Porthgwidden Beach Café

4.6
1324 Reviews
£26 to £40
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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 1324 people are saying
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Jill
London
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.

JD
vipJanetD
London
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.

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HeatherJ
Cornwall
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

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous and fabulous view

OT
OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
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

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MarikaR
London
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.

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Zarah
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…

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CarrieH
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

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Cornwall
5 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.

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RebeccaP
Birmingham
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

AB
AndreB
London
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.

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AndrewT
Cornwall
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.

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NigelF
Gloucestershire
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Mumsey
Manchester
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

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Anne
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

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

OT
OpenTable Diner
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.

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GrWe
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Cold flavourless food. Awful service. Unattended and unhelpful

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PaulR
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BrianC
Essex
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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vipEnaJ
London
12 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and location was fantastic
Friendly staff

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
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

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AmandaG
Cornwall
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

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MelB
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.

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Hm41
London
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.

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AndrewT
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice food with excellent friendly staff.
Would recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
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.

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schubert980
London
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.

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TerryO
London
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.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food with great view!

JJ
JenJ
London
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.

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CagsR
London
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, fabulous food, will definitely be returning!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Surrey
5 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience, delicious food and good wine list.

HW
HannahW
London
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JM
JMN1
London
48 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff. Fairly short menu but the food was delicious

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vipYdine
London
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.

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StephenT
Norfolk
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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MaryC
Bristol
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!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KayleeC
Manchester
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!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely lunch spot

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Porthgwidden Beach Café is rated 4.6 stars by 1324 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.