Outlier

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301 reviews
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Outlier is a downtown Seattle culinary destination, featuring thoughtful and seasonally-driven fare with a strong Pacific Northwest influence. The menus pull in global flavors and respond to season, environment and culture.
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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L
New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 4

The ambiance is modern, the bar has a good selection and tasty cocktails. Unfortunately they food is overpriced and uninspiring. The food attempts to be eclectic, but for tapas the portions were smaller than expected and they were missing taste. The muscles were Thai based, super salty with a tasteless curry. The Oysters were super small and only had a vinegar based compliment with it. The Tostada was super small. The only good dish was the Ahi Tuna dish. Honestly, I rather go to Elliots, pay more and get better food.

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PW
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice and close to a large amount of businesses, including mine, in the area for a nice sit down lunch.

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OT
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible experience for mothers day, super expensive brunch buffet, the pastries were old, a hard scone and a dry croissant, the beef started ok but with each cut, it started to be fatter and fatter, the seafood was flavorless completely, I don't know if was because it was a buffet that they forgot to have people in service, no service at all, I order an orange juice that never came.
I was here for drinks a year ago and I recommend this place, at that time was fine, for mother's day it was a disappointing experience ruining the mother's day brunch.

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JE
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The mothers day brunch buffet was quite wonderful. Amazing crab and prime rib. Cocktails were great too.

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SF
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Loved the food and omg the OJ!! Super friendly staff!

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U
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Happy hour wing size (3wings) is embarrassing. Wings tasted great but that’s such a rip off. That’s 1/4 of a pound for $6, don’t be so cheap nobody is expecting that small a size even for $6 should be at least 6 wings.

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O
Baltimore
32 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Didn’t expect to order chicken when PNW area (think salmon) but limited menu choices so I asked server what the top seller is and she said the chicken-so I ordered chicken and it was fabulous! Quite surprised, actually.

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MB
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Birthday dinner for my husband. I put this in on Open Table. I didn’t expect any perks but would have liked to have been checked on by servers more than a couple of fleeting moments.
Food was good.

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DR
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Outlier was a fine, not overly memorable, and loud experience. The acoustics of the room are terrible- so many hard surfaces, it wasnt even that crowded and it was hard to have a conversation. The food was good but quite oversalted. The service was fine. Cocktails overpriced. The wine we had, a Bordeaux from Oregon, was the best thing we tried. Unlikely to return, which is a bummer as it’s always hard to find good restaurants downtown.

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F
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great lunch. The food was fast and good and the service excellent.

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B
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were very happy with our choice for Easter brunch. The quality service was perfect. We were surprised to see that the restaurant was not full, which made it relaxing for us.

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SD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The meal was good, the service was great. I don't really care for the metal-clad tables...this restaurant does not exude "warmth." The noise was moderate, but I do like how the tables are not one right on top of the other. I was disappointed with the $18 burger, which didn't even come with cheddar cheese (it was cheap american cheese, which certainly has its place, but not on an $18 burger). My friend really enjoyed his chicken bowl, the portion of which was appropriate to the price.

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f
San Diego
19 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We were staying at the Hotel Monaco. We decided to try out this restaurant next door. Our waiter was really unfriendly, unhelpful, rude and arrogant. When we asked any questions about the menu, he made us feel like we were annoying him. He made it clear that he would do no substitutions. There were a number of comments he made that were inappropriate and borderline nasty. The food was average. Crab/shrimp salad a disappointment . Mussels were fine, as were the brussel sprouts. They charge $4 for a small plate of substandard bread. The cocktails tasted watered down. Altogether a disappointing experience .

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BC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the cocktails, appetizers, main course, and service was a perfect 10. Love this restaurant

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OT
Louisville
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

The menu had been made considerably smaller and less innovative since our first time there. The food felt very overpriced for what it was, which was basically tasty but uncreative and uninteresting.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A memorable dining experience!

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JB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had one of the best burgers I've ever had! "Outlier" Cheeseburger american cheese, PLOT, smokey island. The sauce on it was amazing as well and the burger stayed juicy until the last bite!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server John was fantastic, which set the tone for a great brunch. The food and drinks were as good as advertised.

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Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Service was great food was good

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H
Calgary
73 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The drinks were average but their Korean fried chicken wings were amazing! So tasty and would definitely order again.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Outlier was great experience that we enjoyed very much. Great menu, great food and a great staff in a wonderfully fun an comfortable setting.

