Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bovwine.ca/the_restaurant.html
  • Phone: (250) 498-6202
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Tapas: Daily: 3:00pm - 4:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm



    Hours will vary between November and May please call to check during those dates.



    Seasonal Closure - Mid December - Mid February
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Brock Bowes
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: A number of options are available for private dining that include utilizing the penthouse suite of the onsite exclusive guesthouse, the wine shop and the Sonora Room itself. All options are based on availability and seasonality. Enquire for further details.
  • Private Party Contact: Lynne Coulthard 2504980620x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Black Sage Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
The South Okanagan has gained a well deserved reputation as a desirable destination for tourists seeking an agricultural and culinary experience. The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery features prominently in this regard with its epicurean excellence, superb service, relaxed style and scenic splendour. The restaurant overlooks 146 acres of picturesque vineyard from the patio or inside the warm and inviting dining room. The philosophy of the talented culinary team is to embrace the opportunity to showcase many of the South Okanagan’s local producers. Dishes are created that utilize an array of local organic produce, seasonal fruits and artisan cheeses, and pair perfectly with Burrowing Owl's award winning wines. The exclusive wine list includes a selection of Burrowing Owl's current vintages, and library wines that are no longer publicly available for sale. Creative cuisine, impeccable service and a beautiful venue highlight the great agricultural diversity of the region.
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Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery reviews from OpenTable diners
116 reviews since July 23, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelQuiet
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (100)great for outdoor dining (90)fit for foodies (72)notable wine list (70)special occasion (69)romantic (63)great for lunch (50)good for groups (18)great for brunch (13)neighborhood gem (10)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)late-night find (4)vibrant bar scene (2)Show More
  • lived up to the hype, one of the best in Okanagan
    Dayton
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was the 2nd time in 2 months going into the interior and we were finally able to get a reservation at the right now. We came to Burrowing Owl for a wine tasting then back here again for dinner. We loved the wine, and must say it is one of the best in the area. The restaurant was delicious and well portioned. No one at our group had any complaints except that we were to full to have dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Favourite in the South Okanagan
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The grape harvest is over, the tourists have all left and we are preparing for winter. As a local it was a perfect time to enjoy the hospitality and really good food at the Burrowing Owl restaurant. The Sonora room is inviting and our server was charming and attentive. The food was prepared to perfection. After a bowl of delicious mushroom soup I had the pork chop and my wife had the clams. What a taste treat all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu Change
    coasttravellers
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    We enjoy going to the Senora Room and make special trips. However we were disappoint that a choice for Steak or Chicken was taken off the menu. There were other excellent meat choices but not necessarily to the taste of some.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food
    greatfoodfind
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    I very much enjoyed my meal the night we were there. Outstanding touch was the wild mushrooms! I really want to return and sample more of the entrees. Loved the creme carmel and the added touch of two truffles!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Early Arrival For Best View
    Malbeccat
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    If there isnt a breeze... make sure you check out the patio, the view is amazing. The Staff were friendly and the food was amazing. Try not to get there too late or you will miss the observation deck :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing lunch.
    luvtodine
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    An amazing view of the wine yard, excellent food and service. An observation tower and stairwell that allows views of the different levels and explanation of the wine making process. If you are visiting Osoyoos or Oliver BC, visit Burrowing Owl winery!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Experience
    AlbertaWiners
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Two years ago we were at the Wine Festival and tried to get an outside table at the Sonora Room...no luck so we decided to wait for another year. It was well worth the wait! The food was excellent and very good value for your dollar. Burrowing Owl wines are great and there were lots to choose. The view was outstanding. We would definitely recommend this restaurant for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Evening
    2die4
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    I have to say, it was a magical evening. It was a big night, my steak was exquisite and in the end, I proposed marriage to my girlfriend of two years. I asked if the staff could help me do something special and it was. Our dining room matron left two glasses of champagne and a candle on the deck, so when we got out there the moment was perfect. Oh and she said, "yes".
