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Porthminster Beach Café, St Ives, Cornwall

Porthminster Beach Café

4.6
4.6
4295 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 16 times today

Additional information

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

What 4,295 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

NoiseModerate

Diners' Choice Awards

  • Cornwall

    Hot spot

  • Cornwall

    Great for fine wines

  • Cornwall

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Cornwall

    Romantic

  • 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

    Good for groups

  • West Cornwall

    Healthy

  • West Cornwall

    Neighbourhood gem

  • West Cornwall

    Great for fine wines

  • West Cornwall

    Good for special occasions

  • West Cornwall

    Vegetarian-friendly

  • West Cornwall

    Lively

  • West Cornwall

    Most Booked

4,296 Reviews
  1. AnnC

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great view, lovely staff, laid back ambiance, good food but pricey. Worth going

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  2. LouisaH

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing as always. Can’t wait to come back in the summer

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  3. DougB

    Cornwall

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Enjoyable lunch to celebrate a birthday. Fish curry was excellent and recommended as were the mussels to start. Fish and chips main was fine. Service was attentive and good. Nice to be able to bring our dog.

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  4. Cherry

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding quality of food. Loved the Chefs ‘taster’ menu of 6 dishes including dessert. Service was the best with servers knowing exact knowledge about each dish, where the fish was caught and the name of the fisherman who caught it!. The ambience is quiet and relaxing . Remember no parking so a walk to the restaurant in St Ives is needed. We will be back.

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  5. ChrissyB

    Yorkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 21 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my favourite restaurant in St. Ives View is out of this world, so relaxing. Staff just so helpful and food outstanding. Food pricey but worth it!!

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  6. SteffieR

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    All credit due to a very attentive young man who served us - very informative re gluten free options and a most positive demeanour . The food was enjoyable and happily for me personally, dessert options could be rearranged to suit. Thank you

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  7. GeorginaL

    Manchester

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful views. Amazing food. Great service. Would definitely recommend

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  8. BarryB

    Surrey

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 17 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food - would certainly return. Staff were very accommodating.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Warwickshire

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous taster menu should do more often but always love any food here, service always with a smile and the view you can never tire of❤️

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  10. Barney

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. Will definitely return.

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  11. RobM

    London

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on 15 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Another excellent experience! Porthminster is my absolute favourite and still at the top.

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  12. NeilR

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 13 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food with some unusual combinations that worked very well together

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  13. SallyB

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding meal, best fish curry I ever had! Desserts were also exceptional - the Thai curry dessert was a taste sensation. Excellent service and look forward to returning!

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  14. Jenny

    Dorset

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 12 February 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely fresh food excellent service and friendly staff

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  15. MarianneP

    Devon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve eaten there before & the last time the food was nicer & better value for money. It’s a lovely place but my starter of beetroot tartare was lovely tasting but was essentially a display of small cut beetroot with a gorgeous taste & texture ok - but definitely not worth £12.95 as a starter. We recently ate in a Michelin Star restaurant for a very special occasion & we had 6 courses with extras & drinks for £197.00. This meal at Porthminster was over £200 !!! My beef though was outstanding !!! Lovely place but perhaps a little overpriced for what you get.

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  16. PeterS

    Bath

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice corner table for 2, good menu with something for most tastes, the bread did not arrive before the starter so we cancelled this from the bill. Exceptional quality long horn of beef along with a good flavoursome beef jus. Restaurant was very noisy on this particular evening with some nearby children shrieking but that was down to parents rather than something the restauarnt could deal with. Serviing staff were knowledgeable, friendly and efficient but not instrusive.

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  17. ChrisS

    London

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 1 January 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s always a pleasure to visit the PBC. The service and atmosphere are great. Prices are a bit steep but the food is delicious. It just means that eating at the PBC is an occasional treat.

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  18. TicknellArt

    Oxford

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best place we know in St Ives for a NYE dinner. Fun atmosphere but not OTT

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  19. susannahA

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A fantastic evening with really superb food. Would highly recommend.

