Outerlands
Outerlands

Outerlands

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://outerlandssf.com/
  • Phone: (415) 661-6140
  • Hours of Operation:
    Cafe Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-11am
    Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:00am-3:00pm
    Cocktail Hour: 3-5:30pm daily (small plates starting at 4pm)
    Dinner: 5:30pm-10:00pm daily
    Brunch: Sat-Sun 9am-3:00pm

    *Reservations are available for dinner service only.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Bayani Inclano & Brooke Mosley
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 45th Ave.
  • Public Transit: Muni: N-Judah, 46th Ave. stop; Bus: #18, 46th Ave. stop.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Outerlands
Locally sourced, organic fare served in a warm, handcrafted setting.
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Outerlands reviews from OpenTable diners
118 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (91)neighborhood gem (90)special occasion (33)romantic (32)hot spot (30)great for brunch (25)great for outdoor dining (24)vibrant bar scene (18)good for groups (12)great for lunch (12)notable wine list (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (1)Show More
  • badbadmeal
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    went here for anniversary dinner, waitnress was attentive but not in our faces and was really patient as I took more than my sweet time with the menu
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, friendly service
    Jalopy
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We arrived right on time for our reservation and had zero wait time, which was very nice for a Saturday night. The toast with house made butter was excellent, as was the salad. Unfortunately they got our drink order wrong twice, but they remedied the mistake. We also had the duck breast and the octopus, both were delicious, but the octopus was definitely the star of the show. I will certainly be coming here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What happened?
    Karen
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    My friend and I ate at Outlanders a little over a year ago. At that time, we declared it a wonderful surprise and "filed" it as one of our favorites of the year. After that, we had difficulty getting reservations. Then they expanded their space and that took some time. Finally, for her birthday, we went back. The expanded space feels great, the wood absorbs sound so you can actually have a comfortable conversation, the servers are friendly...but wow! What happened in the kitchen that night???!!! Our entrees took at least 45 minutes to arrive...long after finishing the salty salad. We had to ask our server where our dinner was. She should have been a little more watchful than that. When they finally arrived, the pork, while tasty, was tepid, rubbery...my friend liked her lamb. The dessert, panna cotta, was not set...it was like soup!! Was there no one managing the kitchen that night...the timing, the quality??! If this had been our first time, we would have said it was a horrible surprise and filed it as one of the worst of the year.
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  • Disappointingly unexceptional
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Outer lands wants to be a great restaurant and it tries to create interesting dishes, but the food was pretty ordinary. It was good, but there was nothing unusual or exceptional about it. Equally good or better dishes are available from many other similarly priced restaurants in San Francisco. And in some respects I think Outerlands tries too hard. For example, they make their own bread, so you don't get bread on the table -- you need to pay for toast with their house cultured butter. That would be fine if their bread was remarkable, which it isn't, or if their butter was unusually good, which it wasn't. Both were solid, but better bread is available from bakers in the city and locally sourced butter is equally good or better.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • lives up to the hype
    rungirlsf
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    from everyone and everything i've read, outerlands is a must go. and after trying it Sunday evening, it really is. we arrived early, however, the kitchen wasn't quite open. the host was inviting and indicated we can still order off the starter menu, and if we wanted to remain for dinner we were welcome. no pressure. amazing! we started with the oysters and home made levain toast. i could have had more. dinner time arrived...and we shared a little gems salad - persimmons, toasted pumpkin seeds, amazingly fresh little gems. L had the pork - wow! and i had the duck breast fettuccine. enough said...the fettuccine is house made, fyi. dessert was a chocolate granache with toasted rice. really enjoyed the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Warmth in the Sunset
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Nice neighborhood spot for a late dinner and drinks. Tough finding parking. Great build out, warm, inviting, excellently focused, food and drink menus. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • expect the delicious unexpected
    luvItalianVIP
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    i had heard that Outerlands was good, but didn't really know what to expect. now i know, expect the unexpected in quality of food, in subtle under currents of tastes, of unusual matching of flavors. their grilled octopus soup was a great example. the octopus was the most tender i have ever had, in a dashi broth. the rich umami broth and tender octopus was delightfully accented with sweet and balanced with crunch by little slices of freshly pickled carrot. a nice vegetative crunch came from the fresh boc choi. it was delicious in many unexpected ways. every dish offered its own twist of flavor and surprise of texture. i will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WHat a surprise
    CattyCat
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Kind and knowledgable staff, delicious items that were not too large but surprisingly filling. Moon Legumes was delicious and the Octopus was tender and not chewy like it sometimes can be. Wonderful, tender duck. Beautiful interior. Very deliberate and full service. Everyone was helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Better Yet
    BetterYet
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Even better than the last time, incredibly unusual combinations of food, very clean and beautifully seasoned if ness. Great service by knowledgable and subtle but on perfect que & natural staff. Great mix of people. Thankfully lacks the SF too cool for school restaurant vibe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • had a nice time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    it was my anniversary. we had an excellent meal and were left to ourselves.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't return
    nickname
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    My reservation was for 3 people and we were seated at a very small table clearly intended for 2 with absolutely no way for 3 people's legs to fit under the table. The hostess insisted it was a 3 person table. Only after I almost became belligerent did she agree to seat us at a table appropriate for 3. The hostess was rude and had a very bad attitude (the one with the tattoos up and down her arms). The food was nothing special and a bit on the fatty side. The "beef cheek" looked like a brownie held together with lard. Apparently they strive to be eclectic and change the menu regularly. They should focus on doing a few things well and keep the menu consistent. It they don't want parties of 3 to show up, they should state so clearly.
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  • Pure enjoyment...
    yumness
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Outerlands is a true gem available in San Francisco. Having dined in the city for many years (and let's face it there is no place like San Francisco for a wealth of good dining establishments) it's wonderful to have this intimate spot with outstanding food available. What stands out here is the fresh bread that is baked daily. And if you think you know good bread, you probably don't until you've tasted the bread at Outerlands. I am not a bread person and never touch it at restaurants because it just fills me up before a meal, but this bread is not even in the same category. The dishes on the menu are inventive, perfectly executed and fulfilling to the soul that craves deliciousness and comfort from a lovingly prepared and thoughtful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent for dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    The new dinner set up here is just as good as we'd hoped. It's fairly new and they might be working out some kinks still, but we didn't notice and had a really tasty meal and great service. Cocktails are delicious too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Got wood?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    The design of the restaurant is as much of a reason to visit as the food. And they're both as good as it gets!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food not great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    We love the new remodel but the food was not up to snuff, particularly for the price. We won't be returning for dinner.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hipster in the Sunset
    Bknessy
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    So the new Outerlands is a great setting with a really nice interior for sure. The food however is still not that good. We had two entrees which both included the same ingredients as part of the side offering. The plates were very small the still pricey. My entree the lamb breast was more fat than meat. More like 3/4 fat 1/4 meat. Not a good choice or meal for sure. Really the entree was my girlfriends' choice but she didn't like it at all so I traded her my salmon which I would say was fair at best before I traded her. I can say that the $5 toast appetizer with "house made" butter was good although both the first and second course came out together. Overall for $100 was way to much for a city with much better options. Will I go back...no
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Close, but....
    Gibson
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    this is a restaurant that you really want to root for. But most things there are just slightly off the mark. That goes for the service, the description of the food, what actually comes out instead of the description of the food. (Seared beef cheek came out like a meatloaf) But that doesn't detract from the really cool reclaimed wood on the walls that the owner gathered from the beach. With a few tweaks here and there this could be a real winner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful Interior
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Beautiful space with delicious choices. Everything on the menu has an interesting combination of tastes!! The dishes are complex without being overwhelming. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outerlands Review 10th October
    blueboy777
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Really cool restaurant. Hidden secret. Superb food. Excellent service and atmosphere. San Francisco restaurants are good but not many have the WOW factor and this does. You have to be patient with booking but it pays off. It is an all day restaurant and at lunch time it is worth just dropping in. South of Market is getting a bit old hat so it is pleasant to find this place. Ian Paget
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Wonderful bread, house cultured butter, delicious locally sourced food - wonderful space and wonderful service. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downhill
    Discerningpalate
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    I just found out they changed chefs in March. This used to be a great restaurant, but after my last two visits, I do not plan to return. food overcooked, not as exciting flavor profiles. Two members of my party felt their food was oversalted. Very disappointing.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 4 beans.
