This is the best spot in Kelowna for Fish Tacos and Burritos. Everything is so healthy and fresh. I definitely always feel full and satisfied when I leave this place. The owner is a solid guy and always has a really good attitude. I wish they had beer to wish down the tacos though!
I always come here for a quick lunch. The pho soup and butter chicken are my faves. Doesn't really fit the decor of the restaurant but it's pretty cool they sell pints of beer for $4 and jugs for $12 which is as cheap as i think I've seen anywhere in Kelowna. Patio is suprisingly large and it looks like they are growing their own herbs there.
My favorite chinese buffet in Kelowna. Reasonably priced, VERY large selection that includes some none asian items. Sushi bar is the best, there's a sushi maker always make the fresh sushi. Staff is friendly and attentive to your needs. This is a BIG restaurant, so it can accommodate big tour groups or school groups. Shopping close by is convenient.
Our party of seven had lunch at Old Vines on Tuesday, July 28th. The server was disinterested, surly and almost invisible which was only made worse by the length of time from our order to receiving our food (over an hour). After having to inquire twice about our order, it arrived but the food was disappointing. The $9 fries were soggy and cold, salads were limp, and the portions were relatively minuscule. The manager apologized for the service, but the excuse that they were busy (the restaurant was only half full) fell flat. The misses on almost every aspect of our visit indicates a managerial problem. The 15% reduction in the bill by the manager did not make up for a special lunch with seldom seen friends.
Perhaps the restaurant has become complacent and relies on the tourist trade, knowing that most of their customers are just passing through.
I went to the post haus pub for a ufc night.I found my hamburger too rare and the fries had a sour taste.
The service was slow on a busy night.I was hungry and didn't want to miss the fights so I ate it anyway
and was feeling a little off afterward.
I came here Friday morning to get a sub for work and it's like every time i come.here they only have Italian and whole wheat bread they are never prepared and never stocked. The girl that works there also has quite the attitude! I asked for Italian herb and cheese and she stated quite rudely that she only has Italian and whole wheat bread and when I asked what because I didn't quite hear her she said it again in a snarkier voice! I hate this subway. I've yet to have a good experience. At least the guys that work there are polite.
Loved the eggs benny I had there, my girlfriend got some rancho something-or-other... Chilli, eggs, tortilla, etc in that. She loved hers too. This place is eclectic and unique. Sometimes you just want to a no-fuss home cooked meal that you don't have to make yourself! Service was not memorable, but by no means bad. Personality wouldn't hurt, though, guys. But hey, with food this good, all is forgiven. This place is awesome to go to on a summer's day when you're out shopping. Love it! Will be back for more.
Seriously, a great place. Food is ALWAYS outstanding. Moderately priced for Indian, and you get a good portion of food. In the 10 years I've been frequenting this joint, I have never had a bad experience. The only annoying time was when a waiter was being trained (which was fine, he was doing well), and this waitress who was training him was being a bit irritating. Over-correcting and such (NO NO YOU NEVER PUT A TRAY ON A TABLE). She was also one of those waitresses who is insecure so comes over every 5 seconds to ask "Is everything ok?" "Do you need anything?" "Just checking up on you!" "Don't want you to think I'm neglecting you!" "Did you want your bill?" (5 minutes later) "Are you still ok?" I think she is gone, so no hard feelings Dawett! Other than that, all servers have been polite, all food has been delicious, and all of our visits have been exceptional. Amazing!
I used to come into this store more often as I worked nearby, and I was always greeted with a smile. I don't often get anymore than a "Hi, what can I get for you?" from other places but this joint was always awesome for the above-and-beyond service, some employees a bit more outgoing than others but I'll put that down to shyness. Hot-n-Readies mostly ready, if not, always just a couple of minutes away. The service has seemed to decline... Used to be a bunch of girls, I think maybe one or maybe more are left who are still as nice as ever, but now there are guys who have not been properly briefed on customer service and I seem to see them most often. That's the reason I'm writing this review, as I experienced the sad downturn in customer service at this store. I learned to avoid the Rutland location long ago for this reason (although sometimes I do go to it, and the service is equally as bland and uncaring, if not more so). Hopefully they inject some personality into the staff soon... You come for the pizza, but come back for the customer service. Now if only another restaurant started selling 5 dollar pizzas, I would never have to go back.
This restaurant blows me away every single time I visit. The burgers are unlike any other fast food joint, fries are amazing and you get so many. Team is super energetic, it makes a simple lunch or dinner turn into an experience. I love comming here and would recommend it to anyone. Great job Five Guys Westbank. I'll be seing you soon.
