Porthgwidden Beach Café

4.6
1186 reviews
£26 to £40
Fish
Nestled beneath the steep grassy slopes of St Ives “Island”, right on the beach with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Now open all year round for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The café specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine and is an oasis of taste and visual beauty. The café is open daily for a selection of patisserie and the finest coffee.

A Holiday in St Ives would not be complete without going to the beach. Here at Porthgwidden Beach we have one of the cleanest beaches in the South West. We have been given the prestigious Blue Flag Award which guarantees the highest of standards.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1186 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
ambience
4.4
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Molly23
Staffordshire
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience dining here. Staff were exceptional. Really welcoming and friendly and so polite and professional. Service was prompt and food was amazing. Good size portion and very tasty and well cooked and presented.
Lovely atmosphere with amazing view over my favourite st.ives beach, porthgwidden. Very airy too so didn't get hot in the restaurant. Highly recommended. Can't praise enough.

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Insync100
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A hidden gem.
Super friendly staff with a stunning view of the beach.

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OpenTable Diner
Lancashire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely staff, lovely views. Nothing else to say really.

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CraigW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Amazing staff and fantastic service, catered really well for our dog and also gave him a treat!!!!
Only downside was that it was very expensive

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FionaP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite restaurants in St Ives. The setting, the food the ambience. Staff were great too.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff were superb, very attentive, friendly and happy to spend time chatting. Food was exceptional. A special shout out to Hannah who made our whole experience wonderful. It was by far our best meal during our week away to St Ives.

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SarahP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and superb food, of which was excellent quality and all tasted great. Food is pricey but decent sized portions. Bottles of wine are well priced and good to see organic ones on menu too. Unfortunately they were out of Polgoon cider. Location is just perfect. Had to book in again!

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DarrenB
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and food. Crab sandwich was excellent, battered fish was very good, however, chip could have been better.

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EmmaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food served in a lovely surrounding. The outside of the place doesn’t really do justice to the interior or food and so don’t let it put you off. The menu was relatively small but for people who enjoy fish this place was great. Excellent service to top it off.

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BAM1960
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Impossible not to mention great view, so: great view; friendly, helpful, attentive staff: delicious food; and top notch espresso martinis.

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Julie
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely restaurant with amazing views. Food lovely, menu limited due to COVID and a bit expensive. Staff very friendly and will definitely go back.

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vipLynn
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great views, super friendly staff. The starters are wonderful! The mains are Totally mediocre. If you go, plan to go and have the starters as tapas ans your experience will be far superior.

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MarkH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Please don't take bookings for 9.30 if you want us to leave within an hour, perfect food and service.

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RukiaW
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place to eat and good views of the beach. Food fresh and tasty with choice of specials. Definitely recommend.

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CharlieD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant in a superb spot, great staff and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best waitress ever here. All were so attentive and polite and not rushing you to get the table back. Food was lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood linguine and a lovely crisp glass of white wine. Very welcoming, friendly and helpful staff.

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Paul
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

You would expect homemade chips at the level of restaurant not frozen bagged fries. The started and main was very nice

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EmmaR
London
2 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, lovely staff and great menu with delicious food (especially catch of the day!) loved our dinner here, well worth booking in advance for

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely holiday unch

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Katie
London
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful spot for a relaxed lunch. Tasty food, lovely interior, excellent service. Views to die for.
A 'must do' for your visit to St Ives.

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CatP
Bath
6 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come back to eat here every year when holidaying in St.Ives. We bring the whole family, daughters 15 & 17. There are good food choices for all tastes and ages. The food is delicious and the staff are so friendly. It has such a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

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CeliaL
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First class service throughout - friendly but professional.
The food was delicious and very well presented.
The view from the venue is superb.
The only downside was the noise. A big group of rowdy diners were at the next table and in what is a fairly compact venue, it made conversation across our table quite challenging.

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Shan
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was good but was very expensive and arguably not worth what we paid. That said, the service was excellent and ambience good

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AdamG
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good quality food & service

Happy with the Covid measures they have in place too

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Allan
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for breakfast. Quiet, easy place with helpful staff and good food. Recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a family of 5, we really enjoyed the breakfast after our journey from Hertfordshire. We had booked in so that we could start our holiday here overlooking the beach, and as everyone, it didn’t disappoint.
Staff were friendly and professional as always.
Thank you

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DeeC
London
4 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The menu looks simple but the food is exciting and excellent quality. The staff are amazing, so friendly , been going here many years and they are still smiling despite the immense strain they are under at the moment.

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Linly
Devon
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely evening with lovely food and staff were brilliant.

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LukeW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and staff were even better. Thanks for a lovely lunch 👌

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StellaBella
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family feel, welcoming team, great food, really happy to be there, thank you.

JC
JackC
Devon
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Excellent friendly service making us welcome and special. Food very good.

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OpenTable Diner
South Wales
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and fantastic service

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Ruther
Devon
4 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place with excellent food, better than the porthminster beach cafe.

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SarahJ
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Felt completely unwelcome by the insincere staff. Food choice was poor, table was in the path of staff and other arriving guests. Food wasn’t even average.
The view was beautiful but wish we’d used the takeaway cafe downstairs and sat outside. What a disappointment.

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JanB
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent range of dishes, with local fresh fish being the star players. Very pleasant and attentive staff eager to please and make your visit memorable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very friendly staff offering great service, spectacular views and attentive to our four legged friends, menu is great with good seafood specials

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NicolaB
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Beautiful views but hot in the sunshine. Great food, atmosphere and very clean

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StellaBella
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A much awaited

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were really accommodating, really great service and food, and THAT view! As an added bonus they took Covid measures really seriously. Leave plenty of time to find parking though!

FAQs

Porthgwidden Beach Café is rated 4.6 stars by 1186 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.