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Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives, Cornwall

Porthminster Beach Café

4.7
4.7
3608 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

7:00 PM


Booked 7 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 3,608 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
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Cornwall

    Best Service

  • Cornwall

    Best Ambiance

  • Cornwall

    Innovative

  • Cornwall

    Hot spot

  • Cornwall

    Great for fine wines

  • Cornwall

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Cornwall

    Great for scenic views

  • Cornwall

    Most Booked

  • West Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • West Cornwall

    Best Food

  • West Cornwall

    Best Service

  • West Cornwall

    Best Ambiance

  • West Cornwall

    Innovative

  • West Cornwall

    Healthy

  • West Cornwall

    Romantic

  • West Cornwall

    Good for special occasions

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

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  1. L

    Lesley

    Devon

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    A disappointing meal after visiting back in 2021 when the food was excellent. Squid was tasteless, one of the mains had run out (at 7pm) and the hake was overpriced for what it was - just mediocre, one piece of chorizo and a few bits of spinach on the side. Bounty dessert overpowered with coconut froth, lacking toffee sauce on the sticky toffee pudding. We had looked forward to returning here, but won’t be rushing back. for what we paid for 3 people the food should be outstanding, not something I could make at home.
  2. BB

    BarbaraB

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We come to st Ives for a holiday each year and we always enjoy a meal at this Restaurant. It is our very favourite Restaurant!!!
  3. AA

    AbiA

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience1
    Hopefully this was a one off but everything bar the service and the wine list was absolutely terrible. Apart from a lacking menu ( x 2 Thai curries across the 7 options ??!! ) and a pan fried hake dish for £35 ??!! This evening there was no chef so the KP cooked !! Luckily we avoided potential shellfish poisoning because we sent our food back due to it either being under or over cooked. And the chips are oven chips !!! which I don't suppose isn't the norm. This place has gone downhill. A lack of standards and some greedy beggar thinking it's okay to keep taking people's hard earned money, irrespective of whether they are able to deliver the expected product. Shame on you Porthminster ... no excuses ... food should definitely NOT have been served this evening.
  4. c

    cristinagardiner

    Birmingham

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food, carefully cooked and excellently presented. We have been there a few times when visiting St. Ives and every time we have been wowed by the freshness and the amount of taste in the dishes. The atmosphere of the restaurant is dynamic, the conservatory just above the beach is also a super space to eat. The staff are friendly, knowledgeable, attentive without being overbearing making it a really enjoyable experience. We shall certainly go again when we are back in St. Ives.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous place to enjoy spectacular views and amazing food. We had the most delicious lunch including scallops, the squid (which I actually preferred to the scallops, which shows just how well the squid was done), linguine (yum) and two wonderful puddings (the deep fried banoffee pudding is heaven). The lady serving us was brilliant too; friendly and engaging. We loved the whole experience and can’t recommend the Porthminster Café highly enough.
  6. PG

    PaulineG

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely experience, food delicious and friendly staff, a view to die for
  7. N

    Nick

    Cornwall

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience2
    Whilst the scallops and hake were cooked very well we felt that given the cost of over £30 for hake and £15 for scallops that 3 scallops was mean and not providing any vegetables with the hair dish at over £30 was not looking after your diners. The dish was lacking “green” as a result and was missing something as a result. It was the sane with the 7 chips for fish and chips. We had to ask for more. The bounty pudding lacked sufficient amount of coconut in the taste. More melted chocolate base than coconut. Was looking forward to it but it wasn’t great. Sitting tables in the annexe rather than inside the restaurant in November lacked ambiance and it felt “off” walking through the restaurant to an empty annexe. Made us feel naughty or as if we had done something wrong to be put to the back of the annexe on our own. The waiting staff were very good.
  8. DH

    DavidH

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Rather dated menu and atmosphere; in need of a bit of TLC to bring it up to what I remember of the porthminster cafe.
  9. SJ

    SusanJ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience4
    The location was excellent the waitress was friendly knowledgeable but we did experience a delay between courses and the food was of a reasonable standard not outstanding and was overpriced. We left having had a pleasant evening but a little disappointed and underwhelmed.
  10. RH

    RuthH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We absolutely love the ambience here. We always get a heated pod and our children love that we’re eating looking out at the sea. Highly recommend x
  11. TP

