La Bussola Restaurant

4.5
257 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Italian
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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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Tue - Sat 5:30PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM

What 257 People Are Saying
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always an outstanding experience! Service from James wonderful as always. It's a lovely evening out, and the food impeccable as always.

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m
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Only a tiny amount of buffalo mozzarella on the caprese salad.
Salmon had too much sauce and not a great flavour plus poorly presented.

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KS
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 3

Our server was fantastic but the bartender was horrible. We waited over 1/2 hour for our first drinks (4 people in it group) after placing an order. The only reason we got them at that time was because we said we were leaving if we did not have them within 5 minutes.

The restaurant was full but I still feel that amount if time is unacceptable.

Our server was fantastic. She was trying to make things better for us by trying to take our order but we felt that we were being rushed out by her trying to take our order without even having a chance to relax with a drink before looking at the menu to order.

With so many choices of restaurants we will not be returning here.

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BH
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

As always we had an outstanding waiter, James; amazing food by Loretta. We love coming here and will be back soon!!

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G
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always great food, great service and a beautiful dining room!

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P
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Located in downtown Kelowna off the beaten track. Nice to dine at an independent restaurant instead of the chains that control the dining options in Kelowna.

Food was excellent and reasonably priced.

The wine list is weak and could use more options.

I will definitely dine here again

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e
Vancouver
17 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for our anniversary. Service was friendly, and professional, pacing just right. Great food and portions were just right. We will be back!

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LM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A wonderful dinner! Food, service and atmosphere was great!
Wanted to come to La Bussola for some time. Absolutely worth the wait. Enjoy!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fabulous experience all around, will definitely return!

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RD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service was great we were remembered from our last visit which was just as good we would highly recommend the restaurant to any of our friends and family desert was fantastic topped of with a great cup of coffee.great food and a great value

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M
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was so uplifting. The food was unreal! The house made tomato spaghetti sauce was delicious. A must-dine in Kelowna!

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DB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food with outstanding service. Always a pleasure!!

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M
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent as usual! We always have a wonderful experience. Looking forward to our next visit.

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BP
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very professional service, and outstanding food and ambience. My wife had the veal piccata and I had the veal Marsala. Both were excellent.

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k
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Mothers Day

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BH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service, ambience and food!
As someone else mentioned, the wine list is expensive and unnecessary but a good $55 bottle of Sumac Ridge nonetheless.
Food was excellent and Claire was the best waitress and helped make this a 5 star rating!

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EF
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service food was delicious had the Lasagna.
Very cozy good atmosfeer and you can hear what your partner is saying
Recommend this restaurant

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K
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Overall Very Good Dinner and Service!
However, our waiter suggested that we should “substitute” the fresh vegetables that came with our entree for pasta! We thought a great idea and chance to try the pasta . . . as it was our 1st visit to this restaurant! Then our bill arrived and we were charged $5.00 each for this “add on?”
Should have been properly informed or given vegetables + pasta! Seems like a small complaint but, is one of those things that just irritates you when you are spending $30 - $40 for an entree!

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DG
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Really enjoyed the food and service. Appreciated it wasn’t as noisy as many other restaurants. Was surprised it wasn’t as expensive as I had feared.

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L
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

I brought my mom for her birthday dinner we sat at 730 and didnt get our food until 930. Our server was nice enough but we sat with empty drinks half of the 2 hours. It was busy but not so busy we couldnt have been taken care of. Good food but bad experience. Probably won't return.

La Bussola Restaurant
Responded on April 24, 2019

Hello Leesa, I am truly sorry for this, it seems as if the team had a off night I truly do apologize. There is no excuse for this however and I sincerely send my apologies. I would love to have you back at La Bussola and host you for your next visit. I will send you my contact in a private message, again I am truly sorry. Luigi

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SE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

This was our second visit to La Bussola and we especially planned to dine there as we were back in Kelowna for a visit after a year. Our first experience last March was excellent and we were very much looking forward to a wonderful, relaxing evening. However, our waiter was dreadful. Disinterested, almost rude and inattentive. He could not even be bothered to tell us the specials; I had to ask. My guests and I found it very uncomfortable. It should be mentioned the wine waiter was excellent. Such a shame about our waiter though as he ruined it for us; we will not return.

