Porthminster Beach Café

4.7
2356 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 2356 people are saying
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Brooksy
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious 😋 been coming here over a period of 10 years, it’s as good now as it was then, highly recommended 🙂

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Lagardo
Caribbean
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic location overlooking St Ives Bay, very relaxed atmosphere with dogs permitted in certain areas. The seafood on offer was varied and cooked to perfection. Very attentive service added to a great gastronomic experience.

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GraemeF
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High quality food and drink, all served by extremely friendly and helpful staff.
We've been dining at Porthminster Cafe for over 10 years (whilst holidaying in St Ives) and have never been disappointed.
Looking forward to a return visit on Wednesday.

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ChrisS
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very popular seafood restaurant with good reason. Very professional service with quality ingredients expertly cooked. Make sure you book to avoid disappointment.

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Breakfast at the beach cafe. Great service, fantastic food and coffee! Perfect way to start the day!

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GeorgiaD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely fabulous evening - on the terrace, watching the sun set. Divine food and wonderful service. Is there a better place to eat in Cornwall? I don't think so.

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JulieM
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One word..OUTSTANDING!!!
Food, service, wine, view, setting, menu, location all second to none would highly recommend & every penny.
Thank you to the lovely blond waitress who recommended the banofee desert was off the scale!

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SteveM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place .. we had a lunch table booked and requested a table outside on the Beautiful terrace and we wasn’t disappointed!! The staff were friendly and professional from the start.. we couldn’t ask for a better table in the September Sunshine right on the Beach Terrace … the food was fantastic and we can’t wait to visit again 10/10

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BarbaraW
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, great views, friendly and efficient staff. A night to remember.

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susanj
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food with a lovely view and very good staff

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KimT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful restaurant in a wonderful setting. Staff were very friendly and went out of their way to make sure we had a lovely evening, they asked us several times if we would like the doors open or shut and didn’t rush us at all. We sat at the open terrace doors with a fabulous view over the bay. The food was delicious and cooked to perfection. I would recommend this restaurant for a special occasion, the prices were a little high but well worth it for a special treat.

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IngridH
London
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Recommended by our 1st class B&B hostess based in Liskeard, as her favourite place to eat in St Ives. She wasn't wrong! Locally farmed food cooked appetising delicious, to both look at and enjoy.
Not an inexpensive meal, but worth it for the quality and wine choices.

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ClaireB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We had a fantastic lunch here yesterday. A beautiful day and the food was amazing, so tasty. Would definitely recommend.

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SerenaB
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous lunch in a fabulous setting right on the beach. Very memorable.

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Hoppy
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Must say this place was amazing food top quality setting on beach amazing service very good enjoyed it that much went 3 times will definitely be returning

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TC14
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place did not disappoint. The food was AMAZING, the view incredible, staff friendly and helpful, I really could not recommend it enough.

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lisas
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful setting, fantastic food and great service. Definitely worth the persistence of trying to book! A memorable evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Bedfordshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked this months ago and it was so worth it
Wonderful food and service plus The added bonus of clear blue skies
We at on the terrace and it really was perfect highly recommend the monkfish curry but everyone’s meal was gorgeous and we had a lovely waitress who made our meal very special
Thank you

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mariew
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favourite restaurant in St Ives! The food and experience is amazing, and to top it off, you have the incredible view of the beach.

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vipPeterG
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good to be back - great service yummy food - good wines etc
Huge thanks

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DorothyL
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service.
Even although we were early , suggested we sit outside and were served some drinks.
Server was pleasant.
Couldn’t fault the food . It was delicious in every way

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Rbaz
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

We were disappointed with the limited menu, when the one thing most people would be ordering was not available, alternative offered but price raised, the posh fish and Chips unfortunately did not live up to the name given, 3 slabs of fried hash brown like.

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Bladeswoman
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Although the price of the food is above average the quality is excellent.
If you are a ‘foody’ and love fish this is the plaice 🐠 for you.
The location is wonderful.
The staff were attentive friendly and professional.
Well done Portminster Cafe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Staff were pleasant and arranged a sea view for my birthday. The restaurant has fantastic views over Porthminster beach.

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Bladeswoman
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Although the charges are above average the food is exceptional
The service was excellent and not rushed.
The location is breath taking.
Loved our lunch.
Thank you

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DavidE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Poor service, lacklustre staff, full english breakfast not available.

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JanetA
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Staff cheerful friendly & helpful. A vast improvement on last year!

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AdeN
London
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great location, food was good.

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PennyS
London
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food we have had in Cornwall- and the wine choices were excellent too. Beautiful views. Staff lovely . All very memorable. Thank you!

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PaulS
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great find. Fine dinning experience on the beach. The staff were very nice and the food was exceptional. This is a very high end restaurant so expect to pay for what you get. Can’t wait to go back. Fantastic.

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MelissaP
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely meal, starter was fish tacos which in my opinion was slightly under seasoned. For mains we had surf and turf which was good. For dessert I had deep fried banoffee pie which was amazing.

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paulw
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We booked in advance for lunch. We had muscles, white bait for starters prawn linguine and surf. And turf for main. This place greats great reviews and is an expensive place to eat. The food was nice but I don't think warented the price. The surf n turf was very dissapointing. The fillet steak no issues but one small scallop and 2 prawns with a handful of what looked like frozen chips did not Warren the £30 paid. Be prepared as a couple to part with 100 for a meal for 2. It's a great location but that does not give an excuse for the prices.

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Trevor
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing ambiance view was spot on, food was outstanding

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roberts
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting attentive servers amazing food interesting menu

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SimonJ
London
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Imaginative and delicious food. Great table on the terrace. Cheerful and engaging waitress

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OpenTable Diner
Oxford
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always xx

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JoyceR
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Epic breakfast in a well spaced restaurant. Smiling staff, delicious locally sourced produce, stunning setting. Fabulous.

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timn
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Disappointed with recent change of no cooked breakfast on menu

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plujon
Memphis/West TN
6 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an outstanding restaurant. Food amazing, staff helpful and friendly (especially the lovely South African girl). Quite pricey but when you get this quality that is not a problem. I started with the squid and Asian salad followed by the best seafood linguine ever. My husband had a wonderful broth which was so fresh followed by baked sole with Asian salad and wonton. This cafe reminded us of a chain of great restaurants called The Boathouse which we go to in Sydney whilst visiting our son ( can't wait to get back) . This meal made our few days in Cornwall. I would highly recommend but book far in advance especially with so many staycations these days.

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BRUCEJ
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Need a wider choice on the menue.
The ambience of the place is excellent.

FAQs

Porthminster Beach Café is rated 4.7 stars by 2356 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.