La Bussola Restaurant

4.6
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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 371 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.8
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4.6
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1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. It was not my first time here and certainly won’t be my last. They also have one of the best wine selections you will find at any higher end restaurant.
The night was a special time for my wife anI and they didn’t disappoint us.

WS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience. The ambiance was The tomato sauce on the pasta was perfect, truly outstanding as well as the meatballs, one of the best I have ever tasted. The salmon was fresh & cooked to perfection. Great value for the calibre of the food presentation and service provided. This is my third visit to La Bussola and it never disappoints. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for great food, excellent service and great value in a dining room setting reminiscent of a fine family friends home

T
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food. Epic service. Amazing staff
And chef. Loved it. I highly recommend it to people travelling to Kelowna. Close to downtown aswell so awesome location.

CL
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and amazing atmosphere. Food was sooooo good:)))

MG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Pleasant atmosphere. Delightful as there was no loud music - We could talk and enjoy ourselves without shouting. Waiters and sommelier were experienced. Lauretta always makes it special. A very Happy Birthday evening. Extra friends popped in at the end of our meal and were made to feel welcome. We were last to leave but no pressure was exerted on us. A most enjoyable evening experience.

EO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Belated Valentine’s Day dinner

RK
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2Food1Service5Ambience3

Great service from the poor waitress that had to bring out sub par food. The carpaccio had a full on salad tossed on top of it and the pasta noodles came out undercooked(which the kitchen acknowledged). From a fine dining restraunt at those prices, the quality definitely fell short.

SM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Dining at la Bussola has been a treat for us for 40 years, this time was no exception. All 4 of us enjoyed a great meal at a fine restaurant.

JV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great, as usual






Great as usual, sorry but 50 characters is a bit much, great, great, grest

SM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

James our server made it "happen" - GREAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

The veal piccata was a bit tough and the sauce was too acidic- too much lemon. The vegetarian lasagna was very good but the bruschetta had much too much garlic. Overal, a bit disappointing compared to the usual meal there. Typically the food is excellent.

MH
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Wrong order came out. Took it off the bill but they left my boyfriends plate so he had to eat before it was cold. Server never came back to offer pepper or cheese to him. It wasn’t a romantic night out like we hoped.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Valentine’s Day

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

it was outstanding

L
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent special occasion experience. Service was spot on attended by no less than four staff and ownership. Not over bearing just the appropriate amount of attention. Food quality and preparation also excellent. Definitely qualify for a repeat.

JF
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Although an established institution it seems to have gone through a renaissance. Staff are attentive and knowledgeable. The food was excellent and expertly served. I will be back.

WR
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A quiet place, with beautiful decor. But the stand out was the food. The oysters, pasta and veal, all awesome. I'd go back tonight if I could. Definitely will next time I'm in town. Oh, and the service was friendly, helpful, unobtrusive, top notch.

OT
Hawaii
6 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As good as it always is. It’s a Kelowna institution. Never had a bad meal.

SB
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Great experience for our anniversary. $40 corkage fee for a gifted sparking wine from our friends was a little excessive. We requested to move tables as the one given had a loose floor board and every time someone walked by, the table shook - La Bussola needs to fix that - it's the centre table one row back from the window.

JM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Excellent food, the staff was extremely attentive.

WW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A Kelowna Establishment. Consistent and always a treat. Great place.

K
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food and service from James as always. Mike was extremely helpful in selecting an affordable wine. Our favourite restaurant.

La Bussola Restaurant
Responded on January 8, 2020

I am glad you enjoyed. We really like getting the positive feedback, and I will make sure to relay this on to our talented team. Luigi

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L
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Food, amhiance, and service was very good.Not being a wine conniseur we asked if there was a local wine which we were familiar with and hopefully a little less expensive. We were brought a local wine that we were familiar with and which we buy and drinkon a fairly regular basis.
When we got the bill that wine was more expensive than some of the wines on the
Regular menu.
We re not cheap (our bill came to around $400.00 for 4 of us. We had appetizers , our meal and dessert so we were not trying to cheap out on our dining but I have a problem paying in excess of $50.00 for a local wine which price is well below that purchased in the liquor store. I am well aware that an establishment such as yours is entitled to charge for wine and liquor as that represents a source of revenue but at the same time 3 times the market price I think is excessive.
This will not stop us from dining g at your restaurant on special occasions but we will probably not be ordering wine.
We had dined there on a recent occasion and we had asked for the same thing re: the wine and the young man who waited on us brought a local wine and the price we we were charged was an apropriate increased price poin't.

La Bussola Restaurant
Responded on January 8, 2020

Hi Larryr, Thank you for your feedback. I have made sure to send this to our team. With regards to wine pricing, as per the bottom of your message if you do talk to our sommelier we do have many wines that are under the $50 price point, sometimes with a large list they are not always added or up to date. We do try our best to make sure it is up to date and hope that upon your next visit you do enjoy a wine that you feel is fair value with us. Luigi

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BP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic, the service was outstanding even though the restaurant was extremely busy.

It was our groups first time we will definitely be back!

CD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent!!!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Staff were excellent, friendly and attentive. Top marks for decor and ambience! Only minor note was I thought the serving size for the seafood ravioli was a bit small. However my wife’s prawn dish was a decent size, so portion size seems to vary among dishes. I would suggest asking before ordering. However I was happy to have room left for desert!

K
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were outstanding as always. The best in Kelowna! Our only complaint is that there should be more affordable wine options.

CF
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service! Amazing food we just love this restaurant

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This Kelowna gem always amazes us! Amazing Italian fine dining. In this case we with with our family, but also great for business or date night.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall1Food1Service4Ambience4

Menu did not match the website 🙁

La Bussola Restaurant
Responded on December 20, 2019

I have checked our website and it currently is our menu. I am not sure what site you are looking at perhaps it is a third party. I have sent you private message with my email that you could perhaps send me a link of what you saw. Luigi

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O
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

While ‘old school’ carries the connotation of being out of touch, not the case here. Professional staff combined with a delicious pasta entree and complemented with a wine list that befits an Italian meal;?will tKe that old school approach.

S
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the best experience with all staff members, great ambience, delicious food and we will be returning soon. I will recommend this to all my friends and family.

RM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent menu, perfect ambiance and the best service in Kelowna. Perfect for a special occasion or for casual dining. Recommend reservations so not to disappoint. Our new dining destination in Kelowna - this restaurant makes you feel special!

DM
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

restaurant is a very pleasant atmosphere, staff was excellent especially our waiter Cody. food was very tasty.

RT
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was an excellent evening service was great, food mouth watering. Even though the facility was busy my wife and I were able to have a great conversation. This was our second visit both occasions for my wife's birthday. We will definitely be back.

GZ
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best dinners we've had in a long time. Will definitely be back and highly recommend them.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Was amazing as always

AM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and superior food! One of the top 3 in Kelowna. Thx.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An absolutely wonderful experience! Our new favourite restaurant in Kelowna ❤️

MD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spent a lovely evening at La Bussola. We were greeted upon arrival, given a table of our choice, then given complimentary appies. Our meals, both starters and entres were delicious as were the desserts.
Our waitress was lovely and attentive but not intrusive.
A wonderful evening with visiting family.