Hillside Winery & Bistro
Hillside Winery & Bistro

Hillside Winery & Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hillsidewinery.ca/
  • Phone: 2504871350x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Opening March 29th, Wednesday to Sunday 12:00 - 8:00pm
    May 2nd - June 15th - 12:00 - 8:00pm daily
    June 16th - Sept 7th - 11:30 - 9:00pm daily
    Sept 8th - Nov 1st - 12:00pm - 8:00pm daily
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Robert Cordonier
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact our Bistro Manager to book your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: Please contact the Bistro Manager to book your event.
  • Private Party Contact: Lisa Henderson 2504936274x105
  • Entertainment: Hillside features an array of talented musicians throughout the season. Our Local Artist, Live Entertainment Series are Sundays in September 5-8pm on the Bistro patio. Check back with us for upcoming performances during Spring Wine Festival. Join us for our Hallowe'en costume party Oct 26th. Please check our website for details: www.hillsidewinery.ca
  • Special Events: See website for more details: www.hillsidewinery.ca

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Riddle Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Hillside Winery & Bistro has a large main lot located just off Naramata Road. Overflow and extra parking is offered to the north of the estate.
A word from Hillside Winery & Bistro
The distinction of being awarded “Best Restaurant Associated with a Winery in the South Okanagan” is the reason why our guests keep coming back. Executive Chef Rob Cordonier leads a talented and committed team that focuses on the local bounty available. Choice cuts of meat and seafood have been carefully sourced to ensure that we are supporting ethical and sustainable harvest practices on our menus.
Our beautifully prepared dishes complements our wines. We take great pride in showcasing interesting flavor combinations and ingredients that are treated simply and with respect.

The Bistro features a striking 65 seat dining area, lower outdoor patio and an upper open-air patio with breathtaking views of Okanagan Lake.

With a gracious welcome, we encourage you to make regular visits to the Bistro!
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Hillside Winery & Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (70)scenic view (68)fit for foodies (42)romantic (40)notable wine list (38)great for lunch (34)special occasion (31)good for groups (16)great for brunch (9)neighborhood gem (9)kid-friendly (3)hot spot (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • great food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    we went there because what people had told us and lived up to our expectations the service was great as was the food
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place with a Great view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Food was excellent. Service was too. If you can, get up on the top level as that's where the view is. Went for a late dinner date. A perfect setting
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice meal but....
    RMH46
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We enjoyed the very good food and equally good service, but unfortunately, the early evening sun was an impediment. I was able to move my chair to a more comfortable spot but I noticed many patrons holding their hands up in front of their eyes just so they could see their fellow diners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stunning view
    2travel
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    A great evening for three of our party of four. Prime rib was excellent, presentation of vegetables under the beef was not ideal. Disappointing hamburger though. Quickly the server offered to replace or remove item from the bill which she did. But it does somewhat put a damper on a stunning view and evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Linzi
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I have to say we had an amazing waitress. When I made our reservation I forgot to include details of one dining member's allergies including nuts, dairy and a gluten intolerance. The waitress was so knowledgeable and accommodating to ensure this person received an excellent meal and had no issues that I didn't communicate his challenging diet before hand. As always the food was fantastic! I would recommend doing the wine flight as you get a little bit of everything and asking if there are any wines off menu available. My favorite from the winery wasn't listed but they had a few bottles hiding in the back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Stunning View
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Really enjoyed the patio view in beautiful Naramata. Servers were friendly and courteous but not very fast. Food was very good as well. Try the deserts. Lemon tart and chocolate peanut butter crunch was amazing!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Beautiful Setting
    Just2LetUknow
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    With a view that is nothing short of spectacular, the second story deck is a fabulous place for lunch on a hot summer day. Below, the garden is a riot of carefully tended colour, beyond the vineyards lies the beautiful blue Okanagan Lake. We dined at Hillside the week USA Today published its 2014 survey ranking the Okanagan Valley as #2 on the list of the ten top wine regions of the world. Hillside exemplifies the reason for this ranking. Expect a simple menu, somewhat short on choices for vegetarians, but with interesting combinations of flavours intended to pair well with recommended wines. Good idea to check the online menu ahead for selection and prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Wonderful patio dining. Thoroughly enjoyed the evening. Great service, and great food
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much of nothing
    Expectations
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    While the staff were very helpful and tried thier best, they could not overcome the obvious drawbacks. The lower patio is dominated by machinery constantly running and blaring pop music is not a solution. Also from these tables there is no view. We had fish and beef-the former was so overpowered by citrus as to be tasteless, the latter was fatty and badly cooked. My wife had been here before for lunch and was looking forward to it, but we will not be back again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great way to end our vacation.
