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Howies Waterloo

#128 of 1,829 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
Broughton & Calton
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29 Waterloo Place | East end of Princes Street, Edinburgh EH1 3BQ, Scotland
+44 131 556 5766
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Today
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
1 review
Reviewed yesterday NEW

We came here for our conference dinner. The private dining room was atmospheric and convenient for our 27 diners. Staff were very attentive, friendly and chatting to diners. They were flexible and provided great food for diners with more specific dietary needs. The initial booking arrangements were easy to make and Howies were helpful from the beginning. Our delegates were... More 

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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Howies in Waterloo Place is very centrally located and a great meeting place for lunch. Judging by the crowds on a Tuesday afternoon, booking ahead is advised. The staff were courteous and welcoming. Most of us had 2 courses, and including coffee and a tip, we each paid £15 for a delicious lunch. The starters of Cullen skink or pigeon... More 

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Thank Jacqui M
Galashiels, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great Food, very reasonably priced if you opt for the lunch deal, £10.95 for 2 courses or £14.95 for 3 courses, small children's menu that should have something to suit everyone. Will definitely be back again.

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Thank lackie2016
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The private dining room and table settings were lovely The food was enjoyed by all. I could not have asked for a better waitress who provided a first class service. This was our third time of using the private dining room and it did not disappoint Thoroughly recommend Well done.

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Thank jamsbrown
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service, great food, friendly atmosphere and lovely staff. Best value for money in Edinburgh. Always made to feel welcome.

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited prior to going the Playhouse and the atmosphere was lovely. Great food, great service and good value for money. We all throughly enjoyed everything we had. My venison was gorgeous.

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Thank Fiona M
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited tonight with some work friends ,2 of them have special dietary needs,I didn't catch the woman's name who was dealing with our needs but she done a fantastic job telling us what was gluten free and dairy free on the menu,everyone had lots of options,I had the roast chicken it was lovely my friend had sirloin steak he said... More 

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Was referred to this restaurant by the hotel we stayed in and it was literally a 2 minute walk from the hotel was are staying. We did have any reservation but luckily though we were given a table for three after waiting for just a few minutes. We ordered the 2 haggis and 1 bucket of mussels s as appetizers... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely setting and perfect for a Pre Theatre meal! Particularly recommend the Beetroot carpaccio with kohlrabi, whipped goat’s cheese & almond granola and Hot smoked salmon mousse with olive, tomato & horseradish dressing served with oatcakes as starters. Would like to see a bit more variety with main courses but the salmon is always a winner. You do need to... More 

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Thank Harriet W
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a party of six, two being American visitors. At the time of booking I requested a table for six at the window. However, this was not available but the request was recorded on the system. I was delighted that although we didn't get the table I wanted we were given another in the window area. Staff, as always,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$13 - US$40
Cuisine
European, British, Scottish, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Monday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Thursday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Friday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
Saturday
12:00 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:00
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
  • Neighbourhood: Broughton & Calton
  • Phone Number: +44 131 556 5766
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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Peebles, United Kingdom
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Broughton & Calton

Neighbourhood Profile
Broughton & Calton
Lying where grandiose New Town townhouses give way to malls and utilitarian housing, Broughton and Calton have long been transitional neighbourhoods 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 epicentre 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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