10 Reasons Why Falmouth is One of the Seafood Capitals of the South West

Sumptuous Seafood Restaurants in Falmouth

The characterful port town of Falmouth lies on Cornwall’s spectacular southwest coast at the mouth of the Fal River.

Steeped in maritime history and rich in ‘old Kernow’ culture, Falmouth has flourished into one of the region’s most creative and cosmopolitan destinations, every year attracting thousands of visitors to its cobbled streets, sandy beaches and bustling harbourside.

Unsurprisingly, Falmouth is also celebrated for its excellent seafood, anything from fresh cod wrapped in sizzling golden batter to lobster thermidor on a glistening bed of succulent samphire drizzled in white truffle oil.

Here are ten from a long and exciting list of scintillating seafood restaurants to be found in and around the riverside town of Falmouth…

10 Seafood Restaurants in Falmouth

The Wheel House

Tucked away down Upton Slip passage, The Wheel House is one of Falmouth’s best kept secrets. A Trip Advisor certificate of excellence award winner since 2015, this characterful seafood bistro continues to wow its many loyal diners who don’t hold back with their glowing reviews. Indulge in a salver of native Falmouth oysters – one of the restaurant’s signature dishes – or tuck into some scallops ‘au natural’…a seafood lovers paradise!


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Harbour Lights

Only the freshest fish sustainably caught off Cornish waters make it to the dining tables at Harbour Lights of Falmouth. Winners of The Best Fish & Chip Restaurant in the UK Award 2017, Harbour Lights continues to serve up ‘amazing fish and top-notch chips’ of the highest quality. You can expect to discover a variety of Cornish fish on the menu, including its best-selling cod and haddock, and your chips come from only the most wholesome Cornish farmer’s fields. If you’re partial to a traditional fish ‘n’ chip supper, then you’ll love this family-friendly harbourside venue – a celebration of one of the nation’s favourite dishes!

Harbour View

You’ll struggle to find a more captivating outlook than a table by the window at Falmouth’s Harbour View restaurant. This stylish venue on Arwenack Street boasts a sophisticated seasonal menu with an impressive selection of seafood dishes, anything from smoked haddock and muscle chowder served with crab croquette, sweetcorn and crispy leeks, to its pan roasted fillet of hake, shellfish stew, mussels, cockles, saffron potato and samphire.  You’ll find it open for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, or just drinks. Dine alfresco on the waterfront decking and enjoy only the best in Cornish produce.


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Casa Juan

Set in the delightful coastal village of Mawnan Smith, just a couple of miles from Falmouth, lies Casa Juan. This charming bistro and tapas bar brings Spanish flair and Mediterranean panache to the Cornish coast with its impressive seafood menu based upon quality, locally sourced ingredients and homemade dishes prepared from scratch and cooked to order. Driven by an unerring passion for great food, it’s these personal touches that have helped propel Casa Juan to the top of the Cornish restaurant review rankings. Definitely one for the foodies!

The Hut

Many a satisfied customer has left ‘The Hut’ on Falmouth’s Quay Street carrying with them a blissful glow and contented appetite. This intimate candlelit bistro is another devotee of locally sourced seafood served with only the finest Cornish grown ingredients. With its relaxed ambiance and shabby chic decor, The Hut has earned something of a cult status among its Falmouth faithful, also welcoming a steady stream of visitors lucky enough to find it. Expect a warm and friendly reception whenever you visit this little gem on the Cornish coast.

The Waterside

The enchanting riverside village of Flushing lies on the wending banks of the River Penryn facing Falmouth Harbour. It’s here, down by the tranquil waters and set upon a working fishing quay, that you’ll find The Waterside restaurant. Having maintained strong connections with the local farming and fishing communities, you can be sure that only the freshest local produce will end up on your plate. This has to be one of the loveliest locations to enjoy a bite to eat in the whole of Cornwall!


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CJs at The Sanctuary

Hidden away in the picturesque village of Budock Water, only a mile from the bustling maritime town of Falmouth, can be found one of southwest Cornwall’s most popular eateries. Famous for its Sunday roasts and its sumptuous seafood delicacies, CJs at The Sanctuary is also renowned for its cheery service and family-friendliness – a welcome that extends itself to well-behaved dogs. Everything is cooked to order and takeaway collections are also available.

Rick Stein’s Fish

Up next, a classic fish ‘n’ chip outlet in the heart of Falmouth led by one of the most famous seafood chefs in the UK. Rick Stein’s Fish restaurant on Discovery Quay is one of the town’s most popular venues offering classic family favourites plus other seafood specialities such as; Indonesian seafood curry, tiger prawns, fish chilli burgers and battered oysters – all adding to a long list of irresistible bites. What’s more, there are always plenty of generous meal deals to take advantage of if you’re dining out on tightened purse strings or budgeting for a rainy day.


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The Seafood Bar

The Seafood Bar on Falmouth’s Quay Street is a family-run business that prides itself on serving up some of the finest seafood dishes in town. From its delicious homemade crab cakes and scallops fried with black pudding, to its Cornish lemon sole and monk fish medallions, the bistro’s snazzy menu continues to satisfy the most discerning of guests. All ingredients have been locally sourced from nearby farms and fish markets to ensure an authentic taste of Cornwall.

Brasserie on the Bay

With its captivating views of sub-tropical gardens and the sparkling ocean beyond, it’s easy to see why diners are so eager to return to the Brasserie on the Bay. Part of St Michaels Resort, this stylish venue remains committed to sourcing only the finest local ingredients for its sophisticated menu. Open for breakfast and evening meals, Brasserie on the Bay provides the perfect setting for all those who enjoy a little luxury and decadence.

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