Whether you’re a resident or a visitor, St Ives is the perfect destination for exploring nature with your doggy. However, long walkies aren’t the only major attraction of Cornwall; a spot of lunch at a pub with stunning backdrops, cosy interiors and delicious food is a truly magical thing to share with your doggy! Finding the best dog-friendly cafes & restaurants in St Ives allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds, and thankfully the region is blessed with several eateries where your four-legged friend will be welcomed with open arms.

The Hub


When you’re looking for a place to go with your dogs you can’t go wrong with the Hub – they even have ‘Dogs’ written all over their signage!

Whether you visit during the day or the evening, The Hub can offer a warm and friendly atmosphere. In the day they offer a spot to relax and enjoy the harbour views with wonderful Cornish-roasted coffee and hot chocolates to warm you in the winter, or a chilled selection of yummy craft beers to cool you off in the summer heat, as well as delicious food the restaurant is now famous for. 

In the evening, the trendy bar/restaurant vibes really kicks in with upbeat music and a lively ambience. This is a wonderful place to eat dinner, with a great selection of burgers, hotdogs and delicious Americana with a Cornish twist. The food at this restaurant became so popular it started to spread to other towns, now with locations all across Cornwall, Devon, and even as far as Bristol. You can’t miss the birthplace of the Hub, here on the harbour-front. 

The Hub website
Located at: 4 Wharf Rd, St Ives, TR26 1LF

Porthmeor Beach Café


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.
Dogs are allowed outside on the terrace areas, there are dog bowls around and friendly staff will greet your doggies with lots of fuss.
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 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 Cafe website

Yallah Cafe


Yallah Cafe is the place to go if you’re looking for a coffee shop with a difference. Located along St Ives harbour, this independent coffee roastery offers a unique blend of coffee roasted in a barn in Falmouth. Tired of the same old coffee taste and craving something with a little more flavour and personality? This small but mighty team of coffee enthusiasts is dedicated to roasting the best coffee in Cornwall.

The coffee is served in handcrafted mugs and, if you’re lucky enough to bag a table by the window, you can watch the world go by whilst overlooking St Ives harbour. The interior of Yallah Cafe is minimalistic and industrial, giving it a unique and trendy vibe. They also offer a small selection of devious home-made pastries and cakes, which are freshly made daily. Additionally, they have a take-away hatch downstairs that is perfect for grabbing a coffee and sitting on the benches opposite to gaze across the harbour. If you love the taste of the coffee so much you can buy any of the range of coffee blends either in the cafe or online.

Also Yallah Cafe is the perfect spot for those who want to enjoy a cup of coffee with your doggie.
Located at: Wharf Road, St Ives, TR26 1LG

Scoff Troff Cafe


Scott Troff at Marketplace doesn’t only allow dogs, it actively welcomes them. The cafe opens at 9am every day of the week, allowing you to enjoy brekkie after a morning walk. Alternatively, the 4pm closing (5pm on Saturday) allows you to enjoy brunch, lunch or an early dinner too.

Whether opting for a Full English, Scoffs Big Salad Bowl or any of the other tasty treats on the menu, the cosy yet stylish interiors will put you at ease. The cafe looks inviting from the outside with it’s black signage and that atmosphere spills into the interiors too.

A small amount of outside seating is made available on nice days, although most diners will be more than happy with the internal vibe, not least when the resident dog is around.
The Scott Troff website
Located at: Marketplace, St Ives, TR26 1RZ

The Loft Restaurant


The Loft Restaurant and Terrace is a brilliant dog-friendly venue that offers skyline views of the harbour, stunning seafood dishes and a grill. The airy stone loft space has become a firm favourite with local dog owners and is very accommodating for guests that want to enjoy a relaxed but luxurious meal with their friends and family, as well as their furry friends.

