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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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“amuse bouche” (38 reviews)
“duck” (47 reviews)
“scallops” (52 reviews)
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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 2 days ago

Fabulous, enjoyed every mouthful from the amuse bouche to the blue cheese ice cream, the staff we're brilliant excellent

Thank bevjb123
Reviewed 1 week ago

Probably the best restaurant we found over a week, really on a different level to most of the others in West Cornwall, yet about the same price. Really memorable.

Thank gbakker2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our dinning experience at Kota was mixed. I ordered the Duck which was a special and my wife ordered the Rockpool. When it was served there was a noticeable difference in our two meals. The Duck was beautiful I was really enjoying it when I...More

Thank Warwick50
Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved dining at this restaurant. Excellent food. Gorgeous fish selection which I love, but excellent choices in other dishes. First class service and would highly recommend to all who would like a very special night out!!!

Thank SusieMia
Reviewed 1 week ago

We meant to go to the Square but took the wrong door, however pleasantly surprised. Made to feel welcome. We both had the vegetarian option which although excellent was on the small side, especially after we had been walking all day. Lovely surroundings, and obviously...More

Thank Fenton C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I had a delicious meal here recently. It was served by very pleasant and helpful staff. Prior to the starter we were served a delightful amouse bouche. We were then treated to the starter. We both chose the tomato salad. I did...More

Thank Stephen C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Its not cheap to dine out anywhere these days so when I do venture out to eat I'm hoping for something special and wow it was ! My birthday treat to unquestionably the best restaurant in Port" was nothing short of superb. Every course was...More

Thank Dee M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been here many times for dinner and always found the food to be of excellent quality as well as being inventive and beautifully served. The atmosphere is more relaxed that you would find in many fine-dining establishments, which suits this holiday town. If...More

Thank ZacDorset
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a fabulous meal here while on honeymoon. Porthleven itself is lovely, and we booked to eat a la carte at Kota, as I'd visited once before several years back, and heard that it had only got better. We were not disappointed. Service was friendly...More

Thank pevvey
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The whole experience of dining in Kota is a joy! The staff are friendly and helpful. They go the extra mile to accommodate dietary needs and will always ascertain the nature of the ingredients if there is a query. The standard of the food is...More

Thank Judith H
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Questions & Answers
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
25 November 2016|
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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
USD 19 - USD 39
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
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
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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