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Choose from 40 St Ives restaurants by clicking on the cuisine of your choice.

The big question when you get to this beautiful bayside town…where shall we eat?

If you want the full range and choice of St Ives restaurants then browse through our foody categories and find your ideal cuisine.

Read on to discover a thorough guide to places to eat in St Ives…

Beach Restaurants in St Ives

Breathtaking views and delicious food.

Known as Cornwall’s most popular harbour town, St Ives is famous for its beautiful sea views, beaches and restaurants.

We have picked the best restaurants in St Ives by the beach. Browse the variety of menus and book a table by the sea. Either on the harbour or the golden sand, there’s nothing like it.

Book a table by the sea and appreciate the view these beach restaurants have to offer; on the harbour or the golden sand.

Porthgwidden Beach Café, St Ives

Head to St Ives “Island” and eat beneath the grassy slopes on blue flag awarded Porthgwidden Beach and dine with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
  • Wine List
  • Family Friendly
  • Sea Views

Go to

Call 01736 796791

Menu Examples

Crab and Mussel Linguine –basil, chilli, garlic, lemon, olive oil £28.95

Sirloin Steak –sauce entrecote, frites, green leaves £29.95

Porthgwidden Fish and Chips –peas, tartare sauce £17.95

Porthmeor Beach Café, St Ives

Next door to Porthgwidden is its sandy partner Porthmeor Beach where the Café serves an imaginative menu and equally creative cocktail menu. Watch the surfers and spot some dolphins as you dine.

  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Tapas Menus Served
  • Heated Outdoor Booths
  • Sea Views

Go to

Call 01736 793366

Menu Examples

Agedashi tofu –hot and sour broth, Asian greens £6.95

Grilled mackerel –beetroot puree, pickled cucumber, and fennel salad £10.25

Cornish mussels –white wine, garlic, cream, bread £15.50

Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives

With sweeping views across St Ives Bay all the way to Godrevy Lighthouse, this beach restaurant is a multi-award winning seafood restaurant. Located on one of the cleanest beaches in the south-west, Porthminster has prestigious blue flag status.

  • Morning Coffee, Lunch, Afternoon Tea and Dinner
  • Specialising in Mediterranean & Asian Seafood Cuisine
  • St Ives Small Batch Coffee Roasting Company

Go to

Call 01736 795352

Menu Examples

Pan Fried Cornish Hake – truffle gnocchi, mushroom fricassee, parsley and hazelnut

Cauliflower pakora – red lentil dahl, aubergine pickle, coriander chutney £21.50

Duck Breast – sausage roll, braised chicory, black garlic, and carrot puree £33.50

Porthminster Kitchen, St Ives

Another restaurant that boasts 180 panoramic views of St Ives sea. Enjoy smaller plates and lighter options on the harbour. Chefs cook with global flavours combined with fresh local ingredients right on the harbour.

  • Award-Winning Seafood Restaurant
  • Dairy and gluten take a backseat
  • Terrace

Go to

Call 01736 799874

Menu Examples

Crisp fried squid – Asian salad, citrus miso, lime £12.00

Whole Cornish Sole – Cornish mids, peas, capers, leek & mussel velouté £26.00

Korean Fried Cauliflower – wild black bean rice, pistachio, sesame dressing £20.00

Tate St Ives Café

Dine in contemporary architecture at the famous Tate with a European inspired menu that regularly changes with seasonal ingredients. From lunches to three-course dinners, the Tate will fulfil your appetite for both art and good food.

  • Rooftop Terrace
  • Contemporary Architecture
  • Child-Friendly Menu

Go to

Call 01736 791122

Pels of St Ives

A harbour front cafe that has made a great name serving delicious Gluten Free (GF) options. Open seven days a week, Pels offer hearty homemade meals and a great takeaway choice.

  • Lunch & Dinner
  • Family Friendly
  • Gluten Free Options
  • Takeaway

Call 01736 795006

The Beach Restaurant, St Ives

A family restaurant owned by the same local family since 1957. A restaurant serving first class Cornish caught fish, poultry, game and seafood. Right in the heart of St Ives, The Beach restaurant welcomes families and beachgoers.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Panoramic Sea Views
  • Child-friendly

Go to

Call 01736 798798

Menu Examples

Thai red sweet potato and chickpea curry – chimichurri flatbread and coriander rice £15.00

King prawn and chorizo tagliatelle – finished with a rich tomato sauce £15.00

12oz chargrilled ribeye – with choice of butter or sauce and 1 side £32.00

The Beachcomber Cafe, St Ives

From delicious breakfasts to melt in your mouth Cornish cream teams. Sit outside with homemade cake or crab cakes and brave the seagulls to see the spectacular beach views.

