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La Peniche Falmouth's floating vintage restaurant - La Peniche, Falmouth, Cornwall

La Peniche

4.6
4.6
148 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary French
Welcome to La Peniche! Falmouth's vintage restaurant, floating at Haven Marina, where every seat has a view across the harbour, Marina or quays. Our prime location tucked away on historic North Quay in the heart of the town & our novel premises provide a unique dining experience.
Enjoy our special ambience & great views. A beautiful haven to meet up with friends & family, nurture yourselves away from the crowds. As the evening falls the mood changes; elegant, French & romantic. But we're so much more than the best date night location; if you enjoy quality food, beautifully presented & fine wines bring your friends & see for yourself. Well behaved dogs welcome. Call for event booking (wedding breakfast, family gatherings) & see our website for Air B & B link. Please note we go up & down on the tide & the gangway at low tide can feel a little steep to some folks. If online booking looks full or if you have any questions at all please call us. We look forwards to welcoming you on board!

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:45 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01326 316177

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Vincent Gatay

  • Private party facilities

    Celebrate you wedding, birthday or anniversary on board our 1938 French barge (Peniche) What a unique setting to make your special occasion memorable. Harbour views for all your guests & sensational food! Maximum capacity is currently 50. Available for day hire & we even have 2 B & B rooms on board! Please go to our website for more information.

  • Neighborhood

    Falmouth

  • Cross street

    Arwenack Street

  • Parking details

    The best public car park to use is Grove Place (Event Square). We are just a 5 minute walk from there. Custom House Quay (by local emporium Trago Mills) is nearer but in summer there are not many spaces available. For taxi drop off or pick up ask for North Quay.

  • Public transit

    We are moored in the heart of the town waterfront on North Quay, near the local emporium Trago Mills on neighbouring Custom House Quay. We are walking distance from Falmouth's car parks, Town & Docks train station and bus stops. We are slightly tucked away from the hectic pace on the main street. Seek out "Bookmark", a great little bookshop, turn off Arwenack Street and stroll down Quay Hill all the way to the water. When you can't go any further, turn left and head though the top Marina gate and onto our pontoon. At low tide you may not automatically see us but follow the signs and look left and you'll find our hidden gem. "The jewel in Falmouth's dining crown"! For Taxi drop off ask for North Quay.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 148 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. C

    Conrad

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional all around. A shame its closed down. Food was out of this world. Service was second to none
  2. J

    Jack123

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Been to Falmouth many times but first visit to La Peniche . Wonderful . So sad to hear they are closing
  3. SC

    SaraC

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    Starters were ok, mains not so good, skate was bland, fillet still mooing, didn't bother with dessert. We went for my birthday as ive been wanting to try it, i must say i was very disappointed, i wouldn't return
  4. H

    Handy

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    advise the customers to shut the door behind them as it's quite draughty in the evenings.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely meal in a relatively unique setting for a restaurant. We really enjoyed the experience. Thank you!
  6. DT

    DianeT

    Gloucestershire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Highly recommend La Peniche. Excellent service from friendly, attentive and knowledgable staff. Food prepared carefully and sympathetically. Well worth visiting.
  7. DW

    DavidW

    Hampshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food I have ever tasted, made me feel like a judge on MasterChef. Unbelievable taste combinations, just a fantastic experience.
  8. M

    Matt

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting for a restaurant, great service and very well presented food with excellent range and flavours. Very reasonable prices for the quality of food. Had a fantastic evening - highly recommended and would definitely return.
  9. CN

    CarolN

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic evening, food, staff, service and ambience was excellent. Would highly recommend.
  10. j

    joeyh

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Despite being half empty, it took around half an hour for our drinks. Then my starter was wrong twice. Maybe they were having a bad night, the food was fine and the staff were friendly. But won't be rushing back.
  11. J

    Jess

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were really impressed by this experience. The quality of the food was outstanding and was made even better by the friendly service and beautiful views. Would highly recommend.
  12. AR

    ARChapel

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great addition to Falmouth dining- the food was really excellent with friendly service and a lovely environment
  13. LC

    LianneCooper

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a unique place to eat. The food was so delicious and well Cooked. The waiting staff were smart and polite and the drink prices were very reasonable. Lovely atmosphere, especially as the sun started to go down and all the lights on the boat glowed. Lovely experience for an evening meal. The menu for breakfasts and lunch also looked great. Will definitely visit again.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Family meal on holiday. Chose here because of the location and had a wonderful welcome from the ever-smiling host. Limited menu only offered 2 (£30) or 3 course menu. We asked if we could order off the a la crate but not an option.If we’d known this in advance, I would have looked at the menu. The food is over-complicated and unfortunately doesn’t deliver on taste at all. Offering an amuse bouche is great, but really didn’t deliver on taste, but I then ordered the skate main meal, and the taste of the vegetable accompaniment was almost identical to the amuse bouche…curried (maybe I’m expecting too much!). Shouldn’t be having that clash of taste. Wine list is really limited and I thought overpriced. Staff were absolutely lovely and very attentive, faultless.
  15. MS

    MarkS

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely to see the restaurant full of people having a good time and enjoying the delicious food. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent.
  16. HB

    HannahB

    Devon

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible food! Terrible service! Overall experience was very underwhelming!
  17. JH

    JamesH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting and food, with the team providing an excellent service, really caring about your experience- thank you!
  18. RF

    RobF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t fault this gem of a restaurant. Tucked away at the side of the busy quayside is this charming bistro. The staff were so friendly and attentive; we even witnessed them being so kind and patient with a customer who was challenging the minute he walked in. The food was outstanding (best mackerel my husband has ever eaten, and he’s a fan) and we thought the prices were reasonable too. You would pay two or three times the amount for this quality in London. We were lucky enough to be given a table on the side of the harbour so we had a great view too. Will definitely return when we visit Falmouth again.
  19. SA

