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The Outsider Restaurant

#208 of 1,976 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
Old Town
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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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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff

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Friends dinner

We had dinner here on Friday night, great atmosphere, it was very busy, but the service was great. Would definitely go there again. My mussels were a little on the cool side, but we're good, Everything else looked very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Em W
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had dinner here on Friday night, great atmosphere, it was very busy, but the service was great. Would definitely go there again. My mussels were a little on the cool side, but we're good, Everything else looked very good.

Thank Em W
Xabia, Spain
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Many years ago we enjoyed two fabulous meals here. However, on Saturday our experience was somewhat hit and miss. The shared platters are ok, and our lamb meze was a light enough starter in prep for my flat iron steak. This turned out to be not so good. My wife ordered mussels (lots of broken she'll in the sauce). Service... More 

Thank Jon R
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Not run of the mill - an old Edinburgh institution these days, but well worth a visit. Nice views of the castle, an eclectic menu and some decent cooking. Would certainly return.

Thank killieman47
Glasgow, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great service, starter ham hough was amazing, main meal duck was amazing, fantastic wine!! Both desserts were a real let down, nothing really jumped out of menu, frangipani was dry, torte was huge portion, far too big and off putting. Like the idea of the desserts being hand wrote on menu but the hand writing was terrible and could hardly... More 

Thank CraigBonner
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I completely enjoyed my lunch at the Outsider restaurant. The food was delicious, the service was quick, my waiter, Dave (or David?), was so incredibly kind and personal! I've recommended this place to my friends who live in Edinburgh and highly recommend this place for anyone visiting!!

Thank Lauren G
York, United Kingdom
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Used to be fantastic but since Christmas the menu has changed so that the two vegetarian options both include blue cheese. To have every item on the meat menu incorporating blue cheese would be unthinkable as it is an acquired taste, the menu therefore is clearly not catering for vegetarians but providing non meat options for meat eaters. My family... More 

Thank louise j
Birmingham, Michigan
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17 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Hands down this was our favorite restaurant in Edinburgh! The menu is upscale comfort food with a twist - nice size portions and great choices. And the best part is the dessert - we shared a lemon sorbet with chilled vodka and a warm baked fig/amaretti pudding with vanilla ice cream. Yummy! Great view of the castle too!

Thank Beth H
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Service possibly a tad slow, but the view from the back window occupied the time in a satisfactory manner. Really enjoyed the food, a savoury bake with blue cheese and pear. Decor was good, vibe is nice and the clientele civilised.

Thank TravelinYokel
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visited for lunch on our trip to Edinburgh. Saw good reviews online so thought we'd try it. Was impressed that the menu for the day was scanned onto the website. It doesn't stick out obviously from the street and has a very dark painted front,so you may walk by without realising. Inside,decor was again quite dark and there were candles... More 

Thank AeJ853
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2 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am allergic to Coriander and in my dish even having emphasizing that I am allergic I would say that very a bit of Coriander was still there. When complaining the manager was very rude saying "I am sure that there is no Coriander" not even offered to do another one, or even offering a coffee as a courtesy. Not... 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>  > Old Town
  • Neighborhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +44 131 226 3131

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 29
  • Cuisine: British, Scottish, French, Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

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Old Town
Few Edinburghers live in the Old Town, but its labyrinth of dank alleys and steep streets suggests this was not always the case. Today, it’s mostly visitors, tartan-flavored souvenir shops, and pipers that you’ll find on its cobbled streets. This is the place to get a feel for Auld Reekie (Old Smelly), as the town was once nicknamed, and stroll the Royal Mile, the thoroughfare that links the castle with the royal palace – two of Edinburgh’s great set-piece attractions. But there’s lots more exploring to do here down dozens of little alleys, or wynds, while at night the city’s busiest clubs erupt along the Cowgate which is closed to traffic for this purpose.
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