Porthminster Beach Café

4.7
2163 Reviews
£26 to £40
Seafood
Nestled beneath the steep slopes of Porthminster Point, right on the beach with unbeatable and uninterrupted views across St Ives Bay to Godrevy Lighthouse. Now open all year round for morning coffee, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Porthminster Cafe in St Ives is a multi award winning seafood restaurant. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. The café specialises in Mediterranean and Asian seafood cuisine and is an oasis of taste and visual beauty.
A Holiday in St Ives would not be complete without going to the beach. Here at Porthminster 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 2163 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Steph
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service! The setting and views are out of this world.

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RachelW
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chic cafe vibes. A beautiful meal in a stunning location overlooking the beach and sunset over St Ives. Seafood is the star - sweet buttery lobster, crisp whitebait with samphire, plump mussels bathed in garlic. Delicious crisp white wine. A wonderful treat not to be missed!

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Tracyl
Cornwall
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Food fab. Annoying to be questioned about counting an 8 month old baby as a party of 6 After booking this 3 months ago.

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Jonathanm
Cheshire
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great views. Parking can be a challenge

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Sarz
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate here for dinner and it was absolutely delicious. I ordered the monkfish curry which was fabulous. Quite a sizeable portion, and the taste was outstanding. My husband had the fish and chips which was really good too. We had a lovely table with a view over the beach. We will certainly be booking again.

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CarolineH
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful fresh fish, cooked beautifully, using innovative ingredients and combinations; our annual treat never disappoints,

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our lunch, great staff and service. With beautiful views and amazing seafood. What more could you want!

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MargaretH60
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food cooked perfect ,flavours ingredients service excellent

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food and scenery, such an experience!!

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TraceyK
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & location. Staff very helpful & accommodating. Our reservation was for 9.30pm & they called us to offer an earlier time!

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 of us agreed this was a perfect meal in a great setting and delivered by very lovely warm people. Delicious meal -It could not be improved. We will keep returning when in Cornwall.

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AliF
Manchester
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Having booked many months ago, it was disappointing to be sat inside at the outside window- then to watch walk-ins being sat in prominent positions was a little disappointing!
Main meals arrived without the table being cleared or fresh cutlery being provided.
Having said all that, the food was tasty.

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ShamiA
London
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Staff and wonderful food. The environment was lovely and on the calm end of the beach. Would highly recommend it to everyone.

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VerityW
Bristol
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great breakfast at Porthminster Beach Cafe. Food and service was excellent. Just wish we could have got in for lunch or dinner too.

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MargaretH60
Cornwall
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Booked a table well ahead(weeks) for breakfast at 10.30am as it's so busy and due to staff shortages l would advise advance booking. We visited here several times before as its always excellent service having delightful staff who genuinely make you feel welcome and valued. The quality of the food is fantastic cooked perfectly , l definitely recommend this place.

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AndrewS
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Another great meal at The Porthminster Beach Cafe. What a pity you can't operate at full capacity at the moment as I am sure a lot of holidaymakers are disappointed at missing out on a lovely experience.

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AngeD
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect, attentive to special dietary needs, can’t wait to visit next year :)

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DavidH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience at Porthminster Beach Cafe! Staff are a credit to this restaurant, food was amazing with a spectacular view. What a way to celebrate our daughters wedding, thanks so much 🙏😊

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KurtD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food, the best staff, made a great part to our wedding day by just being at ease and serving some of the best food our party have had in a long time, staff were great with kids especially and thanks to chef for our signed porthminster cafe cook book 👌, thank you to all that day.
Mr & Mrs Davis xx

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MattH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a place! Staff, the food, the view, such an amazing restaurant for a very special occasion! Thanks for making my sisters wedding meal one to remember 😊 we will be back!!

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MaryG
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely spot so worth a visit! Food delicious and service so friendly.

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DanielleW
Liverpool
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As per usual the food was exceptional, serving staff lovely and a very enjoyable experience. Shame there wasn’t as many tables occupied as we expected due to staff & hospitality industry impacts.

Amazing must go to place for beautiful food, lovely restaurant & fantastic views!

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PaulH
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was unbelievable! Great food, drink and a view that left you drifting away into happiness!

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AndrewC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for breakfast.
We live locally and always enjoy our time at the Porthminster Cafe.
Its such a beautiful place to take in the view and have great food
Thank you.

JB
JackieB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice food served by friendly staff in beautiful surroundings. Our food was definitely on the cool side, otherwise lovely.

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Sarah
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Really excellent food. All 6 of us had fabulous starters and mains.
Good unobtrusive friendly service. Very covid safe.
Beautiful window table was the icing on the cake!

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HelenM
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food! The best meal we've had in Cornwall and we've travelled around a lot! ❤

SM
SarahM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience3

The serving staff were excellent, knowledgeable, helpful and very friendly. We had asked to sit close to friends of ours on another table a couple of days before and were told it was no problem at all but on the evening we were in separate rooms which was disappointing.

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LisaC
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was perfect, fantastic food. Would 100 % highly recommend,

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Alex
London
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dining experience overlooking the beautiful Porthminster beach. Excellent food and exceptional staff. We enjoyed two breakfasts/brunches there during our holiday and it was lovely!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal in a great setting with a beautiful view of the beach and sea. The food was excellent and the staff were friendly and helpful. Would highly recommend.

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juliew
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food always excellent here everything cooked to perfection. We were a party of six and everyone throughly enjoyed themselves. My only disappointment they had run out of at least two things on the menu I wanted, never mind I will just have to go back.

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WIGGY
Bristol
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite the stormy weather on the night we visited, the greeting front the front of house was warm, the food amazing - squid and belly of pork starters, were to die for - the wine lovely and overall dining experience amazing! Go on, you know you want to!

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NatashaT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing location and views, with fresh and tasty food, friendly and attentive service.

KJ
KatharineJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Friendly & helpful staff, nice views and setting.
My husband had the Monkfish curry and said it was delicious however I was a little disappointed with the steak sandwich as the steak was very chewy and for £18 I would of expected the chips to be hand cut not from the freezer.

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ChristopherF
Manchester
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I’ve ever tasted. Wonderful location and staff, even the rain couldn’t spoil the day. Amazing place.

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Russy
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a recommendation from a friend and he was not wrong! Such a lovely venue, with great beach/sea view. We went for breakfast and were not disappointed! The full English was delicious and the children's pancakes were a hit. Friendly, helpful service to top it off! If you're in St Ives, this restaurant is a must!

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RukiaW
Northampton
2 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely place with great views and good food. Service is excellent.

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KarenT
Birmingham
4 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We always treat ourselves to a meal at Portminster during our summer holiday.
Food was delicious as ever, great ambiance and amazing views.

Only four stars for food service as it was slow. We were seated at 20:30 and after starters at 9pm we didn’t get our main meal until 21:45. Too long a wait between courses for us. Nonetheless delicious and we’ll be back next year and always recommend this place!

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LouisaB
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal and celebrated our recent wedding child free for the night and we were seating in decking and the whole experience was fab, lovely staff, food, ambiance and view
I definitely recommend x

FAQs

Porthminster Beach Café is rated 4.7 stars by 2163 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.