The best al fresco Isle of Wight restaurants you need to try
Now that the days are finally lighter and longer, and the weather is starting to get warmer, lots of holidaymakers here on the Island are wanting to enjoy their lunch or dinner alfresco. There really is nothing better than having a meal outside a restaurant on a beautiful summers day and it is no surprise that many who are planning on visiting the Isle of Wight during the warmer months will be looking for restaurants that offer outdoor dining.
Thankfully, you will have plenty of amazing restaurants to choose from here on the Island if you’d prefer to sit outside and eat when the sun is shining. So, to ensure you’re booking a table at the best places during your visit, below we have put together a list of Isle of Wight restaurants you really should try.
The Hut at Colwell Bay
You will find The Hut right on the beachfront at Colwell Bay and it provides unrivalled sea views. They have a brilliant reputation for fresh tasty seafood and when it comes to alfresco dining, this is arguably one of the best places to eat on the Island. Many of the locals say that eating outside at The Hut makes them feel like they’re on holiday, even though they’ve just gone out for lunch.
The Breeze at Island Harbour Marina
The Breeze is situated in one of the most scenic areas of the Island. This Isle of Wight restaurant aims to serve high-quality meals at very reasonable prices and they don’t disappoint. The Breeze has a huge outside seating area with a raised open-air seating platform that seats 250 guests and it provides beautiful views over the marina and the River Medina.
The Waterfront at Totland Bay
Hidden away at the far end of Totland Bay is The Waterfront and this is a great restaurant to visit for a delicious evening meal. You can dine alfresco as you watch the sun setting in the west and it is the best place to be for a picturesque sunset. The Waterfront is on the sea wall and it has stunning views of The Solent and the many boats that the bay welcomes.
The Lifeboat at East Cowes Marina
The Lifeboat stands proudly over East Cowes Marina and their large outside decking area is known for offering one of the best riverside dining experiences on the Island. The menu at The Lifeboat offers guests a brilliant balance of contemporary cuisine from around the world and whether you come by sea or land, a hearty welcome awaits.
The Folly Inn at Whippingham
Just up the river from East Cowes perched on the banks of the Medina, you will find The Folly Inn which is a classic rustic pub that has a charming atmosphere. The Folly Inn has a garden and seating area that looks out across the river Medina and it gets very busy on warm summer evenings. This is the perfect place to sit and watch the busy river life as you enjoy a meal.
Ocean Deck at Sandown
Ocean Deck is right on the Esplanade in Sandown and it has fantastic views of the beach. This Isle of Wight restaurant serves delicious traditional food in a friendly, unpretentious environment and it is a great place to relax after a busy day exploring the island. Their meals are made using fresh ingredients that are sourced as close to home as possible, and they don’t disappoint.
The Crab Shed at Steephill Cove
One mile south of Ventnor along the coastal path is The Crab Shed and it is right on the beach. For anyone who loves seafood, crab and lobster in particular, there is no better place to dine alfresco. The seafood they serve is caught daily by their own fishing boat from the bay directly in front of the restaurant, but they do have options for those who don’t eat fish too.
Booking a table at popular Isle of Wight restaurants
Ultimately, when you’re looking for a restaurant that provides incredible food and also offers alfresco dining experiences during the summer months, you can safely book any of the options above. There really are so many restaurants on the Isle of Wight that are worth trying at least once, so our recommendation would be to book self-catering accommodation, this way you can explore all of the local eateries.
To find out more about the restaurants, pubs and cafes here on the island, be sure to check out the rest of our website. You can rely on us to tell you everything you need to know not only about the best places to eat on the Isle of Wight, but also the best places to stay and the best tourist attractions to visit too. By looking at our website, you can ensure that you don’t miss out on anything that the Island has to offer.