Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort

4.2
766 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Waterfront
  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
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Hours of Operation
Daily Hours of Operation - 7:00am-12:00am
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Phone number
(250) 487-4663
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Business Casual
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Executive Chef
Chris Remington
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Cross Street
Main Street
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Parking Details
Complimentary parking in hotel lot.
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

We requested a window seat which we got. We started with the green bean appetizer which we now know we should have returned it. Beans were so chewy that we tried to pick thru them to find the slimmer ones which really didn't matter. We left half the plate so when the waiter asked if we were done we said we couldn't eat them as they were tough and he just replied "oh ok". My husbands butter chicken was delicious BUT my salmon dinner was awful. It tasted like a gas bbq. Horrible flavor. So strong!! I asked the waiter when I ordered it if I could order it to be cooked medium well and he said "yes of course". The extremely thin piece of salmon came completely raw in the middle and cooked well done on each end. He did ask if I wanted it to be cooked more which I declined. I told him if they cooked it more it would just be more gas flavor than it already was. He again said "oh ok". The strong gas flavor overpowered any lemon herb flavoring on it. The veggies were sitting in that flavor as well so really the only item I could eat was the baked potato. We were going to try the berry pie but decided against it and went back to our hotel, the Ramada and enjoyed dessert in the Kettle Pub. This quality of restaurant should not be a hit or miss meal. The chefs should know how to cook a delicious piece of salmon. Unfortunately the amazing view will not bring us back.

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TR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Sunday brunch with novel items priced similarly to other establishments. A reservation got us a window table with gorgeous lakefront view.

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JC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

S V burger is the best in the West. Great atmosphere and fast/ friendly staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday!

Was amazing. We loved the food and the service was awesome. Thanks again!

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e
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Anniversary. Not an intimate dining experience.
Would be great for noisy group dinner.

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Waitress seemed rushed to get our order. When we rec our food she never came back. Never refilled my water glass. My mom ordered red wine was poured in a white wine glass and poured the whole 8 oz in leaving no room for it to breathe. The chicken and fish were amazing however the parmasion fries were not good ( you can get better at earls) as they were overcooked and were one big blob of fry and parmasion and you were given ketchup to dip them in. (Horrible combination) i took my mom there to celebrate her new job and was disappointed. Fruit flys as well couldn'tget rid of them.

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MK
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Stunning view and great service but utterly disappointing food. My chicken sandwich was one of the worst I have ever had (it had zero flavour, and I am not exaggerating) and my husband's bibimbop was mediocre at best. Not at all what we expected for the price. I would return to have drinks on the beautiful patio but I definitely would not order food again.

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DS
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We dine at the Hooded Merganser every summer when we are in Penticton.
The food is excellent! We always receive great service as well.
There is patio dining on the lake side of the restaurant.

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JA
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Great ambience, super service. Halibut was done beautifully. Do not order steak. My New York was about 1/4 inch thick and tough. No exaggeration, you expect something a little better for $34. Kudos to the kitchen though as it’s hard to cook something that thin and have it still pink in the middle

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m
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We both enjoyed our meals - Tuna and beef tenderloin. Local wine offering was decent and the patio view is one of the best in the okanagan.

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RM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I was there for my birthday dinner with family and had a great time! Service was very good, food was great and a fun ambiance, and of course a great view despite the smoke.!
Staff very accommodating and helpful!

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PZ
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

View is great, patio is amazing, food was plentiful and tasty. There was lots of options. A great night.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a great meal, fantastic bottle of wine and service was excellent. Felt welcome the moment we walked through the door.
Would definitely dine here again.

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Z
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 3Ambience 2

Food was excellent and the views would have been spectacular if not for the smoke.

We encountered a service issue that could have been resolved better, which has prompted a lower rating than I would have otherwise given.

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1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

My mother and I were having a special lunch for her birthday. We both ordered the Niçoise salad. The ingredients were fresh and the tuna was prepared perfectly. The portion was small for the price and apparently the kitchen was out of green beans so instead of telling us that, our salad was served without the beans, making the portion even smaller. The service was slow even though it wasn’t very busy.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was my first time at this restaurant. My boyfriend and I drove from Peachland and it was so worth it! Beautiful view and we had an excellent server.

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P
Hawaii
64 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Another wonderful meal and excellent service. We had guests from Alberta and brought them to our favorite restaurant The Hooded Merganser. Everyone’s meal was excellent. Dishes ordered included Halibut and Salmon and both were fantastic generous pieces of fish which was fresh and moist...cooked to perfection! Some had desserts that were apparently to die for such as the Cheesecake, Creme Brûlée and fresh homemade Apple and Blueberry Pie!!
Busy summer night so it was very lively inside due to Smokey skies so no one sat outside.
Perfect food,service and atmosphere! If you haven’t been we highly recommend. Thank you Chef!!

