5 of the Best Restaurants in St Ives

Our guide to the best restaurants in St Ives

With its myriad of restaurants, cafes and pubs, St Ives caters for all tastes and budgets. From contemporary seafood bistros to traditional eateries serving authentic Cornish cuisine, here’s five of our favourite restaurants in St Ives.

Seagrass Restaurant

Seagrass Restaurant©Seagrass-stives.com

What’s to love: With an ever-evolving menu featuring fresh seafood, locally sourced meat and seasonal produce, the Seagrass Restaurant offers homecooked food in a relaxed, informal setting. The restaurant’s philosophy is to serve food that’s prepared and cooked entirely from scratch – including stocks, breads and desserts. With a varied menu of seafood, vegetarian and meat dishes, the restaurant will cater for most tastes, and there’s a particularly good sharing platter for the peckish.

Cuisine: Seafood, Vegetarian, English

Price: Starters £5.95 – £9.95; Mains £11.00 – £23.95; Fixed price menu available from £16.95

Opening times: 5.30pm – 10.00pm, Mon – Sun

Address: Seagrass Restaurant, Fish Street, Saint Ives, Cornwall TR26 1LT

Contact: 01736 793763

The Loft & Terrace

Food from The Loft and Terrace ©Theloftrestaurantandterrace.co.uk

What’s to love: Ethical, locally sourced produce cooked well; that’s what you can expect at The Loft & Terrace, a contemporary restaurant set in the heart of St Ives’ historic Artist’s Quarter. The chefs here are fiercely passionate about the food they produce, and often forage the coast for ingredients that will help diversify the menu. They’re also ethically-minded, using only line-caught fish, non-dredged shellfish and meat from local farms to create flavourful and interesting dishes.

Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary English

Price: Starters from £5.50 – £9.50; Mains from £13.50 – £60.00; Lunch menu available

Opening times: Lunch served 12.00pm – 2.00pm; Dinner served 6.00pm – 8.30pm; Mon – Sun

Address: Norway Lane, St. Ives, Saint Ives, Cornwall TR26 1LZ

Contact: 01736 794204; theloftrestaurantandterrace.co.uk

The Black Rock

The Black Rock foodImage by Susan Lucas Hoffman is licensed under CC 2.0

What’s to love: Despite no-end of TripAdvisor reviews hailing Black Rock as the fine dining jewel of St Ives, the restaurant’s owners happen to disagree. Instead, they say their main focus is on producing rustic, vibrant cuisine at fair and affordable prices. Whatever their philosophy, The Black Rock is without question one of the finest places to eat in St Ives, with a limited selection of high-quality, thoughtful dishes including Trevaskis Farm pork belly, Intense beetroot risotto and Sri Lankan seafood curry. Visit as soon as possible.

Cuisine: Contemporary English, Continental

Price: Starters from £2.70 – £7.00; Mains from £12.50 – £21.00

Opening times: 6.00pm – 10.30pm, Mon – Sun

Address: Market Place, St. Ives, St.Ives, Cornwall TR26 1RZ

Contact: 01736 791911; www.theblackrockstives.co.uk

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Porthminster Beach Café

Pudding from the Porthminster CafePorthminster Beach Cafe by Mike Fleming is licensed under CC 2.0

What’s to love: Take one look at the menu in the Porthminster Beach Café and you’ll realise this is no ordinary seaside café. The café has won several awards for its Mediterranean and Asian inspired seafood, yet it remains one of St Ives most relaxed and friendly eateries. With an excellent selection of delicious and visually appealing dishes – not to mention one of the best views of any restaurant in Cornwall – Porthminster Beach Café is a must for seafood lovers.

Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary English, Vegetarian

Price: Starters from £2.75 – £4.95; Mains from £7.95 – £10.95; Breakfast & lunch menu available

Opening times: 9.00am – 9.30pm; Mon – Sun

Address: Porthminster Beach, Saint Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EB

Contact: 01736 795352; www.porthminstercafe.co.uk

Find out more about Portminster Beach - and the other fabulous beaches the town has to offer - in our St Ives beaches guide.

Alba Restaurant

A plate of food from Alba Restaurant ©Thealbarestaurant.com

What’s to love: With its European inspired seafood, the Alba Restaurant offers top-notch food in an unbeatable location. The restaurant is set in St Ives former life boat house, meaning diners can enjoy sublime views of St Ives Bay while they nosh. Alba’s menu features a selection of delicious fish dishes, including Deep fried spiced squid, Steamed Fowey mussels and Cornish crab linguine. For those that can’t decide what to order, opt for the Seafood taster plate to sample a little of everything.

Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary English

Price: Starters from £5.95 – £12.95; Mains from £11.95 – £23.95

Opening times: Lunch from 12 noon (excluding Tues & Sun); Dinner from 6pm (excluding Sun)

Address: Old Lifeboat House, Wharf Road, St. Ives, Saint Ives TR26 1LF

Contact: 01736 797222; www.alba-stives.co.uk

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