Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino

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Pizza Bar

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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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4.5
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4.4
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4.4
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4.2
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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So happy to be able to eat out again. Our server was wonderful, very professional, joyful, and calm. Hand sanitizer readily available. Food was amazing. DJ was a terrific, energetic added touch; loved it!! Thanks so much. We will see you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was busy and loud (ish) (not too loud) a great ambience for dining. (That how I know a place is good, if it's busy and lively)

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Saturday night before a Rockets game and they had a short beer list. Some of the beers noted on the list were out.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

First time to Curious Cafe. Very impressed with food, beer and ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Valentine day dinner

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful pizza and wine.y allergies were completely accommodated.

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KevinS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The restaurant was very inviting atmosphere with friendly greetings by the staff. The food was excellent and well presented. Recommend and will return.

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JenK
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

The feel of the place is nice but it was very loud And hard go hear with being at a community table.
I ordered the meat locker. It had a good selection of meat but from the description I was expecting other things. There were three tiny pieces of Brie and no pickles or anything else.

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LoriP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Very nice wholesome and tasty food had a very noisy table beside us which was distracting, very terrific server. Would like to see some new items on the menu however just as a variety as I like to eat at this place

Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino
Responded on December 3, 2019

Hi Lori, We will be releasing a new menu in the new year with some changes, we will be keeping all the favourites however! Cheers, Luigi

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
22 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great pizza. I mean like really great pizza!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Made a last minute reservation for my husband, 3 yr old son, mother in law and I. We rolled in, were greeted with a smile and brought to our table which was set (less than 15 minutes since I had sent the reso request). Food came out fast and hot! It was great being able to see the pizzas being made (excellent distraction for the 3 yr old). We were in and out of there in 1 hr tops. Enjoyed appetizers, beer, wine, a mocktail, pizza and salads. Already looking forward to our next meal.

My one complaint is that the Caesar salad was semi deconstructed. And honestly. I’m just so over it. Just cut the lettuce and toss the salad please !! Dressing was excellent though.

Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino
Responded on November 10, 2019

Thank you for such kind words. We are thrilled you enjoyed everything. Next time you are in just let your server know and they will definitely cut and toss your caeser salad! Enjoy the rest of your long weekend.

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Vern
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent as always !! James was our server - always a pleasure - food was perfect

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BethC
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We loved the think crust pizza with walnut pesto! Great little restaurant. I would recommend and plan to go again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great pizza, great local beer and nice atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

Food was ok. Took a bit of time to get and the waitresses were often hard to flag down. Ordered three eggs Benny and on all of them we ordered medium eggs and got one soft and one extra hard (as in hard boiled egg). And the portions were a little small (I usually get larger portions in hipster restaurants in Vancouver). Also: why does the basic Benny have no protein in it?? (Tomato relish, poached egg and hollandaise sauce only).

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Socialfoodie
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wonderful place, service was great, very friendly and the food was tasty!

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vipStevenM
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Good pizza, decent place with a good selection of beer

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123super
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food is excellent, however the restaurant falls short in two areas:
- noise. The sound simply reverberates around the restaurant. When it is busy you can’t hear yourself think, let alone carry on a conversation, or hear the background music.. The owner/manager needs to look into putting in ceiling baffles.
- service after you get your meal. It is hard to get a second coffee, pepper, more water, etc, or pay your bill.

If however you are lucky enough to be served by the “senior” server, all is excellent. He calmly takes your order, provides recommendations, serves, checks back
and is ready when you want to pay.

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JudyP
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Great location away from busy Bernard and near free parking! Cool decor & long beer list. Compliments end there unfortunately. Bathroom in poor shape! Burger good but 4 different pizzas terrible. No flavour. No sauce or flavour except plain cooked spinach on spanokopizza. Zucchini pizza bland too. Pizza sauce not great on other two. Crust was good. None of us would go back. Went because two guests are vegan but hardly anything non vegan and though burger was good, no veggie burger version. Try again on the menu. You have stuff competition. I wish you the best.

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Olive
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience2

The food and service were excellent. The only thing was the volume of the music....too loud...so much so that we cut our visit short because it was unpleasant. We didn't ask for it to be turned down, because I really hate it when guests ask for these sort of things... fans off, fans up, music down, change the music..... ( I work in a restaurant)....but in retrospect I wish that the staff noticed because everyone was kind of yelling at each other to be heard. Perhaps we were under a speaker? Anyway, the most important things food and service were spot on!

Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino
Responded on September 2, 2019

Hi Olive, I am glad you enjoyed it. With regards to the music we apologize that we did not catch this and please never feel shy in requesting anything when in we are always happy to accommodate. I hope to see you soon. Luigi

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience4

Service was horrible as the server didn’t offer us any new drinks or dessert. Food was great ! Too bad the service wasn’t better.

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vipCosmopaola
Palm Springs
50 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was wonderful. Luigi is an incredible host who cares about everyone’s experience in the restaurant. He not only knows food, but can guide you through a wine adventure as well. Love the casual comfortable feel of this restaurant.

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AGLENT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a group of 5 of us. 2 of us had breakfast, at 1:55p- great call. While the youngest of us, had the pepperoni pizza- the "spicy" honey was unbelievable!

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Carter
Edmonton
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cool, trendy place. Good food, great drinks, and wonderful service.

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BhupeshG
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Had reservation for 10pm and arrived on time. First we were told they were closed but then that we could order food and only one drink. Then after trying to select a drink we were told we couldnt have one because it was too late and past their liquor license time. Really? At 10:10pm? Staff and manager didnt really know what they were doing so we just left. Luckily we found another place close by that has fantastic food and service!

Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino
Responded on July 18, 2019

I am very sorry for the technical error, I have adjusted open table however our restaurant does close at 10pm Monday - Thursday. I am not sure why open table accepted the reservation that was made at 9:50pm. I did call and speak to a gentlemen offering to host you complimentary at The Curious. I truly do apologize for the error and wish you would come back and revise your opinion of us.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was good and the service was friendly. The atmosphere was good too. I don't have any complaints - I will dine there again soon!

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luv2eat
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great pizzas. Nice selection of beers. All as expected.

Confusion with the opentable reservation. It would not give me a table for six (restaurant was almost empty) but allowed me 6 bar seats (bar was full). Need to sync opentable with reality cuz we almost picked another place

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

Service was terrible. It’s possible they were short staffed but the server didn’t talk to us the entire time. We waited 15 minutes after our food was served to get cutlery. Food was cold and would not go back.

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AnitaLyapina
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food, excellent service and tons of different drinks

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jeremie
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

love this place! service was awesome! great atmosphere and the best burger in town.

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123super
Palm Springs
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service3Ambience5

FABULOUS MUSIC - soft jazz background music. Upscale but easy to hear conversation

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DMuller
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great spot for a fantastic Mother’s Day meal! Luigi, the owner, was very accommodating since we had a baby and let us pick the easiest table to sit at. Service was great. Food was tasty and filling. Everything was spot on during a busy brunch service.

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Anna
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was very friendly and accommodating. We stayed for at least 2 hours for lunch and we were never rushed. The food was fabulous!

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guyat
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience4

Waitress service was pretty good but the kitchen was slow getting the food out...over twenty minutes...when it did come the food was delicious....portions were dreadfully SMALL though...one two egg dish ( veggie Bennie so just egg and a 2 inch English muffin and s half a cup of potatoes ) and one one egg dish ( mushroom toast one slice with a few mushrooms and a single egg) and two coffees...$ 46 plus tip...so over $50......Tasty food but poor value...if you are American or British and used to a decent sized meal...you’ll not find it here....

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The whole experience was very enjoyable and we would certainly return again. There was hardly anyone there when we arrived so it was comfortable to have conversation however as the crowds came the noise level became a bit too loud for our liking. I

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SarahE
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere, even better food! One of our favorite date night spots!

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Katrina
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love going to The Curious for every occasion from date night, girls night, and casual hang out with friends. From having lunch & coffee to wine or a cocktail and one of their incredible pizzas at dinner everything on the menu is fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and great atmosphere! Loved it.

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vipJDGit
Toronto
18 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place! Awesome food!

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Anit
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience2

Mediocre experience at Curious. Not fond of the new communal seating, feels like a cafeteria. Service started out okay but later the waitress was busy with other tables so spent very little time at ours. The pizzas everyone else ordered looked good, but my meal was horrible, the worst I’ve had in Kelowna. My chicken cutlet sandwich was missing the coleslaw & mushroom sauce and the bun it came on was stale & stiff. So disappointing!

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Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (778) 484-0490.

Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino is rated 4.4 stars by 85 OpenTable diners.

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