    SeaseekerA8

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This is fine dining in an unusual setting on the water. Menu was original as well although quite a narrow choice. Food nicely presented and tasty but needed sides. French frites very good. We thought the wine was expensive.
  20. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The environment was delightful and more spacious than expected compared to our experiences of other boat restaurants. All the food was delicious as was the Chablis. Who knew rice pudding could be so special and that basil meringue is a thing? But both are at La Peniche. The waitress was attentive and fun which added to an overall amazing, memorable and very special dining experience.
  21. RG

    RebeccaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Peniche is a beautiful restaurant on a boat. The food is out of this world and the staff were amazing. It’s not cheap but for the quality of food, it’s excellent value.
  22. MT

    MarkT

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked after our friends told us of their great experience. We really enjoyed the ambience - nice and quiet and well spaced tables. Great service from the young staff and really delicious food. Thanks for a brilliant birthday ! (PS the bits of brownie with a candle in were a great touch !!
  23. GW

    GeoffW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic evening, fantastic food, the staff went the extra mile to sort out my wifes dificult dietary problems and we were very well looked ater.
  24. D

    Debbie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely restaurant for any occasion though we enjoy celebrating the special ones here as it feels so decadent with its gorgeous 30’s Art Deco interior. The food is delicious, great service & you’re on a fabulous boat with glorious views, what more could you wish for!
  25. GT

    GayT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Excellent dining experience, interesting food menu, quirky setting well appointed, great views
  26. D

    Diana

    Surrey

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food absolutely delicious, service good, ambience excellent. Would definitely recommend an evening there.
  27. JO

    JennyO

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely venue, great food and service. Very cosy and romantic location. Really personal service, highly recommend.
  28. JL

    JosephL

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ,service and food and restaurant on water
  29. SU

    SimonU

    Bristol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Breakfast on board - short menu but good food. A hidden gem in Falmouth. We've had dinner here as well which was equally good. Seek it out....
  30. GR

    GemmaR

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food, top notch presentation and flavours. Very,very fine dining in a fabulous unique informal setting... Go!!
  31. C

    Chandi

    Nottingham

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was really tasty. Service was amazing and staff were really nice. The ambience was nice, being on a boat while eating is an interesting experience. The bread and butter was delicious.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful restaurant! The setting is very unique (being on a boat) and the price is good considering the quality of the food. The staff were very friendly and the experience was very enjoyable.
  33. LR

    LindseyR

    Dorset

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely calm comfortable ambience. Enjoyed the food, (limited choices). Excellent service.
  34. N

    Nuts

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Booked Sunday lunch - at low tide - but still had a nice water view. Ladies and Gents either side of entrance - not very welcoming but Manageress was - very pleasant however not very knowledgeable about menu - had to keep going to refer to the chef. Don't know where this chef has been hidden! Had excellent meal, beautifully cooked with desserts to die for!!
  35. KM

    KerryM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in an unusual and scenic setting. Excellent friendly service.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked this amazing place for an Anniversary breakfast for my Parents while on holiday in St Mawes. We were welcomed by the very friendly owner and given the option to sit indoors or on the deck. The weather was a bit unreliable so we opted to sit inside . The interior was cosy and exceptionally clean . We opted for the full breakfast and there were a variety of drinks on offer. The breakfast was delicious and the overall experience was wonderful and memorable.
  37. DM

    DennisM

    Devon

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A unique environment with great food and staff. Wine was a bit expensive.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic setting, great staff who were very attentive & the food was fantastic! A must try for anyone who hasn’t yet, our party covered most thing on the menu and they all tasted wonderful. A 10/10 from us, we will be back! Thank you
  39. A

    Antjan

    Oxford

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely restaurant, good food. Worth a visit next time you are in Falmouth.
  40. TE

    TonyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fantastic reviews I had read before We booked were not wrong. La Peniche is a real gem, with a lovely relaxing ambiance, in a great (if a little quirky) setting in the harbour. The menu is small, but perfectly done, and there’s a good selection of drinks. We had three courses, with every one of them cooked to perfection and served with a smile by friendly staff. If I lived in Falmouth, this would be at the top of my list when eating out.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

La Peniche is rated 4.6 stars by 148 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Arwenack Street

  • Neighborhood

    Falmouth

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 5:45 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    The best public car park to use is Grove Place (Event Square). We are just a 5 minute walk from there. Custom House Quay (by local emporium Trago Mills) is nearer but in summer there are not many spaces available. For taxi drop off or pick up ask for North Quay.

  • Public transit

    We are moored in the heart of the town waterfront on North Quay, near the local emporium Trago Mills on neighbouring Custom House Quay. We are walking distance from Falmouth's car parks, Town & Docks train station and bus stops. We are slightly tucked away from the hectic pace on the main street. Seek out "Bookmark", a great little bookshop, turn off Arwenack Street and stroll down Quay Hill all the way to the water. When you can't go any further, turn left and head though the top Marina gate and onto our pontoon. At low tide you may not automatically see us but follow the signs and look left and you'll find our hidden gem. "The jewel in Falmouth's dining crown"! For Taxi drop off ask for North Quay.

  • Payment options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Vincent Gatay

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01326 316177

  • Private party facilities

    Celebrate you wedding, birthday or anniversary on board our 1938 French barge (Peniche) What a unique setting to make your special occasion memorable. Harbour views for all your guests & sensational food! Maximum capacity is currently 50. Available for day hire & we even have 2 B & B rooms on board! Please go to our website for more information.

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