Penticton Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Penticton

October 15, 2017 Leida Jutras

Nestled between the Okanagan Lake to the north and Skaha Lake to the south, Penticton is a vibrant Rocky Mountain city offering no shortage of things to do, from hiking or biking the Kettle Valley Trail to skiing Apex Mountain to climbing the Skaha Bluffs. For a more relaxed vacation, Penticton boasts 28 golf courses, including 7 championship courses, and is home to 88 wineries and plenty of fruit orchards. Join residents in celebrating the annual harvest at the wildly popular Peach Festival.
Things to do in Penticton

1. La Casa Ouzeria Restaurant

1090 Main St, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 5E5, Canada Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Private Dining, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Mediterranean, Greek, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$47 - HK$181 +1 250-492-9144
Excellent
64%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 584 reviews

La Casa Ouzeria Restaurant

Welcome to La Casa Ouzeria Restaurant! Your hosts the Portalakis Family welcome you to the La Casa Ouzeria Restaurant. La Casa Ouzeria has been a fixture in Penticton for over 19 years providing the best in Greek and Italian Cusine. Our restaurant exudes a style that is authentic Greek reminiscent of the magical country itself. La Casa Ouzeria is family owned and operated. Our experienced staff radiates a warm, gracious and lively spirit that serves to convey a sense of assurance to fully exceed the expectations of our guests. We invite you take a look around our website and please give us a call to reserve your table tonight! Our goal is to offer traditional food and a style of service that will make you feel welcome and special. We prepare our dishes with sensitivity and care and we hope that your visit to La Casa Ouzeria Restaurant will be a memorable one. The Portalakis Family and Staff thank you for choosing La Casa Ouzeria Restaurant for your dining pleasures; where nobody is a stranger, they just haven't met yet. Enjoy. OPA!

Reviewed By madelk2011

We were apart of large group (15 people) for a friend's party. The Food was all right. The Service could off been better. When the Bill arrived we noticed a 18% Gratuity was added. The server made an announcement that because we are a group larger then 10. A 18% Gratuity was automatically added. Service or Food was NOT worth an 18% Gratuity.

2. Theo's Restaurant

687 Main St, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 5C9, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$94 - HK$149 +1 250-492-4019
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 825 reviews

Theo's Restaurant

Theo's is a family run Greek restaurant which opened in 1976. We use fresh produce from our garden when available and work with our local farmers and suppliers in the Okanagan valley to provide a menu which is both rooted in Greek village cooking and inspired by Okanagan ingredients.

Reviewed By 21226 - Penticton, Canada

Have recently moved to Penticton and have had 2 dinners at this lovely restaurant. We have been to Greece and the atmosphere and food is reminiscent of anything found on the Islands of Kos, Mykonos or Rhodes. Have had the Greek ribs and shank of lamb which are excellent. Very nice menu and the service id top drawer. Try the home made ice cream, simply the best.

3. Villa Rosa Restaurant

795 Westminster Ave W, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 1K9, Canada Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$86 - HK$165 +1 250-490-9595
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 504 reviews

Villa Rosa Restaurant

Villa Rosa Ristorante opened its doors in the Spring of 1996 in our same original location, right here at 795 Westminster Avenue West. In Beautiful Penticton, British Columbia, Canada. Over the years we have built our reputation by offering consistently great food with an extensive local BC and Italian wine list. Together they truly compliment our atmosphere and make for a unforgettable experience.The Okanagan has been very good to us over the years in both providing world-class quality wine and the most amazing fresh produce possible, as well as a tremendous amount of guests over the years, many who have also become great friends!!

Reviewed By Britishcanadianeh - Kelowna, Canada

1. Location: On a main road to the west of downtown, and the north side of Penticton. Easy by car, bus nearby, adequate parking on site 8.5/10
2. Décor: Stand alone building, wood panelling, fireplace, paintings on walls, some bench Seating but mostly wood chairs with minimal padding. 7.5/10
3. Ambiance: Soft big band sound, contemporary singers, warm, decorated with lights and crown moulding shelf 8.5/10
4. Menu: Italian, upmarket, decent selection, good selection of wines and by the glass. 8.5/10
5. Service: Overall quite good, a delay receiving bread but otherwise attentive. Gave suggestions. 8.5/10
6. Freshness: cold crispy salad, perhaps @ tad too much dressing, warm delicious bread with balsamic and olive oil. 8/10
7. Presentation: Hot plate, decent portion vegetables, good portion of entrée, nice plates, flatware, white table cloth , stemware quite good, cloth napkins, candle lighting. 9/10
8. Palate: Bread- soft – warm, pasta delicious, chicken parmigiana great, Veal cooked perfectly 9.5/10
9. Intangibles: Book with open table, large summer patio area, friendly service greeting and departing. 9/10
10. Value: Mineral water, glass of wine, 3 salads, 3 entrees - $118 9/10
TOTAL 86/100

4. The Vanilla Pod Restaurant

425 Middle Bench Rd N, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8S5, Canada Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Wine Bar, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$126 - HK$337 +1 250-493-9463
Excellent
55%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 427 reviews

The Vanilla Pod Restaurant

At The Vanilla Pod restaurant, our cuisine style is focussed on local and seasonal ingredients with an underlying emphasis on flavour. Key ingredients include fresh herbs which in the summer months are picked from the herb garden next to the restaurant.Tapas style dishes of international and mediterranean flavours combined with fresh Okanagan ingredients make for a delightful exploration of contemporary cuisine. Visual presentation is as important as innovation in flavour with judicious use of spices and other seasonings being central to the dishes created by Executive Chef Bruno Terroso.

Reviewed By BCKootenay - Kootenays, British Columbia

This is a place that you need a map to get to and the destination is certainly worth the journey. Fresh food, platted stunningly, with a huge variety of choices and daily specials. Wonderful surroundings, expert staff, helpful menu, and superb offerings.Thank you for you review. We are happy that you enjoyed your dinning experience with us and look forward to your return. Regard. Paul

5. Il Vecchio's

317 Robinson St, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 4M9, Canada Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Delicatessen, Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch HK$39 - HK$78 +1 250-492-7610
Excellent
77%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 145 reviews

Il Vecchio's

Reviewed By Carolyn H - Victoria, Canada

Don't despair about a lineup if there is one. The sandwiches are worth the wait and very reasonably priced at this deli smack across from the Bus depot. We stopped here to get a Sandwich while pedalling the Kettle Valley Railway.

6. Walla Artisan Bakery & Cafe

114-1475 Fairview Rd | The Cannery, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 7W5, Canada Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Digital Payments Cafe, European, Canadian, Mediterranean, Delicatessen, Middle Eastern, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner HK$39 - HK$149 +1 250-770-2001
Excellent
86%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 95 reviews

Walla Artisan Bakery & Cafe

We are a unique artisan bakery and bistro located in the center of Penticton, serving delicious, rustic dishes for brunch and lunch, all made from scratch with natural ingredients. Our breads and buns are fermented for 3 days and made without any additives. We also have a variety of artisan foods to take home, and from May to October you can find us every Saturday at the local downtown market on Front St.

Reviewed By SueCQOkanagan - Oliver, Canada

My husband and I just had a fabulous lunch at Walla! We shared an awesome Greek salad and the house smoked pastrami Sandwich, picture attached I hope! The pastrami was served on a delicious focaccia bun, with homemade pickles, tomato with onion & olives, au jus, Dijon mustard & a lovely hot sauce whose name I forget. Everything is homemade & made to order so super fresh & delicious. Give it a try: you won't be disappointed!

7. Lachi - Fine Indian Cuisine

510 Main St, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 5C7, Canada (Formerly Naveli) Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Indian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner HK$78 - HK$118 +1 778-476-5665
Excellent
64%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 272 reviews

Lachi - Fine Indian Cuisine

TASTE THE REAL INDIAN FOOD. We’ll make each dish to your liking, from mild to extra spicy and everything in between.Please come and join us for lunch or dinner. We also provide Takeout and Delivery

Reviewed By Glee4462

I used to love coming here but the last few times I came the older lady who works there just gives me the nastiest looks. Makes me so uncomfortable. I thought maybe I was overreacting and even brought my sister in. She was shocked to see the lady just scowling at us. I believe she may be racist or something. It ruins the whole experience as I feel so uncomfortable even going in. Maybe she is just a rude old lady because come to think of it there was a time she hung up on me while I was ordering Takeout. I was only able to order half the items I wanted. Will start going elsewhere.

8. The Bistro at Hillside Winery

1350 Naramata Rd, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8T6, Canada Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Canadian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$47 - HK$212 +1 250-493-6274
Excellent
55%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 434 reviews

The Bistro at Hillside Winery

Head Chef Brent Pillion and his team at The Bistro serve exceptional, contemporary wine country cuisine complemented by breathtaking views of vineyard and Lake Okanagan. Located in the heart of Naramata Bench wine region, Hillside prides itself in proving its customers with the “Ultimate Naramata Experience”. Hillside’s well-equipped cellar, under the direction Winemaker Kathy Malone, produces top quality Okanagan Valley wines destined for many markets. Unique, small-lot, and terroir-driven are terms best used to describe our wines. Our focus is showcasing hand-crafted wine made exclusively from our estate vineyards and other Naramata grape growers.

Reviewed By GVancouver - Vancouver, Canada

We've usually had lunch in the sun at Hillside. This time we went for dinner on a chilly evening.
The room was warm and cozy. Service was solid. The menu encourages sharing. That's always a pain with only two people. I wish restaurants would forget that concept.
Anyway, that personal geipe aside, the food was very good. We ordered too many dishes. The portions turned out to be a bit bigger than we anticipated. I suggest starting with one or two dishes and ordering more if necessary. We ordered everything at once. It came out in kind of haphazard order. That was a roomie mistake on our part.
Hillside Bistro makes an excellent choice for an evening put with friends. With only two of us we would be more selective in our menu selections, but would still go back.

9. The Bench Market

368 Vancouver Ave, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 1A5, Canada Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Canadian, Delicatessen, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch HK$31 - HK$94 +1 250-492-2222
Excellent
60%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 381 reviews

The Bench Market

The Bench Market is set at the entrance to the much-travelled Naramata Bench winery route. The Bench offers daily breakfast, weekend brunch, baked goods, gourmet lunch, takeaway meals, catering, and grocery - along with the best coffee in town, made using locally-roasted organic beans. The healthy menu items are made from scratch using fresh, local ingredients. All meats and eggs are from BC-raised, ethically treated animals. And the shelves are stocked with a wide variety of unique, local artisan grocery items. Stop by and see how we're "keeping it local and making it fresh!"

Reviewed By dannyfostersails - Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Always good here. Coffee/espresso very good and tasty breakfast. The place has a cool vibe with locals mostly. Lots to look at for shopping and a tasty menu.

10. Wild Scallion

75 Front St, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 1H2, Canada Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Canadian, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Brunch, Dinner 250-486-8117
Excellent
59%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 188 reviews

Wild Scallion

Reviewed By funtravels4me - British Columbia, Canada

It was not the plan to go to Wild Scallion but the other restaurants in the area were closed this Monday for lunch and we had already parked the car in a metered zone.
We sat in a nice outdoor Seating area and browsed through the menu. ' Where is the meat?' I said to my friend. It seems we were in a mostly Vegan restaurant and there was only one meat option -- teriyaki chicken. The server helped us with the menu and we both finally chose the noodle bowl with teriyaki chicken. She warned us that it was on the hot side. It was a lovely looking dish - I even took a picture of it. The server was right - it had some heat to it! However, it was very tasty and enjoyable. It had a number of raw vegetables as well as mushrooms. The noodles were rice noodles so appropriate for gluten free people. In fact, most of their menu is gluten free. We couldn't finish the dish so we brought the rest of it home.
Lunch was a delightful surprise. The next time I'm in Penticton, I will go to Wild Scallion by choice!

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