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Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino

4.4
4.4
201 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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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Pizza Bar, Vegetarian / Vegan, Pizzeria

  • Hours of Operation

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

  • Phone number

    (778) 484-0490

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Jimmy

  • Catering

    We offer offsite catering, for more information please email us at luigi@coccarogroup.com

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining at Curious Cafe is located in Bar Norcino.

  • Private party contact

    Luigi Coccaro: (778) 448-0490

  • Neighbourhood

    Kelowna

  • Parking Details

    There is a parkade situated across the street.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 201 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Pre/post-theatre

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Group Bookings

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Healthy

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. RD

    RetaD

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined today

    overall2food1service4ambience3

    I was very disappointed with my meal. It was a great presentation, however it was way too salty. Way too many things going with the broccoli salad and there was something in it that I thought was a rock but it was actually something like rock salt or a hard dehydrated vegetable. Almost broke my tooth. The hummus appie was ok. It had crackers that I am familiar with being from a box from Safeway. I was disappointed by my meal to say the least.

  2. CT

    CTLGuy

    New Mexico

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time here, so I ordered one of the chef's signature dishes: Falafel & Seitan. So many flavors on one plate that all mix and match. Brilliant. Must return for pizza with some of that bacon I saw hanging in the window by the front door.

  3. EK

    ElaineK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had been a few times a few years ago and returned last night to an amazing experience. Everything from the wine, appies, and pizza, oh and not to mention the fabulous donut dessert!! was exceptional. The cafe is the way we remembered and the service was outstanding! Allie was a wonderful server, she gave us time to go over the menu and was very personable. Can't say enough about the quality of the food and the presentation. We are very glad we came back and will be telling all our friends to go there!!! Thanks so much

  4. L

    Lisap

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wonderful food and service , had such a great time . Highly recommend

  5. LD

    LoriD

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience1

    Glad we had a table in the 'back room' as otherwise wouldn't be able to hear each other. Pizza was good. Service 'there' but not outstanding.

  6. TG

    TorontoGamblers

    Toronto

    32 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    Great friendly and attentive service! I had the margherita pizza which was very good, and my daughter had the Mac & cheese which I would say was fine, no issues with it but a bit bland. Portion sizes/value were good. We shared the donut dessert which was also pretty good but we were both thinking donut vs churro, and it’s definitely that lighter,dryer churro texture… nothing wrong with it, just not was expected. I’ve been before and much preferred being in the back room… not much going on in the front.

  7. TC

    TanaC

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    We had pizza and the fried chicken with truffle fries, Everything was really good.

  8. NC

    NeilC

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    the variety of seating options with different levels of sound is a big plus

  9. OK

    OKDiner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Warm and inviting. We sat at a table for two with a larger party nexf to us and once the dj started it was tough to hear across the table at times. Food was tasty, though a bit salty and salad overdressed. Really enjoyed the duck bao and Aussie pie with spicy tomato jam (quite spicy, do a little went a long way). Ordered a flight of beers, liked the variety, but they were out of a few. I would eat here again; maybe for lunch and try the word fired pizza.

  10. A

    Avaell

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was amazing and the server was very attentive. The atmosphere was chill and friendly. We will definitely be back.

  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on March 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Good pizza, nice service. The place is central and easy to access with lots of parking around it. Never disappointed so far.

  12. SA

    ShellyAnne

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience3

    Our wait staff was great and the food presentation was amazing. Tasted great although we both thought that the food was too salty (Bruchetta Appetizer & Beef Medallion Entree'). Always easy to add salt, but cant take it out of your food! Good vibe in the place, could use some noise dampening as its concrete floor so not much to absorb any sound - so quite noisy. We will return and try a different dish as it was very tasty,

  13. BS

    BrigitteS

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our first time there for my daughter and I … She’s vegetarian and I love duck ! So many mouth-watering choices ! And we both love desserts ! Breakfast donuts 11 stars out of 10

  14. DB

    DeniseB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We really enjoyed our dinner at Curious and I was pleased to see they expanded their menu. I had the fried chicken and fries, the chicken was tasty, crispy on the outside, moist inside. Great downtown Kelowna location, great service.

