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Smoking Lobster Cowes, Cowes Isle of Wight, Cowes Isle of Wight

Smoking Lobster Cowes

4.7
4.7
1044 Reviews
£26 to £40
Pan-Asian
Welcome to Smoking Lobster Cowes, an Asian-Fusion restaurant overlooking Cowes Marina. Voted best Isle of Wight restaurant two years in a row.

Family owned by the Giancovich's, with recipes influenced by their extensive travels around Asia, and by their childhood of growing up hunting, gathering, and spear-fishing for seafood.

Our popular menu showcases Japanese and Asian dishes,
using contemporary cooking skills and presentation.
Sushi, sashimi & Japanese BBQ are the highlights.
Our local fisherman, Justin, catches our lobsters & line caught sea bass fresh for our use, so our dishes include the freshest possible ingredients from your local shores.

The bar menu reflects the elegant dishes from the kitchen, with precise, bespoke cocktails such as the Lychee and Cucumber Martini, all prepared using freshly pressed juices.

We offer formal dining areas, private dining areas and casual dining areas. If you fancy just a drink, let us know.

We look forward to looking after you.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Pan-Asian, Seafood
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Thu 17:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–21:30
  • Phone number
    01983 240916
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive Chef
    Giancarlo Giancovich
  • Catering
    We offer private catering at your home. Please contact the restaurant
  • Private party facilities
    Email directly cowes@smokinglobster.co.uk
  • Area
    Cowes
  • Cross Street
    High Street, Cowes
  • Parking Details
    There are many car parks and on street parking surrounding the restaurant
  • Public Transit
    Bus, Taxi, Red Funnel, Red Jet
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,044 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseEnergetic

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  • Isle of Wight

    Best Overall

  • Isle of Wight

    Best Food

  • Isle of Wight

    Best Service

  • Isle of Wight

    Best Ambience

  • Isle of Wight

    Best Value

  • Isle of Wight

    Healthy

  • Isle of Wight

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Isle of Wight

    Good for special occasions

  • Isle of Wight

    Most Booked

1,044 Reviews
  1. IanR

    London

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Small plate Pan-Asian menu was superb - served toasty hot - really very very good ! Service was great too - making it a must go to for us

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  2. Discerningdiner

    New York City

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My third visit and it never disappoints. Absolutely fabulous food, served in very nice bright surroundings by impeccable waiting staff. If I was local I would be going there on a regular basis but unfortunately it is a bit of a trip. I would not hesitate to recommend.

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  3. PJMT1955

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our second visit in a week was even better, with new specials on the menu that were truly 'historic.' It is an absolute must-visit place!!

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  4. RichardH

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Helpful staff with a good knowledge of the menu. Very pleasant without being in your face.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably the best meal we have had in a long time. Food comes tapas style and was absolutely delicious. Restaurant had a good ambience, a smart modern decor and importantly for us was not noisy.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always good, attentive service, best food in Cowes. Portions just the right size.
    Smoking Lobster CowesResponded on 16 May 2024
    Hi there, thank you for your kind words! We're so delighted to hear that you always receive attentive service and that you consider us to serve the best food in Cowes. It's wonderful to know that our portion sizes hit the spot for you. We appreciate your support and can't wait to see you again! From Smoking Lobster Team x

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  7. Kevin

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The menu has changed quite a lot since our last visit - small plates rather than a full menu. The service was very mixed, which we found out later was due to some new staff being trained. That said they missed off serving our stater before the main. We were only offered one drink throughout the evening. The seafood platter was excellent although pretty pricey. The dessert was a microwaved banana bread which wasn’t bread at all. Unfortunately the coffee was spilt all over the table. We declined to pay the service charge. Hopefully the service issues can be resolved as we would like to revisit sometime

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  8. VBLUE

    Isle of Wight

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Regular diners at this excellent restaurant. On this visit we had the Seafood Sharing Platter. A lovely array of flavours and attractively presented food. Highly recommended restaurant but quite expensive although the Lunch Menu is good value.

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  9. PJMT1955

    London

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first visit was so good we booked another table three days later. From the welcome received and during dinner from the attentive and friendly team to the quality and diversity of the menu, this is precisely how a great restaurant operates. The layout of the room, its lighting and background music added to the overall ambience and buzz of happy diners. Would 100% recomend.
    Smoking Lobster CowesResponded on 16 May 2024
    Hi there, wow, thank you so much for your amazing review! We're thrilled that your visit on Tuesday was so enjoyable that you booked another table just three days later. It's fantastic to hear that you felt welcomed and well taken care of by our attentive and friendly team. We're glad that the layout of the room, lighting, and background music contributed to the overall ambiance and added to the buzz of happy diners. Your recommendation means the world to us, and we can't wait to welcome you back for another wonderful dining experience this Saturday! We look forward to seeing you then for another wonderful meal. From Smoking Lobster Team x

