I decided to go out to eat.
I told my son.
"Tell mummy we are going out to eat."
"Tell mummy we are eating out."
Should I use outside or out in the context above?
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Your question relates to the following in the context of "we are going out(side) to eat".
Out vs outside
out adverb 3.1 In or to a public place for purposes of pleasure or entertainment. ‘an evening out at a restaurant’ - ODO
outside preposition & adverb Situated or moving beyond the confines or boundaries of. ‘I stepped outside the marquee for a breather’ - ODO
*Going out to eat / eating out suggests going to a restaurant, whereas going outside to eat / eating outside suggests remaining at the property but not in the dwelling itself (e.g. eating on the balcony).