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Howies Waterloo Place

#117 of 1,790 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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Today
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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  • 415
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  • 200
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
lunch deal

Good location, close to city centre,nice interior,friendly attentive staff,drinks came quickly,house red ok,my starter Cullen skink was very nice,my main .. casserole a reasonable portion and was good,a salad in my party said chicken a bit dry and chewy,another's macaroni and cheese was a bit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
James Michael H
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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Dunfermline, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Good location, close to city centre,nice interior,friendly attentive staff,drinks came quickly,house red ok,my starter Cullen skink was very nice,my main .. casserole a reasonable portion and was good,a salad in my party said chicken a bit dry and chewy,another's macaroni and cheese was a bit salty(i thought ok) overall a good experience and worth the £9.99 deal.

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Silverdale, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

Our hotel was located just east of the rail station on Waterloo Place. Recommended by our hotel staff we found Howies to be a wonderful experience. What do we all expect in a nice restaurant but good tasty food and a nice staff? Both expectations were met...but I especially want to compliment staff member Jessie who was spot on with... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

A wonderful meal in a fantastic setting. The food was excellent and the evening was further enhanced by the excellent service given to us by Kayleigh. An asset to Howies.

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france
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59 reviews 59 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

The old reconverted ballroom, the restoration of the mouldings, the attentive service and the early dinner menu make it one of our best experiences in Scotland. The food is fresh, the dishes are very good and the prices are right.

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Newton Aycliffe, United Kingdom
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We had a wonderful evening in this beautiful Georgian restaurant. The staff were welcoming , friendly , informative and attentive, withoutt being intrusive. The food was well presented and absolutely delicious. There was a good choice of dishes for each course . The salmon main course was extremely good . I chose banoffee pie for dessert and it was the... More 

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South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Wonderful food, fantastic service and lovely setting. Enjoyed a great evening of dining catching up with wonderful friends. A perfect place to dine!

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed an absolutely wonderful dinner at Howies, Waterloo, this week. From the minute we walked through the door we were made to feel so welcome. The restaurant has a very relaxed and friendly ambience and the staff are all very helpful and attentive. I chose the soup of the day - roasted pepper and tomato- which was absolutely delicious,... More 

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Dorset, England
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We visited Howies after being recommended by our coach driver as a local restaurant selling locally sourced food.. We had a excellent meal. I had the chicken and my husband had the venison. Both were cooked to perfection and very tasty. The desserts were just as good. The wine list was very comprehensive and a good choice of prices.. It... More 

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Beckingham, United Kingdom
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36 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

We went here for a meal to celebrate a family event. What can I say, disappointed to be honest, the food was average, the service not great and its not cheap ! They didn't do anything wrong, I just expected better after having heard about it and read the reviews. Disappointed, very disappointed.

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North Berwick, United Kingdom
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Four of us had lunch here today. Great value at £9.95 for two courses. Plenty of choice from menu and also daily specials. BYOB possible - corkage charged. Staff very friendly. We have eaten here often. Would recommend booking a table.

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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 15 - 48
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, 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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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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.