Holiday food guide: delicious St Ives restaurants to try
After a busy day cliff walking, surfing or sunbathing on the beach, what could be better than a tasty meal at one of these St Ives restaurants?
Holidays are all about relaxing and indulging in some delicious local food. You’ll probably want to have dinner out at least a couple of times during your stay, so we’ve come up with a list of tasty St Ives restaurants to try. Don’t forget to book your table!
There are plenty of delicious places to eat in St Ives in Cornwall, including fresh seafood restaurants, vegetarian choices and beautiful multi-cultural cuisine. Our guide to St Ives restaurants will get your taste buds tingling and will have you counting down the days until your holiday by the sea.
Seaside cafes and beach restaurants in St Ives
If it’s dinner with a sea view you’re after, try Alba Restaurant. The former lifeboat house is the perfect setting for a delicious dinner by the sea. Relax in the downstairs A Bar which serves fantastic cocktails and light bites. The fine dining takes place upstairs and features lots of scrumptious seafood, mouth-watering meat dishes and indulgent desserts. Alternatively, check out the Beach Restaurant which serves seafood and meat dishes with panoramic sea views.
The St Ives cafes are also great for tasty food with sea views. The award-winning Porthminster Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has amazing views across St Ives Bay and Godrevy Lighthouse. Porthgwidden Beach Cafe specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine. Enjoy some delicious food or sip on an Italian coffee whilst gazing out to sea….bliss!
Porthmeor Beach Cafe is the place to be for tapas and cocktails by the sea. This lively venue is a popular place to relax after a surf, and you may even be lucky enough to spot some dolphins! Choose from the outdoor terrace or heated booths and enjoy a spectacular St Ives sunset over dinner. You can see these beautiful waterside locations for yourself by viewing our St Ives webcams which take your straight to the beach! Our webcams are situated at Porthminster, Porthgwidden and Porthmoer beaches.
Try a seafood restaurant in St Ives
Most visitors to West Cornwall want to know where the best fish restaurant in St Ives is. This is hardly surprising….what could be better than enjoying fresh seafood right next to the sea? There are many St Ives restaurants serving locally caught fish and seafood, many with breathtaking sea views!
The Loft Restaurant and Sun Terrace is a great choice when it comes to St Ives seafood restaurants because of its fantastic menu featuring tasty specials and its unrivalled views out over St Ives harbour. We recommend the Cornish crab starter and the loft seafood chowder for the main. There are also meat dishes and vegetarian dishes to cater for all tastes. So you can keep the whole family happy!
If you can’t get enough of Cornish seafood, why not also try the Sea Food Cafe? They’ve created a simple and fun dining experience where you choose your fish, then your veg and finally your sauce to construct your own personalised seafood dish. We would also recommend the Mermaid Seafood Restaurant, where locally caught lobsters are a speciality during the summer, and also the Rum & Crab Shack where you’ll find some unusual and tempting flavour combinations, plus an extensive list of rums on the menu!
Try an Italian restaurant in St Ives
For a tasty Italian treat, we’d recommend Peppers Pasta and Pizzeria. Situated in the heart of St Ives, this restaurant has a laid back and friendly atmosphere. Serving a wide range of pizzas (including ‘create your own’), pasta dishes, seafood dishes and steak, you’ll be spoilt for choice with this menu.
There’s also a tempting selection of specials, classic Italian desserts and coffees and a great cocktail and wine list. Peppers is a superb setting for a special meal, whether celebrating a birthday or another occasion, or just to have a memorable holiday dining experience.
Other St Ives restaurants serving Italian dishes include Caffe Pasta and Onshore. Caffe Pasta is a lovely Italian restaurant which has amazing views of St Ives harbour. Enjoy a stone baked pizza or fresh pasta dish whilst taking in the stunning sea views. Onshore is an Italian eatery serving delicious tapas and wood-fired pizzas. It has a laid back and friendly atmosphere and is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a busy day exploring the area.
Try an Indian restaurant in St Ives
If you love your spicy food and interesting Indian flavours, try the Rajpoot Tandoori Restaurant. This well-established restaurant is perfect for a family meal and also caters for large parties. The menu includes lots of vegetarian options, enticing specials, Tandoori clay oven dishes and lots of classic favourites.
Situated in the town, it’s still only a short walk back to St Ives harbour, so you can walk off your dinner by the water. You can also bring your own alcohol with you to Rajpoot Tandoori, so why not get into the holiday sport with a bottle of bubbly?
Another great choice is the Curry Garden which is a modern restaurant serving Indian & Bangladeshi cuisine. Although also situated in town, it has a secret terrace garden that’s ideal for outdoor pre-dinner drinks.
Try a Vegetarian restaurant in St Ives
The Bean Inn is the go-to place for Vegetarians and Vegans living in or visiting St Ives. Expect the freshest organic local ingredients with flavour combinations inspired by a variety of cultures.
Their tempting menu includes everything from Vegetable Bourguignon, to Mediterranean paella, to Moroccan casserole. The dishes are colourful, well-presented and totally Instagram-able!
Other St Ives restaurants with veggie and vegan options include Blas Burgerworks and The Mex. Blas Burgerworks is a vibrant little restaurant, tucked away down a narrow street close to the harbour. Their mouth watering burgers for ‘people who give a damn’ include plenty of vegetarian and vegan options to tantilise the taste buds. The Mex includes heavenly veggie and vegan starters and marvellous mains, best enjoyed with a refreshing margarita or a pina colada.
Hopefully our guide to the best food in St Ives in Cornwall has given you some food for thought! Choose your ideal holiday cottage in St Ives or the surrounding area and start planning your Cornish foodie holiday!
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