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

Smoking Lobster Cowes

4.7
4.7
554 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary Asian
Welcome to Smoking Lobster Cowes, a family run, contemporary beach bar and restaurant overlooking Cowes Marina.

Our popular menu showcases Japanese and Asian dishes,
using contemporary cooking skills and presentation.
Sushi, sashimi & Japanese BBQ are the highlights.

The bar menu reflects the elegant dishes from the kitchen, with precise, bespoke cocktails such as lychee martini, and fresh juices.

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

We look forward to looking after you.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, British

  • Hours of Operation

    Bar Tue–Sat 09:00–00:00 Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–15:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–22:00

  • Phone number

    01983 240916

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Giancarlo Giancovich

  • Private party facilities

    Email directly bookings@smokinglobstercowes.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

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 554 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. AW

    AnnaW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is our 2nd visit to Smoking Lobster having eaten here last summer as well. The food is excellent and we once again had an absolutely delicious meal. The service is also fab with friendly knowledgeable waitresses. Highly recommend!
  2. BS

    BarnabyS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a truly wonderful and memorable family meal while on holiday. We will return!!
  3. EG

    EddieG

    London

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    With good memories of a previous meal, I booked again. Food was fine , but service very slow. Maybe just a bad night?
  4. JD

    JoelleD

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, fresh and original food. Highly recommend
  5. PF

    PeterForbes

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and most original courses, delightfully served by charming helpful knowledgable staff. It could noit have been a better evening.
  6. BK

    BarbaraK

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The sea bass, in particular, was outstanding. An expensive meal, but with this level of quality we were more than happy.
  7. LJ

    LouJ

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Lovely meal, great staff etc but it was so noisy we struggled to hold a conversation.
  8. N

    Nicola

    Cambridge

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent lunch - great service, superb food. A really enjoyable occasion.
  9. CB

    CarolB

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came here last year when we were on IOW and enjoyed it so much we came back! Not cheap but if you want high quality food cooked well, this is the place to visit.
  10. v

    valleyfoodie

    London

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent lunch with friends Service very good from knowledgeable servers
  11. R

    Richard

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 August 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Staff were very welcoming, attentive and very friendly. The menu is unusual, with very fresh ingredients, a good choice and tasty. Some dishes were a taste sensation rather than a filler. The vibe was very positive and the cocktails out of this world. Would highly recommend trying the SL Cowes!
  12. SM

    SusiMac

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food and service are top notch. I had the special, skate, delicious. Unfortunately the noise level is too high so would not visit again, could not have a conversation. It needs soft furnishing to absorb the sound.
  13. MW

    MaryW

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic food. Noise level very bad so would not return until this is addressed.
  14. LH

    LuluH

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall3food1service3ambience3
    Our meal was not cooked to its satisfaction and taste of bitterness. The starters was a disappointment and lack of crab. I could get a proper crab dish with a good amount of meat even though it’s nouvelle or pan Asian. So rather disappointed with the whole experience. Lobster although good size was very soft and soggy and a horrible taste of bitterness Main course took almost an hr to arrive and my son’s kids menu of steak was the last to arrive. He was very tired and bored of waiting. We travelled all they way from Central London to try out a good seafood restaurant on the island but this did not reach our expectations and will not be coming back in the future. Our waitress was helpful with regards to the bitter taste in one or the lobster dish. I had to get my partner to try to confirm as I thought I was going mad. But thankfully he also concurred.
  15. PP

    PaulP

    Newcastle

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Food was awesome. Nice restaurant, very clean. Was a little too noisy as it was hard to hear each other at the table. But it was busier than normal because of the regatta. I would visit again next time I return to the IOW
  16. J

    Jenny

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food is very good and quite inventive. The service was excellent. The soy veg was exceptional and the ginger, black bean sea bass was perfect. The tempura was good bit not as flavoursome. We regularly enjoy this casual, high quality restaurant.
  17. MB

    MilesB

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Lovely meal, service good but our server needed to have a little more confidence when speaking and also be more informed about wine list.
  18. DO

    DonnaO

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning food. What an impressive menu. I will certainly be going back.
  19. JM

    JohnM

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As usual the whole evening was delicious and a fun time was had by my guests, helped by an attentive and delightful team who were working their collective socks off as usual. Thanks team see you all soon
  20. D