    LDeveraux
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    My 3rd visit. The food was great. Beef cheeks entree was excellent, incredibly tasty. But the portions for the appetizers were far too small. We ordered the legumes, and there were 4 legumes on the plate. Outerlands isn't inexpensive, and I understand we're paying for quality and creativity, but 4 beans is extremely ungenerous. I was really disheartened by this. For service, our waitperson was okay, but didn't seem to have a lot of knowledge about the wine, and demeanor was professional but rather impersonal. For 4 people, we spent almost $400 on dinner, and for that price, a little more warmth from waitperson would have been appreciated. I enjoyed my food, but I'm not sure I'd return, given those portions and service.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another great restaurant
    KikiVIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    If you like great testing food, this is for you. Just love everything we order.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Good food, extremely noisy . Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
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    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Light dinner
    ScottW
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I enjoyed a light dinner at Outerlands two weeks ago. The food was fresh, delicious, and intriguing in its preparations. The wine list had several nice glasses available. I would like to go back, and I recommend it for its ambiance, decor and tasty menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • seriously downhill since reopening
    Thinker
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    Outerlands used to by one of my favorite restaurants. They have been closed for dinner for a while after doing a major remodel and expansion as well as having a few chef changes. This week went for dinner anticipating the usual fabulous food. I was extremely disappointed. The food was over designed and badly executed. Fresh Anchovy appetizer was over battered and served as tasteless gummy yuck. Melon with Beets was more like melon in dirt with tasteless sauce. Entrees, shared Beef Cheeks and Charred Baby Octopus. The beef Cheeks were an undercooked slimy gummy mess with a look and texture of dog food, the Charred Octopus (my favourite food) was undercooked (no charring) and nauseatingly oily.
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  • super!
    noitasinagro
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Great an super kind team, cool place and awesome food! Highly recommended!!!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Creative dishes
    Eatlots
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Their menu was creative, delicious and varied. It was loud but you could still hold a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Must try
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Best meal in SF! I typically don't write reviews, however this one was pure perfection. Must try!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I've loved you since the beginning--love the expansion! The food is killer!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old vs New
    not2girlish
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The new Outerlands still has great food and drinks, and the newly finished space is beautiful, but I don't think some of the price increases are justifiable (imo). I miss the old Outerlands. The prices were a bit more reasonable, you got bread with your soup, the deserts were better (imo) and the menu wasn't seafood heavy as often as it now seems. Also, I will go back to requesting to sit outdoors as the indoor chairs are very uncomfortable after about 20 minutes (for me and two of my friends at least). The new Outerlands will probably move to my special occassion list from my regular late night dinner list. I still wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who I think would appreciate it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service to Match
    SF2DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Outerlands is well worth a trip to the Outer Sunset. Many others must have felt the same as there was quite an exuberant crowd on the Saturday night we dined there. The tomato soup may have been the best we ever had and that includes comparisons with restaurants such as Jardiniere and the Presidio Social Club. The chocolate and honey dessert almost tempted us to order a second round: the chocolate ganache garnished with crispy forbidden rice and bee pollen, accompanied by a smudge of salted caramel was the highlight of the evening. Our server, Brendan, was attentive and affable. A return visit is definitely in our future!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ourterlands - good, not outstanding
    Nanook
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I was anticipating my dining experience at Ourterlands to be fantastic, given the rave reviews it has been given. I thought that it was quite good, but not necessarily worth all of the accolades. Everyone at my table had a nice dinner. The cabbage that was served with my friend's salmon was quite bitter and she did not like it. The dessert menu looked a little too experimental and did not offer anything of substance that tempted our group. Our waiter was a bit timid in his approach, but very nice. The atmosphere was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was fine
    Saleem
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I had been waiting to go to Outerlands for years. Did not live up to all the hype. Ambiance was great and it was not to noisy, but the food was so-so. We had the bread, the salmon, tomato soup and chicken stew. All were fine, but nothing special. Prices were decent--above food and 3 glasses of wine and a drink for about $100. But the shocker was the service. Staff seemed really young and inexperienced (don't think there was a person over 30 working there) like what you would expect at the local coffee shop. The place was not crowded (went on a weeknight) and it took 30 min to take our drink order, another 30 min for apps, and we could not get our check in a timely manner. We physically had to block a waiter to get another glass of wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner, but....
