Where to Eat in Kelowna

If it’s been 10 years since your last visit to Kelowna, be ready to gawk and delight at the completely revitalized food and restaurant scene. Even the most sophisticated and discerning of palates will be captivated by the pastries, bread, espresso, wine, and overall dining experience this growing Okanagan community has to offer. Along with the usual favourites (Raudz, Waterfront Wines, Bohemian Cafe), I offer you over TEN culinary attractions to explore in Kelowna.

Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolates

Sandrine French Pastry Chef

1865 Dilworth Dr | 250-860-1202 $$ | Patisserie / Chocolaterie

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A charming French bakery offering fresh daily baking, the latest in French pastry trends and “from scratch” cooking classes with pastry chef and Beaujolais-native, Sandrine, herself. Must tries include the intense vanilla bean macaron, the rare mille-feuille and Sandrine’s flaky pain au chocolat.

Bean Scene Coffee Works

100– 1615 Dickson Ave | 778-484-5445 $$ | Cafe / Roastery

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A roastery and cafe serving espresso drinks and beans rivalling Vancouver's best. Owners Deb and Al aim to compete at the international level in all aspects of their business, including latte art. Beans are roasted on demand (no computer programming is employed), baked goods are made in-house and they use an eco-friendly mist tank and electrostatic filter (instead of a gas afterburner), creating a greener system.

Salted Brick


243 Bernard Ave | 778-484-3234 $ | Canadian

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Rustic farm-to-table cuisine with a focus on house-made charcuterie. Salted Brick is a newer addition to Kelowna's downtown restaurant scene from former executive chef of several Vancouver establishments (The Parker, Boneta etc.), Jason Leizert. Lunch, dinner and weekend brunch are available, but it's the ever-changing brunch menu that we recommend.

Giobean Coffee

1320 Water St | 250-868-2992 $ | Coffee Shop

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Owned and run by Giovanni Lauretta, one of the world's 30 Douwe Egberts coffee specialists, Giobean is widely considered Kelowna's best source for Italian espresso. The cafe's namesake is also one of just five coffee trainers in the UK to be recognized by the specialty coffee association of Europe. Look for Gio and wife Lucy's second location opening soon in the Mission area.

Okanagan Grocery

2355 Gordon Dr | 250-862-2811 $$ | Bakery

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A bakery and mini-grocery store from Western Living Top 40 Foodie Under 40 and self-proclaimed bread geek Monika Walker. Every week, find new loaf types gracing this industrial chic warehouse space's shelves. Think Callebaut Chocolate loaf, peanut butter & jelly loaf and organic apple raisin sourdough. Local cheese, house-made jelly and lots more also on offer.

Tantalus Vineyards

1670 DeHart Rd | 250-764-0078 $$$ | Winery

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This is BC's first LEED certified winery building thanks to an extensive environmental program. What’s especially neat about this riesling, pinot noir and chardonay-centric winery is that 100% of their wines are made from fruit sustainably grown at their vineyard. It might be wise to stock up on cases of Tantalus as you'll see it on Vancouver menus for $20 a glass.

Summerhill Pyramid Winery

4870 Chute Lake Rd | 250-764-8000 $ | Winery

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An Okanagan landmark with a four-storey, solid Egyptian stone pyramid that, dimensions-wise, is identical to the Great Pyramid of Egypt. This spiritual structure is where Summerhill’s organic, biodynamic wines are aged. Founder Stephen Cipes credits all his international wine awards to the effect of sacred geometry on liquids. Must-tries: Cipes Ariel Sparkling Wine and the Syrah ice wine.

Carmelis Goat Cheese Artisan

170 Timberline Rd | 250-764-9033 $$ | Cheesemaker

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A small family dairy boutique specializing in rich, complex, refined cheese made with 100% goat milk. Using traditional techniques learned during multiple trips to France, as many steps as possible are done by hand. Choose from beer-soaked gouda, smoked carmel, goatgonzola and many more. The best part is, you can meet the goats themselves.

Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm

4380 Takla Rd | 250-764-7795 $$ | Lavender Farm

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A family herb farm with sweeping views of Okanagan Lake. Stock up on all things lavender: tea, baking mixes, soap, essential oils and more. In warm months, enjoy a lavender-infused bite on their outdoor deck cafe, Small Bites, and be sure to reserve ahead of time if you'd like to pick lavender yourself during u-pick season (July weekends). Email info@okanaganlavender.com for info.


1500 Water St | 778-484-3500 $$ | Bar / Snacks

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The next door neighbour and little sister restaurant to award-winning Raudz Regional Table. This 900sqft space is cozy, dim and centred around a beautiful bar made with BC wood. You won't find fancy stemware here; with barrel-aged hi-balls, local and international wines and beer and craft cocktails, Micro is simple and unpretentious. Same goes for the ever-changing tapas menu, which includes dishes like burnt honey baba ghanoush, cornmeal gnocchi and pommes frites. They're open 3pm to late every day.


1560 Water St | 250-868-8805 $$$ | West Coast

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Widely considered Kelowna's best restaurant, Raudz is the place to be if you're craving a lively atmosphere, a great plate of food or a sip of Okanagn-made wine. Local ingredients are the supreme focus here, and they are done justice through the craftsmanship of Chef Rod Butters and Executive Chef Brock Bowes (winner of Chopped Canada). The menu is meaty - think ling cod with smoked octopus, bison flatiron with roasted peach jus and blue potato crisps. Good news for veggie lovers, aside from the gnocchi, there is a secret veg dish available - just ask.