Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
21 Lakeshore Drive West
Penticton, BC V2A 7M5Neighborhood:
Penticton / Naramata
Contemporary AmericanPrice: 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
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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
- Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
- Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
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Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
83 reviews since May 2, 2014
- Ambiance4.4Noise LevelModerate
scenic view (79)great for outdoor dining (55)special occasion (50)romantic (38)good for groups (26)notable wine list (21)great for lunch (20)fit for foodies (16)great for brunch (14)neighborhood gem (12)hot spot (8)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
- Great food; great serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/28/2014We chose Hooded Merganser as the "special" dinner with friends from out of province. We and they loved the elevated seating with the view of the lake, the booth (semi-circle that allowed all four to view the scenery), and especially the attentive and charming server. The food was very good (we had three different dishes and two desserts between four of us) and the wine list of local wines was impressive.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Excellent serviceRestauranteatsVIPDined on 8/25/2014After 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very good Dinner and viewLovebirdsDined on 8/23/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Just So-soDinner42Dined on 8/22/2014On 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:
- mostly goodOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 8/21/2014disappointed 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- food and serviceOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/21/2014Food was well prepared. Service was kind, friendly and patient. Well executed!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- VandVDined on 8/20/2014Had 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:
- WaitingCoolBreezeDined on 8/16/2014Fabulous 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:
- Outdoor chairsOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 8/15/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Nice restaurant but...BrowneyedgurlDined on 8/15/2014Nice 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Penticton LakeviewGordDined on 8/15/2014Had 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:
- Hooded Merganser ReviewrobertwayneDined on 8/6/2014Have been here several times for lunch. First time for dinner. Pros: great reservation system with open table. Was seated at an indoor table on a great summer evening with an outstanding view of the lake. Patio doors were open for a breeze. Servers were friendly and attentive. Chose a new-york cut steak (gluten-free) ... very good. Good selection of local wines on the menu (although I didn't have any). Very reasonable priced. Cons: noneSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The HoodTandTDined on 8/6/2014Never disappointed. Food always good. Servers have been worth every penny in tips . View is Okanagan outstanding.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Overcooked food, but good servicepassion4foodDined on 8/3/2014Sun 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:
- Amazing foodOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 8/3/2014Had the salmon and I can easily say it was the best salmon I've ever had.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great view but that's itBlended1Dined on 8/2/2014Waitress 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- AwesomeOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 7/30/2014Loved it. Great food, beautiful patio overlooking lake. Will definitely return.Special Features:
- Spoiled by Bad FoodFood4LifeDined on 7/27/2014There 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:
- low quality food preparationpgvisitorDined on 7/20/2014A 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.
- WinerdinerDined on 7/19/2014Our 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:
- Okanagan DreamRug1Dined on 7/19/2014We 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:
- Amazing ViewMarcMarlenaDined on 7/10/2014One 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- More than a hotel restaurantAlphaDined on 7/8/2014The '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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Outstanding!!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/4/2014This 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Slow sevice quick billLove2eatDined on 7/4/2014Sevice 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 returnSpecial Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 7/3/2014staff was great had a wonderful time ... food just as good... will be backSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/29/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great for Date NightOpenTable Diner Since 2011Dined on 6/13/2014We 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:
- Great Girls Night OutOpenTable Diner Since 2012Dined on 6/3/2014Went for desserts and drinks. Service was prompt even though it was busy, and the price was not bad.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Uncomfortable chairsouchDined on 6/1/2014It 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- ref1948Dined on 5/28/2014great service, food prepared exactly as ordered, quiet and very nice for visiting. view spectacular.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Lovely placedininglargeDined on 5/27/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Good food, stellar view, quirkyFussenDined on 5/24/2014Can'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:
- Disappointing dinnerWinendineDined on 5/24/2014Had 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- DisappointingSecretAgentDined on 5/19/2014We 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:
- One of a kind in the OkanaganBerniniDined on 5/18/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Special dinnerGarlicladyDined on 5/17/2014Requested certain type of table and got exactly what we had asked for. Food arrived quickly and hot. Great serviceSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Quinoa SaladOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 5/12/2014Great 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:
- Mother's DaythurstonDined on 5/11/2014We 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:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great looking restaurant But....509LRDined on 5/2/2014The 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:I would recommend this to a friend.