La Bussola Restaurant

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
La Bussola has been serving Kelowna since 1974 and is proud to boast the largest wine selection in the Okanagan today. La Bussola is owned and operated by the Coccaro family; Lauretta Coccaro the chef & owner operates the restaurant with her son Luigi Coccaro. The restaurant's menu changes seasonally using local and/or handmade ingredients wherever possible, and includes rotating classic dishes from the original menu from when La Bussola opened 43 years ago.

We warmly welcome you to dine with us in our home at La Bussola!

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What 318 People Are Saying
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MR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very attentive, professional and friendly service, portions perfect for those preferring smaller portions, food was cooked to perfection, wine way too expensive. We had 3 courses, for 4 adults which cost approx $400. Alot of $$$ but it was a special evening so happy to pay it as a one off. Would love to dine there more regularly but $$$ too high for our budget. Ambiance was perfect, music was not intrusive. Delightful evening. Thank you La Bussola

DH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I always enjoying going to La Bussola for a meal, it is my favourite place as I love veal in all in forms. I had the Marsala veal and I really enjoyed it. I only wish I could find perfect veal at the butchers.

JL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Once again we had a fabulous meal, starter, mains and dessert were all delicious. We strongly recommend both the prawn and the scallop starters. Devine.

JJ
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is Kelowna's best restaurant for service, food and value. Service is top notch and the atmosphere is sophisticated without being pretentious. If you enjoy Italian food you will be pleased with La Bussola's offerings. I highly recommend this restaurant and definitely will return.

TA
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Most amazing people, food and atmosphere. Lauretta knows how to cook!

I
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

La Bussola is a nice overall experience. Service and food was fine dining quality. Unfortunately we were seated near the front windows and the forced air was set to cool the dining room making it very drafty while we dined. That and apart from the fact that the waiter forgot it was a birthday dinner, was the only reason we cant rate the restaurant 5 stars.

SB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always makes for a great evening. Love bringing family, friends and guests here. Tonight was no exception. Everything on the menu is always excellent, portions are just right and service is attentive, not overbearing.

OT
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly, fun knowledgeable staff. Upscale dining with well trained staff.

UH
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The pasta that my wife and I shared was not hot enough to our liking.

AM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere, decedent food and amazing service.

MS
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was perfect. We had Michael help with the wine selection and he was spot on. Continues to be first class dining
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TM
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Food quality great as usual.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

When I booked I mentioned it was our anniversary. I did expect a little acknowledgment from wait staff. It didn’t happen. Service was prompt and food was very delicious
We make a point of attending every year when we come to Kelowna. Veal Marsala is outstanding

ST
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Food was fabulous. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and I will go back. It was friendly and catered to almost all our needs. We had 6 different items and all were superb. Gnocchi, Chicken Parm, Veal Piccata, spaghetti with veal meatballs and Veal Marsala.
Two areas that need some improvement though. Now if this was just an anomaly then maybe it’s not a problem but the night we ate they ran out of TWO menu items that we requested. First one was they had no more mango sorbet. This one they mitigated however by allowing us to exchange it with the triple chocolate mousse cake as part of the 3 item chef's dessert. The other item they ran out of was the Cream Caramel (which is basically Creme Brulee). I can understand that 1 item is gone but 2 seems a little high. And these were just the 2 we ordered. Maybe there were more. Our dining time was on Saturday nite and wasn't too late in the evening so they really should have had enough stock so customers don't get disappointing when they run out. It was especially disconcerting because it was my aunt's favorite dessert and we were there for her 90th birthday celebration.
This leads me to my second area for improvement. I put on the Opentable comment section when I made the appointment that we were celebrating her 90th birthday and that she had been looking forward to eating at this establishment for a long time. Not only did they completely ignore this comment; but, when we mentioned to the waiter that it was her 90th birthday, all he said was the he can wish her a happy birthday then. That was it. I believe every restaurant I've mentioned special events made some kind of acknowledgment. This restaurant showed complete indifference.
These are meant as constructive criticisms and I hope they will help improving the service at this restaurant. As I said I will definitely be back and still highly recommend them. I would have given them the highest overall rating except for this.