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t
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We love this restaurant and every time I'm up from the coast (I live in Vancouver) we go here but this was the 1st time I found the food just subpar. I think they had 4 groups and they took precident over regular diners. Our food was lukewarm and not at all what we've come to expect from the restaurant. It won't keep me from going back but it was the 1st time I really wasn't happy. Servers were good and tried their best but it was just mediocre which I never ever have had there 😕

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a very good meal and great experience. We would definitely dine here again.

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JM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 4

Have been to the Hooded Merganser on many occasions and really enjoyed the meals, however this time, the Gouda/Mango sandwich was a real disappointment. It looked like something from a cafe, 2 thin slices of gouda and a few bits of not very flavourful mango on white bread... ugh!

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TM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my wife's 57th birthday and we celebrated with my our son's family. I reserved the table a month in advance with a special request on the patio for 6 persons including a baby. When I arrived a round table in the corner was waiting for us. The party (4) next to us gave me hostile stares and started to engage with the waitress and the manager in an unruly argument that that table should have been theirs first. I have to commend both for standing their ground and for us. The service and food was impeccable, not to mention the wonderful and relaxing evening ambiance of the entire restaurant. We are regulars and will continue to frequent this place. If there was a 6th star I would give them 6.

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BS
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Would have enjoyed it more if we had a little more time between appetizers and the main meal - it came immediately each other!

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VB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an absolutely fabulous seafood meal. Met up with another couple. Her husband had the steak. Said it was cooked to perfection. Had a table outside, but then moved in. Not much cooler, but no sun in the face. Rusty was our waiter and he was awesome, because he looked after us without interruptions. Perfect evening!

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DS
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The Hooded Merganser is our favourite restaurant in Penticton, B.C. We enjoy the view of the lake and the service is always outstanding. The meals are fabulous. Great portions and always served hot. The wine and beer selection is local and they are willing to make any type of highball you request....whether it's on the menu or not. Reservations are a must in the summer as they are very busy. It is well worth the wait even if you don't have a reservation. Lunch is great too, as are the eggs benedict for breakfast or brunch.

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e
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was very pleased with the quality of food for the price. We pay more for a basic burger and fries in Vancouver than an ahi tuna club sandwich here. Great view, lake breeze, charming service. Will be back.

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SW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service from our waitress. Honestly one of the best experiences I’ve ever had.

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TM
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food,amazing ambience and a fantastic server. Can’t beat that 👌🏻

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A
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

The first time I visited I was blown away by the food and service. I chose this restaurant again for my birthday dinner but was very disappointed. Our server didn't appear for quite some time after we were seated, and there was an incredible delay between our drinks (at which point we ordered our food), appetizers and our main. We had been seated for over an hour and a half before receiving our entrees, despite ordering within a reasonable amount of time. Our empty appetizer plates sat in front of us for SO long. Our server seemed surprised we inquired as to the delay and offered to apology or compensation. When we received the food, it looked and tasted as though it had been prepared in a rush. Such a shame given my first experience :(

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JM
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Our waitress made only one mistake, which could have been because one of our guests was not clear in communicating. Our waitress overall was a pleasure to be served by.

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GK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding service but food this time not as good as expected.
Our Special salmon&prawns - the fish was a bit dried out and not flaky.
Appetizer- naan bread was really good

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

It would be nice to have a liile more variety in the menue. Like mor3 than one soup.

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KN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Drove up from Osoyoos to have lunch with a friend before dropping them off at the airport.
Great service, food came quickly and was absolutely delicious.

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o
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Schönes Lage des Restaurants direkta am See. Gute Speisen zu vernünftigen Preisen.

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CE
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome view, great ambiance, a must visit if in Penticton

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KD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

WE HAD TWO STEAKS VERY POORLY SEASONED .SERVICE VERY GOOD NICE VIEW .

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KZ
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always, the Hooded Merganser hit its mark. For our special occasion, the food and service was exceptional and I wouldn’t expect anything less. Thank you again for making our special evening remarkable. Xoxo. KZC

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JM
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic food, service and view! Kid friendly and everyone was helpful and happy. Awesome experience!

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JG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Extremely average dining experience. Drinks are decent, however food wasn’t great.

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MT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a table on the patio. Our waiter, Chris, was attentive but let us take our time. Three of had the Beef Tenderloin and one had the 12 oz Rib Eye steak, all were cooked exactly as requested. The atmosphere was great. We will be back next time we're in Penticton.

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BW
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

I would recommend this restaurant to my friends even though my meal was not satisfactory. I ordered the butter chicken. very tasty and presented well. i bit down on a chicken bone quite hard leaving my tooth sore. The waiter was very apologetic and did remove the meal from our bill.
My wife's meal was very good. I hope this was an isolated incident and others will enjoy the establishment.

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