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Porthgwidden Beach Café, St. Ives, Cornwall

Porthgwidden Beach Café

4.4
4.4
1729 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 4 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 1,729 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

    Great for scenic views

  • Cornwall

    Most Booked

  • West Cornwall

    Best Ambiance

  • West Cornwall

    Innovative

  • West Cornwall

    Neighborhood gem

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

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  1. KS

    KrissyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great! They made a real fuss of us as we’d just got engaged - thanks you! It was much appreciated!
  2. EL

    ElizabethL

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous meal, great service, perfect setting. Highly recommend
  3. SF

    StevenF

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Soup starter very good. Pizza also good. Shredded brisket pie could be better on 2 counts. 1 I do not class a pie being a small bit of puff pastry on top. 2 call me old fashioned but do like generous gravy.
  4. BB

    BarbaraB

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have visited the restaurant many times prior to Covid-19 and were pleased to experience the same fabulous food and service . Well done !
  5. TS

    TimS

    Devon

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious pizza as always and friendly staff and that view!
  6. MB

    MargaretB

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food - delicious Service - very good Views - beautiful
  7. MP

    MatthewP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great location, smart and funky decor, good wine list, excellent friendly service and good food.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3
    Unfortunately the one main dish we both chose was unavailable despite the restaurant being virtually empty at 8.00pm. The fish and chips we had were poorly presented and the chips were dry. Altogether not a memorable experience. This was not the standard we have come to expect from a restaurant we have been visiting for over 20 years
  9. S

    Steveo

    Gloucestershire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect in every way! Food, view and wonderful staff. ❤️
  10. S

    Stephen

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fantastic meal and a wonderful view … highly recommended 👍🏻
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service and fish and chips as always. Churros so good we had 2 😊.
  12. S

    Steveo

    Gloucestershire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a perfect restaurant, perfect view, amazing food and wonderful staff. 10/10 every time. ❤️
  13. LS

    LyndseyS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful setting, very dog friendly and extremely good value for the cooked breakfast,
  14. NA

    NeilA

    Bristol

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely seafood in a relaxed setting, great beach/sea views and friendly attentive service.
  15. JD

    JuliaD

    Essex

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, such lovely staff. We have been here many times now and will definitely be back again! Thank you for looking after us so well.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great that the full menu is available, great choice, great flavours and good kids menu options. Fantastic location, great views of lovely bay and beach. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant especially out of season.
  17. H

    Hello123

    Cheshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The friendliest and most helpful staff along with the scrummiest breakfast we’ve had sun St Ives. And a view to die for. Just lovely.
  18. TR

    TheRussells

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience4
    This used to be our fave cafe/restaurant in st.Ives. This visit, the menu was so small, only 5 choices of main, no specials, and mainly pizza and poor choices for kids. Usually old menu had the specials or steak and burger options which made it a Grt choice for adults and teenagers/kids. All four teenagers chose pizza, they rated it average. I had the duck leg, it was ok, and hubby had smoked beef pie with mash. Both only ok. Maybe they’ve changed owners, or affected by the shortage of chef and staff like all restaurants. We won’t be visiting for a while, until the menu has more choices and goes back to the standard it used to be. The staff were all lovely and service was fine. We were just disappointed that it didn’t live up to what it used to be like.
  19. MD

    MikeD

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great setting, warm welcome, excellent food … what’s not to like!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn’t fault anything. Service first class with a smile but not over the top. Good excellent and plentiful. Would highly recommend.
  21. SC

    SueC

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely meal
  22. SB

    SharonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful intimate location, superb food, wish I had discovered this restaurant years ago. Service is fantastic and very attentive. Will definitely be back. Highly recommend.
  23. r

    rachela

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic place to enjoy a lovely meal 😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊😊
  24. NM

    NeilM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    There was a reasonable choice of food types and drinks. The Terrace offers a very pleasant view of the beach and it was, overall, pleasant to be there.
  25. NS

