The Outsider Restaurant
The Outsider Restaurant
- Offering views of the Castle, The Outsider serves a variety of good, reasonably priced Mediterranean dishes in a bright and contemporary setting.
- 15 George IV Bridge
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- EH1 1EE
- 01312 263131
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- 17 Dalry Road
- Edinburgh, Scotland
- EH11 2BQ
- 01313 375828
peter31356 last updated on 2 March 2013: Pleasent Evening: A lovely evening. Restaurant booked under recommendation of friend’s and wasn’t dissapointed. Nice food + Great service
11 February 2013
Love this place.
24 November 2011
I went to The Outsider last Saturday for an early dinner. I phoned ahead and booked a castle view table, which didn’t disappoint, having lived in Edinburgh for many years I was still very impressed by the view.
I got the skirt steak and chips which was cooked perfectly, we tried all the 3 smaller starters on the menu – the pig cheeks were probably the best of the three. All four of us really enjoyed the meal and the restaurant had a really nice atmosphere. I would definitely recommend – also great place to take friends visiting Edinburgh!
3 August 2011
We visited The Outsider for dinner on a Friday night after reading about it in the Wallpaper* guide to Edinburgh, and couldn’t have been more thrilled with the atmosphere, service, food and price.
Though a word of warning — the portions are MASSIVE so don’t even think about ordering sides. We made the “mistake” of ordering olives and bread for two to nibble on first, and were bowled over by the size of the olives and how beautifully oaty the bread was, which came with a serving of pesto olive oil.
By the time our pork belly and seafood CHL (satay sticks with seafood and vegetables, and a beetroot and apple coleslaw pitta) came we were almost full, but shovelled down the food like it was the last thing we’d ever eat — it was just too tasty not to. The garlicky fries were heaven too.
I think the bill came to around £45 with a caraffe of wine as well, which was a very reasonable price considering the excellent night we had.
For some photos and a more detailed review, you could always check out my blog post on The Outsider here if you fancy: http://katherinehannaford.com/2011/08/02/top-tips-for-sho...
5 June 2011
We had dinner at the outsider on a bit of a whim, not having been able to book any other nice restaurants on our only dinner night in edinburgh. We'd booked for 20:00, but showed up at 19:00 and they had a table for us. A lovely one, in the back, with a view of the castle. The menu is simple, and everything looks delicious. Every single dish i saw coming out of the kitchen, I wanted to taste. Everything we had tasted amazing. For the first time in my life, I left the potato skins on as I ate the hand-cut chips. The whipped cream that came with the chocolate cake was made with molasses. For the first time ever, I did not ignore the cream. I ate it. It, too, was delicious.
With a flagon of wine one entree to share, a main dish for each and a dessert to share, our bill came to about £60 for the both of us. Given how delicious the food was, we were ready to pay more.
The next day, as we chatted with our host back at the house we rented a room at for the night, we discovered that he and his staff all strongly recommended the outsider, and that another couple staying there had also dined there the night before, as happily as us.
I'm already looking forward to going back to the outsider for dinner. And I live a five-hour train ride away. Yes, it's that good.
26 October 2010
I have eaten here a number of times and have always really enjoyed the food - especially the garlicky fries and the beetroot coleslaw!! The atmosphere is also lovely and views of the castle are stunning.
25 September 2010
Great venue and decor with a good view of the castle. The food is very good, I enjoyed the haddock with leeks, mash, sorrel sauce and a poached egg on top Yum! the bread is really good too. Everyone enjoyed their meal,
my friend got a bad rib eye but they happily replaced with a much bigger better one!
It's not cheap but is worth it for a treat.
6 August 2010
This is a wonderful restaurant - the atmosphere and staff are warm and inviting. I loved every minute of our evening. The food is very good, the menu is diverse and the wine list is interesting. The only problem is that it isn't very vegetarian friendly - there are a few options, but it's very limited (not unusual for Edinburgh). But even that being the case, my vegetarian friend and I had a brilliant time and will be going again!
18 February 2010
My new favourite restaurant (and I can be quite picky)!
It ticked all the boxes:
Great food (best vegetarian meal I have had in a long time)
Polite and attentive staff (uber friendly but not too much)
Lovely surroundings (Nice, trendy decor, tables lit by candlelight)
Great atmosphere (busy but not too loud)
Good location (By the castle and near other bars for after-dinner drinks)
Good value (Very reasonable considering how scrum-diddly-umptious is was).
I’ll definitely be going back!
22 January 2010
Launched as a sister restaurant to the Apartment in Bruntsfield the Outsider has, in the last eight years, acquired its own singular identity by guaranteeing good quality food at reasonable prices whilst being attended to by attractive, friendly staff. Whilst the menu hasn't changed radically over the last few years -obviously operating on a 'if it ain't broke don't fix it' maxim'-what it lacks in imagination it more than compensates for in consistency and value.Featuring stunning views of the Castle - particularly from the Mezzanine level.- an air of familiarity hangs over the atmosphers as soon as you enter and this contributes to an extremely pleasant dining experience Always busy it is wise to pre book a table to avoid disappointment.
24 September 2009
I have been passing this restaurant frequently. It seems always busy. Finally, my friends' visit gave me an excuse to try it out. It was their last night in town, so I was happy to discover the food was really delicious, the view of the castle spectacular, and the whole experience - memorable. On the downside - the noise level was a bit high, which is my overall complaint with so many places in the UK. How one is supposed to have a meaningful conversation when it is hard to hear your own thoughts? I guess you end up shouting more, which just adds to the noise level.
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