Out of the literally hundreds of times I've gotten food to go here, I may have been given the correct order no more than four or five times. If you want extra cheese, that will be far too complicated for them. Warning - always insist on checking your bag before you leave.
If you like pizza like I like pizza, you will definitely love the sickest, bestest, choice-est, tastiest pizza in Kelowna, which as I found out today, Is ONLY at Hansen's Classic Pizza.
I used to work in an Italian deli that made pizza, I sacrificed my knuckles grating cheese for pizzas in my time, so I eat a lot of pizza, as it happens to be the greatest all around food ever. Taste, convenience, portability, texture (you're damn right, texture is VERY important in a pizza!)
Mark, the owner of Hansen's Classic Pizza clearly understands these things. The things that are required to make the perfect pizza. Let's start with taste.
Taste: It starts with the nose people, before it even gets in your mouth. The smell of this 100% handmade pizza with real ingredients fresh out of the oven is amazing. When it finally does make it to your mouth, you are rewarded. Big time. I noticed a lot of little taste details such as fresh garlic and even the quality of yeast that leavens the dough. These are things you do not notice in an ordinary pizza. I found ingredients that I would not expect like a sprinkling of coconut on a curry chicken pizza (YES- this exists and it is amazing). Folks we have the good chicken that tastes like, well, good chicken (all of the meats are prepared in house), we even have homemade perogies on the Perogy Supreme. Good stuff.
Convenience: Why yes, yes it is. And pretty damn quick too, cooking the pie HOT in a brick oven!
Portability: It is served in a pizza box. The crust is perfectly crispy, you should be able to one-hand it no problem.
Texture: Ah yes, the very judgmental point about a pizza's texture. People have been trying to get this right forever. Well, Hansen's got it right. When you make proper dough in house, use quality, fresh ingredients in the correct amounts, and make the pizza by hand before firing it in an actual stone pizza oven, you set your self up for success. This is what Mark does every day (except Monday- fughettabouddit), and he and his staff pride themselves on delivering the best. We have winner here folks.
If you haven't figured it out already, this stuff is the real deal. I tasted it for the first time today, it will not be the last.
By: FlyingJason, 2013
I have lived in the Okanagan for years. Over the course of those years, I have been to this restaurant a number of times. Until this year it had been a good experience. However this time it took a definite turn for the worse. We took a party of 6 for a University Graduation. It was a celebration so no expense was to be spared! We all ordered a couple of drinks, a couple of appetizers and settled in for a fabulous evening.
We went a little early and the service was good to begin with. Our first drinks were brought right away and our order for appetizers and dinner was taken promptly. That is until the restaurant had begun to get busier with the dinner rush. The appetizers took quite a long time to come and it took quite a while to be able to order a second drink. We had the appetizers and drinks and then sat waiting for our meal for some time. It took quite a while for dinner to come. We ordered quite a variety of dishes between us with 2 of our party ordering steaks. One ordered the 8 oz sirloin medium well and the other ordered the 12 oz rib eye medium. When dinner came, 4 of us got our meals with the two steakorders having to sit and wait for theirs. When the 2 steaks came, the 8 oz sirloin was medium rare. It was almost entirely red and very juicy. The rib eye had no pink to speak of, it was well done. When we told the waitress both steaks we incorrectly cooked, she picked up the plates and took them back to the kitchen.
The rest of us started eating so our meals didn’t get cold. The waitress returned a minute later and laid the same rib eye steak back down in front of the young woman (who happens to be the graduate we were celebrating) that ordered it. She told her that the chef had said that it was correctly cooked and that it was because of the lack of lighting that you couldn’t see it properly. We were sitting by the window in full daylight. There was no mistaking it. Just the fact that the exact same plate was brought back out and put back in front of someone put us all into a state of shock. The waitress said if you are not happy with it I will take it back. The young woman told her she would just eat it because she didn’t want to make a fuss. The waitress grabbed the plate from her and said if you are not happy with it, I will take it back and with that went back to the kitchen.
A couple of minutes later the bartender came over to our table and began to reprimand the young woman for not knowing what a medium rib eye steak looks like and that a rib eye steak is different from other steaks when you cook it, so it won’t look the same as some others. After she had berated the young woman for a few minutes, I stepped in and told her that was enough. That she had made her point and it was time for her to leave. She ignored me completely and continued to berate her. She finally left and we waited again for her meal to come. When it arrived at our table, it was rare. Slightly cooked on the outside and completely red on the inside.
At this point the evening had pretty much been ruined so we asked for a to-go container and the bill. We had originally planned to have a couple more drinks and dessert, but that plan changed quickly. We paid the amount of the bill (with nothing adjusted off) and left.
It was a heck of a way to ruin a celebration dinner. Thanks Minstrel Café, you definitely made it more than memorable in a very bad way!
