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Okanagan Fine Dining 2022/23: 10 Kelowna Restaurants With The Best Reviews

AJ Hazzi

After becoming a Realtor® in 2002, AJ Hazzi noticed a gap in the market and in 2008 he founded Vantage West Realty, a boutique firm dedicated to serv...

After becoming a Realtor® in 2002, AJ Hazzi noticed a gap in the market and in 2008 he founded Vantage West Realty, a boutique firm dedicated to serv...

Dec 1 13 minutes read

Women clinking wine glasses and sharing a plate on a night out.

Looking for an excellent restaurant to eat, drink, and be merry in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada? Not sure where to eat in Kelowna?

This article shows you 10 of the best fine dining restaurants in Kelowna, BC - based on Google reviews as of Sept. 29, 2022 - and our own personal experiences.

From white-tablecloth restaurants along Okanagan Lake to family-run bistros in West Kelowna, Kelowna’s fine dining restaurants are perfect for date night or an evening out with family & friends.

Kelowna’s best restaurants are known for local ingredients, ethically-harvested meats, welcoming atmospheres, sauces made in-house, and extensive selections of local Okanagan wines. Our dry, warm Okanagan climate makes our region one of the best wine-producing regions in all of Canada - especially for pinot noir, merlot, syrah, and riesling grapes. As one of Canada’s largest orchard regions, our fancy restaurants (fine dining establishments) embrace fruit-forward dishes, desserts, and creative cocktails.


Best Kelowna Restaurants & Okanagan Valley Restaurants | Kelowna Fine Dining 2022/23

Fancy Restaurants Kelowna | Best Places to Eat Kelowna, BC | Food Near Me

Frankie, We Salute You! (Plant-based fine dining)

4.8 Stars

Vibe:

Frankie, We Salute You! is a new Kelowna vegetarian restaurant and bar serving modern vegetarian and vegan fare complimented by Okanagan wine, beer, ciders, craft cocktails, and vegan desserts.

Reserve a table in their modern dining room or outdoor patio for the best vegetarian culinary experience in Kelowna, BC. We loved the broccoli tacos, mushroom burger, and their innovative cocktail menu. Even the non-vegetarians in your group will enjoy the vibrant flavors and generous portions at Frankie.

Frankie, We Salute You! is centrally located in the Kelowna Landmark area on Harvey Ave and Kirschner Rd They also offer a plant-based takeout and delivery service if you'd rather enjoy your meal at home.

Favorites:

Plant-based Chorizo Ranchera Bowl, Famous Pumpkin Ramen, You Had Me at Falafel (plate)

Location: 1717 Harvey Ave #6, Kelowna

Open: 11am to 8:30pm (Tues-Thurs, Sunday), 11am to 9pm (Fri-Sat)

Phone: (236) 420-3338


Waterfront Wines | Kelowna Restaurant Downtown

4.5 Stars

Vibe:

Waterfront Wines Restaurant is a locally-owned Kelowna restaurant on Sunset Drive in Kelowna’s North End.

Their small, open dining room provides one of the very best restaurant experiences in Kelowna, BC. Head chef and Sommelier Mark Filatow has earned Waterfront Wines Restaurant a gold medal for “Okanagan’s Best Restaurant” by Vancouver Magazine 10 years in a row.

Sit at the bar for a fun social evening, or get a private booth for a quiet date night. This is a popular restaurant, so we recommend reserving your table well in advance.

Dishes are prepared with local & organic ingredients complemented by premium Okanagan wines. Their feature menu changes regularly, giving you plenty of reason to go back.

Favorites:

Tapas plate, Charcuterie board, Locally grown mushrooms, Risotto with scallops, Heritage Angus Flat Iron (signature dish), Feature fish

Location: 1180 Sunset Dr

Open: 5pm to 10pm, Tuesday to Saturday

Phone: (250) 979-1222

Raudz Regional Table | Downtown Kelowna Restaurant

4.5 Stars

The Vibe:

Raudz Regional Table is a one of the best Downtown Kelowna restaurants known for its great cocktail bar, softly lit lounge room, and gourmet kitchen.

Their local farm-to-table menu features local produce, fruits, and berries paired with a wide selection of international and Okanagan wines.

You’ll get expert, 5-star service from their team who will romance each dish and offer wine pairing suggestions. Plates come to your table meticulously crafted and looking like fine art.

Overall, Raudz offers a casual and intimate scene that’s perfect for a Kelowna dinner or Kelowna date night.

Raudz seasonal menu changes regularly, giving you plenty of reason to keep coming back to try the cuisine.

Menu favorites:

Charcuterie board, Fresh mussels, Gnocchi, Arctic char, Rack of lamb, Double-chocolate mashed-potato almond brioche, Lollipop cocktails

Location: 1560 Water Street

Open: 5:30pm to 10pm, Tuesday to Saturday

Phone: (250) 868-8805

Bouchons Bistro | Restaurant in Downtown Kelowna, BC

4.5 Stars

The Vibe:

Bouchons Bistro is an upscale French restaurant with an extensive wine list located across from Prospera Place in Downtown Kelowna.

Their formal, white tablecloth atmosphere and French-speaking wait staff creates an authentic French cuisine experience you won’t find anywhere else in the Okanagan Valley.

Bouchons Bistro's gourmet dishes are expertly crafted with ethically-raised meat, local produce, rich cheeses and paired with a vast selection of Okanagan, French, and international wines.

Reserve a table in their intimate dining room or get a spot on their outdoor terrace. Bouchons French bistro is a perfect spot for a date night or pre-concert dinner downtown.

Menu favorites:

Belgian endive salad, Escargots, Duck leg confit (cassoulet), Seafood bouillabaisse, Fraser Valley rabbit, Steak tartare, Filet mignon.

Location: 1180 Sunset Drive

Open: 5pm to 10pm, Wednesday to Sunday

Phone: (250) 763-6595

Terrace Restaurant at Mission Hill Family Estate Winery | West Kelowna Restaurant

4.5 Stars

The Vibe:

Terrace Restaurant is perched high up on Mount Boucherie above Okanagan Lake in the Mission Hill neighborhood of West Kelowna.

With gourmet food, world-renowned wines, and exceptional service, The Terrace offers a truly memorable experience and is one of the best restaurants with a view in Kelowna.

As you step foot onto their exquisitely manicured property, you’ll see fantastic views overlooking the vineyards of West Kelowna and the surrounding mountains of the Okanagan Valley.

In the summertime, gentle misters and patio umbrellas keep you cool at your table.

If you’re heading here for a late breakfast or afternoon lunch, you might as well schedule a wine tour to make the day complete. Their 2-course lunch or 4-course dinner set menu changes regularly.

Menu favorites: 

Eggs benedict, Estate made charcuterie & BC cheese, Wild scallops with lemongrass broth, FalkLand Farms Hen’s Breast, Whole Roasted Dry Aged Beef Rib Eye

Notable Wines: 

2016 Quatrain, 2018 Reserve Merlot, 2019 Terroir Collection Chardonnay, 2018 Prospectus


Open: 11:30am - 2:30pm; 5 - 8pm, 7 days a week

Location: 1730 Mission Hill Rd, West Kelowna, BC V4T 2E4

Phone: (250) 768-6467

Hidden Gem Restaurant | Downtown Kelowna

4.4 Stars

Vibe:

Hidden Gem is a Downtown Kelowna restaurant that’s been getting rave reviews since opening their doors in 2017.

Originally converted from a residential house, Hidden Gem serves delicious food in a unique home-like feeling. You can dine outside on the ground-floor patio surrounded by plants & flowers, or head upstairs for a table in the dining room.

With over 30 years of cooking experience, their head chef is sure to impress with rich sauces, gorgeously plated meals, and fantastic desserts. Their seasonal menu is always changing with fresh fish, meats, and vegetarian options, making it one of Kelowna's best fine dining restaurants.

Hidden Gem is a Great place to take somebody special on Valentine’s day. Their venue is also available for private parties and events.

Favorites:

French onion soup, Crab cakes, Salmon filet with caper beurre blanc, Tagliatelle chicken alfredo confit

Location: 526 Lawrence Ave

Open: 5pm to 10pm, Wednesday to Sunday

Phone: (250) 470-0032

Lakeside Dining Room at The El Dorado, Okanagan Lake | South Pandosy

4.3 Stars

The Vibe:

Lakeside Dining Room at the El Dorado Hotel is a Kelowna restaurant with indoor and outdoor service next to Okanagan Lake in the South Pandosy area.

For an elegant experience, sit in their lakefront dining room to enjoy European-inspired cuisine with farm-to-table ingredients and local Okanagan wines.

For a casual evening, sit outside on the dock or take a happy hour at the Eldorado Lounge and Whiskey Room with the largest selection of whiskeys in the Okanagan.

The Lakeside summer patio is a popular spot for brunch and well-known in the Kelowna boating scene, so be sure to make reservations.

Menu favorites: 

Eggs benedict, Halibut, Chicken leg confit, Dorchester beef curry

Location: 500 Cook Rd Unit 2, Kelowna, British Columbia

Open: 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Phone: (250) 869-6067

KRAFTY Kitchen + Bar - Farm to Table Restaurant | Downtown Kelowna

4.3 Stars

The Vibe:

KRAFTY is a farm to table Kelowna restaurant and wine bar with a fun, casual atmosphere located downtown on Lawrence Ave, just steps from Okanagan Lake.

Every Sunday they host a hip hop brunch with pumping 90’s music, delicious cocktails, and a ton of positive energy.

When the weather’s nice, KRAFTY’s a great spot for burgers and beer on their outdoor patio.

Orchard Room is a latin-inspired “sister” of KRAFTY that’s located 2 doors down the street - a great place for tapas, tacos, and rum cocktails.

Menu favorites:

Deviled eggs, Cobb Salad, Beef tartare, Truffled mac and cheese, Charred vegan caesar

Location: 281 Lawrence Ave

Check KRAFTY’s webpage for opening hours and reservations.

The Modest Butcher Kitchen + Market | Fine Dining in West Kelowna, BC

4.3 Stars

The Vibe:

Located in the Lakeview Heights neighborhood, The Modest Butcher is a new West Kelowna restaurant known for excellent steak, fine wines, and stunning views above Mt. Boucherie Estate Winery and Okanagan Lake.

Enjoy masterfully mixed cocktails, an extensive menu of BC wines, and delicious plates made with local produce, cheeses, and meats. On our visit, we had outstanding service, a great South Okanagan Zinfandel, and fantastic meals all around.

Our menu favorites:

Tequila Zombie, Boucherie Charcuterie, The Tomahawk (signature dish), The NY Strip, Pan-roasted BC halibut, Freestyle cheesecake

Location: 829 Douglas Rd, West Kelowna

Open: 11am to 9pm, 7 days a week

Phone: (250) 769-8803

Old Vines Restaurant - Quails Gate Estate Winery

4.2 Stars

Vibe:

Old Vines is a family-owned winery restaurant at Quails Gate Estate, one of Kelowna’s finest wineries.

You’ll enjoy local ingredients prepared by award-winning chefs complemented by postcard views of the vineyard, Lake Okanagan, and the surrounding mountains.

Known for flavorful dishes and gorgeous food presentation, Old Vines Restaurant is one of the best-reviewed fine dining establishments in Kelowna.

Sit inside, on the patio, or get takeout if you’re more of a homebody.

Quails Gate Estate Winery is an award-winning Okanagan vineyard with over 60 years of growing experience. They’re now famous for their chardonnay, dry riesling, and pinot noir wines.

Old Vines has already won 3 Open Table Awards:

  • ‘Most Romantic Restaurants’ 2020

  • ‘Most Scenic Dining Restaurants’ 2019

  • Top 100 Restaurants 2016-2017 in Canada by Open Table

Menu favorites:

Duck breast served with blueberry compote & jus, Beef striploin with roast potatoes & farmers vegetables, Artisan cheese plate

Notable Wines:

2019 Queue, 2019 Pinot Noir, 2017 Stewart Reserve Chardonnay

Location: 3303 Boucherie Rd, West Kelowna

Open: 11am to 9:30pm, 7 days a week

Phone: (250) 769-2500

OAK + CRU Social Kitchen & Wine Bar

4.0 Stars

The Vibe:

For a one-of-a-kind culinary experience, check out Oak + CRU - an “upscale casual” Kelowna restaurant located inside the Delta Grand Hotel downtown.

OAK + CRU will tantalize your taste buds with dishes prepared using fresh ingredients and served alongside an extensive menu of wines from over 200 Okanagan wineries.

For an intimate social experience, reserve The Cellar - a private table located inside their wine cellar. If you like being part of the scene, grab a seat at The Fire Deck to watch the chefs prepare their meticulously crafted dishes.

In summer, their outdoor patio offers gorgeous lakefront views and people watching next to the Waterfront Park lagoon.

They’re open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner everyday.

Menu favorites:

Eggs benedict with hollandaise, Wild mushroom burger, Pepperoni pizza served with truffle aioli, Farro & roast cauliflower enchiladas, Alberta beef rib eye

Location: 1310 Water St

Open: 7am to 11pm, 7 days a week

Phone: (250) 869-3508

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