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Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino, Kelowna, BC

Curious Cafe & Bar Norcino

4.6
4.6
332 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

8:30 p.m.


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

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Private dining

Private dining

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • 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

  • Rémy Martin XO Opulence Experience For Two!

    $365.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 15, 2024 only
    *** $365 Total For Two Guests. Please select '1 person' to book. *** Join us for an interactive, multi-sensory experience of cognac indulgence and self-discovery! Have all 5 of your senses awakened, as the House of Rémy Martin celebrates 300 years of exceptional cognac-making, craft, and innovation. We invite you & a guest to join us in Bar Norcino, where your ticket includes two welcome glasses of Champagne, one personalized Rémy XO Bottle (below BCLS price), access to the XO Opulence Experience for two, two Rémy Martin Rocks Glasses, and two Rémy XO Tastings. Following the event, we invite you to join us on our patio, where we will offer a variety of Remy cocktails & inspired dishes!
    Rémy Martin XO Opulence Experience For Two! photo
  • Maker's Mark Tasting

    $60.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Jun 6, 2024 only
    Embark on an exquisite Maker's Mark adventure! Your ticket includes your own personalized bottle of Maker's Mark Bourbon + an engaging tasting session led by Maker's Mark Diplomat Micah Dew! The tasting, a delightful journey through the world of Maker's Mark, takes place from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM on Thursday June 6th! To enhance the speakeasy tasting experience, you will have the opportunity to indulge in an assortment of Maker’s Mark cocktails and delectable Maker’s Mark Bourbon-infused culinary offerings featured on a specialized menu. Reserve your spot now for an evening of bourbon elegance!

    Maker's Mark Tasting photo

What 332 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Gluten-free-friendly

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Good for groups

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Healthy

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Vegetarian-friendly

332 Reviews
  1. TaniaM

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service as always. We celebrated a 5K run. Our server was wonderful

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  2. ColleenM

    New York City

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Was a great place for us 7 ladies to meet. Most of us hadn’t been there before and we didn’t know what to expect. It was good food.

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waiter was so friendly, brought a cake for my daughters birthday. Super accommodating with allergies. Will def be back!

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  4. MandieLynn

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I’m gluten free and it was great that they had gluten free options available and they were great. Had the Bruschetta & Ricotta happy hour option which was perfect for the two of us to share, and we had a margarita pizza which was great. Even my not gluten free friend enjoyed the crust. Service felt a bit rushed but our server was lovely, and attentive just maybe a little too quick. However, we were there early (5pm) so the place was very quiet.

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  5. ShelleyM

    Toronto

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent lunch. We had falafel bowl and chicken burger. Not busy. Service fast and friendly. Server great.

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  6. MallaleaO

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great event. Something totally different for Kelowna. Well done!

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  7. DebM

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This is our 'go to' for a meal before a concert. Love the pizzas...including great tasting G.F. pizza base.

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  8. LoriD

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good for sure. Our waiter was a little over friendly and a bit cheeky. We were 5, 60+ ladies so did not need the chat up stuff. Took awhile to get our meals and also our bills. Really like this restaurant but have service issues on a couple of occasions. Food is always great though.

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  9. PaulM

    Vancouver

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    My father has been a burger connoisseur probably since the 1930s. He proclaimed the Curious Royale as one of the best burgers he's ever eaten. And as the Tuesday night special paired with Franco's Euro Pilsner, it was a deal too good to pass up! Curious is a neighbourhood gem, smack dab in the middle of downtown! Thanks to the Curious team for a great experience!

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  10. Jaina

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and the atmosphere.

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  11. Pepperdiner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Really good food & drinks but a long wait for service- our server was covering a large section!

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  12. DebM

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Highly recommend the G.F. Pizza...the crust is actually delicious !

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good people & atmosphere. Casual place that can hold bigger groups with great food. 😃

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  14. AmandaS

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and wonderful service, great atmosphere

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Exclusive

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, nice atmosphere!

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  16. Themirando

    Exclusive

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Came in on a slow day to celebrate my husband's 40th with a drink and a pizza. I am not in the service industry so I am not quick to judge, however my husband is, and together we agreed after that the service was weirdly slow for how dead it was (two other tables?) when we came in. Server was nice but nothing beyond "what food do you want? Sure." Post-Christmas blues? Lol I'm not sure but I felt dumb for making a reservation there indicating a special occasion. Yes it sucks his birthday is right after Christmas haha.

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  17. JennG

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A huge and sincere thank you to Calen and the whole Curious staff. They took excellent care of our rather large group - a group from a local business. We were the ones who made the space energetic yesterday haha. Our group was larger than expected and people were bouncing around from seat to seat. Calen did an outstanding job keeping everyone happy. We are happy to return again soon. 10/10.

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  18. TobinB

    Calgary

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service. We had the cod and they offered great wine pairing advice.

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  19. Ally

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great service. Food and cocktails are superb. The noise level could be a bit bothersome specially when there are children around. Have to pick your table wisely!!!!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I wouldn't recommend this place for brunch. They put stewed tomatoes on everything, served undressed raw spinach and I'm pretty sure buy their hash browns from Costco. Very disappointing for 25$ plates.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had friends coming in to town from Penticton and they requested a quieter location, tapas and no TV’s. The level of chatter was fine, the server was very nice, knowledgeable and attentive. And there were no TV’s, I’m glad every place does not have to be a sports bar. As usual, the menu provided ample choice and delicious bites and the wine list provided great sips. We will be back.

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  22. TracyB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was amazing! My sisters pizza was so good. I had the chicken with fries and Altho it was good my request is to serve with a tastier sauce… otherwise everything was spot on!! Love the atmosphere

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  23. Wayne

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Nice place for a date night, especially when going to the theatre down the street.
    Curious Cafe & Bar NorcinoResponded on December 2, 2023
    We're thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful date night at Curious Cafe, especially when heading to the nearby theatre. We can't wait to welcome you back for another memorable evening!

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  24. JodyP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and food! The food is always delicious and fresh! Our server last night was the best one we have ever had there - so kind and friendly and attentive! Our only miss was the desserts - both the chocolate cake (it was more a cupcake) and cream puffs were underwhelming and not on par with the rest of the menu. But the pizza party was a great value and everything included in that was phenomenal.

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  25. DuncanM

    Calgary

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Fun night out. Service seemed over run in a busy night but was still conscientious and polite

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  26. Shaunaaa

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic Pizza and excellent cocktail and beer menus!

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  27. TanaC

    Exclusive

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and our server was excellent. We love going there, some one always meets you at the door with a friendly smile. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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  28. MelinaM

    Vancouver

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Was great to see so many gluten free options on the menu, including a dedicated fryer!!! This is a game change for any celiac. The drink menu is also phenomenal - they basically have anything you can imagine. Definitely recommend!

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  29. marlowe

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very busy Friday nite ahead of the Dobbies concert but staff handled it well. The food was good for a reasonable price

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  30. LoriD

    Vancouver

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Open concept makes it pretty loud. Food was good. Service average. Bottle of wine just plonked on the table….not even the first glass poured by the server. Had to ask for water refills. Do servers just take your order and deliver the food now?
    Curious Cafe & Bar NorcinoResponded on October 31, 2023
    Hi Lori, I am sorry to hear about your service experience. This is not the norm, especially when it comes to wine service. I have talked to our team and the team member that served you. I would hate for this to be your last experience with us and will reach out direct to host you again.

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service were really good. Ambience is nice.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Went back for a meal a few months after our last visit. Had the pollo pizza as well as the arancini and the bruschetta and all were delicious. Was a bit disappointed as the menu had seen some changes and there was noticeably less selection than our previous visit. Favourites such as the broccolini, bao buns, braised duck as well as others were no longer available. A standout point was the lack of vegetable options, particularly in the appetizers. Cocktails were delicious and fun as always. An enjoyable visit all things considered but the menu was missing the “eclectic/curious” flair we had loved before.

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  33. Glendq

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food Good service. Food came relatively soon.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Sorry - thought this would be a fun, casual dining experience and a step away from the higher end restaurants we had dined at over the previous week. I’m always willing to note that my own experience was a “one off”, but this really wasn’t great. The pizza itself was good and interesting, but the appetizers and other menu items were pedestrian. In other words, not great. The wine selection, as well, is minimal. Our server had just started, so was understandably unfamiliar with any of the items on the menu. That’s not ok, though, and doesn’t speak well to the training he received from the restaurant. Service was slow - “they were busy”, though there was only one other table occupied when we arrived. It was also quite a symphony of noise as chairs grated across the floor and with the music just a little too loud. lI don’t mean to harp or sound too picky, because I’m generally not for a meal like this, but I really don’t think we will be coming back.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you like stone oven pizza, this is the place to be, their pizza is great and fairly priced. The crust is my favourite! The drinks are on the pricey side but that seems to be the norm for most restaurants. Great casual, fun atmosphere with tasty food, I highly recommend going here!

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  36. ArleneK

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food, great service and great location. Need I say more. Was not sure how to rate the noise level. We were a group of six and enjoyed the fact that we could actually visit and not have to yell at each other. 😀😀

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  37. BCGirl

    Vancouver

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Went with group of friends. Service was just OK..The server never came back to see if we wanted anything else. Didn't offer to get us another beer. It was very quiet in terms of the amount of people there so it wasn't overly busy. Pizza was good, no issues there but the beer choices were lacking. There was only 1 pale ale choice, no ales, a handful of lagers and pilsners and maybe 2 IPA's. It used to be that the Curious had an amazing choice of beers so super disappointed this wasn't the case anymore. We likely won't return. Definitely better choices in town for both pizza and beer.

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  38. JennG

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Thank you for accommodating our work group from Interior Health. We enjoyed ourselves and will be back again soon!

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  39. BrendaG

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had great service and the caesar salad and margarita pizza was delicious.

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  40. ChristyB

    Saskatoon

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our pasta and vino experience was outstanding! The Caesar salad and pasta were delicious, and the wine pairing was perfect! We will definitely be back! Thanks Luigi for an amazing dinner!

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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 4.6 stars by 332 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 p.m.


Booked 6 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    CAN$30 and under
  • 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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