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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 Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hoodedmerganser.ca
  • Phone: (250) 487-4663
  • 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: Contemporary American, Fusion / Eclectic
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "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!!"
    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"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "staff was great had a wonderful time ... food just as good... will be back"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "The view is outstanding. The service was just right! The kale quinoa salad had way too much kale. Otherwise a very good night overall."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Went for desserts and drinks. Service was prompt even though it was busy, and the price was not bad."
    Dined on 6/3/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "great service, food prepared exactly as ordered, quiet and very nice for visiting. view spectacular. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Requested certain type of table and got exactly what we had asked for. Food arrived quickly and hot. Great service"
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/12/2014
  • "We have made the Merganser a Mother's Day tradition. It's a lovely spot on the water. Food is excellent with nice presentation. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    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 "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Made a reservation based on trip advisors reviews and was not disappointed. Food was fabulous from appie, to main and dessert. I had the tuna and would highly recommend it. One odd thing was that when we ordered the sushi appetizer we got cheap wooden chopsticks. I think in a place like this they should have nicer utensils. Our server was great, the view was perfect and overall it was a wonderful experience with amazing food. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "My favourite place on okanagan lake. Food was delicious with a great 'local' wine list The view is unsurpassed and stands up to any international location. Our server Meg was not only attentive but very personable and added to our enjoyment. Don't just safe this place for a special occasion go there often!"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "It's a great location, impossible to beat. Restaurant is pleasantly upscale. Menu is varied with lots of local ingredients and food is prepared with care. Last summer we spotted the chef out cutting herbs in the garden. Portions were large, we split the spinach and pecan salad and still we each got enough for two. Price was actually less than we often spend on dinner out, so not bad. We will be back. It's our second favourite restaurant in Penticton, but the Bench isn't really in the same league so the two don't compete."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "I had friends from out of town join me for lunch last week. We all enjoyed our luncheon, the service was excellent"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Been several times. Great views. Great food. Great service. Wonderful place to begin (breakie) or end ( dinner) your day. "
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "We met friends for lunch on the weekend. Only one complaint about the food and it was promptly rectified. A shout out to Steve, the manager, who took care of everything in a friendly yet professional manner"
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "We loved every little thing about it. From the moment we walked into that door, the staff members were friendly and welcoming. Our server was so helpful an enthusiast about the food that made our lunch experience more enjoyable. She was attentive and made sure we were having a great time and that we were taken care off. My friends and I would like to come back soon because of the great service, amazing food and nice lake view."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I heard a lot about the restaurant so my expectations were high. Hooded Merganser did not disappoint! The staff was friendly and attentive; the food was YUMMY to say the least. If you want great food at a decent price...this is the place!"
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "This is my favourite restaurant in Penticton, firstly for the awesome view from every table, and secondly for the food. I had prime rib on Saturday night and it was "to die for".... Perfectly medium rare, melt-in-your-mouth delicious."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We dined at the Hooded Merganser in January 2014 and were very impressed with the excellent service and very good food. We will return."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Food not good at all. Spring rolls too oily and edamame beans also coated in oil. No salt on the beans and no salt or pepper on the table. The only appetizer I found reasonable but not great was the tuna tacos. Overall did not live up to the decor and setting. The wine was left out to stand too long and was warm. Definitely do not recommend this place."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We love the eggs benedict. My favourite is the Pacific with smoked salmon. Always done to perfection. It is a thrill to have a meal while watching the ducks, eagles and muskrats!!"
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "We booked a table at the Hooded Merganser in Penticton through the 'Open Table Restaurant Reservations'. Just as requested, the restaurant provided us with a lovely table overlooking the Penticton Lake. We had 3 generations with us - so the quiet, helpful and exclusive atmosphere was just what we needed to celebrate a birthday and a farewell amongst family at the beginning of 2014. I had a Lamb Sirloin filled with goats cheese and walnut - this could be cooked to your preference, our other orders included Tikka Masala, BBQ Ribs, Potroast and PrimeRib. We all swapped a piece of meat out of each other's meal, so we could see who had the best tasting meal! All meals tasted just as succulent - so just choose what you enjoy with confidence!"
    Dined on 1/2/2014
  • "Christmas decorations and atmosphere was as nice as I seen anywhere! Food was excellent, kind of like the old Magnum used to be. Keep up the good trend. We like that you use a lot of local (and homegrown) products. this place is a must to bring any guest from out of town."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "A wonderful restaurant. Service is fantastic an the food is great. Atmosphere is fantastic."
    Dined on 12/19/2013
  • "Beautiful place to celebrate a special occasion. Great food, great service and beautifully decorated for the Holidays!"
    Dined on 12/5/2013