Although famous for hazy sunshine, stunning lakes and mountain views – while holidaying in Kelowna or Vernon you’ll also want to check out the Best Okanagan Restaurants. Okanagan dining offers plenty of delicious local cuisine to discover, and a huge selection of wines to be sampled. But with so many options, deciding where to eat out can be a little overwhelming. There are hundreds of establishments offering great wines and fine dining, so how do you decide which ones to try?
To help you choose, here are 40 of the Best Okanagan Restaurants – from a restaurant furnished with crystals… to a 3 course meal sailing on the Lake!
(In no particular order)
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Owner’s Ricardo Scebba & Sue Miller built & opened the doors of Ricardo’s on August 2nd, 2001. Together they bring many years of restaurant expertise to ensure your dining experience is an occasion to remember. The cuisine is Italian based, but also features a number of Greek dishes.
Open 7 days a week from 7am, the Jammery offers breakfast all day, and lunch from 11:00 am to close. With a menu full of staple breakfast fare and dishes with unique twists, The Jammery has been acclaimed by Okanagan Life Magazine as offering the region’s best breakfast.
BX Creek Bar & Grill has a menu that is diverse and surprisingly reasonable. House made crab cakes, Phyllo Wrapped Prawns and Goat Cheese Brule’ … the starters are to die for. Entree choices include delicious Italian pastas, BBQ Back Ribs and a selection of mouth-watering steaks served with grilled prawns or garlic mushrooms.
Smack DAB is a lively restaurant located at Manteo Resort on the shores of Okanagan Lake. It offers premium casual dining and has an incredible menu, meaning there is always something different to try. Sit in a booth and watch the chefs prepare your favorite pizza, or chill on the patio sampling their extensive array of craft beers.
L’Isola Bella Bistro is a little piece of Sicily in the heart of Lake Country. The menu, inspired by the Chef Andrea Di Maggio’s roots offers a treasure chest of classics such as cacciatore, paninis and bruschetta or a selection of decadent pastas served up in a traditional setting.
The Bohemian Café is a vibrant restaurant situated in downtown Kelowna. Open Wednesday to Sunday, serving breakfast and light lunches, the Boh (as the locals fondly call it) offers an unusual and eclectic Okanagan dining experience that is sure to please the most discerning taste buds.
Located in the heart of the Cultural District of downtown Kelowna, La Bussola is a fine Italian restaurant combining traditional signature dishes with new and innovative menu items. Their selection of steaks and seafood dishes is impressive, meaning you may be spoiled for choice.
Situated in the Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, opposite the Kelowna airport, Gulfstream is a modern establishment which is definitely worth checking out. Their menu promises value and style, featuring fresh local ingredients crafted by their team of passionate and inspired culinarians.
KRAFTY is Kelowna’s casual Farm to Table eatery and bar, with a focus on the best Canadian ingredients. A chef driven restaurant with a laid back atmosphere, owner Chris Shaften comes to Kelowna from Calgary where he has led some of Alberta’s most exciting dining rooms.
If fantastic wine and delicious French cuisine sound appealing, you shouldn’t miss out on a visit to Bouchons, the elegant French Bistro in the heart of Kelowna’s cultural district. Boasting an impressive stack of awards, Bouchons brings a restaurant of international caliber to Okanagan Valley.
Why not combine the best of sightseeing and fine dining and take a cruise on this 5-star, luxury dinner boat on Okanagan Lake. Moored in Kelowna, The Executive Boardroom is a perfect choice for those who like to sit back, relax and watch the world go by.
Browns is the new black. Serving flavourful food that’s always fresh and fun, the stylish yet relaxed environment at Browns in Vernon make it a top choice. With a no limits approach to food styles, Browns is the square peg in the round hole.
Basil & Mint Restaurant and Bar, in lower mission Kelowna, brings simplicity and freshness to their West Coast Contemporary Cuisine, in a modern and vibrant environment. Chef McGeown’s menu is inspired by the fresh ingredients grown and sourced locally in British Columbia.
Earls in Kelowna is always a favorite – great quality food in an alluring atmosphere. Also featuring a patio, Earls Kelowna offers the high quality food with killer views of Okanagan Lake. A true Okanagan dining experience at its finest!
A perfect spot to combine sunshine and dining is on the patio of Earl’s restaurant in downtown Vernon. Enjoy their interesting twist on classic dishes, and bask in the sunlight and the laid-back atmosphere.
Nestled in the prestigious but quaint Mission area of Kelowna, the Minstrel Cafe & Bar is a casual gourmet dining destination offering an innovative and original lunch and dinner menu.
Raudz philosophy is simple, support local, buy local, eat and drink local, and boy do they do it well. Situated in a 106 year old heritage building in downtown Kelowna, Raudz inspires family, friends and neighbors to come together, relax and experience all the culinary delights the Okanagan has to offer.
Overlooking rows of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the outdoor Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Winery offers stylish, seasonal fare. This culinary destination was recently recognized by Travel and Leisure magazine as one of the top five Winery restaurants in the world.
