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The Outsider Restaurant

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15-16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EE, Scotland
+44 131 226 3131
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
good service and nice atmosphere

I dined here on a Tuesday evening and the place was buzzing. We had a table near the back windows which have a great view of the castle (worth asking for when you book). The service was good throughout the evening – attentive but not too intrusive. The wine list is reasonable for a central location... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Mark R
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Odiham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Our party of four had a great dinner here. We had a vegetarian and a gluten-avoider, so not the easiest group to please, but they managed it in some style. The feel of the restaurant is fantastic - busy and bustling but not overwhelming, stylish but not pretentious. The view out towards the castle is great too. The service was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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23 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Wonderful atmosphere, service, views (if lucky enough to get a window table), great Scandi style decor. And great food. I love it!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

This is a tough place to get a reservation to and I can see why after all the excellent food and service we received there for lunch. The place was packed and allows for excellent views of Edinburgh Castle depending on where you sit. They have homemade mayo and ketchup which are very tasty. The beef sandwich was excellent and... More 

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Odiham, United Kingdom
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93 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

I dined here on a Tuesday evening and the place was buzzing. We had a table near the back windows which have a great view of the castle (worth asking for when you book). The service was good throughout the evening – attentive but not too intrusive. The wine list is reasonable for a central location and we opted for... More 

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

On our trip to Edinburgh this weekend we were lucky enough to stumble upon this place - We hadn't booked anywhere and were really struggling to find somewhere good. This place was able to seat us (which was extremely lucky as the city was teeming with people after the six nations) and we ahd a really excellent meal. The service... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Recommended by a friend who is from here and oh how happy we were with the food and service! Food was excellent! We had the lamb rump and steak! Lamb was better, but both were delicious nevertheless! Booked a table on the day and glad we did, because the place is buzzing on a Friday evening! Would definitely return!

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Having dinner here with a friend, we were happy with the food with an interesting menu and it's not bad value either. The waitress was rude and we had real trouble being seen to, having to wave constantly like an idiot. Only go here if you want to be made to feel frustrated and embarrased.

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edinburgh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Found this place by accident and what a good accident . Food was succulent. Tasy an experience for both of us .. house wines okay too .will return here and recommend it

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Great Torrington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

... I can't believe there are nearly 500 better places to eat in Edinburgh. The decor is slightly eclectic but the atmosphere on a Wednesday lunch-time was pleasantly lively with a wide mix of diners from groups of students to ladies in cashmere and pearls. The menu is not huge and some of the combinations look adventurous at first glance... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

My boyfriend and I went to Edinbrugh on a weekend break and looked up the Outsider on recommendation from a friend who lives there. It was fully booked to my disappointment and we resolved to book it for the next day, but we happened to walk past it and they found us a table! It was a cosy little booth... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15-16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EE, Scotland
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Cowgate
  • Neighborhood: Cowgate
  • Phone Number: +44 131 226 3131

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Large groups, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?