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Black Cat Restaurant

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83 High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, | PO37 6NR, England, Shanklin, England
01983-86-37-61
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 151
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  • 63
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 10
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  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Fantastic Surprise!

We were on our last night of our long weekend on Isle of Wight and were walking around wondering what we'd do for dinner. We came across this restaurant not fully knowing what to expect. We were very happy with our random choice, and enjoyed a delicious Thai meal. Fantastic staff. Our visit... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed today
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Chelmsford, England
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Chelmsford, England
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

We were on our last night of our long weekend on Isle of Wight and were walking around wondering what we'd do for dinner. We came across this restaurant not fully knowing what to expect. We were very happy with our random choice, and enjoyed a delicious Thai meal. Fantastic staff. Our visit was more like My 2011, but I... More 

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Thank greenday_keli
Shanklin, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

Two hours for a starter and like others when questioning about how much longer our meal was going to be was met with the standard response of there's only one chef in the kitchen. Not an apology or damage limitation customer service but rude arrogant staff that think their doing you a favour by allowing you to sit in their... More 

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Thank Paul R
Portsmouth
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20 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

We ate here on the recommendation of the owner of the B & B where we were staying in Shanklin. Her advice was generally excellent and this was no exception. As we were attending a show at the Shanklin Theatre, we needed to eat early in the evening, so at 6 p.m.we had the restaurant to ourselves (except for a... More 

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Thank Eddie H
Shanklin, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

I live very local to this restaurant and it is the best Thai food I have experienced anywhere. If you ever come to Shanklin don't miss the opportunity to visit one of the best restaurant on the Island.

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Thank Shanks_IOW
Essex, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Headed out for the night to get a nice steak or seafood dinner , walked past this little gem on the way and turned back around and tried to get in , the young fella greeted us and immediately welcomed us , drinks and food flowing , nothing a problem and great tasting and fast flowing large portions, not rushed... More 

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Thank lisascott2015
London, United Kingdom
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

We have owned a holiday home in Shanklin for a year and this was our first visit to the Black Cat. The food was delicious and the staff were very friendly. The massaman curry was very tasty and we will definately be returning for more

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Thank Sarah R
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

Nice atmosphere, food was good price average to high for the IOW. Would recommend, this is a small restaurant so would recommend you book in advance.

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Thank ROB-2012-12
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015 via mobile

A real treat this evening. Joe welcomed us (2 adults + 1 6yo) to the Black Cat Thai restaurant in Shanklin. Attentive to guests, even checking we had eaten Thai before to help ensure spice levels met our palates. We had wonderful Satay Chicken and Spring rolls, followed by Green Beef (English hot) curry and Thai chicken stir fry which... More 

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Thank allycooke
Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

We visited The Black Cat with friends last night and again had a superb evening. It's not just extremely good food nicely presented, it's the whole atmosphere. The manager (also the owners son) is professional and knows his menu well. He's quite a character who will share banter with you, or not - that's entirely your own choice. The owner/chef... More 

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Thank Tycotim
Leeds, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I am interested by the great variations in reviews which I read only after visiting this restaurant. The very bad review seem unduly harsh. This is not an absolutely authentic Thai restaurant but so what - they use northern European vegetables, for instance, and what about that name! - but the flavours are good and the dishes very fragrant. So,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 83 High Street, Shanklin, Isle of Wight, | PO37 6NR, England, Shanklin, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Isle of Wight  >  Shanklin
  • Phone Number: 01983-86-37-61

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  • Cuisine: Thai, Asian

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