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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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had booked at Kota on a cold Friday night in early December. It was busy - at least for west Cornwall, well out-of-season. The three-course, set meal at £25.00 was excellent in quality and value. The chowder starter and the hake main course with...More

Thank DPJP
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a wonderful meal tonight at Kota restaurant service was excellent food next to none have to say have eaten in some lovely restaurants but the service and food was excellent

Thank jane3127
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

We had seen Kota on an earlier visit to Porthleven, but it was closed for the winter. This time we made sure we would be able to dine at Kota! Booking online was easy, the welcome was great, the service attentive without being intrusive and...More

Thank therealmikey
Reviewed 8 November 2017 via mobile

Painfully Average. Never before have we been so resolute in not returning to a venue as a result of second-thought service slowly followed by underwhelming food. Even under the guise of fine dining, the time taken to acknowledge our order and be served was excessive...More

3  Thank LittleLaughingBuddha
Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

The most important factor here is the food. This was superb, well flavoured and interesting. The side shows of service, atmosphere, ambiance, good wines (we were lucky to have some extra bin ends left from a taster menu evening), and price were all first class....More

1  Thank polglaseracing
Reviewed 20 October 2017

A fabulous restaurant with attentive and helpful Staff and Management, the just the right ambiance for a relaxing evening. The food and drinks were amazing and the little taster between courses make Kota special. I lived in Cyprus and it was the normal to receive...More

1  Thank LynnN1954
Reviewed 19 October 2017 via mobile

We came here for our last meal whilst staying in Porthleven. It was the best night we had! The man serving us was so friendly and attentive. He took photos of our table for us, he made a cocktail which wasn’t on the menu and...More

1  Thank Katielucas89
Reviewed 15 October 2017

Very welcoming, great menu, decent choice of beer, lots of wine to choose from, nice atmosphere, but it's all about the food really which was exceptional. Well informed staff too. Prices roughly £50 ph including drinks Recommended

1  Thank Paul S
Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Having been to Kota Kai several times (and loving it!), we thought we'd try the more fine dining Kota. Service was fantastic and the meal was lovely, but it lacked the 'wow' factor we were expecting. I had the dory with prawn bisque, which was...More

Thank Donna R
Reviewed 11 October 2017

Having seen the menu last year and been disappointed with Rick Stein's menu lacking local fish we booked online from home for our holiday in Cornwall in 2017. The exchange of emails was first class and one or two questions answered. We arrived a little...More

Thank Brian33
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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
US$20 - US$40
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View
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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