The Outsider

The Outsider
15–16 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EE
  • Telephone 0131 226 3131
  • Opening times Daily: noon–11pm.
  • Food served Mon–Sun noon–11pm (Jan–Mar noon–10pm).
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A city-centre favourite with a wide-ranging menu and attractive lunch offering.

Eating & Drinking Guide

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From the playful wine list that swaps conventional tasting notes for more wistful musings to the permanent place on the menu for their trademark chunky healthy lines (hearty portions of chargrilled skewered pieces with a coleslaw-stuffed pitta) the Outsider lives up to its name and refuses to bend to fickle food trends. Aside from the ever-present CHLs, the menu evolves slowly throughout the year, with dishes often starting life as one of two daily specials (on offer until 7pm) before being promoted to the evening menu. Starters include a coffee-cured pigeon breast or bouillabaisse with trout, hake and mussels, while mains range from fried gnocchi with beetroot, hazelnut and wild mushrooms to rib eye steak and chips via a wide selection of fish dishes. The large and lively dining room is carved up into a series of alcoves and smaller spaces, making it great for both large parties and intimate dinners.

The List's rating






Chris Marks visited The Outsider on 8 March 2018
  • High point: Great atmosphere
  • Low point: Service can slow on a busy night
  • Notable dish: Roast lamb rump, sweet potato wellington, minted pea and broad bean ragout, chorizo and tomato pesto, sweet pickled rhubarb
  • Average price: £12.50 (lunch); £25 (dinner)
  • Private dining: 26 in the mezzanine level
  • Provides: Gluten-free options, Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Free wi-fi
  • Music on stereo: Background music
  • Capacity: 125
  • Largest group: 10 at weekend, 30 mid-week
  • Open since: 2002
  • Number of wines sold by the glass: 14
  • House wine: £16.60 per bottle