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The best fine dining and Michelin-star restaurants in Cornwall

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Our fine dining guide to Cornwall

Going to eat out with family or friends while you’re on holiday is one of life’s greatest joys. At Perfect Stays, we understand how important this is to our customers and so we've compiled a list of some of the best fine dining restaurants in Cornwall, so you can eat in style, all within a close distance to one or more of our beautiful properties.

The Seafood Restaurant


Style of Food: Seafood and Vegetarian

Focus of the Menu: Fish, Shellfish, Vegetarian, Vegan and Gluten-Free

Awards: Three AA Rosettes

Founded in 1975 by famed chef Rick Stein and his wife Jill, the dishes are created using only the freshest seafood. Situated just opposite the water, enjoy locally caught lobster dishes and reimagined shellfish specials. You can also eat at the large central bar, for a more informal dining experience or simply enjoy a champagne cocktail after supper. 

Location: Padstow


Take a look around our nearby homes and our full list of Padstow eateries

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6


© Paul Ainsworth at No.6

Style of Food: Modern British, Modern European and Seafood

Focus of the Menu: Meat and Fish

Awards: One Michelin Star | Four AA Rosettes

This fantastic restaurant has won a Michelin Star and four AA Rosettes to date. The food itself is modern British with an emphasis on Cornish sourced produce, all created in a wonderful Georgian townhouse setting. Ask our Concierge team to book you a table ahead of your stay and enjoy a decadent four course à la carte menu. 

Location: Padstow


The Scarlet Restaurant


© The Scarlet Restaurant

Style of Food: Modern European and Vegetarian

Focus of the Menu: Fish, Meat and Shellfish

Awards: Two AA Rosettes

The Scarlet incorporates a European influence in much of its food. Its seaview terrace is the perfect place for an aperitif before you tuck into their delicious seasonal menu that caters both for meat eaters and vegetarians alike. 

Location: Mawgan Porth


Stay nearby and savor the sea views at Trevenek

The Dining Room

Style of Food: British and Seafood

Focus of the Menu: Meat, Fish and Vegetarian

Opened in 2010, this family-run restaurant is located in the beautiful village of Rock. They create their menu around seasonal ingredients and local suppliers to offer guests the best dining experience. 

Location: Rock


Stay just across the road at our new home, Driftwood

Outlaw’s New Road


© Nathan Outlaw via Outlaw's New Road

Style of Food: Seafood

Focus of the Menu: Fish and Shellfish

Awards: One Michelin Star | Four AA Rosettes | Good Food Guide 2018 Best Restaurant

Owned by Nathan Outlaw, this Port Isaac restaurant prides itself on using sustainable seafood ingredients from local inshore day boats. The Michelin Starred menu ‘celebrates small, original and delicious seafood’, while the restaurant itself is home to beautiful elevated views over the bay.

Location: Port Isaac


Read our guide to dining in Port Isaac before a stay at Gwel Arvor nearby 

St Enodoc Hotel Restaurant

Style of Food: Modern European

Focus of the Menu: Health Orientated, Seafood and Meat

The restaurant overlooks the Camel Estuary and on good weather days, diners can eat outside on the terrace to enjoy the spectacular views. The menu is influenced by healthy modern European recipes and uses locally-sourced ingredients from Cornwall and Devon.

Location: Rock


Take a look at our nearby properties, as well as our guide to dining in Rock

Ugly Butterfly


© John Hersey Studio for Ugly Butterfly

Style of food: Modern British and Seafood

Focus of the menu: Fish and Shellfish

Home to incredible sea views, the Ugly Butterfly is a new addition to Cornwall’s fine dining scene. Owned by 2020’s ‘restaurateur of the year’ Adam Handling, the Ugly Butterfly is home to incredible sea views over Carbis Bay and focuses on sustainable Cornish produce. Pay a visit to enjoy an incredible seven course tasting menu with beautifully wine pairings. 

