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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.

10310- 45 Ave NW
Edmonton, AB T6H 5K3
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Greek, Mediterranean, Vegetarian

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
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

Cross Street:
Calgary Trail

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$31 to CAN$50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(780) 432-3660

Website:
http://www.koutouki.net/

Entertainment:
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

Additional:
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

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3
2
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3.9

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.0

service

4.1

ambience

3.9

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

77% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Groups (139)
Special Occasion (129)
Romantic (92)
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Neighborhood Gem (77)
Fit for Foodies (74)
Great for Outdoor Dining (42)
Kid-friendly (29)
Hot Spot (16)
Great for Lunch (16)
Notable Wine List (15)
Late-night Find (14)
Great for Brunch (8)
Scenic View (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 9, 2016

Been here before - will continue to keep going. Pretty much everything one would expect a taverna to be.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 9, 2016

Service was friendly and attentive even though we were sat near a big group. Food was delicious except the Moussaka could have been hotter. Overall enjoyed very much. Greek potatoes were to die for!

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 3, 2016

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.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on May 7, 2016

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

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on May 6, 2016

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (Saskatoon)·Dined on April 23, 2016

Very lively atmosphere, complete with belly dancer! The service was superb and the food was tasty. The Greek ribs could have used more seasoning and lemon. Generous portions.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on April 8, 2016

My wife and I went here for her birthday, we really enjoyed the meze, love the selection and pace of the meal. The food at Koutouki is as good as its always been, the portions are somewhat smaller but the same great quality and taste.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on March 26, 2016

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.

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 (Calgary)·Dined on March 14, 2016

Had a fantastic meal. Waiter was awesome. Very helpful and knowledgable with the questions we had for him. Food was amazing. Dining area could use some touch ups but it kind of added to the ambiance. Will definitely go back!!

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on February 24, 2016

We enjoyed a variety of authentic Greek food, excellent service, and ambiance like being on Mykonos.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on February 14, 2016

Not the most beautiful looking restaurant and not the most modern decor but the food was absolutely fantastic and so was the service! I will be returning

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 10, 2016

I took my 90 year old Mom out for supper. The food was delicious yet not too spicy for her. The shrimp were divine as promised.
The waiter kindly sought out a chair with arms so Mom could get back up once she had eaten.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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food4
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service4
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 14, 2015

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).

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 28, 2015

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 17, 2015

We love Koutouki and have been many times. We always get the Meza Greek sampler plater.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on June 13, 2015

We went for a celebration dinner. It was a great evening - this was helped by excellent food and service. We should go there more often!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 9, 2015

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.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on May 15, 2015

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on March 14, 2015

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!

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Meze took way too long, 2.5 hours! The timing between courses was inconsistent and there was no explanation or apology on why it was taking so long. Food was mediocre.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 31, 2014

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.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on December 29, 2014

Amazing service from Nicholas. Everyone had a great time!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 25, 2014

Slow service, wrong orders, and the food was overcooked. Lamb skewers were rock hard, exchanged for chicken skewers that were much better. Music was way too loud that I couldn't even hear myself talk. Wish i had a better experience

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on October 4, 2014

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!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on September 21, 2014

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Toronto)·Dined on August 30, 2014

We took our Mom for her 74th birthday! Our server was fantastic, the food was delicious, and the bellydancing was great entertainment. Overall a great experience.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on August 20, 2014

Food was not great. If I hadn't ordered calamari, I would have thought it was a plate of batter. Waiter was incredibly rude at the end.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on July 27, 2014

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on June 14, 2014

Dinner was lovely but really made the experience great was our server. He was very attentive and personable. He made great recomendations and the meals turned out fabulous! I will be back.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on May 24, 2014

Food was not very good (Rack of lamb especially poor, ordered MR, came well) All the appetizers were good. The servers made it a great night and Belly Dancer was so muc fun , our guests enjoyed it.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on May 10, 2014

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 !!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on April 25, 2014

We really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. A bit pricey but the portions are large. The belly dancer was fun and gave guests a good time. We will be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on April 1, 2014

We got the mezzo for 5. It was the exact same size as the mezze for 2.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on March 26, 2014

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).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on March 1, 2014

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Edmonton)·Dined on February 14, 2014

Tthis night out helped me charm the pants off my Valentine!
Good food, good dancing with the belly dancer and fantastic Greek Coffee.
We will be back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on February 14, 2014

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.

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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on February 6, 2014

Had a good dinner. The customers I had taken to dinner enjoyed there meals. I found my roast lamb over cooked but the rest of the meal was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Edmonton)·Dined on February 3, 2014

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.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on January 18, 2014

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.

Tags: Good for Groups
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