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The Vanilla Pod Restaurant

425 Middle Bench Rd N, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8S5, Canada
+1 250-493-9463
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good26%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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“paella” (27 reviews)
“tasting menu” (12 reviews)
“duck breast” (7 reviews)
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Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
425 Middle Bench Rd N, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8S5, Canada
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Reviewed 5 days ago

The Vanilla Pod is well patronized in the Okanagan and has a well-justified reputation. Overlooking the southern reaches of the lake, its functional modern style is both welcoming and comfortable. There's a quiet confidence in the staff which emanates from the maitre'd /manager and from...More

Thank lepageco
Reviewed 1 week ago

Poplar Grove’s greatest strength lies not with its winery but with The Vanilla Pod restaurant it sits beside. And that speaks volumes given how impressive the winery is. Generally, you’ll have to cut through the tasting room, potentially sampling wines to pair with your meal....More

Thank PrinceGastronome
Reviewed 1 week ago

Came here since we were told it's a nice restaurant with a view in Penticton. We were dressed casually for a day in the Okanagan with walking, however, we were treated very poorly at this restaurant perhaps for having a light lunch (soup and bread)...More

Thank Anna M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our lunch stop when touring with 11 new friends in Penticton. Excellent choice. We sat out on patio, had a great selection of food. I chose the Paella and it was delicious. Good service and a great camaraderie between us and the server.

Thank Mary-Ann T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lunch with friends on the patio overlooking Penticton and Okanagan Lake. Outstanding! Food was excellent, as was the Pinot Gris. Service was excellent also. We have been there before and will certainly return. Put this one on your list.

Thank Ridelikeyoustoleit
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Enjoyed an excellent lunch on a sunny afternoon overlooking Lake Okaganan. Great service and great food. The view of the lake is superb and the surrounding are quite lovely. Would highly recommend stopping here.

Thank 866ElizabethJ
Reviewed 22 May 2017

Beautiful venue , amazing view of the lake and staff that were helpful and professional. Started with a wine tasting , which led to lunch and a perfectly paired wine with our meal. We have booked a birthday dinner for our son...looking forward to another...More

Thank chris540x5
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Staff and owner go out of their way to make sure your dining experience is the best that it can be. Have been numerous times, the best food in the area.

Thank Wilma B
The_Vanilla_Pod, Owner at The Vanilla Pod Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2017

Thank you for your kind words. This weekend is one of our busiest and we have several new staff in training so it important that we know we are on the right track. Regards Paul

Reviewed 19 May 2017

Have eaten here twice and both times it's been awesome! Book early if you want a spot on the patio. The views are outstanding the wine is great and the staff are friendly. Love this place and looking forward to my next visit.

Thank BurgerBillEh
Reviewed 19 May 2017

We had a reservation for 12 people for lunch as part of a birthday celebration. We were a bit late but they were ok with it. We also added a few people and 2 children, and even asked for a high chair. The staff treated...More

Thank ccriderYVR
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Is there a dress code?
28 August 2015|
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Response from Janet B | Reviewed this property |
When we ate here, it was extremely hot and we ate outside. Most of the women were wearing summer dresses and the men were in dressy shorts. Nothing too formal. In my opinion, this is a restaurant that serves excellent food... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$42
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 Middle Bench Rd N, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8S5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Okanagan Valley  >  Penticton
  • Phone Number: +1 250-493-9463
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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.
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