Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort

4.2
1249 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary American
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1249 people are saying
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GeorgeG
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

A beautiful setting with mediocre food and limited menu.

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KristaM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food was super yummy! Our waiter was very friendly and made the experience awesome!

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GlutenFreeDisappointment
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

It was hard to rate because it would have been a great rating except the lack of Gluten Free Options had an extremely negative impact on a birthday celebration. One of the individuals in our group is celiac and the menu no longer lists gluten free options. When she asked what her options were it was basically the ancient grain bowl, the salmon or halibut. We used to love to go to the Hooded Merganzer to celebrate special occasions however will not be returning again. This is the second time this has happened. The last time we went it was for lunch and after being told they could pretty well do anything gluten free at the end of the day the only option was a salad.

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Rawky1971
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Because of the road closures, some of the vegetables were different, but very well done. The portions were huge!

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Belle
Calgary
25 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was great and the food/drinks very good! The only reason why I haven't give 5 out of 5 is because there are not wheat free options (specifically bread/crackers). There are quite a few very acceptable options available these days and for such a high calibre restaurant, I was surprised that they did not have this base covered.

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Lukee
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved this place, we came for or anniversary and staff was kind very helpful and the meal was TOP notch and worth every dollar.
Service was excellent, I will be coming back again

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CindyD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The steak tenderloin was amazing. The server was knowledgeable with her wine suggestions. The cost of wine per glass is expensive but I know that’s standard in the industry. It’s the third wedding anniversary celebration we have had there. Thanks

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restaurantchick
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We suggested a move to a cozy banquette instead of table. Much better! Waitress very knowledgeable of local wines, vineyards, and vintners. We shared healthy portion of Cobb Salad ( with warm picked chicken) and a terrific chicken & ribs combo. Roche Pinot Noir paired well.
Beautiful dining room.

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JoHo88
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We like to come to Hooded Merganser for special occasions because it is consistently excellent and always meets or exceeds expectations. It's fairly pricey but we feel it's worth it when we want to treat ourselves.

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Storyzgal
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every detail was just fabulous

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BobOggy
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome dinner as always !! Great way to spend a date weekend !

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MadeleineN
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our reservation was just when the sun was setting so the view from our table of the mountains and water was moody and beautiful. We had a lovely gentle server who really listened to our needs. Great dining experience thoroughly enjoyable - we will be back

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JeannineP
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very pleased with the service and the decor. Would recommend to all.

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BudS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food quality was excellent. If you're a rib lover, try their rib dinner. Most excellent!

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JimT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unfortunately with Covid 19 it has been far to long since visiting. Glad to finally get the chance to be back. Great meal, excellent portions, fantastic service. Keep up the great work. Looking forward to returning soon.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on November 4, 2021

Hi Jim! Thank you for your review! We look forward to hosting you in the future.

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RokIt
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience2

The server Wendy was great! The menu was limited. The calamari was fabulous as an appie. With all the veggies in it, it was a nice twist to the norm. My partner ordered the half and half and I ordered a half rack. His chicken was overcooked and dried out and the ribs were tender but were not very tasty. The sides that accompanied the ribs were excellent though.

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JerryD
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Took my family to dinner here, and the service was phenomenal, the food was even better! Highly recommend this place to anyone, 5star!

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on November 4, 2021

We appreciate the review, Jerry! Can't wait to have you back!

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SolennD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, the food was excellent and so was our waiter. However, it was loud and the fan created a flashing light situation. The waiter also didn’t know wine serving etiquette which was too bad.

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GeriB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Parts of the meal were quite good. Chicken was a bit dry but fries beans and cornbread were very good. It would be nice to see more choices on menu especially for appies

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BobR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Still a great place to eat, situated right on the water so pretty nice views. Menu has been scaled back but understandable with the covid situation.

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northof54
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Nice place actually on the lake.

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ScottI
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sorry about the noise comment but I’m actually thinking it was us making all the noise! You humans are amazing and we will be back soon !

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Hally
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very enjoyable experience for the second time on a Paramount bus tour

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HappyGuests4
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere!
Our server was very friendly and professional.

