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Hay's Dock Cafe Restaurant

Hays Dock, Lerwick ZE1 0WP, Scotland
+44 1595 741569
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good33%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“lunch” (96 reviews)
“chowder” (24 reviews)
“fish cakes” (18 reviews)
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European, British, Soups, Scottish, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Hays Dock, Lerwick ZE1 0WP, Scotland
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great scones, very good place to have coffee on a typical Shetland day. The view of the harbour completes the scene.

Thank ilonamcdowell
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

No reservation but just called on spec. Very helpful staff soon found us a table. Basic cafe/restaurant with a reasonably good menu. Three of us had steak sandwiches which were quite small whilst I had sea food chowder which was delicious. Service reasonable.

Thank TripMember061620171
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well our friends recommended hay's dock as the place we were taking them for dinner. My friend phoned to book a table. Once we arrived and were seated I am afraid it just was diabolical after that. We were never told when booking our table...More

1  Thank vickyOrkney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is pleasant enough, but there is a rather limited menu, and on the when I was there, they had more or less run out of food by lunchtime.....fortunately they did have some soup left and a few cakes. I also found it quite expensive.

Thank 658JaneE
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate here for a family meal. Food was brilliant but service was not the best. Staff were not very attentive and forgot certain drinks and part of the order on a couple of occasions with in this one sitting.

1  Thank annerich981
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Out for a birthday meal, I had Halibut steak on a bed of risotto, absolutely cooked to perfection a good sized portion but was not able for a dessert unfortunately. Not too expensive either. Lovely sea views whilst enjoying great food and wine.

1  Thank Edna900
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a very busy place but the staff were great and finding us a table for lunch, and the Shetland museum is a great place to wander while you wait for a table. The food was great and there was a lovely feel to...More

1  Thank Duncan M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived in Lerwick on an unfortunate cruise on Norwegian Cruise Line; the boat was full of noisy unruly Chinese customers and the food was mediocre. By contrast, the museum restaurant was a haven of civilisation. Their fish and chips is perfectly cooked and highly...More

1  Thank kapellmeister
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

For an anniversary meal with my wife this was perfect, a seafood special this week that was out of this world. A superb chowder with subtle hints, fishcakes to die for, followed by lobster, mussels & scallops.Faultless. Knowledgeable & friendly staff. Would definately recommend a...More

2  Thank Mike W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is more a sit down lunch than something quick to eat. Strangely they don't do sandwiches it's main meals which did look really good. The cakes and coffee were good but by 1pm there was only one scone left. Great location and great views...More

Thank edwmagee
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David B
31 May 2015|
Response from Starlass21 | Property representative |
Hi David, Apologies for not responding to you sooner - I didn't notice your question come through. Our summer opening hours are 10.00am to 9.00pm (last orders) Tuesday to Saturday, closing at 4.30pm on Mondays and 12.00noon... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, View, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
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
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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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