Ouisi Bistro is Vancouver's orignal New Orleans restaurant, serving up authentic cajun and creole cuisine.
My best friend ordered the Roasted Vegetable Cheesecake and I ordered some chicken dish - I had a bite of hers and I ended up eating her whole dish! My other friend ordered the jambalaya, and I ended up eating a good part of her dish too. Now I'm a happy cow, but I'm down two friends.
We were told 15-20 minutes for a table, but it was actually much longer than that. The waiters and waitresses never checked on us and didn't give us water.
My husband and I had a craving for Creole food after our trip to New Orleans last year, so we decided to try the Ouisi Bistro last Saturday. We were not disappointed, We absolutely LOVED the food, the ambiance and the overall atmosphere, it very much reminded us of some of the places we visited in the French Quarter.
On the recommendation of our terrific server, a very charming young man, we decided to try a selection of different things and were so glad we did!. We loved the crab cakes and gator bites, the Baton Rouge greens and frites were delicious and the corn bread to die for and we both thoroughly enjoyed the Jambalaya.
Having such a terrific server was wonderful, and added so much to our evening's enjoyment. At so many places, we have felt either ignored or fussed over too much. We dine our regularly and good service is very important to us, so although the place was very busy he bent over backwards to make our experience a memorable one and was always attentive without being overbearing. Just the way we like it!. His knowledge of wine was most impressive too and his suggestion to us was spot on!
We will most certainly be going back and I believe every other Thursday they have live Jazz so that is something we shall aim for.
I had my birthday party here last night and it was incredible, The waiter, Chris was outstanding beyond believe, treated everybody like gold. If there was an award for best waiter in Vancouver, Chris would be it. The other waiters/waitresses were amazing too. To the owner of this place: You should be proud, don't let your incredible staff go, ever..no wonder they stay for years!!!
The FOOD: oh my god, from the wine to crab cakes to the stuffed chicken with crab to the fresh corn bread to the baked beans (yes best I have ever had for sure) to the crusted chicken with brie and spinach, absolutelly delicious....seriously go to the this place, you will love it. Get there early though as it is busy because it is sooooo incredible.
Also, THE BREAKFASTS, unbelievable. I do not know who the Chefs are there seriuosly, but they want to try out for the shows that celebrate unbelievable cooking, and award cooks/chefs like you. Oh my god, my mouth is watering just thinking of how good the food is. Going back soon!
Thank you for a birthday dinner that I will never forget and I will be back soon! xxoo
My friend had heard about this place during the Jazz Festival so we came to check it out. We ordered the Creole Poutine and the Gator Bites to start. The Creole Poutine was good but didn't strike us as a particular WOW. The Gator Bites were delicious morsels. It was my first time having alligator and the only critic that I had about this dish was that I wished they'd given us soft bread instead of some toasted slices of baguette. We shared a pitcher of red sangria. Not the best red sangria we've had with simply just way too much ice.
For our entrees, between the three of us, we ordered the Jambalaya, the Seafood Creole, and the Southern Fried Chicken Breasts. To drink, we ordered the New Orleans Fizz which tasted like an alcoholic orange creamsicle. The Jambalaya was alright in taste to begin with but as my friend ate more, the spicier it got. It got so spicy that it started to not be so enjoyable anymore. I had the Seafood Creole and while it tasted good, I felt like there was something missing. My other friend had the Southern Fried Chicken Breasts. It is disappointing when the dish is supposedly supposed to be fried and it just simply is not. The sides were alright, with us trying the beet chutney, corn maquechoux, and market vegetables. The cornbread had been toasted but was it to hide the fact that it was slightly stale?
We had sat outside in their little enclosed patio space and it was a long wait waiting for someone to check in on us. We knew our server was still relatively new but there was only one table being occupied inside the restaurant while outside, there were three occupied tables. The enclosed patio space is nice, feels very private. The thing that added to our consternation of this place was that we were constantly being divebombed by flying ants, bees, and wasps. This is by no means the fault of the restaurant but I will not be back to sit in that patio space anytime soon.
I don't believe that I will be back in the near future. I might come in to try their lunch menu and sit inside this time to avoid sharing my meal with the little critters in the back.
I Looooove this place, it's been my anniversary place with my boyfriend for 4 years now. The food is consistently excellent, my favourite is the espresso apricot chicken with andouille cornbread stuffing. The place is a bit dark, with burnt umber and dark blue coloring and paintings with nice lighting and small bright accents of color for a very subdued ambiance. Most meals are close to $20, so it's a good date place to impress. The first time we went there they screwed up our order and it came late, so we got a free dessert and 2 martinis covered, and the staff are always friendly and attentive without being overly present. I've been looking for a place that's similar in all of Van and NOTHING even comes close. Love it there
Promoted as a jazz restaurant, which is one of the reasons we went in addition to the Entertainment Book coupon. Only jazz they played was on the tinny speakers. OK decor, unmemorable food, even worse service. This is the first time I've ever posted on a restaurant, so that's how infuriated we were when server said only one coupon per table (where does it say on the coupon fineprint??). Then the server offered to discount the one coupon between us and our couple friends except she couldn't count and got the bills wrong. I think my review title says it all.
In for dinner last week and had a great time. My gf had the 3 course menu. Spinach salad was tasty with blue cheese and pumpkin seeds. Jambalaya was really good with lots of sausage and not too much spice. I had her pecan pie which was delicious. My dinner started with the cajun mussels. Wow, great flavour, spicy cream and really fresh mussels. Voodoo ribs for the main. Great! Tender, moist and the sauce rocks. Service was friendly and attentive, but not hovering. I really liked the room with it's paintings and copper bar. Only complaint, the room was loud (it was busy though).