Where to eat St. Ives

The little boat you watched as you walked the beach before breakfast probably came back with the Mackerel, Bass, or Snapper on offer for your supper. The new creations here are not just paintings in oil and pastel - we have true artists who work wonders every day in food: wonderful fresh crab, lobster and seafood dishes and fresh vegetables grown in the rich brown Cornish soil.

World class restaurants and cafes have sprung up around the town, clustered around the harbour by the warm waters of the bay, perched above the beach with stunning views - you may even see dolphins from your table - or tucked intimately in the old town's narrow streets. There are excellent eateries for all tastes, many also offering the delights produced by Cornwall's fine breweries and vineyards.

Porthmeor Beach Cafe-Bar

Overlooking Porthmeor beach, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Large terrace area, great tapas and innovation here!

Café Pasta

On the harbour, serving pasta – pizza’s – seafood. Relaxed atmosphere, harbour views

The Digey Food Room and Deli

Morning coffee, lunch and dinner. Homemade dishes, local produce. Great deli counter.

The Sloop Inn

13th century inn with many character features. Right on the harbour slipway. Snacks, and food served all day.


Great location on St Ives harbour front, serving seafood, steak, pizza and pasta. WIFI available.

The Mex

Great Mexican style food. Generous portions, reasonable prices.

The Beach

Pleasant surroundings with harbour views. Varied menu, child friendly.

  • The Harbour, Wharf Road, St. Ives TR26 1SX,
  • Tel: 01736 798798

Porthminster Cafe

Fine dining, contemporary cuisine, specialising in sea food overlooking Porthminster beach.

The Bean Inn Vegetarian Restaurant

On the harbour front, a wide range of vegetarian and vegan dishes. Bring your own wine.

The Alba

Modern bristish cuisine using local produce, line caught fish. Excellent service and two AA rosettes.

The Queens Hotel

Great value pub food, reasonable prices, 1 AA rosette.

St. Andrews Street Bistro

Modern British cuisine created with much innovation and flair. A warm welcome and great service wait. Open for dinner only.

Olives Licensed Café

Homemade cakes, savouries and sandwiches. Open for morning coffee’s, lunch, cream tea’s and dinner.

Firehouse Bar & Grill

Contemporary bar in fore street. Wide selection of beers and wines. £5 lunch menu, restaurant upstairs. Wifi available

The Balcony Bar & Kitchen

On the harbour front, first floor bar serving burgers and a variety of other dishes. Wide selection of beers and wines.

Blas Burgerworks

Great ingredients, great burgers, great atmosphere. No bookings taken but well worth the wait!

The Loft Restaurant and Terrace

Fine dining including fresh fish, seafood and steaks located to the rear of the sloop car park.

The Rajpoot

Contempary décor, modern Indian cuisine. Ice cold large bottles of Bangla.


Fine dining, specialising in local seafood with a Mediterranean twist. Tables outside, right on the harbour front.

  • The Harbour, Wharf Road, St. Ives TR26 1SX,
  • Tel: 01736 798798

The Cornish Deli

Brunches, lunches and dinner, using local produce. Small and cosy.

Seagrass Restaurant

Fine dining, first floor restaurant under the supervision of Head Chef Lee Grove (semi finalist master chef 2010) using local produce.

Seafood Cafe

Daily selection of fresh fish which you can choose yourself from the counter before its cooked. Also prime Cornish meats and free range poultry.

The Mermaid

Great restaurant for the family, good value early bird menu.

Porthgwidden Café

Overlooking the beach. Burgers – seafood– steaks. Great atmosphere plenty of tables outside.

St Ives quality cuisine

From the celebrated Cornish Pasty to the finest of fine dining, St Ives has become a renowned destination for seekers of top quality and innovative cuisine.

It's hard to be sure whether it's the sea air after a day's walking or driving the coast road which improves your meal; it's impossible to prove that the hot sun on the cotton sunshade makes your cocktail taste more exciting and is it a fact that the murmur of the ocean and the gentle ripple of reflected water makes your steak or haddock fillet more satisfying? It's all hard to prove, but great fun trying! Great food, local ingredients, wonderful climate, clever cooks.

Tributes to restaurants in The Good Food Guide, weekly journals and the national press are due to the tremendous effort of the chefs and restaurateurs who are developing remarkable talents whilst contributing superb cuisine.

There is a restaurant portfolio located within the cottage.