Ousia

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41 reviews
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£25 and under
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Greek
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Tapas
The first stage of evolution began with a complete renovation of the building. Of the major structural changes, the most significant included repositioning of the staircase leading to the basement. The result is a dining experience that can includes a unique ‘Mykonos’ style bar in the basement for cocktails, mezedakia and even live music events. The rest of the restaurant interior has been carefully designed to create a balanced ambience be-fitting of dishes that are served and for the diners who want to combine perfectly prepared Greek-Cypriot food with a touch of class.

With attention to every detail, the chef and kitchen team has managed to perfect the preparation of food; from supply chain to the way it sits, and the plate it sits on. The emphasis is on quality of produce at good prices; the result is a wonderfully simple and affordable fusion of old and new Greek-Cypriot mezedakia / tapas style dishes in the heart of the west end.
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OT
Kent
21 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Maybe our favourite restaurant in London.

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit but it won't our last. Great cooked to order fresh and interesting food. The small plates allowed us to try lots of different flavours. Loved everything that we had and plenty of options for future visits. Really good value and portion sizes for sharing.

OT
Kent
22 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food here, we've been several times now.

NC
London
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

I really loved their house wine. Why we do not have the column for it?
Food is good, freshly prepared and served promptly. There was the time that we could not get much attentions for service because they were so busy dealing with other customers and were getting noisy.
But, I do recommend to have an early dinner there any time.

W
London
34 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If you want good value nice food served in tapas style then go. The service is friendly and efficient. Not high end dining but an excellent evening out with friends.

HM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Friendly staff and didn't have to wait long for food to arrive. I thought the food was good fr the price we paid .

n
London
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect food, intimate atmosphere and very central, combined with a reasonable price.

What else?;)

OT
Kent
22 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere!

J
London
54 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sadly it was pretty much empty on a Wednesday evening. The small plates are attractive though not outstanding. Reasonably priced and interesting wine list. Andreas was having supper there but not looking a picture of happiness.

D
London
13 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. Friendly staff, perfect for any occasion.

MY
London
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Lovely little place, recommended to me by a colleague but so happy to find it. Small and quiet although we were i fear a bit rowdy. Relaxing meal and no pressure to clesr or move us. Great location

GS
London
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Average food, overpriced, particularly with drinks. The ambiance is sad.

N
London
40 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

We had a small selection of the dishes and the seafood and vegetarian options seemed to be better than the meat dishes... Our pork souvlaki was a bit dry and seemed it was flash fried rather than grilled. Overall ok food for a reasonable price.

F
Hong Kong
10 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and great service. The only downside was that our table was very close to another one so it was not very comfortable sitting until people on the other table left.

SC
London
18 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Traditional Greek food, tapas style. Modern restaurant with relaxed atmosphere.

PW
London
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great customer service received and fabulous food!

LH
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Really gorgeous Greek food. Particularly impresses with the taramasalata.

DD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super tasty food, fresh ingredients and thoughtful service. One of the absolutely best Greek restaurants in London.

RC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Cypriot food I've found in the UK! Will be returning.

RK
London
1 review
Dined on 30 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very warm welcome with friendly staff and attentive owner/manager, Excellent food and helpful staff. Tried to please with humour and kindness

T
London
20 reviews
Dined on 27 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Friendly staff and tasty food although adds up quickly with small plates.

n
London
2 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely Greek restaurant food is delicious.. best to get a few plates to share. Portions are a bit small so and bit expensive especially the hummous but really worth a try. Staff are attentive family owned so gives u a personal feel.

OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Ousia is a very nice place for a greek fine dining, at a good value for money. You can share tapas to try out many of the dishes and it's a quiet atmosphere, good to have a chat.

A
London
207 reviews
Dined on 15 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent addition on Charlotte Street. The food was delicious, and they had both traditional and experimental Cypriot dishes. Tasty with excellent service

PW
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great customer service throughout the evening, the staff were very attentive and friendly.

Fabulous food!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious but it was too expensive for what it offered. For example 3 pieces of halloumi cost £6! This was concidered a Greek-Cypriot restaurant. If you go to Cyprus you can order a whole pita with souvlaki, salad and french fries for just £6..

T
London
82 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant but nothing out of the ordinary. Watch the bill growing if you order too many small plates

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 30 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb. Delicious, well presented food with great Greek wine and ingredients.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant, friendly staff. Excellent food. Attentive service. Can’t fault it! Great value too, especially for the area.

E
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised to find this Greek restaurant option. The food was very tasty and the staff were eager to please. Would definitely return.

GB
London
2 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We met friends here for lunch on Friday; it's a great place to chat and surprisingly quiet considering the doors were open to the street. Meze type plates of food but not small portions. We had Kleftiko, Chicken Souflaki and some other food, all lovely but we ordered too much. Salads are generous, each is enough for two. I thought the food was very reasonably priced. Drinks seemed a little expensive by comparison - a small glass of Prosecco was £9 - perhaps I'm just not used to London prices. Overall, a good experience and I would recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 3

A place for wine and snacks. Waiter was a little bit annoying.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and excellent service.

DG
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All courses excellent. Only marked 4 stars for ambience as we went at lunchtime and only 2 others there.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really liked Ousia, the whole set up was top notch. I will be back here again and can't wait to recommend to friends.

LM
Edinburgh
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Selected this from TripAdvisor reviews. We had a couple of dips to start, tried the melintzanosalata which I had not heard of before, not a big fan of aubergine but this was so good would definitely try this again. Simple greek salad which was really fresh and very tasty and a couple of dishes - whitebait and lamb cutlets cooked to perfection in particular the lamb. Afterwards I asked a friend, who has a Greek Cypriot son-in-law, for recommendations and he had taken his wife to Ousia for their anniversary. So, I made the right choice and would dine there again.

DF
London
3 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had the most awesome evening at Ousia! The food was delicious, a great selection of wines including a gorgeous organic white, the owner Andreas was incredibly friendly and hospitable, the staff were hugely attentive and professional, and the decor was classy and minimalist. Perfect 5 stars and will definitely be returning 👍

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Restaurant has been refurbished by the owner with new chef - much improved menu. Can’t fault the food and the Dover Sole in particular was excellent. Will be going back.

KH
Lancashire
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent restuarant. Staff were friendly and helpful. Food was very good. The kleftico was excellent, the taramasalata a bit bland, the spicy sausage was reportedly excellent and the grilled halloumi was very good. Prices were competitive and overall it was good value. My only suggesstion would be to get some retsina with a stronger taste - it was smooth but not exciting.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Lovely restaurant, and the food was fantastic - we sampled lots of dishes between four of us and everything we ordered was delicious. Make sure you order the artichokes: absolutely beautiful. The service was great too - just the right amount of attentiveness. We’ll definitely be going back - highly recommended!

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