Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

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Farm-to-table
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  • Scenic View
  • Outdoor Eating
  • Notable Wine List
The South Okanagan has gained a well deserved reputation as a desirable destination for tourists seeking an agricultural and culinary experience. The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery features prominently in this regard with its epicurean excellence, superb service, relaxed style and scenic splendour. The restaurant overlooks 146 acres of picturesque vineyard from the patio or inside the warm and inviting dining room. The philosophy of the talented culinary team is to embrace the opportunity to showcase many of the South Okanagan’s local producers. Dishes are created that utilize an array of local organic produce, seasonal fruits and artisan cheeses, and pair perfectly with Burrowing Owl's award winning wines. The exclusive wine list includes a selection of Burrowing Owl's current vintages, and library wines that are no longer publicly available for sale. Creative cuisine, impeccable service and a beautiful venue highlight the great agricultural diversity of the region.
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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

We had a reservation but waited 10 minutes to be seated and there were two groups ahead of us. When we were seated the hostess said there weren’t any food menus available as there were all in use. The wine was wonderful and the food was good. Our server was pleasant and tried very hard. After reading the many reviews, we were a little disappointed.

A
Calgary
56 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Pleasant Evening
We really enjoyed our visit to Burrowing Owl. We ended up with outdoor seating as it was full indoors. It was a little chilly, but the staff accommodated us with blankets and heaters. We had the deck to ourselves and it ended up being a great evening. We had the mushroom soup (good but could have been hotter) and the lamb which was excellent. Dessert was an interesting take on S’Mores. We were served a complimentary chocolate truffle at the end of the meal. Very nice, but we were too full to really appreciate it.

c
Toronto
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

We found that service was very slow throughout the whole evening. First we waited 10 minutes to be seated even though we had a reservation, then we waited another 20 minutes before we got our wine. And finally our main dish arrived approximately 2 hours after we arrived.

In addition, some of the dishes did not meet our expectations in terms of taste. But the wine was excellent.

Q
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful setting, wonderful food, fine wine. Who could ask for anything more.

KT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Service was incredibly slow. It took almost 20 minutes to order and receive our drinks. Food portions were small for the price.

PM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Did not think the menu was particularly inspired, a little ho- hum in fact. On the other hand, the staff in the tasting room were very helpful and a pleasure to speak with.

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

The food was absolutely fantastic! We had the foie gras and squash salad appetizers. Then we shared the coq au vin entree. My friend and I were stuffed silly and oh so happily! We cannot stop raving about the food! Service was top-notch and the view from the patio was amazing. We highly, highly recommend dining at the Sonora Room! We will definitely be back!

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

Great afternoon and wonderful service.

Enjoyed the view on the patio

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

Expensive and very busy. But great service and delicious food.

S
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Burrowing Owl is one of our favorite restaurants to visit when we are in Osoyoos. We always ask for Ingla to be our server as she is an absolute Gem, she is always so friendly,
kind, attentive and very knowledgeable with the menu and food that is prepared. Thank you Burrowing Owl once
again for a very tasty meal and to Ingla for always making it a very special experience for us!

SP
Edmonton
10 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful location with amazing views. Food and wine was outstanding.

S
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The service was friendly and efficient. The food was great and the wine list had some older vintages of their wines. It's a must visit winery restaurant in Oliver,BC.

w
London
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We went for lunch. The food was fine but not exceptional. In fact that would some up my description, service, ambience etc all fine but not exceptional and with not real effort to showcase their wines.

JM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful scenery! Great wines. The charcuterie board was a little disappointing as it had moldy fruit on it, and we had to leave early because there was a wedding party at the restaurant.

D
Vancouver
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Superb food. The barley 'risotto' and the shrimp roll were absolutely delicious. The patio has amazing views. Highly recommended.

OT
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was very good, based on local and fresh fruits and greens. The view is absolutely beautiful. We enjoyed our dinner.

SS
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Incredible vista, ambience, and service. A true gem on the Golden Mike Bench.

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

I've already reccomended Burrowing Owl to most of the guests we met at a lovely wedding the following day! Great location, vista; all helped by the perfect weather.

KN
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We so enjoyed our lunch in the Sonroa Room. The waiter recommended a new peach dish that the chef had created that day and it was amazing. The S'more dessert blew us away.

DM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Always love having a meal here. The food is always good. The menu is quite limited and that would be my only down side.

MS
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our third time over the past 15 or so years, can't say enough about how good the food and wine is, it's by far our favourite place to eat, just gets better every time.

DF
Orange County
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was excellent. Service was a bit slow. Location and view are outstanding.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were visiting Osoyoos for the first time to see an 89 year old cousin who we’d never met

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and experience!

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

I would rate it as one of the top 5 places we have ever dined, we were on the patio overlooking the pool and vineyards, astoundingly beautiful , food was great, wine was great, service fantastic, there is a trend here, it is quite pricey, but it was worth it!!!!

W
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

First time there; Everything was great expect we couldn’t wait for 15-30min for the patio table. But definitely will go back again! Over all The food was amazing!!! And service was great too!

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

Outstanding lunch. Our waiter had great sense of humour. Our wine was excellent as was our food.

CB
Birmingham
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Sons birthday

WJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner sitting on the patio looking out over grape vines.

KR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have returned to the Sonora Room many times over the years, watching Burrowing Owl fledge into the remarkable place it is. The menu is always an interesting experience we look forward to, paired with superb wine. This is the landing spot for our annual family dinner. Consistently exceeds our expectations.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great service, great location!

CA
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful setting and gorgeous view. The food was quite good and service very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 4

Beautiful setting and wonderful service. The food was substandard at best. Very disappointing.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time will be back soon

S
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

I stopped by for a lunch treat before heading back to the Vancouver area. I got a beautiful seat overlooking the Vineyard and my server was very attentive. A couple of things didn’t go quite right. First I had asked to try two different wines before I made a decision but the server brought me a full glass of one type of wine and a taster of the other. We got that figured out and corrected. When I was choosing my lunch the server told me the specials. I am fascinated on a green salad versus the daily special salad which the server indicated I would go better with my risotto. The salad was cucumbers and tomatoes with a balsamic vinegerette, with croutons. There was no indication that this was not a fresh salad, which is what I wanted . When I got the salad the tomatoes look like they had been roasted or brined/pickled or something like that, definitely not fresh, and the cucumbers look the same way. The croutons were delicious! I had a few bites of the salad along with my risotto and it just wasn’t what I had expected. I explained this to the server, she asked me if I wanted it in a “to go” container? I thought that was very odd considering I explained that I did not like the salad at all and it wasn’t at all what I expected. I fully anticipated that that salad would be taken off the bill but it was not. I got a complimentary macaroon but that didn’t quite equal to $16 value on the salad! By that time I was too frustrated to consider bringing it up with management.

VC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I absolutely recommend this restaurant. Calm ambiance and excellent food and service.

We came for dinner without a reservation at 9 pm, after a horrible experience at Miradoro at Tinhorn Creek. Although it is posted that the kitchen closes at 9, we were welcomed by a charming hostess and after seating a wonderful server named Ally and we never felt rushed in any way.

We came back the following day for a full dinner to celebrate a birthday and the experience continued to be amazing. The Duck confit and the Lamb loin was excellent. It is obvious that this restaurant is well run, has an excellent chef and pastry chef and the staff are friendly, welcoming and professional.

The ambiance of the outside deck is calm and peaceful.

The Sonora Room restaurant is definitely going to see us again.

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Food portion lacking, long wait times for meals, service just ok. Great ambience and views though.

L
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

To expensive for the amount of food we were served.

T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We when with friends for dinner for our Anniversaries. We arrived and got a wonderful greeting. We then were escorted to the patio. The waitresses was very knowledgeable of the food and wine served at the restaurant.
The view was so beautiful and we all enjoyed the evening.

CB
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Our waitress was super and explained the differences between the glasses that were used.

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