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  20. PeterS

    Bath

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Scallops starter (3 per portion - no corals) were cooked just right and were nice and sweet. Fish curry was as remembered from last visit a few years ago but less crackers than there used to be. As it was New Years Eve, staff seemed keen to finish service I think - they tried to remove my husbands side of bread before he had finsished - twice ! Lots of party goers dining before the main event in town so it was very noisy but this was to be expected on such an evening and new diners ariving in fancy dress added to the party feeling. Staff did well with such a high churn of diners.

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  21. GillS

    Warwickshire

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a meal at 3pm on New Year’s Eve and I have to say everything was absolute perfection- service, food, atmosphere and views, we couldn’t have asked for more. Thank you all.

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  22. alisonm

    London

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing service and ambience with delicious food- thank you!

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  23. Kelly

    Bristol

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 31 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food in a beautiful location With fantastic service by friendly staff Couldn’t possibly rate it any higher

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  24. CharlesL

    Cornwall

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great staff friendly and unstuffy with a view to die for, a wonderful experience.

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  25. PaulL

    Cornwall

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 30 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice food but too expensive for what you get and won't be able to afford going back if the prices stay at the current levels which is a shame.

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  26. NikiH

    London

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    One of our favourite places to eat when we visit Cornwall. Food is always delicious and always lots of choice. Staff are very friendly and helpful. We strongly recommend a visit here.

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  27. CliveB

    Cornwall

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 December 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    As always good food ( although Alaska too sweet) , great venue and good service. Although good food it is expensive and feel as if we are paying premium for location .

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Cornwall

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on 28 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As ever fantastic food, perfect service. Dog made welcome.

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  29. JulieC

    Birmingham

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 December 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Really disappointed with our meal on the 27th December 2023. The quality and quantity of the food was really poor. Three of us had seafood linguine and only one of us had any seafood in it. As the price of a meal has gone up plus a service charge I am very disappointed. We have been coming here for 20 yrs and never had a bad meal until tonight. I won’t. Be rushing back. There were six of us and we all felt value for money was poor.

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  30. LindsayB

    Oxford

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 23 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fab place to enjoy a very special meal in a relaxed atmosphere. Staff look after you. Would definitely recommend

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  31. RobS

    Bath

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on 22 December 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fab food, fab service, fab view, great place to eat

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  32. nomnomnom

    Berkshire

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Fabulous food and stunning views. Relaxed atmosphere, great service highly recommend.

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  33. BecS

    Birmingham

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 29 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had two lamb roast dinners which were delicious, plus fish & chips and a kids chicken & chips. Lovely spot, great service and really good quality food. Would highly recommend. Also able to take our dog with us.

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  34. David

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We try to have dinner here each time we stay in St Ives (once or twice a year) and it offers the best food, wines, and service. Slightly more formal than other eateries in town, but not stuffy by any means. The fish dishes are always superb, the portions sensible, and I just had one of the best desserts I’ve EVER had! The crème brûlée with mini sorbet, crumb, forest fruits, and meringue. Lovely staff too :-)

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  35. GeorgeC

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely beautiful place to eat. The service is always wonderful and the food is delicious. The views are stunning. Always make sure we visit when we are in St Ives.

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  36. PhilippaB

    Cornwall

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very enjoyable experience, lovely views, great food and excellent service, a real treat

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  37. SaraF

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very attentive waiters . Great food and staff x Only criticism could be uncomfortable chairs

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  38. TomS

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 23 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and friendly service in a lovely location.

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  39. Kasey

    Berkshire

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great location, atmosphere, service but the food was disappointing for the price. Didn’t live up to our expectations or people’s recommendations.

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  40. WendyA

    Berkshire

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 October 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always reliable delicious food, friendly helpful staff

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 4.6 stars by 4295 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 16 times today
Google Map for Porthminster Beach Café

Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall TR26 2EB

Additional information

  • Area
    St Ives
  • Hours of Operation
    Lunch Tue–Sun 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 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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