Food and Drink

Cornish food is some of the best in the UK due to the delicious riches of local produce we have at our doorstep. Whether it is locally sourced and caught seafood, meat grazed on rich coastal pastures, homegrown vegetables and local vineyards and orchards producing the most scrumptious wine and cider, Cornish restaurants and gastro cafes all use locally bought ingredients to make the most heavenly recipes and dishes.

This guide is an introduction to some of the best places to eat and drink in St Ives and we hope you have enormous fun trying them all during your stay at one of our holiday cottages in St Ives. Most of our self-catering accommodation in St Ives is within easy walking distance of restaurants and cafes so we recommend sampling as many delectable food and drink options as possible during your St Ives holiday and walking it all off on the beach afterwards!

Mixing Cornish cuisine with creative cooking, Porthminster Kitchen offers 180’ views of the harbour front, a great spot to enjoy the views away from the busy street whilst enjoying some smaller plates and lighter options.

With a modern urban feel, Porthminster kitchen creates wonderful fresh fish seafood dishes combined with a curated wine menu to suit every dish for the ultimate dining experience. Wishing you could take the taste of St Ives home with you? Porthminster Kitchen has also created their own cookbook! With signature recipes created by executive chef Mike Smith, so you can recreate your favourite dishes at home!

  • Dog-friendly (terrace only)
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is The Sloop car park

Visit their website or call them on 01736 799874

Hub St Ives mixes modern interiors with the fresh nautical vibe St Ives is known for. Situated right on the St Ives harbour front, Hub St Ives boasts panoramic views of the harbour and some of the best burgers in the country!

Having won the National Burger Awards previously for its ‘Big Kahuna’ burger, Hub St Ives offers a range of burgers, dogs and sides, as well as a fantastic range of vegetarian and vegan options that will make your mouth water. Served alongside an extensive cocktail menu and local craft beers, this is the perfect spot for those looking for tasty casual dining or late night drinks.

  • Dog friendly – in their bar area only
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is The Sloop car park

Visit their website or call them on 01736 799099



Currently operating as a takeaway only, Blas Burgerworks was created around the concept of fresh food using sustainable suppliers, with a friendly communal seating style restaurant.

Blas offers some delicious homemade burgers created with fresh local produce and plenty of creative plant-based alternatives, these burgers have built a cult following with both locals and visitors. Blas Burgerworks is the ideal place to grab some good food and a bottle of Prosecco before heading to Porthmeor to enjoy the sunset.

  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Nearest car park is St Ives train station car park

Visit their website or call them on 01736 797272

Self proclaimed ‘Most romantic restaurant in St Ives’, The Mermaid Seafood restaurant is steeped in history, having previously been a sail loft, a lemonade factory, a puppeteer studio and is even rumoured to have once had a smugglers tunnel!

With a warm atmosphere and interiors full of character that will make you feel like you’re in old town St Ives, you can enjoy their collection of vintage St Ives photography and memorabilia whilst savouring some fresh seafood dishes. We recommend booking for this location, as tables often fill fast!

  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Nearest car park is Island car park

Visit their website or call them on 01736 796816

Located up above the cobbled streets of Fore Street, the Beer and Bird is beautifully finished with a rustic yet sleek interior, with seating for dining and those just looking to enjoy one of the many craft beers on offer.

An independent family business, the Beer and Bird is known for just that, fantastic fresh craft beers on tap and some of the best fried chicken you’ll ever eat. If you have a plant based diet do not fear, Beer and Bird have created a wonderful fried non-chicken that could convert any meat-lover. Looking to go for a few drinks in St Ives? Beer and Bird also has a great cocktail menu alongside local beers and is the ideal spot to meet friends and take in the atmosphere!

  • Dog friendly
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Nearest car park is The Launderette car park

Visit their website or call them on 01736 793776

One of St Ives top gastropubs, the Queens hotel provides a relaxed atmosphere central to the hustle and bustle of St Ives.

