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Soak in spectacular waterfront views and indulge in mouth-watering menus in these Port Isaac restaurants and cafes.

The picture-perfect fishing village of Port Isaac sits within the dramatic landscape of Pentire Point in North Cornwall.

Famed as the filming location behind popular TV series Doc Martin, its collection of delicious eateries adds to the villages Cornish charm.

With menus serving the days landings, seasonal fayre and fresh, locally sourced produce, Port Isaac promises the very best of Cornwall.

At John Bray, we have a lovely collection of Port Isaac holiday cottages. Book your next break in this charming village so you can sample the delights of these Port Isaac restaurants.

Read on to find out more about the eight best restaurants in Port Isaac…


Outlaws New Road

Tripadvisor 5/5– Seafood / British/ Healthy – £ £ £ £ £

Mussels and fish at Outlaws New Road

Outlaws New Road is the first of Michelin-Starred Chef Nathan Outlaws ventures in Port Isaac. Originally opening as Restaurant Nathan Outlaw in 2013, the restaurant has since been scaled back.

Opening its doors for lunch and dinner service, this Port Isaac restaurant offers a set seafood menu, priced at £95.00 per person.

The sophisticated menu is guided by the daily catch, using ingredients obtained locally from Cornwall and the South West.

It’s picture-perfect coastal setting provides an idyllic backdrop for diners, with views stretching across the enchanting waters of the Atlantic.

Outlaws New Road has been awarded Britain’s top-rated restaurant by The Good Food Guide. It is also the only fish restaurant in the UK with 2 Michelin stars.

Sample menu 🡭

Veggie/vegan options ✔ Dog-friendly ✘ Takeaway ✘


The Golden Lion

Tripadvisor 4.5/5– Bar / British/ Pub– £ £ £ £ £


The Golden Lion sits in a desirable position on Fore Street, with unrivalled views of the beach, harbour and ocean. Famed as the backdrop behind Doc Martins Crab and Lobster, this one is sure to be a hit with television buffs!

With a cosy bar area, dining room, and picturesque terrace, there’s no better place to unwind after an afternoon of coastal excursions.

Ramblers of the South West Coast Path can take a break from their jaunts and cosy up around the roaring fire.

In the warmer months, the balcony invites patrons to take in the views of the ocean with a pint of Cornish ale in hand.

Pick from a menu of traditional pub fayre or Cornish seafood, all prepared using seasonal ingredients sourced from local suppliers.

Serving plates including fish and chips, burgers and ice cream sundaes, you’re sure to find something to suit everyone.

This Port Isaac restaurant doesn’t accept bookings, so be sure to pop down early to avoid disappointment!

Veggie/vegan options ✔ Dog-friendly ✔ Takeaway ✔


Outlaws Fish Kitchen

Tripadvisor 4.5/5– Seafood/ British/ Gluten Free Options – £ £ £ £ £

Fish and potatos at Outlaws Fish Kitchen

Positioned in the heart of the village, within one of Port Isaacs oldest buildings, Outlaws Fish Kitchen oozes authentic Cornish charm.

Wooden beams and wonky, white-washed walls provide a rustic setting to tuck-into the restaurants £80.00 per person set seafood menu.

The sample menu includes smoked cod’s roe, scallop with rosemary and orange butter, and set vanilla cream and blood orange.

Expect the freshest of produce, sourced locally from day boats landing in the harbour. With spectacular views overlooking the moorings, you may even catch sight of the latest catch unloading for yourself.

Donations to the Port Isaac RNLI and the Fisherman’s Mission are welcome at both of Outlaws Port Isaac restaurants.

Sample menu 🡭

Veggie/vegan options ✔ Dog-friendly ✘ Takeaway ✔


Chapel Café

Tripadvisor 4.5/5– Café / British/ Vegetarian Friendly– £ £ £ £ £

Fish and chips at the Chapel Cafe

This place to eat in Port Isaac boasts a truly unique position, set within a 19th century Methodist chapel.

Lovingly restored, the café hosts an eclectic interior, with accents of nautical blue and white. There’s even an original altar and an eye-catching musical organ!

Interior of the Chapel Cafe in Port Isaac

Crowned for its award-winning fish finger sandwich, the café serves a menu of sweet and savoury dishes. You can look forward to delicious meals prepared with locally sourced Cornish ingredients.

Expect traditional Cornish cream tea, a variation of sandwiches, locally roasted coffee and even an afternoon tipple!

With dedicated doggie cream teas available, Chapel Café is an eatery in Port Isaac that can be enjoyed with the whole family in tow.

In addition to its hearty menu, there’s a family-run pottery shop and art gallery in the Sunday school next door.

Veggie/vegan options ✔ Dog-friendly ✔ Takeaway ✔


Port Gaverne Hotel and Restaurant

Tripadvisor 4.5/5– Bar / Seafood / British– £ £ £ £ £

Salad at Port Gaverne Hotel Restaurant

The Port Gaverne Hotel sits within a secluded cove, a short walk from Port Isaac.

A multi-award winning establishment, this Port Isaac restaurant has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes. It has also been named Cornwall’s best pub by the Pub and Bar Magazine. With James Lean, former head chef of Michelin-starred restaurant Outlaws Fish Kitchen heading the kitchen, it’s clear to see why.

Serving a seasonal menu, you can expect day-caught fish, local ingredients and an eclectic wine list.

In the afternoon, a two or three-course set menu is served, with vegetarian options available for those who choose.

Sample menu 🡭

Veggie/vegan options ✔ Dog-friendly ✔ Takeaway ✘ 


Fresh from the Sea

Tripadvisor 4.5/5– Seafood / British / Soups – £ £ £ £ £


Located at the top of Port Isaac, Fresh from the Sea is a family-run café that does what it says on the tin.

Serving seafood caught daily using the owners boat, the Mary D, you’re sure to find fish Fresh from the Sea.

This pint-sized café has a handful of tables, along with an outdoor seating area, perfect for alfresco dining!

With a menu dependent on the weather and the days landings, you can anticipate lobster, crab, scallops, mackerel and pollack. Why not veer from tradition with a slice of homemade cake?

Sample menu 🡭

Veggie/vegan options ✘ Dog-friendly ✘ Takeaway ✔


The Mote

Tripadvisor 4.5/5– Bar / Seafood / British / – £ £ £ £ £

A pork dish at The Mote in Port Isaac

One of Port Isaacs favourite restaurants, The Mote promises the best ingredients that Cornwall has to offer.

Welcoming beachgoers, ramblers and four-legged friends alike, you’re sure to experience traditional Cornish charm here.

Enjoying a harbourside location, The Mote frames spectacular views across the nearby water. If the views aren’t enough, the locally sourced meat, bread, charcuteries and veg will be sure to tempt you in.

Tuck in to dishes of bread and oil, seafood linguine, vegan fish n’ chips or even a cheeseboard. Why not satisfy your sweet tooth with a Callestick Farm ice cream, with dairy-free options available too!

Sample menu 🡭

Veggie/vegan options ✔ Dog-friendly ✔ Takeaway ✔


Pilchards Café at Port Gaverne

Tripadvisor 4/5– Seafood / British / Contemporary – £ £ £ £ £


If you’re lucky enough to visit Port Isaac during the peak-season, Pilchards café at Port Gaverne is a wonderful choice!

Part of the Port Gaverne Hotel, this café on the beach offers a truly immersive experience, with the sea sweeping just steps from the decking at high tide.

The seafood-orientated menu changes daily, with tapas, sharing plates and blackboard specials making regular appearances.

The café itself has a large outdoor seating area, ideal for soaking in those spectacular sights. The inviting interior offers shelter from the elements.

Unwind with a craft beer as the Cornish coastline provides you with a picture-perfect backdrop.

Sample menu 🡭

Veggie/vegan options ✔ Dog-friendly ✔ Takeaway ✘ 


For more inspiration on where to visit, browse our top 5 places to eat in North Cornwallarticle.

Explore more of the Cornish coastline with an adventure to Rock, where you can whet your appetite at one of Rocks best restaurants.

If we’ve tempted you with a break to Cornwall, browse this wonderful collection of holiday cottages in Port Isaac.