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La Peniche Falmouth's floating vintage restaurant - La Peniche, Falmouth, Cornwall

La Peniche

4.6
4.6
141 Reviews
£26 to £40
Contemporary French
Welcome to La Peniche! Falmouth's vintage restaurant, floating at Haven Marina, where every seat has a view across the harbour, Marina or quays. Our prime location tucked away on historic North Quay in the heart of the town & our novel premises provide a unique dining experience.
Enjoy our special ambience & great views. A beautiful haven to meet up with friends & family, nurture yourselves away from the crowds. As the evening falls the mood changes; elegant, French & romantic. But we're so much more than the best date night location; if you enjoy quality food, beautifully presented & fine wines bring your friends & see for yourself. Well behaved dogs welcome. Call for event booking (wedding breakfast, family gatherings) & see our website for Air B & B link. Please note we go up & down on the tide & the gangway at low tide can feel a little steep to some folks. If online booking looks full or if you have any questions at all please call us. We look forwards to welcoming you on board!

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2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 17:45–22:00

  • Phone number

    01326 316177

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Vincent Gatay

  • Private party facilities

    Celebrate you wedding, birthday or anniversary on board our 1938 French barge (Peniche) What a unique setting to make your special occasion memorable. Harbour views for all your guests & sensational food! Maximum capacity is currently 50. Available for day hire & we even have 2 B & B rooms on board! Please go to our website for more information.

  • Area

    Falmouth

  • Cross Street

    Arwenack Street

  • Parking Details

    The best public car park to use is Grove Place (Event Square). We are just a 5 minute walk from there. Custom House Quay (by local emporium Trago Mills) is nearer but in summer there are not many spaces available. For taxi drop off or pick up ask for North Quay.

  • Public Transit

    We are moored in the heart of the town waterfront on North Quay, near the local emporium Trago Mills on neighbouring Custom House Quay. We are walking distance from Falmouth's car parks, Town & Docks train station and bus stops. We are slightly tucked away from the hectic pace on the main street. Seek out "Bookmark", a great little bookshop, turn off Arwenack Street and stroll down Quay Hill all the way to the water. When you can't go any further, turn left and head though the top Marina gate and onto our pontoon. At low tide you may not automatically see us but follow the signs and look left and you'll find our hidden gem. "The jewel in Falmouth's dining crown"! For Taxi drop off ask for North Quay.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 141 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cornwall

    Best Service

  • Cornwall

    Best Ambience

  • Cornwall

    Fit for Foodies

  • Cornwall

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Cornwall

    Romance

  • Cornwall

    Scenic View

  • Cornwall

    Special Occasions

  • South Coast

    Most Booked

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  1. DW

    DavidW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best food I have ever tasted, made me feel like a judge on MasterChef. Unbelievable taste combinations, just a fantastic experience.
  2. M

    Matt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting for a restaurant, great service and very well presented food with excellent range and flavours. Very reasonable prices for the quality of food. Had a fantastic evening - highly recommended and would definitely return.
  3. j

    joeyh

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Despite being half empty, it took around half an hour for our drinks. Then my starter was wrong twice. Maybe they were having a bad night, the food was fine and the staff were friendly. But won't be rushing back.
  4. J

    Jess

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were really impressed by this experience. The quality of the food was outstanding and was made even better by the friendly service and beautiful views. Would highly recommend.
  5. AR

    ARChapel

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great addition to Falmouth dining- the food was really excellent with friendly service and a lovely environment
  6. LC

    LianneCooper

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a unique place to eat. The food was so delicious and well Cooked. The waiting staff were smart and polite and the drink prices were very reasonable. Lovely atmosphere, especially as the sun started to go down and all the lights on the boat glowed. Lovely experience for an evening meal. The menu for breakfasts and lunch also looked great. Will definitely visit again.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 26 July 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    Family meal on holiday. Chose here because of the location and had a wonderful welcome from the ever-smiling host. Limited menu only offered 2 (£30) or 3 course menu. We asked if we could order off the a la crate but not an option.If we’d known this in advance, I would have looked at the menu. The food is over-complicated and unfortunately doesn’t deliver on taste at all. Offering an amuse bouche is great, but really didn’t deliver on taste, but I then ordered the skate main meal, and the taste of the vegetable accompaniment was almost identical to the amuse bouche…curried (maybe I’m expecting too much!). Shouldn’t be having that clash of taste. Wine list is really limited and I thought overpriced. Staff were absolutely lovely and very attentive, faultless.
  8. MS

