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Porthgwidden Beach Café

4.6
4.6
1326 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.

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This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Fish

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 8:30 am–10:30 am
    Lunch
    Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01736 796791

  • Payment options

    Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Neighborhood

    St Ives

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer 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

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

Menu

At present, we do not have menu information for this restaurant. Please see their website or wait to visit the restaurant to learn more.

What 1,326 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cornwall

    Scenic View

  • West Cornwall

    Best Service

  • West Cornwall

    Best Ambiance

  • West Cornwall

    Fit for Foodies

  • West Cornwall

    Healthy

  • West Cornwall

    Great for Lunch

  • West Cornwall

    Romantic

  • West Cornwall

    Special Occasion

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  1. J

    Jill

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our favourite eating place in St Ives. Food fresh and delicious and super staff. Hoping to return next year.

  2. JD

    JanetD

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous dinner at Porthgwidden. Such a gorgeous place right on the beach. Very lucky to have a reservation before they sadly have to close next week.

  3. HJ

    HeatherJ

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very friendly, felt like a regular on our first visit, good quality food and drink. We had a lovely evening on holiday with a fabulous view

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous and fabulous view

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cambridge

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great evening for our last meal in St Ives. Great location, great service, super friendly staff, great food. Super

  6. MR

    MarikaR

    London

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience3

    Staff were attentive and still wearing their face coverings which was reassuring. This cafe has been one of our favourites over the years but on this years' visit the food did not hit the mark. The squid was not particulalry crispy as described and was average flavoure wise. The seafood linguine was a big disappointment and overpriced at £21.50. For this your got watery crab meat at the botttom of the dish, 3 prawns and 5 of the smallest meanest mussels I have ever seen - and one slightly mangled langoustine - a bit squashed and missing a claw. Presentation was poor - just plonked into a bowl with no thought to arranging it to show off the meagre shellfish. Having also eaten at Porthminster on this visit (part of the same group I think) I felt cheated on the mussel front - Porthminseter's were large, plump, meaty and sweet. I did feedback to our server what I though of the linguine dish and she fed this back to the kitchen. They knocked the cost of 2 drinks off the bill, which was appreciated but really I would rather have had a better meal.

  7. Z

    Zarah

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lovely place away from the main crowds, super cute beach front. Fresh food and good wine choices. We’d definitely go back…

  8. CH

    CarrieH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great location, fabulous views over the beach. Food was very well presented and tasted fab. Great covid controls and service

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    overall3food2service3ambience2

    Super view! Disappointing meal. Crispy squid not crispy. Vegetarian Indonesian curry poorly spiced. Hake was cooked OK but only flavour was the pesto. Even the gin and tonic was poor...I didn't finish it! To be fair they were struggling for staff so it may just have been a bad night.

  10. RP

    RebeccaP

    Birmingham

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Relaxed atmosphere with fantastic food and beautiful views. Staff were lovely and made the experience even better

  11. AB

    AndreB

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fantastic location by the beach and a little bit away from the hustle of downtown St Ives. Very friendly service and excellent food. One of my favourite lunchtime places during my week long trip to Cornwall.

  12. AT

    AndrewT

    Cornwall

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our second visit during our holiday and I requested a window seat that didn’t disappoint. Fabulous views to accompany excellent food and wine.

  13. NF

    NigelF

    Gloucestershire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice food Great staff clean Great sea views been before I would come back

  14. M

    Mumsey

    Manchester

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Been coming here for years during my holiday but felt that the choice of food options was very poor. Quality of the food seems to have declined. Will be looking for a new restaurant for future visits to st ives

  15. A

    Anne

    London

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience4

    Quality of food is not what it use to be. Bit disappointing.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience3

    Food was ok, service was ok, ambience was ok. Mains were technically prepared and presented properly but were just missing flavour or that je ne sais quoi. Maybe they can afford to coast on the magnificent location a bit. Also we visited at the tail end of what’s probably been a manic summer season so I wouldn’t blame the staff for being exhausted.

  17. GW

    GrWe

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2021

    overall1food1service1ambience2

    Cold flavourless food. Awful service. Unattended and unhelpful

  18. PR

    PaulR

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Quality food and service. Good surroundings. Great warm welcoming.

