Porthminster Beach Café

4.7
2373 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 2373 people are saying
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SusanR
London
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very tasty, beautifully presented food in a stunning, relaxed environment.

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vipLynnB
London
7 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, service, views all amazing as always this place never disappoints

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AnneE
Warwickshire
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favourite restaurant in the country. Always outstanding, original flavours, local produce and fantastic staff. Due to Covid, I haven’t been for two years but Guy remembered my name and was so welcoming. I’ve been eating here for over twenty years!

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Chocolatetart
Bath
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb breakfast in a stunning setting. Friendly and attentive service.

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JulieT
Oxford
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always great service, fab food and awesome views. Shout out to Isabelle who looked after us so well.

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LeanneD
London
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a must visit - whether you're in the area or passing by, this is worth a stop. Amazing food and well worth the price. Service was first class.

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant staff and gorgeous food

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DavidG
Berkshire
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Evening meal to celebrate a Birthday. Perfect setting on open balcony, heaters very effective. Staff attentive, all food served was well presented and delicious. We would recommend the Porthminster Beach restaurant highly, thank you to all of the staff.

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JezB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service4ambience5

Very nice but expensive for what it was
Good location

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great breakfast served by brilliant friendly staff

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Brooksy
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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 3 days 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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CarmenC
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Porthminster every time, perfection!!!
I absolutely love it 😍

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BeverleyB
Cornwall
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and friendly service - as always. We' ve been going there for years and never had a bad meal.
We both had the Monkfish Curry. Wonderful!

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OpenTable Diner
Cambridge
6 reviews
Dined 4 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 4 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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Snapshot
London
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Having looked forward to our visit for weeks and based on past experience we were very surprised to be disappointed. I was served a half lobster which was very lacking in meat with nearly empty claws--the embarrassed waitress told us that it was a bad time in its maturity cycle and took a small amount from the bill. Perhaps a restaurant of this calibre for seafood should recognise not to put lobster on the menu at this time of year if this is so. Otherwise the lovely situation and charm of the staff made our visit a pleasant one. Prices were very much higher than on the website however.

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JulieM
1 review
Dined 4 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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PeterS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every time we visit Carbis Bay we walk along the coastal path to the Porthminster Cafe on the edge of St. Ives. This is probably our most favourite restaurant in the UK. We both had the monkfish curry which is always fantastic. Service was brilliant from a host of young, very bright and attentive waitresses. Would highly recommend a visit but nowadays you need to book as soon as you can to get a table. Best place to sit is in the open part of the restaurant where you can enjoy the seaview and fresh air.

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SteveM
1 review
Dined 5 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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DavidA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Still a beautiful and great location to have a meal. Staff still great as always, starters and dessert were very good as well, but the Monkfish Curry main was no where near as good as it used to be and certainly not worth the money paid. The original Monkfish Curry was sensational and one of our all time favourite meals anywhwere. Still love this place, but would choose a different main course next time.

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BarbaraW
Newcastle
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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KimT
1 review
Dined 5 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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susanj
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food with a lovely view and very good staff

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IngridH
London
10 reviews
Dined 5 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 6 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 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Hoppy
1 review
Dined 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 7 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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vipAngelaC
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, fabulous food and service!

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vipPeterG
Yorkshire
3 reviews
Dined 7 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 on September 13, 2021
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 on September 13, 2021
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 on September 13, 2021
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 on September 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

FAQs

Porthminster Beach Café is rated 4.7 stars by 2373 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.