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Kelowna Restaurant Reviews
Bonfire Bistro3045 Tutt Street, #5, Kelowna
Nice looking place thats where it ends
By Kevin Silverstone of Victoria and Area (17 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 11:50pm [Dine in]

The $30.00 steak was served rotten and served without cutlery. I actually had to get up and go find the waitress to get cutlery. Need I say more? No but I will. Our drinks were the first thing we ordered and the last thing that came. They tasted like water and voldka, they were supposed to be cesears. They were not even busy.
The place was so nice that I think they spent all their budget on decor and had none left over for food and staff.
Certainly will not return.

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Vietnam Village Restaurant1961 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Best Stir Fry chicken I have ever had!
By yasu of Kelowna, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, February 26, 2012 - 3:00pm [Dine in]

I had #50, Stir fry chicken. Best Stir fry I have ever had! I'm not much of a noodle person, but the noodles were cooked to perfection, the amount of heat I asked for was perfect, not over powering the dish. The vegetables were perfect. The Chicken was perfect. So yummy!

I also had the vegetable and shrimp spring rolls with peanut sauce. Which was my first time having it. Peanut sauce didn't taste like peanut butter. It was okay. However, I did not like the spring rolls. My friend did. I didn't like the texture or smell.

Very friendly atmosphere. Service was great. I would definitely go again!

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Mekong Restaurant1030 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Great night out
By wrensez of Kelowna, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Tuesday, December 6, 2011 - 6:06pm [Dine in]

We've held several business get-togethers at the Mekong and found the staff and the food very satisfactory. Loved the noodle nest and fried banana dessert. Their lunch menu is great and quick for on the go healthy foods. Lots of parking and spacious dining. I would recommend The Mekong to anyone who is staying at the adjecent hotel or a local wanting something different in the area.

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Fernando's Taqueria279 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
Delicious - Will Definitely Be Back!
By redavenger of Kelowna, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, September 4, 2011 - 6:28am [Dine in]

There were 6 of us dining and we all love 'authentic Mexican' food - we weren't disappointed! The flavours of all our meals were amazing, just the right amount of kick to them. Between us all, we had chicken, prawn, pork and steak inside our burrito's/taco's and everyone thoroughly enjoyed their meal. And for you Margarita drinkers - they make amazing ones - and there are a variety of Tequila's if you want to upgrade to your favorite!

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Post Haus Pub230 East Hwy 33, Kelowna
Terrible Customer Service & Food.
By beautifulBC of kelowna (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, August 1, 2011 - 4:19pm [Dine in]

Horrible customer service, (15min wait for initial drinks, melting away at the bar until I myself got them as our server paced the empty pub) .. Hour wait for our food (which half came burnt to a crisp including criss cross fries & pork bites which were not replaced just quickly brought to kitchen and back.. )disgusting managing skills (not even acknowledging the fact we had a terrible experience ​ . & not providing an apology at very LEAST)., I wouldn't recommend ANYONE to this place.

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Bohemian Cafe & Catering Co.524 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
At The Boh
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

Before we left Kelowna, we gathered here for a mid afternoon breakfast. It seems to be one of the most popular restaurants in town, with a large queue patiently waiting outside for a table inside.

Luckily for us, the wait was fairly minimal and were seated at a large communal table by the kitchen. Everything about the space is a little eclectic and off beat. The difference between this and a similar outfit in, say Vancouver is that it lacks any of the posturing attitude and the holier than thou persona whereby they feel they're doing you a favour for eating there. Everything feels relaxed and there are plenty of families with infants and elderly and few if any of the beatniks and hipsters you figure you would at a place like this.

Where the eccentricity ends is in the food. Dishes are of the homestyle, comfort food variety which is a great find. They proudly proclaim their housemade meats so obviously most of our table ordered the classic egg's benny with their house ham. Perfectly poached eggs to order with a better than usual hollandaise caps off the great in-house ham that you can easily distinguish between commercially made. My corned beef hash uses a generous helping of corned beef slices mixed in with nicely made hashbrowns served up with bagel and butter on the side along with over easy eggs, which look to be organic.

Like the food, the staff are honest and aim to please. Things are casual here so comfort level is high while not being too laid back with checking up.

Nothing is outstanding or even well above average, but they do everything just a little bit better than they should. For that, it's a lovable place.

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Fernando's Taqueria279 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
Everything great, except the food
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 6:32pm [Dine in]

A hot summer July evening doesn't lend itself to many comfortable dining choices but from the street Fernando's looked like the perfect spot.