  19. BC

    BrianC

    Essex

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Porthgwidden had overtaken Porthminster for service! An excellent evening. Thank you.

  20. EJ

    EnaJ

    London

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food and location was fantastic Friendly staff

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Had a nice dining experience. Food was great but was rushed off the table and asked to move to another not so nice one, so another couple could have the view (fair enough, but felt a bit abrupt). Felt like they could have done a bit more with the space, with the amazing view it had, but

  22. AG

    AmandaG

    Devon

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall2food2service4ambience4

    We would not recommend this place the food and drinks are way over priced and 16 pounds for a burger that was cold and dry and 12 pound for a Bellini wish I’d looked at the price the service was very good but we won’t be returning there are lots of amazing restaurants in stives and this one is not good value for money at all

  23. MB

    MelB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had to make our booking six weeks prior to our holiday in St Ives, and thankfully was the only one we managed to obtain given that it is our favourite cafe / restaurant in St Ives. It was well worth the wait, and did not disappoint. The manager and staff were all really attentive - we had one of the best tables, the service was spot on, and the food delicious - house special of sole, and the seafood linguine simply stunning. To top it all off - the manager has kindly re-jigged so that we can have another dining experience - fantastic as sadly the Squid was not available last time - but will be on our next visit!! Thank you.

  24. H

    Hm41

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved this spot - stunning location and lovely staff! Just wish there was more vegetarian options but the food was delicious.

  25. AT

    AndrewT

    Cornwall

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very nice food with excellent friendly staff. Would recommend

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Really nice table with good distancing from others. Food was delicious as always. This is our favourite place for dinner in St Ives, and didn’t disappoint.

  27. s

    schubert980

    London

    4 reviews

    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall1food1service5ambience3

    Been eating here for 20 years on our annual pilgrimage to St Ives. Was our favourite spot in St Ives to eat. Food last night was very expensive and really poor. Fish and shellfish tasted old and tired. Starters were ordinary and £11. I know good chefs are hard to find in present covid/brexit times. Anywhere else this restaurant would be doomed.

  28. TO

    TerryO

    London

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience4

    We had a lovely late lunch here bank holiday weekend. We would definitely go back. Food was very nice though maybe not quite as good as I remember it being a few years back.

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food with great view!

  30. JJ

    JenJ

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fab meal in lovely surroundings, good food, good wine, friendly and attentive service all helped by beautiful weather and gorgeous views.

  31. CR

    CagsR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting, fabulous food, will definitely be returning!

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely ambience, delicious food and good wine list.

  33. HW

    HannahW

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service, Food and wine. Love the views and the staff, the sardines were delicious!

  34. JM

    JMN1

    London

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Friendly staff. Fairly short menu but the food was delicious

  35. Y

    Ydine

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2021

    overall3food3service3ambience5

    This is an old favourite of ours. We have been coming for years. It’s such a fantastic location right on the beach. However the food didn’t quite live up to our expectations lacking flavour and seasoning. It was ok but nothing special even though we had the catch of the day. All restaurants are busy in St Ives at the moment and the staff were busy and reasonably efficient but they didn’t seem to care. Such a shame.

  36. ST

    StephenT

    Norfolk

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful setting with lovely ambience over looking porthwidden beach. gave. Food and service is first class.

  37. MC

    MaryC

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    As well as obviously having the most incredible views and great food, it was the all of the staffs friendliness and attention to detail that warrants them getting a 5* review. Each and everyone who works there was delightful to me and my children. I think this is incredibly admirable given how busy St Ives is this summer, the ongoing stresses and strains of COVID and no doubt they will have encountered some ‘tricky’ customers over the season too. We were greeted and served with smiles and loveliness. Thank you Porthgwidden - we most certainly will be back!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Delicious food with a view of the beach. Anna was a nice server.

  39. KC

    KayleeC

    Manchester

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing food with amazing views! Staff are super friendly and helpful. We will be visiting again as soon as we can!

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely lunch spot

FAQs

Porthgwidden Beach Café is rated 4.6 stars by 1326 OpenTable diners

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

  • Neighborhood

    St Ives

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast
    Daily 8:30 am–10:30 am
    Lunch
    Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm
    Dinner
    Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Fish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Payment options

    Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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