first time favorite
Tried the Vanilla Pod last Sunday night, very nice, lovely setting and very good food. The ambiance is fresh and energetic, furnishing comfortable but modern. Service was friendly and timely.
6/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wine tasters delight
Very enjoyable meal, service & scenic excellence. Our only disappointment was rather poor quality coffee.
6/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awe Inspiring view and food!
We shared the pizza of the day - fantastic . .then had the lamb chop dish and paella. Both were mouth watering! We had some wine as well! If we'd had more time we would have done the wine pairing tapas. That just means we have to go back!
6/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fresh seasonal menu and what
Fresh seasonal menu and what a view of the valley. Great at sunset. great for couples or groups.
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great view. Great food.
Service was very slow, even for appetizer such as humous and naan which took close o 30 min. Yet wine had arrived immediatly. Generous portion for the main course which was paella.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Poplar with Us!
We enjoyed a fabulous lunch at Poplar Grove in the tasting room overlooking the vineyard, Lake and Penticton - it was the perfect start to our weekend on the Naramata. The pizza's were amazing and the bread pudding with caramel was unforgettable!
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cant Imagine Better
Best food, best views, incredible setting. We will be back!
7/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
Vanilla Pod a wonderful experience
We were a group of 8 and sat outside to enjoy the stunning view of the Okanagan lake. The staff were very friendly & enjoyed their recommendations on wine and food. We all enjoyed the dishes ordered. I ordered the house special which was a mussel and halibut dish, when it came there were also clams, nice surprise. The steelhead trout was excellent, cooked prefectly. The only critism was the services was very slow to provide the bill. They would not separate the bill per couple and left it to us to figure out the taxes (there is an alcohol and food tax). Many restaurants happliy provide a breakdown of bill and hope they will offfer this in the future. Overall a must to experience, it is expensive so make this one your special occassion.
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was the perfect place
This was the perfect place to take my 18 year old to make her feel "grown up" . Always a great meal and the view is amazing.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely winery restaurant
We had a lovely lunch on the patio with a spectacular view. The food and service were excellent.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food was 9/10 - very nice!
Food was 9/10 - very nice! We'll definitely be back.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delectable ingredient pairings--delighted to find such a refined palate on the Naramata Bench. Vanilla Pod should be on everyone's must do list.
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
food and view
We ordered Paella and Sable Fish dinners - both fantastic. We sat outside patio, with spectacular views. However with temperatures hovering near 30 and sun burning down on us, we were surprised they had no umbrellas. Recommend you dine after 7:30 pm, once the sun has dipped behind the west mountains, or sit inside otherwise.
Service was excellent, but a little to overly attentive.... we had 4 different people visit us.
Wine was excellent.
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
had a delicious meal, perky and engaging waiter (female); gorgeous setting overlooking the lake, choice of dining areas (we chose the high tables in the wine tasting area), classy setting without being ostentatious, excellent recommendation of wine. we will come again next time we are in the Okanagan.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spectacular View & Delicious Food
We made an advance booking using Open Table and got a table out on the patio. We had already early to have a wine tasting and after the tasting we knew we wanted to have the Poplar Grove rosé. Two of us had the Hangar Steak (one of the people is primarily vegetarian but tried it anyway). They both said it was delicious. I had the pasta of the day with fresh vegetables and a cream sauce which was to die for. We all agreed we would come back to this restaurant in a heartbeat for the food, ambience and setting overlooking Lake Okanagan and the Okanagan Valley.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Having been to your resturant a couple of times before ,when we unexpectedly were in Penticton for our anniversary it was another great opportunity to come once again and as always we were treated to a great meal at a great place
8/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great move for Summerland Gem!
When Vanilla Pod closed and moved away from Summerland we felt we'd lost a treasure, but the food, service and ambiance of the owners and their wonderful tapas menu suits the Poplar Grove winery very well. We had a lovely special occasion dinner, but would recommend The Pod any day of the week!
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had dinner here twice during a wine tour of Naramata and Okanagan Falls. On a warm summer night it is probably the best view in the area that overlooks Lake Okanagan and Penticton below. There is a dinning area off the kitchen but the best place to sit is in the large, modern tasting room or outside on the patio both with a commanding view of Penticton. The rack of lamb was seasoned and cooked to perfection with a very nice Poplar Estate Merlot wine pairing. Overall a very pleasant experience drinking our wine watching the sun go down and listening to the crickets in the vineyard.
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to eat
What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday. We had a lovely table with a view on their outside patio. The ambience and service were exceptional. Our server was polite, friendly, and helpful in suggesting a great meal with a delectable dessert. We will definitely be back again.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best on the Bench
Would highly recommend Vanilla Pod, the restaurant now associated with the stunning new location of Poplar Grove Winery. The tasting room is open until 9 pm so arrive earlier than your res and taste their delicious award-winning wines pre-dinner. No res? That's where you can wait for a table - a beautiful space with stunning views. Thence to the restaurant where we ventured into the Chef's tasting menu - incredible value, excellent food - well selected, expertly prepared, beautifully plated and perfectly proportioned for the 5 courses, each course paired with delicious and well-matched wines. The service was brilliant - knowledgeable, attentive and friendly without being cloying. Definitely our best foodie experience in the Okanagan valley.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Elegant Birthday Dinner for my wife
We recently had dinner at the Vanilla Pod. We were impressed with the food and the service. It was nice to dine in Penticton at a Restaurant where they pay attention to all the details. We will be returning many time and will be telling everyone of our experience.
