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Hillside Bistro

30 Pier Street, Ventnor PO381SX, England
+44 1983 853334
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Ranked #8 of 46 Restaurants in Ventnor
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $34
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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Berkshire, England
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28 reviews 28 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We came across the Bistro on the first evening of our stay in Ventnor and found the food to be so good that we returned for 3 of the 4 nights of our stay! All the courses were perfectly cooked, with imaginative presentation and just the right balance of flavours. It is so easy to over-power the delicate taste of... More

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Dorset
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97 reviews 97 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

On a recent visit to Ventnor, was highly recommended to visit the Hillside Bistro. We booked a table and duly went along. Initial impression was good, but.......... We asked for something that was not on the menu given but was shown on the menu outside - was told no, not possible. Ended up ordering the Ribeye Steak and the "fish... More

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Perth, Australia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

We happened upon this restaurant as we strolled the streets of Vetnor. We were drawn to the simple and stylish decor. Tthe food was sensational and service excellent. I had the Sea Bass on Crab Risotto and it was amazing.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

again would recommend booking as it is not a large restaurant. Food was very good and service also. Well placed in town centre but not at all noisy

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4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I was given a voucher for my birthday so went for lunch with my mum. Lovely, relaxed environment with comfortable furniture and great open kitchen. The staff were friendly and attentive but unobtrusive. We had the homemade burger with their own relish, made from their own grown veggies and herbs. I'm not usually a burger fan but this was perfect.... More

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Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Purchased a voucher of the Price Is Wight, Expired a week ago, have not been able to use as my mum has been very poorly. Now much better and wanting to treat her, to find even though bought and paid for can't use! Why is it when you pay cash for a voucher its has an expiry date!!! Extremely disappointed!... More

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London, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

It's very cosy and nicely done inside the bistro. Only seats about 8 or 9 tables and certainly has a good vibe - the kitchen is exposed, so quite trendy. I had high expectations of this restaurant, and enjoyed the main meal but not the starter. I ordered the pate, which was hard, not creamy and not spreadable at all.... More

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Rustington
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

The food was lovely - service OK but let it down a bit but the thing that really let it down was the fact that we walked out smelling of grease and had to wash our coats and clothes as there was so much smoke from the kitchen area and no windows or ventilation which became so unbearable my eyes... More

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London
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46 reviews 46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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