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Restaurants in Newquay with sea views

No doubt one of the reasons you’ve come to Newquay is for the ocean. The chance to swim, surf, sup, sail or simply sit and admire the beauty of north Cornwall’s coastline in all of its unspoilt glory. So why not celebrate your love of the sea further by visiting a restaurant that gazes over the great Atlantic?

A platter of seafood with sea views behind at Colonial Beach Bar & Restaurant in Newquay

Lucky for visitors to Newquay, the area is awash with places to eat and drink with uninterrupted sea views. Being a seaside destination, you won’t struggle to find somewhere within stone hurling distance of the sea to kick-start your day with breakfast, refuel between walks or surfing sessions with lunch, or round up a day at the beach or an attraction with cocktails and a supper staring at the waves.

Not only will you feast on anything from fresh seafood and fine dining to vegan food and local cuisine, but you’ll also be able to gorge on spectacular sea views that will linger in your mind long after your suitcase has been stowed away until your next visit.

Could there be anything more appetising than tucking into your favourite edibles in the company of your loved ones and the mesmerising soundtrack and sight of the sea?

We think not! Here is a selection of our favourite sea view restaurants in Newquay for starters...

Colonial Beach Bar & Restaurant

Colonial Beach Bar & Restaurant by the beach with sea views in Newquay

Best for: Fresh flavours and stylish interiors 

Tolcarne Beach, Narrowcliff Road, Newquay TR7 2QN

The fish and grill restaurant is situated directly on the sand, presenting sprawling sea views across Newquay’s bay whether you dine inside the gorgeous colonial style building or outside on the beautiful beach terrace. Open every day from breakfast to dinner, feast on a full Cornish breakfast, American pancakes, eggs or Cornish kipper before stretching your legs on the beach or walking the coast path. Lunch features the likes of Cornish crab sandwich, Newlyn lobster roll, burgers, tacos or Cornish moules washed down with a house cocktail (think rum punch, a Colonial Royal or Tolcarne Sunrise), glass of wine, or pint of lager. 

Evenings are an enticing mix of eating, drinking and entertainment as the sun sets over the ocean, with menus stuffed with moreish dishes such as Newlyn lemon sole, sirloin steak, jerk chicken, mushroom shawarma, curried monkfish tail and a smattering of sumptuous sides. Their summer ‘Seafood BBQ on the Beach’ nights are a particular treat, which also include live music and cocktails. Dogs are welcome at the Beach Bar and there’s a kids menu featuring the likes of mac and cheese, tomato linguine and chicken strips to keep the little ones happy.

The Fish House

A bird's eye view of The Fish House on the beach at Fistral in Newquay

Best for: Award-winning seafood by the sea

5, International Surfing Centre, Headland Road, Newquay TR7 1HY

The Michelin favourite Fish House can be found a few steps from the sands of Newquay’s renowned surf beach at Fistral, offering up staggering sea views alongside a seafood menu designed to dazzle your taste buds. Using local produce and seafood landed fresh from the town’s own harbour, chef Paul Harwood continues to push the envelope when it comes to creating menus of the highest calibre. 

From sharing boards to open sandwiches and first courses like Korean fried monkfish, Cornish mussels and grilled scallops to mains of Indian fish curry, pan-fried sea bass fillets, cod tempura, and roasted hotshell - not to mention unbeatable fish and chips - lunch and dinner is a delectable affair. Complete your banquet with strawberry pavlova, affogato, vanilla panna cotta, a sundae, or cheese and dessert wine, or simply sink into the views with a sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, Prosecco or award-winning Cornish ‘champagne’, Camel Valley Brut.

The Harbour Fish & Grill

Balcony benches overlooking sea views at The Harbour Fish & Grill in Newquay

Best for: First-rate food and aerial sea views

North Quay Hill, Newquay TR7 1HF

For gull’s eye views of the harbour and sweep of beaches beyond, look no further than The Harbour Fish and Grill, which is perched on the cliffs on the southern edge of Newquay harbour. Select the restaurant, conservatory or terrace to suit your mood and the weather while casting your eyes over the ocean and lip-smacking brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Start with the seafood knickerbocker glory or beetroot and orange risotto, and then follow with mains of cod loin, Cornish sole, classic fish and chips, Wadebridge lamb ragu and Cornish fillet steak.

Alternatively, push the boat out with their seven-course taster menu, upping the indulgence factor with paired wine flights for the ultimate sensory experience. Wash it all down with Tarquin’s Cornish gin, Sharp’s ale or cider, or something from their world wine list while continuing to drink in those to-die-for sea views.

Lusty Glaze Restaurant

Two pizzas and cocktails with the beach and sea in the background at Lusty Glaze Restaurant in Newquay

Best for: Fresh waterside dining

Lusty Glaze Road, Newquay TR7 3AE

The café and restaurant lie just outside the town at one of the north coast’s most pretty coves. Tuck into stone-baked pizza in the Beach Lounge (walk-ins only) for fabulous (and dog friendly) informal dining, or opt for something more highbrow with The Pickled Chef pop-up dining experience, which is available during selected dates from early spring. 

