Ousia
Ousia
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Ousia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.ousiarestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 7807611910
  • Hours of Operation:
    Tuesday-Sunday: 5:00pm - Close
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Michael Seiffert
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 108 Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is parking at the rear of the restaurant available.
A word from Ousia
The flavours found in Ousia's food stem from the Mediterranean and are created without thinking of borders. The cultural backgrounds of this region are what enhance the essence in every dish, through their strong passion for food. Ousia is the perfect choice for any occasion, whether it be a quiet dinner, friendly get together, or a private party.
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Ousia reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Small restaurant, but our
    Kristen
    Dined on 4/26/2013
    Small restaurant, but our party of 6 didn't feel cramped at all. The tables are all well spaced considering the size of the space, which is good since it looked there were a number of dates there as well. It got quite warm, so the staff propped both doors open. The server had great suggestions, especially for non-alcoholic versions of cocktails, since 2 of our group are pregnant. We all had a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • first rate a real surprise
    justicejVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    first rate a real surprise only found out about it from oen table the wind list could be improved
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The two of us shared food
    js7979
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    The two of us shared food from 5 of the "Little Plates" (tapas), and left feeling full and very satisfied. Every dish was unique and delicious. A must try for those willing to pay for great dining.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always a delight
    HappyDiner
    Dined on 4/23/2013
    We've been to Ousia a number of times and it is always a wonderful experience from the service to the food. Everything was delicious! The flavours are interesting and everything on the plate is fresh and placed with care. Not a bite goes to waste!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our server was great - explaining
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/21/2013
    Our server was great - explaining all the different food items and describing the wines on offer.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of Edmonton's best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Amazing dining spot. The flavours were very delicate and well balanced. Highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tasty and unique food, friendly
    CDoubleU
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Tasty and unique food, friendly and genuine service - been twice and will be back again
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  • Amazing, fresh, delightful,
    magmost
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    Amazing, fresh, delightful, delcious. Wonderfully paired. Fantastic fresh ideas that will intrigue you. Service was outstanding! Just a stellar find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This is an outstanding restaurant.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    This is an outstanding restaurant. The food is great and the service is outstanding. Would recommend it to anyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    I've been trying to look for a decent restaurant in Edmonton and thank god, finally found one that far exceeded my expectation!!! Food was good and was definitely a surprise to my taste buds, it's been a long time since I've had any food that wow-ed me! I just came back from Europe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food - ackward plating...
    TigerhouseTeamVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Our second-time here. Very quiet at around 5PM on a Saturday. Service friendly and informative. This time we tried dinners from their new menu (big plates vs small plated our first time) -- My husband had the beef and I the duck. Both expertly prepared and tasty. Plating wise, I would comment that it was a bit difficult to cut the duck as it was served in a large deep bowl. Unless the duck was already cut up in bite size pieces, it would make more sense to serve it on a regular plate. My husband's beef was served on some type of a slab -- which was also a bit strange -- as the juices were running off it onto the table. Otherwise a good meal overall. 2 Mains with a pitcher of Sangria, with 15% tip and taxes ($115)
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The service was fabulous!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/12/2013
    The service was fabulous! The food was all very good. They used an interesting blend of foods and flavours for each dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They keep raising the bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/30/2013
    They keep raising the bar with a fantastic team I the kitchen and with customers. Well done
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We'll be back!
    GigglesVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    Great menu. Original dishes that were healthy and tasty.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Undiscovered gem, but not for long
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 3/23/2013
    this is one of the best restaurants in Edmonton. Excellent food and service. I recommend this restaurant to everyone who values great food. I expect that word will spread very quickly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another top notch evening at Ousia.
    GernVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2013
    This was out third (or fourth?) visit and we have been very pleased each time.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious food artistically plated
    PeripateticDinerVIP
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Outstanding food. Everything was delicious and very attractively presented. Do not miss the pickled vegetables; the flavour is delightful.The Feta phyllo parcel was also wonderful. The Pan con tomate was surprisingly good too. We ordered a bottle of wine and it came with a bonus - a cheese board, after the main course. There were two soft cheeses on the artistic plate, but the other items were delightful, including fruits, bread, and jam. Excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Everything was great. Note
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/14/2013
    Everything was great. Note that this "small plate" cuisine is really, small plate. This is the only reason why I gave it a 3/5. (I know that it is small plate et all, but some bread for the price we are paying would be great :) )
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent find. Food was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Excellent find. Food was tasty and well presented. My duck confit was a bit too salty but not so much as to ruin it. My partner's salad and prawns was generous and excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food :) Tense Ambiance :(
    ThirstyForMoreVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Good food, but odd and somewhat tense ambiance... rushed, tight tables with an even odder table arrangment ???