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfection
    lalala
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    I go to the Okanagan every 2-4 years and always plan a lunch at the restaurant… Always good ,fresh food ,great view,ambience,wine and great service…. Can't wait to return
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful Patio in Osoyoos
    Seoulfoods
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Probably the most beautiful winery in "the Golden Mile" of the Osoyoos wine country. The restaurant (Sonora Room) overlooks acres of vines and is quite spectacular. Its worth going just for the amazing view. The food was decent. Do not order the short rib special its just pasta and no short rib in sight. But do try the duck confit I would say is the best in their menu. The food is pricey even for lunch but if you want to experience Osoyoos at its finest do give it a visit and then head up to the observation deck for a birds eye view of the entire winery. Bon appetite!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming despite the rain
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Wonderful lunch that was beautifully cooked and presented. Even though it was raining, the view was great and the table on the balcony was cozy as it was heated. OUr friends from England were impressed. The wine was delightful also. Will come back the next time I am in Osoyoos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent lunch
    2eat2live
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    We arrived on time after calling to say we would be late. Our window table was not available (our fault) BUT we were moved immediately it became available. Service was outstanding - very knowledgeable. Knew where the food came from and how prepared. Food was excellent, very tasty carrot soup that was NOT sweet, hurrah! The antipasti plate was ample for two with some interesting combinations. Will try it at home. We three shared the Napoleon pastry - very rich but very smooth. It was served with an apricot sorbet that could have been served on it's own. Have eaten there before and will eat there again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Veespop
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The service we had was horrible. There were probably 8 other people in the restaurant and our group of 7. It took over 2 hours for our meals to arrive.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointed
    NaokoF
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We were extremely disappointed with quality of food. This was our first time we couldn't wait to get out of the restaurant. Really too bad.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    Ryan
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Everything about Burrowing Owl is perfect. The wine, the food, the view, the service, everything. We went for our first wedding anniversary and had lunch overlooking the vineyard and it couldn't have been better. I had duck confit with gnocchi and chorizo and a flight of reds from 2005; my wife had a flight of whites, seared tuna and the daily soup which was local squash. Everything was carefully and thoughtfully prepared. We'll go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just a bad night?
    Foodluvr
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    Our experiences at Borrowing Owl have previously been great. We had halibut that was oversalted, dried out, and not even heated all the way through. This was Monday September 15th, our 30th anniversary celebration dinner. Perhaps it was the "real" chef's night off, not uncommon on a Monday.
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  • Perfect setting, great food, wine
    JimcrescentheightsVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    We had an early dinner at Burrowing Owl on a perfect night. We sat on the patio overlooking the pool and watched the sun set over the vineyards. What a beautiful night!. The tuna appetizer was the star of the evening. We feared on fresh fish plus beautiful wines from the vineyard. The service was casual, but the timing was just perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Perfect September Day
    Skybal
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I were at Burrowing Owl for lunch/Brunch. We had a great table on the sun deck and a beautiful view of the valley and vineyard. The service and food were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    Ropeman
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    We sat on the deck overlooking the vineyards. Early evening diner for two. Very good service. Outstanding food. They feature their own wines from the burrowing owl winery but there were other choices, as well as a full bar. Be sure to ask for a table on the South side otherwise you will be getting full sun in the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Spectacular setting
    dabble
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Worth the drive, would look at making it an overnight visit the next time
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic view, fantastic food!!
    Fabulousat40
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The view from the veranda is just gorgeous! The food was amazing as was the service. My only complaint was the hostess seating us was a rude and not very accommodating. Not a great first impression. Thankfully our server was great and the whole experience was awesome!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Memorable Meal
    Flatlander
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Was there for lunch during a wine tour, liked it so much we came back for dinner. One of the best meals we've had anywhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tasty, but Unequal Service
    YEGfoodieVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Love the local influence in the dishes, which were executed very well. The prices are fairly high and seem to have gone up quite a bit from when we first visited this restaurant. We received fairly poor service this time, which I suspect was due to a new server in training as other tables around us seemed to have no problem getting their water glasses topped up, the attention of their servers and explanations of their dishes. We might have ordered more wine (the Burrowing Owl library wines are well stocked), but we could not get a top up of water throughout the entire meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great deck
    koko
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Awesome view from the deck. Great wine and really good food. Friendly knowledgeable server. A very nice setting.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Experience didn't fit the setting
    Udubber
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Beautiful setting...nice decor...food had pretentions of gourmet but wasn't prepared well....duck pate wasn't very smooth...salmon was cooked nicely but was swimming in a beef broth with undercooked potatoes...the wine recommended for the salmon was a pinot noir...odd choice. The service was great. The server was attentive and offered to correct some food problems. But the restaurant was in a fantastic location! Beautiful scenery!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mario
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    The service was amazing and the food was spectacular
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    7 of us dined here and chose different options. The lunch main dishes were limited to 5 options which is fine. 2 them however were no better than pub food. The lamb sausage was just like a spiced dry hotdog in a dry bread. The pulled pork on a bun tasted ok but I can also get this kind of food in a pub.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Expensive for what you get
    NicoleVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We were at Sonora room for dinner before and the food (quality and quantity) was superior and fair price for what we ate. This time, it was clearly over priced for the quantity. No bread. We made reservation yet they do not reserve outside tables. There are other excellent choices of restaurant with a view in the area which we have gone to many times. Will not return for lunch but will consider for dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice view
    luv2wine
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The view was nice, it was a lovely sunny day and the winery was busy. However, we had reservations and thought we would be seated on the patio but were informed the patio was running an hour behind, even for those who had made reservations. We were a bit disappointed but we were given a table near the windows so we were able to see the vineyards. The service was good. The food was tasty but not as good as we had recalled it being during our last visit. We ordered the charcuterie board and the special, which was a very nicely done meatball sandwich - tasted better than it sounds! Overall it was a nice dining experience.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great lunch with a view
    DanikaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    this is the second time we went to this restaurant. I totally recommend this place. They have great views of the vineyard and Okanagan lake. The food is really good; we had the pesto linguine and goat cheese souffle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed Experience
    Callioux
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    The dining room is beautiful with gorgeous vineyard views. We were a party of 3 adults with no special requests or allergies to manage. The food we ordered was excellent but took over an hour to arrive. We were almost done a bottle of wine (2 people). We had to ask if the food was coming. When it finally did arrive there was no apology or explanation. Tables of other guests had already received their orders. After we finished the dessert menu was offered. We declined dessert but we're not offered tea or coffee- the server arrived immediately with the bill, as we were being dismissed. It was a very disappointing evening- it was my Dad's 78th birthday....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awesome scenery
    Debbie
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    the view was wonderful.great staff but our steaks were undercooked and had very little flavor. Not a nice meal.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WE loved it!
    PK58
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We enjoyed our special anniversary dinner at Burrowing Owl Estae Winery - Sonora Restaurant! The food was spectacular and the service was excellent. We sat outside on deck facing over the vineyards and the view of the mountain. It was raining a bit at first and then sun appeared to produce a most beautiful and full double rainbow!!What a fabulous evening!!Thank you!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service
    Peachland
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Karen, our server, was excellent. This made for a very enjoyable 3 course lunch
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Jeffy
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Beautiful scenic view. Food and wine was great. We had wonderful service.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Couples or Family Exquisite Dining
    Hardtopleasefoody
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Beautiful outdoor setting. No doubt food quality, presentation, substitutions,... Seasonal local ingredients fresh, used we imagination ex. green tomato refreshment, on the house, as an opener. Warm homemade bread. Try bouillabaise, polenta, cream of butternut squash with salsa verde couli, halibut, game meat cooked to demand. Staff polite, courteous, accommodating, knowledgeable, inquisitive, pleasing,... Excellent winery. A must dining restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    Appreciative
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Great place, not to be missed. Everything was beautifully prepared. The Cabernet Franc was outstanding and the young woman who served us was superb. The view from the balcony seating was magnificent. My wife and I will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Rachel
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    I have always enjoyed Burrowing Owls wines so was looking forward to dinner there. While the wait staff did a very good job, we experienced disappointment both on arrival and with the food. Through open table I made a 730 reservation at 930 in the morning and requested a patio table. When we arrived we were told they are first come first serve and had to sit inside. At all the other wineries we have dined at this week we were able to reserve outside seating. Two of us ordered fish - it was overcooked and the potatoes under cooked. The staff did offer to replate but by then the rest of our party was finished their food so it was too late to start over again. They did take one fish dinner off the bill. We will not return.
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    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing beautiful place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We treated ourselves to a beautiful dinner at Burrowing Owl and it was perfect. Enjoying a glass of wine overlooking the vineyard was perfect. The meal added to the whole experience. Cant wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dining - Burrowing Owl, August 2014
    BGEatingOut
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    As ever, this visit to the Sonora Room was wonderful. The ambiance, food, wine and service were impeccable. the duck breast with a 2005 Meritage were to die for. This is one of our two favorite high end restaurants, the other being Mama's Fish House, on Maui.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet