Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

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822 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Regional American (Northwest)
Top tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
  • Worth the Drive
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
Regional American (Northwest)
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Hours of Operation
April Hours of Operation
Thursday to Monday
LUNCH 12 - 4:30 PM
DINNER 5 - 8 PM
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Phone number
(250) 498-6202
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Stephen Blackburn
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Private Party Facilities
A number of options are available for private dining that include utilizing the penthouse suite of the onsite exclusive guesthouse, the wine shop and the Sonora Room itself. All options are based on availability and seasonality. Enquire for further 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, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
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J
Calgary
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

It was less than we expected based on the prices and the renown of the restaurant for both the food and the service. We've had better experiences in other wineries of the region!

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

It was wonderful. The service was great the food was also very good. The wine a bit over priced.

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L
Seattle
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing view, amazing service but the food was a huge disappointment. Bland and lacking presentation, the bread and the complimentary birthday chocolates were the best part of the meal. It was ridiculously expensive for the quality of food.

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NA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 2

Too Quiet. Open Table had 5:15pm slot available only but there were no other tables after 6pm. Not sure why.....

Great food. They used local ingredients.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Such a lovely venue. Our server was amazing. We were there in the middle of the day and had the place to ourselves. Thoroughly enjoyed!!

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LB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We treated ourselves after riding in the Axel Merckx Granfondo road ride. When you stay at Burrowing Owl Guest House you must eat here!

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R
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 3

Our visit was somewhat a comedy of errors. We arrived for our 8:15 booking only to find that we were the only ones sitting indoors. It also took a long time for us to get service. It is not a lot of fun eating in an empty restaurant and it was a beautiful evening so we eventually asked to move outdoors when a table became available. The hostess tried to discourage us on the basis of mosquitos arriving at dusk but we insisted. The move took a very long time but we finally were relocated to a good spot. Unfortunately, it also delayed the delivery of our food. Not long after we got the main course, most other people moved back into the restaurant because of....mosquitos! Having pushed hard to get outside, we were not going to give in so easily. So, we stuck it out and enjoyed the very well prepared food, notwithstanding that we now were the only ones outside in a complete reversal of the earlier scenario. Part of the problem seemed to be confusion between the hostess and a server as to who was responsible for our table which meant that we were eating much later than originally intended. In short, the food was great but we would have enjoyed the evening more with a friendlier hostess who would try to facilitate our request rather than treat it as an inconvenience. It makes such a difference when you feel welcomed rather than as a problem.

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OT
Seattle
11 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely venue; nice food. Recommend the settinf

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KM
London
17 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Beautiful location. Very good service. Mixed good experience. Salad under dressed and boring. Pea risotto good. Octopus salad a bit tough. Salmon bouillabaisse very good.

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l
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent service, wine and food. View was nice but would rather not have overlooked the swimming pool as the view was variable depending on who was using the pool.

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K
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Friendly and polite service! Great environment and a beautiful retreat for a relaxed visit

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DB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 5

The view is incredible but the food was quite disappointing. We had heard such good things but neither of us were blown away by what we chose for our dinner.

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OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing service and food!

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WS
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The server was exceptional and her knowledge of the menu and the wines was awesome. Very enjoyable and we definitely will come back.

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and ambiance. The views on the deck compliment the taste of the food and wine. As a coeliac I was well catered for and thoroughly enjoyed my dining experience.

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HA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

The service was excellent, but the value for the cost was not outstanding. The prices of both the wine and the food are high for what you get. The view is beautiful and the servers do all they can to make your experience great. As it was our anniversary they provided us with a complementary glass of port, also we know some of the staff. That was very nice. I dont think we would be in a great hurry to go back though.

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TL
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

It is a beautiful place... with beautiful views!
Food was wonderful and the wine delicious

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V
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

I made this reservation based on very positive feedback from friends who had been to the restaurant last year. I had anticipated great food for the price of the menu items. On arrival I felt there was limited selection on the menu for both appetizers and the main courses and was underwhelmed by my main course meal. I would say that the desert was better than the main and it is a wonderful venue with beautiful views. I would not go to this restaurant again and would not recommend it. Better to taste the wine and look at the view than spend the money and dine in the restaurant.

