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St.Ives has many restaurants, cafes and kiosks, to suit all tastes and food fancies. All the restaurants produce high quality food for you to enjoy after your days activity.

A usual lazy summer day in St Ives would go something like this; a light breakfast and head to beach, soak up the sun and sea all day long, taking a dip in the water, some body boarding if the waves permit and relax. On leaving the beach in the evening we would be packed up like a buckaroo horse, sticky from sun cream, brushed with sand and in need of a good wash. We would head back to our snug cottage, hop in the shower (remembering wash all the sand away from our legs and feet.) Then take stroll down to the Harbour in search of some good food, or a restaurant that we had already booked.

A good piece of advice is to book in Restaurants advance, even before your holiday starts. It gets very busy during high season and most restaurants are fully booked. To avoid disappointment we do recommend booking.


Firehouse Bar & Grill                                                            27 Fore Street, ST. Ives TR26 1AB 

Dog friendly downstairs

With a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, The Firehouse serves lunches and evening meals with an all day bar.  Their menu has a range of: chargrilled steaks, pizzas, burgers, chicken and the odd veggie option.

Downstairs you will find a Gin & Cocktail bar, with eating area, upstairs is the main restaurant.

It is located in the heart of Fore Street, the main shopping street, close to the St La church end.


SEAFOOD CAFE                                                               45 Fore St, Saint Ives TR26 1HE

The Seafood Cafe is a restaurant towards the middle of Fore Street, accessible from steps that lead up from the harbour or along Fore street.

Serving lunch and evening meals, The Seafood cafe has a large range of fish, from sumptuous St.Ives Bay Mackerel to succulent Ray Wing, however they also serve a selection of Cornish meats and free range poultry.

To order you have to go up to the counter and pick what you would like cooked form the display cabinets, choose your vegetables, salad, potatoes and then your sauce.

Open for lunch and dinner; with a 5.30 sitting for families to have a meal if they have young children, and a later sitting if your not an early bird.


Porthgwidden Beach Cafe                 Porthgwidden Beach, St. Ives, Saint Ives TR26 1PL

Porthgwidden beach Cafe is a picturesque restaurant located above the Porthgwidden beach. It has a wide selection of fine food to tackle your tasted buds. Breakfast, lunch and dinner all served, on the menu you might find Crab linguine, fish and steaks. The thing about this restaurant that makes the time here all the better, is sitting on a balcony area outside with a structure around you to conceal you from the elements. There are blankets and heaters for chilly evenings.

Porthmeor Cafe.                                                     Porthmeor Beach, Saint Ives TR26 1JZ

Porthmeor Cafe serves delicious food with the comfort of watching the waves roll onto the beach. With inside and outside seating it’s a favourite with locals and holiday maker’s alike. Serving a selection of creative tapas dishes, Thai Curry amongst other dishes. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner we recommend a visit, just for the amazing views of the Porthmeor beach.

Porthminster Beach Cafe             Porthminster Beach, Carbis Bay, Saint Ives TR26 2EB

Porthminster Beach Cafe is a frim favourite for returning visitors to St Ives.

The restaurant sits almost level with the beach, with the sea in the distance it’s a perfect spot for breakfast, lunch or supper.

The menu is a little bit different- our top dish at Ocean holidays has to be the Monk Fish Curry. You may have seen The Porthminster Café before as it has featured on a few TV programmes and has gained a Michelin star.

Porthminster Kitchen                                                         Wharf Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1LG

Situated along the front of the harbour with an elevated position, The Porthminster Kitchen overlooks the harbour bay. “The food combines global flavours using fresh local ingredients and creative cooking.” They also do not cook with dairy or gluten for those worried about dietary needs.

Blas Burgarworks                                               The Warren, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EA

Blas is a small burger bar on along the Warren, heading towards the Pend Olva hotel, or the Porthminster beach. It’s is a great place to get a burger meal if you are in search of a contender for the best burger in St.Ives. Serving as much local produce as can be sourced, hand made pickles sauces and relish you will find both vegetarian and vegan burgers.


The Digey                                                                        6 The Digey, St Ives Cornwall TR26 1HR

The Digey Food Room, offers breakfast and lunches; vegetarian, vegan and gluten free options. You can grab a takeaway or buy from the delicatessen. Servicing freshly cooked food in a calm, modern atmosphere. I had the mushroom quiche on recommendation form a fellow Artist that joined me for lunch, and I have to say it did not disappoint- the best quiche I have ever tasted.

Olives                                                                                             Island Square, St Ives, TR26 1NX 

Olives cafe, situated on Back Road East, next to the Blue Bramble Gallery. It is possible to meander your way up from the harbour to this little friendly cafe, with outside seating during the summer months it’s the perfect setting for an alfresco lunch or afternoon tea. Offering a wide selection of homemade cakes, scones, sandwiches and light lunches. We love their cream teas.

The Cornish Deli                                                                      3 Chapel street, St. Ives TR26 2LR

The Cornish Deli, adjacent from Barclays Bank. Cafe and delicatessen, offering gluten free options and vegetarian friendly. You can sit in for breakfast, lunch or evening meals during the summer months, take away freshly prepared food, or pop in and buy cheeses, cold meats and artisan foods from their cabinet. All food is sourced locally wherever possible and presented beautifully.

Beach Café

Opposite the harbour slip way, Beach café have a wet fish and seafood counter along with fish and chips and a restaurant upstairs. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. When we have friends visiting us, we always order a tray of Oysters to enjoy on the harbour front, with a breath of sea air to help them slide down!

Silco Searoom                                        1, Wharf House, The Wharf, Saint Ives TR26 1PG

Gluten Free

Home to the ever popular St Ives Gin, Silco gastrobar serves breakfast, lunches, seafood, tapas and great coffee! In the evening be sure to pop along of a cocktail or two. Most things on the menu are available gluten free. With tables and chairs outside, you can have your dog with you. It boasts a harbour front location, looking out towards the Porthminster Beach and Carbis Bay.

Head along the harbour towards Smeatons pier and you will find this SILCO Cafe towards the end of the wharf.