After 25 years, this New Orleans-inspired Vancouver restaurant is closing down


Since 1994, Ouisi Bistro has been serving up New Orleans-inspired fare in South Granville. Long before West Elm and third-wave coffee shops lined the popular street, Ouisi was letting Vancouverites “laissez les bons temps rouler” with live jazz and Cajun and Creole fare in their cozy bistro.

Now Ouisi Bistro is bringing their chapter to a close. The restaurant’s last day of service will be Saturday, October 26, 2019.

To close out their long run in business, Ouisi’s last night will be a true New Orleans-style celebration of food, music, and drink. They’ll have the Terminal City Brass Band playing live tunes for when those saints come marching in to draw the curtains on Ouisi’s quarter-century run.

Ouisi Bistro on South Granville is known for their Cajun and Creole food, great bar selection, and live jazz. Ouisi Bistro/Facebook

As the last night approaches, there remains some time to pop in to enjoy their storied brunch on weekends and Thanksgiving Day, as well as their lunch or anytime menu and their daily specials. Sip from their menu of single malts and bourbons, and soak up those last minutes under their frescoed ceiling that make it seem like the bayou is right around the corner.

For live music fans, you can catch Ouisi’s house band, Cannery Row, for their last appearance from 9 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, Oct. 19. The restaurant says it will be “a hot sauce music gumbo not to be missed.”

Ouisi Bistro is located at at 3014 Granville St in Vancouver’s South Granville neighbourhood.

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom