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Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives, Cornwall

Porthminster Beach Café

4.6
4.6
4364 reviews
£41 and over
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 coffee, lunch 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

19:00


Booked 33 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Mediterranean, European
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    01736 795352
  • Payment Options
    Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive Chef
    Ben Prior & Mick Smith

What 4,364 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Cornwall

    Best Overall

  • Cornwall

    Best Food

  • Cornwall

    Best Service

  • Cornwall

    Best Ambience

  • Cornwall

    Innovative

  • Cornwall

    Healthy

  • Cornwall

    Hot spot

  • Cornwall

    Great for fine wines

  • Cornwall

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Cornwall

    Romantic

  • Cornwall

    Great for scenic views

  • Cornwall

    Most Booked

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

4,364 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Main course of lobster and sea food linguine served Luke warm - sent it back and they reheated it … Hardly what is expected of a quality restaurant.. They rectified it but even the remade dishes were underwhelming… a burnt prawn on the seafood linguine. Starters were amazing and staff were lovely. Wine was provided free as recompense. A Silver Wedding anniversary memory for all the wrong reasons. Not what you expect to get from somewhere Michelin mentioned. Probably just an off night but places this good / costly should not have off nights. A shame.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Shropshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food with stunning views, if a little pricey, but you don't mind when the food is so good!

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  3. TonyP

    Yorkshire

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stunning views, friendly and attentive staff. The food was excellent. The atmosphere in the restaurant was relaxed.

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  4. RobK

    Newcastle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A proper seafood restaurant, as it should be. Excellent local fish and shellfish, served simply with relatively few ingredients, stylish and tasty throughout everything we had. Highly recommended.

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  5. DebbieM

    Berkshire

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Just love this restaurant - great service, delicious food, stunning setting. First visited around 17 years ago and have never had a disappointing meal there. Highly recommended for anyone visiting St Ives!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Disappointing frankly. I don’t normally review anything to be honest but the time has come to start. It is clear that since lockdown restaurants have hiked their prices significantly, in some cases to the point where the quality of food and service simply do not justify the cost. This restaurant is a case in point. Our waitress was charming but rather clueless. 45 minutes in, our starters had not arrived and when we enquired when they might be ready, they appeared immediately, having obviously been waiting to be collected and delivered to our table, but ignored. One main, the second most expensive on the menu, a fish curry, advertised as including tiger prawns, arrived with none, and not much else in the way of fish. Without asking, one tiger prawn appeared on a plate half way through. This is yet another restaurant where having asked for the bill, you are kept waiting so long to actually pay, that you begin to wonder if they even want your money. I gave up and paid on exit. For the price, at over £100 per head, I reasonably expect more in every department.

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely meal here on Monday evening. Food was fantastic. Dog friendly too. Service was excellent. Thoroughly recommend.

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  8. TonyT

    Devon

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First class evening the food was fantastic. It is not a cheap evening but I don't mind paying for good food and excellent service. This was a special evening for us and it disappoint in any way. The only negative was the gents ( and I am told the ladies ) both were disappointing and in the need of urgent upgrading.

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  9. KathrynA

    Devon

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    To be honest, I didn’t have the usual lovely time yesterday…..and was disappointed with a couple of things….the lack of attention and my food not being as tasty as normal. However the food is still very good, I just felt a little let down as this was a birthday celebration with my friends and we had all traveled down from Plymouth for the lunch….it just didn’t feel as ‘special’ as normal- will still re-visit but just hope it feels more like the usual standard next time…🤔🤞🤞

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent cheerful informative helpful happy staff. Great atmosphere. Great food.

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  11. Phill

    Devon

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous food, very fresh. Creative desserts (Thai curry sorbet with crispy chilli and lime and mango? Wow! 😋) Not the cheapest but always a special treat

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved this place, the staff were amazing, food was delicious, ambience delightful, we very much hope to return , it was a very special experience, many thanks to all the staff .

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  13. PETERG

    Portland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 16 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I had the best lunch experience we’ve had in many years. The setting, the superb service and the most delicious food all came together. A brilliant finale to our fabulous stay in St Ives….

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 14 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Lovely bistro style restaurant in a unique location with great views over the beach and the sea. Food was delicious. The trio of cheeses with accompaniments was something else. Very pleasant early evening dinner.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food. Great service. Fun place to eat with friends

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  16. DavidH

    Memphis/West TN

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 13 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Porthminster Cafe never fails. You must thank Martin Talbot for telling me about it years ago. We only visit once a year but it’s always been worth the wait

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good and the staff were lovely but I have to say that the plate brought out for the birthday girl was a bit embarrassing! I would have thought that a restaurant of your calibre could have run to a piece of cake! I felt it spoilt the evening especially as I had been raving to our family how lovely your restaurant was.

