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Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives, Cornwall

Porthminster Beach Café

4.7
4.7
3017 Reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood

Nestled beneath the steep slopes of Porthminster Point, right on the beach with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Now open all year round for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Porthminster Cafe in St Ives is a multi award winning seafood restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The café specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine and is an oasis of taste and visual beauty.
A Holiday in St Ives would not be complete without going to the beach. Here at Porthminster 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.

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Booked 48 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–15:00 Dinner Wed–Sat 17:30–21:00

  • Phone number

    01736 795352

  • Payment Options

    Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Mick Smith

Menu

View menu on restaurant's website

What 3,017 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cornwall

    Notable Wine List

  • Cornwall

    Scenic View

  • Cornwall

    Most Booked

  • West Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • West Cornwall

    Best Food

  • West Cornwall

    Best Service

  • West Cornwall

    Best Ambience

  • West Cornwall

    Fit for Foodies

  • West Cornwall

    Healthy

  • West Cornwall

    Lunch

  • West Cornwall

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • West Cornwall

    Romance

  • West Cornwall

    Special Occasions

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Baxfam

    London

    16 reviews

    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    One of our favourite restaurants when visiting St Ives. Starters were excellent but seafood linguine not up to normalstandard and too much garlic. Difficult to extract all the meat from the lobster claw with utensils provided.

  2. m

    mclead

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding view, delicious food, and welcoming staff. Will definitely come back.

  3. PC

    PhoebeC

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The pork belly starter was exceptional with a lovely balance of flavours. The battered fish was light and the chips were a treat (although we would recommend a side order of chips as you don’t get many). A perfect meal and a wonderful location. Thank you for a fabulous evening!

  4. A

    Anna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful birthday lunch. Fabulous views, food and drinks. The staff were all charming and very helpful. It really is an unbeatable spot for any occasion.

  5. LT

    LynneT

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We absolutely loved our lunch at Porthminster beach cafe yesterday. Service was excellent, food simply gorgeous and the view and ambiance incredible. Would definitely recommend and can’t wait to come back at some point. 👍

  6. LA

    LaurenArr

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food and lovely atmosphere. Really attentive staff and idyllic location on the beach will definitely be back! Thanks for having us!

  7. SK

    SueK

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Lovely food and lovely people but I think the prices have risen substantially since last year 😬

  8. SR

    SamanthaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I went with my daughter as part of my birthday celebration. They really made my celebration special. We were greeted by a lady behind the bar area as we entered and she told us that someone would be with us. We were shown to our table. Our waitress was just a really nice person . The food was amazing! I can recommend the surf and turf , the steak was cooked to perfection! The ambiance of the place is just beautiful. Thank you

  9. G

    Gigi

    Kent

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the more expensive restaurants in St Ives but for a special occasion it’s really worth it. Best fish and chips ever eaten, lovely wine, lovely staff and to top it all incredible location and view

  10. HF

    HeidiF

    West Sussex

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I would travel to the end of the earth to eat here.

  11. LG

    LindsayG

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A beautiful setting looking out over the sea. Greeted by friendly and attentive staff. An interesting menu and our food choices were beautifully presented. My seabass was the best ever! A very happy and memorable foodie experience from start to finish!

  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday Wednesday 17th May we had a lunch booking for 5 people. The first time I have been to Porthminster Beach Restraunt The staff, especially the young lady who was looking after our table was exceptional. So helpful and really made our visit very special. Our lunch meal was superb. I will without a doubt be returning when we’re next in St Ives A very big thank you to all the staff for making my day very special

  13. MA

    MelanieA

    Brighton

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Great food, views and service. Shame about the dogs barking and owners doing nothing to stop them.

  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lunch at Beach cafe, looking out over beautiful Porthminster Beach, the crab and Muscle linguine was best we have ever had, delightful, can't wait to go back, so good had it two days running!!

  15. JY

    JennyY

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Lovely as always . Our waiter was fantastic. Food amazing especially reconstructed Banoffee pie Thank you

  16. TB

    TraceyB

    Devon

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic service and excellent food with a great view

  17. MD

    MargaretD

    South Wales

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    Excellent service, good food, particularly recommended the soup of the day.

