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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 #141 of 1,899 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $49
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

Howie’s has a good reputation among Edinburgh’s folk, so I thought I’d give it a try. It’s quite central, walking distance from the St James shopping centre and close to the famous Waverley rail station, at the foot of Carlton Hill. It's in a beautiful and spacious building, formerly a council office we think. I ordered the cannelloni for my... More 

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EdinburghScotland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Had an excellent lunch with friends at Howies Waterloo Place. Nice relaxed atmosphere. Great attention and service from the start without being 'in your face' Food fresh and tasty and really good value and of course there's the bonus of being able to bring your own drink. Been a long time since last visited but will be back soon.

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South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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90 reviews 90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 via mobile

I like it when you stumble across a great place to eat. Howies is very atmospheric and the food served there is of a very high standard. The front of house team provided an excellent service, and this was very noticeable from the moment we booked our table. My wife and I enjoyed a traditional steak and venison stew. Highly... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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42 reviews 42 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

This place looks unassuming on the outside but its gorgeous inside. Its full of light and atmosphere. I was very impressed with the service from the second I stepped through the door - very gracious and welcoming. The food was wonderful - Scottish, prepared fresh and tasty. I would definitely go back.

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Edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Had lunch with friends and everything was lovely. Food was delicious, really good value, and even though the corkage at £5.95 per bottle of sparkling wine seemed steep at first its actually still good value with BYOB and fair enough, they need to make some money somewhere! Will definitely be back soon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Best restaurant Christmas lunch by far. Normally food at these times of year is dry and obviously cooked in advance. All three courses where excellent. Heard someone say sprouts where hard but everything else was great. Staff where excellent too. I will come for lunch again.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

I have had lunch here on several occasions either with one or two friends or in a much larger group. The service and the quality of food has been excellent. Good value for money. Pleasant atmosphere. Centrally located for friends who are coming into Edinburgh by train or bus. There's a nice view if you get one of the tables... More 

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61 reviews 61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We were here for lunch after a walk up the Calton Hill, so we were a bit peckish and decided to have the two course lunch. The Cullen Skink was a meal in itself, very creamy with good chunks of fish. I followed that with the salmon which was cooked perfectly. The veggie option was also good. The inside of... More 

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London
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325 reviews 325 reviews
241 restaurant reviews
288 helpful votes 288 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I hosted a lunch party here in December and was very pleased I did ,as we all had a great time There is a travellers tip that if a restaurant is busy with local people then that is a good sign. Howies is busy with local people as it offers great service, really well-cooked fresh food and all at a... More 

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London
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55 reviews 55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Veggie haggis and very good service. Easy going and people really like the salsify - a root vegetable!

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Additional Information about Howies Waterloo Place

Address: 29 Waterloo Place | East end of Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3BQ, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 556 5766
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh
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
Average Prices: USD 16 - 49
Cuisine: Scottish

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