Great Places to Eat in St Ives

There are many excellent restaurants in St. Ives – you are truly spoilt for choice! Enjoy the superb fresh seafood and fish that this beautiful harbour town has to offer. Below is a list of personally recommended restaurants.

COVID-19 UPDATE. Due to social distancing guidelines, many restaurants will be operating at reduced capacity. Therefore, it will be very important to make sure you have bookings in place before your stay, as many restaurants are only accepting pre-booked tables. The only restaurants we know that are not taking bookings, and still only accepting walk-ins are the Beer & Bird, and Talay Thai Kitchen.

Porthgwidden Café

Contemporary café/restaurant with covered terrace on Porthgwidden beach with views out to Godrevy Lighthouse. Specialising in well-presented and delicious local seafood and Mediterranean cuisine.  Visit their website >>>

Firehouse Bar and Grill

Modern style restaurant with harbour views, serving flame-grilled steaks, local seafood dishes and stonebaked pizzas. Enjoy classic cocktails.  Visit their website >>>

Porthmeor Café

Contemporary beach-side café/restaurant serving creative and well-presented dishes. Enjoy their extensive and delicious tapas menu, as well as the beautiful views of Porthmeor beach and the Tate Gallery; this is a great place to watch the sunset.  Visit their website >>>

Talay Thai Kitchen

With stylish décor and wonderful harbour views, this very popular restaurant presents authentic and flavoursome tapas style Thai street food. Start with their Thai prawn crackers, try their tasty curries and stir-fries, or for a great sharing experience, try the small plates. Visit their website >>>

Rum & Crab Shack

A relaxing and informal harbour-side restaurant specialising in rum-based cocktails, crab and lobster dishes, and local seafood with a South American style. Think crab burgers, seafood jambalaya and gumbo!  Visit their website >>>

Cellar Bistro

An absolute hidden gem on Fore Street; this is an inviting and atmospheric rustic-style bistro with harbour-glimpse. Specialising in well-presented, high quality and locally sourced fish and meat dishes. A relaxed fine-dining experience.  Visit their website >>>

The Beach Restaurant

Enjoy panoramic harbour views and an extensive menu of locally sourced seafood. We highly recommend selecting your fillet from the fish bar, accompanied by your choice of flavoured butter or crust, and a side dish.  Visit their website >>>

Beer and Bird

A modern, industrial styled bar and restaurant, specialising in craft beers and ciders. Cornwall’s first gourmet buttermilk fried chicken restaurant, boasting delicious wings and burgers. Our personal favourite is the Sweet Mercy burger.  Visit their website >>>


Lovely harbour-side spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but limited indoor seating! Wide selection of great value food, including stonebaked pizzas, paninis and burgers. Try the lovely homemade cakes and freshly prepared crepes!  Visit their Facebook page >>>