Porthgwidden Beach Café

4.6
1202 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
What 1202 people are saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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4.4
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Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Delyn
Cornwall
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic restaurant. Wonderful food, service and views. Will return very soon.

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Sarah
Manchester
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fab food, fab view. Hidden gem and would definitely recommend a visit

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent tasting food. Quality of service was exceptional, you can really tell the the staff care about their customers despite challenging circumstances. Great view of beach too. Highly recommended.

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PipC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious everything, especially the squid 🦑
Delightful attention to detail and super friendly
Loved it

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nicholal
Hampshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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Tracyl
Cornwall
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service.

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JanM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

When we arrived, we were greeted by a friendly lady, who showed us to our table, brought menu's for us. There is a very calm pleasent atmosphere. I had the catch of the day, which was cod, it was beautifully cook and presented. The only thing that let it down was after our dinner was brought no one came to ask if we wanted any condiments or if everything was ok, this should be done as the 'norm' as you never get a second chance to make a first impression. None the less we would be happy to recomend this restuarant to anyone,

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Tracyl
Cornwall
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal, service and location.

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Fran
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, spectacular views. Staff were great, very polite. Would highly recommend eating here.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, friendly and attentive staff and good food. Highly recommended

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Molly23
Staffordshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous experience dining here. Staff were exceptional. Really welcoming and friendly and so polite and professional. Service was prompt and food was amazing. Good size portion and very tasty and well cooked and presented.
Lovely atmosphere with amazing view over my favourite st.ives beach, porthgwidden. Very airy too so didn't get hot in the restaurant. Highly recommended. Can't praise enough.

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JaniceL
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very memorable meal at our favourite beach cafe in St Ives, super food and great staff, looking forward to our next visit already!

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Kerrie1809
Wales
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Lovely meal in a beautiful part of the world. Only slight downside was despite booking in March, I was unable to be seated on the balcony. The food was delicious and the service good. Also a little disappointed that when i asked for sauces I was offered sachets. When I’m paying £12 for a starter I do expect sauce in a small pot, also drinks, when I order a coke, I expect it arrive in a glass not a can. I’m picking really, the location is fabulous, the food is lovely, highly recommend any of the starters as we tried one of each instead of any main courses as we felt they were more they type of food we wanted. The hand picked crab was sweet and delicious, not a scrap of shell in sight. The duck bau bun would have benefited a sauce of some kind. The calamari was the best i’ve ever tasted, not rubbery!! amazing! The dip which accompanied it was superb and definitely on my must have again if we ever go back. Although if we do, I will be writing balcony seats please! and not assuming booking 6 months in advance will get me a balcony seat.

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AlastairB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely lovely venue and setting. We were lucky with the weather but despite that it was a lovely meal, great staff and felt very special.

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Insync100
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

A hidden gem.
Super friendly staff with a stunning view of the beach.

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OpenTable Diner
Lancashire
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food, lovely staff, lovely views. Nothing else to say really.

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CraigW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Amazing staff and fantastic service, catered really well for our dog and also gave him a treat!!!!
Only downside was that it was very expensive

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FionaP
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourite restaurants in St Ives. The setting, the food the ambience. Staff were great too.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All staff were superb, very attentive, friendly and happy to spend time chatting. Food was exceptional. A special shout out to Hannah who made our whole experience wonderful. It was by far our best meal during our week away to St Ives.

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SarahP
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and superb food, of which was excellent quality and all tasted great. Food is pricey but decent sized portions. Bottles of wine are well priced and good to see organic ones on menu too. Unfortunately they were out of Polgoon cider. Location is just perfect. Had to book in again!

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DarrenB
Manchester
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good service and food. Crab sandwich was excellent, battered fish was very good, however, chip could have been better.

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Alex
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience overlooking the beautiful Porthgwidden beach. Excellent food (best fish and chips in St Ives!) and exceptional staff. A fantastic experience all round. Keep up the fantastic work team - you're doing great!

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EmmaC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food served in a lovely surrounding. The outside of the place doesn’t really do justice to the interior or food and so don’t let it put you off. The menu was relatively small but for people who enjoy fish this place was great. Excellent service to top it off.

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BAM1960
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Impossible not to mention great view, so: great view; friendly, helpful, attentive staff: delicious food; and top notch espresso martinis.

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Julie
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely restaurant with amazing views. Food lovely, menu limited due to COVID and a bit expensive. Staff very friendly and will definitely go back.

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vipLynn
London
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great views, super friendly staff. The starters are wonderful! The mains are Totally mediocre. If you go, plan to go and have the starters as tapas ans your experience will be far superior.

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MarkH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Please don't take bookings for 9.30 if you want us to leave within an hour, perfect food and service.

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SteveP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was good although they had run out of bread which lessened our choices from the menu!

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CarolD
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place for an evening meal- compares very well with other longer standing eateries in St Ives.
Great service. Small but interesting menu. Best mackerel pâté ever. Well cooked fish. Good wine choice. Great view over the beach.

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RukiaW
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place to eat and good views of the beach. Food fresh and tasty with choice of specials. Definitely recommend.

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CharlieD
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful restaurant in a superb spot, great staff and delicious food.

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OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best waitress ever here. All were so attentive and polite and not rushing you to get the table back. Food was lovely!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious seafood linguine and a lovely crisp glass of white wine. Very welcoming, friendly and helpful staff.

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Paul
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

You would expect homemade chips at the level of restaurant not frozen bagged fries. The started and main was very nice

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EmmaR
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view, lovely staff and great menu with delicious food (especially catch of the day!) loved our dinner here, well worth booking in advance for

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely holiday unch

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Katie
London
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful spot for a relaxed lunch. Tasty food, lovely interior, excellent service. Views to die for.
A 'must do' for your visit to St Ives.

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CatP
Bath
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come back to eat here every year when holidaying in St.Ives. We bring the whole family, daughters 15 & 17. There are good food choices for all tastes and ages. The food is delicious and the staff are so friendly. It has such a lovely relaxed atmosphere.

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CeliaL
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

First class service throughout - friendly but professional.
The food was delicious and very well presented.
The view from the venue is superb.
The only downside was the noise. A big group of rowdy diners were at the next table and in what is a fairly compact venue, it made conversation across our table quite challenging.

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Shan
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was good but was very expensive and arguably not worth what we paid. That said, the service was excellent and ambience good

FAQs

Porthgwidden Beach Café is rated 4.6 stars by 1202 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 reservations at the moment.