Located in a late Georgian listed building this beautifully refurbished Cornish pub aims to provide you with the perfect pint and a superb fresh meal at a reasonable price. With an ever-changing menu of hearty pub classics you’d expect, these are all produced fresh using local meats, fish and veggies, making this some truly special pub grub indeed. We would recommend a Sunday visit, with their Sunday Roasts being particularly popular. True to their roots, the Queens Hotel is foremost a pub, and therefore this is a great spot for not only a good pub lunch, but also an evening of live music or a pub quiz with a Cornish ale!

  • Dog friendly
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Nearest car park is The Launderette car park

Visit their website or call them on 01736 796468

Boasting the best sunset views in the west, Porthmeor Beach Cafe is a must visit for anyone staying in St Ives!

With panoramic views over Porthmeor Beach and the Island, this is the perfect spot to enjoy alfresco dining after a day on the beach, or wave watch over a hot chocolate in the winter months. Offering a selection of tapas options and plenty of freshly caught seafood dishes, you can share with friends and get a taste of what St Ives has to offer. If you’re an early riser we would highly recommend their ‘Build your own’ breakfast, because there isn’t a better way to start your day than with a fantastic breakfast on the beach!

  • Dog friendly – On their outside terrace only
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is Porthmeor Beach car park

Visit their website or call them on 01736 793366

Located right on St Ives Harbour front, The Searoom is run by the St Ives Liquor Co, a family business responsible for ‘St Ives Gin’ and boasts a menu built to complement the roots in which this was created.

With the wonderful sustainable ethos of ‘nothing goes to waste’, the leftover produce used to create the famed gin are then used within the Searoom as cocktail garnishes or as dish ingredients. Serving fresh seafood dishes and tapas style plates, you can enjoy views of the harbour from this tearoom style harbourfront cafe whilst savouring some locally produced liquors just metres from the beach.

  • Dog friendly
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is The Sloop car park or Smeaton’s Pier

Visit their website for more information

Step off the cobblestones of Fore Street into the Seafood Cafe, a stupendous counter of fish to feast your eyes on!

Hidden away from the harbour, this lovely airy restaurant offers a menu bursting with various seafood dishes as well as a complimentary drinks menu. Displaying a selection of seasonal fish, you also have the option of selecting your fish, specifying how you would like it cooked, choosing your sides and sauces.. Resulting in a personalised meal for you to enjoy! Perfect for those looking to delight in the company of friends or partners with some fresh seafood and a glass of wine!

  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Nearest car park is The Sloop car park

Visit their website or call them on 01736 794004

An intimate restaurant perfect for a romantic meal in St Ives, One Fish Street is located just off the harbour front and has been newly renovated with the modern yet rustic nautical feel seen throughout St Ives.

Offering tasting menus that comprise of freshly sourced fish, these will vary based on the catch of the day, ensuring whatever features will have been creatively constructed by the chefs! With a tasting menu designed to last three hours, dining at One Fish Street is a must for anyone with a broad palette and adventurous appetite. Booking is advised as this location books fast.

  • Dog friendly (must be declared when booking)
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Nearest car park is The Sloop car park

Visit their website for more information

Located in central St Ives town, this Mexican themed restaurant is a great spot to dine with family and friends for a more casual and fun dining experience.

Boldly decorated with colourful artwork and vibrant murals, The Mex is a smaller spot with a cosy feel and a menu that consists of all the usual dishes you would expect from a Mexican restaurant. Pair your fajitas with one (or several!) of the specialist tequilas they have on offer or a frozen margarita! Perfect for family gatherings or parties.

  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Nearest car park is The Launderette car park

Visit their website or call them on 01736 797658



Found in one of the cobbled streets off Fore Street, Source Kitchen prides itself on creating dishes using locally sourced and foraged produce.

The minimal yet warm interiors offer a fantastic location to sit and people watch with an artisan coffee and one of Source Kitchens home made cakes, or to experience a beautiful dinner sampling the finest produce Cornwall has to offer. Recently featured on ‘Rick Steins Cornwall’, Source Kitchen is a must visit for foodies!

  • Dog friendly – outside seating only
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is The Sloop car park or The Island car park

Visit their website or call them on 01736 799487

Often seen with queues outside through the summer months, the Scoff Troff is a great spot to grab some breakfast whilst visiting St Ives.

This industrial-style cafe is beautifully lit and adds pops of colour through its gorgeous crockery and friendly atmosphere, combined with some fantastic food inspired from the owner’s travels. Open for breakfast and lunch, we would highly recommend one of their scrummy breakfast boxes! And if you can’t get a seat indoors, why not take it down to the harbourfront to enjoy? Although mind the gulls!

  • Dog friendly
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Nearest car park is St Ives Train station

Visit their website or call them on 01736 797341

Easy to find when wandering Fore Street, The Yellow Canary has been opening its doors since 1972 and is to this day an independent family-run business.

Recently refurbished, this relaxed coastal-inspired cafe serves some delicious freshly baked cakes and pastries and artisan sandwiches, all using locally sourced produce. The Yellow Canary also prides itself on its coffee, having worked closely with local suppliers to ensure you receive the perfect cup!

  • Dog friendly
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Nearest car park is Stennack Laundrette/Station long stay

Visit their website or call them on 01736 797118

You’ll struggle to find a better location for a restaurant than Porthminster Beach Cafe! Located right on the sands of Porthminster Beach, sit out on the patio and take in the glorious panoramic views of St Ives Bay.

Even in the winter months, this is a dreamy spot to watch the storms, with the cafe now having an enclosed heated terrace! Serving beautiful dishes inspired by Asian and Mediterranean influences, Porthminster Beach Cafe uses the freshest ingredients as well as their own garden-grown produce!

  • Dog friendly – on the outdoor enclosed & heated terrace only
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is St Ives Train Station

Visit their website or call them on 01736 795352

Another restaurant boasting panoramic harbour front views, the Talay Thai is a firm locals favourite!

Warm industrial-style interiors with Asian influences paired with sea views and a tantalising menu, their Thai street food inspired tapas dishes are created with fresh seafood and Asian flavours. Talay Thai is a great spot for a fun evening sharing dishes with friends and family along with a cocktail!

  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Nearest car park is The Sloop Inn or Smeatons Pier or The Stennack Laundrette

Visit their website or call them on 01736 795157

Situated in the Artist’s quarter of St Ives, The Loft Restaurant boasts some gorgeous views out over the town from their terrace (heated during the winter months!) and is idyllic for enjoy a beverage and bite to eat whilst exploring St Ives.

Inside the original beams, gorgeous rustic wood floors and exposed stone walls give you a true feel of The Lofts past life as a sail loft! Producing beautiful fish dishes and modern classics, The Loft offers a fine dining experience for a truly special meal out.

  • Dog friendly – Terrace only
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is The Sloop Inn or Smeatons Pier

Visit their website or call them on 01736 794204



Showcasing fantastic views over Porthmeor Beach from above, the Tate Gallery Restaurant is perfect for wave watchers and those looking for artistic inspiration.

Light and spacious, the decor is an extension of the gallery itself, with modern minimalism and an open plan layout. Featuring an outdoor area as well as the inside restaurant, enjoy a cream tea or a freshly produced cake after exploring the Tate St Ives’ latest exhibitions.

  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is Porthmeor Beach short stay or Barnoon long stay

Visit their website for more information

A new addition to the Porthmeor beachfront, West Porthmeor is the perfect spot to wander off the beach to watch the sunset after a day in the sea or sunbathing on the white sand.

A popular spot for visitors and locals alike, West Porthmeor are known for hosting outdoor dining on their roof terrace, often accompanied by live music; the atmosphere during the summer months oozes good times! Their signature BBQ nights are always a hit and they also offer some tasty takeaway options to enjoy alfresco on the beach. We would highly recommend a pizza and Pimms on the beach!

