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Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives, Cornwall
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Porthminster Beach Café

4.7
4.7
3655 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.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Seafood, Mediterranean, European

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    01736 795352

  • Payment options

    Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Mick Smith

What 3,655 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cornwall

    Best Food

  • Cornwall

    Innovative

  • Cornwall

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Cornwall

    Great for scenic views

  • Cornwall

    Good for special occasions

  • Cornwall

    Most Booked

  • West Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • West Cornwall

    Best Food

  • West Cornwall

    Best Service

  • West Cornwall

    Best Ambiance

  • West Cornwall

    Innovative

  • West Cornwall

    Neighborhood gem

  • West Cornwall

    Romantic

  • West Cornwall

    Good for special occasions

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

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  1. CH

    ChrisH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Tried the new tasting menu - oyster, mackerel, scallops, John Dory, Rose veal and a tasty dessert . Superb. Best meal that we've ever had at the Porthminster Cafe. Go for it!
  2. P

    Plomer

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good. Quite expensive for light lunch but always great for evening meal or special occasion.
  3. RB

    RachelB

    Cornwall

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Can't get a better view of st ives and the beach lovely food friendly staff and great service will ne back soon
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    A great venue with lovely ambience though a touch chilly on a January evening. The menu was interesting and some dishes excellent as always, but some slightly disappointing considering the cost. The service was impeccable as always. Thank you for a lovely evening.
  5. PG

    PaulG

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always delicious, fantastic seafood
  6. MR

    MarieR

    Cornwall

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    Had high hopes for the food after hearing reviews but was totally disappointed. The sauce on my vegan option was stone cold (I had to check that it wasn’t supposed to be cold as it wasn’t even lukewarm). I sent it back and refused another one (as it was also smaller than a starter and was £21!) The monkfish curry was way overpriced at £33 and the sweet potato was hard with only one piece of monkfish. Have no issue with paying top dollar if the food is good but this is way overpriced and not well made. On a side note, the young lady who served us was amazing and so we still tipped her even though the food wasn’t worth it!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were meeting and treating some old fr iends, so were aiming to have a nice long lunch. We were not disappointed, friendly and timely service, beautiful food and a lovely space to eat it in. We really enjoyed our meal, we weren’t at all rushed and this made it the happy occasion we planned for, too marks.
  8. CC

    CarolineC

    Warwickshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Have been coming to st ives for many years but never made it here. Fabulous food. The flavours where amazing. Great service too. Thanks all
  9. JD

    JulieD

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappoints. We’ve been dining here for years and always enjoy. Fantastic food and service.
  10. FP

    FrancisP

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Great location at the far end of Porthminster beach. Nicely cooked food served by pleasant staff but overpriced.
  11. AJ

    AlfieJ

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food also excellent staff as usual lovely place to spend time in
  12. LT

    LynnT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was absolutely brilliant - knowledgeable about dishes and the area. The food was superb - their salmon pate, was the best I've ever tasted. All in all, a lovely experience and we will most absolutely be back when next in St Ives
  13. RW

    RosW

    London

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious crab linguine and beautiful views. Fantastic lunch
  14. LD

    LinaD

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 3, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great lunch and looking forward to our next visit. Overall great food and service-love it.
  15. M

    lizzieM

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Excellent as always. Disappointed as there were no ‘fish and chips’ a Favourite.
  16. SB

    SharonB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always our first choice for great quality food, and staff are always very welcoming - nothing is too much trouble
  17. GR

    GrevilleR

    London

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Partners meal good My Dover Sole was poor tasting
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, beautiful views, good service.
  19. W

    Wiggy

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just keeps getting better! Been in the summer and always fabulous food, service and food - so came on NY day’s evening and equally brilliant! Get yourself booked in and down here.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service, gorgeous food, quiet relaxed ambiance, a little pricey, but definitely worth every penny- would go and eat there again next time we are in St Ives and recommend to all
  21. GS

    GemmaS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Loved the food and surroundings 😘. Will return with friends
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Eat on New Year’s Day as a family and was perfect and relaxing looking out at the sea. Food was amazing!
  23. DH

