Welcome to EL TORO CONTENTO, a Spanish Restaurant in Ventnor Isle of Wight.


Right in the heart of Ventnor you'll find our little family restaurant, which has been open since December 2006. This year we've decided to become more global, so we're offering a variety of super snacks from around the world, most of which are home made (we don't make the cheese, the serrano ham or the chorizo!). We guarantee you'll receive a warm welcome from Serafin and Lorraine, and after trying our tasty food, we're sure you'll want to come back for more! 

We can also offer you our delicious paella, either seafood or meaty, which is made fresh to order, and takes about 40 minutes to cook - you can book it in advance, so we have it ready for you, or you can order it when you get here, and have some starters while you wait.

We are only small. (4 tables upstairs, and 4 tables downstairs) Therefore, it's always best to book - we look forward to seeing you!

News & Events

New Website

Check out our new menu - snacks from around the world!

Our Restaurant Features

  • Plenty of homemade options
  • Friendly staff
  • Spanish wine, cider, beer and liqueurs
  • New for this year - AREPAS, FALAFEL, PANCAKES...
  • Paella freshly cooked to order, just like in Spain
  • Extra virgin olive oil for sale!
  • Vegetarian and vegan dishes


What Our Customers are Saying...

  • ''

    By far our favourite restaurant in the world. We've been coming since 2010 and it never fails to fulfill and surpass expectations, either in food or welcome. We so hope to see you again next year. - -Lawrence via tripadvisor

  • ''

    We had an excellent meal here in September. The paella was very good & the whole meal was very sensibly priced. As it was out of season we didn't struggle to get a table but it was still worth a visit even though it was quiet. - -Philippa via tripadvisor

A little more about our restaurant......

We use IOW free range eggs in all our produce and practically everything is cooked in extra virgin olive oil, imported from Jaén. Whenever possible, we use Ventnor Bay crab. (It is seasonal!)

The maize flour we are using for our arepas is imported from Spain, and is NOT genetically modified, and IS gluten free (unlike the well-known brand "Pan", which available from latin food suppliers in the UK).

We do not use industrial, genetically modified "vegetable" oil, nor do we use aluminium pans for cooking.

90% of our menu is gluten free, and most is also lactic free.  However, we do use nuts in our kitchen so make sure you let us know if you have any allergies.   

Above all we strive to provide tasty, natural and healthy dishes at a reasonable price.

Opening Times


El Toro Contento
2 Pier Street
Isle of Wight
PO38 1ST

Opening Times

1pm - 9pm. During the Easter holidays we'll be open every day.