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Howies Waterloo Place

#142 of 1,930 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Local cuisine
Outdoor seating
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night

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  • 378
    Excellent
  • 183
    Very good
  • 39
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 8
    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
Most recent review
delicious lunch

Had a delicious lunch at Howies (Waterloo Place) last week, great food, excellent value. Hadn't been for ages and forgotten what a lovely restaurant this is. Panna cotta to die for.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Norman B
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Dunbar, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
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625 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Dunbar, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

Had a delicious lunch at Howies (Waterloo Place) last week, great food, excellent value. Hadn't been for ages and forgotten what a lovely restaurant this is. Panna cotta to die for.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

9 of us ate at Howies on a busy Friday night. Food and service didn't, as far as we could tell, suffer during a busy service. Very nice setting in an Georgian dining hall added to the experience/ambiance.

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Bidford-on-Avon, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

Lunch with a friend Ihad not seen in 20 years. This might have been awkward. He chose Howie's on recommendation. Beautiful interior, bright and welcoming with staff able to judge if you needed time or assistance. The food was lovely haggis as a starter and fish cakes for the main. Beautifully presented and a great taste. I am back next... More 

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Karlstadt, Germany
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

really good food for reasonable prices - the lunch menu is even better value! reservation advisable (as we had to find out the hard way)

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Stirling, United Kingdom
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125 reviews 125 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Went here for a meal but booked to be sure of a table. It's a fairly large restuarant with ample seating in what is probably a historic building. The service was excellent throughout and they have a good menu choice. The venison dish was really good, if a bit light on potatoes, only one medium sized. The beef casserole was... More 

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Liversedge
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We were staying just over the road in the Princess street suites for 4 nights but we did not eat here until lunchtime as we were going home but so glad that we did not go home without sampling the delicious food here and two courses for £9.95 !!! My Husband had the Mussels and the Salmon and I had... More 

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Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Amazingly busy for a Monday lunchtime. Good service, excellent creamy cullen skink. Reckon they must have Tom Kerridge as an inspiration as lots of tasty butter

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Four of us met for lunch and wanted something nice to impress our Australian visitor. Howies ticked all the boxes. Excellent choice and incredible value for a two course lunch. Great scottish food beautifully presented and excellent vegetarian options. Lovely to see Howies regaining its place with Edinburgh ladies who lunch!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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166 reviews 166 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I came here for a girls lunch before christmas. The place was completely full, but the service was good, the food was excellent and hot, the price entirely reasonable. We had pre-ordered our choices at the restaurant's suggestion but the table next to us had not and things seemed well with them too. The great thing about this restaurant is... More 

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Scotland, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Been here twice in two weeks. Both times our food, very fresh ingredients which have been beautifully cooked and presented, very hot, fantastic tasting food. Staff excellent, knowledge of menu excellent. Staff check to ensure everything is fine then leave you to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and you can chat easily without having to shout over loud music. Will definitely... More 

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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
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 5766

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 48
  • Cuisine: Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating

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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?