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Ouisi Bistro The

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3014 Granville St
Vancouver, BC  V6H 3J8

(604) 732-7550

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Editorial Reviews from the web
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September 30, 2011

Ouisi is one of the few places in Vancouver to find authentic Cajun/Creole cuisine; it also sports a secluded back courtyard for al fresco dining. The New Orleanian sandwiches are a great pick for lunch or brunch, especially the popular Ouisi po’ boy (blackened chicken with Cajun tartare sauce on a baguette). For the post-shopping/pre-Stanley Theatre dinner experience, try the jambalaya or the... more

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October 16, 2010

Over the years, this Shaughnessy fave has earned almost as much neighborhood loyalty as its NOLA inspiration. Breezy French doors and secret courtyard play it cool on sunny days where the bon temps start with bennies and a popular weekend brunch, and for lunch, the chicken pesto 14th Street Eats sandwich can't be beat. Other faves: jambalaya with local chorizo, an oyster po'boy paneed with... more

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3.5 star rating
Service above and beyond - Excellent food
August 16, 2014

Having recently returned from a trip to New Orleans we wanted to see what Vancouver could offer of the amazing tastes and foods we had sampled there. Ouisi Bistro, located in a smallish place on Granville came up in a google search. When we entered we were immediately struck by the atmosphere and memorabilia on the wall.
From the moment... more

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3.5 star rating
Music
August 10, 2014

I was a bit disappointed that the staff were unable to pinpoint an exact day that live music would be playing next. I will have to edit my review when I have visited Ouisi on a live music night.
The menu was adventurous and the food was great. We will definitely go again but we need to be able to... more

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3.5 star rating
Wonderful Patio Brunch Experience
July 26, 2014

We had made reservations for nine people on the occasion of our meeting the parents of our soon-to-be daughter-in-law.
So this was a special occasion, and Ouisi Bistro met our expectations.
Situated at 3014 Granville Street, you'd expect this Bistro to be a noisy location due to traffic. But, sitting in the back patio, shaded with lovely trees, you'd think... more

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3.5 star rating
Good - again
July 25, 2014

So I've eaten at Ouisi now and then over the years, and what I can say is that across the board, the flavours are big and enjoyable.
This visit was for lunch, but it was late, so we were limited to the appetizer and the "anytime" menus. We chose the warm goat cheese starter to share, the mufaletta and the... more

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3.5 star rating
Pretty good
July 13, 2014

Jambalaya was delicious, spicy and rich. Live music and good service made the night even better. Service was good no complaints, good selection of beer. Will go back.

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3.5 star rating
problem solved with aplomb
June 06, 2014

to add to my review in january - we went there again today. there was a bit of a problem with some of the food. i mentioned it to the wait staff, and without asking, we got a steep discount. hats off!

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3.5 star rating
For a taste of Louisiana, the choice is Ouisi
February 28, 2014

I've always wanted to give this place a test drive, especially since we used to live in the neighbourhood. Shouldn't have waited as long as we did, for it's got game, (in a city where good food is king) and the right amount of spice and atmosphere. Love the décor, food is tremendous;
there's an excellent selection of beverages, alcoholic... more

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3.5 star rating
Second time a home run
February 27, 2014

The last time we dined over a year ago was for brunch, we returned this time for an evening out with drinks. Not busy at all, being a weeknight and even though later it was open mic night. We tried a few appetizers, the seafood chowder with cornbread (OMG - the cornbread was to die for!) The wings which had... more

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3.5 star rating
Great Service Ambiance
February 04, 2014

We go here for dinner when we are at the Stanley Theater. Love the decor, food and service the murals on the wall add to the feeling of being somewhere warm and filled with music.

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3.5 star rating
consistent good quality
January 11, 2014

we've been going to ouisi bistro for over ten years now. it never disappoints. sometimes the coffee is not great, sometimes the food quality is a tad lower than normal, but overall, this place is totally dependable - a solid place to take someone to for a good dinner. we've been in new orleans and louisiana and the food at... more

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3.5 star rating
October 29, 2013

Comfortable and inviting Creole / Cajun joint with friendly staff and flavorful, authentic provincial cuisine.