    dak1
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We really loved the food here...inventive, fun, different and well prepared. However, strangely, we were there on a Friday night and it was not that crowded, but we seemed to struggle to even get a drink. Drinks came out separately, so we had to sit around and wait until everyone got one. The food was served in a similar way. We had great expectations about the food, and despite the fact that we understood that the chef recently left, the food was fantastic. Its too bad the service lacked the same level of quality. Our waiter was great, friendly and helpful, but the issues seemed to be in the kitchen and/or bar....getting the food/drinks out in a logical, timely order. seemed to be a problem
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    fit for foodies
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  • Wait and see
    PJDivaVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    We had been here before but wanted to see the renovations and try out the new chef. We read in the paper that morning that the new chef left! We were game any way and went. This may have explained the shortened menu. For the four of us, we ordered everything on the menu except the soup (we wanted to try different things but there were only 3 entrées). We were split on the entrées--two of us thought they were adequate and two thought they were superb. We all enjoyed the smaller plates. We ordered three desserts and they were fine. No doubt we'll be back when they hire another chef, but what's up?
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    hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Has Problems
    HavePalateWillTravel
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Outerlands has lost its chef and dumbed down of its menu. Website lists five mains with meat proteins. We were offered two--a fish and a chicken both in broth. When we asked for bread for the broth, we were charged $5 for bread and butter. Bread and marrow spread is an appetizer on its website, but it was dumbed down to bread and butter. The chicken was "braised" had bones and bits of gristle attached. We do a better job at home. This was amateurish. So, what you have is an attractive, sort of groovy/'funky place with ordinary food, a dumbed down menu and a wine list with no wines you have ever heard of. Now, if the food were truly imagninative, I could get it. But, that is not the case. Stay away for a bit. We will try again later on.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What is it?
    pepskiVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Not clear on the concept here. Are they going for beachcomber/hippie shack that just happens to have an exceptional kitchen or a fine dining experience dressed down in $700 hoodies? First I'll say that some of the food was exceptional. The service was, well, interesting. Our server was a sweetheart, but our first courses came out 5 minutes apart with no explanation. Low point was when a server(?) slammed a candle down on our table like a cup of dice on a bar. Get a front of house manager already! If I lived in the neighborhood and it was easy to get into, I might put it in my rotation. I wouldn't fight for a reservation nor would I recommend it as a destination for out-of-towners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inconsistent
    DTMVVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Both the food and the service were inconsistent on our recent visit. The servers and hostess were pleasant and competent yet completely abandoned us to talk to each other several times. The food was mostly very good but my halibut was overcooked. The bread was absolutely delicious and the best thing we ate.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Out there
    MickyVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Been here before it remodeled so was looking forward to it. Love what they did to the place - warm wood and great bar. Sat down at prescribed reservation time, staff very pleasant but disappointed in both the food. Our server spent a long time describing each meticulous dish and when presented they were for the most part small and esoteric. Way too much preparation - wish food were as easy and uncomplicated as the space design and the neighborhood.
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    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.