  • Breakfast, Lunch, Cream Tea, Cake
  • Walk-ins Welcome and Takeaway
  • Children Welcome
  • Outdoor Seating

Call 01736 794844

SILCO Bar and Kitchen, St Ives

Award-winning tapas dishes served alongside St Ives Gin and imaginative cocktails in this beach restaurant in St Ives. Meters from the beach, this gastro bar is home to craft spirit company St Ives Liquor Co. and established in 2014.

  • Modern, industrial interiors
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Overlooking St Ives Bay
  • Walk-in’s only

Go to

Call 01736 798798

Menu Examples

Marinated halloumi – Ezme salad, courgette, pomegranate molasses, herbs £10.00

Tamarind and coconut fish curry – local fish, coriander & onion salad, lime pickle, jasmine rice £11.50

Katsu chicken – Panko Creedy Carver chicken, katsu sauce, peanut Asian salad £12.00

Beach Bar Café, St Ives

A beach bar with a difference, serving ‘smidgens’ of food alongside artisan beers, fantastic wines and fresh coffee. These wine connoisseurs, know that good wine is for sharing and that good food also compliments time with family and friends.

  • Wine connoisseurs
  • Stunning harbourside location
  • Relaxed rustic-chic atmosphere

Go to

Call 01736 793737

Vegan Restaurants in St Ives

Vegan dish.

The best vegan restaurants in St Ives revealed. With venues recommended by The Guardian and Channel 4, St Ives has definitely developed a soft spot for vegan food. And they do it well.

There is even a vegan Mexican restaurant. Browse the section below for all vegetarian and vegan places to eat in St Ives

The Bean Inn Vegetarian Restaurant

Recommended by media such as The Guardian and Channel 4 and approved by the Vegetarian Society and part of the Food & Drink Guild. The atmosphere is chilled with candlelit, intimate dinners.

  • Mostly gluten-free and vegan menu
  • Organic local wine and beer
  • Vegetarian Society Approved
  • Outdoor terrace

Go to

Call 01736 791706 

These other restaurants join the St Ives Vegan Friendly Club:

Mexican Restaurants in St Ives


We might be biased but we believe St Ives showcases the best Mexican food in Cornwall.

From traditional Mexican dishes to simple favourites, browse the delicious menus and book your table.

The Mex, St Ives

A Mexican themed restaurant serving traditional food alongside simpler favourites. A very family friendly and laid back atmosphere makes it a great place to enjoy dinner.

  • Cosy Setting
  • Takeaway
  • Children’s Menu
  • Vegetarian and Vegan-Friendly

Go to

Call 01736 797658

Seafood Restaurants in St Ives

A seafood tagliatelle.

St Ives is renowned for its award-winning seafood restaurants.

We have listed the finest seafood places to eat featuring fresh Cornish seafood. Expect locally caught lobsters, sustainable local food sources paired with mesmerising views.

Browse the menus and book your table directly with the restaurants.

The Loft, St Ives

In the heart of ‘old St Ives’ artists quarter and boasting a restaurant and terrace, The Loft overlooks the bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. With a mouthwatering menu prepared using the freshest locally sourced seasonal fish, vegetables and meat.

  • Outside seating
  • Dog-friendly terrace
  • Panoramic views across rooftops and harbour

Go to

Call 01736 794204

The Mermaid Restaurant, St Ives

With a well-earned reputation of one of the finest seafood restaurants in Cornwall, The Mermaid serves only the finest and freshest locally caught seafood. The carefully selected wine list completes the experience.

  • Locally caught Lobsters
  • Oldest family owned restaurant
  • Romantic atmosphere

Go to

Call 01736 796816

The Seafood Cafe Restaurant, St Ives

A unique dining experience where diners choose their own fish before eating. As well as this there is a range of shellfish, prime Cornish cuisine with local meats and free-range poultry available. Enjoy Lunch or dinner in a bright, modern room with stripped floors.

  • Pick your steak or fish from the chiller
  • Wide variety of seafood dishes
  • Comprehensive Wine List

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The Rum & Crab Shack, St Ives

With frequent live music, good rum and, of course, some amazing crab. This seafood restaurant in St Ives has a relaxed vibe and welcomes all rum and seafood lovers with a varied and expansive menu. It’s also featured on our list of family friendly restaurants in St Ives.

  • Hearty Sharing Boards
  • Vegetarian and Vegan
  • Sea Views

Go to

Call 01736 796353

Cellar Bistro, St Ives

A St Ives hidden gem, serving affordable, delicious food in a candlelit atmosphere. With tasty, hearty, classic dishes served with no fuss & no gimmicks Cellar Bistro is a great place to eat out.

  • Sustainable, local food sources
  • Children’s Menu
  • Great for every occasion

Go to

Call 01736 791813

Burger Restaurants in St Ives

Burger and chips on a tray.

