Cornwall isn’t just about stunning coastline and countryside; we’re also blessed with seriously talented chefs, incredible restaurants, and delicious food!
I’ve been eating my way around Cornwall and documenting for the last 5 years now on this blog (check out my ‘where to eat in Cornwall’ category to see ALL the reviews I’ve ever done!), and I’ve been lucky enough to visit and review some of the top eateries in this little county – which I’m very grateful for!
If you know me, you’ll know I’m a huge foodie, and I love trying all sorts of different dishes, so you’ll see in this post I’ve included a variety of different types of restaurants – from gastro pubs and burger joints, to fine dining and seafood specialists.
There are also SO many places in Cornwall that I’m yet to visit, too, so bear that in mind when reading.
In terms of the ‘criteria’ for making this top 10 list, I always take into account customer service and value for money – not just food quality – when I’m reviewing a place, so these are simply the ones that have got TIP TOP marks from me in ALL those areas.
Now, I’m aware that right now we aren’t able to visit any of these places (thanks, Lockdown 3.0!), but feel free to bookmark this page and get ready to support our local independent hospitality businesses when they reopen once again :)
Kota Kai, Porthleven
If you love Asian inspired eats, Kota Kai has to be your go-to in Cornwall! The ramen is incredible, and they have a selection of small dishes that you can order tapas-style if you prefer. It’s definitely one of our faves at the moment!
Gurnard’s Head, Zennor
I visited this beautiful Inn for lunch with Olivia a few years ago, and we were blown away by the quality of the food and the customer service. They were brilliant with Olivia’s dietary requirements, and the chef even came out to talk through the menu alternatives with us. It’s in a very remote (and beautiful!) coastal location, but 100% worth the journey!
Lewinnick Lodge, Newquay
Lewinnick Lodge is perched on the very tip of Newquay’s coast, and will always hold a special place in my heart as it was where Alex and I had our first ‘date’! The seafood linguine here is my favourite I’ve had anywhere, and if you want a special getaway for the night, the rooms are incredible too (we’ve stayed there since our first visit… it wasn’t a first date thing 😂)
Bookoos, Falmouth (or Helston)
The home of Cornwall’s best burger (in my opinion), I couldn’t leave Bookoos off this list! I love the American diner atmosphere (and fun soda imports!), and the value for money is just second-to-none. They also have an amazing vegan and gluten free menu as well.
When it comes to the fine dining / bib gourmand / Michelin star category in Cornwall, Kota is by far our favourite. Kota Kai is its sister restaurant, both run by renowned chef, Jude Kereama, so it’s no surprise both are featured on this list. The tasting menu is amazing value, and the perfect place for a special meal out.
Rastella at Merchants Manor, Falmouth
In 2020 we were invited to visit Merchants Manor’s 3 AA Rosette restaurant, Rastella, to try their ‘High Tea’ experience (a CBD oil themed afternoon tea – it was great!) and we were so impressed with the food that we had to go back for a proper date night meal. This is another great place for a special evening!
Ploy Thai, Falmouth
Ploy Thai is our go-to for the best, most authentic Thai food in Cornwall. Everyone we take here is automatically converted and Ploy Thai immediately becomes their favourite too! Their green curry is to die for, and you can pick it up as takeaway too (we do this all the time).
The Greenbank Hotel, Falmouth
Falmouth is home to many delicious restaurants, but we really love the Greenbank for their top quality food and ESPECIALLY their desserts 😍. I’m not normally a ‘sweets’ person, but if you’re heading here or their gastro-pub, The Working Boat, you have to try the desserts. They’re so good!
The Fish House, Fistral
If you’re in the market for some amazing seafood (who am I kidding, if you’re in Cornwall, of course you are!), The Fish House Fistral is the place to go. They usually get pretty booked up (it’s quite a cosy space!), but it’s so worth it for the amazing food and views.
This is probably the most underrated restaurant in Cornwall, but it’s one of our faves! If you’re looking for truly authentic Italian pasta and pizzas, and truly Italian hospitality, Pieros is the one. I can’t wait to go here first thing after Lockdown is over…
If you have any other suggestions, please do leave them below in the comments!