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f
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

I ordered a burger for lunch and with the first bite I found it to be excessively salty, and I like salt on my food. Upon delivery to the table, part of the bottom bun was soggy from meat juice, making it challenging to eat because it was very messy and falling apart. I'd suggest they drain off some of the meat juice and perhaps toast the bun to help with this. The kitchen was kind enough to grill some onions for me, which they don't usually do, so I was grateful for that, but I think they added a lot of grease, contributing to the problem. I had salad on the side instead of fries. The ingredients were fresh but I couldn't taste or see any dressing, so it was kind of flavorless. Overall, a disappointing meal, and I won't be back because I think their lunch menu is odd (the burger was the only option for me).

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j
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Great cocktails! The food was solid. The mushroom side (which i was SUPER looking forward to!) was way too salty :/

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JC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food and service was great however they stuck us by a table up by the door and it was cold. I had made a reservation a couple of weeks in advance so was disappointed in where they sat us.

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OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Totally fine all around

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R
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It’s fast simple and generally open. Limited menu, so can’t go that often

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RH
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service! Our waiter was very attentive and made sure that each one of our special order requests were delivered correctly to the table.

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JF
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, waiter was friendly and very thorough. It was my wife’s 20th wedding anniversary and couldn’t of went to a better place thanks

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A
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I (and my staff) love this restaurant - for a casual meal, an important client meal - or just for a drink. Great service, food is spectacular! Love the place.

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KL
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all loved the comfortable, relaxed feel of this place. I definitely would return to try more dishes. The seafood cobb salad was refreshing and paired nicely with the mushroom pizza, making a nice split lunch for two. Also we all loved their version of the French 74. Service was well-timed and friendly.

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CM
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was wonderful and our server was awesome!! He recommended a great glass of wine to go with my food and we wanted for nothing. The hostess was not friendly or welcoming AT ALL which was odd for being a Kimpton employee. All in all, I would definitely eat here again.

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L
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a wonderful evening with some great food- my friend totally flipped over the coconut mussels. Our waitress was lovely too! I cannot say enough great things about this place. Cheers!

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N
Seattle
19 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great lunch, great service.
recommend for business lunch.

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KC
Seattle
9 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

I liked the cozy small corner style booths - nice for conversation for the two of us. I enjoyed the "Market Fish" (mahi mahi) and my husband had the steak and frites. We easily split a dessert of ginger ice cream on a blondie. I was delighted to see a Kir Royale on the happy hour menu as I hadn't had one in years - it didn't disappoint. As more people arrived, the restaurant got much louder - something I'm finding in many restaurants and wish they would do more to dim the crowd sounds.

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DD
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

Noise when a corporate event began. Would have been fine without them. This was a Friday evening.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Service was slow. Food was bad and highly overpriced. Would not recommend it.

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JD
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We visited Outlier prior to the symphony one evening so we were on a fixed time schedule but had plenty of time. The ambiance is nice; typical open kitchen and floor plan so it is noisy but not prohibitive. The staff were excellent; we never had to wait for anything, plates were cleared timely, but we really didn't know they were there. The food was surprisingly good as well; flavors and combinations were well balanced, portions were appropriate, everything was very fresh and seasonings did not overpower the dish. The only thing that was a negative was a surcharge that was added to the bill to cover Seattle's $15/hr labor rate. It was not noted on the menu but after raising the issue to management it was appropriately dealt with. I do have high praise for management who took the feedback and immediately addressed the issue. We will visit outlier again.

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d
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The drinks were over price, but the food was delicious and the service was great. Didn't know that the valentine special you had to have. A bit pricey but great food and the portions were perfect; not too big.

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DL
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 4

I enjoy Outlier as a place to eat with coworkers, it's good food at a reasonable price. Yesterday, February 6th, we had a possible hire on-site to join us for lunch and meeting, and decided to go to Outlier. We all ordered burgers, medium rare, as an aside. While we were waiting for food to show up, the restaurant started getting smoky, more than normal. We joked that it was our burgers burning causing the smoke.

When our food showed up, it proved that I was right. My burger had about 1/8 that was medium rare, the rest was burnt. I didn't want to complain, simply because we had a prospective employee with us, but it was fairly disappointing.

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GM
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, the food is always good. Unique but not uncomfortable. My favorite place to sit down for lunch on a weekday!

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