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Porthgwidden Beach Café, St. Ives, Cornwall

Porthgwidden Beach Café

4.4
4.4
1677 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Fish

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01736 796791

  • Payment options

    Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Neighborhood

    St Ives

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

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

What 1,677 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cornwall

    Scenic View

  • Cornwall

    Most Booked

  • West Cornwall

    Great for Lunch

  • West Cornwall

    Neighborhood Gem

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

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  1. C

    Cayenne

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely food and great service. just wondered why we couldn't sit in the main bit of the restaurant rather than the kind of 'added on' bit, as there seem to have been plenty of tables there that I don't think were all taken? But I may be wrong. Also, the sound of hoovering in the main bit of the restaurant about half-way through our meal (about 9.00pm ish) was a bit unatmospheric... But it was a lovely evening, great food and service and good value, would just hope to sit in the main bit of the restaurant next time.
  2. F

    16Fairfield

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Lovely food. The fish was a really good sized portion. Nice staff and good ambiance
  3. A

    Antony

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked on line. Arrived on time. Perfect table by the window with great view of the the Beach and Sea. Excellent menu. Prompt attentive service from friendly staff.
  4. AR

    AnnaR

    Manchester

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely food, fantastic view and personable service. Would definitely visit again
  5. RD

    RachaelD

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Not enough choice on the very limited menu! Very expensive food considering plastic tables and chairs it felt like a cafeteria. Dogs allowed and were barking and noisy! Shouldn’t be allowed in the evening time. Having said that the food was delicious albeit small portions. I suppose you’re paying for the position and stunning views but the menu needs improvement & so does the choice of food.
  6. A

    777A

    London

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    We have always loved this little restaurant overlooking Porthgwidden Beach. Sweet atmosphere and pretty lights in the entrance. We had booked a table for 6. Excellent menu. The service was a little slow but the Manager was excellent keeping us informed and did not charge us for the bottle of wine..as we had to wait some time for our main course. He was very professional and the food was worth waiting for. We can highly recommend the baked cheesecake with rum soaked figs. Many thanks for a super evening.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Unspecified

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    We were refused a table, apparently fully booked, but found reservations on open table, and tables were available all night. Service was poor, food ok ish Definitely not going back.
  8. d

    dawnk

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely fabulous. Can't fault it. Great food, wine and service
  9. M

    Miche

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great restaurant and baby friendly. Would defo return and also recommend.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely full English breakfast, served by lovely staff, with an amazing view. Long awaited for as unable to book for the last couple of years.
  11. DA

    DianaA

    Bath

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As lovely as always. One of our favourite restaurants.
  12. K

    Kat12

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my daughter's first birthday and they couldn't of done more for us!!! Staff where so good and food was lovely too, will definitely come again and will definitely recommend.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great loved it.
  14. AC

    AmandaC

    Devon

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Lovely place with outstanding views . Staff were friendly. Could have done with cutlery for two courses already on the table . We had to wait after receiving our food for over 5 minutes to get our them .
  15. P

    Paula

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    We enjoyed the restaurant, good ambience with a wonderful view of the beach and sea. The staff were very friendly and attentive. Regarding the food we had a vegetable Tia curry which was very good and a duck leg on carrot puree and wilted kale which was very good however the additional fries that we ordered were disappointing as they were clearly shop bought frozen chips which let the meal down . Fresh Fries, chips or potatoes would have been more in keeping for the price.
  16. m

    melaniew

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went here for my husbands birthday. Presented with a card and cocktail on arrival as it was a special occasion. Beautiful food. We had the mussels and hake. Lovely friendly customer service
  17. CJ

    CarolynJ

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Lovely location for a breakfast stop. Food was great and staff very helpful
  18. NJ

    NormanJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Booked for breakfast and was given a table overlooking the beach, beautiful views. Only recently started to open for breakfast but service was good, food was well presented, hot and tasty. If there is one improvement that could be made is in the size of the coffee cups in that they need to be larger at breakfast. Really do recommend the Porthgwidden Beach Café ⛱
  19. LA

    LucyA

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went on a very rainy evening and were seated inside. A table by the window came free and we were moved. We had food from the tapas menu. Favourites were the squid (the dipping sauce was delicious), the mussels and the meatballs. Portions could be a little bigger and I’d love them to do 4 of everything instead of 3. Other than that it was spot on. Puddings were also delicious
  20. S

    Susanna

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Situated on lovely beach, tucked away in the heart of St Ives, with amazing sea view, even on a rainy day, towards Godrevy lighthouse. Delicious tapas style food, moderately priced wine, great customer service, very accommodating and friendly staff. Highly recommend.
  21. LT

    LynnT

    London

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2022

    overall4food2service3ambience4
    Lovely place with superb views but the night we were there the chef was having a bad day.
  22. J

    Jill

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s our favourite place to come for dinner on our annual trips to st ives. Always try to book it for our first and last night. Love the view, the atmosphere and the food.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved the choice of Tapas, oysters were sublime, could have had a slightly greater choice of wine but the Pinot was fine
  24. JA

    JAJoT

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Lovely location, excellent service. Historically a good standard & value restaurant but the new menu, in our opinion, doesn’t work. If tapas is to continue then look at what Porthmeor do: as theirs is far better.
  25. v

    vwaves

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting. Lovely staff and delicious food. The tapas/small dishes were yummy
  26. CB

    CorinneB

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the most amazing lunch yesterday, from the friendly staff finding us the perfect table overlooking Porthgwidden beach to the excellent tapas. I really recommend the tempuras prawns .The sun was shining and it really is the best spot for lunch in St Ives
  27. JA

    JacquiA

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Amazing waitress Em looked after us and we had lovely evening.
  28. L

    Lola

    Edinburgh

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Party of 6 placed in corner Food average, had to send salad back Pizza not v tasty Prawn tapas Luke warm Drinks expensive
  29. CP

    CarolP

    Glasgow

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The member of staff who served us had a lovely personality the views where stunning and the food was really good overall an enjoyable night out would definitely recommend and will hopefully come back again
  30. d

    debbiea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a good experience with fabulous food and drink.
  31. RT

    RobertT

    Yorkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a lovely lunch. Very tasty tapas menu. Excellent friendly service. Have booked again
  32. AJ

    AlanJ

    Cornwall

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and delicious food. Had a lovely evening with family.
  33. WL

    WayneL

    Devon

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service Lovely staff and friendly service. One of our favourite places
  34. TS

    TrevorS

    Devon

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Rather limited menu but food is quite good and served quickly
  35. AS

    AshleyS

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Your squid starter used to be served with a small salad which enhanced it.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful food we sat in a pod looking out to the beach! Just stunning, staff super friendly!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really great views, fantastic food and very helpful staff.
  38. G

    Ginsling

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great evening as always at this venue. Lobster was superb, service friendly, knowledgeable and speedy. Great atmosphere. Highly recommend.
  39. RM

    RebeccaM

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous little gem. Amazing on all levels. Will definitely be back. Staff were exceptional..
  40. RF

    RobertF

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Fantastic location, excellent food and good service. A table by the window is hard to beat in the UK.

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

FAQs

Porthgwidden Beach Café is rated 4.4 stars by 1677 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Porthgwidden Beach Café

Porthgwidden, St. Ives, Cornwall TR26 1PL

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    St Ives

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Fish

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • 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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