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Porthminster Beach Café

4.7
4.7
2724 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 24 times today
  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean, European

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast
    Tue–Sat 09:00–10:30
    Lunch
    Tue–Sat 12:00–15:00
    Dinner
    Thu–Sat 17:30–21:00

  • Phone number

    01736 795352

  • Payment Options

    Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive Chef

    Mick Smith

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

Menu

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What 2,724 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

    Outdoor Eating

  • Cornwall

    Scenic View

  • Cornwall

    Most Booked

  • West Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • West Cornwall

    Best Food

  • West Cornwall

    Best Ambience

  • West Cornwall

    Fit for Foodies

  • West Cornwall

    Healthy

  • West Cornwall

    Lunch

  • West Cornwall

    Special Occasions

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

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  1. JS

    JoyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waited years to get in here and it was well worth the wait! Food was fresh, hot, delicious and inspiring. Staff were courteous and gave just the right amount of attention. High quality food and service in a relaxed environment - what more could you ask for? Worthy of the hype and will definitely visit again.

  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service from the very friendly staff and excellent food although a bit pricey you get what you pay for so 5 starts from me

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 2 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was amazing and so was the staff really friendly and they know the menu lovely experience will definitely be back.

  4. LM

    LouiseM

    Devon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal and service as always. Thank you to the Porthminster team.

  5. MT

    MarkT

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Great food, great service and good value for money in a great location.

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Shropshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food, excellent location. Staff friendly, lovely ambience. Would revisit and recommend if visiting St Ives

  7. GT

    GillT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have been comping to The Porthminster Beach Cafe for over 20 years and have never been disappointed. We booked this year for New Years Eve and Guy and his team made it a night to remember. The food is always top notch but it is the excellent service that puts this restaurant above the others. We’re looking forward to our next visit in February!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I’m vegan and they were very accommodating and the food was absolutely delicious! Very attentive and friendly staff ! Will deffinatly be returning

  9. RH

    RachelH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always excellent food and service. Had no cash though and wasn’t given the opportunity to add a tip when paying by card.

  10. DB

    DavidB

    Yorkshire

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Super food in an amazing location. Service top notch.

  11. BR

    BenRach34

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ate delicious food in a very laid back yet efficient atmosphere. We LOVED it x

  12. L

    Leigh

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great as always - food, service, whole experience spot on

  13. K

    Kevbarry

    London

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely place, very good food and friendly, efficient staff. As enjoyable as ever.

  14. ON

    OliverN

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    A bit on the pricey side but excellent food and service in a lovely setting.

  15. DH

    DeanH

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and service, definitely recommend eating here

  16. JM

    JonM

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous food, in a lovely setting. Well worth a visit

  17. JG

    JulieG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    NO WORDS ARE GOOD ENOUGH TO DESCRIBE THE FOOD . EVERY MOUTHFUL WAS DIFFERENT WITH THE QUALITY AND VARIOUS INGREDIENTS.. 1,000 OUT OF 10...

  18. KH

    KayH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food, lovely helpful staff, nothing rushed. Definitely recommend.

  19. BB

    BevB

    Derbyshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic as always, especially the sticky belly pork, monkfish curry and chocolate bomb. Waitress was lovely and very helpful. Can't wait for my next visit.

  20. LG

    LauraG

    Oxford

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was the best restaurant we ate in during our recent trip to St. Ives. The food, atmosphere and service were excellent. Very dog friendly too.

  21. RJ

    RosemaryJ

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great ambiance lovely lunch really enjoyed ourselves

  22. P

    Pirate

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing restaurant. Beautiful setting and views. Fabulous food and very attentive staff. We will definitely be returning.

  23. K

    Karen

    Gloucestershire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    We visit regularly when we are staying at St Ives. Lovely food, views and ambience. Thank you.

  24. s

    shaunu

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely chilled vibe. Very friendly staff. Excellent food at a fair price.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent as ever

  26. IM

    IanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent food and service plus location is great.

  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 28 December 2021

    overall3food4service5ambience4

    Felt that they we’re trying to add extras to everything. Toast as extra on a full Cornish breakfast, peas as an extra to Fish and chips and the best one , bread or toast as an £4.95 extra to the Pate ! It’s a great place that we have been going to for years, the staff and the service are excellent as is the setting. But we all felt the extras were a bit much.

  28. JC

    JillC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Excellent service - genuinely friendly and warm without being scripted or stuffy at all. The food was very good although one plate of Hake was dry and bland. I love this restaurant so much so that this was a disappointment. I’ve eaten here many times over the last twenty years- this time just didn’t feel like the menu or the food had the edge it used to have. The ambience and setting is so beautiful so I hope the attention to flavour is addressed as I want to rate this full marks but on this occasion I couldn’t.

  29. D

    David

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience3

    Excellent food and good service. Seemed very special. Wood come again but in the summer when the sea can be seen.

  30. K

    Kate

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Exquisite food, service outstanding and the sticky toffee pudding to die for. It’s our favourite Christmas Eve Resturant. Thank you.

  31. KC

    KarenC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the best places to eat in St Ives have been many times when visiting the area we live in Leamington really accommodating for dietary requests & the food taste etc is not compromised Simply the best thank you

  32. EL

    EricL

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really is an exceptional location. Food is presented well. Food is the best in town.

  33. J

    Jotrainsu

    Cambridge

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 24 December 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

    Had a lovely lunch on outside terrace with our dog on Christmas Eve as so mild. lovely food - the duck & seafood linguine delicious. Will be back when surf & turf back on the menu. Loved it - thanks

  34. M

    Martin

    Norfolk

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The very best location . Amazing food and drinks,made all the better by Guy,Elle and the amazing team . Highly recommended to everyone in St Ives.

  35. JS

    JeminaS

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Favourite place in cornwall. Food and service outstanding

  36. AP

    AimeeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very quiet with beautiful views and attentive service

  37. AS

    AnnemarieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We book a table every time we are in st Ives and have never been disappointed. Exquisite food. Presented with the greatest attention to detail. fantastic flavours and textures and outstanding service. And those views!!! What a superb place. Thank you!

  38. AE

    AnnE

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had a wonderful evening meal. The food was outstanding and the service fabulous. Start super friendly and tables well spaced apart. . Seafood was delicious and wine lovely.

  39. PH

    PaulH

    Lincolnshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful evening , such a special restaurant for a fabulous evening. Highly skilled and knowledgeable chefs producing food you dream of eating . The front of house staff, warm, welcoming and friendly help make it a special evening. Highly recommend and can’t wait for our next visit . Happy Christmas 🎄👏👏👏

  40. L

    Lollygobble

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 17 December 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    You know when you are off to a good start, with a friendly welcome and good service. In addition, the ambience and stellar views of Porthminster beach, create a foundation for the dining experience. Thankfully, this is not let down by the food which delights with presentation and flavour. Proper job!

FAQs

Porthminster Beach Café is rated 4.7 stars by 2724 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.

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2 people

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Booked 24 times today
Google Map for Porthminster Beach Café

Porthminster Beach St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EB

  • Area

    St Ives

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast
    Tue–Sat 09:00–10:30
    Lunch
    Tue–Sat 12:00–15:00
    Dinner
    Thu–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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