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Service and food were both underwhelming for what I expected from The Sonora Room and Burrowing Owl.

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DR
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A truly excellent restaurant. Terrific creativity in the dishes, but not pretentious. Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable servers. Sensational view of vineyard and valley. Well worth a detour to visit. Hats off Chef.

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P
Hawaii
60 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Celebrating our friends 40th wedding anniversary and we made a special meal request and the chef was so accommodating and knocked it out of the park for us!
Thank you!

Perfect setting, great food accompanied with great wine and service!!

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OC
Toronto
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow! Loved every second of this lunch!

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S
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Pros: Food was amazing. Nice view out on patio. Good service overall.
Cons: We did have to wait slightly longer for entree course after first course. It's probably a reasonable pace for those are not too rushed or hungry but we did notice the table beside us getting their food way before us & almost finishing it despite they ordered after us.

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DD
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great food and service. Will definitely return.

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PB
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Have been before with amazing service, gorgeous views and amazing food. This visit was a bit disappointing. Again gorgeous views and very good service but our main meal was disappointing. Had the venison. Over cooked for medium rare and sides were not appropriately pared. Sides were not complementary and small. Wine pairing was extremely well paired with the venison. the sommelier was entertaining and well versed.

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UA
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

We come to Burrowing Owl every year for either wine tastings, lunch, or dinner. It's always a good time with a great views.

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MP
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3Food 1Service 3Ambience 3

Definitely not what it's cracked up to be on the reviews. The chefs need training to be sure. I had the chicken with truffles, ha-ha. The rolled chicken breast was bland and the truffles were the size of your trimmed thumbnail. There was one small trimming in each cut of the rolled breast. (7 or 8 pce). Boring and virtually tasteless, never, ever again, for the price I could have had an enjoyable evening in Osoyoos...

I lost out due to all the hype about Burrowing Owl, my advice go to A & W or Denny's, save your money. Plus the fact that when they ripped out the natural ground cover to plant their grape vines they made homeless many small desert owls (or killed the defenseless little critters).

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GS
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great views sitting on the outside deck. The service was attentive but not too much. Excellent food presentation.

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LS
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

We live in the area and have been visitors to the Burrowing Owl over the years. This time, we were disappointed with the meals. I had the strip loin and the portions of four cubed tiny pieces that were completely unseasoned along with the white fish meal the guest/birthday girl received, equally as unseasoned, made it a discussion to choose from our other higher end establishments in Penticton and not bring people here for special occasions. We did mention to staff in hopes it was just a missed dish. But for the price and reputation of the Burrowing Owl, it shouldn't happen. The prices are high enough that we should be expecting excellence and delicious.

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OT
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Lovely viewed, relaxed atmosphere, professionally presented food and excellent wine pairings

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Loved! Great food, service, wine, view, everything was awesome!

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MS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Wish there were more veggies in the food. Hardly any at all in my entree. Otherwise very tasty and beautiful place.

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SH
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food on Mother’s Day was delicious. Our server was helpful and friendly!

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b
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very rich food, lovely setting!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing staff. Amazing food. All in a beautiful vineyard setting. Ensure to ask for a table on the terrace. Never disappointed.

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DS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, service and view! The fantastic dishes were described well which we love as foodies. Friendly staff. Overall fantastic evening.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My husband and I’s weekend away from the kids. We were delayed for our reservation by 30 minutes (which was the last seat of the night) and the staff were SO Amazing!!!

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TB
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We always enjoy our outings to Burrowing Owl .
You can’t beat the cuisine, wine, or the view!
We will definitely be back soon!

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IG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We enjoyed the first night of their Spring Wine Festival five course dinner paired with their wines. Great value and money well spent.

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OT
Edmonton
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is our favourite place to eat in the entirety of the Okanagan. Always a great pleasure.

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