I went here with my sisters on our last day of visiting together. The atmosphere is quiet and subdued; starting with the furnishings, right up to the level of noise in the place. There were a number of tables occupied but we could easily speak and hear each other. A nice change. I wouldn't have expected to find a restaurant like this here.
We all ordered something different off the menu and were all very pleased with our respective choices. I had a roasted cauliflower soup that was superb. It was done in a turkey broth and reminded me of my mom's turkey dinners with all the trimmings - not bad for soup. Then the surf-turf which was very good: not something I usually order because my husband cooks a better steak than most places, however I was pleasantly surpised.
The service was outstanding: I am always impressed when my water is refilled but I can't recall having it refilled.
We had nice wine, great conversation and a fabulous meal. A really great way to end our limited visit.
If you are looking for a nice quiet place to enjoy a really good meal - this is it. We will definitely be going back.
I am up in Kelowna about 5-6 times a year and hit at least one restaurant for dinner with each visit.
I was very impressed with Minstrel - there is a huge tree in the back patio that adds to the magic.
The food was fantastic - the service impeccable.
I can hardly wait to go back - my next trip is in October!
My sister and I have wanted to go to Chop for a long time. I was up from Vancouver August 11 and we decided to go. We were there at an off time though, and this probably contributed to our disappointing experience. As a result of some plans falling through, we ended up there early - about 5pm and we figured it was too early for a big dinner but neither of us had eaten lunch so we thought maybe we'd just try something light. Even after explaining this to the waitress, she suggested a big steak dinner for each of us, which we declined. We opted for splitting one of the special appies (a frozen sort of lobster salsa with an icy cilantro base) which was ok. I advised that I couldn't eat any gluten, which didn't appear to be a problem at first but there was very little on the menu I could eat. Usually, a place of this calibre will have at least a burger that I can eat (sans bun) but Chop actually adds breadcrumbs to their burgers. I was surprised by this - but whatever, I had the chicken burger without a bun. 2 very little pieces of grilled chicken arrived - it was very so so; a little over cooked served on lettuce. Nothing exciting.
I found the atmosphere quite stunning. I really liked the interior of that place. The music was very loud though. Once the place is fuller, you probably can't have a conversation with anybody.
The service was a bit over-done. We were asked 3 times how our food was - really, the place was empty once would have sufficed. We asked for water and were offered a choice of 'sparkling, spring or tap' - tap was fine (did I get a funny look?), we had wine and our food. The waitress was a bit annoying and wouldn't stop talking and kept interrupting us. Overall, for the money and for the choices of restaurants available in Kelowna - I don't think I'd return but you never know.
I can't comment on the food because we didn't get to eat any. We came in at about 10 after 12 on a Monday and by 12:50 we still didn't have any food. I understand that there can be a bit of a rush at lunch but nobody has two hours to wait for their food to arrive. Shameful performance.
Kids get the gluten, i get a reg, we all eat together!!!.
Great pizza, has loured me over at lunch, i was heading to Subway, but was draw to the door!!
Tasty and hot, nice crust.
Had the lunch special, grabbed two to go for supper.
Its nice that the owners make, serve and do it all.
I would recommend any time.
I was staying in the area, and had lunch at Sarazen's twice during that time. The first day I had the Steak and Tomato salad, which was outstanding - just the right amount of protein on the salad for it to be a generous lunch. It also came with a bread roll.
The second day I had the Seafood Chowder (soup of the day) and the Yellowfin Tuna Salad. This salad was also wonderful - the tuna had a nice (bit spicy) wasabi drizzle which was amazing. With the cup of soup and the bread roll, the lunch was very filling!
I had also heard about their weekly specials, and ended up going back after 4pm for their 2-for-1 appies (Thursday's special). I'm definitely coming here again next time I'm in Kelowna!
Poor service, rude staff, and extremely expensive for what you get. I think this is one of the poorest values for money in the city and the ice cream is not as good as either Moo-licks or even Coldstream Creamery.
Save your money and your frustration. Go somewhere else.
|1.||Old Vines Restaurant|
|2.||Bohemian Cafe & Catering Co.|
|5.||Minstrel Cafe & Bar|
|6.||Twisted Tomato Pizzeria|
|7.||Post Haus Pub|
|8.||Cabana Bar and Grille|
|10.||Taco Del Mar|
|12.||Sarazen's Restaurant at Okanagan Golf Club|
|13.||Marble Slab Creamery|
|15.||Five Guys Burgers & Fries|
|16.||Vietnam Village Restaurant|
|18.||Milestones Grill & Bar|
|19.||88 Grand Buffet|
|20.||Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate (by La Boulangerie)|