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“The great food is only exceeded by the magnificent view” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Grapevine Restaurant

The Grapevine Restaurant
Ranked #61 of 610 Restaurants in Kelowna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, View, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Salmon Arm
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201 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“The great food is only exceeded by the magnificent view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2011

Over the past 25 years, BC's Okanagan Valley has developed a wine and food culture to rival that of Sonoma and Napa. One of the pioneers in this extreme makeover was Grey Monk Winery, which began producing quality vinifera wines way back in the 70s. Although we have enjoyed Grey Monk's wines, especially now that their tasting room is in its spectacular new timbered building, we have not eaten there since the Grapevine opened a few years ago. That was a mistake.

Only a few minutes north of Kelowna, and three hours and five from Vancouver and Seattle respectfully, the winery is located above beautiful Lake Okanagan, and the restaurant, surrounded by 100 acres of vineyard, takes full advantage of its magnificent setting, placing diners on a broad veranda that provides stunning views north and south along the lake and low mountains. As we ate and sipped wine, the sun slowly slipped behind the mountains to our west, and the sunscreens which help keep the dining area cool during summer days, rose magically, revealing an astonishing panorama up and down the valley that would be hard to match anywhere in the world.

But as we know, lots of restaurants can by lovely locations and turn out mediocre food. This is certainly not the case with the Grapevine -- far from it. From the local goat cheese and apple salad to my flavourful lamb leg and sirloin, the food was absolutely outstanding. Chef Willi Franz has earned lots of awards in the last few years, and it's easy to see why. Accompanied by the winery's own dry and delicious chardonnay and their rich Odyssey cabernet and merlot (while the white grapes are grown primarily on the vineyards surrounding the winery, Gray Monk accesses its reds from top vineyards in the southern Okanagan) and the whole experience enhanced by friendly, efficient service, this is a great restaurant in a fabulous location.

  • Visited August 2011
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Elgin, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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“Awesome view and great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2011

We visited the restaurant after a tour of the vineyard and ordered the set menu, green salad, duck confit and creme brulee to finish. The green salad was really tasty, fresh and well balanced. The duck confit was served with spatzli (german egg noodles) and cranberry marmalade, the duck was so tender and melted in the mouth. When dessert arrived it was a feast on the eye before the taste buds. The views over the lake are stunning and make this a stunning setting for lunch. The staff make you very welcome and everything was of top quality you can see why the chef was voted chef's chef of the year.

  • Visited April 2011
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Kelowna
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388 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
“Beautiful views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2009

The sweeping lakeviews make this a wonderful place for a special occasion.Consistent in excellence of food ,service and wines. Can be recommended to anybody who wants the Okanagan winery experience without attitude and snobism.

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Kelowna, BC
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“Great restaurant and winery”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2008

One of the best wineries that we have visited and had the pleasure of eating at. Sipping a glass of world class wines and great meals while relaxing with an amazing view of Lake Okanagan and the vineyard. Service was great along with the food. Anytime we have guests from out of town we make a point of visiting this winery and restaurant.

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