    MarkS

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 23 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely to see the restaurant full of people having a good time and enjoying the delicious food. Thoroughly enjoyed our meal and the service was excellent.
  9. HB

    HannahB

    Devon

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 July 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Terrible food! Terrible service! Overall experience was very underwhelming!
  10. JH

    JamesH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely setting and food, with the team providing an excellent service, really caring about your experience- thank you!
  11. RF

    RobF

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can’t fault this gem of a restaurant. Tucked away at the side of the busy quayside is this charming bistro. The staff were so friendly and attentive; we even witnessed them being so kind and patient with a customer who was challenging the minute he walked in. The food was outstanding (best mackerel my husband has ever eaten, and he’s a fan) and we thought the prices were reasonable too. You would pay two or three times the amount for this quality in London. We were lucky enough to be given a table on the side of the harbour so we had a great view too. Will definitely return when we visit Falmouth again.
  12. SA

    SeaseekerA8

    Caribbean

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 July 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This is fine dining in an unusual setting on the water. Menu was original as well although quite a narrow choice. Food nicely presented and tasty but needed sides. French frites very good. We thought the wine was expensive.
  13. C

    Chris

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The environment was delightful and more spacious than expected compared to our experiences of other boat restaurants. All the food was delicious as was the Chablis. Who knew rice pudding could be so special and that basil meringue is a thing? But both are at La Peniche. The waitress was attentive and fun which added to an overall amazing, memorable and very special dining experience.
  14. RG

    RebeccaG

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Peniche is a beautiful restaurant on a boat. The food is out of this world and the staff were amazing. It’s not cheap but for the quality of food, it’s excellent value.
  15. MT

    MarkT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We booked after our friends told us of their great experience. We really enjoyed the ambience - nice and quiet and well spaced tables. Great service from the young staff and really delicious food. Thanks for a brilliant birthday ! (PS the bits of brownie with a candle in were a great touch !!
  16. GW

    GeoffW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic evening, fantastic food, the staff went the extra mile to sort out my wifes dificult dietary problems and we were very well looked ater.
  17. D

    Debbie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely restaurant for any occasion though we enjoy celebrating the special ones here as it feels so decadent with its gorgeous 30’s Art Deco interior. The food is delicious, great service & you’re on a fabulous boat with glorious views, what more could you wish for!
  18. GT

    GayT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 July 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Excellent dining experience, interesting food menu, quirky setting well appointed, great views
  19. D

    Diana

    Surrey

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 3 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food absolutely delicious, service good, ambience excellent. Would definitely recommend an evening there.
  20. JO

    JennyO

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely venue, great food and service. Very cosy and romantic location. Really personal service, highly recommend.
  21. JL

    JosephL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent ,service and food and restaurant on water
  22. SU

    SimonU

    Bristol

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 June 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Breakfast on board - short menu but good food. A hidden gem in Falmouth. We've had dinner here as well which was equally good. Seek it out....
  23. GR

    GemmaR

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food, top notch presentation and flavours. Very,very fine dining in a fabulous unique informal setting... Go!!
  24. CN

    ChandniN

    Nottingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was really tasty. Service was amazing and staff were really nice. The ambience was nice, being on a boat while eating is an interesting experience. The bread and butter was delicious.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful restaurant! The setting is very unique (being on a boat) and the price is good considering the quality of the food. The staff were very friendly and the experience was very enjoyable.
  26. LR

    LindseyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely calm comfortable ambience. Enjoyed the food, (limited choices). Excellent service.
  27. N

