History of Howies

in the heart of Edinburgh since 1990

David Howie Scott opened his first Howies in July 1990 at 75 St Leonards Street, Edinburgh. A 28 seat restaurant with no license, no good will and no customers.

Word spread fast that a great value local bistro, set price, fresh Scottish food with BYOB had opened and virtually overnight Howies made its mark.

Over 30 years later we are very proud that Howies Waterloo and Howies Victoria, two iconic locations in Edinburgh continue to go from strength to strength.

David is still at the helm supported by a very talented passionate team – all of whom work tirelessly to provide the very best of Scottish hospitality 7 days and nights a week.

Howies Restaurants also have an all day dining business called Scotts Kitchen. Located on Victoria Terrace a favourite spot for breakfast, brunch, cocktails and coffee and a great venue for a private party.

Click below and you can see an aerial shot of where Howies Waterloo sits in the Edinburgh landscape.

Who We Are

  • 3 Central Edinburgh Venues
  • Open 7 Days
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  • Local Ingredients & Suppliers
  • Private Dining
  • Bespoke Events


With 3 central locations, we’re ready to welcome you for all-day dining and drinks.

All our restaurants are open 7 days a week.

Our flagship venue is situated in a Georgian hall at the foot of Calton Hill. Open 7 days for lunch, dinner and private dining. Al fresco dining in warmer months.

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Howies Victoria is located in the heart of Edinburgh’s famous and historic Old Town, just a few minutes walk from The Castle, Grassmarket and Royal Mile. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner.

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Directly above Howies Victoria on a sweeping south facing terrace. Open from 9am for breakfast, all day dining and drinks. Al fresco dining too. Available to hire for private events.

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Howies Events launched in 2022. With our state of the art kitchen and experienced team, we’re delighted to offer quality bespoke events and private dining options in the venue of your choice.

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Scottish, Seasonal and Seriously Tasty

We use the very best ethically-sourced Scottish produce from local suppliers.