Eating Out in St Ives

Eating out in Cornwall has become an obsession of late and a real “foodies heaven” with the county now having some of the finest restaurants and cafes to match anywhere in the UK.

The main draw for Cornwall is its proximity to the sea, you can enjoy superb fish at your favourite restaurant on the same day that it was landed early in the morning at Newlyn, Cornwall’s largest fishing port!

Rick Stein ( ), Nathan Outlaw ( ) & Jamie Oliver ( have really put Cornwall on the map for using fabulous locally sourced food and the freshest ingredients to make Cornwall a real foodies destination!

We love great food, service and surroundings and eat out regularly to keep well informed of the best places to visit while you are on holiday; here are a few of our current favourite places to try.

Porthminster Beach Cafe, St.Ives

Consistently the best restaurant in St.Ives year on year!

Set right on Porthminster Beach, the cafe/restaurant is very informal and relaxed and serves amazing seafood dishes overlooking the cool turquoise waters of the Atlantic Ocean!

Great for dinner but fabulous for a really relaxed lunch, sit out on the beautiful terrace, and then let the kids play on the beach below! (Tel: 01736 795352)

Porthmeor Beach Cafe

A recent makeover has made this little gem a real alternative place to eat at in St.Ives. Set above Porthmeor Beach, just below the Tate Gallery, Porthmeor cafe offers an antipodean take on Tapas dining. Generous, imaginative & tasty dishes are served on the lovely alfresco terrace, sit back with some lovely food, an ice cold beer and good company and enjoy the sunset unfolding before you! Open for breakfast and lunch too, another great place for all to enjoy! (Tel: 01736 793366)

The Mermaid

Situated in the heart of ‘Down-a-Long’, the old fishing quarter of St Ives, The Mermaid Seafood Restaurant is one of the towns most popular and oldest family owned and run restaurants.

With an extensive menu, offering only the finest and freshest locally caught seafood, alongside a selection of locally farmed meat and poultry, and a carefully selected wine list, you will also find daily specials and, in the Summer months, locally caught Lobsters are a specialty (Tel:01736 796816)

The Hub

The Hub St Ives is an established restaurant on the harbour front and an essential stop off for great coffee, fabulous cakes, and amazing food. Wonderful breakfasts, and in the evening, an ideal place for fantastic burgers, sip cocktails or just watch the world go by.
All served in a bustling atmosphere, it’s a must! (Tel: 01736 799099)

The Searoom, St.Ives

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner; almost everything on the menu is also available gluten free.
Options to have afternoon tea with a warm scone, or grab a table outside and enjoy the harbour view with a nice relaxing glass of hand chosen wine, beer or cider.
Booking strongly recommended for evening meals. (Tel: 01736 794325)

Porthminster Kitchen, St.Ives

Porthminster Kitchen serves up a refreshing, playful take on Cornish cuisine, introducing a menu of smaller plates and lighter options which combine global flavours, fresh local ingredients and creative cooking.
Booking strongly recommended for evening meals. (Tel: 01736 799874)

The Halsetown Inn, Halsetown, St Ives

This inn has been transformed into a busy, cosy gastro pub!
Serving an inspired menu during the week and fabulous roast on Sundays. Dogs welcome! Booking strongly recommended.(Tel: 01736 795583)

Ben’s Cornish Kitchen, Marazion, Penzance

Creative dishes made with seasonal, locally sourced produce. Located in Marazion, just a few steps away from the causeway to the picturesque tidal island of St Michael’s Mount, Ben’s Cornish kitchen is a bistro-style eatery that serves a variety of local food. Booking recommended.
(Tel: 01736 719200)

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