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Hillside Bistro

30 Pier Street, Ventnor PO381SX, England
+44 1983 853334
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Ranked #6 of 44 restaurants in Ventnor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $35
Cuisines: French, Seafood, Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Hillside Bistro has an open kitchen - See, Hear and Smell what's going on. In the heart of Ventnor you'll find The Hillside Bistro - Serving traditional, rustic French cuisine, only a few yards from the sea - 30 Pier Street, PO38 1SX. Relaxed, contemporary, cosy, arty new bistro - local and own ingredients freshly prepared. Menu 5 choices per course. The Bistro is open every day for Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch and Dinner. 24 Covers. Super wine list.Easy Parking.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Hillside Bistro has an open kitchen - See, Hear and Smell what's going on. In the heart of Ventnor you'll find The Hillside Bistro - Serving traditional, rustic French cuisine, only a few yards from the sea - 30 Pier Street, PO38 1SX. Relaxed, contemporary, cosy, arty new bistro - local and own ingredients freshly prepared. Menu 5 choices per course. The Bistro is open every day for Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch and Dinner. 24 Covers. Super wine list.Easy Parking.
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London
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 via mobile

Very over-rated restaurant. My son and my partner had steak; I had the coley. Neither dish was up to scratch. My partner commented that her steak was tough and dry. My coley came in three fish finger-size fillets, one of which was decidedly grey! Given the price we were paying, I expected to have a decent fillet, not some grey... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Had a lovely anniversary meal with our 2 daughters (aged 9 and 7). We were all made to feel very welcome despite the 'rule' of no under 12s. Very friendly service. The children (both 'foodies') enjoyed watching the chef at work who explained what he was doing. Great food and lovely wine (we had the house white). Lovely setting. Top... More

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Bransgore, United Kingdom
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122 reviews 122 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Having enjoyed chilled glass or two of wine at the Hillside Hotel we went down to their Bistro for supper and had an interesting meal. My whitebait was a little over cooked and the Fish cakes on the dry side but my friend thoroughly enjoyed her steak. Very friendly service

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London, England, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Outstanding food and ambience. We were staying locally and were recommended to visit for their excellent menu. The squid and crab cakes were a delight as was the sea bream and crab risotto. Very good value and service was spot on.

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Poole, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We visited bistro twice and enjoyed the.food immensely both nights. Both chefs were superb and the staff were friendly providing a great atmosphere. The quality and price provided good value for money. The house red wine was most enjoyable.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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115 reviews 115 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 via mobile

Had a pleasant dinner here with my wife. I tend to be quiet picky so look at the detail. The staff were friendly and the restaurant is clean and hard to fault, with prices that won't stretch your budget. I started with an unusual appetiser consisting of a red wine and a pancetta base tipped with a poached egg. Different... More

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woodnewton
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

sea bream with crab risotto was excellent - worth a visit - one of our top three restaurants in Ventnor

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Ryde, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We lunched here last Friday on a local deal and it really was worth the trip over and amazing value. Our food was beautiful. We both had the crab cakes to start which had a nice subtle chilli kick. Burger was our main of choice which was so tasty the the chips perfectly light and crispy. It's great to see... More

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Sandown, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

My wife and i had lunch today. Mains were fresh mackerel on beetroot. And pea risotto (with mint from the hillside hotel garden) both were fantastic . We followed this with tarte tatin and cherry clafoutis both with clotted cream ice cream. Both were very good but the main were the stars. Service was welcoming and prompt. ( we were... More

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UK - Hants
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

We ate at the Hillside after what can best be described as a somewhat fraught few hours sorting out a hotel. Since this was our anniversary break we just wanted to have a great meal and that is what we got. Very fresh fish, well presented and good wine. Service was excellent as well - polite & friendly. Overall our... More

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