Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

4.3
903 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Farm-to-table
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Worth the Drive
  • Outdoor Eating
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Farm-to-table, Bistro, Contemporary Canadian
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Hours of Operation
Autumn/Winter Hours of Operation

Lunch
OPEN FRIDAY-SUNDAY 12 PM - 4:30 PM

Dinner
OPEN THURSDAY-SUNDAY 5 PM - 8 PM

CLOSED MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY
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Phone number
(250) 498-0620 ext. 2
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Simon Bouchard
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Private Party Facilities
Depending on the size of your group we offer multiple options for private dining. We have a new Wyse Hall banquet/meeting room, the penthouse suite of the adjoining guesthouse, the wine shop, and the Sonora Room itself. Please inquire by phone or email for more details.
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Private Party Contact
Sonora Room Manager: (250) 498-0620 ext. 2
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Black Sage Road
Additional
Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 903 People Are Saying
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AS
Manitoba
10 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food is spectacular! The wine is even more spectacular!! Had the roast chicken with scallops appetizer and it was delicious! Highly recommended the Athene 2014 vintage. Probably the best red wine I have ever had!!
Prices are higher than average but the quality of food and wine and service was well with the whole experience. You will not be disappointed. Great for a special occasion or date night. Treat yourself!!

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NF
Hawaii
7 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Lunch here in the off-season still has a beautiful view, but the menu is a bit limited and as is the case with many wineries that serve only their own wines, the price is out of proportion to the same wine next door at their wine shop.

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e
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always impressed with the food , service and wine when dining here. Worth a special trip.

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i
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A lovely place to dine with friends and be able to not only
enjoy wonderful food, but be able to carry on conversations.

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KD
Atlantic Canada
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

WOW! I could go on and on about this place. What and AMAZING afternoon we just had here. Terry our server was beyond incredible, his suggestions on wine pairings made my meal! We were celebrating our anniversary and our experience made us feel very special!! Our meal totally exceeded our expectations, and didn't break our bank. We were talking about the food, and how good we felt after our meal the whole way home. The chacuterie board is the best in the Okanagan by far! We drove from Kelowna and it was well worth the beautiful drive.. We definatly will be back. Thank you so much!!!! X

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GS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The pork belly menu items for lunch were amazing. And they had our favourite wines. And the service was excellent. Everything worked out wonderfully well.

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

First time to Sonora Room to celebrate a birthday. We were very pleasantly surprised by the quiet atmosphere, the great service, the background music, and the tasty and creative food that we were served. Wonderful evening out!

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DM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

Love this restaurant, but as the season closes and traffic dies down, so can quality. Meals were promptly ordered but took forty minutes to get to the table. We were one to two tables in the restaurant. My risotto was cold, which put a damper on the rest of the meal. It was my main. Will return because I know this establishment is better than yesterday's effort.

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KR
Edmonton
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service even though under pressure due to management not staffing appropriately.

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

We had a excellent dinner at the Sonora Room. Everything was just perfect. The food and service was outstanding. I would highly recommend your Restaurant.
Chris
Victoria BC

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CM
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Though the location is spectacular and the service was perfect, the food was only just ok. We had squash soup, scallops and pumpkin risotto appetizers, and mains of Arctic Char and Duck. None of these were a “must-have again”. Sorry Sonoma Room but the food did not live up to the venue or the price point.

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m
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We had a beautiful lunch in the Sonora Room with a window table. We both had the arctic char without the clams and mussels. The chef graciously substituted the braised tomatoes which we both enjoyed. All in all, we had a tasty lunch after so much wine tasting in Oliver.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Wonderful food and wines. Great view. Music did not suit atmosphere.

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TA
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was very pleasant experience...servers were great. We had outside seating and a beautiful fall day 👍. Meal tabs seem to consistent with other vineyards in the valley $$ .

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DR
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Absolutely superb dining experience. Extraordinary food, beautifully prepared. We dined there two evenings in a row and both meals were wonderful.

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VG
Edmonton
13 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

I was really looking forward to eating at Burrowing Owl but I was underwhelmed. At least the wine was good.

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BL
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 1Ambience 4

Service lacked the usual attention to detail. Disappointing.

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H
Edmonton
23 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed a wonderful meal with excellent service and a beautiful view and delicious wine!

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RG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A great favourite for us! The meals are always delicious and special, and the service is always friendly and efficient. The winery's excellent wines are available by the glass and pairings are recommended to go with the different dishes.

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S
Cincinnati
37 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Enjoyed are lunch at Sonora Room Restaurant. View is outstanding, food was delicious and service was Great!

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DA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was outstanding - very creative and wonderfully flavourful. The service was excellent, as was the view. The only negative impact on our experience was the table of 5 beside us who were quite loud, and one guest kept his cell phone notifications 'ring' on so that there was this constant pinging. He never actually looked at his phone, so it was hard to understand why there had to be this continued annoyance. In fairness (and likely because we talked about how annoying it was in more than a whisper), the pinging did stop but we were too late in our experience for it not to have impacted it. Regardless, we will be back to enjoy the spectacular food, wine and view!!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 2Ambience 5

I dare you to try the sage cheesecake with the "chutney" sorbet. Everyone's meals looked incredible but my desert choice was suspect. The sorbet was terrible and was the laughing point of our table. When discussed with our server she sheepishly dismissed it saying that many people enjoyed it. Many people also are born without tastebuds or opinions.

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c
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Everything perfect, but unpleasantly surprised by the large number of flies in the dining room.

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l
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Restaurant roomy and quiet, allowing for easy conversation and an enjoyable meal. The chicken entree was a bit dry and tasteless, but together with the foie gras that was served with the tenderloin, it tasted great! Ambiance was a bit stuffy and I am not sure why the wine is so expensive when the same bottle is less than half the price only a few metres away in their wine shop? Views are gorgeous over the valley.

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AM
Tampa
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food with spectacular scenery and excellent service!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

1 amuse Bouche. 3 appetizers. 2 mains. 2 deserts. Alllllll excellent flavours, temperatures were good and lovely presentations! Thanks!

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E
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

I was disappointed in the meal and dining room.Very ordinary decor unless warm enough to sit on deck overlooking the vineyard.The meal was priced at the high end for entrees and was really quite boring.The short rib special was without much sauce or interesting spices and the fish was grilled simply with steamed clams on eggplant without anything to bring out the flavour.

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LB
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Burrowing Owl Winery is beautiful and the Sonora restaurant is wonderful as well. Food was beautiful, although the pork came in cold, and had to be returned to the kitchen. I believe they just zapped under the microwave, so dried it out even a bit more. It was okay but we were charged fully and quite frankly my meal was mostly gone by the time my partners plate came back. My fish was very good though. They could have offered us a free glass of wine or desert, but no they charged us fully and the prices are high here.

A bit of disappointment for us as I would have gone back, if properly dealt with. There are many other restaurants that meet the challenge better.

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OT
Edmonton
33 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Disappointing! Expected a better dining experience from a reputable winery restaurant. Pumpkin risotto with shrimp was tasty. Seared scallops was very good but over powered by the olives and capers. Arctic char was decent, part was perfect while part was over cooked, the mussels and clams were a bit fishy, didn't seem fresh. Venison was undercooked, piece that were eaten were good.

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HL
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our choices were all delicious and beautifully presented. We came from England and Rossland to celebrate my daughter’s birthday and were not disappointed - made my choice on the recommendation of the Canadian Defence Attache in the U.K. who I met in Edinburgh at the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo . What a great choice. Our waiter was excellent, friendly and attentive. Thank you for a great dinner!

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MR
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Wait Person rather condescending . Good food bit on the expensive side considering small portion size, especially 3 Scallop Appetiser. Lovely view makes it worth visiting.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love taking friends here, never disappoints !

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n
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very good quality food with a fantastic wine list. This winery is a favourite of mine. The view and ambiance of the outdoor balcony overlooking the vineyard is lovely on a warm evening. The waiter we had was very skilled and friendly, setting just the right tone. This was the last night of a vacation of travel and a great culinary experience with delicious wine.

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m
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, peaceful ambience, good service and beautiful views! 🙏

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DO
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Desert is definitely their best course, delicious works of art.

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MR
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great Food and wonderful ambience view was awesome

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N
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

Overpriced mediocre food in a lovely surrounding. The service is excellent but the food really needs an upgrade if they want to compete. People will come for the service and views but will not come back if the food continues to be so completely lack lustre.

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OT
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Service was terrible. Disinterested server, no desire to move us from aggressive wasps. She never once came to ask how our food was. She dumped off the bill and didnt ask if we would like a machine.....just walked away. She told us not to drink the wine from the store😂😂😂

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CA
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Great food, great wine, wonderfull views. The service was perfect

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LH
Ottawa
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our son recommended this restaurant for our 30th anniversary and it was lovely. My husband had the beef tenderloin and I had the pork tenderloin with the cherries. The Cabernet Sauvignon was outstanding. The server knowledgeable about the foods and the farms providing the cheeses, the wines and regional suppliers of ingredients making up our dinner. Their homemade gelato a delight. They also provided a little something special, macaroons, after our meal. Overall a wonderful evening and dinning experience.

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