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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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Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“paella” (33 reviews)
“potato cakes” (20 reviews)
“chickpea salad” (12 reviews)
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CUISINES
Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$$$
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Food
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LOCATION
425 Middle Bench Rd N, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8S5, Canada
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1 - 10 of 485 reviews

Reviewed November 6, 2018

Our dinner here was great. The only disappointment was I wanted the fix price menu with wine pairings but both of us needed to order it. We were not going to let that ruin our evening. Food presentation and taste were just wonderful.More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Mac2929
The_Vanilla_Pod, Manager at The Vanilla Pod Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Dear Mac2929, Thank you for your review. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your evening. The fixed tasting menu is indeed a wonderful treat for anyone. It is designed to be enjoyed by a minimum of two people however in the future please...More

Reviewed November 6, 2018

We enjoyed the chef's choice dinner and the experience was amazing. The food, service, wine and view are hard to beat.More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Riplees Ranch O
The_Vanilla_Pod, Manager at The Vanilla Pod Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Dear Riplees Ranch O, Thank you for joining us and thank you for your review. It is always a joy for us to read that our guests experienced our chef's menu and that you truly enjoyed it. It's reviews like this that encourage us to...More

Reviewed October 30, 2018

The the Vanilla Pod restaurant is located within the same building as Poplar Grove winery. With such an interesting name for a restaurant, why wouldn't you want to check it out! The dining room has floor to ceiling windows that overlook a terrace and beyond...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Wanda K
The_Vanilla_Pod, Manager at The Vanilla Pod Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Dear Wanda K, Thank you for your positive review. What a great description of our dining room and views of our vineyards. We are so glad you came across us and enjoyed your lunch. The potato cakes are a wonderful treat and will always hit...More

Reviewed October 28, 2018

Great view, great service, great food, fantastic wine then the bill. lol Yes it is expensive but worth every penny. We will return. Inside seating or out. always room for desert.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank bill9298
The_Vanilla_Pod, Manager at The Vanilla Pod Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 31, 2018

Dear bill9298, Thank you for joining us and thank you for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed our food, wine and service. Indeed save room for dessert as our pastries are delicious. We look forward to seeing you again, Olivia Halla Manager

Reviewed October 25, 2018 via mobile

A friend and I thoroughly enjoyed the multi-course menu last year and despite the price ($159 for 6 courses with matched wines) we decided to go again this year. Unfortunately the food was not as enjoyable this year as last. The servings of food were...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank wendyworldly
The_Vanilla_Pod, Manager at The Vanilla Pod Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 26, 2018

Dear wendyworldly, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. The six course Wine Festival menu that we offer is a unique way to try new dishes and wine pairings that are not usually available as our chef only curates this menu twice...More

Reviewed October 18, 2018 via mobile

This is on the top of our list when we visit. The menu is interesting and food is prepared well. Wine selection is limited, but they do carry a small handful of wines from other producers. The duck breast is awesome.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank giffenk
The_Vanilla_Pod, Manager at The Vanilla Pod Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 20, 2018

October 20th 2019, Dear giffenk, Thank you for your review, we were pleased to read that you enjoyed your visit and we are delighted that you are able to join us whenever you are in town. Thank you for taking the time to comment on...More

Reviewed October 10, 2018

Took my family for an evening dinner, all 12 of us. The service was excellent, Taunya was very efficient, all food arrived at the same time, steaks were cooked as ordered.Duck was extremely tasty, the pasta was reported as the best he had ever had....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jknow2000
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

Resto part of Poplar Grove winery, so very nice wine selection, although by glass, mostly new releases so not as robust / mature. Interesting food to sample local fish and tastes, although miso halibut slightly overdone/dry, but lovely veggies!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sanjay M
Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

We were part of a photo group of 11 people dining at the Vanilla Pod after a day long shoot. The room is very open, modern, well lit and comfortable. Noise level is low. Service was excellent. We pre ordered for the group, and everyone...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Wallatom
Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

Professional staff service, exceptional food and wine.....best to sit outside weather allowing....incredible bench top valley/vineyard view.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Gray T
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$15 - US$41
Meals
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
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, View, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Monday
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesday
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wednesday
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thursday
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Friday
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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
  • E-mail
Description
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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