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Tempura lobster…. Dish of dreams! Stunning food and impeccable service
    Smoking Lobster CowesResponded on 16 May 2024
    Hi there, thank you so much for your wonderful review, your praise means the world to us! We're thrilled you enjoyed our Tempura Lobster, and we're honoured to be part of your dream dining experience. Thank you for your kind words about our stunning food and impeccable service. We can't wait to welcome you back for more culinary delights. We look forward to your next visit. See you soon! From Smoking Lobster Team x

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous food and friendly service in a comfortable environment
    Smoking Lobster CowesResponded on 16 May 2024
    Hi there, thank you so much for your wonderful review, we are so glad you enjoyed it! We look forward to your next visit and would be delighted to welcome you again. From Smoking Lobster Team x

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Quite disappointed that every attempt to order Lobster was thwarted with response from kitchen that they had just run out. Waited 1hr 15 mins before any food arrived - a bowl of edamame beans. Appeared to have plenty of staff, just didn’t run very smoothly.
    Smoking Lobster CowesResponded on 16 May 2024
    Hi there! We're truly sorry to hear about your disappointment during your recent visit. We understand how frustrating it must have been to have your attempts to order Lobster thwarted and to wait so long for your food, only to receive a bowl of Edamame Beans. Please know that your feedback is incredibly valuable to us, and we're taking it seriously. We'll be having thorough discussions with our kitchen and service teams to ensure that situations like this are addressed and improved upon promptly. We'd love the opportunity to provide you with the exceptional dining experience you deserve. Please feel free to reach out to us directly so we can ensure that your next visit is nothing short of fantastic. From Smoking Lobster Team x

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    West Palm Beach

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    First visit here and overall was busy Sunday night of a bank holiday weekend. This place fills up quickly so advance booking is a good idea. Food quality and prep is good here. The guys in tbe kitchen know what they are doing BUT the small plates concept needs a significant improvement since the plates are so small that in some cases, the food is tough to spot. The miso blackened cod tastes beautiful but the portion sizes for the money need to be doubled as do all small plate dishes. There are blackboard special mains of local and Cornwall produce and IF I try for a second time I would skip all small plates and just have a main which comes with two sides.
    Smoking Lobster CowesResponded on 16 May 2024
    Hi there, we're thrilled to hear that you found our food quality and preparation up to your standards. It's encouraging to know that our kitchen team's expertise shone through in your meal, especially with dishes like the Black Cod. However, we're sorry to learn that the small plates concept fell short of your expectations. We understand how crucial portion size and presentation are to the overall dining experience. Rest assured, we're taking your comments seriously. On a positive note, we're delighted you appreciated our blackboard specials featuring local and Cornwall produce. We sincerely value your feedback, and we'd be honoured to welcome you back and provide you with a more satisfying experience that aligns with your expectations. From Smoking Lobster Team x

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Possibly the best food we have had in the Isle of Wight - well worth a visit!!
    Smoking Lobster CowesResponded on 16 May 2024
    Hi there, thank you so much for your glowing review! We're thrilled to hear that you enjoyed our food and consider it among the best on the Isle of Wight. It means the world to us that you found your visit worthwhile and hold us to such high esteem. We can't wait to welcome you back for more! We look forward to your next visit and would be delighted to welcome you again. From Smoking Lobster Team x

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  15. cjjd

    Newcastle

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb food, great Winelist, a warm welcome and stellar staff.
    Smoking Lobster CowesResponded on 16 May 2024
    Hi there Cjjd, thank you so much for your wonderful review, we are so glad you enjoyed it! We look forward to your next visit and would be delighted to welcome you again. Hope to see you soon. From Smoking Lobster Team x

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a good place to eat and bring guests. I had friends from the USA visiting and took them their for dinner. They absolutely loved it and said the food was excellent. The service was personable and the young women serving very attentive. For me as a coeliac they went out to their way to be sure I was served the correct food. My only small complaint is that the place is always very noisy, because of it's popularity I suppose.

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  17. SophieB

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I love smoking lobster. They've changed their menu and I prefer it as I always loved the small plates. Edamame are v good too! Staff genuinely nice too. Our table was slightly wobbly that's literally only minor minor negative. My friend order rice as one of her sides I'd say that's the worst side. Get the green beans, and the prawn small side. Excellent!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fine dining of exceptional quality you’d normally associate with only the best central London restaurants

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved the new tapas menu, so many delicious dishes I wish I could have had one of each. Everything the table ordered was so good. Cant wait to go back!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Isle of Wight

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Once again, great food, great service and wonderful surroundings, we could even take our well behaved Labradog in too. The service was excellent, helping us to make our choices, the food was well described and it came as our server suggested. What a treat. thank you

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  21. TimC

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed a very nice meal at the weekend comprising local fresh fish, pork belly and other fine complimentary vegetables. Excellent service as usual from the delightful staff in lovely surroundings. Great choices of wine, cocktails and liquors. Well recommended.

