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The Ayre Restaurant & Bar enjoys a sea front location and is only short walk to the shops and town centre. Our team of high experienced chefs bring you the best of local produce with no frills, just home made and hearty cooking. We have an extensive menu that caters to all dietary requirements and brings in some exciting flavours and much more choice of seafood options. Try our classics that are adored by our regulars or dive straight in to our seafood specials and butchers block. Finish off with our home made puddings. We are open to non-residents for our breakfast, lunch and dinner and can cater for all types of functions and events
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
CUISINES
Bar, British, Scottish
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Stayed 2 nights. Great location, good accommodation and very good food but big portions.All the staff very pleasant and helpful.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 17 April 2024 via mobile

Very friendly local pub close to the pier. Locals were very friendly and answered questions. Bar tender let us sample many of the local beers we were not familiar with. We split the steak and ale pie, which was done to perfection

Date of visit: April 2024
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Dear Guest , Thank you for your feedback. We are delighted to hear about your satisfactory experience. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. Regards Nitin Gupta Hotel Manager

Reviewed 1 April 2024

We came here for dinner. We weren't staying at the hotel, but at a hotel nearby. The Ayre hotel is quite deceptive from the outside. Inside the decor is modern and beautiful. We both really enjoyed our dinner, credit to the chef. Our waitress was...lovely, all staff attentive and hotel manager was very hands on too. Highly recommend for dinner or drinks.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2024

Dear Guest, Thank you for sharing your fabulous feedback on the platform. We look forward to welcome you back whenever travel brings you back to the town. Regards Nitin Gupta Hotel Manager

Reviewed 6 February 2024

This is the most reliable restaurant in Kirkwall these days. The food is always good. We both had starters - the Butternut Squash Soup was creamy and tasty, hubby had the prawn cocktail which he enjoyed. We both had the Roast Turkey which I thought...was a giant plate of turkey and all the trimmings. Hubby complained about the amount of turkey but in the end he was too stuffed to order dessert and he admitted he really liked it. We ordered soft drinks as we had appointments in the afternoon. The food came out quick enough, the only little hiccup was perhaps getting in a few minutes early before our reservation and no one being on hand to greet us or show us where to sit. That is pretty typical these days when it is so difficult to find staff. Someone came and in truth we didn't wait that long. Definitely make a reservation whether for lunch or dinner. I think they do serve food in the bar as well if you don't want to sit in the restaurant. The lavatories are clean and tidy. We will definitely return.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 20 February 2024

Dear Guest I appreciate your time to review your recent visit in our restaurant -thank you very much indeed. Your comments have been shared with the entire team - they will be happy to read that you enjoyed our restaurant in its entirety, especially food...More

Reviewed 26 December 2023

We booked for our staff Christmas night out and it did not disappoint! We had an amazing night. The meal was delicious, hot and served perfectly, we didn’t feel rushed and not a single complaint was heard! We Enjoyed fantastic cocktails in the new lounge...bar which is very stylish. Everyone was talking about rebooking for next year already! Thank you all so much for making our staff night out such a success!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 31 December 2023

Dear Guest, We thank you for choosing Orcadian restaurant for your meals and a fabulous review. It was our pleasure to have you as our guest .We hope to see you again. Regards, Nitin Gupta Hotel Manager

Reviewed 24 October 2023 via mobile

First stay, hotel is going through some refurbishment but this is being done without any inconvenience to guests, breakfast spot on, it’s all ready well presented, self service. Had meals in both the bar and the restaurant, if you get the seafood salad you will...be well impressed. Rooms clean and warm, cracking stayMore

Date of visit: October 2023
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2023

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your review of our hotel. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed being at Ayre Hotel. It's something our staff takes great pride in, so we value your feedback. We hope you will visit us again. Regards,...More

Reviewed 22 October 2023

Excellent Family Celebration meal, pre order very good and staff first class. Good range of menu with many local specialities, and decent portions well presented - a good experience ***** Restaurant tastefully re-furbishedMore

Date of visit: March 2023
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2023

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your review of our restaurant. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed dining with us. It's something our staff takes great pride in, so we value your feedback. We hope you will visit us again. Regards, Nitin...More