    NigelS

    Devon

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Really enjoyed it great service and waitress very good great views of beach from our seats highly recommended 👍
  26. GE

    GrahamE

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Disappointed that the menu had changed as the tapas style is our preference.
  27. DK

    D1KYT

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love it! They found a quiet corner for us and our dog, Gluten-free is easy. Flipping Fantastic!
  28. KS

    KevinS

    Berkshire

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food with a fantastic view. Staff were attentive but not intrusive. Great little known place.
  29. j

    johnr

    Birmingham

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Good views and service. Pleasant staff. Dogs allowed in which was not mentioned on booking.
  30. SI

    StIveslocal

    Lancashire

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Disappointed. It was our 53rd wedding anniversary which was noted on the booking. We booked on 18 July as we had previously been told window tables went to early bookers. One lady was moved to a window we were told window tables had been requested. We were the furthest back from the window. Had to ask for a jug of water, others were given one on arrival. Menu was not inspiring I ended up with fish and chips. Will not be visiting again. Also didn't like the dogs barking understood they were not normally accommodated in the main restaurant.
  31. AW

    AndrewW

    Exclusive

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Family holiday meal
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very friendly service and an excellent breakfast.
  33. A

    Allypally

    Surrey

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Having seen the restaurant whilst walking earlier in the day I was interested enough to ask to see the dinner menu. The restaurant itself was modern with primary colours. Contemporary and cosy. The helpful staff said I could book online which I did. We had a lovely meal. Best view in the house overlooking the beach. Service was excellent as were all the places we visited in St Ives on this holiday. Staff happy to chat. We enjoyed all our food, the hake main course with lots of capers, the mussels and chips, fab cheesecake with marinated figs. The only item I didn’t like was the very crispy (tooth breaking) toasted bread served with the pate. I asked for fresh soft bread instead. We had a lovely last meal finished off by a glass of dessert wine. Prices were reasonable. Highly recommend.
  34. G

    Glinny

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Lovely venue, great setting, good food. returned for lunch which was ruined by two customers in the room with 2 large barking dogs that they made no effort to control, which upset other diners. I know it is sensitive for the staff to handle, but given that 8 + diners were upset by 2 inconsiderate dog owners it would have been helpful if they could have eaten outside as it was a warm sunny day. Eventually I asked them to remove the dogs and they just ignored me - but other customers applauded me. It would be good if there was a policy to ask people with noisy barking dogs to leave/eat outside.
  35. CB

    CathyB

    Devon

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Have been returning to Porthgwidden Beach Cafe for decades and have never had a bad meal yet. Always friendly and laid back with a good choice on the menu.
  36. GL

    GeorginaL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 3, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Pretty much the same menu as the Porthminster Café, slightly less “sophisticated” and slightly less expensive but hardly value for money. What is it that these places can’t dish up fare portions? The chips were dry, ready-cut standard issue. The Eton Mess was an uncrushed meringue filled with over-whipped cream, a squeeze of commercial fruit syrup and a very small, un-ripe, halved strawberry plunked on top. If we hadn’t been so hungry we’d have left it on the plate. The staff were sweet. St Ives is a tourist destination, but are the mingy portions these “better” establishments offer supposed to convey stylish fine fining? Disappointing.
  37. D

    Diane

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always return here. Best views. Good menu and lovely friendly staff. Great for a celebration or just a spontaneous drop in. Dog friendly on the terrace.
  38. CB

    ClaireB

    Surrey

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A Fabulous meal as always and love the location !
  39. JC

    JenniferC

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent place to visit, good food and friendly service
  40. DB

    DavidB

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Short menu serving brilliant cooked to order food thoughtfully presented by a great chef- one of our party has a sulphite allergy which was knowledgeably handled by the chef who knew exactly what ingredients contain sulphites and offered alternatives.

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 1729 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 4 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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