We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Balancing Eel

The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent68%
  • Very good20%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“cod” (50 reviews)
“fish n chips” (12 reviews)
“mushy peas” (18 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Fast food, British, Vegetarian Friendly
The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (468)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 460 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago

On a day trip to St Ives, having fish and chips for lunch seemed like a really good plan. Excellent reviews suggested that this would be the right choice, and goodness me were we glad we visited! We ate upstairs in the restaurant bit, and...More

Thank Marjorie_Biscuits
Reviewed 1 week ago

Called in to get fish and chips. One of our party is Gluten free. The care taken in preparing food ( steamed fish and chips prepared separately) was so impressive. Friendly staff who were polite and knowledgeable. Above all the food was excellent!

Thank stapleford
Reviewed 1 week ago

Whilst staying in St Ives for the week, we have now had two meals from this establishment and both were excellent. The fish was meaty and tasted great and the chips were super and portions were very good. If you want really good fish and...More

Thank Bill S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If your after freshly cooked fish and chips with real chips not frozen then this “plaice”fits the bill . Never had anything bad from here and we’ve been coming for years just never got round to reviewing it .

Thank Dave B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Balancing Eel is a restaurant we frequent each time we visit St. Ives. The food is delicious, the staff are friendly and it has a good atmosphere close to the harbour. Would definitely recommend!

Thank Dom M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Three of us had fish and chips takeaway this lunchtime it was freshly cooked to perfection and no fat or oil residue. The price of £6 for a upmarket place like St Ives was acceptable. Will visit again Thanks

Thank 4321allanl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Having previously sampled fish & chips at a take away/restaurant in Hayle which was poor, the take away here was delicious! All the family really enjoyed them. Have bought fish & chips here in other years and always been lovely, however care needs to be...More

Thank kevclarks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

each year we go to St Ives we now have a tradition. First evening meal of the week on the Saturday and last evening meal of the week on the following Friday are at the Balancing Eel. We have found these to be the best...More

2  Thank Diamondstarhalo1961
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our second visit to St Ives and we thought we'd try this chippy, having been unimpressed by the Harbour last time. The restaurant is small and cosy, and we couldn't fault the welcome from the young gent who showed us our table. Mrs Welsh had...More

Thank welshbloomm
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The service was good but the food wasn't. The lemon sole arrived covered in a thick fatty batter, the subtle flavour of the fish lost. Servings of chips were small, the salad was less than bland with the odd addition of canned pineapple. The only...More

Thank DIannah L
Nearby Restaurants
Moomaid of Zennor
389 reviews
.03 km away
The Digey Food Room
235 reviews
.08 km away
Caffe Pasta
909 reviews
.07 km away
Mermaid Seafood Restaurant
783 reviews
.10 km away
Nearby Attractions
St Ives Harbour Beach
504 reviews
.21 km away
St Ives Museum
218 reviews
.22 km away
The Penwith Gallery
46 reviews
.06 km away
Harbour Amusements
38 reviews
.17 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
22 January 2017|
AnswerShow all 2 answers
Response from BeelOwner | Property representative |
Hello there 'amberpop' and apologies for the delay first of all in responding to your enquiry. At the end of March our opening times will be 12.00 noon until 2.00pm and 5.00pm until 8.00pm. We look forward to welcoming... More
9 August 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from BeelOwner | Property representative |
Restaurant prices are slightly more; about £1.60 more for cod and chips. We are not licensed but currently offer a bring your own policy for beer, cider or wine - with no corkage charge.
Craig B
2 July 2016|
Response from James H |
Hi, staff member here. We don't have gluten free batter, but we have options for steamed fish or other alternatives.
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: The Sloop Car Park Back Lane, St Ives TR26 1LR, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  St Ives
  • Phone Number: 01736-79-67-92
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing