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Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives, Cornwall

Porthminster Beach Café

4.7
4.7
3314 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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2 people

21:30


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean, European

  • Hours of Operation

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

  • Phone number

    01736 795352

  • Payment Options

    Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Mick Smith

What 3,314 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. H

    Hannah

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service and food, the pork was divine. Beautiful view and all round excellent.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Good expensive food.
  3. HA

    HelenA

    Kent

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding in every way. We were a table of 6...had a magnificent table, food was amazing at reasonable prices particularly considering the uniqueness of the setting!! Our waiter Shaun was fantastic, attentive, efficient and it was a pleasure to be served by him!! Will definitely be back
  4. TH

    TrudyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful view, fabulous food & brilliant service. Special mention of the Monk fish Indonesian curry my husband had. Wow, the flavours were amazing. This is by far our favourite place to eat in StIves. Can’t wait to come back.
  5. NP

    NPLA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff were lovely and very helpful my daughter who is 16 had a bigger sized child’s meal as is a fussy eater and that was no problem at all. Food delicious and staff had good knowledge of dishes available. Highly recommend a pod for watching the sunset. 😊
  6. RN

    RuthN

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another brilliant meal at Porthminster Beach. A lovely atmosphere which suits adults and children alike. Excellent service from friendly, professional, smiley staff. Thank you!
  7. LH

    LouiseH

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Lovely fish and shellfish going again tomorrow! 😎
  8. SK

    SueK

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous evening, lovely staff, truly excellent food and wine in s fabulous setting.. cannot wait to return! Cannot recommend enough … best evening!
  9. DH

    DavidH

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Professional, attentive not overbearing. Monkfish curry superb, beautifully presented and very tasty.
  10. BR

    BarryR

    Hampshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Have dined here many times. Food and service as good as ever. Had the Grand children with us on this occasion and they really enjoyed it especially the squid starter
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just stunning, no other words to discribe it. Staff so polite and food was superb 5*
  12. G

    Getawaywithyou

    Shropshire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous evening celebrating our 41st Wedding Anniversary on a lovely table on the terrace. and our last night in St Ives, on a beautiful evening. All staff were very friendly and helpful and especially understanding in accommodating our change in guest numbers as 2 had to return home early. We all thoroughly enjoyed our food choices assisted by Scarlett our attentive waitress who was very knowledgeable on all the dishes enabling us to decide which of the tempting offerings to have. We thoroughly enjoyed her interaction with our family. We will definitely return when next in the area (hope Scarlett is still there!).
  13. CW

    ChloeW

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb as always! Monk fish curry is always a winner! A great variety even for non fish lovers. Best restaurant in St Ives.
  14. KH

    KileyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent restaurant with delicious, fresh food and amazing service. The food arrived quickly and tasted amazing. The staff were helpful and attentive without imposing and the view of the sea was spectacular. Best food of our entire holiday
  15. r

    rods

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    overpriced food and the 12% service charge is a complete rip off considering the cost of living at present
  16. BC

    BerniC

    Berkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I wish I lived closer but this is always the highlight of our holiday to St Ives! It is always a fabulous experience - the staff are delightful & helpful - the food is always delicious. Love this place! Make sure you leave room for their banoffi dessert & for their espresso martini - the best I’ve ever had 😊
  17. DM

    DuncanM

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I dont think Ive ever paid this much for a meal for two but neither have I eaten such gorgeous food! It was our 20th wedding anniversary and we were given a fantastic table overlooking the beach and service throughout the eveneing was immaculate. I may have to save for a while but would definitely go back, thanks for a wonderful evening.
  18. JD

    JeanD

    Devon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Special place to eat Superb setting Great food Great quality
  19. SB

    SarahB

    Bath

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Definitely one of our favourite meals of all time. Very impressive, innovative dishes in a relaxed atmosphere. Children are very welcome and there is a brilliant Children's menu for them. The setting is beautiful. All staff members were friendly and attentive. Excellent value for money in what could easily be Michelin star level dishes. Thank you for a lovely end to our stay in St Ives
  20. VM

    VivienneM

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Consistently excellent for all the years we have been dining here - we love it!
  21. EO

    EatOutNat

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A really lovely restaurant in a stunning spot. Food is fantastic and they have a brilliant menu for children too. It is on the pricey side but it’s well worth it - you’re paying for an enjoyable meal in the perfect spot to see St Ives at its best. The staff were lovely too and made us feel very welcome. Thank you! We will be back!
  22. C

    Crispycrab

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved the view and the relaxed atmosphere. The food was lovely with just the right sized portions especially for the children's menu. Desserts were the best. The deep fried banoffee pie was amazing. We had a choice if table but decided in inside which was mainly to avoid seagulls. We felt like we were outside because of the lovely big open windows.
  23. NR

    NigelR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a really lovely birthday lunch at the Porthminster Beach Cafe - treated like royalty and made to feel special by a great team of people who were working really hard to ensure everyone had a good experience. Food was delicious. All in all a special place.
  24. S

    Shaunie

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful dining experience - food, service and ambience all of the highest standard. A group of women came in after us and for some reason left after 5 minutes - it was their loss.
  25. DV

    DarrenV

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great setting and the staff were friendly and helpful. The food was great, I would recommend this place to all my friends
  26. MP

    MarkP

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our family had dinner here on Tuesday. Excellent food and the children (1, 3, and 5 years old) were really well looked after. Thanks Porthminster for a great evening! One suggestion - customer Wi-Fi would be a huge bonus given the poor reception at the beach area in general.
  27. GW

    GregW

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We had a very pleasant afternoon. The food was good but needed more flavour.
  28. R

    Rachael

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A St Ives institution; I have been coming here since the late 90’s and it never fails to delight. It certainly helps having one of the most beautiful sea views. The food is excellent: fresh, well prepared and beautifully served. The service is fantastic. They always get this right. Our three course meal for two with two glasses of wine at £125 was a noticeable increase on last year - inevitable I guess given the energy price rises. Thank you Porthminster, until next year……
  29. CM

    CarolineM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful food in a stunning location. Service was excellent. Somewhere special for celebrating a family birthday.
  30. AS

    AnnaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely evening. The staff were exceptionally good - friendly and attentive. The food was delicious. It was quite expensive but not excessively for the quality.
  31. SC

    StewartC

    Kent

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Calamari lime and chilli…. Stunning… Then we both went for a delicious fish and chips the lightest tastiest batter with a stunningly white cod….. and then wow… a food bomb of a sweet….. Pimms inspired dessert….. that was like nothing we’ve ever had before….. fantastic….
  32. CS

    CarolS

    Melbourne

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We were seated on the deck area, dog friendly. Attentive service, great food and wine. A great way to spend a summer afternoon.
  33. PB

    PaulB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Would give the ambience and food more than 5 if I could. Lovely night by the sea!
  34. R

    Raina

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Great service but it is overpriced for the flavour of the food. I ordered Indonesian Curry that comes with rice. The curry arrived only slightly warm and the rice was little and slightly undercooked.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Family holiday eating out well worth the money and lively views of the beach.
  36. CB

    CliveB

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The service was excellent if a little slow( between meals) . The food was mixed. Some excellent some just ok. Given the costs it should have been consistently high quality. We are regular visitors and will continue to go there. Sometime wonder if the outstanding venue encourages a relaxed attitude to quality of food. We would be happy to eat there again
  37. LT

    LouiseT

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing view, food and value. We always come back here - can’t be beaten in St Ives
  38. GS

    GeorgeS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, good atmospehere, good staff and amazing views
  39. ST

    StephenT

    Norfolk

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cannot fault anything about this venue. The staff and service were. 1st class. Beautiful setting and ambiance. The food was so fresh and superbly presented. Even though his high end you just don’t mind paying it. Cannot wait to go back.
  40. LJ

    LouiseJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 July 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really lovely meal overlooking Porthminster beach and wonderful view across to St Ives. The staff are really pleasant and helpful, nothing was too much trouble and they made my Birthday extra special. The food was amazing… highly recommended.

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 3314 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

21:30


Booked 18 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 Mon–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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