We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Gorgeous atmosphere, amazing food.”
Review of Howies Victoria

Howies Victoria
Ranked #264 of 2,851 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: USD 6 - USD 26
Cuisines: Scottish
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Old Town
Description: A 600 year old room built from the very stone that Edinburgh Castle sits upon above. Remarkable atmosphere, intimate, informal, set prices in the heart of medieval Victoria Street. Just off The Grassmarket and The Royal Mile. 3 Minutes walk from Edinburgh Castle, The Scottish National Museum and open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Set price menus. Scottish seasonal food. Established 1991. Accept all cards and cash.
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Visited this place for dinner on my last night in Edinburgh which made a great end to my trip. The atmosphere was inviting and relaxing. The staff friendly, helpful and attentive.

Haggis, neeps & tatties are the obvious "must-try" when visiting Edinburgh. It was wonderfully seasoned and the neeps (turnips) and tatties (mashed potato) were very smooth.The salmon layered on a bed of dhal was delicious.

Fairly priced and a gorgeous atmosphere Howies is a must for anyone who visits Edinburgh.

Date of visit: April 2018
    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank Aisha P
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (1,865)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

159 - 163 of 1,865 reviews

Reviewed 3 April 2018

We chose to eat here on the last night of our trip so booked a few days ahead . It was the best place that we ate. It was very busy and quite noisy but we didn't mind because that was part of the experience . i chose duck as a starter , something I'd never tried before and it was delicious . Service was prompt and efficient and there was no sitting and waiting . There was a table of 20 Americans in front of us , we think they were a wedding party so the staff were under pressure but still managed to be quick and efficient . The food was wonderful and we will definately return here . Was a truly memorable last meal in Edinburgh.

Date of visit: March 2018
1  Thank Cstanley62
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Glad we booked before we arrived in the city, atmosphere very friendly and food delicious. Will go again.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank 158merylb
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 30 March 2018 via mobile

Came in for a lunch with my son, and were surprised with just how quickly it filled up. The food was amazingly fresh and vibrant on the plate. The staff polite and very helpful. Would recommend this place and will definitely be back.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank thomsgr6
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 28 March 2018

A full disclosure to begin: I was in Edinburgh two weeks this month and I ate at Howies Victoria five times--one day lunch and dinner just so that I could try the risotto. This restaurant is the place to try good Scottish food prepared from locally sourced products with interesting flavors and textures added to the dishes. First, do order the bread and butter--the bread has the flavor of a good focaccia, but is soft and dense. The starters have several traditional options: the haggis is good, with the turnips have a delicate flavor and the meat lightly seasoned. The soups are great and often vegan: the cauliflower soup was great, but the one to go back for is the mushroom with a deep meaty flavor and just enough thyme. The Cullen skink is rich and creamy. The salt roasted parsnip with the creamy goat cheese is perfectly set off with a touch of honey. The mains are also delicious: I had eaten the perfectly cooked salmon several times because of the sweetness of the fresh fish set on a bed of tarka dahl (the lentils seasoned with just enough heat) and the lime and coriander. The casserole of the day was a slow-cooked beef with roast potatoes--other days it was a venison with the potatoes--either perfect for a snowy March day. The chicken breast was moist and set against mashed potatoes; the catch of the day was often a hake on mashed potatoes with kale. The risotto that I went back for a second time in the same day was worth the trip--smooth with Arran cheddar and roasted leek and yet with crunchy texture from the chips of cauliflower and Jerusalem artichoke. The desserts are well made and flavorful--the sticky toffee pudding is spongy and has just the right amount of spice for the sauce and vanilla ice cream. The banoffee pie (a Howies special) is rich without being cloying--layers of delicious crust, toffee, fresh banana, and whipped cream. The brownie is rich chocolate--I admit I skipped the licorice sauce. There are a great number of whiskies listed by region; there are three different flights of whiskies. Also, there's an menu of gins--and flights of those as well. The service is excellent and friendly; the bartender is knowledgeable about the whiskies, both for drinking and for pairing with food. If you go to Edinburgh and miss Howies, you are missing a great chance to eat great Scottish food and drink great Scottish drink. A must for local food.

Date of visit: March 2018
    • Value
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank Andrew W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Howies Victoria also viewed

Edinburgh, Scotland

Been to Howies Victoria? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing