Little Grouse on the Prairie

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451 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
From the team at Ayden Kitchen and Bar brings Classic Italian cuisine to Saskatoon. Focusing on farm to table and local ingredients. Serving à la carte and a la famiglia.
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LM
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 2

We were very excited to try Little Grouse, as we are huge fans of the other restaurants in the restaurant group and love locally sourced food. While it is disappointing that the menu has changed significantly to mostly Italian fare, the food was quite good. The portions are small but rich. However, the service was less than impressive. Two of us are previous servers, and found the woman to be overly casual in her demeanor and bordering on unfriendly. She took offense when told the water was not very carbonated, and seemed very put off by a request from a vegetarian to add some lettuce and tomatoes to a cheese plate. As a restaurant that is in the pricey range, the kitchen should do everything they can to accommodate their guests, especially something as simple as adding some salad to make a meal. We also weren't fans of the tables facing the kitchen. I usually appreciate an open kitchen, but it was distracting watching the waitresses and kitchen staff talking casually (and could actually see our waitress talking to the other about us). The staff were eating (yes, putting food in their mouths as we were sitting there eating the food they had prepared). The decor of the restaurant is quite nice, but our table and another are open to a space that has a very makeshift bar (bottles on some shelves), and a cash register - giving the impression of a diner. We would absolutely not go back and would not recommend, especially given the numerous amazing restaurant this city has to offer.

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NM
Saskatoon
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Did the 6 course alla famigglia. Food was outstanding!

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d
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Went there to try the new menu and was a bit disappointed overall. The starters were great (burrata and carpaccio). The mains were only average, when in times past they have been great. Ravioli with brown butter was under seasoned and the pasta was a bit tough. The butter was not really browned but more just melted. The carbonara was fine, nothing amazing but not terrible. The asparagus risotto was very disappointing. It was really watered down and didn’t come together like a nice creamy risotto. Usually they have some of the best risotto I’ve tried but this time was not good. It was average, but for the price we expect better than average

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing! Everything was perfect.

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D
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Love your new menu; quality of food was superb! Wish your cocktail menu and wine list were both a little more extensive. Feel like you should be able to get a cappuccino in an Italian restaurant.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Unfortunately the table we were assigned for our reservation was very small with little leg room and adjectent the entry way. My husband is 6’3” and I am 5’8” tall. This made the experience challenging to enjoy, otherwise the gods was delicious.

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C
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best dining experience and food I've had in years, possibly ever. We had the 9 course famiglia sharing plates. One of the appetizers I wanted wasn't on the rotation that night, but our server had the chef substitute it in. The price is not conducive to regular dining, but it is well worth it for a special occasion. There is so much thought and artfulness injected into every element of the dining experience.

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B
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Small but cosy. Food was very good. Fish excellent. If you are just going to have a pasta dish you need to order some sort of salad/veggies before, as there is nothing on the dish except the pasta.

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SN
Manitoba
9 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely great food and service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 3Ambience 2

This restaurant has changed, in a bad way, since Jesse left. The food was lacking. Kind of felt like we were rushed through super. Used to be a 2 hour experience with wonderful food. This time was mediocre food and done in 45 min. Really upsetting, it was our favorite restaurant in Saskatoon. Now we have to find a new one.

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D
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 2

Horribly under stocked bar - no tequila, and very little help from server deciding other options. We decided on vodka, which was served in glasses still hot from the dishwasher.

Server was completely out of her depth. Wine was continuously late to the table. For what is being charged the service should be top notch.

Food was quite good but we won’t be back.

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CL
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 5

I feel bad giving a a negative review since I had high hopes for our dinner but overall it was very underwhelming. Maybe it was just an off night for The lil Grouse. The servers were pleasant but things seemed slow. The burrata was pretty good but at $19 I'd expect more out of it. I had the prawn risotto which sounded amazing but disappointed. Four small shrimp and a fairly bland risotto left me hungry. My colleague had the walleye which he said was decent. They warned us that the beer was pouring warm so we knew it wouldn't be ideal. It seemed like a great atmosphere but the chef appeared to be shorthanded on this evening so maybe that had something to do with the negative experience. I have had an opportunity to eat at some pretty good restaurants across Canada and I had hoped to add this to the list but unfortunately the meal just left us eating wings and cold beer at the pub behind them. :(

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g
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best place for dinner in saskatoon by far, was very impress!!

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EJ
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great foods and atmosphere. Small and cozy. Great Carbonara. Compared to our Italy trip!

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W
Saskatoon
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding new menu! Jupiter Cotes du Rhône red wine was fruity, full bodied. The aged meatball & softshell crab appetizers were superb, the Walleye, Linguine & Spaghetti Carbonara excellent, but the best part of the meal was the raspberry sorbet limonatta, full of flavor, texture & color. Simply put, to die for!
We will be back!

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Austin
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We had great service but were annoyed that we were charged extra for every piece of bread that was brought to our table, when the appetizers were served with an inadequate amount of bread to begin with. We spent a lot of money here and it seemed petty that a couple slices of bread were not complimentary. The risotto was disappointing, as it was very bland. Pastas and appetizers were otherwise delicious!