  • Dog friendly
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is Porthmeor Beach short stay or Barnoon long stay

Visit their website or call them on 01736 795843



Overlooking St Ives town, the Brewhouse Cafe is located at the top of St Ives near the large Trenwith Car Park and has incredible views across the whole of St Ives from above.

The cafe is spacious and offers open plan dining area that gives the feel of being outdoors, with a light airy feel and plenty of glass to make the most of that view! Serving a selection of light bites, sandwiches and homemade cakes, alongside a selection of their own St Ives Brewery beers and ales, their outdoor patio is an ideal spot to relax in awe as well as take that souvenir photo of St Ives.

  • Dog friendly
  • Children’s menu – No, but are happy to adapt
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is Trenwith car park

Visit their website or call them on 01736 796823

Voted by Cobra Beer the best Indian Restaurant in Cornwall!

If you are a fan of Indian cuisine, the Rajpoot will ensure you are satisfied whilst staying in St Ives. With a warm and welcoming atmosphere and an authentic Indian feel, the Rajpoot offers a selection of curries and specials, this is a ‘Bring your own beer’ restaurant, so make sure you bring a bottle with you! Having a night in and making the most of your St Ives holiday cottage? No problem, the Rajpoot also offers delivery!

  • Vegetarian options
  • Nearest car park is The Stennack Laundrette or Park Avenue or St Ives Train station

Visit their website or call them on 01736 795307

Believed to date back to around 1312 AD, The Sloop is one of the oldest inns in Cornwall and is a popular spot for not only visitors, but locals, fisherman and artists.

Only a few metres from the beach, the Sloop is located right on the St Ives Harbour front and cannot be missed. Step back in time when entering The Sloop, with the bar having an authentic Cornish feel, almost feeling as if you are travelling aboard a boat. Enjoy some pub grub with a range of local beers and ales, or sit outside and take in the view (but mind the gulls!).

  • Dog friendly (and cats)
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is The Sloop Inn or Smeatons Pier or The Island

Visit their website or call them on 01736 796584

Another restaurant boasting harbour views and only metres from the beach, Caffe Pasta is a cosy Italian restaurant.

Perfect for a romantic meal for two or a special occasion, Caffe Pasta is small in size and gives an intimate warm feel. Serving freshly cooked stone-baked pizzas, pasta dishes and daily special, we would recommend booking ahead during the busier months. Alternatively Caffe Pasta has plenty of outside seating on the harbour front, ensuring a meal with a sea view!

  • Dog friendly – Outside only
  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Outside seating
  • Nearest car park is Smeatons Pier or The Sloop Inn or The Island

Visit their website or call them on 01736 798899



One for Rum fans (and wannabe pirates!), the Rum and Crab Shack located on the harbour front is known for its extensive rum collection as well as its fresh seafood menu.

Home of their own ‘Dead Mans Fingers’ spiced rum, the Rum and Crab shack is run by a group of friends and offers a dark, ambient dining experience with fantastic harbour views. With a collection of over 100 rums, this is also a great spot for those wanting to experience the St Ives nightlife!

  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Vegan options
  • Sea views
  • Nearest car park is The Sloop Inn or Smeatons Pier or The Island

Visit their website or call them on 01736 796353

Found on the cobbled streets of Fore Street, Firehouse Bar and Grill offers sleek modern dining and an ambient space for drinks, right in the heart of St Ives.

Known for its locally sourced flame-grilled steaks, rotisserie grilled chicken and local seafood dishes, if you love a mixed grill or something BBQ’d this is a must visit. If you’re wanting a trendy spot for a few after dinner drinks, the Firehouse also has its own Gin Bar! Where they match their own dehydrated fruits with specialist gins to create the perfect ‘Gin and tonic’ creations.

  • Children’s menu
  • Vegetarian options
  • Local produce
  • Sea views
  • Nearest car park is The Sloop Inn

Visit their website or call them on 01736 799664