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  22. SimonW

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Another great meal - thank you Shared sea bass platter was delicious

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Isle of Wight

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently outstanding. Thank you for another great lunch.

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  24. NicholasA

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The service was not as high as previously experienced, the quality of cooking on certain dishes not as high either. My friend and I were very disappointed when our surf and turf came out with prawns when we’re expecting lobster. Why did the waitress not ask for confirmation ? As it stipulates prawns or lobster. Our own fault partially but orders schools be read back so that mistakes don’t occur. Steak was also disappointing and flavourless. Chips were overcooked ! For the price you pay you expect certain standards.

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  25. Topcat

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service, would recommend this restaurant

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  26. HugoCamacho

    Gloucestershire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 13 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    F A B U L O U S Another amazing evening at Smocking Lobster. Good, service, great wine in the company of good friends.

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  27. KarenS

    Surrey

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Considering cruise ship passengers arrived unannounced earlier in the day, together with dealing with the aftermath of the awful floods we had in the High Street this week. The Smoking Lobster team didn’t fail to deliver outstanding quality of food and service. One of the top restaurants in Cowes and yes we are bias as we are local but suffice to say our 10 year old thoroughly enjoyed her birthday meal out as did we! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Superb as always. It was quiet for mid week lunch, however it’s great anytime of day

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  29. ChrisS

    London

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on 10 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    An absolutely superb dinner at the Smoking Lobster in Cowes. Presentation, taste and fusion of ingredients just wonderful.

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  30. SophiaW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Totally fresh, delicious small plates to eat, which in combination made a wonderful meal. The cocktail and mocktail makers behind the bar were a joy to watch with their wizardry too! Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

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  31. Grannybat

    London

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 April 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 1
    Our extended family have all been many, many times since the SL opened and always enjoyed it. Took 8 of our family last night. Cocktails excellent, service excellent, food mostly excellent (except strange that by 7.45 they had run out of both the fish we wanted). But. The evening was spoilt by the constant barking of a dog. It barked when someone came in or went out. It barked when the wait staff came with the food or the drinks. It barked and it barked all evening. Eventually we protested to our lovely server and she said there had been a recent change to allow dogs in the restaurant. Surely you should add the proviso that the dogs must be well behaved and that the owner would have to remove it if it disturbed other diners? One of the servers also confided that since the rule change, there had been dogs sitting at the tables. This is not acceptable.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 16 March 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, lovely setting and wonderful staff. A super evening!

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  33. ChrisP

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb in every sense. Ambience, friendly but discreet staff, choice, food quality and cocktails. We loved it

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  34. jaynej

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 13 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Love to dine here when in Cowes x Never had a bad experience

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  35. TimC

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Yes we would, Enjoyed the sampler menu immensely, good choice of wines and drinks etc. The staff couldn't have been more accommodating. Even got a late lift home on New Year's Eve from one kind member.

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  36. DeborahH

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Booked the tasting menu for New Years Eve and it was fabulous! The evening was enhanced by fantastic service throughout. Cannot fault this place and looking forward to returning soon!

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  37. Nikki

    London

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely outstanding. Friendly attentive team on the floor and amazing team producing the best food from the kitchen!

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  38. DeborahJ

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brilliant Christmas Eve lunch, the food and the service were superb

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  39. Elizabeth

    Warwickshire

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely excellent meal as always and a lovely treat for a Christmas multi- generational lunch. We have many food intolerances between us all of which were cheerfully catered for. The black cod was fabulous. Surf and turf much enjoyed by elderly parents, and we enjoyed lobster and the ginger steamed bass. We will return as soon as we can

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  40. JoanneO

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is one of our favourite restaurants and as usual our meal was fabulous. There is always an eclectic array of flavours from fabulous ingredients. Smoking Lobster go above and beyond with their staff, they are always polite, friendly, knowledgeable but not in your face or over-bearing. As usual a fantastic selection of food and we will definitely be back! X

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Smoking Lobster Cowes is rated 4.7 stars by 1044 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

19:00


Booked 18 times today
Google Map for Smoking Lobster Cowes

127 High Street, Cowes Isle of Wight, Cowes Isle of Wight PO31 7AY

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    High Street, Cowes
  • Area
    Cowes
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–14:30 Dinner Tue–Thu 17:00–21:00 Fri, Sat 17:00–21:30
  • Price
    £26 to £40
  • Cuisines
    Pan-Asian, Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress Code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking Details
    There are many car parks and on street parking surrounding the restaurant
  • Public Transit
    Bus, Taxi, Red Funnel, Red Jet
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Giancarlo Giancovich
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    01983 240916
  • Catering
    We offer private catering at your home. Please contact the restaurant
  • Private party facilities
    Email directly cowes@smokinglobster.co.uk
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