Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino

4.6
168 reviews
CAN$30 and under
Pizza Bar
The Curious Café opened in November 2014 and is located in the heart of Kelowna's cultural district. Since then, The Curious has been serving both quality interpretations of classic dishes and daring new ventures into the uncharted territories of food.
The Curious interior, designed by proprietor Luigi Coccaro and designer Rhonda Lebedoff, reflects the hip sensibilities urban area's while also paying tribute to Kelowna's storied past. Adding to the mystique of the setting is the location's history, as it used to be a run-down tobacco shop, now transformed into a warm hang out.
The multi-room restaurant offers the choice to eat comfortably on the café side where one may watch the art of cooking as it occurs in the open-kitchen room or sit on the community table side where 16 beers flow from our rotating taps.
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  • Al Fresco Dining with Live Music

    CA$10.00 per personPrepaid

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy an evening on our secret garden patio with Al Fresco Dining and live background music curated Joshua Smith. Music is from 6pm-9pm. Wednesday: Joshua Smith Solo. Thursday: Rotating Artists curated by Joshua Smith. Friday: Joshua Smith & Friends. There is a charge of $10/guest and you will receive a complimentary glass of Sparkling Wine. *if the weather does not permit outside, we will move this to our indoor dining room

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 168 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
Noise · Moderate
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OpenTable Diner
Saskatoon
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were there right at opening time so it was quiet but the service was still excellent and welcoming. Brunch was very good and different from the mundane. Would definitely like to see the liveliness of this place at night as other reviews have mentioned!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

great aervice

great night!

thanks

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MelissaT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience4

The music with Joshua was fantastic. Our waitress started out amazing but as we received our food she became busy in another section and we did not see her for a very long time...had to chase someone for the items we needed after waiting 45 min plus....felt abandoned. It was an unfortunate stain on the evening however others I'm sure will enjoy the food and ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

My husband and I both ordered pizzas, they were outstanding. Best wood fired pizza we have ever had and my husband is particularly fussy about his pizza. The flavors were excellent.

We had wings to start, those were great too!

Highly recommend this cute place, we will be back for sure!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went here on a whim for a dinner out. Was one of our best experiences in Kelowna ever. Amazing food. Great service. The live music (Joshua Smith) was phenomenal. We will definitely be back and highly recommend to anyone considering visiting.

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Lastsupper
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Food was really good. Live music was exceptional and the complementary bubbles really kicked the night off!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience2

Our server was lovely but the food was very disappointing

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

fantastic live music, loved Aidan Mayes! Great food ( arctic char) - fabulous service ( Allie), just wish there was one drink option that was light and refreshing, not too strong tasting:)

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vipMicginger
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food, atmosphere and the staff consistent and fabulous as usual!

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LaraB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have always loved Curious. Was great to see live Music. Fantastic night!

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Jordin
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience3

The food was tasty and the live music was unreal. The service wasn't as attentive as I would of liked but overall I really enjoyed my evening.

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ToniaR
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Fun lovely patio, love music was a ton of fun but a little too loud to be able to converse with our friends at our table of four.

Impressed with the vegan and gluten free options available. I had gluten free pizza which was amazing. My friend had a vegan pizza and with a local made vegan mozzarella and she loved it too.

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vipMichelleL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and drinks. Thanks for the wonderful service as well!

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BRUH
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

My beef skewers were delicious. The live music by Mark Irving was excellent. We'll definitely be back!

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vipCosmopaola
Palm Springs
67 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was excellent and the service attentive. If you go, make sure you ask fir the wine list….Luigi has some great wines on that list.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A bit too loud for us, especially during a pandemic. Not a good idea to encourage yelling.
Otherwise the food was amazing and our server was enthusiastic, attentive and knowledgeable about both the bar and food menus.

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ShannonC
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome place to see live music. So fun…very lively and great staff!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Server spilled drinks on us, and then she was rude.
Food was great.

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CarolC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We sat in the back garden, very nice spot and quiet enough to talk. Pizzas were excellent, service was friendly and perfectly timed. We did not feel rushed and we’re not waiting excessively.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I know it’s easy to just say everything was great, but everything, from service, to food, to ambiance was perfect:) Our server Katie was incredibly efficient and upbeat. She took care of all my dietary restrictions without a second thought! So rare:) She went above and beyond and truly made our date night out special! I highly recommend Curious cafe :) I know We’ll be back soon!!

