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 and Lorraine, and after trying our tasty home-made food, we're sure you'll want to come back for more! 

Having recently returned from yet more travels around Spain, we are now concentrating on fish and seafood dishes, and we are offering a set price 3 course daily menu which changes regularly.

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 have hand carved Serrano ham from Trevelez, Granada (one of the few places in the UK!),  impressive plates of Spanish cheeses and an unusual selection of Spanish wines, ciders, beers and liqueurs.

At the moment we are open from 5pm Monday - Saturday. Always best to book - we look forward to seeing you!

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
  • 100% natural Serrano ham, freshly carved off the bone


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 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)

 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!)

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 healthy dishes at a reasonable price.

Opening Times


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

Opening Times

  • We'll be re-opening on Saturday 26th December, with our new menu - fish, fish and more fish!!!
  • During the winter months we'll be using just the bar area on street level - only 4 tables, maximum 12 people, so make sure you book in advance!!!
  • Monday to Saturday from 5 pm