Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort

4.3
801 reviews
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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.
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m
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The waitress was attentive and certainly was able to take our orders with no mistakes.

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SF
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Had a great brunch with my parents on New Years day. The menu was limited so I didn't get to have what I actually wanted, but it was still good. One table close by was extremely loud but they left soon enough.
The view is amazing, great service and fresh food.

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r
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was nice warm temperature and good service with food allergy at the table very careful with us.
It was wonderful to be treated so nice and what a way to start 2019 my mother had such a nice time.
Thank you so much.

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CS
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit and we were very pleased. Will definitely be back again. I had the grilled salmon and it was melt in your mouth delicious. My husband had the 6oz steak and it was juicy and tender. For dessert we split the creme brulee and it was the perfect end to a delicious meal.

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M
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our New Year's eve meals very much. Everything was perfect...the food, the service and the atmosphere. We will definitely be back.

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CM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

I wrote a review and I regret doing so. But I told the truth and I feel like I will not be welcome in this small town because of it. No I will not return to your restaurant or the town, I am trying now to leave this country. So don't slam me for telling the truth. I was honest and hoped it would help you bring a good location up to great food. That was my only goal.

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LG
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Spanish omelet was very good , steak and eggs tasted more like a good slice of pot roast , very tender . Service was excellent , waiter knowledgeable and friendly .
Christmas day bunch menu .

Will return for sure .

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the Christmas Day brunch...Would definitely do this again...Thank you..

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L
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good soups, nice presentation and good service. I would recommend this restaurant for a special lunch

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P
Hawaii
69 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints......the Merganser is a must when you visit Penticton and locals should appreciate the care taken to create a menu full of local ingredients and a presentation that pleasures any diner.
Great for casual lunches, appys and wine or a dining experience for a memorable evening.
Thank You Chef Remington !

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h
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

it was a very relaxing evening, the meal was very well made. The people working there seem to enjoy themselves, and are very amicable. It was nice.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was amazing! Only sat too close to a louder larger party.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ll be back.

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D
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were in town for work. It was great. I would highly recommend it. Despite being a pretty nice restaurant they had some high tees and low 20 options.

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r
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy my evenings or lunches at the Hooded Merganser. The prices are good, and they have a great selection of local wines. Can be a bit noisy, but the booths on one side offer more seclusion without losing the view. Our waitress was lovely and very personable. She had a good knowledge of the menu and we were very pleased about thar.

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CG
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can’t say enough good (wonderful) things about this restaurant, the food and the impeccable service. Megan was our server and she seemed to be able to sense our every need before we even had to ask! Was a very romantic dinner and the ambiance was superb! I love this restaurant! I have never had a bad experience!
Thank you!

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JD
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My wife and I were at the Hooded Merganser for our anniversary, we found the ambiance at the merganser to be very well suited for a nice dinner for two. The waiter was around just enough for help as required. Wine list was adequate with local wines. Appetizer and dinner were outstanding , very well prepared and cooked to our requirements.
Overall as a first time their, we will go back again for dinner.
4 out of 5

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AM
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Always a good bet for any special occasion. To bad it was dark when we went as the lake view is fabulous. Raised booth seating is comfortable and allows for a good view although not right next to the panoramic windows. Once the waiting staff realised we had been seated (!) service was good and quick.

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a
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met a friend for brunch. Service and food was great! Just a heads up though we ordered mimosas and restaurant doesn’t serve alcohol until 11am. Always a great place for breakfast lunch or dinner.

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LS
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friends and I have been to Hooded Merganzer 4 times this year and we always have the tenderloin with peppercorn and blue cheese topping.....best steak ever!!! On our last visit our server Rusty was very friendly and very attentive. Would highly recommend this restaurant. Thanks once again for a wonderful experience.

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a
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great! Always like going to the Hood.

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G
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We eat at this restaurant whenever we visit Penticton. This time and as usual the food was very good. Our waitress was the best. It was a bit noisy but it is a popular restaurant so to be expected but still able have a conversation. We will be back on our next visit.

