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Kota Restaurant

Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
+44 1326 562407
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  • Excellent80%
  • Very good13%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, European, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
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Reviewed yesterday

It was our brother and sister in law's 50th wedding anniversary. We booked the restaurant very late as we as we were touring round Cornwall and didn't decide to go to Porthleven until the week before their anniversary. The staff couldn't have been more welcoming....More

Thank Pammie60
Reviewed 6 days ago

Probably one of the best meals I've had in the uk ,i rave about food elsewhere not often on home turf though .. From start to finish everything was spot on .. a warm welcome always helps to ... First ..pre starter of oysters tempura...More

Thank darrensmart
Reviewed 1 week ago

About 3 years ago we came across Kota on a visit to Porthleven , and had a lovely meal with a promise to try and return sometime. So we managed it , and once again enjoyed a great dinner. I'd booked ahead which was definitely...More

Thank Penelope A
Reviewed 1 week ago

Classy restaurant & more importantly they focus not only on quality mains but offer some stunning desserts that are a generous size & offer a journey of flavors! The gin cocktails are unusual & use proper fevertree tonic water.

Thank tracey n
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is an expensive restaurant so we had high expectations. The man who greeted us didn't make a great first impression by calling me 'darling'! However, regarding the food: we had a delicious starter but it was really tiny, not just small, miniscule! My friends...More

1  Thank Lonsdale6
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always look forward to a meal here when visiting Porthleven,this year just as good as before.I went for the £25 for 3 course menu and really enjoyed every course the hake was beautifully cooked and the cherry dessert was just wonderful my husband chose from...More

Thank bolliegirl15
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning. Every last mouthful was a joy. From the creatively flavoured bread to the miso salted caramel in the chocolate pud. Can't remember the last time I enjoyed a meal so much. Interesting combinations within every course, especially the beetroot and goats cheese macaron that...More

1  Thank zedbee1980
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I just couldn't fault it. The food was excellent and innovative and the service was very friendly and efficient. It was also very good value. It's one of the best restaurants I have been to for some time and highly recommended.

Thank Peter M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We chose this restaurant on the basis of its TA reviews and we were not disappointed. Each dish was a work of art both visually and taste-wise. The service was terrific and the location excellent. I would highly recommend advance booking for anyone planning to...More

Thank DoingMyBucketList
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Michelin stars and Egon Ronay recommended - and deservedly so - but lovely friendly ambience and not expensive. I took a friend of mine there over the Easter Bank Holiday, who said it was one of the best meals they had ever had! We ate...More

1  Thank Phoenix029
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Hi When do you close in January? Thanks Lisa
6 January 2017|
Response from JaneKereama | Property representative |
Hi Lisa, Kota closes from 1st January to the end of February. Our sister restaurant in the village, Kota Kai, is open Friday to Sunday in January and regular opening hours in February.
Janet L
Does the restaurant do gift vouchers
25 November 2016|
Answer Show all 2 answers
Response from JaneKereama | Property representative |
Yes we do, any denomination from £20 up.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$19 - US$38
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
18:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Helston  >  Porthleven
  • Phone Number: +44 1326 562407
  • E-mail
Awarded a Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide 2013, Kota is also proud to be recognized by the Good Food Guide, Harden’s Restaurant Guide, the Trencherman’s Guide, Square Meal and the AA (with one Rosette). Kota is also part of Cornish Accredited Restaurants and has been praised many times in both local and national editorials, including The Times and The Telegraph. Kota was named in the Top 50 Summer Restaurants in Britain in August 09, and voted ‘The Big Eat’ in the top 10 pan-Asian eateries July 2008.)This publicity, together with word of mouth, attracts many locals, as well as foodies from Padstow, Bristol and London seeking a weekend of fun, fine dining and stunning coastal walks. And don’t miss out on a ‘Storm-watching’ break during those wild winter months (great B&B deals to be had!Chef/owner Jude Kereama is a New Zealander who has won awards for his restaurants in both London and Auckland before moving down to Cornwall.Kota specializes in organic fish and farm produce and has an exciting daily changing menu.Kota is Maori for shellfish (Jude is half Maori, quarter Chinese and quarter Malaysian) and the restaurant is renowned for its stunning seafood with Jude’s signature light Asian twist.Jude and his wife Jane, who started as a protégée of Antony Worrall Thompson 20 years ago, are passionate about wine as well as food and have created an enticing wine list of over 90 wines from all over the world. Even Decanter Magazine has praised it!There is a lovely bar area where guests can enjoy fine wine, cocktails, cold beer or a warming digestif.Don’t forget to book a room so you can truly relax!
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