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Howies Waterloo

#155 of 1,778 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Broughton & Calton
European, British, Scottish
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29 Waterloo Place | East end of Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3BQ, Scotland
+44 131 556 5766
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I visited Howie's for a meal and had great food, great service and an overall great experience. I am sure I will be back.

Thank Buster_Ishaad
Stockport, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited here before taking in a show. The restaurant is set in an imposing vast open room with a bar at one end and a raised seating area at the other. In between are lots of tables. The menu offered many choices and some excellent value specials. I chose two starters and a dessert. I began with hot smoked... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I had a business meeting here . Firstly Ideal location next to Carlton hill . The food was excellent , as was the wine and table service . Will be back again. Thanks

Thank Djtimbarry
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I went with a group of people visiting for the Book Festival. It was recommended by one of the visitors as they had had a good experience before and I used to really like the Bruntsfield restaurant. I had Calamari to start with and i was very disappointed. It was a tiny portion and stone cold. A lot of us... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went there to take our friends out to lunch to say thanks for putting us up for the weekend. It is ideally located, just five minutes walk up from Waverley Station. The venue is lovely and was clearly once a chapel or old theatre. It is extremely popular for functions so be warned. There was a mix of families,... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Lovely place to stop for a coffee. Beautiful inside. Menu looked very nice and very reasonable prices. Will definitely go back for an evening meal.

Thank Pixie4444
Scotland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Food was great as usual but the noise level was ear bashingly sore - we ate and left very very quickly. This was mentioned to the lady showing us to our seats and again to the waiter taking our orders. After our very quick consumption we left and happened to speak to some other people who had been in a... More 

Thank highlandwife
HowiesRestaurants, Public Relations Manager at Howies Waterloo, responded to this review

Hi there Thank you for your comments, we do appreciate receiving them - both good and bad. We're sorry to hear that the noise levels in the restaurant were too high for your liking, the restaurant is very popular, especially at the moment with the International Festival. If you wouldn't mind dropping us an email on waterloo@howies.uk.com, we would really... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Unfortunately from the start we were disappointed, we were shown to our table which was situated right at the entrance, we asked to be moved but there was at least a 40min wait we decided to stay put which was a mistake, one of our party was banged into constantly as there was not much room for anyone to get... More 

Thank Julie S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Prior to going to the opera during the Festival and busy places everywhere, this choice was excellent for both food and service. Menu had many choices and everything was great.

Thank BTrattler
United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a fantastic dinner here before we went to the Tattoo. Having eaten in many restaurants in Edinburgh during the festival this one really cares about the food and the service. The menu offers a good choice and prices are good for what you get which is good food well prepared. Well recommended if you want a change from... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$13 - $41
European, British, Scottish
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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
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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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.
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