Falmouth’s Best Restaurants – Cornwall’s premier dining destination

Other Cornish towns may disagree, but Falmouth wears the crown of most quality places to eat in 2022. You can find a place worth eating almost every 100 yards in the harbor town, which over the past two years has become one of the places to visit not only in Kernow but in all of Britain.

The student population has obviously had an effect on cool and funky restaurants, but there’s something for everyone here, whether it’s from the Caribbean, Spain or South Africa, the best seafood, some of the quirkiest burger joints in the Westcountry and a heck of a lot. After.

Here are some of the best restaurants to try if you’re visiting from outside Cornwall over Easter or if you live locally and want to try something new.

Read more: Cornish restaurants that deserve a Michelin star

Amanzi, Arwenack Street


If TripAdvisor and its reviews are anything to go by, this South African restaurant is the best in Falmouth. It is indeed a beauty, using local ingredients to give Cornwall a taste of modern South Africa. They even make their own biltong.

Daaku, Bell Court

A huge hit in Penryn, the restaurant that largely specializes in North Indian cuisine recently moved to Falmouth and is already the city’s second favorite restaurant on TripAdvisor. Expect a break from the norm when it comes to Indian cuisine.

Pennycomequick, The Moor

Pennycomequick, Falmouth, scream
Pennycomequick, Falmouth, screams “pub” when looked at

A friend invited me to dine here before a gig at the equally great Cornish Bank and it was a revelation. The pub dates back to the 1700s but the food is modern British and Cornish. Classic restaurant fare in a cool and welcoming city center pub.

Mangia, the Moor

A family bistro serving delicious homemade pasta, pizza, ice cream and desserts. A recent TripAdvisor review titled ‘faultless’ states: ‘The food was homemade and ‘made with love’, we can’t recommend this restaurant highly enough. »

Addicted to Rocks, Swanpool

One of the best seafood restaurants in Cornwall, serving Falmouth Bay lobsters or crabs caught a stone’s throw from the restaurant, local mussels, day fish and Cornish oysters. It’s also worth it for the views of Swanpool Beach and the nature reserve.

The Wheelhouse, Upton Slip

The no-frills crab and lobster restaurant has long been a favorite in Falmouth, building a word-of-mouth fan base. If you’ve never been there, hurry because it unfortunately closes on May 28th.

The hut, quay of discovery

Events Square has become a fantastic place to eat with an almost continental feel. One of its most notable venues, The Shack is another good seafood restaurant. Its sister venue, The Shed, is also worth a visit.

Leafy Seafood Bar, Quay Street

It’s all about Verdant beer

Want more seafood but paired with some of Cornwall’s best ales? Small plates are the order of the day, washed down by eight ranges of beers from Penryn Verdant Brewery and sharing bottles from some of the world’s best breweries.

Boo Koos, the Moor

Burgers, desserts, shakes and more with true American heritage. Has the feel and taste of a fine American restaurant. Great fun for the whole family.

Meat counter, rue Arwenack

Josh Bantum brings his Mexican heritage to delicious dishes at Falmouth's Meat Counter
Josh Bantum brings his Mexican heritage to delicious dishes at Falmouth’s Meat Counter

Falmouth’s original burger restaurant has just been named by TripAdvisor as the best burger place in all of Cornwall. If you’ve been there, you’ll know why.

Hub Box, Quay of Discovery

The Cornish chain’s fourth restaurant in Cornwall and tenth in the UK is a winning combination of its acclaimed burgers, breakfasts and late-night drinks. Worth a visit to try the brand new menu.

Indidog, Fish Strand Wharf

Great views accompanied by casual dining – cafe style breakfasts, bistro lunches and fine dining in the restaurant in the evening.

Harbor Lighthouses, Arwenack Street

Consistently named one of the best fish and chips restaurants in the country, Harbor Lights is truly special. Sustainable, incredibly tasty, fully licensed and great service.

The Mulberry Tree, High Street

The new restaurant in Falmouth opens on April 15 and brings fine dining to the town from two young chefs who have worked at The Pig and Nathan Outlaw restaurants. Expect a £70 six-course tasting menu plus small plates to share and bar snacks.

