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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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Truro, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A very wonky unbalanced table, huge oversized table cloth, oversized pretentious menu, slow service and mediocre food. Would not visit or recommend !

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Thank nic0la0lds
Oxford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a lovely restaurant overlooking the harbor at St. Ives. The dining room upstairs has clean, modern lines, very comfortable chairs, and that amazing view. We loved the food: gurnard was superb, and the mussels were probably the best I've ever had. Very good wines available by the glass and carafe, and great service. Very highly recommended!

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Thank Apollonia99
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I booked a table for myself and my partner at The Alba back in August knowing from what I'd read that they have a long lead time for bookings. We ate at the restaurant in October and had very high hopes. The cocktail bar on the ground floor is a very nice place to enjoy a drink before your meal.... More 

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Thank MarkWTorquay
Bath, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely restaurant in a fabulous position overlooking St Ives Harbour. The food was excellent, particularly the fillet steak. The service was quite slow as some people came later than they had booked and others earlier, resulting in the 2 waitresses struggling to cope, but we weren't in a rush so it was fine and we did enjoy the food, so... More 

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Thank Tess N
Woodbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our second visit to Alba ( having discovered it when we down there in the summer ) the food on both occasions was amazing , the tastes and flavours in all of the food on the plate was fabulous.. even the veg was transported to something out of this world .. and the sauces and gravies were gorgeous!!... More 

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Thank Uffordspring
Northamptonshire, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I like a restaurant that gives you art on a plate, the attention to detail and flavours on the plate are of Michelin star quality. Thanks to the team there we had an amazing night and walked away with our tastebuds exploding. The cocktail bar downstairs was great, you say what you like and they create magic.

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Thank sarah k
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had high hopes but feel that perhaps the chef was having an off night last night. The smoked mussel purée was not in the slightest bit smokey, the grey mullet was overcooked and there were great lumps of garlic in the sauce. When you pay 80 quid for a meal out it has to be good. (54 quid was... More 

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Thank Krismif
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My husband booked a table a this wonderful restaurant to celebrate my birthday. The food was phenomenal the staff were very friendly helpful and willing to answer any questions we asked them nothing was to much trouble. We are definitely going back. And we highly recommend that you try it if ever you're in St Ives.

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Thank Denz057
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Having previously given a poor review of this restaurant but having a polite response from them we recently returned and I have to say we were delighted with both the food and the service. Happy to recommend.

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Thank Sotonian1961
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Alba because when we went for a meal booked at 57 Fore Street the place was closed (read review).so went to alba instead. The setting was wonderful and the staff very polite and pleasant. It was Xmas eve and we had family staying and wanted somewhere special. Alba fitted that perfectly the food was excellently plated and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$29
Cuisine
Seafood, European, British
Meals
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, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, 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?