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The Outsider Restaurant

15-16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EE, Scotland (Cowgate)
+44 (0)131 226 3131
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Ranked #442 of 1,826 restaurants in Edinburgh
Price range: $30 - $45
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Cowgate
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

Arrived today after a long morning in the museum, the menus looked good and my group of 4 were starving! After being seated by an uncourtious and inappropriatly dressed waitress we were hurriedly asked for our order of drinks before our bottoms touched the seats. When we asked for another moment to decide she gave us half an hour before... More

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New York City, New York
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

Great service and great food just off the Royal Mile on George IV Bridge. Enjoyed some of the best food we had in Europe here accompanied by the smallest bill! Don't skip the "pudding menu" offered at dessert! Pudding is not what Americans call pudding, it's more reminiscent of a torte and not to be missed!

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36 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

In a city packed with independent and thriving first class restaurants, The Outsider is still the place to beat for atmosphere, service and style. It has what the French call a "supplement d' ame", magic and irresistible charm. The food is not Michelin and you need to choose well on the menu as some of the dishes are more attractive... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014 NEW

I went to The Outsider for a friends birthday meal and it was just as good as it's sister restaurant (The Apartment, in Tollcross). Our table of about 10 were efficiently seen to all evening and I highly praise their customer service. The establishment is very stylish, yet cosy and friendly. The floor on the same level as the restaurant... More

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Locust Grove, Georgia
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50 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

This cute restaurant has a lovely view of the castle. Lunch was a really great deal! We started with olives and bread. My husband had the skirt steak sandwich, I had the venison with vegetables. Delicious! We may be back before our trip ends!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I tend to go to The Outsider around twice a month (over the last year on average) each visit has been similarly pleasant, food has been great, and the service from the waitresses has been brilliant. Until tonight... I totally understand the importance of restaurant etiquette, and obviously the busy season that comes with this time of year (graduations)... however,... More

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Denver, Colorado
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Our meal started off well and the service was pretty good, considering how busy they were. The apps were great and my husband enjoyed his stake, but when I received my gnocchi there was a lot left to be desired. It was not tender at all and there was no way of telling that it was actually made from potato.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I have eaten here three times now and my opinion has slowly deteriorated with each visit. The first time I thought it was really very good. But now I'm not so sure. The setting is well presented and the rustic feel with the candles and decor makes it a pleasant place to sit and eat - especially if you happen... More

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York, United Kingdom
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The exterior is very understated, but please don't be fooled. This place is a treasure box. From the second we walked through the door we were warmly greeted and it just got better. The service was prompt and friendly , the menu varied and most importantly the food fantastic. Our group mainly chose the Flat Iron steaks.They were cooked to... More

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Had lunch at The Outsider on Saturday having been here a few times before for lunch or dinner. The food this time round was as good as ever. We started with some olives and bread. The bread was nice and came with a really amazing basil flavoured oil and the green olives were exceptionally good green olives. For my main... More

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