Howies (Victoria Street)

Howies (Victoria Street)
10–14 Victoria Street, Edinburgh, EH1 2HG
  • Telephone 0131 225 1721
  • Seasonal times During festival Mon–Sun 11.30am–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Fri noon–2.30pm; Sat/Sun noon–3pm; Sun–Thu 5.30–10pm; Fri/Sat 5.30–10.30pm.
  • Pre-theatre times Sun–Thu 5.30–6.30pm (tables vacated within 2 hours)
  • Average price £9.95 (set lunch); £19.75 (evening meal)
  • Pre-theatre price £14.95
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Eating & Drinking Guide

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While Howies proudly celebrates its 25th birthday, its teenage Victoria Street outpost continues to offer a good-value glimpse across Scotland’s larder. Whitewashed stone walls, bleached timber floors and dark wood tables generate a pleasing bistro buzz with well-priced lunch and early-dining deals supporting a la carte offers and a sprinkling of appealing specials. Cullen skink and haggis with thyme jus keep the tourist hordes content while a loyal band of locals enjoy white-wine doused west coast mussels and pigeon breast dressed with black pudding and parsnip puree. Herb-crumbed salmon with scallop beignet pairs with butter-soft venison from owner David Howie Scott’s Glen Lyon estate, alongside his mum’s own recipe banoffee pie and gluten-free chocolate and beetroot torte. An evenly priced wine list from a well-stocked bar is boosted by a barrel load of whiskies in well-composed flights, with knowledgeable staff keeping it relaxed and convivial. In tune with its Waterloo Place sister venue, this is a restaurant working hard to keep just the right balance of quality and cost.

  • High point: Popular pitstop for well-prepared Scottish fare
  • Low point: The kitchen isn’t really overstretching itself
  • Notable dish: Owner's mum's recipe banoffee pie
  • Provides: Vegetarian options (at least ¼ main courses), Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Pre-theatre menu, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: background tunes
  • Capacity: 80
  • Largest group: 80
  • Open since: 2001
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 13
  • House wine: £14.80 per bottle
  • BYOB: £4.50 corkage (Fizz corkage £5.50)

Comments & ratings

2. Adit5 May 2009, 6:52pm3 stars Howies (Victoria Street) Report

We visited during the "2 courses plus drink for £15" promotion and it was definitely worth it, although we were restricted to ordering from the promotional menu. The dishes were simple and unextraordinary but were cooked and seasoned well. Good value for money.

1. cutie kat2 Jul 2008, 6:50pm Report

good service ,nice food, but they dont really advertise as bring b.y.o.b as we found out to our cost when paying the bill! the ladies toilets are nothing to shout about i think they only have one?not enough for this size of restaurant

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