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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” (29 reviews)
“potato cakes” (18 reviews)
“chickpea salad” (12 reviews)
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Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
425 Middle Bench Rd N, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8S5, Canada
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The food from the chefs was very good but the service was not what it should be. Waiters shouldn't be cleaning the windows during dinner service with twenty guests still eating. Restaurant has potential but is not yet there!

Thank PibNort
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went to the Vanilla Pod with my parents and we had a very nice time! We ordered the flatbread and the charcuterie plate to share. The plate was like a different sandwich each time and the flatbread was like a truly excellent pizza (although...More

Thank AriaDream
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food was excellent as usual, especially the flatbread. Though it did seem like the portions may be a little smaller than last year. Went at the end of lunch to avoid the rush, didn't work took too long for food to arrive.

Thank steve R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We enjoyed a late lunch (we practically had the restaurant to ourselves) on a recent trip through the area. We started with a wine tasting - enjoyed chatting with the staff who are super friendly - and then had a delicious meal (with wine, of...More

Thank pwlintunen
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not sure why we waited so long to try this one. We visited on the long weekend in May and had an amazing dinner. The table on the patio with an incredible view of the lake and surrounding area was a perfect setting for a...More

Thank Barrie M
The_Vanilla_Pod, Owner at The Vanilla Pod Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your comments. We look forward to welcoming you back. Paul

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although the food was good the servers were friendly but only showed up occasionally. It was very slow and extremely expensive.

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went here for the first time with friends after work for dinner. It is located on the bench overlooking Penticton and the lake - the view - AMAZING. Our server was very friendly, but the service was slow. We never did get our bill -...More

1  Thank lfjoliver
Reviewed May 16, 2018 via mobile

Fabulous restaurant! Incredible view, great wine list. Salmon was outstanding as was the prawn and chorzio appetizer.

Thank LindajaneR
Reviewed May 9, 2018 via mobile

We had lunch at this restaurant because it was highly recommended. We were not disappointed. We order the potato cake, paella and flourless chocolate torte with an additional scoop of vanilla gelato . They were delicious. The view was great on a sunny day.

Thank JoshChui
Reviewed April 26, 2018 via mobile

First time visit. Beautiful views. Sangria was soooo good! Had a couple of glasses - should have ordered the jug! Potato cakes were mouth watering. I had salmon - crispy outside, very delicious. Hubby had the strip loin and was super impressed. Dessert was flour...More

Thank Brenda R
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August 28, 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
Groups, Local cuisine, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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
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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