Eating out in St Ives

3rd April 2021

St Ives has a fantastic reputation as a great place to eat out – and we’ll second that!


You can check out TripAdvisor or read the restaurant reviews; however, you can’t beat a personal recommendation from food-loving locals. Of course, the restaurant scene is a bit different in St Ives this summer – but it’s still brilliant. Here’s our guide to eating out in St Ives, 2021 style.


At the moment (April), a few of our favourite restaurants are offering top-quality takeaways until they can fully re-open.

The Mermaid on Fish Street has been offering incredible paella platters for take-out during lockdown. The brilliant Blas Burgerworks provides a take-away service (slots fill quickly, so plan ahead), and Beer & Bird also offers click-and-collect.

For Indian, try The Curry Garden or the Rajpoot (both in St Ives), and the St Ives Pizza Company is in Penbeagle, between St Ives and Polmanter. And of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to the seaside without fish and chips. Head to the Balancing Eel near Harbour Beach.


Most restaurants will be re-opening from 17 May, in line with the government road map. If they have a garden or terrace, they can serve food and drink outdoors from 12 April. Here are some fantastic ones to look out for.

Food with a view

For incredible food in the most beautiful locations, try one of the trio of cafés run by the Porthminster Group. The Porthminster and Porthgwidden cafés are located on their eponymous beaches, while Porthminster Kitchen is on the seafront. Please keep an eye on their websites for opening and booking details.


4 seater table situated directly in front of large window looking over the beach and sea.Source: Porthminster Cafe


There’s also the stunning Porthmeor Beach Café, which is just below Tate St Ives and a must for tapas. Book well in advance to try and secure a heated outdoor booth. Their website clearly explains their booking and dining arrangements for the coming months. They also have a fab take-away service for beachy treats.

Seafood in St Ives 

For a special occasion, visit One Fish Street, which offers a single tasting menu. Their sustainably caught fresh fish is sourced from Wild Harbour, and is absolutely exquisite. There’s a booking form on their website. Looking for something a bit different? Book a table at the Rum & Crab Shack on Wharf Road. It’s not just rum and crab (although how can you resist?).

The Cellar Bistro on Fore Street has a varied menu including local fish. See their website for booking details.

Chilled-out Food in St Ives

Head for The Hub on Wharf Road for laid-back, American-style dining. Family-friendly and much-loved by locals, it’s a popular place. They’re taking online bookings for the first time (back in the day, you often had to queue for a table, so this is a bit of a bonus…).

We’re looking forward to both Blas and Beer & Bird reopening – their take-out services have been great, but we do like the atmospheres in their laid-back dining rooms. Bier Huis Grand Café on St Andrew’s Street has a brilliant Belgian-style menu with classics such as moules frites, waffles, and of course, a superb beer menu.


4 different Blas burgers displaying a variety of different toppingsSource: Blas Burgerworks

Let’s just stay local…

Out of town, try breakfast at Birdies Bistro or classic pub food at The Watermill (both Lelant), and don’t forget our friendly neighbour, The Halsetown Inn (walking distance).

Then of course, for those evenings after a busy day on the beach, you can always just unwind at Polmanter with a meal from our very own Stable Bar and Restaurant… At the moment, we’re operating as a take-away. Freshly made, Cornish food delivered straight to your pitch. Perfect.


Between us, the Polmanter team has an encyclopedic knowledge of local pubs, takeaways, restaurants and cafes. If you want any more recommendations, please just ask us.