The Star and the Garter, High Street

The Star and the Garter, Falmouth
The Star and the Garter, Falmouth

One of Cornwall’s finest gastropubs with stunning harbor views, Star & Garter chefs cook over an open fire, applying a nose to tail philosophy, ensuring the whole animal is used and everything is fresh and seasonal.

Restaurant Four, Main Street

Chef Matthew Unwin-Springett took over the wildly popular Oliver’s Restaurant in 2019, changing its name to Restaurant Four the following year. In the top 10 restaurants in Falmouth on the TripAdvisor review site, the latest review says ‘simply the best’.

The belvedere, rue Arwenack

From breakfasts in the morning to ‘world tapas’ in the evening, this is one of Falmouth’s most popular harbor view spots.

Good Vibes Cafe, Killigrew Street

Serving brunch, lunch, specialty coffee and fine tea in “a casual atmosphere with positive energy”. The place has a rustic charm with welcoming staff.

The Ranch Steakhouse, Discovery Quay

For many people the best steaks in Falmouth. Renowned for its large portions and Sunday lunches, The Ranch is another winner near the National Maritime Museum Cornwall.

Waterfront, harbor side

A view of the Greenbank Hotel from Falmouth Harbor

Falmouth boy Bobby Southworth is cooking up a storm at the Greenbank Hotel restaurant with its fabulous views across the river. He can actually tell where a lot of his produce, meat and fish come from. The monthly tasting menu evenings are a must.

The Work Boat, Harborside

Beneath the waters edge is the traditional Cornish boozer, The Working Boat, which offers high quality pub food with 15 draft ales and ciders. And this view.

Cribbs, Arwenack Street

Does exactly what it claims – Caribbean cuisine and strong rum in the heart of Falmouth. Owner John Duncan, originally from St Vincent, opened the restaurant in 2007 with a vision to provide guests with a warm and friendly dining experience while serving traditional Caribbean dishes alongside British classics with a twist. It has become one of the most popular restaurants in town.

Bahama Mamas, Killigrew Street

Inside Bahama Mamas
Inside Bahama Mamas

In fact, Cribbs is so popular that its success has led to this Caribbean tapas cafe overlooking The Moor.

Caris Balti, Arwenack Street

Nepalese and Indian cuisine that consistently gets top reviews online. See also Gurkha, Asha and Namaste Kitchen elsewhere in town.

The Barge, North Quay

Falmouth’s vintage floating restaurant offers breakfast and lunch with stunning views of the harbour, docks and Marina Haven. In the evening, it is refined with a French menu.

Thai Orchid, High Street

A long-established Thai restaurant that features decor as exotic as the food in a restored 16th century building on Falmouth’s quirky High Street. See also KinnAsia and Ploythai elsewhere in the city.

Provedore, Trelawney Road

A tantalizing dish at the hidden gem that is Provedore
A tantalizing dish at the hidden gem that is Provedore

Charming cafe by day, fun tapas bar by night, Provedore is Falmouth’s favorite foodie hotspot. A bit of a hidden gem.

Chain Locker, Quay Street

The restored 16th century boozer overlooking the harbor is the perfect place if you want a traditional pub dinner with the best ales.

Bodega 18, rue Arwenack

After opening in Truro, the authentic Spanish bar has also come to Falmouth and is already garnering fantastic reviews for its imaginative and truly tasty cuisine.

Cafe Gylly Beach, Cliff Road

While most of these restaurants are in the town centre, the Gylly Beach Cafe is on Gyllyngvase Beach itself and has long been a favorite spot to enjoy a wide variety of food while soaking up the sun.

Pea Souk, Customs Quay

This little vegan cafe is tucked away but worth seeking out for its Middle Eastern and North African themed cuisine.

The Cove, Maenporth

On the outskirts of Falmouth is Maenporth Beach and next to the beach is The Cove by celebrity chef Michael Caines. Treat yourself.

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