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The Outsider Restaurant

#440 of 1,817 Restaurants in Edinburgh
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations

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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
A meal with a view!

Right from the moment you step in the door you experience a busy yet controlled atmosphere and if you haven't reserved your table in advance you will be out the door soon enough. Because this place is bustling and popular and packed! And it is not difficult to understand why: the food is great, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Thomas K
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Right from the moment you step in the door you experience a busy yet controlled atmosphere and if you haven't reserved your table in advance you will be out the door soon enough. Because this place is bustling and popular and packed! And it is not difficult to understand why: the food is great, the staff is friendly and knowledgeable,... More 

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Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Perhaps it was the weather or the fact that it was our first night in Edinburgh with friends we hadn't seen in some time, but the evening was magical. We were seated next to the window on the second floor which gave us a spectacular view of the castle. I ordered the lamb which was cooked to perfection. My husband... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We came to this restaurant thanks to a suggestion of locals and really appreciated the athmosphere and the balanced style of the outsider. After an okish starter (fish) the mains outperformed: great steak with vegetables! Worth the slightly higher prices

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

We step in on a raining day and what a nice surprise. The design is light with a nice simply touch. The point of view on the castle is magic. We lunch there with sea bream and Mussels. Both plate was well done. Price is fair. Service is nice.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Has a really nice atmosphere. The waiter was extremely hardworking and enthusiastic. He was a new start and keen. The food is ok but certainly nothing special and certainly not cheap.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

If you've ever asked yourself Does a hipster wear plaid tartan outside of Brookiyn.. the answer can be found at this Scottish restaurant. Regardless of your style the food is worthy of William Wallace.

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Bathgate, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

This was a great location for our pre concert dinner as the concert was at Edinburgh Castle. Lovely friendly atmosphere and the food was delicious.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015 NEW

My family and I ate at The Outsider for my graduation meal. As this was graduation week it was very busy and quite noisy when we were there but it was only to be expected. We were sat on sofas with cushions which was strange for a restaurant but still comfortable and in-keeping with its style. The food was fantastic... More 

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Batley, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We booked a table here at the last minute - seats with a castle view are hard to come by and need to be requested in advance. Our table was a comfortable corner seat, and to start with, all seemed to be going well. The restaurant was extremely busy - especially for a Monday evening, and it affected service dramatically.... More 

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Belfast, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

We went to The Outsider on my birthday mid July. We booked a table 6weeks in advance. We arrive in good time and were shown to the table. After a few minutes perusing the menu we ordered. I have an allergy to tomato & shellfish and we made this very clear and the waitress made a clear note on the... More 

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Additional Information about The Outsider Restaurant

Address: 15-16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EE, Scotland
Phone Number: +44 131 226 3131
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  Scotland  >  Edinburgh>  > Old Town
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
Average Prices: USD 11 - 31

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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 11 - 31

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Doing business
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 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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