The Rex in Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight, is a modern and relaxed form of dining fine, run by the lovely humourous Abdel & talented Chef Paul. No pretentions, just excellently prepared tasty Italian inspired food from the highest of culinary standards and locally sourced produce, in our kitchens, served in a friendly style, with the best views of the headland of Ventnor Bay!
The Rex as it is today is an Art Deco styled building overlooking the sea from a prominent cliff location in Ventnor, opposite St Catherine's Church. It sits on the site which once held the Rex Cinema that many of the local community still remember fondly. Built in about 2003, the current Kingsview building of luxury appartments houses The Rex Restaurant with its unrivalled views over Ventnor Bay and miles of the IW coastline from its two tiered balcony. Originally styled as a piano bar with black shiny tables, rattan furniture and a creatively swirling bar, The Rex Italian Restaurant is fresh, whilst retaining a deco feel with rustic and coastal ambiance and is excellent in all weathers.
REX Bar - 10am-midnight for Cocktails as well as Wines, Beer & Spirits but on busy nights it may not be possible to accommodate drinking only, as diners would be our priority on the tables at peak periods. Coffee and tea only, during non-dining hours.
The REX Restaurant - Lunch 12-3pm and Dinner 6-9.30pm as standard. It is best advised, especially in the summer season, to reserve your tables in advance at The Rex (phone 01983 853355 or 07712891855) although we will always try to fit you in.
Occasionally we do close for a night to give the Chef a rest. Generally bookings are recommended to guarantee a table but not always essential unless you are a party larger than 8.
A table for 4, with the best views high up over the sea. A none pretentious menu with a good varied selection was perfect, superbly served and delicious. All done by a new and very up and coming young chef. We are well dined and replete in the finest of restaurants at very competitve prices - especially on the Island. This is highly recommended. Faultless, good presentation. The starters, mains and deserts are of a high standard. My fillet steak was perfect, the dessert was highly memorable and the wine list of a good standard. We ate in comfort and with efficient service. Having dined in the best restaurants on the Island the Rex is one I'm very comfortable to recommend and revisit.
Quite possibly the best meal out of the holiday!
Found out about the Rex via trusty TripAdvisor so thanks to all who had reviewed here before. Bimbled in here with Flaps74 (review already written I see - hands up, you beat me!) and 13 other experienced eaters and had a cracking evening! Having had an accidentally late lunch earlier in the afternoon I wasn't confident I would manage a typically sized dinner, but manage I did (we all did to be fair) given the quality of the food. ..... If you're looking to go in a smaller group on a fine day then make sure you book ahead for a balcony table (photo attached) as it must be one of the best located restaurants on the island. Thank you for a great evening!
TEXT us on: 07712 891855
Call us on: 01983 853355
The Rex Restaurant
23 Church Street
Isle of Wight
Open 7 days 10am - midnight
Lunch 12 - 3pm
Closed for prep! 3.30-5.30 pm
Dinner 6 - 9.30pm (last orders)
FREE PARKING after 6pm
in The Grove Car Park!!!!
5 STAR FOOD HYGIENE RATING
"Fresh produce, freshly served".
"Italian food & an Italianate view!"
"Delicious food, friendly people"
"Best headland view in Ventnor"
"Very relaxing, good place"