Pick a series of small plates from the sharing menu, fill your senses and belly with the Sunday lunch, or select something from the main menu such as seafood linguine, aubergine and chickpea stew, roast duck breast or Butcher’s cut of the day with triple cooked chips. Coincide your supper with an event such as a Sundowner Session, or simply devour your dish or choice while quite literally sinking into the sands and those glorious waterside views.

The Offbeat Bar & Kitchen, Crantock

The cabin exterior of The Offbeat Bar & Kitchen at sunset

Best for: Flavour, attentive service and entertainment

Quarryfield Holiday Park TR8 5RJ

Not quite within stone’s throw - but still boasting far-reaching views of the sea, The Offbeat Bar & Kitchen is Crantock’s newest seasonal hidden gem. Think cool, log cabin style interiors, an ultra friendly service, and an appetite-sating menu designed to please. Take the family for a takeaway or sit down for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and soak up the energised atmosphere and roster of entertainment. 

From light bites, wraps and burgers to salads, pizza and classic dishes (think steak, curry, scampi, chilli, Ploughman’s), flavour is king at this rave reviewed restaurant, where you can dine inside or out while admiring the picturesque place where land and water collide. Kids will adore the Nippers menu, while a delectable cocktail list provides the perfect kick to your lip-smacking feast.

12 Beach Road

The balcony of 12 Beach Road with the sea in the background in Newquay

Best for: Laidback all-day dining

12 Beach Road, Newquay TR7 1ES

Snuggled between the town centre and Towan Beach, totally dog-friendly 12 Beach Road boasts one of the best seaside addresses in Newquay. Directly facing the bay and so proffering up picturesque views along the coast, 12 Beach Road epitomises Newquay’s laidback ocean living. 

Stop in for breakfast (full Cornish or vegan, cakes and pastries), brunch (BLT, granola bowl, bacon and St Ewe egg roll), lunch (burgers, tacos, donburi, pizza) or dinner (an extended lunch menu featuring mains like prawn linguine, Indonesian curry and Moroccan roasted cauliflower). There’s also a kids menu, extensive drinks list, and special offers and events such as brunch cocktails, tacos Tuesdays, happy hour and Sunday roast - phew, what a range!

Lewinnick Lodge

The dining room with sea views at Lewinnick Lodge in Newquay

Best for: Sunday lunches and storm watching

Pentire headland, Newquay TR7 1QD

Perched high above the dramatic Atlantic Ocean, this cliffside restaurant sits slap bang in the middle of the action when it comes to wave watching, whether its glorious sun or a soul (and sea) stirring storm. Covering every meal and more, from hearty breakfasts (pastries to Full Cornish), classic lunches (Cornish fish bun, steak ciabatta, BLT) and day-defining dinners (butter chicken, duck ragu, Cornish fish stew) to epic Sunday lunches (roast topside of beef, cider braised pork belly, butternut squash and nut wellington) and Cornish cream teas.

Kids will love the children’s menu, which features a great selection for every meal, while the festive menus promise a rather special festive feast. Wash it all down with a tipple from the marvellous menu stacked with world wines, local beers and ciders, and a lip-smacking selection of spirits - all paired with unending sea views.

The Beach Hut, Watergate Bay

A wooden alcove with sea views at The Beach Hut in Newquay

Best for: Sustainable dining by the sea

On the Beach, Watergate Bay TR8 4AA

Staking one of the best sea views over Newquay’s sprawling surfing hotspot, Watergate Bay, The Beach Hut blends relaxed and stylish interiors with sublime coastal views and a menu created using the best local and seasonal produce. The result? An unforgettable experience for all the senses. The Beach Hut’s offerings are a split of classics and plant-based menus “for a sustainable take on the post-surf refuel.” Tuck into a warming full English breakfast, saag aloo masala chapati, blood orange lassi, sourdough with eggs, malted waffle or a fresh pastry; or opt for something from their ‘cold’ menu including bircher, granola and muesli. 

Lunch and dinner ranges from small plates (peel and eat shrimp, focaccia, Cornish crab bisque) to salads (goats cheese and hazelnut, Mediterranean tuna, Cornish squid and cuttlefish), grills (beef/vegan burger), classics (moules marinière, crab linguine, fish and chips), après sea (Tandoori spiced cauliflower, pulled pork collar nachos, mac and cheese), lobster Friday, and sharing sides (patatas bravas, roasted squash, Portobello mushroom chips). Save room for dessert such as dark chocolate and raspberry cream pie, and St Clement’s cake, and linger as long as you desire while devouring those soul-stirring sea views.

Planning a trip to Newquay? We boast a range of holiday cottages in the famous north coast destination, as well as throughout the whole of Cornwall, allowing you to tailor a stay here or at any of our beautiful cottages - many with staggering sea views of their own!

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