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About Permanently Closed - KOUTOUKI TAVERNA, SOUTHSIDE
This restaurant is permanently closed. Koutouki in South-side is a casual restaurant that specializes in Greek and Mediterranean cuisines. The restaurant has a home-like ambiance, with a simple interior and a warm atmosphere. Koutouki is committed to using only fresh ingredients and traditional cooking techniques to ensure an authentic homemade taste in each dish. Guests can enjoy their favorite drinks from the full-service bar.
Edmonton, AB T6H 5K3
Greek, Mediterranean, Vegetarian
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday: 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
Saturday: 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Sunday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Belly dancer, every Friday and Saturday @ 8 pm
Private Party Facilities:
semi-private section ( 18- 22 seats)
One private floor (44 seats)
One private section (10-12 seats)
Private Party Contact:
Mo or Anna: (780) 432-3660
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Valentine's Special Dinner , $60/Valentine
KOUTOUKI TAVERNA, SOUTHSIDE Ratings and Reviews
This was the 2nd time in the past month that we had gone here for dinner. The last time...my friend & I had had the Lamb Chops. They were to die for. Cooked perfectly medium rare like we ordered... AWESOME. SOOOO feeling like some more nice Lamb, we went back last Friday night and I ordered the Lamb Chops again, while my friend ordered the Pork Ribs. HOWEVER this time, we were sooo disappointed. Again, I had ordered my Lamb Chops cooked Medium Rare and they came WELL DONE, DRY and TOUGH. This is the first time that I have ever let Lamb uneaten on my plate. My Friends Ribs were also dry and tasteless.
Our waiter tried his best to atone by bringing us a free dessert... BUT, you know what?... we did not want a dessert. When we go out for dinner, expecting a good meal, like we know can be produced here... and don't get it.... it really turned us off. It will be doubtful if we will be back again at this place anytime soon.
I have been here several times, so thought it would be great to introduce my family to it. We were there for 3 hours (mainly because after desert we never saw a waiter again and a bill was never brought). I those 3 hours I had no clue who our waiter actually was, pop and coffee was never refilled and no one was asked if they wanted a scone glass of wine....many of us ordered the mere, and no one else hAd been there before, each dish was dropped off with zero explanation of what it was. I am so embarrassed that I recommended this restaurant to my family
This was our first visit and will not be our last. The building is a sorta non-descript... have drove past in for years and never went there. My friend and I had the Lamb Chops, They were absolutely awesome... when we go back there again, will repeat it. Had 5 Lamb chops and they were soooo tender and the mint sauce was to die for. Had a very reasonable price Wolf Blass Chardonnay.
We ordered the Koutouki Meze and a decent wine. The food was great until the lamb came which was almost inedible. What meat there was; was tough and full of gristle and fat. Unfortunately the poor quality of the lamb dish downgraded our rating of the entire meal. We know our lamb and how it should be served. Too bad. The restaurant was very quiet as there were very few patrons on a Saturday night. We were early by an hour for our reservation and they easily accommodated us.
The restaurant is very nicely decorated in a Greek theme. It looks just like a Greek restaurant on Greek island.
We ordered grilled Calamari and when it came, we were thrilled with the taste. It was to die for.
My girlfriend had huge shrimp, that looked great and a salad, that also looked great. I ordered a rack of lamb, which didn't look anything like the picture and was, well done. I asked the waiter why it was well done (rack of lamb is always, in my experience, served medium rare or medium) and he said it was because it was baked "and maybe it was in too long". Because it was well done, it was not tender. In addition, the taste was bland. My girlfriends huge shrimp, again, looked great but they too, were bland. Suffice it to say, the place was nice to be in but the food was very average (except for the delicious grilled calamari).
Hadn't been here in a few years, so my boyfriend and I decided to celebrate our one year anniversary here. I booked a table on Open Table with a note that requested to sit outside because I hadn't sat on the patio yet and I'd heard it was cute at night with lots of twinkling lights. The hostess brought us to a table inside at first so we asked to sit outside, which seemed to cause some confusion for the servers out there and no one came to take our order for about 10 minutes. The patio was not as nice as I had expected. It really needs new furniture and definitely more lights strung up to create a better ambiance. Compared to the cozy decor inside, the patio is severely lacking. The food was fast and good, although my rack of lamb was a bit dry. After that initial hiccup, the service was great. The belly dancer was fun entertainment as always.
We sat outside on the patio which was lovely in the evening, partially shaded. Our server was also the bartender that night and she discouraged us from ordering cocktails as she wasn't comfortable making them. The food was as good as always and her service was good, without complaint. We will go again.
The food was good as always, but the service was rushed. Entrees arrived before appetizers were finished. Our server was asking about dessert before my friend had finished his entree. The bill was offered while still eating dessert. And once the bill was paid, we never saw our server again, when I would have liked more water. It was a pretty slow night, so no need to get us out the door.