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Y
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding! Really enjoyed the food, ambiance, wine and overall dining experience. Would eat again there anytime!

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AD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Cozy atmosphere perhaps a bit too close with the other diners. Ordered the meatballs which had a very good tomato sauce. Also the mozza ball like soft cheese with the bread. It lacked flavour but nice texture and the grilled bread was good. The clam linguine was enjoyable and the flank steak was quite tender considering the cut. Would have liked more options for beer.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

New chef, new menu. We ordered the 10 course Alla Famiglia tasting menu and every dish was delicious. Great food, great service!! We will be back!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time in Saskatoon and was delighted by the dining experiences. Little Grouse was especially lovely - small open kitchen vibes, great service, and creative fresh Italian menu. Barrel aged negroni was also a hit.

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OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Food and service was excellent! Expensive but delicious. The music was strange and way too loud.

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CD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

It was a great experience and excellent service.

We did the 6 course meal, but the food was fancy but tasted very average.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Well I’m italy we say: Nella botte piccola c’è il vino buono; which means, in the small barrel there is the good wine. Small restaurant and delicious food.

I went last Tuesday with my girlfriend; we had two different starter and main dishes; all four were awesome!!

The intalian cuisine is really strong and well mixed with Canedian product as meat and lake fish! 10 out of 10 the score for this restaurant!

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Went out for my birthday dinner with my boyfriend, our first visit for both of us. The barrel aged old fashioned was delicious! We started with aged beef meatballs which were incredible. Unfortunately, the burrata was out until next week and was one of the reasons I wanted to come here the most. The fresh pasta was beautifully done. Definitely would come back again! Our server was great and brought out a birthday dessert for me as well.

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KE
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service was excellent. Staff were very attentive and accommodating. Food, although expensive, was amazing and worth it. Next time I'll try the six course to get a larger taste of the different dishes. Really enjoyed the experience and will come again.

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S
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious. Good service. We did the smaller famiglia and with a
Couple of drinks it was a bit pricey but well worth, it given the quality.

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OT
Saskatoon
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 5Ambience 4

I chose Little Grouse for my birthday supper as I had wanted to try it for quite some time and was looking forward to having great Italian food. However I was very disappointed with my meal as were the other 4 members of my party. I had ordered the Beef Ragu with olives and capers, but what I got was not a Ragu at all but instead ground beef with a little bit of flavour, not a caper or olive to be seen. My husband had ordered the Risotto and it was flavorless and runny. We certainly didn’t feel we got the quality of food expected for the cost. I do have to commend the service as our server was excellent and the wines we ordered were wonderful. But because of the disappointment in the food we will not be returning.

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BM
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Our 4th visit to this restaurant. First three were good to excellent. This time our main course of the six course dinner was very disappointing. Vegetable was stringy and tough. The beef was very “chewy”. Couldn’t finish it. Our server did offer to substitute something different, but it was to late at that point. I would expect more from a restaurant of this caliber.

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GK
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

was a great overall dining experience! recommend the family style plates

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OT
Saskatoon
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Valentine’s Day was far poorer then previous times however gm called and managed to make offer to make correct I will say in past it has been over the top excellent in all ways I’m hoping it will be back to usual excellent standard

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TD
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First visit since the rebranding. Still offer the 6 and 8 course meals. We had the 6 course meal-2 appetizers, a fish dish, 2 pastas an entree and dessert. The appetizers were ok- nothing special. I’m not a scallops fan but it was a lovely presentation. The pasta and Risotto were excellent- best part of the meal. The beef tenders was cooked sous vide method and although it was tender, it lacked a bit of flavour and the greens served with it were very tough. Dessert was a fancy pudding in a jam jar- tasty but not the easiest to share.
Service as always was outstanding! Will try again as some of the menu items looked tempting and the pasta was excellent.

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C
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and experience was amazing! Nothing in Saskatoon compares. I crave their food all the time!

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KB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Disappointing Valentine’s Day meal. Little Grouse should just stick to what they do best, which is pasta.

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t
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

All around was a fun time

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

We got the 6 course meal and every course was super delicious. Our favorites were the one of the starters (Burrata with grilled Ciabatta) and ESPECIALLY the dessert (Almond Oil Cake). We were talking about getting the 6 course meal again just to see what dishes they'd serve.

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S
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Food was good, as usual. Some portions were pretty smal for the price.

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BN
Saskatoon
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

We expected the food to be better. Was a little overpriced and portions were smaller than expected. Atmosphere was nice but overall experience did not make us want to go back.

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OT
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We are very pleased with the new menu. Everything we tried had exceptional flavour. We will definitely be back!

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MS
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the 7-course small meal with the wine pairings, and it was worth every penny! The sommelier was great in accommodating our preferences in Portuguese wines. Every single bite and sip was an adventure for our taste buds.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food in a small setting. We had an excellent table but others might not be so lucky. The wine pairings and explanations were very good. A bit pricey, but worth it.

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