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Hay's Dock Cafe Restaurant

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Hays Dock, Lerwick ZE1 0WP, Scotland
+44 1595 741569
12:00 - 17:00
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Wed 10:00 - 16:00
Thu - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely food. they do do lunch and evening meals. It is family friendly we have a lively one year old and staff were very tolerant of her. Great views fantastic free museum.

Thank Laura K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is a wonderful part of the Shetland Museum complex. The setting is fantastic, and the menu is very good. The service is excellent, and super friendly. The only slight quibble is that the lighting is a bit harsh for dinner time service. But this is a minor complaint because otherwise it is a really a lovely place!

Thank IthakaOnMyMind
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

We have done everything to try and eat here, telephone booking, turn up and try to book ahead and try for lunch after a museum visit but there is never tables available - even when it is empty!!! As for Up Helly Aa day we tried to book lunch several days ahead and told it was fully booked so have... More 

Thank DrandNurse
Lowestoft, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

We booked for lunch on up helly aa. It was very busy. The staff managed brilliantly. Very friendly and knowledgeable. They also worked hard to get other customers in that had not booked. The views ( even through the rain) of the harbour was stunning. One person had the lamb broth as a starter. Then for mains lamb spaghetti bog,... More 

3 Thank lesleymulhall
Waterford, Ireland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Had the pleasure of attending a seminar here and had lunch and evening meals at Hays Dock Cafe Resturant. The food is excellent and all of the staff are wonderful, they have a great way of interacting with all of their customers. This is definitely worth visiting if you go to Lerwick.

2 Thank Rothmans27
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

We had seen good reviews of this restaurant, and went to try it at the same time as going to the Shetland Museum. It is important to book ahead as it gets very crowded. The food was lovely and fresh, and the staff were friendly.

1 Thank Wanderer96
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Lovely setting, friendly staff, the food is nice however there is limited choice for vegan, dairy free and gluten free. There is no alternatives to milk so getting a soya latte is out of the question! i'd like you to bring back the beetroot & feta salad you had on the menu, it was my favourite dish and the only... More 

Thank Melissa M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

Quality of food was good and the service was very good. Visited in the evening during December so view restricted and restaurant experience was restricted to quality of food - good, service which was very good but the room lacked atmosphere even with a large office party at another table. One of the spotlights shone directly into one of our... More 

1 Thank Andy J
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

I have visited the Hay's Dock Restaurant on a number of occasions - it is perhaps one of the nicest restaurants in Shetland (on a par with the Scalloway Hotel). The menu changes seasonally and seems to encompass local produce. I love the decor of the restaurant - particularly the inlay in the tables with interesting Shetland artifacts! The view... More 

1 Thank Jack M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Cafe attached to the historical museum. Authentic Scottish fare. Family friendly atmosphere and great view of harbor.

Thank Gretchen M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
European, British, Soups, Scottish, Healthy, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, View, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 17:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 16:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Hays Dock, Lerwick ZE1 0WP, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Shetland Islands  >  Mainland  >  Lerwick
  • Phone Number: +44 1595 741569
Located in the Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay's Dock Cafe Restaurant offers stunning views over Lerwick harbour and the best local produce, simply cooked and beautifully presented.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?