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“fantastic food and setting, front line staff slight let down” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Porthmeor Cafe

Porthmeor Cafe
Porthmeor Beach, St Ives TR26 1JZ, England
01736 793 366
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Ranked #7 of 122 Restaurants in St Ives
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Porthmeor Beach Café Bar is open daily from Easter to November and serving food from 9:00am to 9:30pm. With Australian chef Cameron Jennings at the helm, breakfasts are renowned and our tapas menu has an acclaimed reputation. Full drinks license so come and sip champagne on our terrace and watch the sun go down.
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“fantastic food and setting, front line staff slight let down”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

wow, sip wine, admire the colours of the sea and suffers trying to stand up! The food was fantastic- yes a small potion of chips adds to the bill could not fault them. There was a little stalling for the kitchen being able to serve, the waiter could not recall what wine we ordered and on paying our bill they could not recall the total £'s we had given ie change due. That said pinch yourself- you could be in he south of France

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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“A new experience in tapas”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

Went here for lunch and were amazed at the versatility of the tapas menu - some brilliant combinations beautifully cooked and presented. Followed by a shared lemon meringue which was as close to my memory of the real lemon meringue of my childhood as I can remember

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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St Ives, United Kingdom
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“Truly One of St Ives' Best Assets”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Any time of day, whether you're up bright and early for breakfast, relaxing over lunch or having dinner for a special occasion, Porthmeor Cafe has it all. I have visited for breakfast, lunch and dinner where all 3 are absolutely faultless. Their relaxed and no frills service gives the customer a sense that the staff actually enjoy being there and enjoy serving the exquisite food. The tapas is a joy to behold, with every element being cooked to perfection and a wide variety of vegetarian and gluten free options being available. Even if the weather is bad, the view is still the best in St Ives as Porthmeor is beautiful rain or shine.

If you like amazing food, excellent service and a relaxed, cool and modern atmosphere then this place is perfect for you.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Fresh, flavoursome, unfussy, extremely memorable for all the right reasons”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We ate lunch and dinner at the cafe over various days and each time the experience was fantastic. The Tapas with an Asia Pacific influence was to die for, particularly the monkfish and the veggie dishes. The wine selection is varied but not over bearing or over complicated and the coffee is delicious (origin I think?).

Couple this will friendly, informal, relaxed waiting staff and a view to die for and I can think of nowhere better to while away hours whilst in St Ives.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Sunny beach tapas paradise”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

We were in St Ives over the Easter break and had a tapas lunch/drinks here and Saturday night dinner. In our opinion this is one of the best places in the St.Ives area. Fantastic views as its right on the light sandy beach. It was extremely busy and our hats go off to the staff who remained calm, pleasant, smiley & helpful whilst under extreme busy pressure probably all day long! Well done I'm sure you a real credit to the owners! The tapas dishes are really wonderful, what an excellent idea, more places should do the exact same! The mackerel with burnt lemon was a favourite as was the prawn curry, the flavours were outstandingly good, everything we ate and drank was wonderful. Would love to return again and again, would have rated it excellent but when I was in the wash room washing my hands a member of staff came out of the toilet cubical and rushed off and out not washing her hands. Luckily we'd eaten by then and had a couple of glasses of wine!! The beach cafe/takeaway downstairs directly on the beach looked really good too, again very busy serving excellent beach foods, baguettes, good coffee, ice-creams etc, didn't have the opportunity to try it but will make a bee line for it next time if we are having a few hours on the beach. p.s you'll need to book!

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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