The Honours by Martin Wishart

4.4
186 reviews
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Located in Edinburgh’s New Town just a meander from the boutiques of George Street, The Honours Brasserie is another jewel in the crown of top Scottish chef Martin Wishart.
Named in honour of both The Honours of Scotland, the crown jewels of the north and The Honours of the Table, an 18th century guide to etiquette and table manners, it is a fitting choice for a Brasserie that furthers the reputation for high quality and sophisticated food north of the border. The Honours offers Edinburgh’s locals and visitors a sublime setting in which is enjoyed Wisharts' signature blend of great Scottish ingredients and delectable French flavour.
Developed by Martin Wishart himself alongside Executive Chef Rikki Preston, The Honours’ menu is inspired by traditional Brasserie dining yet takes its lead from seasonal availability with fresh ingredients used throughout and meals cooked to order. Dishes are beautifully presented and served by polite, impeccably mannered staff.

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Tue - Thu 6:00PM - 6:15PM 9:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 9:30PM
Sat 12:00PM - 12:15PM 5:30PM - 5:45PM 9:15PM - 9:30PM

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1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 2

The food was very nice. However, the unpersonal service made it a not very pleasurable experience. Although everyone was polite, no one really seem to care about the experience of their customers.
I wouldn't make this complaint of many restaurants but when you pay an average of £70 per head, you expect a bit more of professionalism and care rarher than a factory-like service.

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RC
Dallas
16 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

This was our first visit to Edinburgh and we asked a local couple, we befriended over a year ago, where we should eat for our 25th Wedding Anniversary. They recommended Honours so we made a reservation several weeks in advance. The appetizers and entree were amazing. However, when we ordered our dessert it never came. After waiting quite a long time without a visit from our waiter due to a large group that came in, we asked for our check. The manager explained that our dessert was billed to the wrong table and we could just wait for another dessert. Oddly, there was no real offer to correct the mistake other than to just wait longer. By then the excitement of the meal had worn off so we elected to leave. It was a very disappointing end to a meal that started with great promise. It will be difficult for me to recommend The Honours moving forward simply based on service. I had hoped for something better for such a big occasion for us.

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G
London
7 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The food was beautifully presented and delicious. But there were long gaps between courses, and the portions were just too small (we had the £65 set menu).

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s
London
4 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant and not as expensive as I expected. Friendly staff. Good food and veggie options. Great lunch all round.

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PB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Plastic straws! I don’t know how a restaurant like this can still be serving drinks with plastic straws. To make it worse they are also partnering with save the sea and add a £1 donation to your bill.
I have messaged the restaurant asking why they still use plastic straws and when they will stop but they have not responded.

Service - very good until the end when it took 15 mins to offer us tea/coffee

Food - “tasting menu 5 courses” - presentation was not great on 2/5 of the dishes. 1 dish was cold.

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GS
London
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food. Highly recommended. Great wine list as well.

I had to take a call that went on longer than expected, and they had kept my food warm for me returning,

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PW
London
1 review
Dined on 5 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Food is good but the place is looking tired and dirty

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ER
London
2 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic lunch. The restaurant manager sorted us out with a great table where we could park our pram and enjoy the lunch. Food was fantastic and the wine pairings recommended were really well done. Will definitely be back!!

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GP
London
3 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Good food and decent service but not £100 a head good.

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r
London
39 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat at The Honours. The restaurant strikes a perfect blend of understated style, bonhomie and gastronomic delights. Never fails.

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M
London
25 reviews
Dined on 8 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant- really felt welcome. Very hospitable.
Great food - good wine
Service impeccable and polite
Eaten here before and would definitely recommend it

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f
Edinburgh
5 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Overall I would recommend the restaurant the food is good (you can tell that quality ingredients are used) and the surroundings are lovely. Our experience certainly wasn't without fault however. We arrived to be sat at a table in one of the most out of the way spots in the restaurant. We were moved when we asked to be thankfully. This meant a different waiter however who was relatively unfriendly and inattentive and made a quite a few errors with our order (extra sides ordered and incorrect drinks being brought to the table). The food was nice but the vinegar/shallot accompaniment with my oysters just wasn't quite right and my scallop main, althought very tasty, was also really quite small.

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New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Great staff who were very helpful and genuinely came across as wanting to ensure we had a good evening. Will definitely be back

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JF
Edinburgh
10 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Really enjoyed the experience. Our first visit and we will be back.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as ever , booked for 4 , no probs accommodating the five of us that turned up on busy international weekend - see you next time !

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d
Edinburgh
41 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food fabulous wine fabulous place. Very enjoyable as always

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LR
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 26 January 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was well cooked but very disappointingly bland.

I can't remember when I had a filled steak so lacking in flavour.

Partner's salmon starter was delicious and the highlight of his meal.

The most flavourful thing I are was a roasted carrot with my steak.

Staff were very attentive until dessert.

I've never spent so much to keep so underwhelmed.

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H
New England
37 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful take on traditional food; light, good portions, delicious. Pretty setting in residential neighborhood close to Prince St. The best food we had in Edinburgh.

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D
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of my favourite restaurants - I always recommend to my friends - Lovely food - a wee treat ❤️

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New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent. Food delicious, beautiful restaurant & friendly staff.