We ordered the Meze which started out well. The pita bread was hot and delicious, the sauces were good but the meal declined from there. The Greek salad had way too much feta, the meatballs and rice in grape leaves were tasteless and the chicken thighs and lamb were cold. The chicken had little flavor and both the chicken and lamb were overcooked. I liked the ambiance of the restaurant and the service was great but that is as far as I would go. Overall I did not enjoy the meal and would not recommend or return. Not worth $38.00 per person!
my dad is Greek and we always go to the 124 St location or the one right by the U of A. Whoever runs/owns this south location cannot be the same family. They're absolutely awful the food was terrible, I know my Greek food and trust me this place has forgotten what Koutouki is all about. Very sad to take what a great man has built and let it go. From what I've heard Theo might be running it? If so he needs to reevaluate why his father put him in charge, not to ruin it but to make your families name continue on and with the service and sub par food you're doing a terrible job. Sorry but it's how I feel.
The food was awful. The service was lacking, I have had better hummus from the grocery store.
My lamb was overcooked, dry and tasteles and the potatoes were so sour no one could eat them. The Rice would have been nice if it was cooked and not cold.
The only thing i like was the company, the wine, and the Belly Dancer!
We've loved coming here as often as we can for dinner with friends and family. The music and decorations you experience when you first walk through the door feels like you're no longer in Edmonton when you sit to eat. The food has always been great and the servers always pay attention and tend to you often enough, yet it's not overbearing. The last visit was for my wife's birthday dinner and our server Nicholas played birthday songs through the stereo, sang Happy Birthday along with us and brought a slice of cheesecake with a candle for my wife's dessert. Yet another fun and unique experience at Koutouki!
I was there with a friend on a sunday evening, it was very nice, not too busy or noisy at all. The food was great! everything we ordered was wonderful and more than sufficient. The service was efficient and we felt taken our server was knowledgeable and well mannered. We ordered an assortment of dishes and shared Tapas style, they were very accommodating and the food was all fresh and hot when it arrived to the table.
I will definitely visit this restaurant again.
Family outing for dinner. From when we walked in entire staff made us feel welcome. I love going out and feeling comfortable and appreciated. From hostess to servers to managers all spoke to us like we were family and demonstrated that they appreciate our business. I highly recommend this restaurant if you want good old hospitality and great food !!
The food was perfect, the service fast and polit, the only minor thing for me is we felt a bit crowded at our table. We booked ahead for a party of 8 on a Wednesday evening, and were kind of squished into a back table. Considering the restaurant was fairly quiet at that time, a little more space would have been nice (maybe we would have eaten more if there has been more room for additional plates, lol).
We haven't been to the original Koutouki since we moved to the south side several years ago and we definitely noticed the difference upon entering as the restaurant was almost empty at 6pm on a Saturday night.
We had the Traditional Meze.
The appetizers started off well with pita and dips as well as traditional greek salad.
These all went down well and were followed up with some piping hot spanakopita.
From here it went downhill as both the dolmades and keftes were very dry and flavourless and the next dish was the chicken thighs that smelled and tasted off served with rice so dry it crunched.
Finally came the driest lamb I have ever had. I just couldn't eat more than half before giving in hopes of leaving for another location for dessert.
This was one of my favourite eateries. However, our Valentine's dinner was not good. There was a set menu, which was fine and very plentiful. From the Greek salad, to pitas and dips, to the full "meze", there was plenty to eat. But, it tasted like it had been prepared last week. The food overall lacked flavour and the certain Greek touches that I had come to love.The rose at each table was a nice touch, but the experience did not meet the quality that Koutaki was known for. The set menu wine was not great - Ieft half a glass.
I get the sense that the management/ownership of the restaurant has changed, and that the new chef did not get the original recipes.
My friend and I were very disappointed tonight. The place was not very crowded when we came in, we now know why. Started off with two appetizers. Keftedes and dolmades. The keftedes were dry, they fell apart when you stuck your fork in them, and they were bland and tasteless.
However, I ordered the rack of lamb, and my friend ordered the file. Both were poorly prepared, lacked proper seasoning, and were bland. The lamb was particularly dry.
I naively thought that they couldn't screw up the candies with the bill -- damp and mushy!!!!
We were very disappointed overall, it was an unappetising meal that was also overpriced. Never coming back. If it were not for the friendly waitress and good service, my review would have gotten one star.
Six of us got together for dinner on a Saturday night and while the ambience was in keeping with the vibe of the restaurant, the high light being the belly dancer the food was just ok. We ordered group feast ($38.00 per person) at the recommendation of our server (who was awesome) but in spite of the notable volume of food the taste was just average. Not bad, just average.
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