Carbis Bay is a lovely coastal village close to St Ives in Cornwall and is rapidly becoming well known for its amazing food spots and restaurants. We’ve selected the best Carbis Bay restaurants that we feel are must-try when visiting the area. Whether you’re looking for romantic fine dining or dog-friendly cafes you need to look no further than our top picks. 

Fine Dining in Carbis Bay


Ugly Butterfly is a unique fine dining experience, designed by renowned chef Adam Handling who also runs several other celebrated restaurants in London. Ugly Butterfly promises a memorable dining experience every time including a luxurious 8-course tasting menu using fine liquid smoke cascading around the dishes creating a real WOW factor. We love that this restaurant offers an intimate setting with stunning ocean views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse making it the perfect spot for an unforgettable evening. With attentive service and a focus on quality ingredients we are sure your visit will be a dining experience to remember. 

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Family-Friendly Places to Eat in Carbis Bay


For a more relaxed and family-friendly atmosphere head to The Beach Club Restaurant right on Carbis Bay beach. It’s a must-visit for families looking to enjoy lunch or dinner along with fabulous views. The restaurant and outdoor terrace offer stunning sea views and serves up delicious fresh seafood dishes from lobster to crab cakes. The menu also includes a range of Mediterranean-influenced dishes and speciality cocktails that are sure to please any palate.
With relaxed seating options and friendly staff The Beach Club Restaurant is the perfect family-friendly spot with something for everyone.

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Una Kitchen is a chic and modern family-friendly restaurant located within a stunning countryside location on the edge of Carbis Bay. With its bright and airy atmosphere, the menu includes classic Italian dishes, handcrafted cocktails and a range of fine wines. Una Kitchen’s signature dishes are known for their creative twist on traditional flavours so make sure to tantalise your taste buds. Using their wood-fired Gozney oven the kitchen creates outstanding pizzas and mouth-watering Sunday roasts.
The atmosphere is relaxed at Una Kitchen and is equally perfect for special occasions or a leisurely family lunch.

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Family-Friendly Restaurants in Lelant


Whilst not quite in Carbis Bay, The Old Forge is located just a short drive away in nearby Lelant in a 200-year-old blacksmith’s forge and offers a unique and authentic dining experience.
The building has been lovingly restored to its former glory creating a cosy and rustic atmosphere with exposed stone walls and wooden beams. Their menu consists of yummy breakfast options, local fish dishes, steaks and delicious stone-baked pizzas that are sure to keep the little ones happy (and adults too!). There is also an extensive wine selection for grown-ups.
The Old Forge is the ideal casual family-friendly restaurant in which to enjoy classic pub grub with a modern twist. Perfect in the summer on the heated outdoor terrace, but even better indoors during the colder months with their cosy log burner!

Visit The Old Forge website



Birdies Bistro also in Lelant has a unique setting, located right on the edge of the RSBP’s Hayle Nature Reserve and boasts a blend of traditional and modern cuisine. The décor is bright and airy with a vintage feel with comfortable seating offering stunning views over the estuary, a view that is ever-changing with the tide.
Guests can enjoy classic English dishes created using locally sourced ingredients. There is something for everyone here (including your little ones) from light bites to hearty meals, whilst the restaurant also offers an impressive selection of wines and craft beers.
With its friendly and relaxed atmosphere, mouth-watering dishes and fabulous location on the Hayle Estuary, Birdies Bistro is the ideal family-friendly food spot. 

Visit Birdies Bistro website


Vegan and Vegetarian Options in Carbis Bay


Although most of our recommendations offer vegan and vegetarian options, we wanted to include this exclusively vegan and vegetarian restaurant. The Bean Inn is an award-winning restaurant that offers inventive, seasonal, globally inspired dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Diners are treated to a variety of delicious flavours prepared with fresh local ingredients, with the menu changing regularly alongside an extensive drinks menu.
The service is friendly and casual at The Bean Inn, perfect for a relaxing evening meal.

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Affordable Places to Eat in Carbis Bay


La Casita is a family-run restaurant with a charming atmosphere and an impressive menu. Here guests can enjoy authentic Spanish cuisine that is prepared with care and attention to detail. The menu really doesn’t break the bank and features classic dishes such as paella and tapas, alongside modern creations and an extensive selection of wines. La Casita has a relaxed vibe with rustic decor and friendly staff, a great spot for anything from a casual family meal to a romantic meal for two.

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Is there actually anything better than fish & chips by the sea?
Becks in Carbis Bay is a beloved local institution that serves up classic British fayre, either as a tasty takeaway or a sit-down meal in the restaurant. You can enjoy traditional fish & chips as well as other chip shop classics plus burgers and pizzas. All of the food is freshly cooked and served with a smile from the friendly staff.
Becks also offer gluten-free and vegetarian options plus a range of desserts.

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Romantic Restaurants in Carbis Bay


Another one of our picks located within the Carbis Bay Hotel’s estate.
Walter’s On The Beach is a modern and glamorous restaurant overlooking the beautiful Carbis Bay beach and stunning Cornish coastline.
Enjoy an eclectic menu of internationally inspired dishes and classic British favourites that are prepared with locally sourced ingredients. The atmosphere is relaxed and intimate with an outdoor terrace offering stunning views of the beach and sea, whilst the menu features a selection of fresh seafood dishes as well as vegetarian options.
Let’s not forget the desserts that are also heavenly and extra special. Oh wait, did we mention the incredible cocktails too!?
With such delicious food and a romantic setting, Walter’s On The Beach is sure to make for a perfect date night.

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If you are looking for a romantic atmosphere with log fires and traditional Cornish hospitality then look no further than The Hungry Gannet. This charming eatery offers an extensive menu of traditional British comfort food with a contemporary twist. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, perfect for those looking for a romantic dinner. From delicious chargrilled steaks to flavourful burgers, there’s something to please everyone. To finish off your meal, why not indulge in a selection of classic homemade desserts such as sticky toffee pudding or apple crumble and custard. For a romantic evening that’s sure to be memorable.

Visit The Hungry Gannet website


Dog-Friendly Restaurants in Carbis Bay


Our family-friendly restaurant mentioned earlier in the blog is also perfect for your furry friend, so you can enjoy locally sourced Mediterranean dishes with your doggy companion. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, we especially love Una Kitchen for a casual lunch.

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Located right next to Carbis Bay beach, Deli Cafe is the perfect casual option for a quick coffee, small snack or delicious sandwich. From light bites and pastries to hot drinks and tempting cakes, there’s something for everyone here. The Deli Cafe is small and casual and, perhaps best of all, is dog friendly, so you don’t need to worry about leaving your pup at home. If the weather is good and you or your doggy have wet and sandy paws then you may prefer the sunny outdoor seating area.
With dog treats on the counter, Deli Cafe is the ideal spot for a moment of relaxation with your four-legged friend.


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One of our repeated foodie picks in Lelant, The Old Forge is a charming sanctuary for dog owners looking to relax knowing that their furry friends are welcome. The Old Forge provides an inviting heated outdoor terrace to relax and enjoy some great food with your doggy chum.

Visit The Old Forge website



Birdies Bistro in Lelant is the perfect spot for you to enjoy a relaxed breakfast, lunch or dinner and, with pet-friendly outdoor seating overlooking the RSPB Nature Reserve on the Hayle estuary, your canine friend will be made to feel as welcome as their fellow humans!

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We love the vast variety of dining options in Carbis Bay and, whether you’re looking for romantic fine dining or a casual lunch by the beach, there’s something for everyone and for every occasion. So why not make sure to include some of our favourite picks when planning your next holiday?
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