From the freshest sustainably-caught fish served al fresco with a table offering glistening views of Okanagan Lake, to warm and comforting pub-style eateries and a nice craft beer from a local microbrewery, these are some of the most dynamic and exciting places to eat in Kelowna.
Today I will introduce you best fine Dining in Kelowna.
Frankie We Salute You
Located in Kelowna’s famed District Market, Chef Brian Skinner is originally from the west coast, but visited the Okanagan since he was a small boy. So it was only a matter of time until he and his wife Christina made their way to Kelowna to open their passion project in 2019 Frankie We Salute You, in honour of his grandfather.
They call the Okanagan “the fruit and veggie capital of the universe.” And they are not wrong. With a Michelin star under his belt, Brian brings his expertise to every one of his patrons, starting with a vegetarian brunch that will have you talking for ages. But don’t be fooled by the casual atmosphere and comfort food menu, this dynamic duo takes it up a notch with their smoked carrots on toast and chickpea fries on perfectly cut blocks with pea-wasabi mayo dip. And that’s just the beginning.
Located in the Four Points by Sheraton at the airport, this is a casual restaurant that offers every bit of the fine dining experience without any of the pretense. They serve contemporary international cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – always with the freshest of ingredients. Their signature dish is thyme and pistachio-crusted salmon with a wilted kale salad, parsnip-apple puree, confit baby tomatoes; all drizzled with a saffron and grilled pepper cream, and finished off with lime leaf yoghurt and seasonal vegetables.
For the ultimate in casual dining with flair, the master chefs travel the world to unearth bold, new flavours, crafting them into amazing signature dishes and making every meal truly unique and memorable. Their creations are made with enthusiasm, passion and love, with a grill-style menu. Start off with Asian-inspired lettuce wraps as an appetizer, then move on to Canadian sliders featuring certified Angus beef. The main course may include exquisite sushi specials, such as Hawaiian tuna tacos and rainbow rolls with Sriracha aioli. Try their rotisserie-roasted split chicken, brined for 24 hours and served with sun-dried tomato gravy. Perfection.
In the heart of Kelowna’s cultural district is this elegant French bistro serving gourmet Parisian cuisine with a menu inspired by nature. It is a super-sensory experience from the moment you walk in – you are transported instantly into France itself with thoughtfully-curated décor, red leather booth seating delicately-pressed white linen, and black boards offering the special du jour. It is the ultimate foodie experience when you start with a sharing platter of chicken liver terrine, wild boar rillettes, saucisson and duck prosciutto, before moving on to the duck cassoulet (a signature dish). End the evening with a decadent crème brulee flight consisting of three unique flavours and a glass of sweet French dessert wine.
RauDZ Regional Table
This distinguished dining establishment with celeb chef Rod Butters uses the simplest local cuisine that allows the original flavours to shine through like no other restaurant. They are devoted to using only top quality, locally-sourced farmers, fisherman and wine producers passionate about sustainable and naturally-raised ingredients. This coupled with the fun, artsy presentation is why RauDZ has risen to the top of the culinary crop. Try their famous frothy crab cappuccino and heavenly bacon-wrapped plums, or the incredibly rich bison short ribs. Or their signature grilled beef tenderloin topped with butter-poached crab, shaved cured bacon and onion jam on a brioche bun served with roasted potatoes and duck fat mayonnaise. But whatever you choose, please leave room for dessert! The double chocolate mashed potato almond brioche served with raspberry sorbet will send you to the moon.
For the sort of hearty cuisine that fulfills gastronomic stereotypes, this third-generation Italian Kelowna staple serves up surprisingly affordable house-made pastas and pizza. Swimming in authenticity, this nearly 40-year institution features homemade pastas, sauces, antipasti, fresh veal picatta, chicken, seafood, and amazing pizzas made by hand. Their extensive wine list pairs your meal with Italian and local Okanagan wines. Using only the freshest, highest-quality ingredients, their dedication to the art of Italian cooking shines through in every single mouth-watering bite. A signature dish is the Spaghetti Alla Bolognese made with their spectacular house-created tomato sauce and meatballs. But not forgetting the fruits of the waters, with their Spicy Penne Diavolo & Prawns and their Smoked Salmon Bruschetta.
Old Vines Restaurant
Regarded as one of the finest restaurants in all of Canada, Old Vines is a true farm-to-table culinary hotspot. The hard-working chefs are experts at creating incredible dishes to highlight the freshest local ingredients on a seasonal basis. Because of this, the menu is always a pleasant surprise every time. With modern twists on classic dishes such as seared scallops with crispy pork belly and oysters on the half shell with fresh horseradish, or Cornish game hen with herb gnocchi and wild BC Coho salmon with side stripe prawns. Set in a beautiful vineyard, they naturally offer a decadent array of award-winning wines to pair with your meal. A signature dish is their 30-day dry-aged Cache Creek beef ribeye with red peppers, crispy potatoes, capers, and chimichurri sauce.