9/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
We are locals and heard great
We are locals and heard great things about this restaurant. We had friends in town and wanted a unique dinning experience, and was not disappointed, lots of eager staff to wait on us, excellant local wine, our choice was Pino Gris . Yes, we will be back again and again. easy parking and easy find. 9 out 10
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
All Around Amazing!
What a wonderful way to celebrate our wedding anniversary! We highly recommend the five course tasting menu with the perfect wine pairing. An excellent way to indulge and treat each other to a wonderful meal out and enjoy the beautiful Okanagan Lake view. We will be back again soon and would highly recommend The Vanilla Pod to friends. Make your reservation today; you won't be disappointed.
9/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
NOT A "GOURMET" MENU BUT WHAT
NOT A "GOURMET" MENU BUT WHAT IS ON OFFER IS DONE VERY VERY WELL.
WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND.A REAL GEM.
9/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had an awesome experience! Our 1st time. But keep it a secret.
9/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
A gem on the Bench
There are only two restaurants we would recommend for dinner on the Naramata Bench or in nearby Penticton. This is one of them. A modern room, separate but within the Poplar Grove winery, with a great outlook to the vineyards and lake. Good comfort food and very good, professional service. However, unlike the Hillside Bistro, this restaurant is not part of the winery, so they mark-up their wine the usual 100%. But if you are staying more than one night on the Naramata Bench, this has to be one of your choices.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Finally, great food with a view
The old line about "the better the view, the worse the food" doesn't apply here. Sweeping views of Okanagan and Skaha Lakes and downtown Penticton are a worthy equal to the sensory delights on the plate. The menu draws heavily on produce from some very talented local farmers. We've eaten here several times and equally enjoy the outdoor picnic tables under the shade sail and the more sophisticated dining room. The menu is small plates/north american tapas, and of course features the wines from the Poplar Grove Winery where the restaurant is situated. The wines themselves are very good, but there are virtually no other selections from the impressive range available in the Okanagan. That's the only reason I can't give five stars.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great place to take visitors
Colleagues were in town and this was a beautiful place to take them to illustrate the beauty of the area. Service was impeccable and food was awesome.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food & Wine Pairing
2nd time here for chef's food and wine pairing dinner. They do this extremely well and we will be back. However this experience was disappointing if you figure our group of 6 spent nearly $1000 for dinner with tax and tip and service was often quite extended between courses. It was 2.5 hours for the 7 course meal. This was mostly due to a very loud 12 top coming in just after us and seemingly putting the kitchen out of sync. The servers were very congenial however and the food very good. I feel I should give them another chance on a non-holiday weekend (it was Can. Thanksgiving and a local wine festival) but it was a significant disappointment compared to our first experience. Recommend lunch or off season dinner first for best experience.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Spectacular View & Excellent Food
We went on Thanksgiving Monday for lunch and we were the only table there for the first 1/2 hour. Decorations, chairs and table were on the casual side unlike restaurants in other wineries. The dining area was also small compared to other wineries. We ordered the soup of the day which was a coconut carrot puree soup and it was very light and creamy. My husband order the hanger steak and frites and I ordered mushroom flat bread. Hanger steak was cooked to medium while we ordered raw but the meat was done very well. The flat bread was surprisingly delicious and crispy, surpassed my expectation. Our server was very attentive and he suggested we try their famous bread pudding. It was awesome! We enjoyed our lunch very much!
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
The sushi pizza was fan-tastic...
The sushi pizza was fan-tastic... the reviews of the main dishes weren't as effusive from the group.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
A nice winery restaurant
A varied menu with inventive variations.The portions are reasonable and reasonable in price. The service is a bit slow but still good
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
The setting is beautiful, the food is delicious and the service is great but the ambience is ruined by the fluorescent kitchen lights that shine in your eyes through the glass wall between the kitchen and dining room. Sit with your back to the kitchen or bring some sunglasses.
11/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
While staying in Naramata, we lucked out when finding the Vanilla Pod. It was my wife's birthday and the restaurant accommodated the event perfectly. The 5 course with wine pairings was exceptional. Our waiter was very knowledgeable about the wines which we appreciated. The Vanilla Pod has become a must whenever we visit the Naramata/Penticton area.
9/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great spot for romantic dinner
Had a great dinner at the Vanilla Pod. Yukon potato appetizer delicious and large portion to share. Paella entree also big portion with lots of seafood. Husbands lamb chop dinner a little small but prepared perfectly. Chai tea creme brûlée fabulous
10/24/2013 5:00:00 PM
Best of wine & dine
The food was spectacular, as was the wine. We had a different wine paired with each course - which really helped make the whole experience very special.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM