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The Outsider

Scottish and British Restaurant

3.2 out of 5 3.2/5 from 18 reviews (add your opinion)

15 George IV Bridge
Old Town
Edinburgh
EH1 1EE

Phone: 0131 226 3131

The Outsider

Price: £££
Licensed: Yes
BYOB: No
Pre-Theatre: No

Takeaway: No

Opening Hours:
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3.5 from craig777 (100%) on May 19th, 2009 (5 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I went here a while ago for a work dinner having heard great reviews of this place. It was a week night we went and there were 8 of us in our party but I have to say I am not sure I would rush back. I think the food was good (most of us had fish or steak for our mains) however I feel that the service and character of the place let it down slightly. It may be due to the fact that we were a late table in (our table was booked for 8.30pm) and they staff seemed slightly stressed but I left feeling that they could have been nicer or more friendly.

If you are going with visitors from out of town then it would be worth asking for a table with a view as the views you get from the restaurant of the castle are brilliant.

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4 from mdavidson (96%) on March 3rd, 2008 (6 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I went to the Outsider for the first time recently. Having lived in Edinburgh for much of the last 8 years I was slightly ashamed at not having been previously as I always heard good things.

I would say that it pretty much lived up to expectations. The menu had a range of interesting dishes, I opted for venison with black pudding and ordered a side of carrots and parsnips. The black pudding was lovely and fluffy - nothing like the stuff that is sometimes served with "traditional" Scottish breakfasts - and the venison was nice and medium rare. However, I'm not sure if they worked as a combination - the black pudding slightly overpowered the flavour of the venison. For desert I had raspberry ice cream - very nice.

The service was ok but not brilliant - I had trouble catching the eye of any of the staff to order water. It was excellent value - on a Saturday night, two courses for two people plus a bottle of wine came to £48. I will definitely be returning.

If plan a trip to the Outsider I would advise you to book well in advance - it was so busy that people were still sitting down at tables at 10.30!

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3.5 from andy (83%) on February 4th, 2008 (6 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I ate at the Outsider a couple of times after it opened years ago but was put off going for a while as heard a number of bad reports from people. It seems that they had poor management running the place for a while and the service was pretty shocking. I've heard better reports recently so was looking forward to trying it again.

Three of us went after the rugby at Murrayfield and had a very pleasant meal. We each had just a main course. I had a baked haddock dish which was beautifully cooked. My only problem with it was that it could have done with some carb - there are options of side orders on the menu but it wasn't made obvious that these were pretty much necessary for some of the dishes. Surely they should just include the necessary accompaniments to make the dish complete or at least make it very clear that you should order some?

We didn't have any problems with the service as other people have mentioned on previous reviews.

The restaurant has a good location on George IV bridge with great views out the back to the castle. It looks great at night as the restaurant is very dark and atmospheric and the castle is lit up so brightly out the window. It looks very impressive - a nice place to take visitors to town - they bloody love our castle!

3 main courses, a couple of glasses of wine and 1 dessert came in at about £50. If we'd all ordered sides as we should have done it would have been about £60.

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4.5 from Rich (29%) on July 6th, 2007 (7 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

This place is brillaint - Try it! - styish, not over expensive and great food - never been disapointed.

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3 from foodie (26%) on October 28th, 2007 (6 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

The food is good and fresh, though you have to be mindful of portions (most of the dishes are intentionally small). Service (each and every time I have been here) is really terrible.

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3.5 from eveybaby (24%) on November 22nd, 2007 (6 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I have been here a few times and the food has been excellent (most of the time). The last time however I ended up with a very small portion (my friend had the same thing, her portion was a bit more generous). The menu is very unique without being weird. The service can be slow and the staff sometimes a bit rude, almost as if they have to go out of their way to serve you. The restaurant has a very relaxed atmosphere, almost a bit too relaxed as it is very dark and can make you feel a bit sleepy! But despite all the bad things I have commented on, I would still go back and would definitely recommend it (well, the food anyway).

