Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
  • Address:
    21 Lakeshore Drive West
    Penticton, BC V2A 7M5
    Neighborhood:
    Penticton / Naramata
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: CAN$30 and under

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hoodedmerganser.ca/
  • Phone: 250-487-4663x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Sunday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am; Lunch: Sunday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Chris Remington
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Main Street
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: Complimentary parking in hotel lot.
A word from Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
The Hooded Merganser was designed to provide guests with a lakeside experience like no other. Vaulted ceilings and floor to ceiling windows have made us the place to be during storm watching season. The outdoor patio is incredible during the warmer months. The menu features delicious contemporary cuisine cooked to perfection in the open kitchen. Enjoy the superb selection of hard-to-find Okanagan wines from our cellars. Tie up your boat at the marina and come in for a truly enjoyable time.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
81 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (77)great for outdoor dining (54)special occasion (48)romantic (36)good for groups (24)notable wine list (19)great for lunch (19)fit for foodies (16)great for brunch (12)neighborhood gem (11)hot spot (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • Excellent service
    RestauranteatsVIP
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    After booking our table through the open table app we found the restaurant right out back of the hotel. We were checked in immediately although we were fifteen minutes early which was nice. Our server took a minute to find us, but once she did everything was fantastic. I had the sous vede duck and the girlfriend had a chicken. The view from our booth of the lake was great! Thank you to Julia who made it a dinner worth remembering.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good Dinner and view
    Lovebirds
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We enjoyed pan seared halibut and Pad Thai. Both were very good our server Julia was very good with just the right amount of attention The view is fabulous especially on a sunny summer evening. The restaurant was steady but not hectic and our meal flowed perfectly. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just So-so
    Dinner42
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    On a recommendation from a server in Kelowna, had dinner out. While the location on the lake is fabulous, we were not overly impressed by the food. It was well prepared and presented but just lacked any real "zing". For the price thought we would have some wow factor.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • mostly good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    disappointed in the calamari appie...a bit soggy not the normal crisp rounds. even asked for extra crispness. Made reservations but didn't have the best table....Had trouble getting parking [wearing high heels] close enough because of the challenge race event....
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • VandV
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Had a lovely dinner with friends we haven't seen in years. The food was tasty, the view was awesome and our server was super.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Waiting
    CoolBreeze
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Fabulous waitress Gabby managed to keep our party of 6 mostly happy while we waited an hour for our breakfast to be served. The restaurant was perhaps 2/3 full. Last time we were there was about 3 years ago. Just about everything was wrong that time but we finally decided to give it another try figuring things would have changed. This experience was much better but it's clear there's still something wrong in the kitchen. We'll try again in 2016.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outdoor chairs
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We had a wonderful dinner on a summer evening. Usually we sit inside but it was so nice outside we sat on the patio. The only thing I could recommend is different chairs. We found the metal frames on the concrete noisy when people moved.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice restaurant but...
    Browneyedgurl
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Nice restaurant. Food was good, but the food was presented sloppily. The sushimi came out looking like it had been cut with a butter knife - jagged and all different sizes. The fish tacos were overly seasoned with cumin and the mashed potatoes tasted like instant potatoes. Also, the waitresses were trashily dressed, bras hanging out and shoes with holes in them. I would expect much more from a classy establishment.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Penticton Lakeview
    Gord
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Had lunch with a group of friends. On the lakeshore. Spacious and bright with high windows overlooking Okanagan Lake. Food was okay, but nothing to rant about. Staff is friendly, but sadly not overly attentive as our meal progressed. Requested a dessert menu and received one. Waited 20 or so minutes for someone to take our order. Server eventually returned with our bill, forgetting we wanted dessert. Waited another 15-20 minutes for the dessert to arrive which was fairly good (Kale Brownie). Better off going to the Naramata Bench wineries for lunch, of which many are exceptional.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Hood
    TandT
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Never disappointed. Food always good. Servers have been worth every penny in tips . View is Okanagan outstanding.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overcooked food, but good service
    passion4food
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Sun Aug Long Wknd for Anniv. dinner. Spring rolls were flavourful. Entrees came out and right away I saw the Rack of lamb was Well done ( I ordered it rare). Duck was completely over cooked. Server, Lauren was awesome when we told her we weren't happy she immediately went back to cook and manager to see what could be done. Kitchen told her that it was "Rare", but they would recook it. I have worked in restaurants for over 10 years and I know what rare looks/ tastes like. We both switched to Halibut. The potatoes were a bit burnt and we found a random fry mixed in with the carrots. The manager did check on us which was appreciated. All in all a romantic evening due to location. I would never go back there, I can cook a better meal at home.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Had the salmon and I can easily say it was the best salmon I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great view but that's it
    Blended1
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Waitress cn answer questions about the meal special. Was a bit inexperienced & young. Most girls working the restaurant seemed very young. Not so much a mature atmosphere. Food was ok. A bit over priced for return. Not a huge menu. Other than that- beautiful view, sat right on the water. Guitar duet music was a nice touch.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Loved it. Great food, beautiful patio overlooking lake. Will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spoiled by Bad Food
    Food4Life
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    There are far more expensive dining options around Penticton. This restaurant can certainly boast a beautiful room and patio with stunning sunset views of the lake. Service staff are fantastic- welcoming, friendly, prompt, helpful. The food is a disappointment. Poorly executed dishes that lack in inspiration, quality, and value. Surely we have moved beyond steamed carrots and broccoli served with steam table brown mashed potatoes and a poorly cooked greasy steak for nearly $30. One dreads to discover what some of the more ambitious sounding items on the menu would unleash. I hope we just caught an off-night and not another tourist trap scam using atmosphere to try and hide rip-off food. Wouldn't take much to make it fantastic!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • low quality food preparation
    pgvisitor
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    A rubbery feta cheese was served with a chicken salad that used soggy pieces of peppers and lettuce. Cold rice was served with the salmon dinner. Overall, very poor work in the kitchen and highly overpriced for the modest serving sizes. I won't be coming here again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Winerdiner
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Our table wasn't ready when we arrived, but within minutes the girls had us seated. All the servers that we experienced were friendly, polite and even took our picture for us :). The food was tasty and there was plenty. I ended up bringing half of my quinoa salad home and it was still great for lunch the next day. Everything seemed very fresh. We love eating outdoors and being on the water is the best. The view is amazing. We enjoy bringing guests to the Hooded Merganser. The whole experience is enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Okanagan Dream
    Rug1
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We have just finished an extensive tour of Europe. We saw six countries with beautiful scenery in all of them but when you sit drinking a glass of wine overlooking the lake at the Hooded Merganser.....Nothing can beat it. Great food, Great service, Great experience!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing View
    MarcMarlena
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    One of the dishes was great food... The other (pasta) was super bland. The view was incredible... We were there at sunset and couldn't have asked for a better patio experience. Very cool location. Great staff.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • More than a hotel restaurant
    Alpha
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    The 'Hood' is more than a hotel restaurant. While a part of the Lakeside Resort, it is a destination restaurant in its own right. The menu is varied and prepared wwonderfully. Service is really outstanding with simply wonderful veteran and. Seasonal young people, well trained and personable. And the view is simpley outstanding. Always a pleasureable expeience.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This is the first time we have been to this restaurant and it was absolutely outstanding. The view was magnificent and the food was superb!! This is my new favourite restaurant each time I am in the Penticton area. We had the brie, roasted garlic appetizer and I could have licked the plate it was so incredibly yummy! The fish was perfectly done, the vegetables were crisp and perfect....everything was perfect!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow sevice quick bill
    Love2eat
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Sevice slow at start like we where not there. Small portions for price not impressed. Time for check BANG it wa there like time to get out. Hate to say it but we will not return
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    staff was great had a wonderful time ... food just as good... will be back
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    The view is outstanding. The service was just right! The kale quinoa salad had way too much kale. Otherwise a very good night overall.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Date Night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    We got to the restaurant and were immediately seated and didn't have to wait long for our drink orders. Half way through the evening we asked to move tables to watch the hockey game and there was no problem. They were totally accommodating. The food was great and the atmosphere was fun and romantic at the same time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Girls Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    Went for desserts and drinks. Service was prompt even though it was busy, and the price was not bad.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Uncomfortable chairs
    ouch
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    It was great except for one thing - your chairs are very uncomfortable because there is no back support. I had a really bad backache by the end of the meal (small of the back). Available cushion would have helped. Next time I'll sit in a booth.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ref1948
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    great service, food prepared exactly as ordered, quiet and very nice for visiting. view spectacular.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely place
    dininglarge
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The service and food were the best.It proved to be a great choice for a wonderful evening with my wife.The view was amazing and being able to see waterfowl, in their natural environment,was truly worth the time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, stellar view, quirky
    Fussen
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Can't beat the (literally) on-the-lake location. New, modern room is great but it is one big room & loud. Bonus: most tables have great sightlines to the views & they have booths. Wine: loved their list. Predominantly Okanagan but also some Aussie & Californian. Like the option of 5oz or 8oz pours for by-the-glass selections. Gheringer Brothers Ehrenfelser is one of my faves! Food: somewhat creative & good quality. Calamari starter: very tender, ok presentation, fried onions to die for; side sauces meh. Sous-vide burger: excellent as was side green salad, fresh & dressed well. Chicken Tikka Masala: tasty, large, good Naan. Quirky: upper dining but 1 dinner fork used for all courses. Water took forever. No black pepper offered.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing dinner
    Winendine
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Had dinner special was not good at all. Disappointed but our server took it off our bill. Server felt bad she saw how bad the food was.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    SecretAgent
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    We hadn't been to Hooded Merganser for a long time, but after seeing the menu recently we were excited to try it again. Good water view, our server was friendly but aloof. We placed our order for an appetizer and three meals, when asked if we wanted the appetizer first we said yes. It took 30 minutes for the appetizer to appear. At that point we told her that we hoped the rest of the food would be up shortly after - she responded by saying "well, I thought you wanted the appetizer first!" I told her we did, but didn't expect it to take so long, we didn't want to be there another hour. She huffed off and put in the food order. My quinoa salad was very bland, I asked for feta cheese to give it some flavour. Disappointed with food & service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of a kind in the Okanagan
    Bernini
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The service is outstanding and cuisine is exquisite. The food was fresh and thoughtfully prepared. Top this with a world class view of the lake nearby hills and vineyards in the surroundings. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Special dinner
    Garliclady
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Requested certain type of table and got exactly what we had asked for. Food arrived quickly and hot. Great service
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Quinoa Salad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Great start to the quinoa salad. It was all cooked perfect. What's missing is flavour. It was a bland tasting so I encourage you to have some fun with spicing up with quinoa. It will take the salad from decent to outstanding!
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mother's Day
    thurston
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We have made the Merganser a Mother's Day tradition. It's a lovely spot on the water. Food is excellent with nice presentation.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great looking restaurant But....
    509LR
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful. It was my husband's birthday and I mentioned that when I made the reservation and we had a very nice corner table. Then I ordered a drink. They did not have either Blanton's or Woodford's Reserve. Odd for a restaurant of this level. We had the calamari appetizer which was overcooked. The vegetables were perfect. We both had prime rib which was good. My husband's fingerling potatoes were fine. My twice baked potato was cold. The citrus cheesecake was the best part of the meal. If visiting Penticton again I would go there again because it is such a nice location.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • friendly and curious
    robbie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    although our reservation was not In order and service slow to start the food made up for this and we will be back
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect Birthday Meal Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    We always choose the Hooded Merganza for special occasions, especially in the summer with it's spectacular expansive views of Lake Okanagan towards Peachland. We have never had a bad meal there, service is usually above average and the food quality is always good. A reliable favourite!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 232 reviews are from the Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort reviews archive.
  • Disappointing
    NOLAVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We were in Pentiction and it was highly recommended by a number of people...unfortunately the food didn't live up to expectations. We met friends for lunch and it left us wondering if maybe we ordered wrong, although we were led to these dishes by the server.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate