Porthminster Beach Café

4.7
1961 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 1961 people are saying
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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NigelH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Possibly the best meal we’ve ever had in very nice surroundings with the most superb view of Porthminster beach and St Ives. Very well ventilated inside and the outside balcony heated also both our temperatures were taken upon entry.
Service excellent. Bit pricey but not your everyday food.

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and delightful views.

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PatriciaW
Hampshire
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing, lovely service & great experience! Thank you.

EA
ElizaA
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food and great location. Slightly long wait for main course

SB
SarahB
Dorset
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. The food, the service, the view was out of this world. The value for money for the quality that you receive for every aspect was amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant

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NigelL
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Being coming here for 2O years. Never disappoints. The monkfish curry was amazing. Relaxed atmosphere with wonderful views over the beach and sea.

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GeorgeT
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem - wonderfully fresh and tasty food, not pretentious, amazing sea views, friendly hosts and waitresses. Can’t wait to come back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Manchester
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food in a beautiful setting. Can’t wait to go back.

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davidg
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is only the second time I have left a review in my life.I have to say how speechless and emotional I am over the superb meal my family and I had on Saturday,12 June,2021. The food was heavenly,my starter of moules was stunning,taste sensations so apt for the weather.We sat inside in the cool shade overlooking the beach. Our main was divine,how can you make a cod filet taste so fresh,and scrumptious. Cod for me was never exciting until today. Dessert was up to their high standards,and indulge yourself in their cheese. Hats also off to the New Zealand wine,and the superb Bombadillo I had.Their choice of dessert wines was eclectic. Can I give you a resounding eleven out of ten. Excellent,on so many levels

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Sausage
London
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful menu, great food, and in particular excellent vegetarian options.

EJ
EnaJ
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can never fault anything here
Food was amazing
Lovely staff
Location is stunning

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IanC
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Brilliant. As always. Mr Clements top class🙏🏻💕been here several times and quality remains fab.thank you.

LH
LauraH
Edinburgh
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

View and food amazing. Lucky we got a table outside. Service was great, quick and waitress was really welcoming. Highly recommend.

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ElizabethM
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had brunch here at 10.30am (booked in advance.)The service was quick, friendly and obliging. The food was very good but we were disappointed that coffee was served per cup rather than in a cafetière given the ‘class’ of the venue. Would definitely recommend.

SG
StephanieG
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyed a lovely breakfast on the terrace with stunning sea views.

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Soreta14
Yorkshire
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was absolutely wonderful the food was divine .. highly recommend. Great service and they moved us to a sea view window table which was great !!

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AlanC
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The ambiance and setting was excellent the staff were excellent, friendly and attentive. Overall for my birthday celebration the atmosphere was serene.

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Manday
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food beautiful position. A meal where every mouthful was divine.

DA
DAVIDF
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food & service was of the highest quality and when you factor in a stunning view. Makes it a must place to visit.

JS
JaneS
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, lovely friendly staff and wonderful view

OT
OpenTable Diner
Brighton
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing the service was brilliant and the puddings were fantastic. I would come back every day if I could

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MarionH
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always enjoy meals here and with lovely views. Had the roast cauliflower starter which was amazing followed by cod fillet with caponata and lots of other delicious flavours. My husband had the seafood linguini and said it was the best he’d ever eaten. Have eaten here several times and can’t fault it.

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eleanorH
Bristol
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, good atmosphere, friendly and efficient service.

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GarryM
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic place to eat, great position. Lovely fresh produce, book early as this is a popular place.

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ChrisH
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Relaxed dining, terrific food, friendly service, great location. What’s not to like?

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MillieD
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Second time dining here and it was just as wonderful as we remember. It’s a very special experience looking out over Porthminster beach. They’ve got everything just right.. food, service and ambiance.

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Paul
London
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Another visit to this very special place, with a truly unique location on the beach.. this time for a birthday celebration. Lovely food again, although we felt there was a much reduced menu, and limited choices for my GF intolerance... my wife, being vegan, did however have more options and loved her food.

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LeighD
Cornwall
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We ordered the fruits de mar, we had a spider crab, which was extremely hard to open. Lots of mussels, 2 scallops, 6 prawns and 4 oysters. The staff were outstanding. Marked down one star overall because we have had this before and was not as messy, with a greater selection of scallops and prawns.

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DavidJ
London
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food with great staff in a fantastic location.

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MLBP
Surrey
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was phenomenal. Easily the best restaurant that we visited during our week long stay and I only wish that we'd been able to get a booking for dinner as well. I definitely recommend that you make a reservation as far in advance as possible. When booking 2 months in advance, there was only one option available for us and it was for lunch.

The service was lovely and the place was nicely spread out to consider covid.

Really beautiful views of the sea and a lovely outside seating area if that interests you.

Would recommend 100%.

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PaulP
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We booked in advance, we last visited in June 2019, the views of Porthminster Beach are just beautiful, outstanding! The golden sand and turquoise sea make this a special place. The service was very good, we were shown to our table, ordered drinks then our food. It seemed to be served so quickly, presentation and quality was excellent and tasty. With COVID things are a little different but we felt they took good measures to ensure everyone was safe. A lovely relaxed atmosphere, we will certainly visit again on our next trip to St Ives!

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DAVEG
Manchester
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent food as always and imaginatively presented. We did feel slightly let down by the fact that our starters did not all arrive at the same time and some of the food was lukewarm when it arrived at our table.

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AnnB
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was fabulous with a lovely view and good service. Would definitely go back the next time we’re in Cornwall.

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EleanorS
Manchester
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best hollandaise sauce on the planet!!
Great service, great menu (but bring back the beef hash!) beautiful breakfast, great staff! Thank you so much!! Been two and half years waiting eagerly to come back!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Smell of frying oil at our table was overpowering

Lamb was ordinary and a bit sad including presentation with faceless beans

Service good but didn’t like the ‘how much will you pay’ meaning how much will you tip. Too direct and a sign of arrogance in a restaurant that has definitely passed its best. Previous visits were far superior.

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LYNNEW
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic night out food excellant ambiance of the restaurant really good the staff and the service superb a restaurant not to be missed highly recommemd

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SallyP
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Always a treat! Perfect setting. Delicious food. Admirable experience under difficult restrictions.

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BevF
Leicestershire
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff and service , food out of this world ,would highly recommend.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been here several times before and really love it for its setting and interesting menu. The food has always been very good but last night was even better than usual. Every dish was perfect. Sashimi tuna and pork bell/scallop starters. The latter so good we ordered another portion to come with the main course. Mains were also really lovely as were desserts. Special call out for the deep fried banoffee pie!!! 😍 fantastic evening

OT
OpenTable Diner
Yorkshire
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent every part of the meal

FAQs

Porthminster Beach Café is rated 4.7 stars by 1961 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.