Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort

4.3
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1045 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
The Hooded Merganser was designed to provide guests with a lakeside experience like no other. Vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows have made us the place to be during storm watching season. The outdoor patio is incredible during the warmer months. The menu features delicious contemporary cuisine cooked to perfection in the open kitchen. Enjoy the superb selection of hard-to-find Okanagan wines from our cellars. Tie up your boat at the marina and come in for a truly enjoyable time.
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.1
Food
4.4
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.0
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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CamS
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our table was perfect to celebrate our anniversary; quiet, but with beautiful views. The food was excellent and our server was fantastic. All around a wonderful experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience5

Horrible service. Food was awful. Feel like I was robbed. Only thing good was the drinks

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vipYumzs
Calgary
29 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Beautiful location, food was ok - burger was good, salmon and halibut were ok, halibut definitely not worth the price, dessert was nice. Server was nice. Would go for drinks and appies or the burger, steaks looked good maybe better to order those

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GerryH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great evening on the deck! Staff were amazing. No complaints. Highly recommend for a romantic dinner.

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Grandma
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Food, service and ambiance were excellent. To make it perfect, I would have appreciated it if the waiters were to wear masks.

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vipprofessor
Las Vegas
27 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

First visit back to the restaurant since the Pandemic. Food was great as usual and the ambiance was good. Windows and doors were open so even those inside had a good breeze. Tables were distanced and plexiglass between the booths made us feel reassured. Felt safe from the other patrons but noticed that the staff were not wearing masks like many other restaurants that are open. Provincial Health guidelines do not mandates staff to wear masks/face shields but the BC Restaurant association recommends that servers were masks/shields. Would have felt more comfortable if staff wore mask but so far 3 days later feeling well. Realizing that going out to dine is a risk but want to support restaurants and help them survive. They need to ensure patrons feel safe especially the older baby boomers.

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Cameron
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

Great meal and service but disappointed we got our table 20 minutes after our reservation time. Also we had selected a patio outdoor table and they seated us indoor. They said they can not guarantee an outdoor table but their are two options when booking??

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VickieH
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, the special was fantastic and the views spectacular, with a higher end ambiance feel. I will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our server Wendy was fantastic and each of us enjoyed our meals, we appreciated the vegan options. The ambiance was good despite COVID, however it is the only restaurant I have been in lately where servers were not wearing masks.

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SarahH
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience3

Poor service all around, view is nice and food was okay.
Will not be coming back unfortunately due to rude and poor service.

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LauraM
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience3

Booked a date night with my husband for our anniversary and it was the first time we had been to the Hooded Merganser. Very nice beautiful place with fantastic views, but they had all the windows and doors open so it was way to hot. Our server was fantastic and my husbands meal was good but mine I ordered a chicken club sandwich and it fell apart while i was eating it I had to use a fork and knife with it it was soggy, is it something i would order again, nope. Not a whole lot of choices on the menu, but we did have the dessert cheesecake and chocolate mousse and it was very delicious. We will go again but will try something different. Hopefully the second time is better.

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NeilG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a beautiful table on the patio overlooking the lake. We were impressed with their Covid-19 protocol. They had a great selection of BC wines. Servce was perfect. The reservation was right on time so we didn't have to wait for a table Overall the experience was excellent!

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vipKJplay
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Despite arriving significantly early for our reservation, we were seated at a nice shaded table just off the patio with an open view of the lake. Our appetizer scallops were cooked perfectly, and the chicken sandwich was delicious, although the side Caesar salad was a bit bland. Our server was excellent, and the punch cocktail he suggested was tasty and tropical. We were very pleased with our dining experience and will return when in Penticton again.

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MehdiH
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5Food1Service5Ambience4

I had the pasta and it was the worst pasta I ever had. It was blend with no taste or flavour and I was sharing it with my wife and the two of us could not finish it. It was that bad!
The server was nice enough to take 50% off of the price when we expressed our unsatisfacion but it’d be nice if they didn’t charge for it at all.

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GrahamH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Although the setting is spectacular, we found poor value for money in the food. Furthermore, our waitress was offhand at best and even, once, walked away from me while I was talking to her.

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JamesM
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very professional and excellent service. Even observing covid protocols, we felt very welcome and safe. The food was fantastic as always and catered to provide choices for both grown ups and our kids. We had a terrific experience having our dinner out at the Hooded Merganser and will definitely be returning as soon as possible. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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KevinW
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

We used to love this place for it location, service and fantastic food. While the ambiance and service are still fantastic, the food has slipped into mediocrity at best. For the price, I would much rather eat at a good pub or a brewery. Such a shame because the location is the best in Pen

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CarmenM
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was great, atmosphere was great...highly recommend

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HeidiS
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food, great choice of wines. The view was wonderful, we sat outside and the heat lamps kept us nice and warm, it was a windy evening. Perfect place for a romantic dinner. The service was outstanding, definitely recommend it and a reservation.