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3.5 star rating
Needs work on the winelist
October 20, 2013

We had dinner before our play at the Stanley and overall it was a nice meal. I had the jambalaya and it was quite good - my spouse had the gumbo and quite enjoyed it. My only complaint is that there is a very poor winelist selection. The reasonably priced wines are quite low end wines and then they quickly... more

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3.5 star rating
A Little of the New Orleans flavour in Vancouver
September 02, 2013

Late night snacks and drinks at 'Ouisi (Louisiana)...is a must. Sometimes music and sometimes not but the feel of the place is New Orleans and it remains a small place with character. Located beside Meinhardt's on Granville Street..great place for snacks and drinks after the day has well passed. Give it go. Can't comment on dinner or lunch but ...check... more

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3.5 star rating
way below its potential
July 29, 2013

I live in the neighborhood - so for a lack of choice, I have been a customer at Ouisi's now for 5 times since last September, and I was never satisfied. The food is mediocre (i.e. not bad, but also not spectacular); it is quite pricy (food around 20$ or more for simple dishes); the selection of beer is clearly... more

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3.5 star rating
Tasty southern food
July 22, 2013

Coming from the UK I don't have much experience with Southern food so I can't really say how authentic this place is, but I certainly enjoy coming here on every visit to Vancouver. The food is delicious (though beware of over-ordering since the portions are huge!) and the menu offers a wide selection of choices. The jerk chicken is extremely... more

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3.5 star rating
Creole in South Granville
July 07, 2013

We had dinner here on a sunny evening - Canada Day, in fact - in the courtyard outback. Service was friendly if a bit slow but the food was good creole with the heat factor adjusted to suit your taste. Ousi is worth checking out if you like jazz - the vibe, like the decor, is great.

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3.5 star rating
Great vibe, average food
June 20, 2013

The bar, vibe and service were great. Jazz kind of bistro, with art on the walls. We had lunch, a blt sandwich and a hustle & bustle. We thought the food was average. We certainly enjoyed the music and atmosphere!

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3.5 star rating
Good food and good service
June 14, 2013

Had an evening meal at this restaurant with friends. I had the Jambalaya plus starters and the food and the portions were excellent. Good atmosphere also.

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3.5 star rating
Delicious affordable food and great service
April 01, 2013

I had the hustle and bustle special it was delicious soup and sandwhich and was presented beautifully. The waitress was friendly as ever and provided great service. I love the jazz atmosphere and decor. I tried the alligator here with friends for fun as well.
The only thing I didn't like was the cornbread it was dry, tasteless and a... more

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3.5 star rating
Loved the voodoo ribs and jambalaya
February 22, 2013

Went with friends for dinner here and it was great! Large portions, delicious food, tasty cornbread with each meal, cool atmosphere. Many of the entrees come with 2 sides, I especially enjoyed the yam fries. I want to go back for brunch and sit on the back patio in the sun!

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3.5 star rating
Not what we expected
February 03, 2013

We had dine-out Vancouver and was a bit disappointed. Of the six different plates we enjoy half the plates. The wings taste like someone forgot to season them. The gumbo we thought tasted burnt also. Southern Fried Chicken Breast was ok but nothing special.
The Basque Prawns, Red velvet Cake and Bread Pudding was great.
The place was dark and... more

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3.5 star rating
Great value lunch
January 18, 2013

Very filling lunch at a sit-down restaurant for the price of a fast-food place in Vancouver ! Enjoyable and flavourful meal ( po boy chicken sandwich w/ salad) during a hard day of shopping...will certainly return.

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3.5 star rating
Perfect dinner
September 28, 2012

The sole purpose of our visit was for my almost teen son to have the gator bites . We were warmly greeted when we entered . Our waitress was very friendly and helpful in our decision making . My selection was chicken , stuffed with crab and little roasted potatoes . It was wonderful and tender . I was planning... more

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3.5 star rating
August 29, 2012

Great comfort food and nice atmosphere. Excellent patio out back - nice to go at night. New Orleans style food and decor. Very small and unique. Refreshing to visit.

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3.5 star rating
August 29, 2012

Great hidden patio in summer, though not a lot of sunshine. Great live music, especially during Jazzfest. Food is awesome Cajun style some good values some overpriced (catfish). Also a money place to hit for a late night flight of whiskey and Bourbon.

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3.5 star rating
August 29, 2012

Everything I have eaten here has been amazing! Highly recommend the Apricot Espresso Chicken - though be prepared to take home leftovers!

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3.5 star rating
Not very welcom
June 14, 2012

Late afternoon, Ouisi was open for an early supper. The friend I met was handicapped and the waitress seemed uncomfortable to have us there.
I had a Caesar salad which was oozing mayonnaise - no hint of garlic. It was basically inedible. To have bread with it cost an additional $4 which made the meal high priced for something that... more

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3.5 star rating
Really nice to come back
May 30, 2012

Returned after many years away from the neighbourhood and here's what we thought about what we had.
Cornmeal crusted trout with shrimp remoulade: fabulous/great change from perpetually flour-battered fish; remoulade, delicious and complemented the trout well in both flavour and texture.
Southern fried chicken Po' Boy: divine
Chow Chow Relish: amazing
Caesar salad: good garlicy flavour, nice... more

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3.5 star rating
Burnt Tasting Gumbo
May 24, 2012

My sister treated me to lunch today & we thought this cute Bistro would be fun. We both ordered the Chicken & Duck Sausage Gumbo with a side dish of cornbread. The cornbread was excellent & the Gumbo was horrible. I've never seen a black soup based Gumbo & I thought maybe the colour influenced the taste. I tried a... more

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3.5 star rating
A little bit of positive
May 21, 2012

I had read some very negative reviews of Ouisi, so felt compelled to rally to Ouisi. First of all, it was pouring rain (typical Vancouver spring day) and the hostess invited us in early explaining "I can't leave you out there" so golf clap to her! Restaurant was just firing up so needless to say coffee was fresh, hot, plentiful.... more

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3.5 star rating
Awesome service great ambiance, delicious food..love it
March 28, 2012

A few friends and I had been to the Stanley Theatre and decided to drop in for appies and drinks. We had heard about the Ouisi but had never tried it before. We were not disappointed and will definitely go back!
It was a Friday night and they were very busy and we didn't have a reservation but we were... more

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3.5 star rating
Great food, spicy and filling
February 19, 2012

The flavours and spice was excellent. The food was excellent. I enjoyed the "Gator Bites" as a novelty. The spice/dish was excellent although alligator meat I guess is a little tough but well worth a try for something new. The Muscles (PEI) were service mixed with french fries and they too were excellent. These were both appetizers and I was... more

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3.5 star rating
Great atmosphere, expansive drinks menu but average fare
January 13, 2012

This restaurant is in the stylish neighbourhood of south Granville Street amongst the boutique shops, antique stores, and gourmet grocers. Ousi Bistro looks terrific from the street with its yellow painted front and dark brown trim. Inside is lots of dark wood, orange walls with paintings of famous singers and musicians, and eclectic posters. And not a table cloth in... more

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3.5 star rating
Can't wait to return
December 04, 2011

I have been to Ouisi Bistro frequently but my most recent visit was the best of all. The black bean soup ( an appetizer but a meal in itself) was to die for. The entrees were plentiful but may be overwhelming for a small eater. You will not come away from this restaurant feeling empty or unsatisfied. We were delighted... more

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3.5 star rating
good & bad
November 07, 2011

The room is a nice space - cozy with lots of character. The complimentary cornbread was damn fine, warm and crusty, melted butter, mmmmm.
Fairly large menu. Went with the classic jambalaya which was good, not great. Interesting concept with a bunch of side dishes from which to choose; we shared four and they were all delish - sweet potato... more

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3.5 star rating
August 29, 2011

the food was EXCELLENT and the service was just as great.
we really enjoyed the gator bites and the chicken with andouille stuffing!!
would definitely recommend this place if your looking for great southern food.

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3.5 star rating
So so
July 27, 2011

Every time i eat here i leave feeling a little disappointed!
I had the trout and to be honest wouldnt order it again, not the best i have had.. might be amoung the worst.
The service was slow with us having to ask to side plates for our bread. Though the sevice did pick up towards the end of the... more

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3.5 star rating
Nice little garden, nice atmosphere and good food
September 21, 2010

During our stay in Vancouver we visited the Ouisi Bistro two times. The first time we had a table and seat inside the restaurant, which has been very pleasant - nice atmosphere and music.
Second time when we took our dinner at Ouisi we had a seat in the cude little garden.
Both times the food was good, i.e. the... more

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3.5 star rating
August 29, 2010

I have been here two times for brunch. Everyone at our table loved the food, prices are reasonable. The waitress was great. Great atmosphere as well.

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3.5 star rating
Nice decor and service... terrible food
June 16, 2010

We were there for dinner on a Saturday night in May. Two adults and two children. The kids shared the catfish dinner. It was tasteless. We ordered 2 appetizers -- mussels and gator bites. Mussels were not fresh. Gator bites were very tough. It's my first time trying gator meat so I didn't know what to expect ... however I... more

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November 19, 2009

Took my wife here on our first date...food was so good she married me. Seriously, this is another one of those great Vancouver restaurants with amazing, unique atmosphere and food to match.

