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The Outsider Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Old Town
European, British, Scottish
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15-16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EE, Scotland
+44 131 226 3131
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Popped in for dinner and were fantastically looked after. Nothing was a problem for the staff and really enjoyed ourselves throughout. It's January so it wasn't too busy but had a great atmosphere and there is a wonderful vibe coming from the quite professional yet relaxed staff. We'll be back (soon actually I've booked again already!). DB

Thank Darren B
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We called into the Outsider for a simple swift lunch. While dark on the outside of the restaurant, inside is well lit with large windows offering fabulous views of Edinburgh Castle. The service style was relaxed, friendly and efficient. The menu carried some daily specials as well as a good variety of standard mains at a very competitive price (around... More 

Thank LadyMoEdinburgh
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had a table for five on a mezzanine overlooking the main restaurant and had a smashing meal in a great atmosphere. The venison main course was delicious and all the portion sizes were good. The staff were always attentive and on hand and at no point did we feel as if we were being rushed so that the table... More 

Thank PeteFromRetford
Eumundi, Queensland, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A fantastic dinner at the Outsider was slightly spoiled by a couple of things. When we arrived on a cold wet night we had to huddle in the doorway waiting to be seated while the people in front of us were told to go away and come back later as they were 7 minutes early for their reservation! The restaurant... More 

Thank Paula H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I visited Edinburgh for a girls weekend and we booked the outsider for a Saturday night dinner. The restaurant is in a fab location just off the royal mile. It has a really buzzy feel with great views of the castle. The food was fantastic, really tasty! We opted for desserts over a start and they were well worth the... More 

Thank kt84
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The Restaurant is in a perfect location in the Old Town of Edinburgh, Its modern style and interior juxtaposing the surrounding architecture in a very interesting way. Upon entering the restaurant we were shown to a lovely corner table with a full view of everything. Excellent start. However my compliments don't really extend past this, other than the lovely, but... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a really nice dinner here with my family who were visiting. It has a really broad menu which is great because had a few fussy eaters with me but there was definitely something for everyone and really tasty dishes. The restaurant is a lovely space with great views. The only slight draw back was that our waitresses, although very... More 

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Mundesley, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic lunch creatively plated at an amazing price. I had the beef, sweet potato and greens dish (yummy) and he had fish in a curry sauce. Dessert was a tasty pannacotta with shortbread which was so appetising I ate it before thinking I should take a photo. Coffee came in a dinky cafetiere. Charming staff. Great view of castle. So... More 

Thank Charbala
Reading, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for dinner while on holiday over Hogmanay. We were early and seated right away. The service was very slow, but I think it was because they were slammed with people, and understaffed. Food was delicious! Great atmosphere and decor, very unique.

Thank stephng15
Brisbane, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Set in what looks like a former shop, this is a busy and friendly place, guests include families to hipsters. We had lunch which was brilliant and quite affordable too. Seabass in curry and coconut cream and their beef burger with aioli and fries, all very good. A side dish of home made bread with garlic-parsley oil was tasty, but... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$9 - $25
European, British, Scottish
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Large groups
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
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Old Town

Neighborhood Profile
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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