Where the food & view say it all!

The Rex in Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight, is a modern and relaxed form of dining fine. No pretentions, just excellently prepared tasty Italian food from the highest of culinary standards in our kitchens, served in a friendly style, with the best views of the headland of Ventnor Bay!


For 2017 we are pleased to say Chef Ricardo is definitely staying around at the Rex with views over the coastline that Dickens once compared to the Italian riviera!



The Rex as it is today is an Art Deco styled building overlooking the sea from a prominent cliff location in Ventnor. 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 is fresh, whilst retaining a deco feel with rustic and coastal ambiance and is excellent in all weathers.


REX Bar - open 10am-midnight for Cocktails as well as Wines, Beer & Spirits, Coffees, Tea, Hot Chocolate.


The REX Restaurant - This season 2017 we are delighted to report that Chef Ricardo from Belgium, who specialises in Italian cuisine and proper Italian pizzas, is now a firm fixture on the Ventnor restaurant front. As we get busier and busier, he will be introducing some new additions to the menus to keep everyone happy and hopefully a new assistant Chef to help him keep up with the demand! We are open for Coffee (or other drinks) 10am-12.00pm, lunch 12-3pm and dinner 6-9.30pm as standard but Chef Ricardo is happy to serve up until 10pm if you are late arriving on the Island or just prefer to eat later - just let us know as soon as you are thinking of coming over to The Rex so we have some advance warning if possible (phone 01983 853355 or 07712891855) . Generally bookings are recommended to guarantee a table but not always essential unless you are a party larger than 8.


Special events throughout the year and bookings for private parties, conferences, functions, weddings or other large group gatherings are always welcomed. Please contact us to discuss.



Customer Photos

“A superb restaurant, good value and a majestic view !!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed on Trip Advisor

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.



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Find us at:

The Rex Restaurant


23 Church Street
Isle of Wight

PO38 1SN


Open 7 days 10am - midnight

Coffee 10am-12.00pm

Lunch 12 - 3pm

Siesta/closed for prep! 4-6pm

Dinner 6 - 9.30pm (last orders)



15 Feb to re-open on 1 March

FREE PARKING after 6pm

in The Grove Car Park!!!!


Recent comments

"Fresh produce, freshly served".

"Italian food & an Italianate view!"

"Delicious food, friendly people"

"Best headland view in Ventnor"

"Very relaxing, good place"

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