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4 from Alicat (22%) on December 10th, 2009 (4 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

The Outsider is one of my favourite restaurants in Edinburgh. I've had a lot of evening meals here and I am rarely disappointed by the service or food.

I went recently for lunch and I now love it even more. I had friends visiting from St Andrews and I'm always asked to choose the venue so I like to take them places they've never been too. My friends were very impressed with the setting, food and price. We were seated upstairs which was nice and quiet and great for catching up. I had a big plate of moules et frites - there was almost too much but they were so tasty I managed to finish. We shared a bottle of wine and were not rushed to finish. All in all about £10 each not including service. Bargain!

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4.5 from James (12%) on May 17th, 2009 (5 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

We had a great meal here and found the staff to be the friendliest I've encountered during my 3 week stay in Edinburgh. The service was great, the prices reasonable, and every dish we had was terrific.

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2.5 from Paul (12%) on April 14th, 2009 (5 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

Brilliant food but service very poor. after seated took a long time for waiter to take order. Also after the meal we were given dessert menu without having to ask - which was good - but then were completely ignored for at least 10 minutes so ended up just asking for the bill. To make matters worse the waiter tried to sneakily add a service charge of 12% to the bill when there was only 5 in the group and the menu specifically says charge will only apply to 6 or more. Very disappointing and poor way to end the night.

Very good food but just be careful what is put on the bill.

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2 from Mark Gilbert (12%) on April 20th, 2012 (2 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

Two days ago, my wife and I ate here as we have done many times over the last decade or so. On this occasion, we were bitterly disappointed with the very poor service. We were never asked how our food was. Upon being given the dessert menu we were subsequently ignored to the point of no longer wanting any more food and when I asked for the bill completely ignored again until my patience ran out after 20 minutes when I asked if I could actually make the payment. When I told a member of staff my concerns, I got a half-hearted apology and was told they would speak to the manager. Following this still no attempt was made to placate my disappointment.

In sum, we spent as much time waiting around as we did eating and felt ignored. The staff seemed disorganised and uninterested in looking after their clientèle. I will not be rushing back here after such a lamentable experience.

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1 from David C (12%) on August 1st, 2011 (3 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I would personally avoid the place like the plague from now on.

A close personal friend who has a disabled daughter in a wheelchair was refused entry on the grounds that it would damage the flooring whilst their own self proclamation claims wheelchair access.

Is this even still possible in this day and age ?

It's unbelievable they flaunt this place as a showpiece all encompassing meeting place with friendly attitudes and staff but the reality is they are both rude and inattentive to the needs of other human beings.

Perhaps if they took the time to realise that the disabled have many problems without ponced up insignificant little men trying to wield power over them.

One to AVOID even for the able bodied. Unless you like rude and sultry that is.

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3.5 from Kenneth donald (12%) on September 1st, 2009 (4 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

Very enjoyable meal. No disappointments. I had the bream which was very tasty and came with a potato type accompaniment which was also tasty. My friend had the Halibut which was also tasty. 2 nice desserts. She took the plum and almond flan and I had the pear ice cream and summer fruits which was very nice. No wine but plenty of fresh water. Waitress service was good. We had to ask to add the service charge. Cost of 2-including 10% service was £39.60 and we were happy with that. I would go back again!

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5 from dcaddict (12%) on November 5th, 2009 (4 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

This is my fav restaurant in edinburgh. No questions. I often go. The atmosphere is great. Whenever I have been I have recieved really great service and the food is superb, fresh, tasty and i always go for the same thing. Tip: if you are going for a romantic meal make sure you both have the garlicky fries!!!

I am also a huge fan of their house coleslaw, secret recipe apparently!

The Outsider is a great place to go with friends and families but if you are going for a quiet couples dinner I would go to their sister restaurant 'The Apartment'. Both are great, but don't put your coats on the back of your chairs, you'll get into trouble!

