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Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives, Cornwall

Porthminster Beach Café

4.7
4.7
3340 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

19:00


Booked 44 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 3,340 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
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

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    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

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  • West Cornwall

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  1. JP

    JuliaP

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love the Porthminster beach cafe and we were lucky enough to sit outside on the balcony with a lovely view of the sea. I had the sushi grade loin of tuna taco with wasabi mayo etc which was divine and my partner had crab lollipops with a similar sauce. Then we both had roast hake with a delicious messter (rich seafood sauce) either saffron spider crab claw on a bed of Pommes Anna and a side of seasonal greens - all delicious! Service was friendly, quick, and some of the staff remembered us which is always nice!
  2. HA

    HelenA

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional food with excellent service. The ocean views made the whole experience magical!
  3. PS

    PeterS

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you visit St Ives, this is a must. Fabulous food in a fabulous setting.
  4. DG

    DarrenGraham37

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We was lucky enough to get the balcony seat for two the food was amazing as always on a warm Saturday evening, service excellent and we had fireworks too
  5. h

    helenb

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food in our favourite place in St Ives. Stunning views made even better by the fireworks on the beach. Service was faultless.
  6. JF

    JamesF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely outdoor tables with exceptional views of Porthminster Beach. Excellent service and food of the highest quality. We would certainly recommend and will definitely come here on our next visit.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arrived 45min early for booking but was greeted and seated outside in shade whilst a table was prepared (who knew 6 weeks ago when we booked we would be in the middle of another heatwave?). We ordered drinks whilst waiting and were seated before they arrived at a beautiful window table on the terrace. We were celebrating my son's 16th Birthday and ordered from both the main lunch menu and special lunch menu. Meals arrived promptly and were delicious. Service throughout was impeccable and I really have no negative comments, yes meals were on the expensive side but worth every penny.
  8. AM

    AletheaM

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favourite restaurant in St.Ives! I love it here, food & staff are 10/10 Thanks x
  9. MG

    MichaelG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food Staff great certainly recommend. High on list to visit again.
  10. RT

    RachelT

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, lovely staff and the best view!
  11. K

    Kathryn

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best in St ives …. Great setting beautiful food and super service
  12. SD

    SaraD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice outdoor terrace. Super friendly staff. Tasty food. Quite expensive for what you get.
  13. v

    victoriat

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic location. Friendly staff. Excellent service. Amazing food. Nothing not to like. Highly recommend
  14. TC

    TheChicks

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Attentive staff, clean environment including bathrooms. Stunning location. Would have preferred more fish choices on main course based on its location.
  15. SF

    StuartF

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous place with awesome food. A little expensive but worth it really
  16. NA

    NeilA

    County Durham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning location, superb food, great service. A little pricey but you get what you pay for.
  17. OR

    OshaR

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place, lovely people. We had the scallops and lobster. Amazing. We ate here during peak season in August, and were lucky that we'd booked several months in advance, because apparently there had been no vacancies for the past 10 weeks. Get in early!
  18. AZ

    AliZ

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A pleasant experience. Food, ambience and service very good.
  19. s

    sarahp

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    totally wonderful restaurant. cant think of a better place to be on a very sunny lunchtime in August. food delish!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food attentive staff very friendly Perfect location
  21. GL

    GemmaL

    London

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 8 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous lunch! Staff were all super friendly: lovely South African waitress too who was super kind and friendly. Food was lovely and great wine selection
  22. H

    Hannah

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

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

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Good expensive food.
  24. HA

    HelenA

    Kent

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    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
  25. TH

    TrudyH

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 7 August 2022

    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.
  26. NP

    NPLA

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    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. 😊
  27. RN

    RuthN

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 6 August 2022

    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!
  28. LH

    LouiseH

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 August 2022

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

    SueK

    Yorkshire

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

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

    DavidH

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

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

    BarryR

    Hampshire

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    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
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

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

    Naoh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stunning view, friendly attentive service, outstanding food... I particularly enjoyed their Cornish mussels in amazing sauce. Wish we could go back today :D
  34. G

    Getawaywithyou

    Shropshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    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!).
  35. CW

    ChloeW

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 5 August 2022

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

    KileyH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 5 August 2022

    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
  37. r

    rods

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 4 August 2022

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

    BerniC

    Berkshire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    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 😊
  39. CH

    CarolineH

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 4 August 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As ever, a wonderful meal; great fresh food,innovative and delicious.
  40. DM

    DuncanM

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 August 2022

    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.

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 3340 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a booking

2 people

19:00


Booked 44 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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