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The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant

Opposite St Magnus Cathedral at 25 Broad Street | Orkney Islands, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
+44 1856 874225
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good30%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“quiche” (17 reviews)
“oatcakes” (10 reviews)
“soups” (17 reviews)
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Cafe, British, Soups, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
££ - £££
Opposite St Magnus Cathedral at 25 Broad Street | Orkney Islands, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went in here late Sunday afternoon for cake and coffee. Was ok. A bit hap hazard but fine, decent coffee but could have beer bettet organised.

Thank Brian B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Real Food Cafe is a delightful experience. The food reflects the best of Orkney local produce and is prepared and presented in an unassuming but delightful manner. Great coffee too.

Thank John M
Judith Glue O, Owner at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi There Its so lovely to receive such a great review like yours - and it makes everyones hard work so very worth while Thank you very much Judith Glue

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited the real food cafe in Kirkwall for a light snack and tea / coffee. The cafe was clean and the staff were very quick. They were under pressure because lots of us came off of the Cruise Ship Columbus we enjoyed our visit,...More

Thank Almond G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were only in Orkney for a 3 night stay but we ate here two nights in a row. The only reason we didn't make it three is because it wasn't open. We sat at the tables looking over the good prep area and were...More

Thank Hayley K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good, interesting food and enough for vegetarians to enjoy. Plenty of variety on the cake front too! Authentic.

Thank Tony W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Only had a coffee but noted how good the food was. A variety I'd 'real' good food available. It was a fleeting visit and wished we could have had a meal there. Staff friendly.. I found out what a Bere bannock was and bought one...More

Thank SUE N
Judith Glue O, General Manager at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your lovely comments, we hope you manage to make a longer visit next time and get to sample some of our tasty home cooked food.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Mrs Barganax likes to visit as many restaurants as possible on holiday so is a bit of a butterfly. However she dined here three times! Praise indeed. The food is simple, wholesome and a delight. The sea food is mouth watering. We enjoyed the crab,...More

Thank Barganax
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We stayed near Kirkwall for 3 nights and after our first lunch here, did not look elsewhere for lunch the other 2 days. The food is freshly prepared, delicious and reasonably priced. The cafe gets really busy, but it is worth waiting for a table.

Thank GMcE6018
Reviewed 9 August 2017

This became our go-to place for snacks and several evening meals during a recent holiday in Orkney. It's right in the heart of Kirkwall and has a real buzz about it. The food is what it says on the tin - real, and home-cooked right...More

Thank Margaret S
Reviewed 4 August 2017

i had an evening meal here which I really enjoyed. Not only was the food well cooked , the service was excellent. I really enjoyed the crab. Would eat here again & highly recommended.

Thank Peter L
Judith Glue O, General Manager at The Real Food Cafe and Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2017

Thank you for your review, your comments are very much appreciated. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$17
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
09:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Opposite St Magnus Cathedral at 25 Broad Street | Orkney Islands, Kirkwall KW15 1DH, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 874225
  • E-mail
Our Real Food Cafe/'Restaurant is situated in the Judith Glue Shop opposite St Magnus Cathedral in the heart of Kirkwall, Orkney's main town. We are open Monday-Saturday 9am - 10pm and Sundays 10am - 6pm during June, July and August. The rest of the year we are open Mon -Sat 9am -6pm and Sunday 11am - 5pm We specialize in home cooked local Orkney Produce cooked in front of you in our open kitchen, our restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere and welcomes all ages. We are licenced and offer a good selection of wines,spirits, local beers and whiskies. Children are very welcome at any time of the day and table reservations are accepted in the evenings after 5.30Pm. Our shop is also open at the same time so there is a chance to browse and shop till you drop as well. Join our Facebook page or visit our website to find out all about us!
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