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Where to have Dinner in Edinburgh

Hi travelers!
My husband and I would love a suggestion for a nice restaurant for our last night in Edinburgh. Nothing too pricey, as we'll still be traveling after that! We are staying in Old Town just south of the Royal Mile. Well also have done a tasting at the WhiskiRooms so will be in that area. I know Rick Steves warns against most places on the Royal Mile and to be honest. none of his recommendations sound amazing, although the Devil's Advocate does sound nice. Does anyone have any recommendations? And is a reservation a must? Trying to not box ourselves in too much.
Thank you!

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We are going to Edinburgh this July, but we are foodies and I have researched this very subject. So, full disclosure, I have not eaten at these places, yet.
The Witchery
The Tower in the Museum of Scotland
We are going to eat at The Table, but it is pricey and definately a foodie experience!
Let us know what you decide! I would make advance reservations to be sure.

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I can highly recommend The Tower. It was a bit of a splurge for us, but not extreme. We dressed up somewhat, but saw other customers wearing jeans. Our waiter treated us like royalty. I honestly don't remember what we ordered to eat, but everything was very good. By chance, the time of our reservation allowed us to see the sunset over the skyline, which was really special!

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I was very impressed with The Dogs, but it might be a bit far away for you (it's on the northern edge of the original New Town).

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it's been a few years, but we really enjoyed our dinner at Stac Polly. It's in New Town, but nothing is far in Edinburgh. I see that it is still getting stellar reviews. I'm going to Edinburgh in a few weeks, this is motivating to book dinner!

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We enjoyed Devils Advocate for a lunch, recommend The Tower also for lunch. Both pretty crowded for dinner. Devils Advocate is a small venue but charming character and wonderful pub food.
A lot of amazing restaurants in New Town. Hop on tram if walking is an issue, or splurge on cab/taxi.
All dinners everywhere require reservations well in advanced especially during any festival time.

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Note that the tram does not serve the Old Town.