The Isle of Wight is best known for its beaches, seafront promenades and stunning natural beauty, but there is also a selection of charming restaurants hidden among the picturesque streets. An Isle of Wight holiday would be incomplete without a meal or two in the island’s best eateries! You can find dining experiences suited to every holidaymaker, from hungry families and classy diners to those simply looking to sample local delicacies. When it comes to dining, you’ll want for nothing on your Isle of Wight holiday.

Isle of Wight holiday

Family-Friendly Dining

For somewhere a little different, try the Bandstand Restaurant overlooking Sandown Bay. The rustic charm of the original bandstand has been beautifully maintained while being transformed into a stylish eatery. The large windows allow guests so look out at the coastline while enjoying their meals. Brunch, lunch and dinner are all served here, and each menu is extensive, catering to all guests. There is also a good selection of meals on the children’s menu.

The Bistro offers yet another family-friendly dining experience, with a café-style interior boasting smart, contemporary décor. The menu lists a selection of classic dishes intermingled with local specialities, and the open kitchen allows guests to see the chef preparing meals to order. The fresh, local ingredients are what make meals at the Bistro so delicious.

High-Class Cuisine

The Little Gloster restaurant is the perfect place to sample exquisite cuisine on your Isle of Wight holiday. Having featured in the Michelin Guide and Good Food Guide 2018, the restaurant team pride themselves in the excellent service and delicious meals they provide for guests. The family-run restaurant has sea views, a warm, friendly atmosphere and expertly-prepared dishes showcasing Scandinavian influences.

A visit to Dan’s Kitchen will provide you with another completely unique dining experience. The innovative food creations by Chef Dan Maskell attract visitors from far and wide, and certainly live up to the high expectations. Enjoy smart cooking at its finest and sample some favourites from the menu – pan-fried local Pollack and quails’ egg risotto are two of the best-sellers.

Tastes of Tradition

Though you will often find dishes in the Isle of Wight that are generally quite familiar to most people, the island also has some local specialities that you might not recognise. If you’re looking for a taste of local culture, perhaps look out for the following treats…

• Gallybagger cheese soufflé: These twice-baked cheddar soufflés are often served with a white onion puree. Royal Hotel has this on the menu.

• Honeycomb doughnuts: These sweet treats can be found in many cafes around the area.

• Crab pasty: Crabmeat cooked inside flaky puff pastry makes an excellent seaside snack. Sample them at Steephill Cove.

Plan Your Dining Experience

For the Whole Family…

The Bandstand Restaurant

Culver Parade, Sandown, Isle of Wight, PO36 8AT

Tel: 01983 406875


The Bistro

30 Pier St, Ventnor, PO38 1SX

Tel: 01983 853334

Classy Cuisine…

The Little Gloster Restaurant

31 Marsh Road, Gurnard, Isle of Wight, PO31 8JQ

Tel: 01983 298776


Dan's Kitchen

Lower Green Road, St. Helens, PO33 1TS

Tel: 01983 872303

Traditional Dishes…

The Royal Hotel,

Belgrave Road, Ventnor, PO38 1JJ

Tel: 01983 852186


Steephill Cove

Love Lane, Steephill Cove, Ventnor, PO38 1AF

Tel: 01983 855819

If you’re thinking about booking a holiday in the Isle of Wight, our selection of properties are sure to convince you. We have a delightful range of accommodation options suitable for any holidaymaker, from couples to large families. Our properties each have a unique style, but are consistently well-equipped and conveniently located. Book your holiday in the Isle of Wight today and look forward to an unforgettable stay on the island.