Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Falmouth
Hardens guides have spent 31 years compiling reviews of the best Falmouth restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 18 restaurants in Falmouth and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Falmouth restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
Featured Falmouth Restaurants
1. Driftwood Hotel International restaurant in Rosevine
“Views are lovely” at this clifftop boutique hotel on the Roseland Peninsula where chef, Olly Pierrepoint, produces a wide range of menus. At dinner the main choice is between the set meal for £65 (for three courses) or a more ambitious seven-course taster menu for £85 per person. One reporter felt results were “decent but with no fireworks”, but that was the least enthusiastic account, and fans feel the cuisine here is “very good”.
2. The Idle Rocks British, Modern restaurant in St Mawes Harbourside - TR2
Homely yet sophisticated, elegant yet immensely welcoming, the main mood is “home from home informality”.Perched perfectly on the rocks, in the heart of St Mawes, the 18 bedroom Relais & Châteaux hotel is your home away from home.&nbs...
3. The Cove Restaurant & Bar British, Modern restaurant in Falmouth Maenporth Beach - TR11
In early 2020, renowned local celebrity chef Michael Caines took over this beachfront venue, handy for the SW coastal path, which boasts “a conservatory at the front with views over the sea”. (It was previously run by Arty Williams & Annette Rickard for 17 years). Some reports do say it’s “lovely in all respects”, but a number of reporters “wanted to love it”, but found the experience blunted by “duff notes” on both the food and service front… here's “hoping it finds its feet”.
4. Hotel Tresanton Fish & seafood restaurant in St Mawes 27 Lower Castle Road - TR2
“Olga Polizzi’s wonderful former yacht club is still as perfect as ever… to eat lobster linguine on the terrace on a sunny day is perfection”. While the odd reporter balks that it's “outrageously overpriced”, this ritzy hotel-restaurant put in a good show this year owing to its “lovely setting” and “good competent cooking, especially fish”. NB: though the clientele nowadays are “not quite as smart as in the past, this is decidedly not a place for flip flops!”
5. The Pandora Inn Fish & seafood restaurant in Mylor Bridge Restronguet Creek - TR11
The “lovely riverside setting” – complete with moorings and showers for passing yachties – is the main attraction at this inn, parts of which are believed to date back 800 years. But the low volume of feedback tells you something given the stunning position – it’s well-rated by reporters but doesn’t have to strive that hard given the place’s other virtues.
6. The Ferryboat Inn Fish & seafood restaurant in Helford Passage
It's “worth trying to get a parking space” at this rustic pub set right on the banks of Helford Passage, in prime Daphne du Maurier land, and delivering a “good standard of pub food”; the “many options on the menu” include seafood with “great depth of flavour” and lunch is “excellent value” too.
7. INDIdog Eatery British, Modern restaurant in Falmouth 28 Market Street - TR11
A “fabulous location with stunning views of the Fal Estuary” remains the main draw to this smart quayside brasserie, though its “good, varied menu” is “well presented and precisely cooked” too. Getting a window seat is something of a challenge – as is getting a spot for breakfast and brunch, so think of booking ahead.
8. The Verdant Seafood Bar Fish & seafood restaurant in Falmouth Quay Street - TR11
For “brilliant, fresh seafood in a tiny side-street setting”, plus their own “amazing craft beer”, try this “great tapas bar” from craft brewers Adam and James. Their “really unusual menu” is “sort of tapas-style, and there are some lovely pudding offerings to finish it off”. You’ll find a younger sibling, The Sink Inn, in Newquay.
9. Harbour Lights Fish & chips restaurant in Falmouth Arwenack Street - TR11
This large harbourside chippy is well-liked locally owing to fish “so fresh it makes me want to go back again and again”. (For the fish-averse they also have a line in burgers, pies and sausages).
10. Culture British, Modern restaurant in Falmouth Custom House Quay, 38B Arwenack Street - TR11
Opened in Summer 2022, chef Hylton Espey's ethically-conscious venture ‘celebrates local produce and hyper-seasonal cooking with a menu of nature-inspired cuisine’.
11. Hooked on the Rocks Fish & seafood restaurant in Falmouth Swanpool Road, Swanpool Court - TR11
A “great location” overlooking Swanpool Beach and nature reserve is matched with “friendly staff” and “good-quality local fresh fish” at this sustainably minded seafood and wine spot with a terrace even closer to the water.
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