Reviewed 9 September 2023

We ate here twice during our recent trip to Kirkwall the food was amazing well cooked and flavoursome, I can honestly say the Fillet steak I had was the best I've ever had - cooked to perfection, portion sizes are generous, highly recommend the coconut...& lime cheesecake for dessert, the young team we're all lovely all very chatty, friendly and efficient despite the restaurant being full, Highly recommend and suggest you book in advance to avoid disappointment.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2023

Dear Guest, We thank you for choosing Orcadian restaurant for your meals and a fabulous review. It was our pleasure to have you as our guest .We hope to see you again. Regards, Nitin Gupta Hotel Manager

Reviewed 21 August 2023

We are here 2 nights in a row, the food was amazing, even my son who is a fussy eater loved the food. Best sticky toffee pudding I’ve had in a while!

Date of visit: August 2023
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2023

Dear Guest, We thank you for choosing Orcadian restaurant for your dinner and a fabulous review. It was our pleasure to have you as our guest .We hope to see you again. Regards, Nitin Gupta Hotel Manager

Reviewed 15 August 2023

Wonderful meal in a beautiful restaurant, food was well cooked and well presented. All staff we’re efficient and friendly, would recommend

Date of visit: August 2023
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2023

Dear Guest, We thank you for choosing Orcadian restaurant for your dinner and a fabulous review. It was our pleasure to have you as our guest .We hope to see you again. Regards, Nitin Gupta Hotel Manager

Reviewed 14 August 2023

Not the warmest of welcomes from the receptionist. Bedroom fair size but on the ground floor and dark. Bathroom large but institutional - more like a hospital. Both rooms clean and well appointed, with plenty of hanging / storage space. Evening dining - reasonable choice...and beautifully prepared and presented. Breakfast - buffet style, great selection and plentiful.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2023

Dear Guest, We thank you for your review. It was our pleasure to have you as our guest . Your suggestions will be well considered. We hope to see you again. Regards, Nitin Gupta Hotel Manager

Reviewed 27 July 2023 via mobile

We gave this place a go for dinner for the first and last time. Rudderless service where nobody seems to know who is in charge or what to do. Hard to distinguish who were staff as there was no uniform or name badges on. Food...was bang average and overcooked fish and chips a big disappointment. Also had scallops which came on a bed of sweetcorn and nothing else??? Bizarre to say the least. Also waited 90 minutes from being seated for mains to arrive. Not acceptable but if you are allowing walk ins when you are already rammed that’s a pretty obvious outcome. Will not be returning.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2023

Dear Guest , First of all my apologies that we were not able to match your palate. Your feed back is very important for us as it gives us room for improvement . We have considered all your concerns . We value the guest feedback...More

Reviewed 30 April 2023

This is a lovely hotel right in the heart of Kirkwall. The rooms are spacious and comfortable, the service is excellent, and the staff are very nice. We had a nice view of the harbor. It's conveniently located near the ferry terminal and bus station....The restaurant and bar both had excellent service and the food was out of this world.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Nitin Gupta, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2023

Dear Guest, Thank you for your review. We are pleased to read that you enjoyed the stay and the meal. Hope you get a chance to visit the island again. Regards, Nitin Gupta Hotel Manager

Reviewed 22 January 2023

14 including 3 children very well served with a good selection of well presented food, generous portions for adults and sensible amounts for children. Welcoming, friendly staff.

Date of visit: January 2023
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Nitin G, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2023

Dear Guest, We thank you for choosing Orcadian restaurant for your dinner and a fabulous review. It was our pleasure to have you as our guest .We hope to see you again. Regards, Nitin Gupta Hotel Manager

Reviewed 13 January 2023

Had a great meal here on Saturday night while in Orkney visiting family, Good varied menu, really friendly efficient service. Restaurant has been been beautifully refurbished and everyone really enjoyed their meals, will definitley be back!!

Date of visit: January 2023
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Nitin G, General Manager at Ayre Hotel & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2023

Dear Guest, Thank you so much for your valuable feedback. It was our pleasure to have you as our guest.Hope to see you again. Regards, Nitin Gupta Hotel Manager

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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
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