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Kota Kai

Celtic House, Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
+44 1326 574411
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good22%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tempura fish” (11 reviews)
“asian salad” (6 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Asian, British, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Celtic House, Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Great place for families and interesting food. Starters were yummy but felt like main meals could have been stronger, bolder flavours. We had the Spicy Laska, nice fish but not spicy at all and the Curry, again could have more flavoursome. Great cocktails and friendly...More

Thank Anna H
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Brilliant! Such a surprise. Prompted us to visit the restaurant in March this year. Very different more formal dinner but great service and wonderful food.

Thank Davebythesea
Reviewed 6 days ago

My wife and I took my sister to Kota Kai for a birthday lunch - we don't get to see her much these days as she lives overseas. Everything was wonderful from the warm welcome to the cheerful farewells. We shared a couple of starters...More

Thank David J
Reviewed 6 days ago

Friendly welcome and prompt service I had booked online which was an easy process . The dining room is upstairs in the building with a view of the harbour . Some tables have a view of the open kitchen . Good selection of seafood and...More

Thank 559suzannel
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited this restaurant with my husband and three children. The restaurant is right by the water and we had a lovely view over the harbour. The menu has loads of unusual dishes that were really delicious. There was also a good kids menu and...More

Thank Kerry L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went here for my boyfriends birthday lunch, and the food was simply divine! Special shout out to the tempura oysters- crisp onthe outside and juicy oysters as you bite into it- heavenly! The ingredients seemed fresh, and the food tasted delicious. My new favourite...More

Thank Nikkiniks B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Kota Kai has the most amazing food, incredible location, friendly staff, just a great relaxed atmosphere. My only suggestion would be more vegetarian options, (there are a lot of us about!) Bring back the veggie Trio! My favorite place to eat x

Thank carolseameads
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited for a small family birthday gathering. Highly recommend the battered fish with sweet chilli sauce and orange and rhubarb dessert - the dessert was absolutely divine. The service was at a good pace and the waitress (I wish I had caught her name!) Was...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I've just had dinner here with my husband and I haven't enjoyed a meal so much in some time. The food could be described as "fusion", but don't let that put you off - it's one restaurant that really pulls this off extraordinarily well. We...More

Thank Melanie A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another wonderful meal - this time with adult family. From excellent mojitos to fabulous Porthilly oysters (cooked and raw) then on to mini starters of crispy squid and pork in rice buns with kimchi. This was followed by an assortment of burgers and a yellow...More

Thank 14amethyst
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
katie t
Hi, what are your opening hours /days over the christmas holidays ?
9 November 2015|
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Response from Christine L | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don't know, they have different hours summer & winter. We always ring & book if we can.
What are the opening hours and days
4 October 2015|
Response from JaneKereama | Property representative |
Kota Kai is open for lunch every day except Wednesdays, and dinner every evening except Wednesday and Sundays.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$24 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Romantic, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Celtic House, Harbour Head, Porthleven, Helston TR13 9JA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cornwall  >  Helston  >  Porthleven
  • Phone Number: +44 1326 574411
Kota Kai occupies the whole of the top floor of Celtic House and has unbeatable views across Porthleven harbour and beyond. Almost every table in the restaurant benefits from these views as the tables run alongside the many windows at the front of the building.The food is simpler than at Kota (our big sister restaurant), but all great quality using local ingredients and there is a fantastic variety of dishes including oysters, mussels, steak, burger and Asian dishes. We also have a selection of 'mini Kai', i.e. small plates such as salt & pepper squid, beef carpaccio, ham & cheese croquettes and mini fishcakes.