    DeanH

    Devon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A wonderful experience all round, great food, amazing service and excellent atmosphere
  24. S

    Steffiex

    Devon

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Generally a nice meal - always go for the monk fish curry but sadly it’s become very muddy looking over the years - the Thai version used to be much lighter and more flavoursome and more delicious . We made up our own recipe from your original one many years ago. Very disappointed as a gluten intolerant - that there is no consideration for gluten free options on the dessert menu - more thought needs to be put into this where alternatives can be made available - we’re not to be despised - we can’t help having allergies and intolerances so please try to understand this - we still enjoy good food and want to experience it - it really isn’t that difficult to make alternatives
  25. B

    Babs

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Rich in flavour. Outstanding laid back location
  26. c

    charliew

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Superb food, great ambience and would definitely go again.
  27. NH

    NickH

    Devon

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Only 3 stars for food as no bread, without paying extra, for mussels to mop up the quite delicious broth & the monkfish was mainly bone & cartilage. Otherwise food excellent as usual. Delighted to get a window seat, thank you very much for that & the Verdejo delicious & well priced.
  28. MD

    MaggieD

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious and outstanding, enjoyed the combination of flavours of food, well trained staff, all in a wonderful setting!
  29. JP

    JuliaP

    Devon

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    We love the Porthminster Beach Cafe but it was not good last night. I chose the squid with Asian salad to start with. The squid was not hot, not salted, and tasteless and dry. It needed an asian mayonaise and some interesting seasoning. The salad was fine. I then had Halibut with a red wine sauce and leeks and kale in some kind of creamy sauce. The halibut itself was ok but the red wine sauce was very sweet and leeks etc in the creamy sauce sickly. The only bit I really liked was the Jersusalem artichoke which was delicious. My partner said he felt the same about the hablibut and did not enjoy his starter of game pate which was boring. Our waitress was attentive and friendly as were all the staff and the ambience was good but were very disappointed as we usually love the food at Porthminster and I was looking forward to taking my sister there next week but based on last night's meal, I could not do that. I hope it was just a random bad night or I chose the wrong things on the menu.
  30. K

    Kate

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. Gorgeous food as usual
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food and service. Hard to top.
  32. AC

    AnaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful views, food and service. Lovely relaxed atmosphere alongside the high standards and quality. Great for both families and couples. Can’t wait to go back!
  33. m

    michaelt

    Hertfordshire

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very nice food, great beach location, very handy for Harbour Hotel!
  34. TS

    TinaS

    London

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Great menu. Lovely tasting food. Perfect views by over beach
  35. CL

    ClareL

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent Christmas family meal. Fantastic food and service as always
  36. AY

    AYshees

    Bristol

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, fabulous service, fabulous ambience. My favourite place to eat as it never disappoints
  37. AI

    AnnIe

    Cornwall

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Our table had a beautiful sea view, the service was excellent and the starter delicious. However the monkfish was overcooked and tough. We left before the sweet course and coffee because the noise from the next table was deafening. We struggled to communicate with the staff and could not hold our own conversation. It made the experience positively unpleasant and is unfortunately the abiding memory of the meal.
  38. CF

    ClareF

    London

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Really excellent food - we both had fish dishes. The combination of sauces and fish were amazing and the chips were a great support to the main dish. The heritage carrots with coconut were fabulous but probably not the best flavour accompaniment to the two main dishes - we managed them though!! The ambience was good and we appreciated being able to take our dogs (who were well behaved). The room and view were great but being the summer room it needed heating and while this was fine at first it was beginning to get very chilly by the time we left. Overall a lovely Christmas Eve meal - thanks.
  39. MK

    MarkK

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Beautifully presented food and possibly the best lamb I've ever tasted. Friendly, very efficient service. A lovely Christmas Eve lunch.
  40. JS

    JohnS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent; we asked to be moved to a table by the window when some other people left, and it was done with minimum of fuss. The view and the food were great.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • 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
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Porthminster Beach Café is rated 4.7 stars by 3655 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Porthminster Beach Café

Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EB

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

    Seafood, Mediterranean, European

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    Visa

  • Executive chef

    Mick Smith

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wine

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