Porthgwidden Beach Café

4.6
1025 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 1025 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ChristopherW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose moules frites as my main course and they were fantastic! All big juicy mussels, non were still closed or over cooked. Excellent!

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NigelH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Money well spent on the outdoor area, really good, exceptional views. Overall a very nice dining experience.

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Yumhunter
London
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning location, friendly and attentive staff and delicious food. The mussels were the best I have ever eaten (big, plump and juicy!) and the crispy squid was an excellent starter too. Recommended.

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LDG1
Manchester
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great meal! The food tasted incredible (the mussels were so much bigger and tastier than the pricey ones we bought at Rick Stein’s) and the young guy who served us (not sure of his name) was really friendly and chatty. Also had incredible views of the sea, despite it being a cloudy evening!

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KarenS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We did find sitting in the outside space quiet noises, however I asked if possible to sit inside and staff more than happy to accommodate.

I was a little disappointed that no specials on offer but I left very happy with the food and service “great”
We try and visit this restaurant a couple of times a year and yes we will be back in September.

Thank you to all staff

JB
JonathanB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Lovely fish and sensibly priced.

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LorraineA
Bristol
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Beautiful setting, seemed fairly quiet compared to other times when we’ve been previously. Unfortunately the food was very poor. We ordered 4 x seafood linguine. We each had 2 prawns and 5 mussels, of the 5 we each had some weren’t open so wouldn’t risk eating them. One of my daughters only ended up with 3 she could eat. Extremely poor value at £18 each compared to other fabulous meals we had at The Mermaid and Cellar Bistro

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anonymous
Devon
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good! Enjoyed a lot! 50 characters is ridiculous - please turn this off.

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TraceyR
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely friendly atmosphere and great food. We will return!

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Holly
Devon
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a beautiful spot tucked away on one of St.ives lesser known beaches. Ofcourse the beach can be busy (like any beach in Cornwall these days!) But the staff were wonderful, polite and friendly. The food was delicious and the views just beautiful. They have a dog friendly area which was fab for our little pup. I highly recommend. Just remember st.ives parking is a challenge so allow enough time for a good walk to work up an appetite first!

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Daaaaaaaaaavvvvvvveeeeee
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always a great meal with fantastic service and views.

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AlanW
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Views to die for.
Lovely food.
Excellent service.
Recommend the proseccco and sloe gin cocktail

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TrishG
Devon
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful views and light, being right on the beach. Great service and good food

TG
TraceyG
Kent
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food overlooking the beach. Fantastic service friendly staff would definitely recommend. We had a fantastic meal the food was delicious!

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RachaelH
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely meal served by very cheerful attentive staff. Fish and chips was fab and the kids enjoyed their meals. A great way to celebrate our anniversary with lovely lunchtime cocktails too! Amazing view!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our absolute favourite restaurant in St Ives over the years. Consistently friendly service and amazing food. Lovely to see Jo and Hannah there too. Thanks for a wonderful family lunch.

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MarkP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Expensive for average food I had the fish and chips which I could of had just as good from any chip shop salt and pepper came in packets .

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EnaJ
London
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful window seat
Excellent staff , food was as good as ever

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Jerry
Hertfordshire
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great sea views, friendly and welcoming, delicious food.

MP
MichaelP
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing service, beautiful views, lovely food. Will be returning

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SteveC
Devon
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely staff, relaxing atmosphere, lovely food and of course a great view that you can never tire of.

JC
JenniferC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good food and friendly staff. We would have had a pudding but gave up after waiting 20 mins for the waitress to come back for the order.

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JezHippo
Surrey
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb food, great friendly staff and a view to die for over a stunning Sandy cove beach...highly recommended for dinner though can imagine it’s great all day long. If I lived closer, I’ll be here on a very regular basis! If you’re visiting the area, it’s an absolute must!

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Bonnie
Devon
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely location and interior, food and little pricey but good size portions and very tasty, staff very welcoming and attentive

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KeithP
Cornwall
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable meal with a lovely view. Limited menu for non seafood

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Annie
Derbyshire
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous cafe, the view was beautiful, the staff were just lovely and the food magnificent. We arrived early as we were unable to get a drink anywhere in St Ives, we were given our table but we're unable to order food until 6.30pm (our reservation time)which was absolutely fine. A smashing evening, thank you so much.

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CarolineA
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service , food was beautiful and very fresh , I would highly recommend .

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Katie
Herefordshire
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was extremely accommodating to our party. The waiting staff were not only efficient but particularly warm and friendly without exception. The food was absolutely delicious and the setting outstanding. If only we could have found somewhere to park!

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JoGo
London
2 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fab! Fab!! Fab!!!
The Food. The Service. The View.

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SallyC
London
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a special lunch. From the outside you can't see how lovely the cafe is. The view from the window seats is stunning. The service was spot on and the food was delicious. For us it wasn't a budget meal but it was very well priced for how nice it was. The staff were child friendly and the kids menu was good which helped but the venue would suit anyone.

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TonyB
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fab service, delicious food. Great value. Highly recommend. Many thanks.

CC
ChrisC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Everything was perfect. Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fantastic experience last night. Our table had the most amazing view of the beach and sea. Food and service was excellent!

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JodieS
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Lovely restaurant

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vipCarol
Devon
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always
Always good to return
See you soon

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Gerry
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and fab service! Well done team. We will be back.

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EmmaE
Liverpool
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful scenery. Very helpful staff. Good choice for children’s menu also. Would definitely come back again :)

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kates
Buckinghamshire
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was impeccable. Only downside was fish in main course over cooked. Deserts delightful

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SharonK
London
2 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An idyllic position overlooking beautiful beach
This restaurant serves delicious high quality food
The mackerel starter - each bite was a joy
My husband’s seafood linguine and my fish of the day - hake - was also equally delicious
Wine and dessert also first class

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StephenB
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service as usual. Got to be in top three in St Ives. Thank you.

FAQs

Porthgwidden Beach Café is rated 4.6 stars by 1025 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.