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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Cornwall

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Cornwall? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Ugly Butterfly by Adam Handling restaurant
4.9
4.9 (1052)
£41 and over
British
St Ives
About the restaurant
In a stunning Cornish Atlantic setting, just a mile from St Ives, Ugly Butterfly restaurant and bar offers spectacular views across one of the worlds most beautiful coasts, Carbis Bay. Ugly Butterfly showcases chef Adam Handling’s passion for converting locally-sourced, quality ingredients into beautifully-presented dishes, packed full of flavour. Offering an all-day dining experience, the Ugly Butterfly bar uses trims and offcuts from the ingredients used in the restaurant to create delicious drinks and bar snacks. This bar menu will illustrate that there is no such thing as food waste, much in the same way that there is no such thing as an Ugly Butterfly.
Top review
TessaJ
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Great for kids to experience a tasting menu adapted to smaller palates.
A photo of Amanzi South African Restaurant Falmouth restaurant
4.8
4.8 (440)
£26 to £40
Southern African
Falmouth
About the restaurant
We are a small independent family-run restaurant located in the heart of Falmouth, Cornwall.

Carolyn and Ian - your hosts, would love to make your experience at Amanzi a relaxed, warm, and accommodating one. Born in Malawi and Zambia respectively, they spent most of their lives in South Africa; now residing here in Falmouth bringing all the flavours of Southern Africa directly to your plate.

We hope to see you soon, and that your dining experience with us will be memorable and different.

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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 16, 2024
Amazing food 😋 would definitely recommend the ostrich which was amazing
A photo of Host St Ives restaurant
4.7
4.7 (206)
£25 and under
Contemporary British
St Ives
About the restaurant
Ingredients:
- One lovingly restored 19th century bank;
- Fifteen creative small plates full of flavour;
- Toped by three larger plates to show the chef's skill;
- Nine hand stretched, woodfired pizzas made with long fermented dough top with only the best ingredients.

Mix the above with great selection of quality Cornish beers and spirits and fold it carefully with a loving wine selection.

Turn the oven to exceptional service and bake it with a great big smile.

Serve it with friends and a double helping of good company!

Top review
Elliemelia
Dined 4 days ago
Apart from the delay waiting for the table everything was excellent. Great cocktails, fabulous food and good service. 4 of our party had the roast dinner which was one of the best has in a while!
A photo of Springtide, Charlestown restaurant
4.8
4.8 (46)
£25 and under
Seafood
St. Austell
About the restaurant
Our family friendly seafood restaurant overlooking Charlestown Harbour. Serving fresh seafood, pasta dishes & delicious cocktails. Open for lunch and dinner.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
This place combines really tasty, well-cooked and fresh food with excellent, super friendly service in a lovely atmosphere. I will be back!
A photo of Porthminster Beach Café restaurant
4.6
4.6 (4377)
£41 and over
Seafood
St Ives
About the restaurant
Nestled beneath the steep slopes of Porthminster Point, right on the beach with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Now open all year round for coffee, lunch and dinner.
Porthminster Cafe in St Ives is a multi award winning seafood restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The café specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine and is an oasis of taste and visual beauty.
A Holiday in St Ives would not be complete without going to the beach. Here at Porthminster Beach we have one of the cleanest beaches in the South West. We have been given the prestigious Blue Flag Award which guarantees the highest of standards.

Top review
GreggH
Dined 3 days ago
Fantastic lunch, with stunning views and good service. We weee in St Ives for a 4 day weekend much of which was spent eating and this was the best meal we had. The menu was good, the food very fresh and the staff were really friendly and professional. Would go back there in a heartbeat.
A photo of Porthminster Kitchen restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2333)
£26 to £40
International
St Ives
About the restaurant
Porthminster Kitchen serves up a refreshing, playful take on Cornish cuisine, introducing a menu of smaller plates and lighter options which combine global flavours, fresh local ingredients and creative cooking.

We have stripped out much of what is unnecessary; dairy and gluten take a backseat in favour of fresh and exciting textures and flavours.

Porthminster Kitchen enjoys awe-inspiring panoramic views from its location in the heart of St Ives. From your vantage point above the harbour, escape the hustle and bustle and relax on our sun-drenched terrace, or gaze out from huge windows and take in the 180° view.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
A must when visiting St Ives. Book to avoid disappoint. An elegant dining experience. A proper fish restaurant with pan-Asian soft flavouring. Tried the crispy fried Bream it was excellent. The meal came to £147 (nibbles, one starter, 2 fish main courses, 1 dessert, 2 beers, 2 cocktails). Great service. Spacious arrangements. Other info: No off street car park. Drop the car at the St Ives Rugby football club £6/day and take shuttle to and from town £2.50 single.
A photo of The Old Forge Lelant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1200)
£25 and under
Continental
Hayle
About the restaurant
The Old Forge holds value to the ethos of high quality ingredients, great flavour, yet simple dining served with warmth and humility.

With our small team of kitchen and front of house staff, we aim to provide a relaxed experience, with consistency, control and quality. Serving seasonal, cheerful and nostalgic food.

Breakfast reservations 9-10.45am
Lunch reservations 12-230pm
Dinner reservations 5-830pm
Coffee and drinks served throughout the day.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Absolutely delicious! I wouldn’t hesitate to return, in fact we will!
A photo of Tintagel Brewery Bar & Bistro restaurant
4.7
4.7 (295)
£41 and over
British
Tintagel
About the restaurant
We are now closed for business, do not book.

thank you for all the support over the last few years

Regards,

Simon & The Team

Top review
VickyJ
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
Lovely feel about the place, only downside was the roast potatoes they tasted like they had been cooked the day before apart from that all was good!
A photo of Three Tuns restaurant
4.4
4.4 (166)
£25 and under
Pub
Falmouth
About the restaurant
PLEASE NOTE: From 29th May until 6th of June there will be extensive roadworks around the Three Tuns.
We are trading as usual & our car park is still accessible. There will be parking marshalls around the area, please just inform then you are heading to The Three Tuns.
Please call 01326 281151 if you have any queries.


A charming village pub nestled in the heart of St Keverne in the unspoiled Cornish town, Helston.
This soul-soothing, local pub offers a fresh, seasonal menu coupled with local craft beverages, all of which can be enjoyed in our vintage, west-country setting.
Our alfresco lawn is the perfect oasis for any passing visitor or returning local. Take in the panoramic views of the rolling hills and the Ford brook with a drink in hand.
With 6 luxury bell tents hidden in our rear garden and 5 ensuite rooms above the tavern with views across the village square, you can make The Three Tuns your Cornish escape any time of the year.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We enjoyed a lovely meal. Great food. Very friendly.
A photo of Porthgwidden Beach Café restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2092)
£26 to £40
Fish
St Ives
About the restaurant
Nestled beneath the steep grassy slopes of St Ives “Island”, right on the beach with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Now open all year round for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The café specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine and is an oasis of taste and visual beauty. The café is open daily for a selection of patisserie and the finest coffee.

A Holiday in St Ives would not be complete without going to the beach. Here at Porthgwidden Beach we have one of the cleanest beaches in the South West. We have been given the prestigious Blue Flag Award which guarantees the highest of standards.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Booking a window table worked so well. Lovely friendly service team, great views and beach vibe. Food was fantastic, fresh tastes, great cooking, simple menu choices for all. Excellent wines. Great value to visit
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