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Hay's Dock Cafe Restaurant

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Hays Dock, Lerwick ZE1 0WP, Scotland
+44 1595 741569
10:00 - 16:00
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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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank Andy J
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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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 

Thank Jack M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

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

Thank Gretchen M
Lerwick, United Kingdom
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

Went here on Saturday night. Had mussels for starter which was lovely. Great sauce. I had Shetland lamb for my main course which was excellent. Lovely and tender and plenty of it. Couldn't manage a sweet. Quite reasonably priced and pleasant surroundings. Will definitely recommend

Thank jennifernjimmy
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I've been coming here on my Shetland visits since the place opened, many, many years ago, and though it is a lovely place to visit, and the staff are always charming and helpful, will somebody please change the menu? The food is soooooo boring! They've had the same menu since the beginning (with minor, very minor, changes). The same bland,... More 

4 Thank IceFloeMo
Manchester, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Fantastic food. The mussels were the best ever. All food was freshly prepared and cooked (chef could be seen working away). Meat cooked as requested and was wonderfully succulent. The service was excellent, attentive and cheerful. Would have been excellent only it was catering for well under capacity which affected the atmosphere. I think this was because we were out... More 

Thank Catherineelizabeth2
Ayr, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This restaurant is always worth a return visit! I visit in October each year and have never been disappointed by the variety, quality of food and service.

1 Thank Paula D
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

great food, friendly staff. the food was well priced and good quality. staff were helpful and the views across the harbour were good also

Thank scott1barden
Bristol, United Kingdom
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21 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We went her for a special night out. The menu looked good and the food was nice, but not really worth the price. The staff were more interested in flirting with each other than remembering our order. Thankfully the company of my friends mad it a fun and enjoyable evening.

Thank Gayle B

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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
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, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining
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?