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.

Please note that restaurants get fully booked in advance, so we would recommend making bookings as soon as possible. The only restaurants on our list that we know are not currently taking bookings, and still only accepting walk-ins are the Rum & Crab Shack, and Talay Thai Kitchen.

Firehouse Bar and Grill

Modern style restaurant with harbour views, serving flame-grilled steaks, local seafood dishes, rotisserie grilled chicken, and stonebaked pizzas. A buzzing atmosphere to enjoy classic cocktails, and the widest selection of specialist gins in St. Ives at the gin bar.  Visit their website >>>

Porthmeor Café

Contemporary beach-side café/restaurant serving creative and well-presented dishes, including an extensive and delicious tapas menu. Enjoy alfresco dining and beautiful sea views on the terrace or in a cosy heated booth; 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 surf and turf with a South American style. Think jerk chicken, seafood jambalaya and Cajun blackened fish!  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 and affordable fine-dining experience.  Visit their website >>>

The Beach Restaurant

Enjoy panoramic harbour views and an extensive menu of locally caught fish and seafood. We recommend selecting a seafood pot for starters, and the special catch of the day, served grilled or battered, accompanied by your choice of 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 >>>

Porthminster Kitchen

Contemporary, harbour-side seafood restaurant with alfresco dining on the terrace, serving up well-presented Cornish cuisine. Enjoy creative dishes using fresh, locally sourced ingredients combined with global flavours.  Visit their website >>>

Mermaid Seafood Restaurant

A characterful and charming, traditional seafood restaurant in the old fishing quarter, filled with St. Ives memorabilia. Serving an outstanding menu of fish, seafood and steak dishes, with Mediterranean and Asian influences. Visit their website >>>