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“Upmarket food in a relaxed and friendly setting”
Review of Alfresco Cafe Bar - CLOSED

Alfresco Cafe Bar
Price range: $6 - $31
Cuisines: Seafood, British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: Harbourside, open-fronted restaurant. Open every day for lunch 12-3 and dinner 6-9.30
London, England, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Upmarket food in a relaxed and friendly setting”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

I ate at Alfresco on spec as a lone diner and was delighted with the attentive, though not overbearing, service from the friendly and knowledgeable staff. My starter of seared scallops with pea puree, prosciutto and lemon curd was perfectly cooked and presented, although for my taste the lemon curd was an unwelcome addition being far too sweet to match the other flavours on the plate. My main of John dory, with english asparagus, lightly pickled cauliflower florets, crispy fried oyster and cider sauce was served with a side of rosemary roasted new pots and was the stand-out dish of my 3 nights in St Ives. The fish was generously portioned, the accompaniments a perfect match and all cooked and seasoned beautifully. A selection of excellent Cornish farmhouse cheeses rounded off my meal and I was the last happy customer to leave the restaurant. I’ll definitely return next time I’m in town.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Claire S
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Bollington, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Poor coffee”
Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Stopped for a morning coffee and was very disappointed. Coffee was very weak and only luke warm, requested that coffee was replaced which it was with no issues. However replacement was only a little warmer and still very weak, many better places to have a coffee in St Ives so give this one a miss.

Visited July 2014
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2 Thank Frank M
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Very Poor Customer Service !”
Reviewed July 20, 2014

Been to this restaurant many times, year upon year always been fantastic. visited this last time and food was not good, beef and john dory fillets on their own were fine but potatoes and veg were disgusting, tasted as if strong, dirty and really greasy fat had been used, mentioned this to the waitress who was without doubt the same person the previous reviewer had commented on. She was very aggressive and rude. Main course arrived 1 hour 10 mins after being in the restaurant, we were told there were time slots, but they weren't even busy. Over all she was not in the slightest bit interested in what we had to say. Found the whole experience very intimidating.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank beyonce2014
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Lovely location and quality meal”
Reviewed July 18, 2014

Just back from our meal and it was very nice, great food and friendly staff.
Not a cheap meal but you get what you pay for!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank Brett O
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Bromley, United Kingdom
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82 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
“Exquisite food, friendly service and very romantic”
Reviewed July 18, 2014 via mobile

We had a lovely 2-course meal with great wine and perfect service. Was a little smarter than most St Ives restaurants (i.e. most men in shirts) and was nice to have a special occasion meal there. All aspects of the meal, from the homemade bread, the quality ingredients and presentation were perfect.

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank SimSP1
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