Mainland Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Mainland

November 27, 2017 Jeremy Dunfee

Discover the best restaurant in Mainland, United Kingdom (UK) including Gurkha Kitchen, Scalloway Hotel Restaurant, Braewick Cafe and Restaurant, Spiggie Hotel Bar and Restaurant, Hay's Dock Cafe Restaurant, Peerie Shop Cafe, Phusiam Restaurant & Takeaway, Fort Cafe, THE GREAT WALL, Havly Cafe
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1. Gurkha Kitchen

33 North Road, Lerwick ZE1 0NT, Scotland Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Indian, Asian, Nepali, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Lunch, Late Night HK$235 - HK$306 +44 1595 690400
Excellent
46%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 201 reviews

Gurkha Kitchen

Reviewed By v0yageur22 - Killingworth, CT

We never imagined that Nepalese/Indian food could be so deliciously prepared in this far flung outpost in the North Sea--but it was truly wonderful. Chicken dishes were fresh and tender, breads were tasty, rice dishes were terrific, and the home made paneer was excellent. Gurkha is a great choice if you are in the mood for a change of pace from the delicious local Scottish/Shetland cuisine.

2. Scalloway Hotel Restaurant

Main Street, Scalloway ZE1 0TR, Scotland Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, Contemporary, Scottish, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch +44 1595 880444
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 341 reviews

Scalloway Hotel Restaurant

Two AA rosette restaurant showcasing local produce, particularly lamb, fish and shellfish

Reviewed By YorkshireManinblack - Yorkshire

There aren't too many places to indulge gastronauts on Shetland but this is definitely one of them. The bar to the hotel is just like any mid range pub, bar meals, football on the tv etc But walking through to the restaurant everything goes up a notch in quality. Nicely furnished, excellent menu with lots of local produce, some straight out of the sea! You can also order from the bar menu if you like. Decent portions so one is unlikely to go away hungry. Liked it so much we went twice in a week.

3. Braewick Cafe and Restaurant

Braewick Caravan PARK | Braewick, Eshaness, Brae ZE2 9RS, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff Cafe, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch +44 1806 503345
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Braewick Cafe and Restaurant

Reviewed By Andrew D - Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Visited here on a day in Northmavine. Lovely cafe- great views and scones were fresh out of the oven- amazing! Once you've refuelled here, head to Tangwick Haa down the road for some history.

4. Spiggie Hotel Bar and Restaurant

Spiggie Loch | Dunrossness, Sumburgh ZE2 9JE, Scotland Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, British, Scottish, Pub, Gluten Free Options Dinner +44 1950 460409
Excellent
63%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 73 reviews

Spiggie Hotel Bar and Restaurant

Reviewed By Ruud_Vandeursen - Dundee, United Kingdom

This hotel with friendly staff is a very good site to have dinner. Located at a quiet spot on the south Mainland, you're guaranteed to have a fine dinner. Don't forget to reserve, allowing the staff to have ample time to make you a very good meal!
We have opted for typical Shetland food with freshly caught fish, potatoes and veggies but the taste with the lemon sauce and capers was exquisite!

5. Hay's Dock Cafe Restaurant

Hays Dock, Lerwick ZE1 0WP, Scotland Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating European, British, Soups, Scottish, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +44 1595 741569
Excellent
52%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 512 reviews

Hay's Dock Cafe Restaurant

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.

Reviewed By Helen J - Cromer

Arriving in Lerwick on a blustery wet day and found ourselves in the Hay Dock Cafe around lunch time. The Fish Chowder was a perfect Antidote to some pretty rubbish weather, so much so we popped in again the following week before we left to have a second go at it.....oh yes...and the cakes as well......and the coffee is good, nice view and the blinds are worth more than a cursory glance!!

