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Howies

#142 of 1,800 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Broughton & Calton
Seafood, Scottish
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29 Waterloo Place | East end of Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3BQ, Scotland
+44 131 556 5766
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12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Refurbished in 2013 this historic Georgian meeting room was originally...
Refurbished in 2013 this historic Georgian meeting room was originally built to celebrate the Battle of Waterloo at the foot of Calton Hill, on Waterloo Place which is an extension of the east end of Princes Street. A large dining room bursting with character, a raised eating section at the bow end of the room and a private dining room all offering a wonderful atmosphere. dinner for 1, a private party for 28 or a full wedding including ceremony on the premises all part of day to day life in the best Scottish Restaurant in town.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
City centre lunch

A friend and I had an enjoyable lunch at Howies. When I phoned to book a table for 1 p.m. I was asked if we could arrive promptly at 12.45 since they had a large group booked at 1 p.m. That suited us well and there was no suggestion (as has happened elsewhere) that we should finish by a certain... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

A friend and I had an enjoyable lunch at Howies. When I phoned to book a table for 1 p.m. I was asked if we could arrive promptly at 12.45 since they had a large group booked at 1 p.m. That suited us well and there was no suggestion (as has happened elsewhere) that we should finish by a certain... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Howie's is right around the corner from our hotel, the Parliament House, so it was very convenient to have dinner here. Friendly service, good food and wine...and they had my new favorite Scottish food on the menu, Cullen Skink!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 via mobile

We visited this restaurant on Friday evening and I must compliment the staff on their attention and courtesy. The menu was restricted but with day specials gave ample choice for everybody. An excellent establishments worth a visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Ate dinner there three times recently. The menu is fairly typical of restaurants in Edinburgh, but the food is well prepared. Food in Scotland these days is pretty gourmet, and very concerned with local sourcing, and Howie's is no exception. The staff were uniformly pleasant and attentive. The dining room is quite charming, set in a large hall surrounded on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I ate here with a large group and couldn't fault anything. The staff were very friendly and attentive, the food was good and the kitchen coped very well with everyones order coming out together. Reasonable prices too - would definitely recommend.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

We go to Howies every 6 weeks or so and can't fault it. The staff are pleasant and the menu is always innovative - fresh ingredients and a good choice of dishes. Seating is good as is the service. Make sure you book in advance as it gets very busy at weekends. A great venue for meeting family or friends... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Been here several time and always pleased with the service and food. BYOB is a good idea, corkage charge is reasonable ideal when in a big group.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Had a business meal here with colleagues from all over the world in a private dining room. Although the menu was limited, this was made up for in quality. Everyone said how tasty the food was. A good selection of drinks, and the wine list was varied and not extortionate..

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We went to the one by our hotel and the building has lots of history. Food was good a bit expensive but nice.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We lunched with a nearly two year old who was well behaved but typically energetic. The staff served us well and made sure extra napkins or a messing straw arrived at the right moment. The food was well presented, the dining room tasteful light and spacious. Made for a great and stress-free lunch.

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Additional Information about Howies

Address: 29 Waterloo Place | East end of Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3BQ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 5766
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Broughton & Calton
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 16 - 48
Cuisine: Seafood, Scottish

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 29 Waterloo Place | East end of Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3BQ, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Broughton & Calton
  • Neighborhood: Broughton & Calton
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 5766

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 48
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups

Description

Refurbished in 2013 this historic Georgian meeting room was originally built to celebrate the Battle of Waterloo at the foot of Calton Hill, on Waterloo Place which is an extension of the east end of Princes Street. A large dining room bursting with character, a raised eating section at the bow end of the room and a private dining room all offering a wonderful atmosphere. dinner for 1, a private party for 28 or a full wedding including ceremony on the premises all part of day to day life in the best Scottish Restaurant in town.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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Staying in Broughton & Calton

Neighborhood Profile
Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighborhoods with a mixed identity. It’s here that Edinburgh’s gay village found a home in the 1980s. But gay culture is anything but overt along bustling epicenter Broughton Street; even if polished pubs, hip bistros, smart delis and art galleries all speak of affluent good taste. The top of Leith Walk is more ragged. This major thoroughfare boasts a famously gritty gay club, as well as a strip of good Indian restaurants. Regal Georgian and Victorian townhouses preside over largely deserted streets in Calton, where only the occasional restaurant or hotel brings much life. Even so, a steady trickle of idlers and picnickers pass by to climb Calton Hill for its wide-open lawns, wonderful city views, and curious monuments – an Athenian-style temple among them.