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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 #162 of 1,836 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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Santa Barbara, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

First can I say how much I loved the decor? Very contemporary with a warm charm, lots of light and airy. After a full day of sightseeing, and all the ancient architecture, it was a welcome and relaxing experience dining at Howies. The food was wonderful, I had salmon which was superb, my friend had a vegetarian entree, which she... More

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Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
145 reviews 145 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

I booked a table for lunch in advance before we got to Scotland as it was our wedding anniversary. Every member of staff we dealt with wished us a Happy Anniversary and as requested we got a lovely table in the window. The food was so good. We had wood pigeon salad and Cullen Skink for starters and macaroni cheese... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great menu selection and the service was excellent. Really nice atmosphere and the staff were welcoming and very well informed about the food supplied.Would definitely recommend and is very accessible.

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Edinburgh, Scotland
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Met friends for lunch and was not disappointed. The chowder was delicious and so was the pigeon. Everyone was pleased with their food and the service was excellent. Great service as well.

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

Lovely review! Thank you so much for taking the time to write it. We hope to welcome you back soon! Cheers, The Howies Team More

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We have eaten here for years and have never had a bad meal. Not only is the food locally sourced, imaginatively cooked and well presented, it is also very good value. There is a pre theatre menu and a prize fixe lunch deal. The waiters are knowledgeable, efficient, and pleasant. We recommend it unreservedly. Today we ate pigeon, herb crusted... More

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

Thank you for your lovely review. We are delighted you enjoyed your meal at Howies Waterloo and hope you have time to visit us again soon. I will pass your comments on to the whole team who will be dead chuffed! Cheers! More

Northern Ireland
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

We were visiting Edinburgh to attend a family wedding at the week-end . It was about 2 years since we had been to Howies and having been impressed on our previous visit , we were looking forward to returning there for Sunday lunch before heading back to the ferry. First impression is that this restaurant needs some refreshing. The entrance... More

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

Thanks for taking so much time to write such an in-depth review. We refurbished the restaurant, reupholstering, painting, rewiring and freshening up at great expense late last year and apologise you must have sat next to the one chair - out of over 100 - which has, on examination, some melted wax on it. The issues you have described are... More

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

My mom and I came to Howies at 5:30 when it opened for dinner. If you go before 6:30 you can get 2 courses for 15 pounds. I got the tomato salad as a starter and had the Scottish free range chicken. It was so good! The ambience is so nice and I loved the simple white decor. It's something... More

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Fraserburgh
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

We really enjoyed our lunch . Good choice of menu, and very reasonable . The room was very light and clean. Our waitress Erin helpful and friendly. When we go back to Edinburgh we will go again for a meal.

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Pasadena, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW via mobile

Went with a very large group after touring Edinburgh Castle. I think it is hard to maintain good quality with that size group, however everything was wonderful. Options were salmon or chicken and they did both in an inventive way that was delicious. Would go back again gladly good selection of beers.

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Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We wanted something Scottish and not too far from our hotel as we had just arrived. It was around 8:30 on a Friday night and approximately half the tables were open, so not having a reservation was fine for this particular night. I ordered the "haggis, tatties and neeps" for a starter. It was well presented and quite good. My... More

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