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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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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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49 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Gravesend, England, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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.

Thank Paula D
Bristol, United Kingdom
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61 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

This restaurant is attached to the Shetland Museum and Archives, so it rounds off a few useful hours spent finding out about the history of the Islands. A light snack, or something more substantial in pleasant surroundings, served by extremely friendly staff.

Thank John S
Lerwick, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016

Wow, what a week of excellent evening meals. Visiting for wool week and was inspired to book each evening at the start of the week as the restaurant was convenient to the wool week hub downstairs. From my first meal I was unwilling to try anywhere else until I had exhausted all the menu optins. Six days later there are... More 

Thank MWF1966
London, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

Probably one of the best meals I've had for a long time Me, Scallops- Salmon- summer crumble with all the trimmings Wife, Soufflé-Lamb- Panacotta with all the trimmings Good service, great staff, but as some of the other reviews have said its a pity venue doesn't match prices! The venue really is basic decor although the view across the harbour... More 

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