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1 from Marjan (12%) on July 21st, 2010 (4 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

We visited this overpriced, "fancy" restaurant expecting to get our bellies full and feeling satisfied. However, I urgently suggest never to eat here as you will be disappointed by the food and overall staff.

This restaurant seems, on first eye, a nice choice of evening. It looks clean and the menu appealing. Although I did get a feeling of not having made the right choice when the waitress started explaining the menu. Restaurants with certain "ways of working", when it comes to difficult menu set-ups, mostly do not have great food. They attract a certain crowd that eats there once and never coming back again.

We just came from Glasgow, having had lunch in a great restaurant called "the grill on the corner". There I had an amazing Kobe Beef Burger for just over 18 pounds. Here, I ordered the mussels and my girlfriend ordered the rib-eye steak. The rib-eye was priced £17.20, which was, comparing to the Kobe-burger I had earlier, quite expensive. Well, it was, especially when you take in mind that the rib-eye resembled a rubber sole and was hardly suitable to swallow, yet greasy like John Travolta's hairdo in the movie called... you guessed it. The mussels were okay, but the quantity of it was rather stingy. (12 mussels... on a plate). But, I was still full from the Kobe-burger, so that was fine.

When we were finished eating, after having to wait for 15 minutes before anyone came up, the waitress cleared our table without even making eye-contact, let alone asking if everything was in order. Which was obvious it wasn't, as my girlfriend ate 2 mouthfuls of the rubber sole, before leaving it on the plate, afraid of choking on the thing.

People, Edinburgh is FULL of great places to eat. Where you get proper good food worth every penny you pay for, and with staff happy to serve you. Do NOT go here, it is not worth the money, the time and your stomach.

PS: We come from Amsterdam, so we are used to crappy food. But this was lousy, even for us Dutch.

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4.5 from Matt1987 (12%) on May 28th, 2011 (3 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I have eaten in this fine little place several times, on every occasion the food has been superb. Despite other reviews, I would not say the staff are rude or unfriendly, just more so a little reserved, however always well mannered and chatty when spoken to.

I would suggest if going for an evening meal that their wood pigeon and apple salad should be tried, tis absolutely delicious! Will actually be eating at The Outsider this Wednesday and looking very much forward to it, the restaurant in the evening is rather dark although I think this is done intentionally to show the fantastic castle views!

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1 from Claire (12%) on June 6th, 2011 (3 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I have been to The Outsider once before and although the food was good, the service was fairly terrible.

Having enjoyed the dinner menu I decided to take my boyfriend to try out the lunch menu. I can quite honestly say it was the worst food I have had this year. The fish was swimming (pardon the pun) in oil and the dish looked like it had dropped on the floor then put back on the plate. The service, as before was embarrassing.

Having read all the reviews I am surprised and perhaps we just got them on a bad day but suffice to say I won't be giving them the benefit of the doubt for a third time.

Many many better places to eat in Edinburgh!

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5 from jesst07 (8%) on January 9th, 2009 (5 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

I recently visited The Outsider and was simply blown away. The food was fantastic and the menu a wide range of unusual dishes. The decor is quite modern and has a lovely atmosphere with gorgeous views overlooking the castle.

The service was great and the staff were very friendly. I had a great experience and would definitely go back.

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2 from Happyeater (6%) on August 19th, 2011 (3 years ago)

The Outsider, 15 George IV Bridge, EH1 1EE, Edinburgh

Having eaten here before (one good meal, one not so good) we decided to give them another go and take my family to celebrate my son's birthday. Was advised straight away that we could only have the table for 2 hours, nice to be in the position where you can dictate to the customer how long they can stay in your establishment. I asked if I could bring along or if they could provide a birthday cake and was told "no this would not be allowed". I thought about this and telephoned them back and cancelled. Maybe some day they would be glad to have paying customers birthday cake and all. Will not be going to this obviously puffed up place ever.

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