Monday – Sunday
Lunch 12noon – 3pm
Dinner 5.30pm – 9.30pm
Monday – Sunday
- Disabled Access
- Free WiFi
- Outside Seating Area
About Rick Stein Porthleven
The restaurant will continue to offer sharing plates of local and seasonal produce all inspired by Rick’s travels. Dishes such as Singapore chilli crab, grilled sardines and squid and chorizo salad will all feature on the menu.
Rick says “We aren’t planning to make too many changes; we’ll be adding a few new dishes on the menu and the odd new painting – other than that we love the current concept. It’s a great restaurant in a beautiful fishing town.”
Since Rick and Jill opened The Seafood Restaurant in 1975, our business has grown to include five restaurants, accommodation, retail outlets, a cookery school, and most recently a restaurant in Winchester. It is still very much a family-run operation with Rick, Jill and all three sons at the forefront of the business.
The food and wine were delicious and beautifully presented. For some reason (and the restaurant was not busy at the time) there was a long (30-40) minute delay between our starter and main course. My main course sole was delightful but the mackerel starter was slightly tough. The sticky toffee pudding and chocolate parfait were perfect.
Myself and my wife were disappointed in the quality of the meal we had. \king prawn starter only had 3 prawns and was bland Sea bass for main wasn't fresh and was sloppy. My wifes plaice was also sloppy and had very little meat on it.
We always have a night at this restaurant when on holiday in Porthleven and are never disappointed. Saturday night was a special occasion with family as part of celebrations for my 60th and we had a fantastic night. Thank you!
Bread exceptional. Mussels fine. Sea bass fine. Seafood curry average. Passion fruit pavlova dreadful, didn’t resemble pavlova, tough as a boot, the base would have needed a steak knife to make any impression on it. Was taken off bill but really, how difficult is it to make a pavlova? Sticky toffee pudding was good though.
A very nice meal in lovely circumstances with very attentive service. Unfortunately, followed by a very problematic stomach.
The only down side was that I had to be seated upstairs which was difficult when u have hip and joint pain making doing stairs a problem
Excellent meal. Always enjoy Rick Stein restaurants
Fantastic dining experience, only possible complaint was that the dining room was too hot for comfort
All our food was delicious. Wonderful cerviche, fish soup, fish and chips, sardines, Indonesian curry and sea bass. The sticky toffee pudding and lemon tart also very good. Charming Aussie (the cricketer) waiter, no annoying background music - we had a really good evening. Thank you.
Unbelievable meal, can,t praise it enough. We are aiming to return again this week before returning home to Sussex. I wish we had a Rick Stein restaurant closer to home. The service was amazing, the staff were so friendly, attentive and helpful. Thankyou
A delicious meal. Particularly enjoyed the braised cod in the broth with peas and spring onions.
We had a wonderful lunch. Gorgeous food and wine. Excellent friendly service.
Fish soup needed some body. It was not satisfying. Chili and garlic mussels were disappointing until I added dried chili. 10 times better. My fault that I was half way through before I added the chili.
Great location, staff very friendly and service was excellent.
das restaurant ist sehr schön aber hat leider eine relativ schlechte akustik.
Thanks to all the lovely staff at Rick Steins Porthleven for a delicious meal and fantastic service yesterday 9 th May. Special thanks to the 3 ladies serving and waiting who were lovely to chat to and took an interest in our holiday and where we were from. The meal was a tiny bit late but they offered us complimentary coffee on the house and the meal was definitely worth the wait. Delicious food and great service. Will be back again.
A great find while on holiday in Cornwall. Great location and view, excellent food and service.
Food was delicious and the staff friendly and attentive but the service was soooo slow between courses. For example It took over 10 minutes for the dessert menu to arrive after the plates had been cleared. We decided to leave and have ice creams by the harbour instead.
To run out of fish in a fish restaurant seems a little short sighted? No plaice at the order stage ( 7.15 pm!), then sea bass ran out, then Hake. Got mains before starters, so size of sea bass fillets very much reduced when we finally got the mains at the right time; sadly the price was not reduced to reflect that fact. The purple sprouting broccoli had lots of garlic added; this was not mentioned on the menu. If I had known about the garlic I would not have chosen it. Got a intermediate course ( strange thing to offer) of ceviche of sea bass and prawns to compensate for the wait for the new mains. I couldn't eat it as it was loaded with chilli, garlic and coriander. It seems that most of the starters and mains are loaded with chilli, garlic and herbs. I don't mind some herbs and a little garlic, but it was too much, too heavy handed and spoilt the taste of the fish. Some fish just needs simple grilling or frying in butter ( Loch Fyne do this) and that would have been a lovely option to have available as a choice, particularly as a catch of the day for example. Length of time waiting for food very long. The couple next to us waited in excess of an hour for the mains. In fact we left at 9.45 (arrival 7.15) having had mains, dessert and coffee and they still had not been served their main course, having arrived around 30 minutes after us. I did not think the food was anything to rave about; the portion size should not vary, they should be the same. Wish I had had plain fish and chips to be honest and the pub just up the road from the restaurant was doing really brisk trade with what looked like excellent food ( all fish dishes) coming out of the kitchen. I won't be in rush to go back to another Rick Stein seafood restaurant
The waitstaff brought us the wrong wine, brought food that we did not order and when they did bring our food did not know who had ordered which dish. In general the service seemed sloppy and disorganized. The food was decent but not what I would have expected from a Rick Stein restaurant, especially at these higher prices.
A Real Let Down. Having eaten in the Sandbanks and Padstow restaurants many times and used the Rick Stein takeaway in Falmouth the evening before, we were really looking forward to our meal in Porthleven. On arrival, it seemed to take the member of staff a while to find our booking. When we were sat at our table, we mentioned to our waitress that we were particularly hungry so ordered some bread and nachos, plus a bottle of water to have whilst we looked at the menu. Those items took 20 minutes to arrive and no apology was forthcoming. The food was average and certainly not the premium that is charged, overall the service was poor. However, what crowned the disappointment of the night was when I paid the bill in cash and the change was £10 short. When finally getting our waitresses attention, we simply said we had been shortchanged, we didn't say by how much nor did she check the change, she simply said that it was not done on purpose. She went off and came back with the exact amount missing, which would lead us to believe it was done very much on purpose! We will not be returning anytime soon.
Beautiful food and location, would definitely visit again!
We visited with friends who had recommended the restaurant. The staff were friendly and attentive, the food was delicious and most importantly from our point of view our dogs were made most welcome.