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  • Terrific tiny plates
    TigerhouseTeamVIP
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    A nice tapas style experience. Small place-seats 30-32. But for those who don't mind the casual coziness, this is a unique spot on Whyte. No need to dress up. Our first time here, and with tickets to a show - the two of us decided to share first the chacuterie plate (cured meats, cheeses, olives and condiments) and then each had a secondary small plate (mine the ceviche and his the prawns). If you are not used to the small plate/tapas concept it might be a shock to some to see that the size of the portions presented looks small in comparison to what you might find at a pub. But the quality and taste more than makes up for it. Next time we will try the 'big' plate menu. Dinner for two with a bottle of wine,tax + 20%tip,= $105
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • A gem on all counts. Wonderfully
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    A gem on all counts. Wonderfully inventive and vibrant favours. A delight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Plesantly Surprised
    DennisVIP
    Dined on 3/8/2013
    We go to a diffeent establishment every Friday for dinner. This weekend the meal at Ousia was exceptional, service was great and facilty thou smalll was very comfortable. Meals were not over priced, servings were addequate, did not leave hungry.I would rate my experience 4+. We will definitely be back another time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful restaurant. Our
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    Wonderful restaurant. Our server was attentive and friendly. Food was prepared with elegance and great flavor. My initial entree was overwhelmingly salty and they whisked it away, giving me another option with no fuss. I've eaten here before and the food is always amazing. Fantastic lamb, perfectly cooked. They make a mean sangria.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great evening at Ousia
    lifeisgoodVIP
    Dined on 3/1/2013
    Again Ousia was fantastic -- limited menu but fresh and delicious.. that is what make this restaurant a gem .. the service was great again thanks to Sarah .. Dont hesitate go and try this place its worth it !!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Great service - delicious food!
    Eatwell
    Dined on 2/23/2013
    Great birthday celebration. We were constantly sharing the great food and flavors choosing to choose a wide array of small plate delights. At the end of the evening ( including a great flourless chocolate cake)all members of the party agreed we would be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Glad we finally tried this little g
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Living in this neighborhood for over 20 years, nice to finally try this little spot. Always walk by when it's been closed, so decided to go this week. A little pricier than most places in the area, but just loved the food and presentation. Delightful server. We will be back, and sitting at the communal table. ......( small note here, felt it could have been cleaned up a little faster, with the table wiped done as our fellow diners left.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Innovative
    Kellak
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Thoroughly enjoyed our Valentine's dinner. Innovative and unique menu with the use of unusual yet palate friendly ingredients and flavor combinations. A gem for Whyte ave and perfect for anyone who is looking for that special place for dinner. Good location for dinner before a show at the Jubilee, Princess or Garneau theatres. Will be back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our first time at Ousia. It
    lgunterVIP
    Dined on 2/14/2013
    Our first time at Ousia. It was spectacular. The menu was varied and inventive. Presentation was creative. And food was fresh, flavourful and innovative. We will go again very soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Absolutely unreal flavors.
    yegfoodandwine
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Absolutely unreal flavors. I could eat anything on the menu! Totally innovative! I'd recommend to anyone. Our waitress was lovely and really helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Everything was excellent that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/9/2013
    Everything was excellent that we had. Everyone left full and satisfied. Even the coffee was beyond compare. Would most certainly go back and recommend to others. Compliments to the creator and chef. The only thing I would change is to only serve one piece of fish or at the very least give the option. And the music was too loud. I could here the conversation at my own table but these are so minimal in comparison to the overall experience that its still gets a 5/5
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • First experience at ousia
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    First experience at ousia and was definitely impressed. Wonderful staff and food exceeded expectations. Will definitely recommend and hope to return soon.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great spot to start a night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    A great spot to start a night out on Whyte Ave. Fantastic food and service, a great wine recommendation, and the mojitos were perfectly executed - a nice change from the same old margaritas served everywhere. My husband particularly loved the scallop ceviche, and I was very taken with my galaktoboureko to finish the meal. We're from out of town, and if we find ourselves in Edmonton again we will definitely return. Highly recommended.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Want something different?
    Dawnzy
    Dined on 12/30/2012
    What a fabulous menu!! If you are tired of the same old stuff you must try Ousia. It was pricey for the portion sizes but every bite was so unique and enjoyable! The service was great as well! Even though it's pricey I still recommend trying it at least once...and get the olives as an Appie...you will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Excellent, limited seating
    murphvoldVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2012
    Excellent, limited seating call early for a reservation!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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  • I had the lamb and although
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2012
    I had the lamb and although it was good, had very little meat on it. I had 2 bites as it was all bone. The quinoa was on the salty side as well. The vegetables were perfect. My husband had the quail and he said it was excellent. We will try this place again.
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  • We had a great time at Ousia.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/14/2012
    We had a great time at Ousia. The food was wonderful, there were no dissappointments for our group of eight. Great attention to detail and impressive flavour. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, hot spot
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  • We had an excellent experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    We had an excellent experience. Thoroughly enjoyed our meals and the wonderful wine list. Dessert was a masterpiece of flavours.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful variety of flavours
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Ousia was great. Our group shared the charcuterie assortment and a fig and serrano salad, and I had the lamb entree. I liked the thoughtful combinations (for example, the fig ginger marmalade in the charcuterie plate was nice by itself but incredible paired with the cheese). I loved the lamb - perfectly done. I also enjoyed that my entree included so many different flavours and textures - small servings of 5-6 tasty and distinctive things rather than large amounts of 2-3 things. For my appetite the portions were good; the man in our group found his entree small on its own, but okay after an appetizer and salad. The ambience was simple and sophisticated, not fussy, and our server was friendly and attentive. We'll definitely be back.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We waited about an hour for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/17/2012
    We waited about an hour for our food, and the portions were miniscule, and the prices quite high. If you fix those two things, it would be an incredible restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic