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Porthminster Beach Cafe

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Porthminster Beach, St Ives TR26 2EB, England
+44 1736 795352
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tue - Wed 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thu - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Bath, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2014

I hoped it is going to be very welcoming and cosy, nice place to eat, by the beach. Someone booked it for us and after very busy day that was the last thing I wanted to do... When we came in heat wave hit us then a very nice waitress but it didn't last long. Because we didn't want to... More 

2 Thank M H
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2014

I've been coming to this restaurant for years. Originally you had to bring your own wine! Now it is very well established and rightly well known. It was once a (1930's?) a beach cafe in the old fashioned sense. Now it's a very pleasant family restaurant serving fresh local fish and other well sourced foods. The setting is wonderful. The... More 

Thank MrsDyer49
Exeter, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2014

What better lunch setting can there be than sitting at a window looking over this lovely sandy beach while eating delicious seafood? The only down side was the knowledge that this table was ours for only a limited time. Nevertheless, the service was rapid without seeming hurried and we ended our meal with time to spare after 3 courses and... More 

Thank Judith T
Buntingford, United Kingdom
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105 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2014

It's fine, doesn't stand out as anything special pretty average, like everything in St Ives they have a captive audience and charge accordingly.

Thank sarah t
Twyning, United Kingdom
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88 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2014

If I were to chose the best restaurant in St Ives, this would be it. Service was excellent, the food was the best in the town, and the price was competitive. We went for an evening meal, and sat looking through the window as the sun set over the sea. You need to book early (weeks in advance) to get... More 

Thank Jeztwyning
London, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2014

Had a delicious meal here the other week and served by a very friendly and efficient waitress. The evening was only marred by a young toddler who liked screeching during her meal or running around the table while her parents and grandparents looked on adoringly and approvingly. Why can't people control their children! Nevertheless I would definitely recommend this restaurant... More 

Thank Claire K
London, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2014

My husband and I took our grandchildren Alex 10 and James 9 for dinner at Porthminster Beach Cafe. We walked there from Tregenna Castle Hotel where we were staying. We are all fish lovers and there was plenty on the menu to choose from. In fact, I had a job deciding between the lightly flavoured Green Thai Monkfish (it gave... More 

Thank Belinda S
Maidstone, United Kingdom
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255 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2014

This place is so good that we eat here every night whenever we stay in St Ives. That isn't lack of imagination on our part, it is just that we know how amazing the food here is, and - situated right on the beach - the location is unbeatable. From the moment you step in the door, the lovely decor... More 

Thank alaskan_red
Malmesbury, United Kingdom
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76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2014

We were recommended this restaurant by a friend, and decided to make it our first port of call. We visited on Sunday lunchtime, and were not disappointed. We always prefer a place where the food is great and the ambiance relaxed, and this place was perfect in our books. Overlooking the sea on a fine September day, the light was... More 

Thank MaryD0dd
Mullion, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2014

Not a great choice on the menu and everything just kind of over messed with for my liking. Had to wait a long time for our main course but the bill came in seconds. Great views though.

Thank Kate W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $32
Seafood, International, European, British, Soups, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids
Open Hours
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Porthminster Beach, St Ives TR26 2EB, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  St Ives
  • Phone Number: +44 1736 795352
Sorry for any inconvenience but we are closed on Christmas Day

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?