Restaurants in the Okanagan Valley feature fresh, local ingredients such as lake fish and Canadian beef. Best of all, however, most showcase stunning views of the valley, lake and vineyards for a relaxing and delicious lunch or dinner.
Please note that owners, chefs, menu items, prices and other details can often change. We recommend that you call ahead before you go.
2725 K.L.O. Road
Kelowna, B.C. V1W 4S1
Telephone: (250) 862-3177; (800) 257-8577
Open: Daily, dawn until dusk
Cost: Entrées, $21 to $28
Situated on the edge of the lake and surrounded by 18 holes of championship golf at the Harvest Golf Club and 300 acres of orchards and vineyards, the restaurant serves Pacific Northwest cuisine. It focuses on local, fresh ingredients and herbs from the club’s gardens, but with a clubby atmosphere. Sink into the signature 6-ounce burger topped with smoked chile sauce, pulled-pork sandwich with smoked cheddar or Alaskan halibut fish and chips battered in Big Rock lager from Alberta and served with lemon-caper tartar sauce. The wine list is just more than half Okanagan bottlings, noting producers such as Jackson Triggs, Million Hill and Sumac Ridge.
The views from Old Vines Patio span Lake Okanagan, vineyards and mountains.
Old Vines at Quails' Gate Estate Winery
3303 Boucherte Road
Kelowna, B.C. V1Z 2H3
Telephone: (250) 769-4451; (800) 420-9463
Open: Daily, 11:30-9:30
Cost: Entrées, $20 to $40
The winery’s new restaurant is located in the middle of a vineyard on a gentle slop overlooking the lake. Chef Roger Sleiman creates dishes using fresh, local, organic ingredients whenever possible, such as the seared wild Nunavut caribou with black currant jus and seafood bouillabaise with Cortes Island mussels. Only estate and Okanagan wines are served, and one portion of the restaurant is reserved as a wine bar, featuring small plates, wine flights and a selection of British Columbian cheese.
Ask for a table on the terrace at Sonora Room, as they have the most stunning views of the lake and valley.
Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
100 Burrowing Owl Place (RR #1, Site 52, Comp 20)
Oliver, B.C. V0H 1T0
Telephone: (250) 498-6202; (877) 498-0620
Open: Lunch, daily, 11:30-3; Dinner, daily, 5-9. Reduced hours from October to April. Call for details.
Cost: Entrées, $25 to $37
Tables are on a deck that wraps around the Southwestern-style winery with great views of the lake and valley. Chef Chris Van Hooydonk and sous chef Jonathan Thauberger whip up organic wine country cuisine with suggested pairings of Burrowing Owl wines. At lunch, try the house corned beef brisket sandwich with sauerkraut and horseradish mayonnaise and dijon on ciabatta bread, and for dinner, choose among entrées such as a pan-seared Lois Lake steelhead trout with spinach and ricotta cappalletti and beetroot-citrus butter or the spiced Yarrow Meadows duck breast with spaetzle, stone-fruit jus and mustard-green puree.
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