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 WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerScenic View
Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
84 reviews since July 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (78)great for outdoor dining (49)special occasion (41)romantic (37)good for groups (22)great for lunch (21)notable wine list (20)fit for foodies (17)great for brunch (16)neighborhood gem (13)late-night find (9)hot spot (9)kid-friendly (6)vibrant bar scene (4)Show More
  • Amazing
    2peopleinlove
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Me and my husband where looking for a place in Penticton to have a nice steak dinner.Didn't know where to go so we decided to try this place and glad we did!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    rossi
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Had kalamari to start. One of best I have ever had. Also had spicy shrimp. Very good as well. Only problem we ate it all so had tough time getting through mains. My wife had her favorite. Filet with peppercorn and I had the ahi. They and the veggies were superb. Only downside was the service was not on a par with the food. Needed to ask for info and was not attentive. First time service was not great so server may have just been having a bad night.wine made it all good as well. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PWRMAN
    Dined on 10/6/2014
    Excellent place to eat. I recommend this place to my friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as Always
    Janabell
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Very nice meal with excellent service. Liked the booking process, very easy. Always a pleasure to eat at the Hooded Merganser.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food
    Hugh
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We have found the vegan choices in your menu to be exceptional and the madras curry was fantastic The service was very good to average in our two visits
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • redhead2491
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Beautiful restaurant right on the waterfront. My boyfriend and I live in Kelowna and we have made the trek over to Penticton a number of times just to visit this restaurant. We love it here. The food is always great, the service is always quick and the view is stunning (especially if you sit on the patio!). Everything is reasonably priced and there is something on the menu for everyone. If you are spending any length of time in Penticton I would highly recommend you stop at the Hooded Merganser.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice setting but not the food
    Letdown
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The setting down by the water was nice. The dining area was nicely set-up. The server was friendly and responsive. However it doesn't seem like they want to put as much attention into their food. The menu was not very original. The meat was overcooked and dry. Veggies overcooked, soft and bland.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great view
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Food is pretty good. Service was a little slow. Staff however was friendly. Restaurant is pretty noisy not the place for romance
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Excellent...glad we went back for the Masala....excellent with a good shiraz or Melbec
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Venue needs updating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Your restaurant has the most spectacular setting yet that seems to be the only positive. Your food is only just ok. The salad that I ordered at our last dining experience was missing several ingredients that were listed on the menu and very odd substitutions very made instead. Basically, your food cannot be counted on to be good at every visit. Not only is your food lacking in appeal but I noticed your restaurant carpet looks very shabby. I will take this opportunity to mention that the barking parrot bar requires a visit from "bar rescue" as it can only be described as a horror show suitable only for the desperate bar fly client.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent
    Disappointed
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The food and service was excellent as usual......a must stop each visit to Penticton. What a beautiful setting...bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thank you!
    Sunshine
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    I live in Penticton and had some dear friends come to visit for the first time. I booked online with a special seating request and was so pleased that they were able to accommodate. It made our dinner very memorable with great food, great service, and a great view. My guests were very impressed with Penticton. Thank you for your assistance, I will certainly count on you in the future! 😊 Lorna
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was mediocre at best
    Okanagandine
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    My two daughters and I dined at the restaurant recently and were disappointed to say the least. At nearly $30 for each of our dinners, none of which would have us returning. The salmon dish ($26), was severely undercooked, dry fingerling potatoes and undercooked veggies. The halibut entree ($28) also had undercooked veggies and had no significant amount of flavour. The roasted chicken entree ($24), was the best of the three. However, the price and just lack of any inspired or exceptional dishes will not have us returning or recommending any one else to do so.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mediocre food
    betty
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The restaurant is beautiful with a magnificent view. The food was a bit of a disappointment. It was good enough but not spectacular in any way. Steamed vegetables?! After eating in a few of the nearby wineries, my friends and I felt that the hooded merganser was a bit of a let down. Not fit for foodies. We did however, have great service.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food; great service
    OliverRetiree
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We 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:
    good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
  • food and service
    Drach51
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Food was well prepared. Service was kind, friendly and patient. Well executed!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 45 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance4.4
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 248 reviews are from the Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort reviews archive.
  • 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.