La Bussola Restaurant
Responded on April 24, 2019

Hi Sarah, I am truly deeply sorry for this experience as this is not normal. I would love to have you return and experience La Bussola as you did your first visit. If you could please send me a private message regarding your server as I would like to look into this further. I also would like to host you upon your next visit. Luigi

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GB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a lovely evening and a great dinner. The only thing that bothers us that you do not offer an affordable wine on your wine list. Only $50 and up and that makes it at the end a very costly evening out.,The value of the food is really good.

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CB
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! Beautifully presented and delicious. Many restaurants in Kelowna are loud and we struggle to hear each other talk over the clatter. La Bussola is the opposite. Peaceful, refined, with tasteful music in the background. Delightful and attentive wait staff. Amazing wine list. Beautifully set tables.
The whole house made rolls are delicious. We started with the Scallops - perfectly cooked, Brushetta, and oysters. All were wonderful. Mains we had the Pesto, Lasagna and the daily special. The lasagne noodles were incredibly delicate and tasty. We were too full to even attempt deserts, but they looked amazing.
We will absolutely be back.

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was amazing. Wine food and service. Great spot and value

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RS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Answer re noise level incorrect, the noise level us perfect, you can actually talk to your table mates without yelling at each other. We love this restaurant for this very fact!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Mix up with the bill timing.

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OT
Calgary
18 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Just not stellar food. Nice environment and good service

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CI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

When you walk in the restaurant, it is a bit confusing because you walk directly into the seating area. The maître d’ station is beyond that. It is uncomfortable and not what I would expect from a restaurant like this. The maître d’ and the service was very good. The problem that we had with the food is that all the pasta dishes include cream. In Italy, dishes and sauces do not have cream unless they are a rose. For example, sage and butterSauce has sage and butter. I Cacio é Pepe pasta has exactly that, cheese and pepper and some pecorino and some pasta water… No cream. It made the pasta is very heavy and very North American.

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RL
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Veal portions were too small and thin.Salmon was not as good as previous

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LS
Edmonton
12 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I got back from a trip late and my boyfriend said we were dining at Bussola. I used Open Table and got a table immediately.

We arrived as our reservation arrived. We were greeted and seated. The host was bery pleasant and our waiter was fabulous.

We had venison carpaccio and it was amazing. I had the variety mushroom ravioli and it was out of this world. My boyfriend had the lamb. He said it was slightly tough but enjoyed it immensely.

The dessert was the only disappointing thing. It was lemon cheesecake but it didn't taste like lemon.

This is our 2nd time there and both times we have enjoyed it immensely.

Will go back.

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RY
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love Italian food and have eaten in many fine Italian restaurants around the world. This one may just be the best.

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JR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply outstanding in every respcct! You will not go wrong enjoying this fine establishment!

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OR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The meatball appetizer set the stage. They were excellent. My mother in law had the salmon in which she loved. My daughter had the gnocchi which she said were great but not as good as nonna's (tough standard). The chicken parmigiana was fantastic with just a light breading. Their in house desserts (gelato and spumoni) topped of the meal. Can't wait to go back.

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A
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 2Ambience 1

It was not very good due to the incredibly awkward ambience and only slightly above average food. Server was awkward and didn’t seem to know what she was talking about.

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LR
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food is simply amazing!! Charming staff and we look forward to going back soon

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JN
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great meal, great service, couldn't have been better.

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Phoenix
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Chicken parm was awesome service great !!

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RD
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Yes ambiance and staff were wonderful,the food was a bit overpriced for being slightly better than adequate,presentation was good
There’s lots of Italian restaurants in the Okanagan I’d try the next one myself

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MB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent in every way!
Too bad we live in Vancouver😢

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m
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We ended up being only 4 for dinner instead of the five we had reserved for, but the hostess happily gave us a table for four instead of five - no problem. The table was beautifully set with linens and crystal. The wait staff is very friendly and helpful but not intrusive. We all had the scallops for starters and were all in foodie Heaven while eating them. The best scallops I have ever had. And a wonderful presentation. All of our entrees were also delicious. But I just can't stop thinking about those scallops!
It is a lovely restaurant with a great staff and wonderful food.
Can't wait to go back!!

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