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$$ - $$$, British,
14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
+44 1856 879293
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
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Reviewed 6 days ago

We hadn't booked a table and when we arrived on a Friday evening there was no space. The place was full. We waited at the stylish bar, very Scottish, with a nod to the harbour that is just outside. The menue is fresh and new,...More

Thank Seasonedthing
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Helgi's is a small, intimate, friendly place to enjoy a relaxed meal. The food is consistently good, the staff welcoming and the prices modest.

Thank John M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this via Trip advisor. Great bar with lots of choice and lovely local ales. Popped in for several drinks after wandering round the town when on a cruise. Did not eat but everything looked great and the place was full during mid week at...More

Thank Simon G
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first stop after arriving on Orkney as part of our honeymoon. Underestimated the food and so ordered extra sweet potato fries. Was so good, we did our best to eat it all. Selections of local beers and gins was good too. Atmosphere...More

Thank Kimberley B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Warm, cozy, liked by locals. Good range of pub food; our broccoli and blue cheese soup on a chill day was the perfect warmer-upper. Street parking was no problem and close to pedestrian area for walk-about the old town.

Thank Fletch W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food in Orkney is generally not of a very high standard. It tends to be very basic. Having said that, we were agreeably surprised with Helgi's and their wait staff was some of the best we saw in Orkney.

Thank ldye
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Helgi's would be my local if I lived in Kirkwall or anywhere nearby on the Orkney mainland. I stayed in Kirkwall for a week in August and stopped at Helgi's every day. It's a peedie place - small, that is - though there's an upstairs...More

Thank AyeWright
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited for a meal when in Kirkwall. Managed to get a table on second visit as had not booked. I would recommend booking a table as the food is lovely.Lovely meal and staff were very friendly and efficient. would visit again

Thank Lou71
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here for a meal and a few drinks with my family on our holiday. Managed to get a lovely window seat upstairs looking out onto the water. Menu included a good range of food and a good veggie selection for myself (also noted a...More

Thank Eliza D
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your lovely review, we are so happy you had a great time with us and hope you will find time to visit again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I ate both lunch and dinner at this restaurant although not on the same day. The food was well-prepared with good presentation. The wait staff was attentive and friendly.

Thank alpoway
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for a lovely review! We are so glad you and your husband enjoyed your time with us.

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22 April 2017|
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Response from LoobyFife | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so it's a very small bar area
9 May 2016|
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Response from christinerousay | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for a late response, Yes they do take reservations.
Gill T
27 December 2015|
Response from Kelly M | Property representative |
Hi, yes we do. We have gluten free options which include full meals and gluten free bread and tortillas options with most speciality sandwiches. Our menu is also coded to show which dishes are gluten free.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$11 - US$34
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Buffet, Seating, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:30 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Orkney Islands  >  Mainland  >  Kirkwall
  • Phone Number: +44 1856 879293
  • E-mail
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 that we cannot allow children, even for meals.
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