It’s one of the few venues in Cornwall that offer this type of experience, and is one you’re sure to remember for a long time. The locally-sourced ingredients and passionate chefs are sure to delight your taste buds while the beautiful venue and equally stunning surroundings are spectacular too. Dogs will bark for joy, and human guests will love it too!
Located at: Norway Lane, St Ives, TR26 1LZ
Check out The Loft website here

The Union Inn


The Union Inn is a traditional pub that serves food on a daily basis between 12pm to 3pm and 5:30pm to 9pm, so ideal for lunch or dinner. They serve a selection of delicious pub grub as well as real ales while the spacious bar area is very welcoming for pet dogs throughout the year. The location in the centre of St Ives is ideal for anyone wishing to explore the local area.

Cosy interiors and a roaring fire makes it a particularly comforting place during the autumn and winter, but can be a great place to freshen yourself up after a long summer walk. The friendly staff are more than happy to provide water for your pet.

The Union Inn is a great pub for non-pet-owners too. For those with a dog though it’s a certain shortlist contender.
Located at: Fore Street, St Ives, TR26 1AB

Host St Ives

Host was the old Natwest Bank in St Ives, now converted and turned into a stylish restaurant that has been refurbished to an exceptional standard. The moment you step inside you will be taken back in time and greeted with a warm welcome by the owner Rassie. With its traditional brickwork, high ceilings and original features Host has a unique charm and character that makes it stand out from other restaurants.
They also welcome dogs, and in the winter months we like to sit by the open fire, especially on Sundays when they serve the most delicious roasts. Just heaven!
Click here for Host St Ives


Need a Dog-Friendly Holiday Cottage in St Ives or Carbis Bay?

Now that you’ve explored our comprehensive list of fantastic dog-friendly places to eat in St. Ives, it’s time to take your canine companion on the ultimate vacation. Discover our delightful dog-friendly holiday cottages, nestled in the heart of St. Ives and the charming Carbis Bay.

We understand that your four-legged friend is an integral part of your family, and we believe that every member should have an unforgettable experience. That’s why our carefully selected holiday cottages are designed to cater to both your needs and your pet’s comfort.

Check them out here!



Stunning four bedroom house in Carbis Bay
Sleeps 8
Driveway parking for 2 cars
Dog friendly



Beautiful three bedroom cottage
Sleeps 6
Reserved parking space
Dog friendly / enclosed courtyard



Cosy one bedroom cottage
Sleeps 2
Dog friendly / enclosed garden



Stylish three bedroom house with sea views
Sleeps 6
Off-road driveway parking for 2 cars
Dog friendly / enclosed garden



Two bedroom fishermans cottage
Sleeps 4
Dog friendly
Small sunny terrace



Luxury five bedroom house
Sleeps 10
Stunning sea views over Porthmeor beach
Dog friendly



Luxury four bedroom house
Sleeps 8
Stunning sea views over Porthmeor beach
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Luxury 2 bedroom cottage
Sleeps 2
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Log burner

Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed inside these cafes and restaurants in St Ives?

All the cafes and restaurants mentioned here welcome dogs on their premises, either inside or on designated outdoor areas like terraces. However any that we haven’t suggested, it’s always a good idea to double-check with the establishment beforehand.

Do I need to make a reservation if I’m bringing my dog?

While reservations are recommended, especially during peak tourist seasons, they are not usually required specifically because you’re bringing a dog. However, for popular restaurants like Porthminster Beach Cafe & Porthmeor Cafe, booking a table in advance and selecting terrace area is advisable.

Are there any additional amenities provided for dogs, such as water bowls?

Many of the dog-friendly cafes and restaurants mentioned here provide amenities like water bowls and doggy treats for dogs. However, it’s a good idea to carry your own water bowl just in case.

Are there any restrictions on the size or breed of dogs allowed?

Generally, there aren’t specific restrictions mentioned, but it’s essential to consider the comfort of both your dog and other patrons. Larger dogs might need more space, so outdoor seating could be preferable in such cases. However, it’s always a good idea to check with the establishment if you have any concerns.



  1. Gill martin

    Dog friendly St ives accommodation/ restaurant s pls

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