Location: Carbis Bay


Discover our guide to new restaurants in Cornwall and stay nearby at Shun Lee in St Ives 

Asquiths Restaurant

Style of food: Modern British

Focus of the menu: Meat, Fish and Vegetables

Awards: Two AA Rosettes | Harden’s Top 100 Restaurants 2019 

Tucked away in Lostwithiel on Cornwall’s quieter south coast, Asquiths offers an elevated fine dining experience. With only a handful of tables making up the small restaurant, the menu has been carefully considered and centres around seasonal Cornish produce. Open Wednesday through to Saturday, ask our Concierge team to book a table ahead of your stay. 

Location: Lostwithiel


Stay nearby at one of our dreamy Downderry homes

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen

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© Nathan Outlaw via Outlaw's Fish Kitchen

Style of food: Seafood

Focus of the menu: Fish and Shellfish

Awards: One Michelin Star 

Moments from the water in Port Isaac, Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen specialises in fresh seafood dishes. With a focus on quality and sustainability, the menu changes daily depending on the fisherman’s daily catch. Home to a Michelin Star, this small eatery is made up of just a few tables and is perfect for couples’ dining or small groups of friends. 

Location: Port Isaac


Discover where to stay nearby in Port Isaac

New Yard Restaurant


© Alex Brier for New Yard Restaurant

Style of food: British, Seasonal and Vegetarian

Focus of the menu: Vegetables and Meat

Awards: Green Michelin Star

Located within the historic Trelowarren private estate, The New Yard Restaurant prides itself with its home grown produce and locally sourced ingredients. Guided by the seasons, the menu is ever-changing depending on what can be foraged and grown at the time. A real destination for foodies, enjoy their tasting menu served by the chefs themselves. 

Location: Helston


Explore our beautiful Porthleven properties nearby 

Kota Restaurant

Style of Food: British, Seafood and Asian

Focus of the Menu: Fish, Shellfish and Meat

Awards: Three AA Rosettes | Michelin Guide’s Bib Gourmand Award | Harden’s Top 100 Restaurants in the UK 2022 

Kota in Maori means ‘shellfish’, and this multiple award-winning restaurant is the inspiration of chef/owner Jude Kereama. The restaurant offers mouth-watering options with dishes often being made with Kota’s ‘signature Asian twist’ in mind. 

Also visit sister restaurant Kota Kai just down the road for a more laid back dining experience. 

Location: Porthleven


Stay at the ever-so-beautiful Seathrift just moments away 

Coombeshead Farm


© Coombeshead Farm

Style of food: British, Organic and Seasonal

Focus of the menu: Meat and Vegetables 

Location: Lewannick

Owned by co-founder of Pitt Cue Co, chef Tom Adams heads up Coombeshead Farm - a small fine dining restaurant in the heart of Cornwall’s rolling moors. The farm-to-table set menu features homegrown vegetables and hand reared stock, and changes with the seasons. Evening dining begins at 7pm, or visit for a laid back lunch on Wednesday and Sundays. 


Our nearest properties are The Paddock and The Yellow Cottage, just across Bodmin Moor in Trebarwith Strand



© John Hersey Studio for Appletons

Style of food: Italian

Focus of the menu: Pasta, Fish and Meat

Opened in 2020 by the former head chef of Fifteen Cornwall, Andy Appleton, Appletons in Fowey is already a popular choice amongst diners. Located in the centre of the buzzing harbourside town, Appletons’ menu blends the very best Italian dishes with a subtle Cornish twist. 

Location: Fowey


Enjoy a rural getaway to The Watermill nearby


For something a little further afield

Don't miss our related guides on the best fine dining and Michelin-star restaurants in Somerset, Devon and Dorset


Blog post updated on Saturday 24th September 2022


Posted by Rebecca Jackson

Rebecca loves everything to do with food, beautiful interiors and travel. When she’s not booking her next cookery masterclass, she’s discovering incredible new destinations, restaurants and spas across the UK and beyond.  

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