    Nuts

    Cornwall

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall3food5service4ambience3
    Booked Sunday lunch - at low tide - but still had a nice water view. Ladies and Gents either side of entrance - not very welcoming but Manageress was - very pleasant however not very knowledgeable about menu - had to keep going to refer to the chef. Don't know where this chef has been hidden! Had excellent meal, beautifully cooked with desserts to die for!!
  28. KM

    KerryM

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food in an unusual and scenic setting. Excellent friendly service.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked this amazing place for an Anniversary breakfast for my Parents while on holiday in St Mawes. We were welcomed by the very friendly owner and given the option to sit indoors or on the deck. The weather was a bit unreliable so we opted to sit inside . The interior was cosy and exceptionally clean . We opted for the full breakfast and there were a variety of drinks on offer. The breakfast was delicious and the overall experience was wonderful and memorable.
  30. DM

    DennisM

    Devon

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 8 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A unique environment with great food and staff. Wine was a bit expensive.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic setting, great staff who were very attentive & the food was fantastic! A must try for anyone who hasn’t yet, our party covered most thing on the menu and they all tasted wonderful. A 10/10 from us, we will be back! Thank you
  32. A

    Antjan

    Oxford

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on 4 June 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Lovely restaurant, good food. Worth a visit next time you are in Falmouth.
  33. TE

    TonyE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The fantastic reviews I had read before We booked were not wrong. La Peniche is a real gem, with a lovely relaxing ambiance, in a great (if a little quirky) setting in the harbour. The menu is small, but perfectly done, and there’s a good selection of drinks. We had three courses, with every one of them cooked to perfection and served with a smile by friendly staff. If I lived in Falmouth, this would be at the top of my list when eating out.
  34. DP

    DavidP

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A great evening with wonderful food and service. A fairly limited menu choice but I assume that's because all the produce is fresh. Some nice wines were available to compliment the meal.
  35. J

    Jerry

    Cornwall

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 June 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    Visited la Peniche last year and it was excellent, however, this year the food was extremely disappointing. The same dish: cod was dry and didn’t seem fresh.
  36. WJ

    WillJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Small fixed price 2 or 3 course menu with red meat, fish, poultry and vegetarian options. Focus on quality over quantity. Prompt and friendly service, authentic French cuisine with views across the bustling harbour front. Savour the flavours on a boat without the bloat.
  37. S

    Sawing

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautifully prepared food. Very elegantly presented. The barge has a lovely ambience.
  38. PF

    PaulF

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    First time visit, well fulfilled expectations, friendly staff and owners made us feel welcome.
  39. DJ

    DawnJ

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food, great service and lovely location.
  40. S

    Steve

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply amazing, food and service fantastic, thank you

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

La Peniche is rated 4.6 stars by 141 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for La Peniche

Falmouth HavenNorth QuayQuay Street, Falmouth, Cornwall TR11 3HH

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    Arwenack Street

  • Area

    Falmouth

  • Hours of Operation

    Dinner Tue–Sun 17:45–22:00

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking Details

    The best public car park to use is Grove Place (Event Square). We are just a 5 minute walk from there. Custom House Quay (by local emporium Trago Mills) is nearer but in summer there are not many spaces available. For taxi drop off or pick up ask for North Quay.

  • Public Transit

    We are moored in the heart of the town waterfront on North Quay, near the local emporium Trago Mills on neighbouring Custom House Quay. We are walking distance from Falmouth's car parks, Town & Docks train station and bus stops. We are slightly tucked away from the hectic pace on the main street. Seek out "Bookmark", a great little bookshop, turn off Arwenack Street and stroll down Quay Hill all the way to the water. When you can't go any further, turn left and head though the top Marina gate and onto our pontoon. At low tide you may not automatically see us but follow the signs and look left and you'll find our hidden gem. "The jewel in Falmouth's dining crown"! For Taxi drop off ask for North Quay.

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Vincent Gatay

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    01326 316177

  • Private party facilities

    Celebrate you wedding, birthday or anniversary on board our 1938 French barge (Peniche) What a unique setting to make your special occasion memorable. Harbour views for all your guests & sensational food! Maximum capacity is currently 50. Available for day hire & we even have 2 B & B rooms on board! Please go to our website for more information.

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