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Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino

4.5
4.5
262 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 24 beers flow from our rotating taps.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pizza Bar, Vegetarian / Vegan, Pizzeria

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 2:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–11:45 pm

  • Phone number

    (778) 484-0490

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Stephen Hein

  • Catering

    We offer offsite catering, for more information please email us at info@thecurious.ca

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining at Curious Cafe is located in Bar Norcino. If you're interested in our private dining or want to schedule a large function. Please email info@thecurious.ca

  • Private party contact

    Luigi Coccaro: (778) 448-0490

  • Neighbourhood

    Kelowna

  • Parking Details

    There is a parkade situated across the street.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • LADY & THE TRAMP VALENTINE'S DINNER

    $45.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    ENJOY AN INTIMATE EVENING AT THE CURIOUS CAFE WITH A CANDLE LIGHT THREE COURSE DINNER. COURSE 1: CAESER SALAD COURSE 2: SPAGHETTI MEAT SAUCE & MEATBALLS WITH GARLIC BREAD COURSE 3: TIRAMISU
  • Valentine's Bar Norcino Speakeasy

    $125.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2023 only
    Join us in our Speakeasy for a romantic dinner. Luigi Coccaro has created a special menu for you and your loved one to enjoy. $125/Person. Course 1) Raw Oysters & Caviar 2) Rustic Clam Chowder 3) A shared plate featuring 14oz AAA RibEye served medium rare with garlic laced baked prawns and traditional stuffed potatoes, broccolini and a classic Caesar salad. Course 4) Chocolate Mousse Cake

What 262 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Good for business meals

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Good for business meals

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Good for groups

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Great for creative cocktails

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Healthy

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Hot spot

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Neighbourhood gem

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Vegetarian-friendly

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  1. DB

    DianaB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We specifically chose here because we wanted crisp wood fire pizza. We chose the pizza party as there were 4 of us. Pizza was doughy and definitely the crust was not crisp. Would have liked a couple of options for the salad instead of just a Caesar. We would have preferred a lovely green salad but were told w couldn't change it out. Overall the experience was just ok.
  2. KH

    KerenH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    So delicious! Service was great, food came quickly!
  3. SC

    SharonC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our pizza and salad was very tasty. We were initially seated close to the door….we found it cold when the door opened…our servers gladly let us change seats. We will be back!
  4. GC

    GregC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Second time here and just as good as our first time.
  5. L

    Leighsouth

    Portland

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Delicious food and enjoyed the setting. Service was, well, just average. Had to make eye contact with our server for any needs (such as filling a water glass, and also asking if we would like something else before happy hour ended). It was not busy when we went in, Maybe 2 other tables.
  6. AP

    AlexP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2023

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Love the pizzas here! Would not recommend the chicken and waffle “stack”- you get 5 small slices of chicken and 1 waffle.. it was pretty sad looking and then they fill 3/4 of the plate with potatoes. The service is not very good also.. the server charged us for a dip and didn’t even bring it to us or notice. Will come back for the pizza but other than that there is not much to say!
  7. KC

    KarenC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The pizza is a must! There is such a variety of options and the service is amazing. Would definitely go back!
  8. R

    Rowyn

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great as always!!
  9. CL

    CarmenL

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Jaime fabulous vegan options that were delicious including almost all pizzas can be made vegan using their homemade seitan for protein and quality vegan “cheese” options as well at GF bases. The dish I had was a wonderful assortment of flavors and textures. Seating lacks intimacy for private conversations but the atmosphere is fun. Good vibe all round with great service.
  10. AB

    AudraB

    Manitoba

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, had a good experience for lunch, this time a business lunch. Service and food consistently good.
  11. AG

    AdrianaG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience1
    We enjoyed New Year’s Eve main course the most, which was a Black Cod (out of 4 courses) but proportions of veggies seemed off balance with Cod. Grilled veggie appetizer was yummy, however the salad course did not qualify as a salad as there was very little arugula and possibly a quarter of a beet. We would have much preferred a choice of the three desserts versus tastings, as dessert should be the finishing touch to a spectacular meal. It just didn’t have the Wow factor for a New Year’s Eve meal. Service was fine. If you are going for nice conversation, keep in mind there is little space between tables and sound bounces off stone floors. Unfortunately we wouldn’t recommend this restaurant given the overall disappointing experience with the food!

    Curious Cafe & Bar NorcinoResponded on January 2, 2023Hi Adrianna, Sorry to hear about your experience with our tasting menu. I have taken note of your suggestions with dessert options and portions. This was just our tasting menu in Norcino our private room, it is a smaller room and I am sorry you found the noise levels loud. Our regular menu is much more of a casual atmosphere and we hope to note lose you as a customer. Wish you the best in 2023! Curious Team

  12. DS

    DonS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A great place to chill with friends and enjoy some tasty beverages
  13. TB

    TonyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had our staff Christmas party here, and the food, atmosphere, and service were exceptional. Definitely recommend this place!
  14. NB

    NisiB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 19, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Nice place with really friendly service. Food was tasty and simple :)
  15. DM

    DebM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Excellent gluten free pizza....best I've ever had.
  16. MH

    MoeH

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous service, food and bevies. Had a reservation for dinner then the theatre. Got held up at work and were running late. Curious had a table for us. We ordered for the table of 4 to get the food order in to give us time to eat. Then put in the drink orders and made it to the theater with 15mins to spare. Great job Curious and our wonderful server.
  17. CN

    CathyN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Walking in the door we were greeted and felt very welcome. Our server was accommodating and friendly... answered our many questions with our different food preferences.. she did not make us feel rushed .. always remained very pleasant and helpful. The food was amazing! I'm gluten-free so always have trouble finding a delicious pizza crust. I ordered the Fungi pizza with the gluten-free crust and it was outstanding. Can't wait to return.
  18. AD

    AudreyD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Sabrina took care of us as if it were her restaurant. We all cleared every morsel on our plate.
  19. SD

    SumnerD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food is definitely curious, great for when you want something different. The service is absolutely stellar!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manitoba

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience1
    Went for a birthday dinner for my partner and the food was horrible. Overtly salted. The ONLY reason we decided to choose this place was for the speak easy. Nowhere in the reservation or online did it say it was closed. Would have been nice to receive a phone call or email stating as such. Won’t be going back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived earlier than our reservation and were greeted warmly at the door. The host noticed that our party of 3 included 1 of us who was pregnant and offered to seat us in a quiet, more comfortable zone and tossed a cushion on the bench for extra comfort ahead of time also. Above and beyond! The bruschetta was phenomenal and overall food and service fantastic. Highly recommend.
  22. KS

    KevinS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Apologies for not being able to remember the name of our server, however she was excellent.
  23. CW

    ChelseaW

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Amazing food, great service and value! Even if you're not a fan of community table seating, you've got to give this place a try!
  24. DP

    DonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always the best food & Service. The drink menu is the largest in town!
  25. MG

    MarikaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was incredible! Cocktails were unique and delicious, service was prompt and friendly. My only wish was that there was somewhere to hang jackets and purses (they wouldn’t stay on the low-back chairs). It didn’t take away from our experience at all, but it would be a great addition to a wonderful establishment.
  26. R

    Richard

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved your restaurant we will definitely return! Everything was great!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lots of gluten free options. The wings were perfect!
  28. DM

    DebM

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Curious Cafe is my favourite 'Go To'...especially when I have friends visiting !
  29. KE

    KariE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a wonderful anniversary dinner at The Curious Cafe! Our server was exceptional, the food was ourstanding and the atmosphere is super chill. The complimentary dessert was very thoughtful and delicious! We will definitely be back...thank you for helping to make our anniversary even better😊
  30. SD

    SumnerD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    This was our second time there, both times were the same experience: The food was ok, but just ok. there was a lot of it on the plate, but it was not well made. The tofu bits were burnt, the salad was bitter, and the rest of the plate was just kinda bland. The service is absolutely stellar though! Its really hard to find such excellent wait staff - that did impress us.
  31. CH

    ChristinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The wine - the pizza is amazing, We have had the buttermilk chicken and fries, its a family favorite. great place to go before our concerts at The Kelowna Community Theatre, within walking distance. Fast friendly service. Well done!
  32. AH

    AngeloH

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Looked up Curious Cafe based on asking for a recommendation from a nice employee at Cedar Creek Estate winery (we asked if she knew of any great places to eat, other than at the winery). It was a perfect recommendation. The right mix of great vibe, great food, and wonderful hosts. A mix of all ages, I would say. Our host Kevin was great. He got us in much earlier than our reservation and checked in and made sure all was ok a few times. Our server Alyssa was wonderful too, even as she was running around, helping our everyone in our section. The kitchen staff looked like they were genuinely happy and grooving to make the orders, even if they were non-stop busy. All in all, it's on our "list", when we get back to Kelowna, and I would recommend it to all.
  33. JL

    JaniceL

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Creative menu - great food and we enjoyed our time. Be prepared for a loud environment.
  34. C

    Cathymac

    Edmonton

    44 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friend gathering
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience1
    There was little appealing on the menu. We just wanted a bowl of soup. It was so noisy it was difficult to have a conversation. Although the service was fine, we will go elsewhere in the future.
  36. I

    Itsmek

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Underwhelming at best. Server seemed uninterested and food was uninspired
  37. RD

    RichardD

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They remembered us and was a wonderful meal and service.
  38. P

    Patron

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We had a very disappointing experience. Can’t recommend.
  39. KE

    KEVIN

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, staff and atmosphere. Will be back soon!
  40. p

    pomreviewer

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    If you want a tasty pizza which is a little bit out of the ordinary, this is the place to go. They have great salads and many sharing plates of an app before the pizza or just to have with a drink. The seating is rustic however it is a little noisy when there are many diners.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino using the Order Online button. Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino also offers 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 4.5 stars by 262 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 7 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
Google Map for Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino

1423 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A3

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Kelowna

  • Hours of Operation

    Breakfast Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 2:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 2:00 pm–10:00 pm Bar Fri, Sat 10:00 pm–11:45 pm

  • Cuisines

    Pizza Bar, Vegetarian / Vegan, Pizzeria

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    There is a parkade situated across the street.

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Stephen Hein

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (778) 484-0490

  • Catering

    We offer offsite catering, for more information please email us at info@thecurious.ca

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining at Curious Cafe is located in Bar Norcino. If you're interested in our private dining or want to schedule a large function. Please email info@thecurious.ca

  • Private party contact

    Luigi Coccaro: (778) 448-0490

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