What better way to spend Valentine’s Day than enjoying a candlelit meal with your loved one?

It may be a cliché but treating yourselves to some delicious food and taking the time to appreciate one another’s company for a few hours really is the ideal way to spend the most romantic evening of the year.

To make the best impression, choose a fine dining restaurant for fabulous flavours and attentive service.

These sought-after establishments will get booked up quickly though so to avoid disappointment, get your reservation in early.

So, whether you’re celebrating with your other half, the family, your best friend or simply offering yourself some love, here are Tripadvisor’s hottest tables for February 14, in Cornwall.


Top 5 fine dining restaurants in Cornwall

Paul Ainsworth at No. 6

Falmouth Packet: Paul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow. Picture: TripadvisorPaul Ainsworth at No. 6, Padstow. Picture: Tripadvisor
Where: 6 Middle Street, Padstow PL28 8AP
Rating: 5/5
Number of 'excellent' ratings: 2,652
Customer review: Amazing food with lovely personal touches
"Outstanding attention to detail - personal touches throughout, even the thank-you email afterwards.
"Mouth watering food - locally sourced, developed by team on site. Clearly enjoyed by the staff who knew what they were talking about.
"Excellent service- really enjoyed that all the staff come out and explain the food- feels like one big family involved.
"Warm, friendly setting - nothing stuffy- with good music chosen by the staff.
"The going home treats were just such a clever thoughtful touch."
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The Dining Room

Falmouth Packet: The Dining Room, Rock. Picture: TripadvisorThe Dining Room, Rock. Picture: Tripadvisor
Where: The Pavilion Rock Road Pavilion Buildings, Rock PL27 6JS
Rating: 5/5
Number of 'excellent' ratings: 494
Customer review: Little gem in Cornwall
"We visited on a Saturday night and the restaurant was obviously full. The owners are great hosts (you can tell they develop relationships with regular guests) and also knowledgeable of the menu and can explain all the dishes very well.
"We had two courses each and wine. We’re also offered canapés and amuse-bouche (that spiced pumpkin soup was delightful). There are four options for starters and mains which in my opinion is great since a short menu raises the expectations in terms of execution.
"We had the artichoke risotto for starter followed by hake and pork for mains. All dishes are very well thought and complete in terms of flavours, sauce, textures. Execution was spotless. Fantastic meal overall."
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Couch's Great House

Falmouth Packet: Couch's Great House, Polperro. Picture: TripadvisorCouch's Great House, Polperro. Picture: Tripadvisor
Where: Saxon Bridge Big Green, Polperro PL13 2QT
Rating: 5/5
Number of 'excellent' ratings: 489
Customer review: First, but certainly not our last visit!
"We visited Couch's this week for the first time, and hope it won't be our last.
"Amazing food, we had the mackerel and scallops as starters, the venison and chicken as our mains, followed by the cheese platter and the trio of deserts. Not a single mouthful of disappointment.
"The service was first class, nothing was too much trouble from Phil, and Richard came and chatted. Brilliant from start to finish!"
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The Shore Restaurant

Falmouth Packet: The Shore Restaurant, Penzance. Picture: TripadvisorThe Shore Restaurant, Penzance. Picture: Tripadvisor
Where: 13-14 Alverton Street, Penzance TR18 2QP
Rating: 5/5
Number of 'excellent' ratings: 503
Customer review: Outstanding!
"Outstanding meal made with great skill from fresh, locally sourced ingredients.
"Complemented with great wines and excellent service in a single, un-rushed evening sitting.
"Bruce explains each course, where it’s from and how it’s made. A four course masterclass of cooking.
"Cannot fault this place. Will certainly be going back."
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Driftwood Restaurant

Falmouth Packet: Driftwood Restaurant, Trewithian. Picture: TripadvisorDriftwood Restaurant, Trewithian. Picture: Tripadvisor
Where: Rosevine, Trewithian TR2 5EW
Rating: 5/5
Number of 'excellent' ratings: 272
Customer review: Michelin Star Worthy
"We came here as our first meal as husband and wife on our honeymoon.
"We eat at around 4 Michelin restaurants a year and have been working in fine dining for 15 years..... and we absolutely loved this place.
"The staff are exceptional, friendly and pay attention to detail. It's nice to actually have some personalities come through in fine dining service.
"The wine list isn't extensive, but the wines on the list are tasteful and carefully chosen. With something for everyone within reason.
"Our food was beyond excellent. Everything from our canapés to our desserts were extremely well balanced, flavourful and brilliantly executed.
"I will say that our experience matched that of many 1 and 2 star Michelin restaurants, and I strongly believe the team will achieve a star very soon!"
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