Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
farro, swiss chard, green beans, lemon butter sauce
avocado, cucumber, togarashi, lime, garlic, ginger
Lemon Mascarpone Cheesecake
lemon curd, vanilla, raspberry coulis
My girlfriends enjoyed their food (salad and cauliflower steak) but my meal (flat iron steak) was terrible. The entire plate was bland. No seasoning on the potatoes or broccoli and the steak was very under-seasoned. Even the chimichurri lacked much flavor. Also the broccoli and potatoes were very undercooked and even cold. I mentioned that my food was cold and the server immediately offered to warm it up. Unfortunately they didn't separate the meat so the plate came back warm with very well done meat. So bad it was comical.
We had booked the reservation several days ahead online and indicated it was my wife’s birthday. We waited for 20 minutes for our 6:30 booking. We were shown to a little table with two gym chairs sitting in the middle of the floor beside the piano. Servers were walking around us to get to the booths, no one was wearing a mask including the staff. The menu was very limited with one beef entree called “flat iron steak” no indication of the cut of meat or the size of the portion. We waited for 10 minutes, then got up and walked out.
I understand the restaurant business is facing tough times in the midst of an epidemic, however, this experience failed to live up to our expectations for a high end restaurant. The Hooded Merganser must up their game.
we went back to the restaurant to try what we thought was going to be an Asian inspired new menu as we had seen an article in the local paper that a new chef was hired and that was the plan...there was a new menu and apparently a new chef but it was not what we had expected.
Firstly the menu seemed very limited..secondly it unlike the old menu had no Asian dishes to speak of and though I know it isn't an Asian restaurant to take what was previously offered that I'm sure was popular and replace it with what is now on the menu seems like a step backward...
the food....we ordered a beet salad that had plenty of beets some goat cheese and a bit of shredded cabbage that was best described as boring...
I had the special that was billed as roasted pork with roast potatoes and seasonal veg.
what I got was a fatty porkchop ..with too many potatoes and very little veg.
I'd give it a 3 out of 10
my wife had halibut and prawns that she described as pretty good ..she didn't sound convincing..
I have no Idea how TripAdvisor could give this restaurant a top 10 worldwide rating for what we experienced...perhaps it was the ambience, the view or maybe the wine but it certainly couldn't have been the food...
Had made reservations through Open Table requesting a window table and stated it was a Birthday celebration. When we arrived we were shown to a table in the middle of the dining room so asked to be moved to a table at a window. The food was mediocre and don’t know why the reservation asked if it was for a special occasion as it was not acknowledged.
This once “special place” has been reduced to an overpriced undelivered experience that I am not interested in repeating.
Loved it, food was great & we would definitely come again
If there is a better patio and setting in Penticton, I don't know of the place. Highly recommended!
Location is nice. Wine list good l wines. The ceviche was nice. Chicken had some gristle but was nice. Not as many covid precautions as other places we have stsyed
From the time we walked in we felt like we were pampered. Great service and great food. Everything was served in a timely fashion and our server Megan went above and beyond to make our anniversary dinner special. We highly recommend this place.
Awesome spot anytime of the day Great staff, prices on par with other top restaurants
I’ve been coming here for a numbers of yrs .. ambiance and view is the reason but the food and service over the last couple yrs Is great
Our server was a little slow getting things going, but after the short delay everything was fine. The food and ambience were great.
Solid place with gorgeous lake views.
Nice environment for dinner with nice view. Good food and service very nice
Another lovely dinner at the Hooded Merganser. We enjoyed a table on the patio. Salmon and Flat Iron steak were delicious. Disappointed that they were out of the lemon cheesecake. Service was a bit slow, our waiter was not very attentive. Overall a nice way to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.
Highly recommended. I advise booking in advance so you can reserve a patio seating.
Very impressed with the overall evening. Good food good service good timing.
Great meal & service!
Great location and atmosphere, great food , service was great . Restaurant has an open airy feel and tables well spaced
The prime rib was excellent, Wild Boar was fair (rather bland). Service stopped once we paid the bill.
Great view, but food not worth the money. There are better places to dine. I would go back for a drink just for the view, but go somewhere else to dine.
We had dinner Oct. 3, 2020 and "almost" everything was very good. My wife ordered the salmon from the main menu and said it was delicious but there was no sauce with it. The green beans and swiss chard were tough and rubbery, she couldn't eat them. The barley was also not cooked enough, very hard. We will think twice about returning as the meal didn't measure up to the price.
Food, drinks, and service were outstanding. Of course, the lake view provides great ambiance.
The food was delicious the wait staff were amazing and service was great. Would definitely go again. View of the water was spectacular. Safety protocols were on point.
This restaurant was very nice! There view was spectacular and the service was amazing. Our waiter Chris, made sure we had everything that we needed and he was very friendly. The food tasted very good and the service was fast. We will be back
Service was terrible and the food was pedestrian; save your money and go somewhere else!
The food is delish! The view is amazing and the are all friendly!!! Will be back at The resort and the restaurant!
Awesome dining experience.
Thanks Chris for the great service!
This was the best meal I have ever experienced in my entire life. The bread tasted like clouds of heaven, the pork belly and scallops are to die for. Don't even get me started on the lemonade it was just perfection in a glass. The rib eye main course special was unlike any piece of meat I have ever had and the cheesecake nearly had me in tears.
Food is always good... miss the Ahi tuna though but the feature bone in pork chop was really good.
View from our outdoor table was magnificent. Flat iron steak tender and delicious. Server very nice and helpful.
Thanks for a great evening. The cauliflower steak was great and the service was amazing!
Short menu but a doable choice. Good presentation, tasty food. Great service, wonderful ambience
Scallops and pork belly was amazing. Unfortunately my halibut was overcooked
The whole experience was awesome!
It was absolutely beautiful!! The staff, the wind coming through the doors - you've done it and thank you!
Great food and friendly service! Good value for the quality of the food!
The location and design looked amazing and was supposed to be the dining highlight of our trip. The food was not. None of the menu items we had were anything to write about despite the description on the menu sounding fantastic. The waitress was great but even she was frustrated. The clientele ranged from people having a nice meal to families with young kids coming off their boat in flip flops and running around the restaurant. We would not attend again.
Took my mom for a nice dinner out! Beautiful location. Food was very good. Service was excellent!
Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort is rated 4.1 stars by 1093 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.