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“Informal Dining at its Best”
Review of Back Street Bistro

Back Street Bistro
Ranked #15 of 154 Restaurants in St Ives
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $36
Cuisines: European, Contemporary, International
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Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: French inspired menu, where fine dining has never been so casual! Finest locally sourced ingredients.
Reviewed April 15, 2013

We have just booked a table for August when we return to St Ives. We dined here 3 times last August and had a great time on each occasion. The food & wine is excellent and great value; service attentive & friendly; ambience relaxed ideal for couples and families. This is a real gem and I can't give enough praise. Can't wait for our next visit.

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Thank AndrewDavidC
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Reviewed April 12, 2013

We have just returned from a short break to St. Ives and had the pleasure of dining at this fab bistro on our last night. The staff are really friendly, we received a warm welcome and were fully informed about the menu when we questioned about various dishes, they are passionate about the food they serve. The atmosphere is very relaxed but very attentive service. We can recommend the brie and mussels starters and the chicken and hake mains followed by the yummy sticky toffee pudding! Would certainly recommend to couples or families. A warm welcome awaits you and delicious local food. We will return when we visit St. Ives in the future.

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Thank Caroline M
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

We had a very decent meal here and charming service but the overall experience was 3 stars in my book. The menu on the night we were there was very short with not much choice. The room itself is large and tables are well-spaced. There is some eclectic art on the walls and nostalgic 1970s reggae music playing (I think we went through all Bob Marley's Greatest Hits). There is a set menu and an a la carte, although only 2 starters and 3 mains with a couple of specials. The food was pretty decent all round without being stunning. We started with scallops and black pudding and a special of mixed tomato salad - which included an odd "tomato and basil water" which was a small shot glass of completely clear liquid that really did taste of tomato (weird). The main courses showed off strong ingredients - seafood stew with cod, hake, mussels in a saffron broth and a Cornish steak. Both came in very large portions - the steak in particular was enormous - but both were well cooked. We had two courses with a bottle of wine and one of mineral water and the bill with service came to £80, which felt expensive. So good but not outstanding.

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Thank Susan8552
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Martin-Bistro, Owner at Back Street Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded April 11, 2013

Hello Susan Thank you for taking the time to write your review of our Bistro. I am pleased that you enjoyed your food but a little unhappy that your overall experience only merited three out five on the ratings scale. We aim to delight all of our diners but it seems on this occasion we fell short.
I feel I owe you an apology because it seems we must have not explained our menu options fully. Diners are free to 'mix and match' between the fixed and classic menus, as well as the daily specials. On the night you ate with us, we had seven starter options, eight main courses and five desserts. The usual reaction we get from diners is one of 'too much' choice. All of our food is freshly prepared and it is quite a challenge to offer a menu with so much choice. As it was Easter we had a full team in the kitchen and were able to offer what we thought was a wide and varied selection of fresh produce - predominantly locally sourced. In quieter periods, we reduce our specials offerings and hence the choice is a little more limited. As for the expense, your choices included our most expensive starter and main course, and two items from the specials menu, again not our lowest price items. The price of your food alone without drinks was under sixty pounds meaning your choice of wine would have been a bottle at approximately twenty pounds. Our fixed price menu at £16.95 for two courses, and a bottle of our excellent house wine would have resulted in a bill of under £50. The feedback we receive from most diners indicates that we offer quite good value for money. We do not add a separate service charge (as some London/City restaurants do) neither do we leave the credit card bill open. Please come and give us another try next time you are in Cornwall and give us the chance to improve your opinion of us - we really, really do care.

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Reviewed April 4, 2013

We have just returned from a week in Cornwall and had an absolutely wonderful evening at this great little bistro - what a fabulous find. Wonderful ambience, candlelit tables, interesting art work adorning the walls, really friendly helpful staff and a very, very delicious menu featuring fresh local produce. We enjoyed delicious fresh home baked bread followed by a fabulous beetroot and buffalo mozzarella salad, then the most succulent and perfectly cooked hake, my husband chose chicken wrapped in parma ham with sage, again perfectly cooked. The sticky toffee pudding was to die for. Portions are generous and prices are very fair. This restaurant is lucky to have such a talented young Chef. We would rate this bistro amongst the best eateries in St Ives and will definitely return on our next trip to the area. We thoroughly recommend this bistro, would suggest making a reservation and don't feel the menu will disappoint, there is something to suit all tastes.

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Thank BURTONWiltshire
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

What a delight to eat in this restaurant. An evening of excellent food and friendly staff. Sticky toffee pudding ........ WOW........ a must have. Steak cooked to perfection. Would recommend to anyone, you will not be disappointed.

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Thank Carol J
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