I'll be visiting summerland/kelowna soon and was wondering if there are any suggestions on restaurants to check out. We will be staying at a B&B so breakfast/lunch will be taken care of. If you have dinner suggestions please share!
You are in luck – the dining scene in the Okanagan has taken a dynamic turn over the past decade, and brings plenty of quality options.
Starting in Summerland, Local Lounge and Grille (Summerland Waterfront Resort) is a terrific new player on the scene, and the Vanilla Pod right in the heart of town on Main Street, also merits consideration. There is also the Cellar Door Bistro at Sumac Ridge, one of many Wineries in the area that also have their own restaurants.
As you head towards Kelowna, the restaurants at Quails Gate (“Old Vines”), Mission Hill (the “Terrace”) and Summerhill (“Sunset Organic Bistro”) wineries come into play. Each of them grow a lot of their own produce, which can lead to some fresh and vibrant flavors that pair well to their wines. On the west side of the lake is Bonfire, which brings a southwestern flair to Okanagan ingredients. And once you cross the bridge into Kelowna, Raudz, Waterfront Restaurant and Wine Bar, Bouchon’s Bistro, the Wild Apple (Manteo Resort) and La Plateau Bistro are not likely to disappoint. Are there any particular preferences that you have that can help to whittle things down a bit?
Thanks for the quick and helpful reply. The ones I've been to already are Old Vines, Local Lounge and, Vanilla Pod which like you said have all been very good. I'll be staying for two nights and so far I have The Terrace booked for dinner on one of the nights. I'm really game for anything whether it's fine dining or casual, as long as it's good food! Have you been to Victoria rd Bistro or Silk Scarf in Summerland?
Is Bouchon's Bistro formal dining?
Old Vines Restaurant
3303 Boucherie Rd, Kelowna, BC V1Z2H3, CA
Have only done wine tasting at Silk Scarf, but that is on the radar screen for dining sometime soon, as is Victoria Road.
Bouchon's might be considered on the "formal" side by Kelowna/Okanagan standards, but we have been comfortable either making it an evening out, or stopping by for a quick bite after a hockey game. Because they are right next to Waterfront, it is often a question as to who has the better specials board that night before making a decision.
If you are willing to go to Penticton Granny Bogners (http://www.bogners.ca/) unfortunately their menu isn't listed on their website.
We were there Easter Saturday with my husbands family and on offer were 3 course meals $24+ up to about $34 or $39 (I can't quite remember).
I had a beet salad, followed by duck and then a chocolate dessert, I thought it was very good food and the wine list wasn't overly priced either.