La Bussola Restaurant
We warmly welcome you to dine with us in our home at La Bussola!
veal scallopini, white wine, squeeze of lemon, parsley, marinara, touch of cream, served with seasonal vegetables
Spaghetti al Pomodoro Fresco
vegan dish, garden tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil
Lemon Cheese Cake
Very quiet and classy, service was a little slow for our liking, food was good but not outstanding for the price point. Probably better suited for a couple than a group
Service was really slow. The server never even introduced herself when she came to the table.
This was our second visit and the food was outstanding!!
My husband and I went here tonight with high expectations after reading the stellar reviews. The service was very poor. The staff paid us nearly no attention the entire time we were there. The food was fine, but it wasn't anything special, especially when considering the high price. I'm very surprised that La Bussola is rated as one of Kelowna's top restaurants. Overall we were not impressed and left quite disappointed.
Veal is overcooked, making it tough
Salmon is not as fresh as I would like it. Freshness covered by too much sauce.
The saving grace is clam is tasty.
Not as I just expected to be for the price
The chef should be trained more. It seems he/she is take out cook.
I had better experience in the past.
Great food, great service and great atmosphere
The food and service were great. Made for a very special date night!
Fantastic local restaurant, good for fans of Italian (though bear in mind I've not had 'authentic Italian in Italy'). While definitely a pricier meal option, La Bussola is great for romantic dates, special occasions, and even cozy proposals. A fine decor and dedicated staff compliment a fantastic (if arguably a bit limited, though COVID may have affected that somewhat) menu. I've had their steaks and pasta before this last visit and they were great. This time around I enjoyed a fantastic caprese salad with a delicious salmon main, and I was a bit disappointed I just could not manage dessert. If I must offer one other vague negative, I don't feel their bread was particularly remarkable, though it's hardly bad (just definitely not a highlight).
Parking is a bit of an issue, though that's common with the Kelowna core. There's thankfully a couple of parkades not too far away, and the museum lot is also nearby. It's worth the walk.
Excellent food, wine and service! Everything on the menu sounded delicious and I ended up having the scallops to start and the mushroom ravioli for my main, and both were excellent. It was a safe experience as the tables were well-distanced and the servers were wearing masks.
I have been eating at La Bussola for as long as I can remember. It is a cherished family tradition for us, and I love taking my kids there to celebrate special occasions. The food is authentic and always perfectly done, the service is warm and personal, and Loretta, as the matriarch, sets the tone for the entire restaurant.
La Bussola is consistently excellent offering exceptional veal, seafood and pasta in a comfortable setting. It is old school with flare!
Service was really slow on this day, had to wait a while for refills, starters were missed, food was really lacking flavour as well (I had to use the butter from the bread and a lot of parm cheese to have some taste), it does not match what’s on the description on their menu. You can hear the female chef yelling in the kitchen which ruined the ambience as we were sitting across from the bar. Definitely not worth the price. Not a great way to celebrate -as the whole experience was disappointing. Please don’t try to be a fine dining establishment if you can’t execute the food and the service. Will not be coming back.
Excellence fine dining experience. Real world comfort, with old world food that never tasted so good. Each time is better then the last.
Highly recommended for a fine Italian meal with comforting familiar fresh tastes!
Thank you guys for always making it perfect every time!!
Enjoyed this restaurant . Could use more pasta choice . But great simple menu . Excellent house wine choices . Would definitely come back.
Excellent pasta and service. Martinis good but expensive.
For those of us at an age where quiet is important, this lovely classic restaurant offers great service providing excellent suggestions on main courses and wine pairings to satisfy all who partake of this fine dining experience. Always found the food a memorable mouth watering experience. It is our go to for all special occasion meals as well as visitors to the Okanagan valley or just a night out.
In spite of COVID, felt very normal. Tables were set apart and lots of station to sanitise hands discreetly placed. On the expensive side but worth it as good and quality very good.
Just an outstanding meal with superb service. So the first time in Two months that my wife and I went out for a formal dinner. Could not ask for better service, food an atmosphere . I highly recommend the dining experience at La Bussola It is the best restaurant in Kelowna .
My husbands salmon had bone in it and he always swallowed it, rather than giving the meal on the house (like the waiter said they would) they gave a $8 discount off the bill.... I was quite disappointed but other than that the good was delicious.
Great evening with delicious meal and attentive staff. Quality and consistency keeps us coming back (for over 40 years).
We have been to this restaurant one before three years ago and again not only was the food incredible but the atmosphere was that romantic, intimate Italian experience that make you feel like you are in Rome having a fine dining experience.
The prices of the dishes are affordable considering the quality of each of the meals - fine dining, incredible tastes.
The staff not only provides that traditional Italian experience but also extremely friendly and make you feel that are they are there to make your romantic dining experience that much better.
We live out of town, but when it come to choosing that dining experience where I want to share a beautiful, romantic Italian experience with my wife - this is our go to place.
Would highly recommend it ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️+
When we booked our trip to Kelowna, La Bussola was the first dinner reservation I made. We came here for the first time last year and it was great so I was beyond excited to come back!!
Unfortunately, it was the hugest let down. Now, we understand that so many things are different now after COVID so we are more than happy to be patient and understanding during these transition phases, but I can’t even chalk this up to COVID.
When we arrived for reservation it took about 3 mins for anyone to even greet us, then it took about few mins for them to decide where to seat us (it was not a full house and they require a CC on file to take your reservation so I would expect them to be somewhat prepared,..) once we were seated in the most high traffic area it took 13 mins for our server to even come over to us. We didn’t get greeted or chatted to,.. just a “so what do you wanna drink?”,. Okay, no big deal,.
Their menu, significantly reduced. When I made the reservation there is no mention of this.
They have a handful of salads and appetizers, two pasta dishes (yes, only two!!!) and some entrees. Their “special” of chicken parm was sold out before we had a chance to order.
All of the prices are also significantly increased... $23 for a caprese salad??, $42 for a lemon butter pasta with a few shrimp??
All throughout the evening the server was hit or miss, the sommelier was attempting to fill in but was doing a very poor job. The only staff members I give credit to doing a good job was the bar tender (great martinis!!) and the bus boy, they were fantastic.
And don’t get me wrong, if they are short staffed due to COVID then I can imagine it would be a tough job to manage the whole room, but I can also tell you they are taking zero COVID precautions as servers. No masks, no gloves, no nothing.. there might have been a bottle of hand sanitizer at the bar, but that was it.
Honestly, it was beyond disappointing. $200 later and we won’t be back.
It was a wonderful evening made even better by serving staff. The only reason for one star less than perfect what is it did take a bit for them to figure out who was serving us. All good though. COVID-19 has thrown us all for a loop. We appreciate everything the restaurant did for us making our first meal outside the house in four months a special one. I guess from Portugal especially appreciated the Portuguese wine it was available.
It was the first eat in restaurant we had gone to since the pandemic. My friend had just retired after 38 years, and we wanted to take her to some place special and the La Bussola was everything we thought it would be!
Great food! Terrific to have a homemade lasagna that wasn’t too darn hot to eat!!
Excellent food and service as always. They are being very vigilant with COVID-19 precautions to ensure that staff and customers are kept safe.
Food was garbage
First time here. The best veal I’ve ever had. Great service. Fantastic wine and cognac list. There isn’t a dress code though. People were walking in with track pants, lulus and running shoes. Dress up though, it’s more fun. Looking forward to trying more menu items out
Always a fantastic dinner and great to see familiar faces. Love the attention to and accommodations made to ensure appropriate distancing. Bison, Parmigiana and Linguini all superb. fino alla prossima volta
Thank you for a wonderful evening. The salmon served with many vegetables was excellent. Of course we will be back soon.
Great evening celebrating 92nd Birthday for my mom. She was tiny bit disappointed with No cake and candle.... for the amount spent, and candle is a very small investment.
Excellent as always
Amazing restaurant! They use great quality, fresh ingredients (a lot of the produce comes right from the chef's garden), everything from the bread to the salad dressing and sauces are all made in house. They offer a good variety of food and prices vary but are reasonable for what you get. The have a lot of gluten-free options and everything is absolutely delicious! The service is great and the staff is very friendly and caring.
We had a great meal and your people went out of their way to keep us safe. Thank you
Lovely new location, waiters dressed formally, white table cloths, overall great service.
Gnocchi was delicious and sauce flavourful. Spaghetti and sauce were outstanding but meatballs lacked flavor.
Never disappointed at this restaurant. Consistently serves delicious food with a wonderful ambiance and outstanding service!
Menu was limited due to Covid19. I think only 5 mains to choose from. Food was surprisingly average this time. Maybe bumpy start to re-opening after lock down. My previous two visits with regular menu were excellent. Service was very good and accommodating. Good atmos.
Great all around.
The atmosphere, service and food was perfection. We have been 3 times now to La Bussola and never disappointed.
La Bussola Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 418 OpenTable diners.
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