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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 #148 of 1,859 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $16 - $50
Cuisines: Scottish
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Nice ambience, nice surroundings and pleasant helpful staff. 7 days a week, 2 courses for £9.95 !! What's not to like ? We have visited both on several occasions and found them consistently good. Try the Cullen Skink, it's amazing !

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Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I had a funny experience with one of the wait staff at Howie's. But first, the practical stuff. My wife and I joined a dinner for conference speakers at Howie's. There were around 50 of us in total, and Howie's accommodated us wonderfully. We eat low-carbohydrate, so we asked for some minor changes to the set menu, which they made... More

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Dublin, Ireland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I was on a brief visit to Edinburgh and took up a friend's recommendation to eat at Howie's. It was for lunch and I greatly enjoyed it. The service was friendly and the food was good: I particularly enjoyed the broccoli and blue cheese soup. The prices are competitive and the room itself is most attractive. The manager Athmane looked... More

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Santa Barbara
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

Dinner for 2 of us was in an interesting old oval meeting room with a high ceiling, 2 fireplaces, raised bandstand and a side balcony above showing many prior uses. Food is a nice mix of local ingredients. One of us had 2 starters for a complete meal. The other dinner was the local fish catch of the day. Both... More

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Edinburgh
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014 NEW

Our original reservation was for Victoria Street but, on arrival, the staff were very apologetic as there were problems with the ovens and they were unable to provide lunch for us. We were meeting relatives who were leaving for London at 2.30pm but the staff booked a courtesy taxi to take us to their Waterloo Place restaurant where a table... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I hadn't been to Howie's for a long time. I really enjoyed my return. Menu was very good and we were very well looked after by the Polish senior waitress. She provided recommendations in a delightful manner and was genuinely keen we enjoyed the lunch experience. The Cullen Skink was excellent.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We arrived in Edinburgh early and I rang Howies to ask if we could move our booking forward an hour. The helpful way I was treated on the phone was the prelude to a lovely lunch. The staff were excellent and we were served efficiently but with a friendly manner. The food was delicious and fantastic value with generous portion... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Very enjoyable set lunch with my wife, who has been here many times. Good value and pleasant ambience in this bright and airy venue. Service was prompt and waitresses attentive. Will be back!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Superb interior and excellent service. Very good value £9.95 2-course lunch. Warm pigeon salad very good and different, mustard dressing on salad rather strong. Salmon first class, and pasta dish piping hot and delicious, although chilli a bit fierce. A very impressive first visit from my companion.

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Edinburgh, Scotland
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127 reviews 127 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 via mobile

Went for lunch with two US friends, first time in Scotland. We had some sightseeing to do but needed to eat first so opted for Howies. The food, wine and coffee was all lovely but it took two and a quarter hours !!! I felt we had been left at times and had to try and catch the waitresses attention... More

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