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

Right in the heart of Ventnor you'll find what is probably the only authentic Spanish restaurant on the Island. Opened in December 2006, we guarantee you'll receive a warm welcome from Serafin, Nell, Ekiñe and all the staff, and after trying our tasty home-made food, we're sure you'll want to come back for more! 

Apart from our home-made tapas, we can also offer you our delicious paella, 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 also have hand carved Serrano ham from Trevelez, Granada,  impressive plates of Spanish cheeses and cured sausages and an unusual selection of Spanish wines, ciders, beers and liqueurs. 

News & Events

New Website

We have now fully embraced the web! Our website is now easy to use on all devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and more!

Our Restaurant Features

  • Authentic Spanish cuisine
  • Friendly staff
  • Unusual selection of Spanish wines, cider, beer and liqueurs
  • Paella freshly cooked to order, just like in Spain
  • Cosy "dungeon of delights" , with a real log fire in the winter
  • 100% natural Serrano ham, freshly carved off the bone


What Our Customers are Saying...

  • ''

    We turned up and being vegan that is a risk! We had heard they had lots of choices and we were not disappointed. Very nice food, will go back again and book so we can have the vegan paella! - -Sonia via TripAdvisor

  • ''

    In the basement a fabulous meal awaits you. We really enjoyed the paella, roaring log fire and the Spanish decor. The service was excellent. We couldn't fault it. Will definitely go again, although we have been advised to book as they can be busy. Justifiably so. A real gem for Ventnor. - -Linda Hall via Trip Advisor

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

A large amount of the food we sell is imported from Spain, some directly and some through our wholesalers (delicioso.co.uk & thetapaslunchcompany.co.uk)

Most of the beef and lamb we use comes from Paul Murphy Butchers in Shanklin. We use IOW free range eggs in all our produce and practically everything is cooked in extra virgin olive oil, imported from Jaén. We always use Ventnor Bay crab.

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 have plenty of nuts in our kitchen (!) so make sure you let us know if you have any allergies.    If you tell us you are a vegetarian or vegan and book in advance, we'll make some extra dishes for you.

Above all we strive to provide tasty, natural and relatively healthy ( chorizo?!) dishes at a reasonable price.

Opening Times


El Toro Contento Tapas Bar
Isle of Wight
PO38 1ST

Opening Times

  • Sorry folks, we've decided to close from 1 November, for at least 8 weeks, maybe more? We're off to the Canaries to try to find work. If we can't get a job, we'll probably be back after Christmas. Watch this space for news!
  • Monday to Saturday from 5pm
  • Sundays from 5pm in school holidays & bank holiday weekends