Best restaurants in St Ives with sea views

There are a million reasons as to why St Ives is so loved as a holiday destination. Not only is St Ives home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the UK, quaint cobbled streets, and a fantastic art scene but also boasts amazing choice when it comes to dining out. And we aren’t just talking about your standard eatery, we are talking about indulging in locally sourced food whilst taking in breath-taking views around St Ives.

Looking for inspiration? Then look no further…

Porthminster Beach Cafe


Firstly the location of Porthminster Beach Cafe overlooking Porthminster beach is stunning, making the whole occasion feel a little more special. It is such a relaxing setting to eat and drink whilst taking in the splendours of beach and St Ives beyond. Book a window table in advance, particularly over the summer months.The food is outstanding here, our favourite being the Monkfish Curry but the Fish n’ Chips are delicious also and absolutely perfect for lunch. The ‘taste plates’ are a great idea for foodies as this enable you to try many different textures and flavours. 
Porthminster Beach Cafe is dog friendly as they now allow dogs on the terrace, which is fully covered if the weather requires it. The staff here are really friendly too and will meet your doggy with lots of fuss!
Porthminster Beach Cafe website

Porthgwidden Beach Café

For relaxed vibes and views across to Godrevy lighthouse
Situated right on Porthgwidden beach, the Beach Café specialises in Mediterranean and seafood cuisine. With the recent extension of their large terrace it now means that there is plenty of space to soak up the incredible views across to the bay whilst enjoying  specialities or a selection of patisseries and the finest ground Italian coffee from Lavazza.
Porthgwidden Beach Cafe website


Porthmeor Beach Café

For creative cocktails and sunset watching

One of the trendiest eateries in St Ives, Porthmeor Beach Café offers a buzzing atmosphere and al-fresco dining where you can either sit back on the terrace and admire the views or chill out in the heated booths. Take your pick from an extensive menu which includes their famous build your own breakfast, seafood tapas and vegetarian options.
Porthmeor Beach Cafe website


Porthminster Kitchen

For panoramic views over St Ives Harbour
If you’re looking for a lighter bite to eat then Porthminster Kitchen is the perfect place for you. Using global flavours and fresh local ingredients the restaurant serves a quirky take on Cornish cuisine. There is a small sheltered terrace here overlooking the beautiful harbour, perfect for coffee or breakfast in the morning sunshine!
Porthminster Kitchen website


The Tate St Ives

For rooftop views over the Atlantic Ocean

You probably know the Tate as one of the most famous, modern art galleries in the UK, but did you know that the Tate also has a café that overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and old town of St Ives? The Tate Café serves seasonal dishes, traditional cream teas, breakfast and lunch. During the warmer months, the Tate also opens their rooftop terrace for guests to take in the spectacular view and unwind over delicious, locally sourced food.
The Tate St Ives website


Talay Thai Kitchen

For beautiful Thai food and boat watching
If Thai food is your thing then you can’t miss a trip to the Talay Thai Kitchen. Positioned right on the harbour front in the heart of St Ives town, the restaurant is a greatplace to catch all of the action. Choose from an array of Thai dishes from tapas to curries and sit back and gaze through their huge windows.
Talay Thai website


Silco Bar & Kitchen

The Silco is perfectly situated on The Wharf, the cobbled street overlooking St Ives Harbour.  Specialising in G&Ts, enjoy a class (or three) and indulge in their incredible tapas plates with loads of unique flavours whilst watching the world go by. The crab fries and fish curry is our favourite.
Silco Bar & Kitchen website



Check out our holiday homes with sea views

So St Ives have a number of luxury apartments, houses and cottages in St Ives and Carbis Bay, some with stunning sea views themselves…
Just a couple of minutes walk into St Ives town centre, Blue View is a luxury apartment in St Ives with amazing uninterrupted views over the beautiful Porthminster Beach.




Sands Studio has stunning views from its open-plan living space and terrace, and is situated just paces away from the beautiful Porthgwidden Beach with its sheltered golden sands and excellent café.


Stones Reef is a larger property located higher up in St Ives, a fifteen-minute walk away from the harbour, but with lovely far reaching views over the bay from the window seat in the upstairs lounge.


Finally, Carbis Bay is the location for the luxurious Trenoweth Lodge, a large four-bedroom house just five-minutes walk from the beach. Sea views from upstairs bedrooms with the best views reserved for the outdoor terrace, the perfect spot to enjoy a sundowner after a hard day on the beach! The perfect property for perfect Carbis Bay holidays.




  1. Karen

    Will be in St Ives on 27/08 can’t wait. Been all around Cornwall many times. First time staying in St Ives.

    • admin

      I’m sure you will have a lovely holiday Karen, St Ives is a beautiful place. Enjoy!

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