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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Cornwall

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes 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 (1073)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Delicious snacks, starters and desserts each with their own local sourcing story to tell. Plenty of food (a tasting menu where you don't go hungry). Warm and welcoming service. Only slight disappointment was the lamb main course (slightly overcooked, not a melt-in-the-mouth delight). Amazing views over the calm bay, with seals swimming up and down added to the very pleasant ambience.
A photo of Amanzi South African Restaurant Falmouth restaurant
4.8
4.8 (444)
£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.
Top review
Alwayshungry
Dined 3 days ago
Fabulous atmosphere and unique food offering. The service was outstanding. We very rarely get wowed by a restaurant, but we did last night. Would definitely visit again when in the area.
A photo of The Bank At Bude restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2680)
£26 to £40
Tapas / Small Plates
Bude
About the restaurant
Opentable top 100 UK restaurants winner 2022

The Bank is Bude’s resident cornish tapas bar set alongside the tranquil surroundings of the River Neet in North Cornwall.

We pride ourselves on our relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, providing the perfect accompaniment to food made for interaction and sharing. The atmosphere is often described as electric and welcoming to all who dine with us. The Bank is a truly unique dining experience with the quality of food and service at the forefront of everything we do.
Top review
SoniaC
Dined 2 days ago
Fabulous food, very good quality at reasonable price. Excellent service, a wonderful dining experience
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
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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 Tricky's at The Tolgus Inn restaurant
4.6
4.6 (440)
£25 and under
British
Redruth
About the restaurant
Tricky's Restaurant and Bar is a great place to dine. Our large restaurant offers cosy corners for intimate diners as well as space to accommodate large parties. We have created a varied menu to cater for all tastes and budgets. From light lunchtime bites to a hearty three course meal and, there's plenty for the children enjoy as well!
We offer fantastic food, wines, real ales and great service! Combine all these with a warm welcome and you can see why Tricky's is as popular as ever. Relax on Sundays and visit Tricky's - the home of the Sunday roast.
Top review
RussellCvip
Dined 1 day ago
A lovely meal again with family. Staff are always excellent and food is well cooked and excellent value
A photo of Host St Ives restaurant
4.6
4.6 (213)
£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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great atmosphere, great food, personable service…would definitely return.
A photo of The Longstore, Charlestown restaurant
4.6
4.6 (70)
£25 and under
Steakhouse
St. Austell
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Longstore in Cornwall where we celebrate the best things life has to offer.
Top review
ChristopherM
Dined 2 days ago
We returned following a very poor experience over Christmas last year. We had a lovely meal, the food was absolutely top notch and the service was once again as expected - well done. We will be back soon
A photo of WAX at Watergate Bay restaurant
4.5
4.5 (673)
£25 and under
Gastro Pub
Newquay
About the restaurant
WAX is Watergate bays newest venue. The Bar and Kitchen offers you a chance to experience amazing food and drink while overlooking the iconic bay.

If your looking for a table of 6 or more please give us a call 01637 860353
Please note, our table turnover time is 1.5hrs
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 5, 2024
We went on a Wednesday for the 50% off on burgers and pizzas for our first time eating there, the food was a good standard and fresh. Nice place to sit and eat overlooking Watergate bay. Will be definitely going back soon.
A photo of Harbour House restaurant
4.5
4.5 (166)
£41 and over
Contemporary British
Falmouth
About the restaurant
Welcome to Harbour House! We look forward to seeing you.
Top review
HeatherB
Dined 7 days ago
Glad I found this hidden gem, a 10 minute ferry away from Falmouth. The pub is very well presented and we were given a lovely table by the window with a view out over the river. A nice touch is the trivial pursuit cards on the table, which we amused ourselves with while waiting for our food. We had the beef croquet to start, which was deliciously Smokey, followed by the rump summer roast. The roast was the most tender bit of rump I have ever had, it was impeccable. A great twist on the classic roast, with lighter summer flavours for the season. Service was great, with staff very friendly and cooperative with our 2 year old, and helping us with our transport home. Would definitely recommend to anyone in the area.
A photo of The Longstore Lemon Street restaurant
4.4
4.4 (65)
£25 and under
Steakhouse
Truro
About the restaurant
Welcome to The Longstore in Cornwall where we celebrate the best things life has to offer.
Top review
lauraw
Dined 1 day ago
Really good food, excellent service and delicious cocktails. Ambience was just right. Very enjoyable meal.
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