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Restaurants in Edinburgh

My Rick Steves book on Scotland is probably 2015 or 2016; however, few of the restaurants mentioned in it show up in Trip Advisor. Can you provide a 2019 list of Rick Steves recommended restaurants in Edinburgh, please?

Many thanks!

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You may want to go to the library and get the updated RS book out on Edinburgh this way you can see where your staying and the areas of the restaurants RS recommends. There are tons of restaurants listed in the city in his guide book and way to many for people to list on the forum. You may also want to buy the updated guidebook as things change.

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"You may also want to buy the updated guidebook as things change. "

I agree with all of Ann's points, particularly this one. You trip is costing you thousands of dollars; a new RS Scotland or Great Britain (same Edinburgh chapter in both books) is $21 or less on Amazon.

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"The Witchery" is a great upscale restaurant near the entrance to the Castle. The food is excellent, if cost is an issue maybe go for a lunch. The Elephant Pub has good food and is the place where JK Rowling went to write the Harry Potter book, you can even look through the same window and see the Castle that inspired Hogwarts. The "Spirit of Scotland" is a dinner show where they perform Scottish music while you eat, food is average but the show is great. Walking up and down the royal mile there are many places to chose from.

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One of the top Restaurants in Edinburgh is Paul Kitchins 21212 . It is a Michelin starred Restaurant and is a splurge, but well worth the cost. Paul is outstanding. He comes to the table and makes sure your experience is memorable. The food is superb, a creative, delicious pleasure. It is located at 3 Royal Terrace, in Edinburgh. It is open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are strongly recommended.

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We were in Edinburgh last week. We did not have Rick's book, but highly recommend dinner at Forage & Chatter. 1A Alva Street. We walked from our hotel in New Town. Would also recommend Howie's on Victoria Street, arrive before 6:30 p.m. and take advantage of early bird special. Enjoy!

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according to a quick internet search
The Elephant House didn't exist when JK Rowling wrote her first Harry Potter book. She actually wrote it in Nicholson's cafe, 6a Nicholson St. J.K Rowling wrote parts of the first novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, in this first-floor cafe while her baby slept. The cafe has been a Chinese restaurant since April 2003.