The Honours by Martin Wishart

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196 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

What 196 People Are Saying
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DW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I had an exceptional meal during a Scottish vacation, the best meal we had in Edinburgh and over the whole 2-week trip. It was clearly superior to our meal at a much more prominent restaurant the next evening. The room is beautiful and every dish was delicious. We shared the Curried Crab Ravioli and the Cheese "Souffle" as appetizers--and argued over which was better. I had the Ox Cheeks for my main, and my wife had the Stone Bass. The Spiced Chocolate Souffle was our dessert. Every dish was interesting, perfectly seasoned and utterly excellent. We would be regulars at The Honours by Martin Wishart if we lived in Edinburgh. The value/price proposition is as good as one could hope for.

C
New York Area
513 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food and service. Very creative cuisine, different and delicious. The fish with eggplant was particularly wonderful.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the three course express menu which was lovely! The food and service were amazing.

S
Angus
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had an excellent meal in a a restaurant that had a real buzz. Staff were impeccable and the food was delicious.

r
London
40 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I confess to being a regular at The Honours. The food is sublime and the service warm and impeccable. I highly recommend the soufflé to start and the best prepared Cote de Boeuf. I'm already looking forward to the next time.

O
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

We wanted somewhere for a good quality meal to treat a guest. We hadn't eaten here for a while so thought it would be a good option. The starters were lovely - scallops and rabbit. Mains were a bit disappointing - small portions (especially the roe deer which was more of a starter!). I had guinea fowl which was beautifully cooked. It came with fregola - although I'd told them about my gluten intolerance I was concerned it wasn't gluten free. Unfortunately nobody stopped to check whether everything was OK and it proved too difficult to get anyone's attention so I just pushed the pasta to the side and ate everything else. When I queried it the waiter said it wasn't gluten free! Thankfully the manager came over and confirmed that it was definitely gluten free - a bit of training would have prevented a lot of anxiety! Desserts were very disappointing - generally small and over-sweet. If you have a dish on the menu called Perthshire Strawberries I expect more than 3 of them! At ~ £55 per head for a 3-course meal I expected much better.

RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

Food, which was what brought us here, was fantastic at every step. Unfortunately the service was friendly but very rough and the room was blazing hot throughout. I would gladly come back for the food quality, and hope the service improves or that it was just a bad day...

J
Los Angeles
31 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Hospitality a wee bit arrogant.

BP
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A truly great meal. Every course was brilliant. Staff were very attentive. Nice ambience. Not cheap but fairly priced given the quality.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience all round!

A
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.

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.

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).

s
London
6 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.

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.

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,

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

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!!

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.

r
London
40 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.

M
London
27 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

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.

OT
New York Area
10 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

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.

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 !

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

Fabulous food fabulous wine fabulous place. Very enjoyable as always

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.

H
New England
38 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.

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 ❤️

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

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

SM
Yorkshire
8 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!

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

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

B
London
71 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.

M
Aberdeen
31 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!

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

Excellent. A cut above.

OT
San Francisco
4 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.

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.

OT
Glasgow
37 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

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.

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

Fabulous food & wine with great service.

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