Kelowna Cactus Club offers artfully designed decor, a service team committed to excellence and signature menu items created by Iron Chef American Champion Rob Feenie. The Cactus Club is a testament to the ultimate dining experience they are passionate about creating.
Intermezzo is an elegant fine-dining experience located in the heart of Downtown Vernon. Specializing in Sterling Silver Steaks, delicious Seafood dishes and Mediterranean cuisine, Intermezzo is also famous for their signature Moroccan Lamb dish.
Situated at the Gray Monk Estate, on a beautiful slope overlooking Lake Okanagan, the Grapevine restaurant prides itself on its creative, fresh cuisine. The menu was created especially to complement Gray Monk’s fine wines – and it does so beautifully.
If high quality dining is what you want, then you must plan a visit to Waterfront Wines. Renowned for its award-winning menu and outstanding wine and beer list, it has been named the ‘Best Okanagan Restaurant’ at the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards for the last four years in a row.
If its luxury you’re after, then Peakfine restaurant in the Sparkling Hills Resort is in a class of its own. And, the resort’s not called “sparkling” for nothing. Forget candle light – you’ll dine by Swarovski crystal light, reflected from the thousands of gems adorning the chairs, fireplace and chandeliers.
Hanna’s is Kelowna’s original waterfront restaurant. Dine on traditional food in a relaxed atmosphere, and take in the breathtaking lake and mountain views from inside or out on the patio.
The new Keg Steakhouse and Grill in Kelowna offers a mouth-watering selection of prime steaks and specialty seafood. If you manage to drop by before September 1st, you can also order from their seasonal Summer lobster menu.
Located in a beautifully renovated heritage building in the heart of downtown Vernon, The Phoenix combines amazing food and great service in an urban atmosphere. The rich leathers and dark woods evoke a classic steakhouse feel.
An evening spent in the Hotel Eldorado’s award-winning Kelowna restaurant will be an evening to remember. Boasting fantastically prepared AAA Angus beef selections, an extensive seafood offering and an award-winning wine list, “The El” will leave you spoiled for choice.
Newly opened Outboard Waterfront Pub is situated on Okanagan Landing Road, about 10 minutes’ drive from downtown Vernon. Since it is only open during the summer months, visitors are immediately drawn to their patio – and what a patio it is. The perfect place to share appys and a few beers with friends.
Routes Grill is situated in Lake Country, a 20 minute drive north of Kelowna. Treat yourself to some well-deserved comfort food at fine dining quality, and relax in the family-style atmosphere.
In downtown Vernon, Little Tex is famous for its unique soups, salads, burgers, California-style Mexican dishes, and its wide variety of vegetarian meals. The atmosphere is warm, and the staff are friendly. Perfecto!
For a taste of authentic Indian and Nepali cuisine, head over to The Curry Pot in Vernon. This excellent restaurant offers an impressive menu with a diverse choice of South Asian dishes.
Located at the historic Okeefe Ranch, the Cattlemen’s Club is a rustic style establishment, serving prime cuts of Alberta beef steak and slow roasted ribs – plus a tempting array of classic appetizers and homemade desserts.
Sunset Organic Bistro, situated at Summerhill Pyramid winery, takes great pride in offering a selection of food and wines that radiate goodness, both in the way it tastes as well as in the way it makes you feel. Featuring local ingredients sourced from dedicated organic BC farmers, Chef Jesse Croy’s menu always reflects the season.
A well-known Canadian favourite, Moxie’s offers food lovers an upscale dining experience with exceptional food and service. Their dedication to perfecting all aspects of the dining experience is what keeps people coming back over and over again. Situated on Cooper Road just off Harvey Ave, Moxie’s Kelowna is one not to miss.
Unique twists on a simple, small-bites menu in a compact space designed around the unique bar built by local wood craftsman Will Brundula, makes Micro a creatively unique dining experience.
At Wings, the recipe is simple: a casual atmosphere where everyone feels welcome, the food is award-winning food, and it is served at an affordable price. Voted the best restaurant for wings every year that the Georgia Straight Golden plate awards has been awarded. Wings are their passion and, they believe, may be the most fun food in the world.
Located in the Lake City Casino, Vernon, Match offers excellent dining and live weekend entertainment. Combined with friendly staff and unparalleled service, it’s the best place in town to get great eats and watch… the match, or any other sporting event that tickles your fancy.
Vernon’s newest establishment, The Marten Brewing Company is a Craft Beer Brewery which uses only premium products in their brewing process. Stop in and enjoy great food, excellent beers and the warm community feel of Vernon from 4pm, 7 nights a week!
Hours and hours of advance preparation go into everything they make at the Station in Vernon – every recipe is their own and made from scratch – from the sauces and dressings, to the rubs, buns, muffins, biscuits, desserts, stew, gumbo, brisket and ribs, on and on…
Sister company to the Marten Brew Pub, the Naked Pig specializes in low and slow, artisan style, smoked cooking but offers so much more, including a hot spot for free live entertainment from local and out of town entertainment.
I hope this article has been helpful in deciding where to spend your time when visiting the Okanagan.