Though we dined al fresco, much emphasis was spent decorating the interior, from the Victorian inspired tin ceilings to the countless pieces of Mexicano posters and figurines standing proud. Lighting seems to be at a premium, almost seeming done purposely as to add to the ambiance.

We started off with some Mexican refresher sodas and promptly ordered the carnitas and al pastor tacos to share. The complimentary chips were great, with a sprinkling of seasoned salt and four housemade salsas in varying degrees of spiciness, namely in order from mild to hot - the pico de gallo, verde, arbol and habanero. The carnitas and al pastor were nothing more than diced bits of duck fried to the point where it resembled leftover chicken recooked in the pan. It was dry, bland and even lacked flavour from the accompanied pickled onions, pineapple and diced raw onions and tomato. An authentic bit was that they did use the small corn tortillas but weren't doubled up.

It was hard to complain about the service given the food, as the server was friendly, ran through the different salsas and was quick for checkups.

Another surplus to the bloated faux Mexican cuisine. If you like Taco Del Mar, you'll probably like this.

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Tripke Bakery567 Bernard Ave., Kelowna
Jumbo salt pretzels!
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 6:05pm [Dine in]

Looking to pick up some fresh bread we headed down the road to find several options but stumbled into Tripke's.

This is very much a neighbourhood style bakery. While the space itself is tidy little eye-pleasing is put into the visual appeal of the bakery, rather the breads and baked goods are what does the selling. There seems to be a sizable seating area behind the bakery, which I can only surmise to be part of Tripke's.

We ended up only with a loaf of white french bread. It had a not too thick and not too thin crust and fluffy innards. We passed on the cookies and cakes and even the local specialty of ogopogos eggs and went with the jumbo salt pretzel. It's a rare find of sorts great when fresh. The course salt crystals compliments the chewy, bagel like texture from the pretzel.

You'll be able to the catch the attention of one of several staffers behind the display cases but the actual service seems to feel a little indifferent depending on who you get. Either way, they do seem helpful with questions their way.

Good find down Bernard.

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Must stop in Kelowna
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 5:52pm [Dine in]

The truth is I do not have a sweet tooth per se, but I do enjoy well made pastries and the girlfriend and I believe we have likely found the best source in Kelowna.

On the outside it looks like any other pastry shop but on the inside, the conspicuous whites and simply decorated design draws you into the window displays at the island showcasing their delights.

We didn't know when we would be back so instead we went a bit grand on the picks. For cakes, she picked the Opera, a layered cake with a ganache glaze, a classic black forest, a hazelnut chocolate, a brownie and a Fraisier strawberry shortcake. The assortment ranges from pillowy light to densely rich yet lacks the intense sweetness or heaviness from crudely prepared alternatives. We also picked up a few brioche buns, flaky croissants, an apple and raisin danish, the incredible frangipane and a housemade pate for lunch. As good as the cakes were, the frangipane with the almond paste filling is a must buy item.

They are a bit lacking with over the counter staff as 2-3 people with a lengthy order slows down the lone staff up front quite a bit. Still when we were finally able to order, she was incredibly friendly and helpful with selection choices and recommendations. Another small but appreciable gesture is that they tape the bottom of the cakes so they don't slide around inside the box.

Sandrine also has a small selection of meat pies, sorbet, quiches, soups and sandwiches and even take home duck confit so I'm sure we'll have to make the trek back. Recommend.

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Milestones Grill & Bar2121 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
Keeping everyone happy
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, July 11, 2011 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

An excurision out to Kelowna led a group of 6 of us to a more predictable restaurant for a family dinner.

As with all chains, Milestones keeps the tradition with familiarity all around, from the open and trendy design to the loud ambiance and fresh, friendly faces.

The choices were different all around the table from chicken penne to steak frites to black cod to my gf's caesar salad and my chef's cut prime rib. Everyone enjoy their entrees but my gf's salad was heavy on the dressing and shaved asiago and reggiano and topped with stale coutons. My prime rib was surprisingly good with a nice colour ring from a higher temperature sear and on flavour alone, I would consider it to be better than most if not all Kegs. Drinks were inconsistently made, especially my poorly made pimm's, and at $8 for a single, was terribly expensive for what amounted to was mostly ginger ale.

We liked our amiable server and he was timely for checkups especially given the busy dinner rush at that time. Again, for a chain it was almost expected.

Milestones meets the mark for consistently.

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Cabana Bar and Grille3799 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna
Perfect evening
By FeedMe2 of Kelowna, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, February 25, 2011 - 10:00pm [Dine in]

I had to post this review.We had a perfect dinner at Cabana. We showed up without a reservation, the dining room was full so they sat us in the lounge- we enjoyed our intimate booth.OUr server looked like she was too young to drink, but we soon realized that this young lady loved her job. She spoke with passionately of her favorite wines, and the Chef's best dishes. We went with their homemade pasta with huge scallops- Ive never had fresh pasta before, it was amazing. We also had the Fresh Tuna with a maple glaze- again, perfect. We were told that they have live music in their dining room every Saturday. We will be back.
Good value. not cheap but better value than I had expected.

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Twisted Tomato Pizzeria371 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
Simply the best !
By gpgrand of Revelstoke (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 15, 2010 - 6:00pm [Dine in]

This has to be one of the best , if not the best Pizzeria i have been to . Great service, comfortable seating areas for everyones desire, and great food ! I will definitely visiting again ! Thank you All A Lot !! it was great !
Me and my family wish you all the best , and will see you around the next time we are in town , keep up the great work .

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Twisted Tomato Pizzeria371 Bernard Avenue, Kelowna
Downtown Dynamite for Kelowna
By blueorchid of Kelowna, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 15, 2010 - 8:21am [Dine in]

This is definitely on of my favorite restaurants in Kelowna. It has only been open a short time but already it is rapidly becoming one of the most popular. I have been there 3 times in the last week. I love the pizza, flatwiches and pasta. The servers are very friendly. The owners have another restaurant in Nelson, BC and are used to catering to special requests.(vegetarian or vegan) Prices are very reasonable and comparable to other restaurants in the area. The decor is elegant, but not pretentious. The only downside is the menus are hard to read with the low lighting, but these are apparently being changed soon. I will certainly return and will tell others about my experience. Welcome to Kelowna "Twisted Tomato" and keep up the great work!

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Old Vines Restaurant3303 Boucherie Road, Kelowna
A must for visitors to Kelowna!
By Ironchef88 of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 10:59am [Dine in]

One of the best dining experience! Food was fresh and quality was amazing. The seafood linguine was superb. Great balance of flavors, adequate portion and plating, all ingredients were complementary. The beef tenderloin penne was to die for. The masterful way of masking the beef with red wine gave it a slightly earthy taste that combines well with the sweet caramelized onion flavor. The penne was also tasty as it was cooked in with the sauce.

The view from the patio was amazing as it overlooks the vineyard, the lake and the mountains. The service was prompt and the staff was friendly! Looking forward to visit again! Perfect lunch!

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Mekong Restaurant1030 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna
This restuarant tops my list
By Ironchef88 of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, May 26, 2010 - 10:36am [Dine in]

...of the worst food a place has to offer.

Ambiance:
Nothing special. You can tell from the decor that it was once a western restaurant and the owners did not bother renovating.

Food:
Let me start out by saying that I've had some bad Chinese food before, but this one tops the list. We ordered beef chow mien and sweet and sour chicken. The beef chow mien was unbearably salty, even for me who enjoys salty dishes. It was prepared as if left overs were just thrown into one plate since there was an uneven proportion of noodles and meat. We returned the dish after barely touching it. That was the first time in my life I returned a dish back since I usually I just "deal" with it.

The sweet and sour sauce and pineapple tasted bland, the meat was as tough as rubber that I literally had jaw pains the next morning. Obviously it was frozen meat. Even the rice was tough and "dirty" looking as if they did not wash it before cooking (or microwaving as we heard one beep).

Service:
The only semi-positive thing about this whole ordeal was the service. The waitress was polite and accommodating.

Value:
The bill came to a total of $16 with tip, which amounts to just the barely edible sweet and sour chicken and rice. Worst $16 I have ever spent. I should have listened to my instincts and went for mall food which would have tasted a lot better.

Pros: The waitress waived the bill for the chow mein
Cons: everything else. I can also imagine how their kitchen (nightmares) looks like

If you venture out to Kelowna, stay away from this place. I was almost tempted to tell the owner to be ashamed of themselves for passing their food as Chinese! 1030 Harvey will be forever embedded in my mind.

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Cabana Bar and Grille3799 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna
Poor Food Conbination, but excellent service
By food_lover of Vancouver, BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, April 3, 2010 - 10:41pm [Dine in]

The restaurant has a very good service, awesome jazz music, and a cool place. However, the food combination is kind of weird for me. I came here with my friend. I ordered sabblefish and scallop while my friend ordering the halibut. When the food came, I a bit surprised since my sabblefish and scallop was combined with rice. My food came with a pretty light sauce. As you know, rice usually absorbs any liquid, so did with my sauce. Poorly, when i ate the food, i could not really feel the taste of the sauce. So, overall, it was kind of bitter. Actually, i expected something more from here.

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