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Porthminster Café

Porthminster Beach St Ives TR26 2EB 01736 795 352

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You know you’re in for a good meal when bagging a table requires booking way ahead. It’s not just the bang-on-the-beach location that’s earned this place its reputation – the food is outstanding, so it’s worth some pre-holiday planning to ensure it’s on your ‘to do’ list. The food deserves every brilliant review it’s notched up – meticulously presented dishes are bursting with Pacific Rim-cum-Mediterranean flavours and locally sourced ingredients. Evening diners often dress up for the occasion, but with plastic buckets for your mussel shells and a family-friendly approach to dining out, the Porthminster Café is firmly rooted in the laidback beach lifestyle on its doorstep.

You say Average Rating ★★★★★

Is it a café?? ★★★★★

If I was describing this place I don't think I'd use the word cafe, it seems a bit too luxurious for a cafe! It is however, overlooking the beautiful beach. It's lovely, kind of posh but with a laid back feel. It gets pretty busy so if you want an table in summer season you'd be wise to book ahead. Menu is online if you want to see what food is on offer. 

I'm lucky enough to live nearby, in Lelant. I'd recommend the following plan to St Ives visitors. Get the train to Lelant... it's only about 10 minutes but the views are awesome, the train line hugs the coast around St Ives bay. Then get off and walk back along the coast... it is about 1.5 - 2 hours and a lovely walk. You can get refreshments in Carbis Bay on the way. Or if you want a shorter walk just do the same from Carbis Bay. And when you get back to St Ives you will be standing right in front of the Porthminster Beach Cafe. You will enjoy your food and wine all the more for earning it. Enjoy.

Porthminster Café reviewed by on March 5th, 2013

Amazing food in a relaxed setting ★★★★★

Innovative dishes using fresh local ingredients (obviously with an emphasis on seafood, but also using produce from their own garden). The menu is seasonal but if you get a chance, I would highly recommend the Turbot Tasting Plate or the Deconstructed Pimm's Platter. I'm just hoping the Michelin men stay away and don't ruin the ethos of this place...

Porthminster Café reviewed by on March 28th, 2012

Superb St Ives ★★★★★

Exciting, experimental asian-inspired British seafood with a tremendous view - sitting right on the beach lets you listen to the surf and admire the coastline as you eat. There's plenty of culinary insanity to choose from - you can start with blow torched squid, and if you're looking for something challenging try the dishes with one ingredient cooked in three very different styles on the same plate like three way salmon or three way rhubarb - enough to excite even the most jaded foodie.

If you're planning a trip to St Ives, don't forget to book a few weeks in advance to make sure you don't miss out on this superb experience on the beach - it's everything a restaurant should be.

Porthminster Café reviewed by on March 5th, 2013

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How much?

Mains £11.50–£21.95


  • Bar
  • Children's Menu
  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoor Seating
  • Wifi

Looking for...

  • Family-Friendly
  • Romantic
  • Seaside
  • Sensational Views


Coffee from 9am, lunch noon–4pm, dinner 6–10pm

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