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$$ - $$$
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
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14 Harbour Street, Kirkwall KW15 1LE, Scotland
+44 1856 879293
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun 12:30 - 00:00
Mon - Wed 11:00 - 00:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 01:00
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Inverness, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We ate at Helgi's one evening during a short break in Orkney, we had tried to have lunch here earlier in the day but the place was full, which says a lot given it was outside tourist seasons and during the week!, We were therefore pleased when we returned later on and tables were available. The menu was varied, I... More 

Thank Faye H
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this review

Hi Faye, thanks so much for your lovely review! We are so happy you enjoyed your time here. We also really appreciate your comments on our dishes as the head chef does try hard to be creative and original given there are so many places in Kirkwall to eat. We hope you will return again some day. More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited a couple of times over New Year. This wee place has a lovely atmosphere (complete with open fire), friendly staff and fantastic food. If you're in Kirkwall I'd highly recommend it for a drink or a meal.

Thank Narfraniel
Kelly M, Manager at Helgi's, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! New year certainly is a great time to visit us as our little pub is very cosy and friendly - just what you need when you've been out in the cold Orkney weather! Thank you again and we hope to see you again some day. More 

Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Helgi's can get very busy but have been a few times and love it, cocktails great and good even better, all the staff seem helpful and it's just great for a cosy wee afternoon. Highly recommend

Thank bobelina
Kelly M, Manager at Helgi's, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for your fantastic review! We're so glad you enjoyed our cocktails and food as we try hard to offer options that are different from anywhere else. Hopefully you will return some day and try some more! More 

Glasgow, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Loved the fajita's at Helgi's. Lovely warm restaurant with a real fire. Friendly locals and good atmosphere. Hot chocolate is also a winner!

Thank Katie H
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this review

Thank you for your review Katie - this time of year is really lovely in Helgi's thanks to the open fire, so we're glad you enjoyed it too! More 

Bangor, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Close to the harbour Helgi's is easy to find and has a warm and cosy atmosphere where we thawed out after a morning out in horizontal rain. Great, better-than-typical pub food and good value too.

Thank Rohan H
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this review

Hi Rohan, thank you for your excellent review. We're glad we were able to provide some respite from the Orkney weather! We hope to see you again soon. More 

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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

Popped in to have haddock and chips and some local brew.. have been here before a couple of years ago and it's much the same.. Does get busy so eat early, Lady behind bar was helpful but not so jolly anyways the haddock and chips was great, really enjoyed large portion. Local brew was good too. Recommended to go here..

Thank Nick H
Columbia, South Carolina
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59 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016 via mobile

Friendly place, with a great selection of ales, and a fabulous Haddock and chips. The locals like this place, and in the past I've had great burgers here as well. Located right on the harbor front, its quaint and welcoming.

Thank SteveS999
Penzance, United Kingdom
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44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This place gets extremely busy so it's a good idea to book ahead. We didn't, but they managed to squeeze us in. It's cosy, but there's a room with extra seating upstairs that I noticed on the way to the loo that I suppose gets opened up when it gets fuller. The staff are friendly and the location overlooking the... More 

Thank Steve D
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this review

We really appreciate your lovely review so thank you very much for taking the time to give us your feedback. We hope you will visit us again soon. More 

Kirkwall, United Kingdom
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102 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

We arrived about 5 pm and were fortunate to get the last unreserved table, so it is advisable to book in advance! Was amazed to hear an elderly couple at an adjacent table upstairs describe the decor as "basic". This is an unpretentious bar, not a posh restaurant. The tables are wooden as are the "pew" benches & chairs. Downstairs... More 

Thank MrsJosephineJones
Kirkwall, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

This is our local and we have just had our dinner and enjoyed 2 new starters Thai crab cakes and crispy chilli beef, will definitely have again. I had steak cooked to perfection and my wife and daughter had Haddock & chips, clean plates says it all. Lovely friendly staff and a nice chill out place along with good music... More 

Thank millekth
Kelly M, Owner at Helgi's, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your excellent review, we are so thrilled you consider us to be your local. We hope to see you again soon for some Christmas goodies! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Bar, British, Pub, Scottish, Gastropub, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, View
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?