Porthminster Kitchen

4.6
889 Reviews
£25 and under
International
Porthminster Kitchen serves up a refreshing, playful take on Cornish cuisine, introducing a menu of smaller plates and lighter options which combine global flavours, fresh local ingredients and creative cooking.

We have stripped out much of what is unnecessary; dairy and gluten take a backseat in favour of fresh and exciting textures and flavours.

Porthminster Kitchen enjoys awe-inspiring panoramic views from its location in the heart of St Ives. From your vantage point above the harbour, escape the hustle and bustle and relax on our sun-drenched terrace, or gaze out from huge windows and take in the 180° view.

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
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 889 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.5
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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RodgerW
London
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great little place smack bang in the middle of things on St Ives Harbour front. Portions huge, so go hungry! Between us we had The Mussels, the Sticky Asian Beef Bao Buns and the BBQ Pork….all excellent, with surprising attention to detail, especially two different Asian slaws…with a proper kick! Very nice

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MarieH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and very attentive service. Can’t wait to return.

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RuthieD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, service and view from our table, we were very impressed and will definitely be back.

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Court
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our meal, absolutely gorgeous food and a stunning view!

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JC88
Cornwall
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Good but not fantastic. A slight alteration to food descriptions stating when food is spicy would be good and the cod didn’t taste fresh and had a ammonia taste. Everything else was good

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Chloe
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Amazing location and views. Not much selection on the food. Food wasn’t anything amazing especially for the price but nice place to chill

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Tash
Birmingham
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal with really lovely staff. Had a wonderful table on the balcony

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Pinkabec
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and one of our go to places in st Ives. Love getting a balcony table so we can sit outside and look at the harbour and people milling about.

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GeoffR
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location and view, fantastic food and first class service! what more do you need.
i should say its rubbish so i put people off and have more chance of finding a table myself!! ha ha.
You will not better this so try it.

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Larid
London
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!

PW
PeterW
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food and service with a fantastic view. Will definitely be back….

PB
PhilipB
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good! Quick service, friendly chatty staff to put you at ease, excellent food and a lovely sea and beach view that is hard to beat!! We’ll be back again without question. Highly recommended this place is hard to beat - great value.

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GrahamP
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you appreciate well presented food utilising local produce this is the place to come.

TB
TomB
London
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service and atmosphere, definitely recommend!

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Halegirl
London
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We visited for lunch. The restaurant was busy.

The service was a little slow to begin with - we waited 20 minutes until we were asked if we would like a drink.

However, once our order for drinks and food had been placed, it came out quickly and was delicious.

The view overlooking the harbour is great to sit and people watch.

Would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lovely setting, great service, food was nice. I put nice because it wasn’t amazing, just nice. Felt quite expensive for the quality of food compared with other restaurants in the town that we’ve eaten at.

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Kelv
Bath
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, great views looking out over St Ives Harbour. Quite a restricted menu, but we prefer that. Service good, but customers need to be tech savy as drinks and main menu accessed by scanning on phone.

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ESueF
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience1

Staff forced us to wear a mask, and made us pay for them at the door. However, staff were not even wearing their own masks around the restaurant! Very unwelcoming and overpriced.

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SebastianV
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food with a Unique taste profile. location is as good as it gets 💯

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davidb
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Tasty food, but a bit overpriced. Seemed to be stuck in lockdown mode, with few paper menus/wine lists. Pleasant ambience, with a nice view of the harbour.

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LisaU
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing evening, food was exceptional and the service was fantastic. Will definitely be booking again when we come next year

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Bashie
London
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent experience all around. The service was spot on and the food was not only delicious, but also expertly prepared. For example it’s very easy to overcook scallops or cod, but that wasn’t the case at all - they were tender and flavorful. Also the sardine special starter was a lovely combination of flavours and textures. Couldn’t have been any happier with the entire meal, with the exception of it being a bit too warm in the corner with no air flow to cool us. A minor complaint considering the weather, though. Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed my meal but probably as I’d over anticipated the experience it wasn’t quite as good as I would have liked - the food was ok but not outstanding, the service was ok but felt rushed. It was a busy, hot day so I understand that it might have been tough; but I did have better meals and experiences elsewhere. That said my son did really enjoy his squid so I’d recommend that if you are going. The bisque on the cod could have had more depth and let the dish down and the Catch of the Day was a type of flat fish that we weren’t familiar with but she didn’t pause at all to tell us anything about the fish so missed an opportunity. The tip was a little reduced as a result. To sum up, it was good but not exceptional for me as an experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful food, gorgeous view with very friendly staff

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StephenD
London
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful. Friendly service, delicious food great wine. Perfect start to our holiday

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing views

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Jade
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gorgeous food, lovely view, friendly service. Would highly recommend!

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LucyK
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely food and service. Our best meal in St ives

LH
LaurenH
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I highly recommend this venue, we booked and got everything we required from a harbour view late lunch date. Food - incredible, service - incredible, ambiance - incredible!

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and great views

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Holly
Oxford
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall2food4service3ambience2

Pay for view. Food was nice but overpriced and left hungry

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JimmyLogan
Cornwall
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Change of menu from its sister’s restaurant making a nice change. Different wines as well as a good view of the harbour.

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HeidiS
Warwickshire
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very lovely for special occasion. Sat on the terrace in the sunshine with the best view of the harbour. Food was a, little pricey but decent portion sizes and very tasty. Perfect for a birthday meal.

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DavidS
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Nice views good service food is “OK” but nothing to get too excited about -little bit pricey for what it is but overall ok

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StephenW
London
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent food, fantastic views and very tentative staff. Highly recommend

OT
OpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Saw the great reviews so decided to book a table for lunch. On first arrival, it looked like a typical tourist trap which would have poor food but we absolutely loved it. We shared 3 starters and 2 mains as well as a couple of delicious scallops with hazelnut butter which were delicious. The staff were so lovely and accommodating. We managed to grab a table outside when it became free and they had a great drinks drinks list too. Highly highly recommended but definitely book as they get full quickly!

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SallyH
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Starter fab
Main good
Pudding good
Would highly recommend 👍

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DawnH
Yorkshire
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always look forward to our annual visit to Porthminster Kitchen but this year despite problems caused by COVID it surpassed our expectations. The food was excellent and the service excellent too. We had a wonderful evening and would recommend it highly and already look forward to next year’s visit. Well done to you all and thank you for all your hard work under the circumstances.

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oldfart
London
9 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on balcony with our Cocker spaniel ..squid starter perfect and my Pork main superb. Staff friendly and attentive and the view amazing. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Cornwall
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Birthday meal.
Great views over Harbour.
Good Porthminster gin and tonic.
My friend's lobster was excellent and good value.
My skate wing was well cooked and slid off the bone easily.
Sadly no time for a dessert!

FAQs

Porthminster Kitchen is rated 4.6 stars by 889 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.