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Howies Waterloo Place

#148 of 1,977 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
Neighborhood:
Broughton & Calton
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, Breakfast, Dinner, 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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  • 403
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    Very good
  • 40
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  • 19
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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
What to do after Calton Hill sunset?

Our daily tour guide recommended us this restaurant to eat traditional food from Scotland. The atmosphere was dark but classy and cozy. When we arrived we saw that the menu was quite expensive taking into account that we are students. However, both the service and the food were excellent. We just... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Our daily tour guide recommended us this restaurant to eat traditional food from Scotland. The atmosphere was dark but classy and cozy. When we arrived we saw that the menu was quite expensive taking into account that we are students. However, both the service and the food were excellent. We just ordered some Haggies to share (really good-must eat if... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Now that there are only 3 Howies Restaurants in Scotland, it looks like they have poured all their resources into the remaining establishments. Waterloo Place was always a special place. It is one of the finest Regency buildings in Edinburgh, and provides a superb environment to dine. The lunch and early evening menus are famous for their quality and value.... More 

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Chester, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Excellent, friendly service, and tasty food. I can recommend the Rhubarb Panna Cotta - it was delicious (and looked lovely with a birthday candle in it)!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

A very nice two course lunch for less than a tenner. All the food was very tasty, particularly liked the rhubarb pannacotta, it just needed a larger gingerbread biscuit than was served! Nice room, good atmosphere despite two large tables taken by a bus party.

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Liverpool
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Kayleigh was our waitress for our vist and was very friendly and competent even though it was only her second day in the job. The food we ordered was brought to the table promptly and it was all delicious. The main courses of chicken and venison were especially tasty. the night we went to Howies was for my girlfriends birthday... More 

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Burntisland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Had a lovely lunch here on our girls day out. The staff were some of the nicest we have come across and made us feel very welcome even after one of them got a soaking when opening our bottle of Prosecco! Food was lovely and at £9.95 for two courses was excellent value. I had the beef casserole and it... More 

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Kilmarnock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Dined at Howies on Monday 13th April. We had soup and pigeon as starters followed by stuffed chicken breast and the casserole of the day, which was a slow cooked beef with root vegetables. Absolutely delicious. Best meal we had during our three night stay in Edinburgh. Special mention for Sterenn who was our server. She was lovely so friendly,... More 

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

Went to bodies for a family lunch this was our first visit great food great service great value pleasant atmosphere and lovely decor would recommend a visit.

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Dined at Howies on Easter Saturday having been recommended by the owner at Auld Reekie guest house. It was a great choice and the food was served beautifully. Friendly staff and great atmosphere. Great wine choice and watch out for the specials of the day.

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

The best thing about this restaurant was its classical Greco-roman decor, which really sets it apart from some of the 'trendier' restaurants in Edinburgh. During my visit, I had the cullen skink, the venison and a chocolate and raspberry tart. All were delicious, particularly the starter. The food is well priced for a restaurant of this calibre, and the staff... More 

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HowiesRestaurants, Owner at Howies Waterloo Place, responded to this review

What a lovely review. Thank you so much. It sounds like you enjoyed everything about Edinburgh and much to our delight Howies too and it is very kind of you to recommend us so highly. Thank you and Haste Ye Back! 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>  > Broughton & Calton
  • Neighborhood: Broughton & Calton
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 5766

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 47
  • Cuisine: Scottish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine

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 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.