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SM
Yorkshire
4 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Booked at the last minute as we were let down by another restaurant. To be honest we were so glad we had been. The atmosphere is smart yet not intimidating, there were many there having business lunches in suits yet we were made welcome in our jumpers and scarves. Staff were polite, professional, attentive and seemed happy to see us. Food is some of the best we have tasted, served classically without pretentious elements seen too often now. A fantastic establishment!

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LG
London
4 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing food, service and ambiance. We will be back!

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B
London
68 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Rib-eye Steak was “fine” but not by any means special. Lamb rump was better but still not outstanding. Expected more unfortunately.

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M
Aberdeen
28 reviews
Dined on 20 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Thoroughly enjoyed my first visit to Honours! I don’t think I can find fault. I went for lunch and decided to go a la carte. The smoked salmon was a picture on a plate and tasted lovely. I followed that with ox cheeks which were to die for....so tender! My waiter seemed very young but he was friendly and knowledgeable....I even left my wine choices to him!

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Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent. A cut above.

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San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great food and service. A bit warm in the dining area but best lamb ever.

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FL
Edinburgh
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Outrageously expensive for what it is. No better than most decent restaurants in Edinburgh, and certainly nowhere near as good as the Michelin starred alternatives, yet far more expensive at least for lunch.

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Glasgow
35 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This a beautiful restraint in the heart of the city and the food matches it perfectly. I had the ribeye was it was very tender as was my wife’s filet and the glaze just adds that extra touch and flavour. Can’t fault it and would recommend you try it soon

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CW
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Everyone on staff rushed around constantly to the point of distraction. The staff walk ‘loud’ on the hardwood floors. Hostess was not engaging. Asked to wait 20 minutes in the bar for a reservation time at 9 pm. Filet ordered Medium Rare - was Medium. Waitress never checked immediately after serving to make sure temp ok- half way through she asked if everything was ok. We left at 10:30, waitress and others had left before we left... guess we didn’t need anything else. Very transactional, verses experiential.

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Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food & wine with great service.

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MM
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food was great as always, but on this occasion, my husband and I were celebrating my birthday, which we had just arrived into Edinburgh and the restaurant from Aberdeen that lunchtime, and were so focused on our own conversation when the waiter came to our table to ask what we were celebrating, which took us by surprise, as I forgot I must have highlighted it, none-the-less, "Yes, my birthday" was said....he then went over to where the head of the restaurant and other waiting staff, where, we clearly heard him say no its not her birthday?......when individuals master the art of behaving indifferently, then they should have the courtesy of doing so discreetly.

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m
Edinburgh
17 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Our first time here and we really enjoyed everything. We all had different meals - the oysters were wonderful, the rabbit was excellent, I loved the asparagus and the cheese souffle was outstanding. Our friend loved the guinea fowl and also the stone bass.

The space was nice, but a little loud.

Staff were attentive, we had a good white Burgundy at a reasonable price.

We will return.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 28 April 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

All good until the hairy dessert

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SK
Kansas City
9 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spring finally sprung in Edinburgh the night we dined at The Honours and the restaurant made a special cocktail to celebrate. I didn't try it, but my friend did, and she enjoyed it. We were off to a good start.

We had an early reso, and even tho I knew they would need to turn the table for another seating, we never felt rushed. We shared a starter of smoked salmon and they divided it up and served it on separate plates. It was yummy.

We both had fish dishes and they were excellent. We did wine by the glass and they had a great selection to choose from.

Absolutely put this on your list to visit. Food, service, ambiance...all good!

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B
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The Honours is slipping. We have frequently enjoyed very well cooked meals, well presented and slickly served by staff in a very busy environment.
They have always given the impression of remembering us because they kept details of all their bookings and could even tell me my phone number to confirm.

Not this time. I was asked three times if it was our first visit.

A waiter asked how our meal was but was turning away before I had a chance to tell him. The head waiter's English was incomprehensible and the Honours Sundae which we have always enjoyed was noticeably smaller than previously.

The restaurant was half empty so they did not have the excuse of workload.

What had always been a very enjoyable meal was decidedly average although the food quality had been maintained.

Bring back competent management and good client interface.

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MM
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I loved the ambience of this place - quite unexpected as the outside of the restaurant was minalimist. My husband and I had the Express Lunch which was amazing value for money. 3 choices for each course and the portions were perfect for a lunch. We particularly loved the skate wings with capers. The wine list was impressive. The restaurant was quiet the day we visited but that did not detract from the overall experience. The decor was stylish and the background music was laid back and unobtrusive. We would definitely return to this restaurant.

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Manchester
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant! Laid back and lovely atmosphere. Would recommend

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and attentive service throughout - we were already big Martin Wishart fans and this experience reinforced it!

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Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow! This restaurant was everything and more. Wonderful food and wonderful service! The sea bass and ocean cheeks are lovely. Definitely would recommend!

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t
London
73 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

This was my first visit to the Honours. I'd been meaning to try it for some time, and a special birthday was just the occasion. The service was good, and the food excellent. However, apart from one other table, we were the only other lunch diners, which meant that the restaurant lacked a bit of atmosphere. Given it was mid January I expect the lack of customers was due to the time of year. I will most definitely return on another occasion when hopefully the restaurant will be slightly busier.

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