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StephanieW
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a great evening in a booth in the dining room. The scallops and pork belly were amazing and Chris was great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience5

Over all the experience was good, but it was not a good experience by today’s standards. If everything was normal I would rate this place much better, but the safety precautions are slim to none. Not a single employee was wearing a mask and our server got really close to us lots of times. We didn’t feel safe at all and would never come back until the pandemic is over. If you’re trying to be safe and careful right now do not go here, it’s a free for all.

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vipluvfood
Calgary
34 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have been coming to Penticton for several years and this was our first time here. We never knew what we were missing. Food and service was great and we had a great view of the lake. We will definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Just lovely

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PerryB
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience1

Hotel ok but no cleaning service for 3 days , Food was slow and of lower quality .
Dining areas were in need of refreshing . This experience has made me decide to never revisit the area

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AndrewD
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our food was delicious, and our waitress was fantastic. As a family, The Hooded Merganser is a must-do whenever we visit Penticton.

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CurlerPaul
Toronto
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Noticeably outstanding "Covid extra effort" diligence and service. Also dining room was Covid-beautiful, spaced out and gracious. 5 star restaurant maintaining 5 star experience.

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CatherineC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4Food3Service3Ambience4

There is no better view and the restaurant is gorgeous.
My husband loved his steak. I had halibut and it was just ok.
Service was great and our server was very knowledgeable and attentive.

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RachelF
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the food and had excellent service l. Would go again for sure

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MichaelO
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience4

The restaurant has the perfect location and a first class view. The staff are very friendly, but the food is horrible. Chicken wings are greasy, hamburger was small and had way too much sauce.

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Wendi25
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Beautiful location. Good food and service. Felt free to linger and enjoy our time there

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great server, lovely patio

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Beautiful spot... great patio but when it came to the food we were very disappointed. Both my wife and I had the $34 Halibut and while the Halibut was fine itself the remaining aspects of the dish were extremely poor especially the very bland broth it is served in. Even our daughter’s pasta lacked much flavour which was surprising. On a nice day not many patios can touch it but stick to the wings , burgers and beer perhaps.

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ScottJ
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience5

Previous visit was fantastic. Our service was not good at all, food not at same level as last visit

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BrianE
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

The food was ok. No butter for the potatoes or vegetables so that was a disappoint. Freezing with all the door windows open. Had to ask for the one in front of us to be closed so the food was cold before we could finish. Price was ok maybe a little high. I doubt we will go back.

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JanetD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience3

Had a nice table on the lake. Our server was nice and friendly. Waited an hour and 15 mins for our food, and it was awful. They were short staffed in the kitchen. Was not charged for our dinner.

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ClareM
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

All Good from Service to Food and Drink!!

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KRGR
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience5

We love the location and views from this restaurant and have eaten here many times and enjoyed it. Our reservation indicated only outside tables were available...no problem, it was a lovely evening. When we arrived, we were seated inside as all the outside seating was taken. No problem, our table had a great view. Unfortunately, on this occasion, the food took over an hour to arrive and was substandard. We ordered a tuna ceviche for a starter and it was flavourless. I ordered the halibut and it was an extremely small piece and was very overdone. My table mates ordered the ribeye special announced by our server. It turned out to be prime rib which was also overdone and the potatoes were so underdone they were difficult to cut with a knife. Thank goodness for the wine!

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MarkG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall2Food1Service2Ambience4

This restaurant has a lovely setting but the food just does not measure up in any way. I've had a couple of so-so meals in the past, but my last one was extremely poor and sent back to the kitchen. The service was slow too. So disappointing I wrote a letter to the GM.

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TonyH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

An enjoyable dinner for four of us overall. Too much food for me, would like to see decent choices for seniors. My husband and I both ordered 1/4 roast chicken. I got a huge piece of breast, but he got a small thigh and leg and was very disappointed. He didn't say anything until we got home. Sad to have wasted so much chicken.

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Kikiroo
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

We were a group of 4, and it was a birthday we were celebrating. We ordered beet salad and chickpea dip to start. We all thought the dip needed more flavour: salt, lemon, garlic. Something. The veggies were very fresh. The beet salad was very tasty, but the fennel seemed not fresh. Then we had burgers and chicken clubs. The burgers had great toppings and fresh buns, the meat had none or very little seasoning, so it lacked flavour. The chicken club had dry chicken in it and not much meat. And there was so much bread that we both started tearing away the bun, which I also think was very dry. Our server was great, trying to be very helpful in every way. The place is beautiful with a spectacular location on the lake and very clean, but it’s the food that brings you back.

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Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort is rated 4.3 stars by 1045 OpenTable diners.

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