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Review of Howies Waterloo

Howies Waterloo
Ranked #117 of 2,570 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $13 - $41
Cuisines: Scottish
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Good for: Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Broughton & Calton
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.
Reviewed January 18, 2013

There were six in our party for dinner at Howies a couple of nights ago. We wanted a restaurant close to Waverley Station (two of the party were coming by train from Glasgow) and, as we had a vegetarian in the group, we needed a restaurant with something suitable on the menu. We chose Howies in Waterloo Place and were very pleased with our decision!
I had booked the table in advance but the restaurant semed very quiet that evening so we probably didn't need to book ahead of time - or maybe just not in January when everything is quiet! The building is beautiful and we were pleased to be shown to a table in the big bay window. The service was good - attentive and friendly but not intrusive - and the menu options were interesting and varied. Two in the party had the cullen skink to start with (which I have to say was excellent!). Other starters ordered were the haggis, neeps and tatties, the fish cakes and the wild mushroom petit pie. No complaints from anyone, everything was delicious.
For the main course, three of our group chose the fish dish of the day which was hake, I had the Loch Duart salmon, another had the aubergine croquettes and the sixth dish chosen was butternut squash and couscous. All the dishes were beautifully presented and everyone said how good it all was.
After the main course we were offered the dessert menu but none of us felt like eating dessert straight away. Not a problem for the staff - they suggested we should just have a bit of time to relax and they would come back later to see if we had changed our minds. The restaurant wasn't busy but, even so, we really appreciated not being rushed. After a break, two of the group ordered dessert - banoffee pie and sticky berry pudding - which of course everyone had to try!
It was a very enjoyable evening and the consensus of opinion was that we will all be back!

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3  Thank Scozzese
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HowiesRestaurants, Owner at Howies Waterloo, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2013

It may be cold outside but that has just warmed the cockles of our hearts! Thank you for posting such a wonderful review and we are delighted you had such a lovely evening with us and enjoyed the food, atmosphere and service. We do hope you will come back again soon. WIth very best wishes, a smiling Howies Waterloo team.

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Reviewed January 9, 2013

Never been to Howies before but we had our work Christmas meal there. The food was outstanding - such good quality and very well cooked and presented. The service was outstanding - our party posed a few issues for them due to late comers etc and they were more than helpful at accommodating us even though they had a packed restaurant and more folk due in. I would definitely recommend Howies.

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1  Thank Jen M
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HowiesRestaurants, Owner at Howies Waterloo, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2013

A 5 star rating and a glowing review thank you so much. The perfect way to put a smile on the teams face in January - in fact any time of year that would make our day. Thanks and we do hope to see you again soon. Cheers!!

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Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

I hadn't eaten at Howie's before but had dinner there in December with my family.

The dining room is quite something (pic attached) making for an excellent dining experience. The dining room itself is expansive, well decorated with a substantially stocked bar.

The food itself is excellent. My Cullen skink was of super quality and the salmon fillet excellent. My son had the roast beef and this was a very popular dish!!

It's also not often you see a wine list featuring whites and reds priced between £13.50 and £27; it really is value. Beers are all bottled with none on draught.

My only slight gripe would be that they had a board offering three cocktails. When I asked for one (a rusty nail) the waitress said no one knew how to make it and they'd have to look online!

Overall though, great food at an excellent price.

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2  Thank Crowgen
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HowiesRestaurants, Owner at Howies Waterloo, responded to this reviewResponded January 8, 2013

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review and posting the photos too. We are so delighted you enjoyed your Howies experience and do hope you visit again soon. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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Reviewed December 24, 2012

Work Christmas dinner held here. Staff very helpful from initial enquiry to service on the evening and really went the extra mile to make our evening special. Food was excellent and great value. Will definately be back.

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2  Thank avril i
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HowiesRestaurants, Owner at Howies Waterloo, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2012

What wonderful feedback. Thank you so much. We are thrilled you had such a great meal at Howies Waterloo and look forward to seeing you back here again soon.
With very best wishes, the Howies team - grinning.

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Reviewed December 23, 2012

Been a few years since we've used Howies after some unfortunate meals there.
Believe its back in the ownership of the original owners and it seems to have gone back to its original values.
Great food and drink at reasonable prices, service was speedy despite it being busy.
Nice atmosphere all round which makes me want to return for more.

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1  Thank burnieScotland
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HowiesRestaurants, Owner at Howies Waterloo, responded to this reviewResponded December 24, 2012

You are right! It is 12 months since we bought Howies back and to read your review makes it all worth while. The whole team have been working incredibly hard to rebuild our customers faith in Howies so thank you for confirming it's working! Really delighted. Merry Christmas to you and yours.

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