The Outsider

English Restaurant££££
Cowgate, Midlothian
  • Maria M.
    "It is a great restaurant with beautiful view of Edinburgh castle!"(15 Tips)
    Sophie H.
    "Lovely and very affordable lunch menu - the mussels were fantastic"(11 Tips)
    Martin E.
    "Good service, nice food, excellent value for money at lunchtime."(11 Tips)
    John G.
    "Garlic fries are indeed amazing!"(2 Tips)
94 Tips and reviews
  • scenic views
  • seafood
  • lively
  • healthy food
  • mussels
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  • Maria M.
    The hake was delicious! The chicken and prawns was very tasty as well but I would prefer more prawns inside. It is a great restaurant with beautiful view of Edinburgh castle! Definitely recommended!
  • Pinar E.
    Pinar E.3 weeks ago
    So loud, there is smth wrong with the acoustics of this place. Service was nice,but i felt so sorry for the man who runs downstairs to upstairs to carry the guests’ coats all evening, so meaningless.
  • Christian I.
    Christian IachiniDecember 30, 2017
    Great place. Modern. Minimalist. Affordable. Central. Elegant. Good food.
  • Kamran E.
    Kamran EfendiogluSeptember 10, 2017
    Well not bad! Loved the antique Picquot Ware teapots 👌 Steak ciabatta was very good. Gives the feel of quality but in a very reasonable price.
  • Kasame T.
    Kasame TrakullerswilaiSeptember 3, 2017
    Chocolate icecream
  • Eleni L.
    Eleni LeventiAugust 24, 2017
    Never visit this place during the festival! Great for the rest of the year however during the festival it's very crowded, very noisy, service is very slow.
  • Paul C.
    Paul CunninghamAugust 22, 2017
    Is one of if not my favourite restaurant in Edinburgh however on Saturday they had no lobster or chicken and prawn skewers left. The service was very slow 2 hours + for one course! V. Disappointing!
  • Anja D.
    Anja DmtcAugust 14, 2017
    We need more basil mussels in this world.
  • Adriel M.
    Adriel MingoAugust 14, 2017
    The in-house soup with bread is a delight. The sweet potato fries with chive is a good side to peg on. Try to book in advance if you'd like it to walk in like you own the place ;)
  • Nicholas S.
    Nicholas StylianakisAugust 7, 2017
    Avoid. 50 minutes to serves us
  • Nicholas S.
    Nicholas StylianakisAugust 7, 2017
    Cheap but a bit slow
  • Alex T.
    Alex TsuJune 1, 2017
    During my stay in Edinburgh, this was absolutely the best meal that I had. Roasted Venison Haunch was incredible. As was the bread. :)
  • Catherine G.
    Catherine GouletMay 1, 2017
    Very busy on Friday and Saturday; don't forget to book in advance. Delicious food.
  • Adam M.
    Adam MApril 26, 2017
    Romantic date spot with a solid lunch menu. Very well prepared food in an upscale atmosphere with a pub price tag.
  • ED
    EDApril 1, 2017
    This place really lived up to the expectations. Service was good but the food was outstanding. We tried the seabass and the mussels. I wish I could come here more often.
  • Anthony C.
    Anthony CameronMarch 27, 2017
    Excellent food! The value on the lunch menu is fantastic! Service is always a bit slow though
  • Adrian H.
    Adrian HonMarch 25, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Mussels, service, buzz
  • onder s.
    onder sezginMarch 4, 2017
    tonight had a family dinner. had no idea. ordered medium cooked flat iron steak. it was totally burnt down. complained but the staff replied that was how i ordered. total disaster. not recommended.
  • nina r.
    nina robertsonFebruary 5, 2017
    I love this place. We are a family of 5 with 3 kids. They are always lovely to us, food is always delicious and good service.
  • Carlos S.
    Carlos SánchezJanuary 7, 2017
    Awesome dessert
  • James
    JamesDecember 28, 2016
    Great food, poor service. Staff nice enough but our mains were brought out before we'd even finished our starter and drinks ordered with our main didn't come out until after we'd finished our main.
  • Rogelio T.
    Rogelio ToledoNovember 13, 2016
    Very nice place! Try the mussels!!
  • Kseniya P.
    Kseniya PraksinaNovember 7, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Amazing lunch deals, food is fantastic! Liked everything we tried, and it quickly became our favorite place for weekend brunch
  • Didem H.
    Didem HamzaliogluSeptember 18, 2016
    If you are close to old town and want to stay away from tourist trap places, this is a great place for lunch. Plenty of food options .friendly staff .
  • Alex P.
    Alex PalcuieAugust 29, 2016
    Had really good vegetarian food at lunch.
    Upvoted Feb 5
  • Sophie H.
    Sophie HallAugust 3, 2016
    Lovely and very affordable lunch menu - the mussels were fantastic
  • Vlad C.
    Vlad CebatulJune 26, 2016
    Great food an staff. Low prices. Have some amazing whiskey and sea food.
  • Iain N.
    Iain NoakesJune 4, 2016
    Amazing menu and hilarious wine list
  • Chris V.
    Chris VodolaMay 28, 2016
    Don't be me. Avoid the "gnocchi".
  • Sam
    SamFebruary 16, 2016
    Exquisite food, exceptional service and glorious views. You have to go here!
  • Richard W.
    Richard WallassFebruary 10, 2016
    Homard is well cooked.
  • Beri H.
    Beri HohagenFebruary 7, 2016
    The best bread in the city! Very nice service and food! Highly recommended!
  • Genki S.
    Genki SugimotoJanuary 20, 2016
    good lunch deal
  • Derek F.
    Derek FlanzraichJanuary 4, 2016
    Can't explain how or why, but The Outsider has the best bread I've ever tasted. Meal could have ended right there and it'd have still been perfect.
  • Konstantinos P.
    Konstantinos PenlidisDecember 26, 2015
    Over priced tasteless dishes. Great service but it's not enough.
  • Alexandra T.
    Alexandra TremblayDecember 19, 2015
    Charming staff, tasty food!
  • Martin E.
    Martin EdenDecember 5, 2015
    Good service, nice food, excellent value for money at lunchtime. The exterior is plain black and the sign is hard to spot.
  • Ali B.
    Ali BushagerNovember 25, 2015
    Great Steak! One of the best I had.
  • Emma C.
    Emma CheungNovember 14, 2015
    Good bread and olives to start. The veal was cooked well, though I wasn't convinced by the pairing with orange jus barley. Very atmospheric, if a little on the dark side!
  • Anastasia B.
    Anastasia BelozertsevaOctober 11, 2015
    My mussels were served in a huge plate, and are definitely a must if you like mussels. Switch to garlic fries, and try out the pigeon breast as a starter. Espresso martini for the finish :)
  • Pascal L.
    Pascal LooseAugust 1, 2015
    Very nice scenic view and delicious food. Go for lunch time to enjoy a 50% discount!
  • Sherry J.
    Sherry JuJuly 18, 2015
    Super tasty food with nice staff and great view!
  • David P.
    David PhelpsJuly 3, 2015
    Lovely place, great staff, buff food.
  • Ada U.
    Ada UbreziApril 27, 2015
    Steamed mussels with garlicky fries ulala! Great service and that view! Bit pricy but you'll survive, plus guys will give you great tips where to go after for drinks!!!
  • Tom W.
    Tom WangMarch 22, 2015
    The green olive oil and artisan bread is worth it alone
  • Chris L.
    Chris LeckieMarch 16, 2015
    Huge wait for lunch. Look elsewhere if you're in a hurry.
  • Liza T.
    Liza TripsgetFebruary 8, 2015
    Bad service. High prices and very average quality of food. Totally overrated and not worth going.
  • Gokhan O.
    Gokhan OrduFebruary 7, 2015
    View is great, cozy atmosphere, somewhat quick service.
  • Francesco d.
    Francesco de VirgilioJanuary 25, 2015
    Nice atmosphere, the food is really good and the price honest. Friendly staff, but on the weekend you have to wait a bit before getting your meal.
  • Ioana
    IoanaJanuary 19, 2015
    great food and view !
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