Who doesn’t like a burger? The bigger, the better, right?

The restaurants in St Ives serving fully loaded burgers are endless and you will be spoiled for choice. From beef burgers from local farms to chicken and pulled pork, choosing where to book will be a challenge in itself.

Scoff Troff Cafe, St Ives

A quirky restaurant serving a perfect breakfast with the family through to that juicy burger and chilled beer after a long walk with the pooch. Inspired by cuisines all over the world, you will find more than burgers that take your fancy,

  • Handmade burgers
  • Vegan Burger available
  • Range of local beers

Go to

Call 01736 797341

The Balcony Bar, St Ives

Open all year round with views to watch the busy harbour go by, the atmosphere is chilled and there is plenty of seating. Child-friendly and a hot spot for football fans, there is regular music and televised sports events for your entertainment.

  • St Ives harbour views
  • Sports bar
  • Selection of local drinks

Go to

Call 01736 798482

Hub, St Ives

Recently refurbished with an eye-catching interior design, The Hub started it’s life specialising in the patty and arguably south-west’s finest burgers. They celebrate the rich source of local produce and are based on the popular St Ives harbourfront.

  • St Ives harbour sea views
  • 100% free-range oak smoked pork
  • 21 day dry-aged Cornish rare breed beef

Go to

Call 01736 799099

Firehouse Bar and Grill, St Ives

With a menu inspired by the grill and a gin bar that serves mouthwatering cocktails, the Firehouse has a great selection of gourmet burgers alongside, fresh local fish, quality beef, chicken, pizzas and vegetarian options.

  • Home to ‘The Gin Bar’
  • Mouthwatering cocktails
  • Stunning views across the rooftops of St Ives

Go to

Call 01736 799664

Beer & Bird, St Ives

If you are in need of a chicken burger then head to Beer & Bird. Serving succulent free-range fried chicken with over 100 craft beers and ciders. Proudly being Cornwall’s first gourmet fried chicken restaurant.

  • Sourced from a local free-range poultry farm
  • Secret recipe gluten-free breading
  • Bar featuring over 30 gins, 20 rums and 40 whiskies

Go to

Call 01736 793776

Blas Burgerworks, St Ives

Featured and praised by The Independent to The Guardian, Blas Burgerworks are passionate about sustainability and reducing their impact on the environment. The Cornish meat is, naturally reared, free range and cooked on a chargrill.

  • Shared, communal seating
  • 100% Cornish beef from Trevaskis Farm
  • Veggie & Vegan burgers handmade

Go to

Call 01736 793776

Italian Restaurants in St Ives

Woman eating spaghetti.

Find the ultimate Italian dining experience at these Italian restaurants in St Ives. From Al Fresco dining to authentic stone-baked pizzas and fresh pasta dishes, you will never be disappointed with St Ives’ Italian experience.

Most restaurants offer a delivery service, perfect if you do not want to leave the beach for lunch.

Caffe Pasta, St Ives

If you are looking for Italian inspired cuisine, take lunch, dinner or your morning coffee at Caffe Pasta. A dining experience right on the harbourside with wood tables, pizza, pasta and daily specials to suit everyone’s taste.

  • Inside & outside dining
  • Stunning sea views
  • Stone-baked pizza

Go to

Call 01736 798899

Peppers Pasta & Pizzeria, St Ives

From traditional Italian pasta dishes to fresh dough pizzas, steaks and poultry, Peppers welcomes children with a dedicated kids menu. Established in 1984, the decor takes you back to Italy.

  • Create your own pizza
  • Takeaway 10% discount
  • Seafood daily specials based on market catch

Go to

Call 01736 794014

The St Ives Pizza Company

A local favourite with hand made pizza made from their own hand-stretched dough. A pizza delivery in St Ives like no other that use fresh local ingredients to produce the finest artisan pizzas in town.

  • Order through their own App
  • Get delivery to anywhere – Pick the beach!
  • Handmade to order

Go to

Call 01736 794030

Pub Food in St Ives

St Ives pub.

Browse our handpicked pubs in St Ives serving delicious food and choose your favourite. St Ives is renowned for gastro pubs with exquisite food menus.

From breakfast to traditional Sunday Roasts and dinner, you will be impressed with their charm and character.

The Castle Inn, St Ives

If a classic, traditional, old pub is what you are looking for, then step into the Castle, which is praised for keeping to authentic pub roots. With a friendly landlord and a selection of both nationwide and local beers, you won’t be disappointed.

  • Lively pub quiz
  • Proper Pub Food
  • Friendly landlord
  • Child and family friendly

Go to

Call 01736 796833

The Lifeboat Inn, St Ives

From a delicious full English breakfast through to a romantic dinner or social gathering, the Lifeboat Inn is right on the waterfront where all you have to do is turn up, sit down and admire the view!

