Porthminster Beach Café

4.7
2117 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 2117 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RichardB
Kent
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food - perfect setting

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JonA
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall4food2service4ambience2

Fish was overcooked and the chips were from frozen I suspect
Lobster was very good if a bit pricy
Staff attentive but they need a little more knowledge on the dishes

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Shraya
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

We were there for breakfast and the food was not good to taste plus it made me feel very sick later that day. The waffle was hard and the egg royale had a weird after taste which is what made me sick I think. The staff wasn’t very friendly and was in a rush to get us to leave the table. Definitely not worth the hype!

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LucaH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal at the porthminister beach cafe. We booked well in advance. The service was great - the waitresses couldn’t do enough and were so lovely creating a great atmosphere. We went for the porthminister experience which although was on the pricier side, was amazing and meant we could try a little bit of everything. We will definitely be back next time.

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Mayzie
London
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful in every way. Probably the best lobster I’ve ever had! Highly recommended

AAA+++

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David
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious the vegetarian menu was a delight and so beautifully presented. The monkfish curry was truly amazing. We have eaten here as a treat on a few occasions and always been impressed.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Went to Ric Stein’s in Padstow the day before.
This place beat it.Lovely fresh food and a chilled afternoon

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gemmal
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and amazing good with spectacular views over the bay. We celebrated a belated birthday for my partner and both enjoyed it immensely.

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DippyH
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were lovely. It was my birthday and made it a special end to the day. The food was delicious as always.

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MaryJ
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stunning view, stunning food! Staff very friendly and attentive.

RB
RichardB
Kent
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just simply great food and service

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RaquelC
Amsterdam
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the most special birthday breakfast. The table was amazing (in the terrace) and the food was simply gorgeous. The only restaurant in St Ives that honoured our booking. We Had a fantastic time. Thank you so much!

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Alex
London
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely breakfast menu and perfectly set up for children as well as adults. Very tasty food, and a pretty decent Bloody Mary!

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Niki
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Come every year whilst in family holiday and consistently amazing

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LouiseL
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food great service great location thankyou. We will be back

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely staff, amazing food, brilliant setting. Faultless

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AndrewS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night at the Portminster cafe celebrating a birthday. Service and food was excellent !

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SarahS
Essex
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great meal with delicious food and service with a smile! Thank you

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StephanieG
Newcastle
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't recommend more. Lovely staff and food. Views amazing!

JM
JoannaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the most delicious lunch here on our last day in St Ives, fabulous all round!

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DarrenR
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My partner and I enjoyed a lovely lunch here. We had the Thai seafood broth with a crispy wonton to start. This was very flavoursome, spicy and moreish. My partner had the seafood linguine which was good but perhaps a little too salty. My fish was fine. We had a nice Japanese dessert wine too.

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ClaireR
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful breakfast and stunning views thank you 😊

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VanessaL
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely first class! A superb meal in a wonderful setting overlooking the beach. The Tom Yum starter was the best I’ve had outside of Thailand, and the half lobster special was amazing! Banoffi pie was also absolutely delicious. I couldn’t fault a thing, including the very friendly and attentive service. We will be back and highly recommend for a special meal!

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AndrewA
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a super location for breakfast. Staff were great, and under such testing times in hospitality. Very attentive and quick. Thank you for a great breakfast.

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FSab
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great food and attentive staff, restaurant was relatively empty despite being fully booked - I assume this is due to being short staffed etc which is understandable. Other than that a perfect evening and would definitely come back!

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Jeanw
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, good quality food and excellent service.

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BekiT
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good friendly service. Amazing food! Definitely recommend

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DallasL
London
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great Meal with a Great View of the Beach Well worth a visit if you can get in

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CarolineS
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were fortunate to receive gift vouchers to spend at Porthminster and had a fabulous hake fillet lunch . Everything was beautifully cooked and the flavours were amazing . The staff were ‘ just right’ welcoming and attentive but not watching over you! Perfect!

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vipAnneJ
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent meal and attentive service, we sat inside but right by the open french doors

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KarenK
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service & food & the view is amazing. Staff were welcoming, engaged & there when you needed them. We were lucky to be seated on the front balcony, but with protection from the midday sun. We had sour dough bread with mackerel pate to start, delicious. The fish & chips & steak sandwich were perfect.
It was our first time in St ives & I asked the waitress where the best beaches were. Not only did she tell us, she went & wrote them down for us. Today we went to Porthcurno on her recommendation, stunning-thank you
We definitely want to return & so glad that I booked this gem several months ago.
Make sure you do as it’s so worth it

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Kels
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good but pricey.. expected as in such a great location

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JimmyLogan
Cornwall
7 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Restaraunt positioned right on the beach with the food and service to match a great combination but you must book to enjoy this beautiful piece is St Ives.

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JennieG
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting highly recommended

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JamesP
London
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tasty dishes and a place that doesn’t just rely on its location (which is outstanding). Quite pricey but worth it.

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rachelg
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely high quality fresh food. Felt £9.50 for egg and smoked salmon on a muffin a little steep but it was delicious and the views were incomparable.

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OpenTable Diner
Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful place

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shilpiA
Buckinghamshire
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional view. As I had booked very early we had the best seats in the house right by the balcony door looking out to the sea. Friendly staff and outstanding food. I had eaten here 10 years ago when I was last on holiday in St Ives and came back specifically to eat here again. It sure lived up to my expectations!

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SabinaA
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner here. We sat on the deck which has amazing views. Food was delicious and the staff were all very welcoming.

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JonH
London
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Exceptional setting and food, staff were a little pushy, they could see we were dealing with a difficult phone call that wax causing distress , but were repeatedly ask about ordering
We also had to ask for the awning to be opened , as it wax cold on the terrace

FAQs

Porthminster Beach Café is rated 4.7 stars by 2117 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.