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Boxster21
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Was really good food, good service, nice ambience

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MikeY
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My wife and I enjoyed our meal and the music at the Curious. It was supposed to be Joshua Smith and Friends, but turned out it was only "friends". However, Ari Neufeld was terrific as well. I wish there was more vegan options.

JM
JunkoM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Didn’t know what to expect, and we ordered two pizzas. Both the fungi and okanagan sunshine were DELICIOUS. Our server was attentive and friendly. The sound was only moderate because there was a live musician, which we knew and wanted as part of the vibe. Fun, vibrant space with yummy food and friendly team. Great first bite of Kelowna

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KaylaS
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Some people enjoyed their food, others did not. We sat on the patio with the music which was nice but definitely not the nicest patio in Kelowna. Overall fun evening and ambience and would go again.

LL
LanaL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice evening - excellent live entertainment, great food, (we had Dave’s chicken - ample portion & very good & Prawn Salad - again, very delicious) extremely attentive wait staff (Hanna was amazing) and prices were very reasonable - highly recommend!

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goodbit
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience5

The music was excellent, the service fantastic, the beer great, and the food was fine.

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ElleBee
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had another AMAZING meal and time out back on the patio. The service (Christian) was super; he was very attentive and knowledgeable. The entertainment was outstanding - we thought we were going to see Josh Smith whom we love but this time was Ari Neufeld….just WOW!!! We sat way at the back and found the sound level to be perfect to listen and still talk to one another. Easily becoming one of my favourite restaurants. Love the fact that the back patio is also dog friendly - just adds extra charm.

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vipJleetherealme
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The interior ambience is terrific and the hidden patio out back is a real gem. The staff were amazing and made our Father's Day brunch perfectly perfect.

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vipRoseb
Vancouver
28 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome food, service and atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic service and food with amazing music to top it off. Also very happy to see more than one non-alcoholic option on the menu, other than the standard mock-tails. Will definitely be back again.

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CBattt
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Pizza was amazing, great selection of beer. Only complaint was that we waited an hour for our pizza!!

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SHEA
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Music was lights out and food and service was also great

LK
vipLen K
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was excellent but the live music was so loud we found ourselves yelling across the table to converse

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vipTorontoGamblers
Toronto
27 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

Our waiter was just such a lovely Italian man, but the service was slow. I’m not sure if it was the kitchen, or maybe they didn’t expect to be so busy but we saw other diners getting impatient in our area. The Okanagan pizza was delicious, highly recommended choice, truffle fries were just fine, Ceasar salad was pretty good but not memorable. We did really like the atmosphere, very chill with good music on the backyard patio.

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ElleBee
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the courtyard outback and the fact that it was dog friendly was an added bonus. Everything was excellent from the food, drinks, service down to the entertainment! We've booked a table for next week again!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2Food4Service4Ambience2

I Love the Curious but haven’t been to the patio since covid started. Unfortunately I was not impressed with their covid protocols. The tables were barely far away enough from eachother with no clear path to walk. There were 5 tables seated near us, all of whom knew eachother and who would periodically get up and visit eachother at different tables, hugging and chatting. This was not stopped by staff. Near the end of our dinner a DJ started playing quite loud music, which is also against the rules and made the rest of the dining experience uncomfortable. I’ll just keep getting takeout.

Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino
Responded on May 26, 2021

Hello, Sorry that this was your experience. We had a staff meeting yesterday to discuss this. We did talk to the groups inside, and understand we should have called authorities to assist. We can only do our best to control our guests, we discussed this with the staff. Comfort and health is a priority and we apologize we let this slip. With indoor dining now, this will ease crowd control. Please reach out via email info@thecurious.ca as we would love to take care of your next take out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Staff were super friendly and attentive, service was fast with good communication along the way. I did feel really cold! Thought the patio area was heated but our table was not anywhere near the heat lamps.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great night! A few hiccups with service but all in all not many complaints. Came to hear Joshua and learned only the day before that he wasn’t performing. Booked again next week, Wednesday this time to hear him play.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic pizza, great to see live music!! Awesome service

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vipJennaF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The DJ was a nice surprise. The pizza is always amazing and the servers are so friendly!

FAQs

Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (778) 484-0490.

Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino is rated 4.6 stars by 168 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.