  • Cosy burning log fire
  • Views of the sea and maritime activities
  • Next to the famous life boat house

Booking advised in Summer months

Go to

Call 01736 794123

The Sloop Inn, St Ives

A local favourite and one of St Ives’ oldest inns, The Sloop has three different dining areas! The pub itself, a more formal ‘Captains Tables’ and an outside upper decking called the ‘Upper Deck’. Enjoy food right on the harbour front.

  • Local live music
  • Own 1312 Sloop Inn Gin
  • Dine in the pub restaurant, Captains Table or Upper Deck
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Drinks

Go to

Call 01736 796584

The Union Inn, St Ives

Offering a traditional pub menu with all the expected pub favourites including a traditional Sunday roast and a daily specials board. A wide selection of favourite draft ales, lagers and ciders including Award Winning Cornish Doom Bar Bitter.

  • Traditional Sunday Roast
  • Fresh Fish & Local Meat
  • Cosy, friendly pub

Call 01736 796000

The Cornish Arms, St Ives

This pub reflects the charm and character of its friendly and welcoming landlords, David and Jacky. A traditional, cosy pub with rustic wooden furniture and interesting memorabilia dotted around, a perfect stop to eat with friends and family.

  • Dedicated family dining area
  • Located on a popular walking route
  • Thick stone walls, low beamed ceiling
  • Dog-friendly

Go to

Call 01736 796112

Indian Restaurants in St Ives

An array of Indian food.

The list for Indian restaurants in St Ives is short but authentic.

Choose from the two best Indian restaurants. From eat in to take away, both offer a vibrant cuisine with the freshest and authentic ingredients.

Rajpoot Tandoori Restaurant, St Ives

From genuine Indian food to popularised Asian cuisine, the Rajpoot pride themselves on home-style cooking with the freshest, most authentic ingredients. Locally famous for its BYOB policy (bring your own booze)

  • Seven days a week
  • Set Price Restaurant Meals for 2 & 4
  • Takeaway

Book a reservation or private event

Go to

Call 01736 795307

The Curry Garden Restaurant, St Ives

A recent restaurant serving vibrant and exciting Indian & Bangladeshi tastes in a modern atmosphere. The extensive menu includes everyone’s favourites and some adventurous choices. A pre-dinner drinks menu starts your evening off perfectly

  • Secret Terraced Garden
  • Full menu for takeaways
  • Indian and Bangladesh Cuisine

Book a reservation or private event

Go to

Call 01736 799003

Chinese Takeaways in St Ives

Chinese takeaway.

Satisfy your cravings with authentic Chinese restaurants in St Ives. Available to eat in or takeaway, the restaurants offer quality Chinese cuisine with a vast menu.

Hong Kong Kitchen

The Honk Kong Kitchen is the oldest Chinese takeaway in St Ives and still the most popular. With an expansive menu and an easily navigated website, Hong Kong kitchen is the oldest Chinese Takeaway in St Ives.

  • Delivery £1.50 within 2 miles
  • Free delivery for orders over £30
  • Five set menu choices

Go to

Call 01736 798257


A busy Chinese takeaway that satisfies your appetite. Known for their hearty portions, Yeungs has a vast menu for takeout.

Call 01736 799982

Fish and Chip Shops in St Ives

Fish and chips with a pint.

The classic Fish and Chips is in high demand in St Ives.

You can order a locally sourced, delicious catch of the day either grilled or battered. Expect the freshest ingredients, bursting with flavour.

Browse these Fish and Chips restaurants in St Ives and enjoy this local specialty.

Harbour Fish and Chips

  • Large portions
  • Eat in or takeaway
  • Locally caught fish
  • Harbour front views
  • Local fishmongers Mathew Stevens of St Ives

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Beck’s Fish and Chips St Ives

A true Cornish family run business, serving traditional fish and chips.

  • Large car park
  • Gluten free options
  • Sustainably sourced fish
  • Gift Vouchers
  • Full restaurant menu
  • Eat in and takeaway

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Coast to Go, St Ives

A traditional Cornish takeaway on the harbour, serving fish and chips and pizza.

  • Harbour front takeaway
  • 10am opening
  • Large takeaway menu
  • Friendly staff
  • Stunning views whilst you wait

Call 01736 794925

Sharky’s Fish and Chips, St Ives

  • Proper traditional takeaway
  • Local’s best kept secret
  • Large portions
  • Bring your own wine
  • Welcomes large groups
  • Seating area upstairs

Go to

Call 01736 791490

So there you have it! St Ives has an immense amount of places to eat and fabulous dishes to try.

Visit this culinary treasure chest on Cornwall’s coast staying in a St Ives cottage or Carbis Bay cottage.

Last updated: February 2023

This post was developed from original content by Tony Townsend.