening here. Would happily block book this place every evening (and possibly lunch). Food amazing, tuna steak delicious, am salivating as I write this, staff great, recommendations really...good, Will definitely revisit and hopefully their other restaurant Drunken Lobster will be open. Annoyingly they all suffer from lack of staff.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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15 November 2019|
Response from Juliusjohnson | Reviewed this property |
I believe they do provided you use the outdoor seating area or the table just inside. 😊
Kevin S
5 March 2019|
Response from b5evs | Reviewed this property |
You need to contact restaurant. I left a review I can’t book tables sorry!
23 July 2018|
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Response from frida1380 |
We allow in the day , but we try to avoid in the evening .
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Yes, Smoking Lobster grill and cocktail bar is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Smoking Lobster grill and cocktail bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5