6. Peerie Shop Cafe

Esplanade | Esplanade, Lerwick ZE1 0LL, Scotland Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments Cafe, British, Soups, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$55 - HK$165 +44 1595 692817
Excellent
55%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 433 reviews

Peerie Shop Cafe

Fantastic breakfast served until 11am, homemade muesli, porridge, and freshly scrambled Shetland eggs. Delicious soups created every day in-house. Big doorstep sandwiches and panini made to order. Shetland smoked salmon specials. Tempting cakes, cheesecakes, scones and muffins baked daily. Last orders for food 4pm. We use local produce wherever possible. Always striving to make the best coffee. Sit outside on a fine day enjoying James's delicious cheesecake watching Lerwick life in action. Local Art Exhibitions. Free wifi.

Reviewed By Woolite-13 - Brewster, NY

had lunch here during Shetland wool week, and luckily Cullen Skink was on the menu. for us non-shetlanders it is a smoked fish chowder. Delicious.
I stopped back during the blowy rainy week and was always delighted by the food and the staff. this is one of the best places for lunch in Lerwick

7. Phusiam Restaurant & Takeaway

Tourist Information Centre Market Cross, Lerwick, Scotland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +44 1595 694351
Excellent
38%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 90 reviews

Phusiam Restaurant & Takeaway

Listed in yell.com at http://www.yell.com/s/restaurants-shetland+islands.html and I ate there last week.

Reviewed By pampat2016 - Staunton, Virginia

Outside this restaurant looks unpromising, but inside it is cozy and welcoming. We really enjoyed our food and I discovered that soda and lime is an excellent drink with Oriental food. As another reader noted, the coconut rice is extremely good. Be aware that the entree and the rice to go with it are ordered and priced separately.

8. Fort Cafe

Commercial Street, Lerwick, Scotland Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Seafood, British, Fast Food Lunch, Dinner +44 1595 693125
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 200 reviews

Fort Cafe

Reviewed By LightupYourWorld - Larkhall, United Kingdom

I have been to this cafe on a previous trip and was looking forward to eating in this cafe since I booked my trip to Shetland. It did not disappoint, the fish and chips were amazing. It is a small cafe but clean and well run. It's a cash only place so remember to bring your purse /wallet with you

9. THE GREAT WALL

Viking Bus Station 14 Commercial Road, Lerwick, Scotland Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Delivery Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +44 1595 696344
Excellent
48%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
8%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 175 reviews

THE GREAT WALL

The Great Wall Is The Largest Chinese Resturant On The Shetland Islands

Reviewed By JimBhoy1888

My wife and I were in Shetland visiting her parents and decided to go into Lerwick with them for a meal, I checked on TA and decided the Great Wall looked good and had plenty of positive reviews.
Noting that it opened at 16:30 for Dinner suited the four of us as we wanted to catch the 20:30 inter island ferry back home, we arrived at 17:00 and there were no other customers inside yet, hardly unusual so early in the day, we waited a few minutes and a staff member came out and showed us to a table gave us menus and took a drinks order.
Ten minutes passed and we received half of our drinks order and were told he’d be with us in a moment, another few tables had come in too and were looking for service, twenty more minutes passed with still no service or drinks and the other customers who had come on began to walk out, We paid for the drinks we did receive 2/4 and left at 17:55
50 minutes without even an attempt to take an order or let us know what the problem was, all it would have took is to say that for whatever reason they are not ready or at the very least give us an indication of when we could have ordered.
We headed over to the Indian across the road and enjoyed a very good meal.
I’m sure the food is worthy of the generally positive feedback this restaurant enjoys but sadly the lack of service resulted in 4 of us and 11 other diners simply walking out
Disaster of a place

10. Havly Cafe

9 Charlotte Street, Lerwick ZE1 0JL, Scotland Seating, Highchairs Available, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe, British, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast HK$78 +44 1595 692100
Excellent
56%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
5%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 139 reviews

Havly Cafe

Family friendly cafe serving snacks, home bakes and delicious coffee. Free wifi.

Reviewed By rogerlwhite - Aberdeen, Scotland

I suspect we were the only non-locals in here over a busy lunchtime. Very good for coffee/cake or a light lunch., Two soups were on offer plus a range of cooked dishes and sandwiches. Noisy but it is family-friendly. I'd definitely go again on another visit.

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