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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
PRICE RANGE
£8 - £25
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
CUISINES
Bar, Gastropub, Dining bars
FEATURES
Buffet, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Unfortunately we were not able to eat or order take away. The waiter said they were overwhelmed and couldn't do either. Which can happen but what left us disappointed was the way they told us. Like they didn't care at all and we were just...bothering them. Also the restaurant downstairs was half empty so that let us wonder what they do if they have a full house. It would have been fine if they said they were sorry and please to come back another night or something similar. Please be nice to customer.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 April 2024

After reading the reviews, we were keen to come here, but what a disappointment! It was a very quiet Tuesday night when we visited, but we were still ignored by the two bartenders for most of our visit. My friend and I ordered margaritas which...were almost undrinkable - tasted like full glasses of sour mix. Our food was not much better. I had a very strange haggis linguine, which felt like they had forgotten to put the sauce in it, and my friend ordered fajitas, which turned out to be cold tortillas folded next to a bowl of stewed peppers and pepper jelly, along with cold shredded cheese. The ambiance is nice, so maybe this is a great place for a pint, but avoid the food and mixed drinks!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 1 April 2024

I went with a friend based on a recommendation. From beginning to end the service was poor. Waited at bar to be seated and barmaid continued a conversation with a customer without acknowledging us. We expected to be seated upstairs with harbour view and we...were told to sit downstairs. Cocktail offer and not all ingredients available. Food order arrived within 5 mins of ordering and not engagement or communication when food arrived. Food mediocre didn’t live up to expectations and overall felt like an inconvenience. In total we were in the restaurant for half an hour and next time will try the Orcadian restaurant next door which looked much more relaxed and appealing.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 16 March 2024

Passing through Called in for a few beers No interaction or warmth from the staff Not even a thank you on ordering a beer Zero atmosphere

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 28 January 2024

Great atmosphere in this cosy wee pub/restaurant. Really good service, decent food and excellent drinks. Scala and Highland Park whisky, Orkney Brewery and the excellent Swannay Brewery beers. Lovely local gins too.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 12 January 2024

Friendly staff and pleasant atmosphere but disappointing tiny portion of fish and chips. Have had good meals in the past

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023 via mobile

Fantastic dinner on our stay in Kirkwall we both had entrees French onion soup and steak tartar , mains were delicious,steak and fish and chips and desert was equally delicious cheesecakes,we were seated in the upstairs with lovely views over the harbour , highly recommend

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 September 2023

Lovely spot for lunch overlooking Kirkwall harbour. Great burgers, good service even though there were only 2 tables in use upstairs and downstairs was busy

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 13 September 2023

Sitting opposite the harbour in Kirkwall, Helgi's is a great spot to head for lunch. The menu is good, the food is good and the prices are also good! Cheery and attentive service without being intrusive

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2023 via mobile

Arrived a few minutes early for table and waited at bar. Totally ignored for over five minutes. So in the end said hello and got hello back. Waited. In the end greeted and we had to ask if we could get a drink. Drink poured...and told our table was ready. We asked for our drink that sat there behind the bar. Not shown to table. Not told what was and wasn’t available. After 20 minutes we were asked if we would like anything. We said we’d like to order. When we ordered the waitress said she wasn’t sure if the fish dish was available and went to the kitchen to check. Came back and said it wasn’t. Gave up at this point. Paid for drinks and left. Had a lovely lovely meal elsewhere and excellent service. Such a shame as we were so looking forward to eating at Helgis. That said we’d spoken to others earlier who’d had a similar experience to us.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 4 September 2023 via mobile

We tried to eat here on Saturday evening but they had no free tables. A good sign to be busy. We booked Sunday's lunch online and enjoyed nicely prepared tasty food in the upstairs room. Friendly, efficient, helpful waitress served us in clean nicely decorated...premises. We remember when this was a shipping office and a good friend worked here back in the 60s!!!!More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 August 2023

We had an excellent supper here before getting the ferry to Shetland.The service was friendly and efficient and we particularly liked the St Magnus local beer.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 14 August 2023

good range of moderm cuisine. Service was prompt and polite and the food was delicious. Not expensive.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 9 August 2023 via mobile

We booked here for our final night on Orkney having checked out the menu of here and a few other places. My monkfish (special) was tasty but a tiny portion, whereas my husband’s “Old Man of Hoy” burger was huge. Puddings were the stars of...the night. Pleasant and efficient service ensured a good meal!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 7 August 2023

This was a much anticipated visit. The bar was busy and we experienced a pleasant welcome. We ordered a bottle of Chilean Sauvignon Blanc but got a French vin de Pays. Not the same quality. My wife asked me not to say anything not wanting...our meal to get of to a bad start by complaining. The vegetarian fajita was very disappointing. The tortillas were cold and not been warmed, the vegetables consisted peppers and onions and were in a sauce that was very runny. The only other things on the plate was cold salsa and sour cream and a tiny amount of cheese. No Guacamole, refried beans or Jalapeno peppers. The garlic bread served with the pasta was deep fried was not pleasant to eat. The seafood platter was very disappointed too. Not a lot of variety of fish offered at all. The overall feeling was disappointing considering the rating the on tripadvisor. Our bill came to £160 for 3 and one of our party had two starters. This represented a real lack of value for money in my view. The preparation and presentation of the food had the hallmarks of a team who do not have the passion and love of cooking and suggested perhaps a shortage of staff too. I have been teaching cookery for over 20 years and so whilst I can sympathise business be short staffed, I the customer experience fell short of expectations by a long way.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Helgi's is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5