    TrevorP

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    First time here and definitely will return.. wonderful flavours
  12. G

    Georgiew

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful meal. Everything was perfection. The service was top notch and the staff were so lovely and friendly. Highly recommend!
  13. LC

    LucaC

    London

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Really delicious and refined food accompanied by an impeccable service and excellent views over the bay
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place to go for proper food and great value
  15. JL

    JamieL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing. Just go! Fave restaurant in the world and the view’s not bad.
  16. ES

    EricaS

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Lovely food and lovely service. The best experience would come sitting beach side. Scallops were lovely to start - but note you only get three so not one for if you are really hungry.
  17. CB

    ClaireB

    Cornwall

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yet another beautiful meal here! The sharing platter was nice and the bake cassoulet and seafood linguine were both gorgeous. Whilst I was really full I did manage to sneak a couple of spoonfuls of hubby’s sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb, which was delicious. Would thoroughly recommend.
  18. JT

    JoannaT

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A fabulous even with delicious food and excellent service. Thank you
  19. TM

    TinaMac

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a fabulous meal yesterday it was really memorable and the staff couldn’t have been more welcoming or helpful
  20. MS

    MartinS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant location directly on Porthminster beach is outstanding. We always opt for lunch so the beach is seen in the best light. The staff are friendly, highly efficient and unpretentious. The food is of the highest quality and prepared perfectly. The only slight critisism is that some of the startres do not really offer value for money, apart from that it is truly perfect.
  21. CS

    ChristopherS

    Essex

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The most delicious dessert I have ever had and the scallops for starter were incredible. Highly recommended this is a wonderful place to eat. The views are stunning, the ambience is lovely and the food is exceptional.
  22. F

    Fisheater

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Can't fault the service or the food for quality. However, it is the priciest meal of our holiday and although we always leave a tip, it is nice to have the choice rather than have it added to your bill. As it was dark the location was a bit lost.
  23. EN

    EmmaN

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Warmest of welcomes, fantastic service and lovely food all within a great atmosphere.
  24. SM

    SarahM

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Each time we come to Cornwall we head to the porthminster csfe, Amazing as always!
  25. BF

    BeckyF

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and great service! Will be back soon
  26. AR

    AlisonR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, great service, relaxing atmosphere and a fantastic view.
  27. B

    Bristolfoodie

    Gloucestershire

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been returning to Portminster Beach Cafe for many years and always try to get a table when visiting Hayle and St Ives. It never disappoints! Always incredibly friendly, knowledgeable and professional staff. Amazing cooking and lovely, lovely local produce. Whoever thought up "deep fried banoffee pie" is a genius! Try it. It's amazing!
  28. DK

    DavidK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Fab views, friendly and helpful staff but disappointing food- and very expensive for what it was.
  29. MW

    MicheleW

    London

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    We have been to the Beach Cafe many times but I do feel the price increases, Spartan furniture and good but unexceptional food make this now a four star rather than five star dining experience
  30. GO

    GarethO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous food, great service. Highlight was probably the sticky pork starter but it was all very tasty
  31. IL

    IanL

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic attentive staff in a wonderful location and the food was excellent
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never fails to deliver great staff service and exceptional food
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always lovely food and service with a smile
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing meal in a beautiful setting. Food was excellent as always, staff very friendly and helpful. We can’t wait to return.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Surrey

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have a holiday home in St Ives and this remains our favourite restaurant in St Ives. Excellent all year round. The monkfish curry is second to none!
  36. SB

    StephanieB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful location , friendly staff and imaginative , interesting menu
  37. RB

    RichardB

    Buckinghamshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was our first time and we were thrilled to have made the effort. Excellent outlook, great food and super friendly team. Highly recommended!
  38. BP

    BobP

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful meal served by a friendly team with great views. We went for a family meal. The restaurant has a section where you can sit with well behaved dogs and one with no dogs. We had scallops, which were first class, surf and turf and finished with sticky toffee pudding. The wine list (by the glass) was also very good. I would love to go again.
  39. C

    Carole

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wedding Anniversary
  40. JC

    JeremyC

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Exceptional service from very friendly staff. We've been before, we'd go again.

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 3608 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 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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