  15. KR

    KRog

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice vibe and the food was delicious. We like their pizza.

  16. MB

    MarcB

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Gluten free pizza crust was one of the best we ever had!

  17. K

    Kizzie

    Edmonton

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3

    This is a very casual atmosphere. We knew that going in and enjoyed ourselves. My husband very much enjoyed his flight of beer. The wine list is exceedingly short, but I enjoyed one of the two they had on offer. Our server was friendly and attentive and the food was tasty! We will definitely be going back.

    Curious Cafe & Bar NorcinoResponded on February 1, 2022

    Hi Kizzie, Sorry you found our list short, it makes me think you did not receive our Ipad wine list. We have over 80 wine options. Look forward to you coming back and exploring this list.

  18. BG

    BrendaG

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We had great service, wonderful food and a nice evening.

  19. R

    Ricki

    Manitoba

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A fun lunch on Ellis. Ambience and people watching outside.

  20. ML

    MichelleL

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved the food and the service was wonderful!

  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 8, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4

    Great food. Service was really good. A little loud but a great ambience otherwise for casual dining.

  22. LH

    LH71

    Vancouver

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Nice quiet time of the day and awesome service/food as always

  23. S

    Shandi

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 19, 2021

    overall2food4service5ambience3

    Service was good but none of the cooks had their masks on properly which is extremely concerning and disappointing.

    Curious Cafe & Bar NorcinoResponded on December 20, 2021

    Hi Shandi, We appreciate your feedback and that night I discussed it with the team on the importance of wearing their masks properly. I am sorry they slipped that evening.

  24. EB

    ElleBee

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    As always, we thoroughly enjoyed our evening! The food never disappoints- we order the same dishes every time because they are so delicious! The entertainment (Ari Neufeld), which was our main reason for going, was outstanding. Love the vibe in the speakeasy.

  25. J

    Joanne

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went to listen to Ari Neufeld. Did not disappoint.

  26. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Relaxed atmosphere, good service. Food was good, I had the Mac ‘n’ cheese, friends had mushrooms on sourdough, veggie burger, bruschetta and hummus, all said it was great food, although there was a little too much salt in the Mac ‘n’ cheese for my liking. Will be going back to try both the brunch menu and the pizza menu!

  27. AS

    AshleyS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Always an excellent menu and enjoyable time. One of the best restaurants in town.

  28. JO

    JenniferO

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday for a friend! Was wonderful!!

  29. SW

    SteveW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2021

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    Delicious food, the starters were great. Large portions, good value. Best margarita I've had in years. Would recommend.

  30. VD

    ValleyDiner

    Vancouver

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server was extremely knowledgeable about our allergies: dairy and celiac. Drinks came quick. Drinks were delicious. Food was delicious. Come here you won’t be disappointed.

  31. B

    Becca

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Best pizza in town! The gluten free crust is the best I’ve ever had, it’s so good I’ve mistaken it for normal crust both times I’ve had it. The food is a good value for the quality. The only thing I’m not a fan of in the restaurant are the videos playing on the TVs. I find them distracting when I’m trying to have a conversation. Besides that I love curious cafe and visit regularly

  32. F

    Fanny2707

    Montreal

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience3

    Pizza is a must have, but we quite enjoyed the various starters we shared.

  33. KK

    KristaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Fabulous evening with live music, delicious food and drinks. Would highly recommend for a date night or special occasion.

  34. T

    Tyler

    Saskatoon

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 20, 2021

    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!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    great aervice great night! thanks

  36. MT

    MelissaT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    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!

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Calgary

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 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!

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 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.

  39. L

    Lastsupper

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall4food4service3ambience4

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

  40. KG

    KimG

    Calgary

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    overall2food1service5ambience2

    Our server was lovely but the food was very disappointing

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 4.4 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.

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

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Google Map for Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino

1423 Ellis St Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A3

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighbourhood

    Kelowna

  • Hours of Operation

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

    Jimmy

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, 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 luigi@coccarogroup.com

  • Private party facilities

    Private dining at Curious Cafe is located in Bar Norcino.

  • Private party contact

    Luigi Coccaro: (778) 448-0490

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