La Bussola Restaurant

4.5
216 reviews
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Italian
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  • Romance
  • Good for Anniversaries
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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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1,000-Point Tables

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Tue - Sat 5:30PM - 5:45PM 8:00PM - 8:30PM

What 216 People Are Saying
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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

Good ambience. Ok food. High priced wine. Was recommended this place for Italian....not as Italian as I wanted

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JD
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service. We will definitely be back!

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j
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience! enjoyed the food - ambience- service! I always recommend this restaurant. Valentines day had a special feel and a full house with everyone enjoying themselves!
A wonderful family business that has provided all of us so many special times.

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CV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous service even though it was Valentine’s Day and very busy. Food was outstanding! Will definitely come back!

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RP
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good atmosphere, extensive wine list, a good menu with something for everyone, great service and best of all, it's not loud. You can have a conversation without having to yell. This is one of our favourite restaurants.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a great meal and experience!

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D
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Awesome dinner on a cold and snowy night. I had the mushroom ravioli....incredible

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LS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was excellent. Wine is very expensive. A half litre of wine cost more than meals

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YY
Vancouver
24 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delightful evening with friends that included great food and wine. Our server was excellent and the food was amazing. Recommend this place for a nice meal in a comfortable, elegant atmosphere.

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SB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Loved the electronic spirits and wine list .... easy to use and impressive collection . The serving staff were excellent and just attentive enough

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wife birthday

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m
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Service was decent but the food wasn't anything special. The basic dishes are affordable but the taste from both our meals were disappointing. It's past it's hay day as a fine dining establishment sadly.

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DE
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience, authentic Italian cuisine, family owned and run. Best Italian restaurant in Kelowna, bar none.

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I
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 2

Showed up a few minutes early for our reservation and given attitude from the hostess. Wasn’t drinking alcohol that night so seemed as though we were put on the back burner. Ordered the rack of lamb only to find shards of tinfoil in my meal, girlfriend ordered a rare rib eye and it came out well done, sent both meals back and when I got the lamb back the meal was nothing like the first one, potatoes were rock solid and it didn’t have the same presentation or taste. They didn’t charge for the steak as she changed it up for a different meal, and took a slight discount off the bill of $11. Wasn’t worth the wait, our NYE experience wasn’t what we had anticipated. Won’t be going back that’s for sure.

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

It was exceptional!! Amazing Food and awesome service!!

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DB
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for my sister’s 65th Birthday. It was a wonderful choice!! Wine very good but pricey, food was very good and the salted caramel gelato was amazing!! Wonderful music, great dining experience. Would highly recommend this restaurant!!

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F
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Family get together

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MM
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a boring report. We go there because the food is excellent, the service is terrific, the menu has great choices, the place is spread out enough, so it is not noisy and we can talk easily. It is by far our favourite place to eat. Every time is the same report. Sorry if it is boring.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic place for a nice dinner . The food was incredible and the service was second to none. Highly recommended 👍

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d
Las Vegas
21 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food and service paired with a tremendous wine list!

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JB
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Took my wife for her birthday.
Service, food, atmosphere all very good.
Could have done without the Christmas music though.
Would definitely recommend to others.

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DD
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a great time. Everything was marvelous. Ambiance is A+.
I only marked down to 4 stars because the portions are not huge - which some people like. That said, the quality is excellent. And delicious. So the question for potential guests is: would you like a huge portion of "ok" food, or a reasonable portion of excellent food. I know what my choice is.

After dining, we left (on our way to the ballet) well fed with delicious food, and pleased we chose La Bussola.

I will go there again.

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M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Loved the food and service. Very nice restaurant - we have gone twice and certainly will come back

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Birthday. Most restaurants offer a free desert not this place. Was disappointed.

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MM
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

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S
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely atmosphere, great food, and prompt, friendly service. I found the antipasto a little sad; was expecting something more like the Meat Locker over at the Curious. But it was still tasty, and the pasta was excellent.

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VH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Truly excellent food and service. A lovely meal with friends and we could hear each talking. Couldn't have been better in any way. Highly recommended - casual or occasion.

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JD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Anniversary

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E
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very welcoming atmosphere and warm.
The wine list was superb and the food was authentic and delicious.
Looking forward to visiting them again.

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JL
Edmonton
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Food is fantastic! The special, mussels, is done very well. My main course, rack of lamb, is the best I ever had. I am just amazed how they cook it to perfection. They were busy that night but service could be improved as we waited a bit longer specially we have kids with us.

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F
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Family get together

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LI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Went for a surprise birthday dinner for an out of town guest and we were all thrilled with the food ..what an amazing evening...highly recommended and cant wait to go again....thank you staff and chef.

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AN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

1st time. Really enjoyed it and Eric made some nice recommendations!

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JR
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great location and incredible food and service. It’s our new favourite restaurant in Kelowna.

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NY
Las Vegas
7 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The meal was exceptional, the service was good, but not as good as the meal. We had one issue when we arrived, we had reservations for 8 and a confirmation for 8, but when we arrived the person at the front said they only had us for 6 and made a small issue out of it. They did accommodate us at a nice table, however, it was made out like it was our problem. On the service, not rated as high as we had to ask to have another bottle of wine and were topping up our wine ourselves, based on the price of the entrees, I would have expected the service to be of a higher quality.
Based on the exceptional meal, we will definitely be back, but recognize the service isn't as exceptional as the food is.

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KL
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good service and I always love the food. Vegan options as well.
We were a large group (8) Our waiter was very polite and attentive.
Great ambiance. Everyone had a very good meal. No compaints whatsoever.
Looking forward to our next meal there.

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JN
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent Food! Great ambiance! Good service! No complaints! Will go again!

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DS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I ate here this week and the food was just like they said in the reviews -- outstanding.

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DR
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The best restaurant in Kelowna. The foods is always great.
The veal could not be better.

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DO
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious meal with very attentive staff and unique menu choices.

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