    Dinner

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 July 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    We have been before and always experience a great level of service, last night was no different. Found the noise levels to be especially high last night to the point it was hard to hear ourselves talk but enjoyed the buzz of a busy restaurant. My husbands main meal was good (Seabass) but found mine to be lacking in flavour (had the tempura monkfish) and really over priced for what was essentially two pieces of battered fish, some chips and salad. Feel like I would have been better off ordering something else. Definitely haven’t been put off by this experience and enjoyed the service and being out on a busy night just will perhaps choose my main more wisely next time.
  21. JP

    JanP

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Best food in Cowes! We mentioned on the booking that there was a vegan customer and they created a special menu just for her. Couldn’t have been more helpful. All the food was delicious and so beautifully prepared. Would definitely recommend it.
  22. l

    lucyg

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eaten at the Ventnor restaurant many many times but our first time at this one and it did not disappoint. Food was so delicious and friendly, effortless service. Our baby particularly enjoyed his fish and noodles!
  23. MC

    MickeyC

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    From start to finish it was just lovely. Service was second to none.
  24. R

    Rickyjanjan

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A very enjoyable first visit. Friendly and helpful staff coupled with great food , although a bit pricey. We will be back
  25. JW

    JuliaW

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All the fish we had was very fresh, beautifully cooked and delicious. We will definitely go back.
  26. M

    Michelini

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb all round ! Fresh food beautifully cooked . Loved it we will be back ! Staff superb new girl Izzy was delightful as were all the staff. Top marks all round .
  27. g

    graham

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tip notch as ever. Recent addition of wider choice of starters is very useful!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and brilliant service. Probably the best restaurant in Cowes at the moment. A favourite of ours and the family.
  29. RP

    RobertP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Smoking Lobster in Cowes is the best restaurant on the Isle of Wight by a long way.
  30. AW

    AnthonyW

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The meal and service was great but do not like paying for a text to Open Table to confirm booking. I refused to confirm.
  31. WB

    WendyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favourite places to eat, along with your restaurant in Ventnor...
  32. DS

    DavidS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Highly recommended, always a favourite when in Cowes. Be sure to pre book to avoid disappointment
  33. CN

    CaptainNemo52

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 20 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food and great value. Lovely service and advice on the menu from the staff, and despite being an all male business related group, our mixing and sharing of all courses with various wines was assisted with enthusiasum and great banter from the waiting staff. A generous tip to say thank you was left. For us, the fact that this lunch time was quiet (not many covers in) was fine, but if full, the atmosphere would have been very good as well
  34. LM

    LouiseM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Smoking Lobster exceeded our expectations. The food was beautiful we would love to return one day
  35. RL

    RobertL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our visit. We are local but it was our first visit. We be back and will also try the Ventnor location for the views. Staff were great and food worth every penny.
  36. DC

    DaveC

    Isle of Wight

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was simply the best meal we’ve had in years!! Everything about it was fantastic; from the lovely, friendly welcome and service to the gorgeously presented food and cocktails!! The food was absolutely outstanding; we enjoyed every single thing we had, including black miso cod, lobster starters and mains, tempura monkfish, pandan doughnuts and blueberry yuzu slice! Yummy!! Would definitely repeat if we visit the Isle of Wight again! Thank you to all at the Smoking Lobster in Cowes!!
  37. TS

    ThomasS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely outstanding. Felt a tad nervous about dining on my own but all of the staff were very accommodating and friendly. The food was devine and cannot wait to go back.
  38. ME

    MercedesE

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Amazing food and service. The only reason I didn't rate 5 stars is due to a couple of dishes that didn't require certain ingredients. I had the tempura lobster to start and it would have been perfect without the sweet chilli and i coukd taste ginger that was not required. My main was fish of the day swordfish. Again would have been perfect without the pesto. Both fish are delicate flavours, so don't require things overpowering them. Other than this it was perfect.
  39. MH

    MarkH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed our meal, was very well presented and amazing flavours. Inspired to try foods I have not considered before and was not disappointed. Very enjoyable experience.
  40. L

    Lauren

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the fillet steak with half a lobster and it was absolutely gorgeous. We came to the restaurant as a birthday treat and it did not disappoint. Friendly, attentive staff. Lovely decor - feels almost like you're abroad! We will definitely be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waiting staff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

FAQs

Smoking Lobster Cowes is rated 4.7 stars by 554 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

21:30


Booked 21 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

    Bar Tue–Sat 09:00–00:00 Lunch Tue–Sat 12:00–15:00 Dinner Tue–Sat 17:00–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Asian, British

  • 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

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Giancarlo Giancovich

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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