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Back Street Bistro

16 St. Andrews Street, St Ives TR26 1AH, England
+44 1736 797074
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“coq au vin” (17 reviews)
“tea cake” (29 reviews)
Opens in 9 min
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European, British, International, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
16 St. Andrews Street, St Ives TR26 1AH, England
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We visited here two years ago and were pleasantly surprised that it has not changed. The menu is still fantastic and the service matches. Upon arrival we were presented with a lovely freshly baked loaf of bread. This was fantastic and a great start to...More

Thank flyboy1000
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had seen this lovely little restaurant in passing a few times, and on our last night at 5 o'clock we decided to see if there was any availability, and there was,and what a wonderful finish to a wonderful week's stay in St Ives! The...More

Thank John C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good service and selection of drinks. Food was acceptable. Not worth the premium despite the art on the walls. Crab linguine was disappointing. Too much brown meat and grit, lack of seasoning and curdling due to excessive pan heat. Good bisque and hake.

Thank Max P
Reviewed 1 week ago

As the name suggests, the Back Street Bistro is tucked away and is somewhat different from most of the restaurants in St Ives. It is an actual restaurant rather than a drinking place with food; it is more formal but without being stuffy. Consequently, you...More

1  Thank DiddyDoddyDave
Reviewed 1 week ago

Just happened to walk past the Back Street Bistro had a look at the menu and liked what we saw. They were very busy but managed to fit us in and we were so glad. Really good meal 3 courses with a bottle of wine...More

1  Thank Nickers55
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had dinner for 4 on a Thursday evening, the restaurant was pretty full, the food was delicious, decent sized portions and reasonable prices for the quality of the food. The service was great, family run so to be expected! I had the seafood bisque...More

1  Thank Kirsty B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited here in June and second visit yesterday with friends. The food here is superb, excellent value for money and love the presentation too. Friendly efficient table staff too, would recommend a visit to eat here.

Thank Carol503869
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a lovely quaint back street bistro. Decor is urban with a touch of class. They don't sell champagne or cocktails but the food certainly makes up for that. The bread for the table was outstanding rocket and onion seed so soft and tasty....More

Thank Teresa T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After reading reviews we thought this is a must and wasn't disappointed. We were a little surprised how quiet it was but the food was great. The steak was simply amazing flavours with the sauce and accompaniments. The beef bourguignon was also lovely with 3...More

Thank cze147
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to Back Street Bistro twice whilst in St Ives with my partner on our holiday. Both times we had great food (particularly the hake dish, wow, beautiful) and service. We are both looking forward to returning when we holiday in St Ives again next...More

Thank Elly C
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Sheila S
13 July 2017|
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Response from Helen N | Reviewed this property |
On the night we visited, there were three vegetarian starters (cauliflower soup, savoury bread and butter pudding and house salad), one pasta (mushroom linguine), a camembert risotto and two fish dishes (hake and sole).
16 April 2016|
Response from Poppy O |
He is still the Chef, yes
29 April 2015|
Response from Ra B | Property representative |
At the Bistro, St Andrews Street, St Ives, we have a separate function/dining area that can comfortably seat up to 20-24. Yes, we can fit large parties in to our friendly restaurant. Thank you for your enquiry.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$34
Restaurant features
Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 16 St. Andrews Street, St Ives TR26 1AH, England (Formerly St Andrews Street Bistro St Ives)
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  St Ives
  • Phone Number: +44 1736 797074
French inspired menu, where fine dining has never been so casual! Finest locally sourced ingredients.
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