    RLGandtheboy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Spectacular view, food and wine. We were a bit early for the sunset but this would be the icing on the cake. Food presentation was very well done and the wine pairing suggestion complimented the meal very well as you would expect. Bre our server was very attentive and helpful. We will be adding this spot on our return visits.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My husband and I were RVing with family and needed a dinner away from everyone. Everything from our reception to the desert was great. We initially were seated in the upper patio in full sun and when my husband asked to be moved to a cooler we were accommodated promptly. We enjoyed the gnocci and the braised beef and a wonderful lemony desert
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trip to Penticton
    Ryan
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Loved the view, the restaurant and the food. Two thumbs up!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • enJOYinglife
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food and fabulous wine. Personal tour through winery operations and a little history on it's beginnings given by the Duncan McCowan the winery president, was a highlight and very informative. The view and ambience of the place at sunset was out of this world and the fabulous food at the Bistro lived up to its name. Highly recommended for that very special evening we all seek and love ! Go for the high patio to take in the vista over the lake! Many thanks to the Hillside Staff for the memories. Steve and Sheila. Calgary.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • European escape
    Fatty
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Great setting at an amazing winery you feel like your in europe
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice experience
    Sally8seafood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We had company from out of town and so decided to dine at Hillside Bistro. We all found the ambience to be really great. It was casual, friendly but upscale. I have eaten here many times over the years and always enjoyed it. Our server was very polite and professional. The food was really tasty over all, with good presentation. The prices are a little high and there is a limited selection of food items, but considering the beautiful location and over all experience, we didn't complain. We'll probably go again next summer.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Enjoyed
    foodywiney
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    We always take our visitors to Hillside for lunch and some wine
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great view from the patio
    nbrau
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Dinner was nice although we wish we could have paid the same price for wine with dinner as you could buy in the shop downstairs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • View to dine for
    flowergirl
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Whether lunch or dinner, Hillside offers spectacular views of Lake Okanagan with sparkling blue water sprinkled with sail boats drifting by. This is dining al fresco at its finest. And anyone who appreciates a beautiful garden will fall in love with the gardens leading up the bistro not to mention the tasting room full of wonderful wines!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great wine and menu
    RestaurantRomer
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Wonderful food and service. Comfortable setting. wonderful spot to relax and collect your thoughts after a good day wine tasting and taking in the sights.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "Guys" is the key word.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    My girlfriend and I went for dinner here and we loved the food and the service and of course the view. Our server was very friendly, and reasonably attentive. However, we noticed with her and all the other servers, she seemed way too casual for such a fine establishment. Her service style did not match the ambience nor the food. Every time she came over she called us "guys". She was very friendly and attentive, but had a pub style personality and was very bubbly. We felt if she was a little more refined it may add to the ambience and may even help her sales a little. We're very easy going by nature but she just seemed off putting and too casual for a place which I'm sure typically sees a lot of special occasion meals. Overall a good visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    molly47
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    We were only in Penticton for 4 days; this was the highlight! We have eaten at many fine locations, but this right up there with the best. My only complaint......It is thousands of kilometres from our home.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • delish food, amazing view
    lemming
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    we reserved a patio seat for my birthday on June 28. What an amazing patio!! wow, fantastic view for sunset! the food was really really interesting and delicious. I had the gnocchi. usually i find the gnocchi gets boring before i finish it. every mouthful the same. not this one. there was more other stuff than actual gnocchi. i was a little worried about the cilantro hazelnut pesto (not liking hazelnuts much) but it just gave the cilanto pesto a really nice texture without a strong taste. the hubby had the steak, he said it wasn't the most awesome steak ever but seasoned and cooked well. for desert the chef made some kind of frozen basil cream thing that sounded scary but tasted amazing. bad bits? not enough blankets, only one veg choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Vanfoodie
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    After several great experiences with this terrific winery, we encountered our first disappointment when we chose to spend our anniversary dinner here. We were seated promptly by the hostess. It then took about 20 minutes for our young waitress to come to the table. She apologized and said something about having to take care of the owner who was in for dinner. A half carafe of white wine then came quickly followed by the mussels appetizer which was ok, although the mussels were small. We each ordered a glass of red wine to enjoy with our beef dinners, but our orders came out well before the wine, and both entrees were barely warm. We sent one back and chose to eat the other one anyway. Neither order was memorable.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Number one winery/bistro in the okanagan! The mosaic is always worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • rich yummy experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Pleasantly surprised a winery put as much effort into a culinary experience as they do wine. Delicious entrees well presented and prepared served hot. Beautiful scenery especially at dusk and sunset. Make sure to climb tower to take in the view.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall Good Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Went with my mom for a special dinner. I had the mussels and she had the scallops to start. They were both fantastic. For our mains I had the flank style steak and my mother had the special which was a braised pork rib. She throughly enjoyed hers, I was however not so impressed. I had expressed to our server to let the chef know to cook the steak how her thought it would be most enjoyable, as flank steak can be very tuff. I was please when she suggested med-mr however was not so pleased when the steak came back chewy and tuff. Other then that the experience was great. Our server was wonderfully polite and the wine, excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Beautiful
    Meatsweats
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    The food was fantastic, the view is spectacular, the staff are friendly. I will definitely be going back the next time I'm in Kelowna!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • evening out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Dropped in for evening dinner, I ordered the ribs, they were outstanding, the home made baked beens were so salty I could not eat them. My wife ordered the trout and it was excellent as well. It was topped off with an excellent gelato. We would come back but substitute the beans.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good
    Gourmettraveller
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I really enjoyed my lunch here. The food was great and the views are spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We keep returning
    Gilles
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    A restaurant we keep coming back to our waitress was lots of fun & very personable , the food was as usual great [ the lemon pudding cake was dreamy ] .Look forward to our next visit .