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carolY
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the restaurant but wished the tables were not so close together

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on October 20, 2021

Hey CarolY, Thank you for the stars and the review. Feel free to request booth seating next time you reserve if space would make you feel more comfortable. Look forward to seeing you again!

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LanaD
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, staff was all above and beyond!!! Will recommend to everyone and we cant wait to return for another amazing dining experience

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on October 19, 2021

Hey LanaD. We are as pumped as you are that you visit was a hit. Get back here soon!

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ManonC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location- amazing view. Great food and great service.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on October 19, 2021

4 for 4 = 5 from ManonC! Thank you for the review!

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CalgaryExpat
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Lovely location. Reduced menu with less choices but food is good. Service is excellent, definitely one of my favourite places to eat on lake Okanagan.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on October 19, 2021

Hey CalgaryExpat. Pssst, we are dropping a new menu this month that has more great options. Hope you deliver a 5 star experience for your next visit.

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BabsB123
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience4

Everything was great with the exception of the kitchen staff as every single one of them had their mask on below their chin. Made our group feel insanely uncomfortable. Will not go back because of this.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Thanksgiving menu was excellent. Attentive staff. Thank you!

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on October 12, 2021

Thank you for joining us on this occasion!

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JimC
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our first time at this restaurant and we throughly enjoyed our dining experience. We had the Thanksgiving dinner they offered, we ordered a drink and got our soup at pretty much the same time. Wanted to enjoy our drink first so asked if they’d hold our dinner until we had our drink. Food was very good. Apple dessert was excellent. Lovely location overlooking the water,but it was a bit chilly.
Will definitely come again.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on October 12, 2021

Hello JimC, Thank you for visiting us during our Thanksgiving service this year. We are happy to have taken care of you. It is also great that you have taken the time to write us some feedback. We always value opportunities to tweak things to land as close to perfect as possible! See you next time, Keith

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JamesA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely meal. Wonderful service. Good food. Great setting with very nice ambience. Will definitely be back when we get the opportunity.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on October 12, 2021

Hey JamesA, Your feedback reflects our intent to a T! Thanks for sharing. We will be ready when an opportunity allows you to visit again.

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WadeT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good as was the service would definitely return.

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ShellyL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great brie appy. Shared a rib dinner - way too much! Very kind of the restaurant to offer to plate for both of us.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on October 5, 2021

Thanks for joining us ShellyL. We appreciate you!

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AnitaB
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing dinner here! I had a curried halibut dish and my friends had the tenderloin and the salmon. Everyone was very impressed with the food and service. The manager brought us blankets as well.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hey AnitaB, Thank you so much for the visit and the warm review. We appreciate you!

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bknight
Edmonton
26 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were told this was the best restaurant in Penticton and so far it has been. What impressed us was how relaxed and not stuffy it was. Good selection of BC wines. My wife had halibut which was great, I had rack of lamb which was also great, spiced nicely and a good portion size.
Nice view of the lake and a patio (we sat inside).
We were so impressed we booked another reservation.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on September 26, 2021

HI BKnight Thank you for taking the time to review us, much appreciated! Hope to see you again soon! Jedadiah

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JasonCatherine
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and super delicious food! Our table located on the water was beautiful and the atmosphere was relaxed. We had mentioned it was our 20-year wedding anniversary so a dessert arrived with a candle in it. Very lovely!

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on September 26, 2021

HI Jason and Catherine Thank you for taking the time to review us, much appreciated! Hope to see you again soon! Jedadiah

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Wendy
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Menu is limited and food was of average quality. Excellent service.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on September 25, 2021

HI Wendy Thank you for taking the time to review us, much appreciated! Hope to see you again soon! Jedadiah

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Jackie
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Location is excellent, Service was very good. Food is overpriced and menu is limited.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on September 26, 2021

HI Jackie Thank you for taking the time to review us, much appreciated! Hope to see you again soon! Jedadiah

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and the meals were out of this world from presentation to flavors, highly recommend making a reservation and enjoying the dining experience.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on September 24, 2021

HI Anonymous Thank you for taking the time to review us, much appreciated! Hope to see you again soon! Jedadiah

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Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort is rated 4.2 stars by 1249 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.