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  18. bexi

    Devon

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 12 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    stunning as always, great service to match the delicious food. Can recommend highly. Thank you

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  19. Claire

    Manchester

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our favourite restaurant when visiting St Ives. Love the location. Away from the crowds. The food is delicious and the staff are very friendly and helpful. We love that we can now dine with our dog. Beach bar is great for cocktails. A very special place.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 11 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was very good. Food was lovely. View fabulous. Usually visit St Ives in May so usually dine here so this was my 4th visit. Hope to be back again next year. Thank you

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    London

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 10 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    The food is always good but felt service was a bit lacking this time, and it is expensive

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  22. Jolly

    Devon

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 8 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with fabulous views and excellent upmarket food, brilliant service, and very knowledgeable sommelier. Just lovely.

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  23. DitaT

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 7 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious seafood in a fantastic location. The weather was beautiful so we ate outside. Service was good and we were able to move table when this became possible.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Norfolk/Suffolk

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The staff, especially the Manageress at Porthminster Beach Cafe provided exceptional service and wonderful food during our visit, making our Anniversary meal one to remember. The views are to die for and I especially loved that even the edible flowers came from their own garden alongside the restaurant. Thanks once more to all the team!

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Brighton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 6 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Group of 4 - arrived early were offered drinks outside. Very friendly & helpful staff. 1 in our group uses a wheelchair & a ramp was put in place. At one point he accidentally spilt his drink & the staff quickly & discreetly cleared it up & gave him another drink. Food was all fantastic! Loved it & will recommend & come again!

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  26. davebwiseman

    London

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on 5 May 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    First room is VERY noisy so we moved to the other room. Chairs vary hard - you would not want to linger here. Pappy tasteless focaccia. Rest of the food was good. MUCH more expensive as Porthminster kitchen for basically the same food in a poorer surrounding. We won’t come back - we’ll probably probably have a third meal at the porthminster kitchen instead

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  27. DuncanW

    London

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 4 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff were very attentive, the food was great with great views of the beach. They even took great care to of our Cavapoo Milo. We wove Porthminster Beach Cafe! They even paid for postcard to be send home to a loved one.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Devon

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    On arrival no one knew our booking or where to seat us…. Not very welcoming. Food well cooked but catch of the day (John Dorey) disappointingly no taste and very small portion (expensive for the size of portion). Very busy staff ‘efficient’ but not very warm. Not a relaxing atmosphere. Been many times over the years and first time didn’t feel ‘special’ or good value.

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  29. MarkH

    Devon

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was great as usual. We were allocated a very poor table despite being a VIP. Ambience snd experience was not to normal standards

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Gloucestershire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 3 May 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Come here every time I visit st Ives. Amazing food, service and wine

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food and great location. Strongly recommend you go if in St Ives

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  32. MikeD

    Cornwall

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 28 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    You pay for a wonderful location. Right on the beach and so atmospheric as the sun goes down. Good choice of fish and wonderful sweets.

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  33. LouiseO

    London

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 27 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful as ever, food and service could not be faulted

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  34. JaneG

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 26 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had an excellent meal - everything was perfect. The menu had a good variety and great explanations from the waiter. We enjoyed every aspect of our visit and the views are equally stunning

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  35. AdrianL

    London

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food- amazing view - good wine- mackerel pate was superb

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  36. NickR

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Same as always a fantastic meal with family in the best setting around! Lovely for sure!

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  37. PeterH

    New Mexico

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 22 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Would recommend this restaurant for its food and ambience. Second visit and will return.

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  38. CatherineS

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 April 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The quality of the food was very good and the service was perfect. A little on the expensive side for the amount of food but could not fault the setting, service and quality

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 21 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always visit here when in St Ives, the position is the best in town, it is on the beach with views across the bay. The food is superb and made using fresh ingredients, they grow some from their own little garden on site. The staff are always friendly, attentive and very knowledgeable about what is on the menu.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Manchester

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on 20 April 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delightful meal we had! All members of staff were so friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious! We have been visiting now for many many years and the quality is always top notch! Thanks Guys :-)

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FAQs

Porthminster Beach Café is rated 4.6 stars by 4364 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 33 times today
Google Map for Porthminster Beach Café

Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EB

Additional information

  • Area
    St Ives
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    £41 and over
  • Cuisines
    Seafood, Mediterranean, European
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    None
  • Payment Options
    Visa
  • Executive Chef
    Ben Prior & Mick Smith
  • Additional
    Patio/Outdoor Dining
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