On our recent holiday to Cornwall we ate at this "Cafe" on two occasions, both for lunch and evening meal.
We found the staff to be very helpful and accommodating on both occasions, although I will say the service was a little slow on the evening, but the place was packed and we still received our meals in very good time.
We had Lobster Salad (Very Nice) on both occasions as it is a particular favorite of ours, although the choice of locally caught, fresh fish is very wide. We also had the Mussels in whit wine and Garlic (Thai Option sounded nice to), which was divine with a bottle of Pinot Grigio.
For the little one we had the fish pie, which was loaded with Prawns and smoked Fish pieces, she really enjoyed this to. On the day of luch she just had a portion of "Home-Made" chips.
I would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
For lunch bill came to £50
and for evening meal £75.
Top Dollar - Well Done, Great Restaurant.
A lovely place for lunch in St Ives. Freshly cooked fish in a bright, clean restaurant.
I had mackerel chowder that tasted great - lots of flavour and all sourced locally. Just what I wanted after fighting my way through St Ives crowds.
Bookings are essential for the Seafood Cafe, one of the best places for the famed Cornish seafood. The set-up is a bit of a factory with the wait staff taking your drink orders then you go to the counter to order your fish or meat, sauce and sides.
But the seafood is wonderfully fresh and comes with your choice of potatoes. We both had the seafood kebabs because we couldn't choose just one type of fish!
Don't be put off by this place being called a cafe! This is a great restaurant - and they serve both fish and meat, all of which is cooked to perfection. Their 'menu' is displayed on ice in a chiller cabinet (as it would be in a fishmongers or butchers) and you select the fish or meat that you want, choose appropriate sides and sauces and then sit back and enjoy. You will need a very large appetite to work your way through three courses... their desserts are amazing! Don't even begin to think about the calories. Booking for dinner is advisable. This is a very popular restaurant and, even out of season, you are very unlikely to get a table unless you book.
My hake wrapped in parma ham was really tasty and adding an extra portion of veg meant it was a pretty healthy eat too! A very friendly restaurant who even managed to accommodate with a smile the most awkward eater I know (who has probably never in her life ordered something off a menu without at least one alteration request). Nice location on..although pretty much under..the narrow shopping street. Bit nicer than the kind of venue I normally eat at, but well worth a couple of extra quid!
I've ignored this restaurant for years, assuming it was not much more than a chippie. Oh, how wrong was I? This is a "proper job" as the locals would say. It has pleasant decor (the Terry Frost prints must be worth a bob or two), though there are no views. And the menu has an unusual concept. You choose your fish from a fishmongers' slab, then select a sauce (garlic & caper brown butter; Thai ginger & spring onion; tomato & basil; etc). We had seafood kebab (with several brilliant tasty king prawns), and Newlyn cod with basil and pine nut crust. The fish is cooked to perfection. And to top it all, the puds are superb. Dinner for two with cider was £47. Go.
A nice restaurant with white and blue colours. Very good service, well priced seafood offerings. My travel companion had fish soup with granary or garlic bread while I had a crab cake and mussels. The crab cake was okay. I'm very particular about my crab cakes. I want to taste the crab in the crab cake and I hate it when it is made with a bunch of heavy seasonings and too much filler to bulk it up. I like my crab cake with lumps of crab meat thank you! Or at the very least, be made of mostly crab meat. The mussels were fantastic and highly recommend it!
Looked at this place many a time and never been in 1 because it's always booked up and 2 because I'm not much of a fish eater only in the chipshop. How wrong was I to say I don't really do fish, the meal was fabulous staff really helpful. You have to choose from the main board and basically construct your own meal choosing meats/ fish type,of pots you'd like( mash little new etc) then a sauce, brilliant they talked me over all the fish I may like going on what I usually eat, i was well impressed, I had hake in a mango chilli and lime sauce. Gorgeous I will go back again next time I'm there it was well worth every penny, relaxed atmosphere good choice of wines and the puds are amazing. Don't hold back go even non
Fishes will love it as they do great meats too.
I love the way you order your food in this stylish, clean restaurant. I have been here on two occasions; for lunch and for dinner. The crab cakes and a glass of there white house wine sat in the window was a lovely way to spend a lazy lunch while watching passers by. Dinner on another occasion was also pleasurable however i was sat down stairs, which was still plesant but the atmosphere was not quite the same! The shark in the strawberry sauce was beautifully cooked, and the steak and mash was also excellent and cooked to perfection. i would reccomend this restaurant but make sure you make a booking and ask to be sat upstairs x
Came here with big group of friends as only non-fish eating vegetarian. Staff couldn't have been more helpful, offering me leek and butterbean bake or if that didn't suit, they would make me anything else I fancied! Of course the bake did the trick nicely, as did the delicious pesto bruschetta starter. My friends' fish dishes all looked great too and everyone enjoyed the method of choosing their type of local fish or seafood and then selecting the sauce and accompaniments. The wine list was tasty too - I recommend the Spanish Eylo white wine.
The freshest fish i have ever tasted. Words can't do justice as to how good this place is. The traditional mussels were amazing. The Halibut (fresh that day) was served with an awesome chilli mango sauce, which i thought wouldnt go well together but they sure did. Reasonable price, excellent friendly service.
Sadly the Seafood Cafe has lost it's touch! The idea of the restaurant is still as good as ever but on a recent return visit the seafood was not as fresh as one would expect for a seaside location, the service was offhand and the side order of chips was soggy. Perhaps the chef has changed, perhaps they just need to buck up their ideas and not rest on their laurels. there are plenty of other top locations to eat in St Ives and others have spectacular views to boot!
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