  18. LJ

    LorraineJ

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a beautiful location and amazing food and friendly staff

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was my birthday, I very much enjoyed my visit from start to finish. Food top quality, service excellent, location fabulous

  20. CW

    ChristineW

    Devon

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 15 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This has to be one of my favourite restaurants in Cornwall! The setting is fantastic, the food is wonderful with such a good choice and the staff are so welcoming and helpful. We will definitely return.

  21. JT

    JTDV

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Lovely views, food was okay but pretty overpriced for what you get. You're paying for the views and setting really.

  22. MN

    MarkN

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went to Rick steins Friday and the porthminster cafe was far better

  23. PH

    PHILIPG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 14 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great food with a wonderful view. Right on the beach but easy to get to.

  24. B

    sharonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Visited last week whilst on honeymoon as a treat. Fabulous experience with exceptional food. Great knowledgeable staff who were willing to talk to non foodies in a non patronising manner and made us feel very much at home. My starter of belly pork was incredible. Highly recommended.

  25. AB

    AndyB

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is of the highest standard with very friendly service.

  26. SW

    SusanW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, very attentive staff, a very special evening for my friend's birthday...

  27. MO

    MarkO

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    another superb meal at Portminster, I took 4 mates with me for their first experience of the monkfish curry, it didn't let us down! Superb as always (must of eaten this every year, every visit for over 20 years) . Not cheap, but worth very penny and I will be back soon. Service was superb also.

  28. H

    Hilary

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Food was beautiful but on this occasion the service was far too quick. Barely time to settle with a drink before the food was in front of us.

  29. SS

    StuartS

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Such a lovely restaurant in an amazing spot. Relaxed and unpretentious. Deserves it's reputation for great good and presentation.

  30. JC

    JanetteC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food, wonderful views. I will definitely be back!

  31. J

    Jackbly

    Hertfordshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Nice location on the beach, very quiet. Excellent food and friendly staff

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quality food and great service, can’t wait to go again

  33. CO

    ColinO

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3

    Spectacularly overpriced for what was at best average food, £19.50 for a small fish and chips and the batter was too thick and greasy, food came minutes after we ordered it and then asked for the dessert menu which didn’t arrive. Thankfully they knocked the service charge off before I did.

  34. SB

    SimonB

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Whilst a bit pricier than a lot of the other nearby restaurants, the food was gorgeous, so happy to pay a little more. Staff were attentive and the view was lovely.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely food, good menu choice, great service and a fantastic view.

  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food - fish and lobster fantastic crab lollipops for starters followed by a delicious pimms desert. Great wine and drinks list with wonderful friendly staff- happy to have a little chat and make us feel welcome ! Been many many times over the years and never disappoints - my favourite restaurant in the whole world ! and did I mention the view is to die for !

  37. TB

    ToshB

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Still my favourite restaurant in St Ives - friendly, wonderful location and excellent food and wine - but the prices are becoming a little hard to swallow!

  38. DS

    DougS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 May 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience1

    Stunning location, but overall experience disappointing. Slightly confused by the seemingly arbitrary way in which people were seated in the lovely conservatory area vs inside. Disconcerting to feel as if we were being judged by our appearance. Meal delivered in under five mins - always a concern. Menu over-promised and food was disappointing, especially for the price. Fish was tasteless (not convinced it was fresh), and veggie meal lukewarm and swimming in oil. Banoffee dessert was lovely, but Bombe Alaska was largely ice-cream with chocolate sauce - absolutely no hint of the whiskey promised in the sauce. Staff very keen to turn the table and one staff member very surly. Such a shame, as had high hopes for an enjoyable lunch,

  39. SW

    SuzieW

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Great service and great menu and food . We had the ‘experience ‘ and devoured a selection of seafood but my only wish would have been that the table was wiped down by the staff afterwards . It’s very messy !

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 9 May 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting & service

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Porthminster Beach Café is rated 4.7 stars by 3017 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 48 times today
Google Map for Porthminster Beach Café

Porthminster Beach St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EB

Additional information

  • Area

    St Ives

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00–15:00 Dinner Wed–Sat 17:30–21:00

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Mick Smith

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

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