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3.5 star rating
Not quite Louisiana fare
July 31, 2009

Feeling nostalgic about New Orleans, I had dinner at Ouisi Bistro recently and it wasn't close to being ranked as a Louisiana style restaurant. The $18 cornmeal crusted trout I ordered was salty and otherwise bland. It had a mango beurre blanc sauce that was not good at all. The entree came with some roasted potatoes and vegetables thrown on... more

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3.5 star rating
New Orleans cuisine comes to Vancouver. The food was a little too salty
November 17, 2008

New Orleans cuisine comes to Vancouver. The food was a little too salty.

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3.5 star rating
Interesting flavours but
July 28, 2008

Interesting flavours but the gator bites killed me.

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3.5 star rating
Great food, great sounds, nice atmosphere
July 09, 2008

Great food, great sounds, nice atmosphere.

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3.5 star rating
Nice cajun food, great jambalya...sometimes live entertainment
April 28, 2008

Nice cajun food, great jambalya...sometimes live entertainment.

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3.5 star rating
Delicious breakfast! Long line ups
March 04, 2008

Delicious breakfast! Long line ups

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3.5 star rating
Beautiful back garden patio, amazing bennies, great lunch, great live music
January 13, 2008

Beautiful back garden patio, amazing bennies, great lunch, great live music.

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3.5 star rating
January 02, 2008

The flavours and excitement of New Orleans are presented without pretension in a warm, engaging atmosphere. My favourites include voodoo-style ribs, jambalaya and seafood gumbo. Weekly live music, huge selection of libations, garden terrace.

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3.5 star rating
great to lite it up before the theatre night
December 22, 2007

great to lite it up before the theatre night

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3.5 star rating
Great place for live jazz and cocktails...the food is not too great
December 16, 2007

Great place for live jazz and cocktails...the food is not too great!!

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3.5 star rating
Great garden in the back. Love going here for weekend brunch
December 15, 2007

Great garden in the back. Love going here for weekend brunch

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3.5 star rating
Mid to upscale cajun food. Pretty tasty, but not great. Nice setting
December 01, 2007

Mid to upscale cajun food. Pretty tasty, but not great. Nice setting.

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3.5 star rating
The black bean soup is awesome
November 22, 2007

The black bean soup is awesome!

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3.5 star rating
awesome food, tasty, fun, good prices
November 20, 2007

awesome food, tasty, fun, good prices!

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3.5 star rating
Just went for a beer and
November 16, 2007

Just went for a beer and snack, but they have a cute little courtyard in the back which is nice in the summer.

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3.5 star rating
Awesome Chicken
October 20, 2006

My girlfriend and I went to the Ouisi for our first time and I was amazed at the meal I had. I had an apricot brandy half chicken that was so big it hardly fit on the plate. It came with the best stuffing I've ever tasted. My girlfriend had a pepper chicken that I also tasted. Delicious! (But anything is when covered in melted Brie.)It was the best value and quality I've had in a long time.... more

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3.5 star rating
Most exciting food in town!
October 23, 2005

We are regulars at Ouisi for special occasions, or just for a great meal out... more

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3.5 star rating
July 28, 2004

I like the atmosphere here. And the jazz they play is great. For a beer and a burger its pretty good. And the chicken caesar is always dependable and delicious. But the entrees have let me down more than once. I had the Jambalaya and the shrimps were overcooked and dessicated. The daily special was a beef sirloin stir fry and the meat was tough and inedible. Maybe I have just been there on bad... more

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3.5 star rating
May 24, 2003

Everything from the gator, crab cakes and baked goat cheese to the seafood crepe and voodoo ribs was outstanding. It's great to see a real Cajun and Creole menu instead of deep fried and blackened everything. The wine bottle prices are ridiculously low. All the bottles are marked up $15.00 regardless of cost. Service was professional and attentive without being intrusive. Server... more

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February 02, 2015

Louisiana favourites include voodoo-style ribs, jambalaya and seafood gumbo. Huge selection of libations, garden terrace. $$. L/D (daily), brunch (Sa-Su).

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August 29, 2014

Cajun & Creole classics & bourbon are served in a jazz-themed room or courtyard, plus live music.

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September 14, 2013

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December 10, 2008

This jazz and blues inspired restaurant just out of downtown is busy most nights of the week. Find generous servings of spicy Southern-style cuisine. Among the Louisiana favorites are Jambalaya and Seafood Gumbo. The choice of appetizers includes specialties such as alligator served in Cajun tartar sauce. There is also a selection of Caribbean curries and seafood. The atmosphere is festive... more

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