Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort

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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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KP
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was Suburb, our waitress was excellent.

K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We always enjoy eating here. The location and restaurant building are amazing. The food is always very good as is the service. Only complaint would be that sometimes we felt rushed. That we should hurry up and eat and leave. We like to have a relaxed dinner experience and take our time to take in the atmosphere and enjoy the food at our own pace without tying up the table for too very long. Relaxing and taking the experience slower, enhances the experience and encourages us to return for another great time.

CM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

The atmosphere was great. I ordered the Thanksgiving special dinner and would have appreciated real turkey and not a stuffed turkey roll. However, we've eaten there many times and it's usually very good.

RS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food! Definitely will dine here again!

DS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best lake view restaurant in the Okanagan.
Friendly staff, great choice of food.

DM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Wonderful experience with relaxing views. Excellent attentive service. A bit noisey but not overwhelming.

f
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

3 of us had a very pleasant lunch at the Hooded Merganser this past weekend. We thoroughly enjoyed the food we had which was: the spicy tuna roll, mixed green salad, chicken wings and calamari steak with parmesan fries (the only thing in there not gluten-free). All were delicious and the service was impeccable. We were served by the very nice gentleman from Australia, don’t know his name. I should also say that I am celiac, and our server went out of his way with the kitchen staff to make sure my food was all safe for me.
The portions are generous and the prices very reasonable. All this with a killer view of Lake Okanagan. What’s not to like! We would highly recommend the Hooded Merganser in Penticton, for sure.

BL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Location is beautiful, service was great- food was bland and tasteless. A complete waste of such a lovely location. Had dinner at night and then lunch the following day - appetizers mains and desserts - all bland and left us pretty disappointed and unable to finish them. Definitely won’t be back even if we stay at the hotel again.

RD
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful location. Food was not impressive, lacked flavour. Service was average.

CD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Lovely place, but wish restaurants would not play music when it is full. People talk louder over the music

NB
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful Setting on Lake Okanagan. Big Windows, high ceilings and modern décor. Service was excellent and food quality was very good. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and I would return when I visit Penticton again! There were seven adults in our party and we all enjoyed our meals.

LP
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 5

The view and the service were great but the food was completely bland and overpriced. I was really disappointed.

PB
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So glad I made a reservation. Got the best seat in the house. A great evening for me and my gal, our 1st anniversary. Thanks. It was all good. gpb.

CC
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful views of the Lake, our server was wonderful and the food was delicious. We enjoyed a wonderful evening.

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food. A friend was visiting and he seemed to enjoy the food as well.

PC
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

4 of us went to Hooded Merganser to celebrate our October 1 anniversaries. The service was wonderful. Alice was a total delight. We all shared a main course with spouses - no problem. The dish we had was great. Would most definitely return.

L
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 5Ambience 3

Service was wonderful as well as the view, however the food was disappointing. Little to no flavour wouldn’t be my first choice to dine out again.

SL
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

We decided to give this restaurant another try since our previous experience was very poor...and well this time not any better. The views from the restaurant are beautiful, and it is very convenient when staying at the Penticton Lakeside resort, but that is where it ends. It is pricey and not value for your money. This last experience, we decided to play it safe and ordered a pasta dish- my wife sent hers back...and I should have too. Troopers that we are, we decided to try the breakfast the next morning- after being seated by the staff, we waited over 10 minutes and no service...so I can not rate their breakfast...but I can rate their service as poor... Not only will we not go back again, but this experience may also change the hotel we stay at the next time in Penticton.

CR
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food. Amazing view. Staff was friendly. Definitely recommend it and already made a reservation for the future :)

VR
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Love this place! The dress code on your website should be adjusted - didn't see much "Business Casual" -but a lot of casual which added to the terrific ambiance.

AL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

The vegan foods was not great. Their version of fondue was not the classic fondue which was one of the reason why we wanted to go there. It was basically in a bowl with some veggies.

The poke bowl was disappointing, dry and flavorless.

A
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Good place for service, meal and in particular the view. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.

LC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for lunch. Food was amazing. Server super friendly and helpful. Prices very reasonable for what got.

AO
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was super. Fantastic location and our waitress Megan was wonderful!

L
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

I had high hopes for this place. I will say the decor and atmosphere was very nice. However, the food left a lot to be desired. My piece of halibut was extremely dry and flavourless - I had to send it back which I have a really hard time doing but I couldn't justify not saying anything and paying the price of the dish. I ordered a burger instead hoping it would be quicker to cook so I could eat with my friends. The burger was good, not outstanding.

LW
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best service and the views are awesome. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful view - excellent service and awesome food!

AM
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Another fabulous sunset meal on the deck on a late summer’s evening, watching the Okanagan sunset. Although busy service speed ok. Waitress forgot some ice & had to be reminded but overall no complaints.

OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favourite spots in Penticton. We always have great food and terrific service while enjoying a spectacular view of Okanagan Lake. Consistency is a key factor for us. Our out of town friends raved about the venue. Highly recommend this restaurant.

L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved the view of course from the outside deck but was very grateful that you had overhead heaters. Our server, Erin was outstanding and made our family experience even more special.

S
Calgary
37 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Still the same good food and service...thank you

OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food !

CO
Charleston
6 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Expected a higher end restaurant. Food only alright. Local Young & Wise Cab Sav ‘15 very good. Service fine but noisy.

e
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent server and service. Food was very good. We had calamari to start. It was good - no chewy pieces and not too greasy. I enjoyed my Bibmbap as I wanted a dish that wasn't too heavy. My fellow diners enjoyed their Ahi tuna (perfectly cooked with a light sear) and Thai Green Curry (love coconut milk). Lovely lakeside setting. A bit noisy.

KK
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was knowledgeable and efficient. I wish I had remembered her name because she also had a great sense of humour, and really deserved a shout out.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent!

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GB
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Food quality could be improved. Great setting with mediocre food. Wine list could be way better considering how many great wineries are neighbours.

S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome food. Great service. Literally on the water, amazing lake view. Good lighting and overhead heaters on the patio and the hood provides blankets at request as well. Been to breakfast brunch and dinner.

M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful location with a wide selection of menu items. We were happy to see so many plant based options. Our server was exceptional. It became quite windy on the deck and they provided guests with blankets to keep warm. The only negative was the noisy grating of metal chair legs on the outside patio.

JU
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for breakfast with my husband and two children. The service was great and the food was delicious! Definitely a must stop on our trips to penticton.

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