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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
+44 1856 879293
11:00 - 00:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:30 - 00:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Riverview, Canada
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45 reviews
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Reviewed today NEW

This is a quaint restaurant right on the harbour in Kirkwall. The menu has enough variety for a group of people and the food was good. Service was prompt. Make sure you make a reservation, this place fills up quickly.

Thank Luvsalaugh
Argyll, Scotland
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86 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Had their classic burger with sweet potato fries. Yum!!! The homemade bun and salsa and Orkney cheddar was delicious!

Thank annielf
Fife, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

after a busy day on the island it was a relief that they squeezed us in without booking for our evening meal. We had the fish and it was delirious, perfectly cooked and served with an smile.

Thank Gwen M
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142 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place was full my first night in town and we only just managed a table on my 2nd night - generally a good sign! There was a good selection on the menu and we both had different but really tasty meals, including desert. There is also a really good selection of beers to choose from and although not cheap... More 

Thank Elginstar
Balfron, United Kingdom
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149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Based on only one visit about 5 pm on a Wednesday the food was average and service slow but as a pub - excellent

Thank RHB711
2 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked this restaurant based on good reviews. The place is very nicely fitted out and they have a great range of drinks. Our starters were excellent. The main courses were what let down the meal. In particular, the veg was very odd. It had a taste, texture and appearance as if it had been reheated in a microwave oven.... More 

Thank Karen T
Bristol, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely if you just want a drink, they do a good range of beers wines and spirits and have a good cocktail list including ones they have devised themselves. Great food, lots of local food such as Orkney steaks and cheeses. Very good if you are a veggie, lovely fajitas. You must book well in advance!

Thank quirky-savage
Stirling, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Couldn't fault Helgi's. Staff were lovely and helpful, food was really tasty and a good selection on the menu. I had the Smoked Stack burger and chips. Hubby had baked camemberg with chips. Very nice. A great place to drop in but probably best to book as it's pretty popular.

Thank occasionaldiner1
Inverness, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely the place to eat in Kirkwall, recommended to us. Enjoyed a superb evening meal with an outrageously good Fish Pie, followed by a tremendous Beery Sticky Toffee Pudding! Good service, very reasonably priced and with a good selection of beers - mine was Orkney IPA - what is not to like!

Thank Alastair M
Rousay, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fabulous food both at lunchtime and dinnertime.Excellent friendly service and a impressive selection of orkney beers.Fantastic harbour views in a cental location of kirkwall.If you haven't been it's well worth a visit or two.

Thank nicola a

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$33
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
View, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:30 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 879293
Firstly it is important for any new visitors trying to book or visit Helgi's to know that we are an over 18's only bar. That includes throughout the building and at all times. Helgi's is a small cosy pub overlooking the harbour. We serve good pub food of the home cooking variety, trying to use local produce where possible. We have a great selection of local ales in bottles and three Rob Hill ales on draft, we also have a good selection of Orcadian and Scottish whisky, and our wine list has been selected by our local wine expert, Duncan McLean from Kirkness & Gorie. We also offer a great selection of cocktails, beers and spirits. Please be aware that we have an over 18's only licence, which means that we cannot allow children, even for meals.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?