LW
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

We loved the ambience, quiet, white table cloths, nice room. The service was good. The meatball appetizer was very good, 2 meatballs unfortunately lukewarm. The food was very typical Italian fair. I had the Veal Piccata and it came with one half of a fingerling potato and a quarter of a corn cob that was difficult to cut. The veal was ok. My husband ordered chicken parmigiana and he enjoyed it. We also ordered their spaghetti with garlic and olive oil to accompany our meal. (not listed on the online menu) I thought $16 for a side of spaghetti was a bit much but thought it would be homemade pasta and tasty. I was disappointed as it was boxed spaghetti , and and a small portion on the plate to split. I would suggest they offer a nice Italian olive oil with their white buns pre dinner rather than or along with butter. Unfortunately it wasn't the Italian experience I was hoping for.

M
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience and the ambience, food and the staff were all the absolute best

BD
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent.
Waiter was helpful in providing info about selections.

Great dinner experience.

LM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

Very bad experience, the restaurant was unable to serve the food after more than one hour of waiting. Terrible service for very expensive restaurant. I do not recommend it at all.

TD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Visited in August and it was a welcome respite from the sun and heat outside. Dark wood, low light, tables spaced appropriately far enough from each other. Attentive waiters and delicious food. Highly recommend the veal meatballs as appetizers - melt in your mouth.

JL
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a superb meal. Starter, entre and dessert were all outstanding, service was welcoming, friendly and excellent.

RM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

You can't beat the food.
The kitchen folks absolutely know what they're doing, and everything we had was delicious and perfectly presented.
The servers were real, helpful, and open.

DB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

It was a very nice meal, but we did mention to the server it was our parents anniversary. I asked if they bring a special dessert. He told us the kitchen was too busy to ask them. We found that was a bit chintzy. Our table of 6 spent over $500.00 for the meal. A little gesture of an anniversary cake would have been nice.

La Bussola Restaurant
Responded on September 2, 2019

Hi Dina, I am sorry to hear about that as we would have loved to send you a cake for your parents anniversary. I will private message you my email as I would love to make sure to take care of an appie or dessert upon your next visit. Luigi

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

KJ
Gloucestershire
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have lived in Kelowna since 1975 and for all that time, La Bussola has been the place that we go for all the celebrations that are important to us, i.e. birthdays, visits from children and grandchildren, anniversaries. We have never been disappointed.

CH
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband took me for my birthday dinner on Friday and we were very pleased. The service was impeccable and the food was delicious. Fine dining experience was exceptional and we would highly recommended. 5star

RC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Oh my. This food was mouth watering delish! Great staff and just an all round great place to dine

r
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

always great food. great service. definitely not a cheap option, but worth the splurge.

D
Edmonton
11 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Just a great restaurant. The food and service is fantastic. Lauretta and her staff are excellent.

RM
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Disappointing experience compared to one previous visit. Overall poor value for a pricey outing

C
Palm Springs
42 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had delicious food, excellent service and perfect libation…a perfect night! La Bussola is always a must for us whenever we visit Kelowna.

DB
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our favourite place for authentic Italian food in Kelowna. Always a warm welcome and outstanding service. Many choices on the menu and the food is absolutely delicious!

E
Calgary
26 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing - there’s just no other way to describe this Italian perfection for the palette. Fresh, authentic Italian dishes. It’s a must stop for us every time we are in Kelowna.

CM
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

It was just okay, the sauces and seasonings were very good but the pasta itself was definitely from a box and wasn’t good at all. It was nothing special, definitely not authentic Italian. I would compare it to any Canadian style restaurant, but not Italian. Also felt a bit neglected by the server because we are younger, it was definitely an older crowd.

JL
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 4

730 reservation. Sat outside after a few minutes. Service was extremely poor. They did not have enough “wine lists” to hand out, so we waited approx 15 minutes for a wine list. We asked one question about the wine and the server did not have the information and stated he would send the Somnalier. After another 15 minute wait, we left. Basically we were there for 40 minutes total, was served a glass of water each and then ignored. They seemed very disorganized. I do not know if they were short staffed? But was a first time there for us and we were very disappointed

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Amazing food and the wine list was perfect!

GM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

That was the second time we were there within 2 weeks. before that it was about 4 years! How could we have forgotten it? The only thing better than the food was the service

K
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good service! Nice food! Will definitely come again!

S
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Nice friendly staff. We found overpriced unfortunately. The biggest disappointment is the size of serving, very small compared t lo typical Italian cuisine. Italians like a full plate of pasta!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is always excellent and the sommelier is a great help in choosing from their extensive wine cellar.
We are never disappointed and always enjoy the fine dining experience.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As diners from out of town, they were able to accommodate us at a convenient time.

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