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Alba Restaurant

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Old Lifeboat House Wharf Road, St Ives TR26 1LF, England
+44 1736 797222
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This should have been a 5* review. The food was delicious, the ambience was great. Good music, we enjoyed the artwork on the walls and we had an unparalleled view of the sun going down over St Ives beach. But as the evening wore on the wait for service got longer and longer and the restaurant wasn't even busy. Unfortunately... More 

Thank skybluethinker
Alton, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a very decent restaurant pound for pound. Obviously you can eat cheaper but the quality of food here is very good. A few more non fish based items might be useful but that's a small detail overall. The waitress was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the wines which added to a very enjoyable evening with my family. The... More 

Thank Simon C
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We thought we were lucky when we got a table near the window with the lovely sea view. As one other reviewer said, everything was going so well with the delicious amuse Bouche and homemade breads. It was a gorgeous sunny evening and we were enjoying the views and the food. Also great music. However, as the evening wore on... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In the former lifeboat station, this is a stylish bar (downstairs) and proper restaurant (upstairs). Really good, modern British food with a focus on local fish. Friendly staff and, if you can get one, the window tables have a great view of the harbour beach.

Thank Wokinggrey
Bishops Stortford, United Kingdom
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104 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Started with drinks in the cocktail bar downstairs and then went upstairs to eat. We were sat quite close to the window so had a great view out over the harbour. Lovely bread and an amuse bouche to start. I had the crab linguine which was OK but perhaps a little over peppered. The belly pork main course was great... More 

Thank Chris H
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a restaurant we visit every time we come to St Ives. The food is always good and not overly expensive. It's locally sourced and beautifully cooked and presented. Really one of the best in St Ives.

Thank sandcbennetts
South West England, United Kingdom
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1,007 reviews
460 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2,117 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It would be hard for Alba to pick a better location. Positioned on the front line overlooking the beach and the Old Lifeboat station. It is a bar downstairs and restaurant upstairs. Food, wine and service were all good.

Thank AvidTraveler12
Vienna, Austria
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

very fresh fish, excellent preparation, good wine offer, friendly and efficient service, affordable prices

Thank Konrad P
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178 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely setting overlooking the sea and the Old Lifeboat station which is still in action therefore entertainment watching them practising! Food was very good and so was the service. Reasonable choices for me as a vegetarian.

Thank Pauline F
Bath, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Top notch food at decent prices, great service, superb wine list and fabulous cocktails in a lovely setting. What's not to love. Highly recommend

Thank anash69800

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 30
Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
View, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old Lifeboat House Wharf Road, St Ives TR26 1LF, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  St Ives
  • Phone Number: +44 1736 797222

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?