Kelowna is a thriving outdoor recreation town, with a great selection of local growers and vintners. Many local chefs utilize the wealth of local ingredients, creating fresh dishes of great quality. With so many restaurants on offer it’s hard to know where to start! To help narrow down the options we have created a Kelowna dining guide that features our top places to eat.
Good food is a necessary complement to good wine. Visitors flock to the Okanagan Valley in hopes of sampling the best of wine country offerings in Canada, but inevitably they also search for a great bite to make the journey complete.
Along with being a world-renowned wine region, Kelowna is also a recreational paradise with close access to a ski mountain, a vast network of hiking and biking trails and a hub for water sports with its ideal location along Okanagan Lake. As we all know, there’s nothing that concludes an adventurous day quite like a great meal with great people. Here’s our roundup of some of the best dining spots on offer in this beautiful Okanagan town, so that you can get the most out of its thriving food scene!
The Fixx Pasta Bar and Cafe
The Fixx Pasta Bar and Cafe gives diners a somewhat European-style journey with its bistro-inspired decor and extensive menu featuring Mediterranean and Italian classics. While it’s not an overly casual restaurant, it strikes a perfect balance between 5-star fine dining and a warm dinner at a friend’s place. This approach allows the guests to enjoy a comfortable atmosphere while feasting on high-quality dishes.
To start, we highly recommend the squash soup and coconut curry mussels. As for the main course, order the classic filet mignon or opt for the classic Fixx Pasta Bar experience with one of their famous pasta dishes like the Mediterranean penne or Putanesca linguine. To finish it all off, try their Caribbean lime pie – a dessert worth savouring every bite.
Please note: we highly advise making reservations in advance.
3275 Lakeshore Rd
1 (250) 861-3499
Bohemian Cafe and Catering Co.
The Bohemian Cafe and Catering Co. was built on the concept of family sitting around the dinner table enjoying a home cooked meal. The Bohemian Cafe encompasses the importance of the family-dining experience in everything from the ownership, to the staff, to the warm ambience felt by visitors.
Many visit Bohemian Cafe for breakfast, which includes a selection in-house made meats like back bacon and sausages. Order their classic eggs benedict with their house-made back bacon, or order the build-your-own style breakfast dubbed the “boh combo”. For lunch, the Bohemian Cafe have a great selection of sandwiches including a unique mango chutney turkey sandy and a classic reuben. In addition to great sandwiches, they also serve comfort bowls, soups, and quesadillas.
524 Bernard Avenue
West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar
Set inside the chic Prestige Beach House Hotel just a 4 minute walk from Okanagan Lake, West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar puts an emphasis on fresh cuisine. Fans of this restaurant love their happy hour specials from 3-6pm daily: buck-a-shuck oysters, 50% off starters and the seafood menu, and discounted drinks and wine.
On top of the great daily specials, West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar features a warm and casual ambiance with chic decor and fabulous location. Try their highly-reviewed duck wings or fish tacos to start, and their dungeness crab or ginger chili short ribs for your main.
The Prestige Beach House Hotel is a charming boutique hotel with stylish hotel rooms and a great selection of on-site amenities. Stay here, and you can dine at the West Coast Grill + Oyster Bar as frequently as you’d like, or have full access to their upscale bar, Cache Lounge. If you’re interested in viewing accommodations at The Prestige Beach Hotel, click here.
1675 Abbott Street
1 236 420 0206
RauDZ Regional Table
RauDZ Regional Table is the leading restaurant in Kelowna when it comes to using locally sourced ingredients. Recognizing the vast network of growers and vintners in Kelowna, RauDZ Regional Table has drawn inspiration from the region to create a dining experience that commemorates all things Kelowna.
The restaurant is a brickwalled bistro, featuring a 21 foot long community table in order to inspire a “neighbour-friendly” experience. The building itself is a 106 year-old heritage building, decorated to create a chic, farmhouse ambiance – totally suited to their farm-to-table approach.
To start, experience the famous RauDZ crab cappuccino, and follow this up with arctic char, braised lamb shoulder, or the Sterling Springs signature buttermilk chicken breast. Finish your meal on a high note with the RauDZ Signature Dessert – an unlikely combination of double chocolate mashed potato brioche finished with raspberry sorbet and chocolate sauce that has diners raving about it.
Unfortunately, you cannot make reservations so for quick seating, arriving a few minutes before they open at 5pm is recommended.
1560 Water Street
Basil and Mint Restaurant and Bar
Aiming to give their guests a full culinary experience, Basil and Mint consistently wows diners time and time again. Set in a contemporary, yet comfortable bistro, Basil and Mint’s attention to detail in everything from the restaurant decor to the meal plating make this restaurant a real foodie’s paradise. Plus, their carefully composed wine menu has been curated to match the dishes on offer. Don’t be shy to ask which wine pairs best with whatever dish you’re ordering!
To start, try their organic duck liver pate, beet salad, or fresh Salt Spring Island mussels. For the main course, we recommend their popular short rib and onion dish, or their decadent seafood risotto.
Reservations are highly recommended.
3799 Lakeshore Rd
Little Hobo Cafe
Dine with the locals at Little Hobo Cafe. Serving up breakfast and lunch options, this cute joint prepares delicious home cooked, soul food. The extremely friendly and attentive staff are just a bonus, further adding to the cafe’s comfortable, feel-at-home style.
Little Hobo specializes in soups and sandwiches, with notable favourites being their toasted cheese and onion sandwich and their clam chowder. Alongside their soups and sandwiches they also offer a classic burger and fries, mac and cheese, perogies, and more. Some diners even go as far to say that Little Hobo offers a “taste of Canada”. If it’s comfort food you’re after, you’re sure to find it at Little Hobo
596 Leon Ave
1 (778) 478-0411
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