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 50 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 216 reviews are from the Hillside Winery & Bistro reviews archive.
  • What a treat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I visited Hillside Winery this Easter weekend and it was wonderful, as always. My friend and I went with the intention of having a glass of wine after a walk on the KVR trail, but as it turned out we ended up staying for salad, soup, and the mussels in Tom Yum broth so we could soak up the sunshine on the patio. We sipped on a few glasses of the newly released Gewurtztraminer (yum!) and THEN we got talked into staying for dessert because we were told by our server, Trish, that the port was worth savoring by the fire. Her recommendations were spot on. The Dark Chocolate Cherry Mousse paired perfectly with the port and the fireplace. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delightful lunch.
    WineAndDine
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    This bistro is great in so many ways. The food was great. We enjoyed a nice selection of cheese and fruit as an appy. That accompanied a neat little wine flight,we got to choose 3 different wines 3 oz each. Very cool option. The mussels here were to die for. My downfall is that even though we made reservations ( on this site) I don't think the resturant received them as there was no table ready for us and we ended up siting outside. It was a nice patio with a beautiful view but was a bit cold outside and the patio heaters were out of propane. At least they offered blankets. The service was a bit slow but the food was great so we will try this one out again.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Celebration
    stewie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Our evening at Hillside was just perfect. We celebrated a birthday. The food and service could not have been better. We all ordered different meals and everyone of us considered their meal to be especially good. All the plates were nicely presented and the service was very attentive and pleasent. We often bike on the KVR to Hillside for an outdoor lunch. Again, these excursions have always been enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • perfect meal
    seriousaboutfood
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Our welcome at Hillside was was warm, the fire welcome in early spring as the sun shone brightly off the lake just below. Chef Rob Cordonier and his team hold nothing back; both visual presentations and flavours to die for. Great menu, take your pick, we sampled five plates of amazing food, my highlights? the melt in the mouth roasted scallops, and the lemon pudding cake paired with late harvest Kerner. We will be back, and we will take friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wine recommendations
    Mike77
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We prefer red wine. The Cabernet franc asrecommended is simply superb!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of very few on Naramata Bench
    Skipper
    Dined on 10/11/2013
    The Naramata Bench is a special place for vineyards, boutique wineries and spectacular scenery. But it is very short of good restaurants. We found only two for dinner and one for lunch that we would go back to, and it doesn't get much better in nearby Penticton. Consequently, we went back to the Hillside Bistro twice in a 4 night stay. The ambience is so-so, but someone in the kitchen has talent and the servers are good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Chef!
    gourmet4
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    This was the second time we dined at Hillside. Two shared the 'Dinner for 2' and two the 'Octoberfest' plate. WOW! The choices on the 'for 2' were amazing...the carrot and apple soup was a spectacular appie, and the salad full of fruit, seeds and feta! Yummy! The Risotto was creamy, savory and topped with and array of fresh herbs seasonal yellow and orange beets! The savory german plate was filled with...what else...savory samples of pork accompanied by small spatleze. Our paired wine choices complimented each dish to perfection. We were the last guests to leave but never felt rushed, or pushed! Our server was attentive, informative, and intuitive! We will definitely keep this gourmet lovers mecca on our itinerary next time we visit! Bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great evening and
    NRKA
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    We had a great evening and meal at Hillside. We went on a Tuesday and discovered the " 2 for $ 50" special. The staff was outstanding and the made the occasion truly "special"
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice place on the Bench
    nezz
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    We went with friends for a light dinner on Sunday night. Everything about the night was better than we expected. The wine list is short but the Cabernet Franc was perfect for our meals. We would definitely go again and we would recommend Hillside to our friends
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good supper at HillSide
    luv2dine
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    We ate supper on a Friday night at HillSide and were extremely pleased with the service and especially the food. The pork my wife ordered was the most tender pork we had either experienced and both meals were very delicious and appealing to both the eye and the palate. Staff were very gracious and friendly, service was great. All in all, a great dining out experience. Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.