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Howies Waterloo Place

29 Waterloo Place | East end of Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3BQ, Scotland
+44 131 556 5766
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Ranked #155 of 1,826 restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $17 - $53
Cuisines: Scottish
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Edinburgh,UK
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

We went to Howies for our anniversary dinner at the end of June. I had the Calamari and venison, which were both ok, but the venison was over seasoned. My wife had salmon and chicken, both of which were tasty. We also had different desserts. Things went downhill went I got home. I was VERY unwell overnight and ended up... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

Reserved the private room for a corporate dinner. Was hosting international guests from around the world and wanted to showcase Scottish cuisine but in an informal environment - and not sure I could have picked better! Menu hit the spot with all 18 plates for all three courses left completely empty! Service too was first rate from the whole team... More

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Houten, The Netherlands
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014 NEW

Had a business lunch here where I decided to have the salmon starter as a main course (which was optional). The taste was excellent, but the size of the so-called main course so small that I could swallow it in three bites, which was a disappointment. The banoffee cheesecake made up for it, one of the best desserts I've ever... More

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HowiesRestaurants, Guest Relations Manager at Howies Waterloo Place, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for your feedback following your business lunch at Howies. I am sorry your main size salmon dish was not big enough - it does sound like you may have been served a starter portion by mistake - and if this is the case, then we apologise unreservedly. Please do not hesitate to contact the restaurant direct to discuss... More

Brussels, Belgium
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

Bistro style restaurant off the main tourist drag up by Calton Hill. Pretty decor. Relaxed atmosphere, very friendly, attentive service. Lots of fish choices and an emphasis on Scottish specialities.

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HowiesRestaurants, Guest Relations Manager at Howies Waterloo Place, responded to this review

Your review sums us up perfecty - relaxed surroundings, great service with an emphasis on Scottish food. It was interesting to read your heading "Charming mainly fish restaurant" - I guess because we are seasonal, during the summer months we are able to offer more fish - such as scallops, calamari, lobster - and all Scottish! During the winter months... More

Edinburgh
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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

A great venue for lunch and presumably dinner. The Table d'hote style lunch menu was so reasonably priced, I asked to check this. However, I was instead drawn to testing the mettle of a Cullen Skink soup and I was not disappointed. This just set us up greatly for a main course. Excellently cooked rib eye and we both enjoyed... More

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HowiesRestaurants, Guest Relations Manager at Howies Waterloo Place, responded to this review

....Great Review! Thanks so much and really pleased you went for the cullen skink - our traditional Scottish fish soup - it is heart warming, I think it's fair to say. I've passed your positive comments about the service, food and prices to the General Manager and Head Chef - they are delighted! Best wishes Howies More

Edinburgh
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

We got married at Howies in july 2012 and we could not recommend it enough. The staff were absolutely fantastic, the food was amazing & we and our guests had such a great day. It's a beautiful setting but made so great by the flexible, accommodating & great staff who worked there. The value for money was brilliant.

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HowiesRestaurants, Guest Relations Manager at Howies Waterloo Place, responded to this review

Hi Jen How lovely to hear from one of our lovely wedding couples! We are delighted you enjoyed your big day with us - each wedding is unique and Kirsty and her team go above and beyond the call - as they just love what they do! Hopefully see you again soon. All the best Howies More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

Lunch at Howies is a real treat. It is a lovely old Edinburgh building and the staff give a friendly and very good service. The lunch menu is extensive and for £9.95 for two courses, excellent value. The house white wine, a little shy of £16 a bottle, is most acceptable. The food was delicious, absolutely top quality fresh produce... More

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HowiesRestaurants, Guest Relations Manager at Howies Waterloo Place, responded to this review

Hi Mary Thank you for your review and we are naturally delighted you enjoyed your lunch at Howies on Waterloo Place. Our 2 courses for £9.95 is excellent value for money - we think, and nice to know our customers do too! Our house wine comes in at just under £15 for a bottle. We look forward to welcoming you... More

Shanghai, China
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Such a big burger with fries only cost me 6.95. Though my beef was a bit dry but I did enjoy my meal because it tasted good. My friends were satisfied with their mussels, fish cakes and chicken breast. If I study in Edinburgh, I am sure I will be the regular customer of Howies.

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HowiesRestaurants, Guest Relations Manager at Howies Waterloo Place, responded to this review

Hi Xiang Yes we offer great value with our 2 course lunch for £9.95 - fingers crossed you are lucky enough to study in our beautiful city, and we will of course be delighted to see you at Howies again - you may also want to try our other restaurant on Victoria Street which is in the Old Town near... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We celebrated our last night in Edinburgh here after walking up on Calton Hill which is just next to Howies. The restaurant is a 200 year old assembly hall and the Georgian architecture is beautiful. The menu was good and reasonable for a nice meal. My meal was excellent and the service was top notch.

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HowiesRestaurants, Guest Relations Manager at Howies Waterloo Place, responded to this review

Hi Terry I'm sitting looking out of the Georgian windows towards Calton Hill as I read your review. It is a very special place - and thank you for posting your review of Howies - we really appreciate it. Hope to see you again soon. Best wishes Howies More

Geneva, Switzerland
Top Contributor
202 reviews 202 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

I went there after few years passing the front windows almost every day on my way to wrk and i decided to have dinner to try this place. I was amazed by the charm of the restaurants and the very professional service from Lara and her team. the food is local scottish, casual atmosphere and affordable. make sure you come... More

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HowiesRestaurants, Guest Relations Manager at Howies Waterloo Place, responded to this review

Thanks for your lovely review about Howies and Lara and her wonderful team! I shall be sure to pass your comments to all concerned, and hope that you visit us again soon for dinner (or lunch). Best wishes Howies More

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