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St.Ives has a lot of restaurants, cafes and kiosks to choose from,  to suit all tastes and different food fancies. All the restaurants produce  high quality food for you to enjoy after your days activity. A fond memory of mine was when we came off of the beach packed up, tired and in need of a good wash. We would make our way back to our snug cottage like camels, even the kids were holding things. We would hop in the shower (kids first of course) wash all the sand out our feet. Then we would get ready to hit the town in search of some good food,  or head to a restaurant that we had already booked.  A good piece of advice is to book  in advance even before your holiday starts, because during high season it can be hard to get a table. St.Ives is becoming ever more popular with everyone wanting to eat out. To secure a good place to eat then I recommend booking before hand.


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 is a Gin & Cocktail bar and eating area and 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 the main High 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 do 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, salads and potatoes and then your sauce. Open for lunch and dinner;  there is 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. The thing about this restaurant that makes the time there all the better, is sitting on a balcony area outside with a structure around you to conceal you from the elements. Except the cold. However there are blankets and heaters. I mean even a little bit of cold weather won’t beat eating your dinner while looking at the sea.

Porthmeor Cafe.                                                                 Porthmeor Beach, Saint Ives TR26 1JZ

Porthmeor Cafe is a haven for eating delicious food in the comfort of watching the waves roll onto the beach. It has an inside and outside and has a really nice menu. We went there for my sons birthday and we enjoyed the food. The food selection has a wide selection of creative tapas dishes and delightful deserts also cooking up a mean Thai Curry. This is a good restaurant to go to during the summer to catch the views.

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

Porthminster is the beach opposite the harbour. Porthminster beach cafe is a lovely place to enjoy the sand right at your level with the sea off into the distance. The menu is a bit different, but produces some tasty meals. It has been on a few Tv programmes and gained a Michelin star.

Porthminster Kitchen                                                                 Wharf Rd, Saint Ives TR26 1LG

Situated along the front of the harbour, has a smart design overlooking the harbour bay. It’s food is a lighter cuisine and uses corn is ingredients to make great taste by the sea. “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.

The St.Andrews Street Bistro                                   16 St Andrew’s St, Saint Ives TR26 1AH

The Bistro offers great food, great staff and a good atmosphere. The restaurant is a favourite with the locals with a good location and menu. Some meals may not be up to their usual standard, but other than that is a really great restaurant to go to.

Blas                                                                                         Warren, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EA

Blas is a small burger bar on the edge of town if you head towards the Pend Olva hotel, or the Porthminster beach. It is a great place to get a great burger meal if you are in search of a contender for the best burger in St.Ives.



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

The Digey Food Room, offers breakfast and lunches, vegetarian friendly, vegan & gluten free options. Takeaways and delicatessen. Servicing freshly cooked food in a calm, modern atmosphere. I had the mushroom quiche on recommendation form the fellow Artist that were joining 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. Its 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 and scones. Best for cream teas.

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

The Cornish Deli, adjacent form 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

A great stop on the harbour to watch the world pass by with a breath of sea air. It is a lovely refreshing pit stop on your way through town, serving a variety of drinks and sumptuous platters to share or just for you. Next to Just Deserts and the gallery, I thoroughly recommend this restaurant.

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

Gluten Free

This is a a great cafe, tea room  and restaurant,  serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, cream teas, coffees and cakes. 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 Searoom Cafe towards the end of the wharf.