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JT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance and food. We also had nice service!

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JF
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Great food! Service was a bit inattentive. Loved the location.

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SF
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Lauren, who worked on Sunday, was awesome. She was helpful, friendly, knowledgeable about the food and portion size when I asked her about it also. She was a delight.
The food was excellent and we all had an awesome brunch.
I also enjoyed making the reservation online. It was easy to do so and I liked receiving the confirmation.

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KH
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a thanksgiving meal with our son. Veggies were done to a turn, steak and prawns were excellent and dessert was delicious. All the staff were friendly and professional. Then we came back for breakfast and watched the fish jumping. Will definitely eat at the Hooded Merganzer next time we are in Penticton.

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FL
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was recommand by our guesthouse.
Excellent recommandation!

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d
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A very good meal, we were not in a rush and wanted a leisure dining experience, which is what we got. We did not feel rushed at all. We were served water and got our menus, ordered drinks, looked at the menu and just ordered an appetizer to start, followed by our main course. The food was very nice, the steak I ordered was cooked just the way I asked, served with a baked potato and veggies. Overall, a nice meal, very good service and a nice restaurant overall. I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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AM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 5

Food was unfortunately not very good. We started with a very dry not crunchy dragon roll with chilli sauce inside. The pizza was so soggy that we immediately sent it back. Next came BBQ Pork Ribs with a watery very sweet and not spicy sauce. The Arctic char was mediocre. Great Martini though. Go here for the view and the cocktails and somewhere else for dinner. We have had some good meals there before so you could take a chance.

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C
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We ordered Bibimbap and the calamari...dishes were ok but the Bibimbap could of had more flavor...bit boring. The calamari was overall good..larger pieces.

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KB
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was my wife’s birthday, the food and service was fantastic! We will be going back. Great menu options.

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LR
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

I was a little disappointed. I made reservations and stated that it was for my boyfriends birthday but the waitress never addressed the occasion. No Birthday cake or anything.

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MC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Of the 4 meals, 3 were excellent but mine was below par. I had the butter chicken and the quality of the meat was poor. It seemed like they used fatty thigh pieces and the taste was bland. I only ate half. They give me a free dessert. My dads fries were Luke warm but they did replace them. My dad thought his steak was the best he ever had.

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PB
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed taking our parents to a resto they hadn’t heard of or visited before and celebrated our anniversary with them. Delicious food, wonderful ambience and impeccable service by Katie. Thank you!! I want to come back on a sunny day.

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S
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We requested a window seat which we got. We started with the green bean appetizer which we now know we should have returned it. Beans were so chewy that we tried to pick thru them to find the slimmer ones which really didn't matter. We left half the plate so when the waiter asked if we were done we said we couldn't eat them as they were tough and he just replied "oh ok". My husbands butter chicken was delicious BUT my salmon dinner was awful. It tasted like a gas bbq. Horrible flavor. So strong!! I asked the waiter when I ordered it if I could order it to be cooked medium well and he said "yes of course". The extremely thin piece of salmon came completely raw in the middle and cooked well done on each end. He did ask if I wanted it to be cooked more which I declined. I told him if they cooked it more it would just be more gas flavor than it already was. He again said "oh ok". The strong gas flavor overpowered any lemon herb flavoring on it. The veggies were sitting in that flavor as well so really the only item I could eat was the baked potato. We were going to try the berry pie but decided against it and went back to our hotel, the Ramada and enjoyed dessert in the Kettle Pub. This quality of restaurant should not be a hit or miss meal. The chefs should know how to cook a delicious piece of salmon. Unfortunately the amazing view will not bring us back.

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TR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Sunday brunch with novel items priced similarly to other establishments. A reservation got us a window table with gorgeous lakefront view.

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JC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

S V burger is the best in the West. Great atmosphere and fast/ friendly staff.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday!

Was amazing. We loved the food and the service was awesome. Thanks again!

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e
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Anniversary. Not an intimate dining experience.
Would be great for noisy group dinner.

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TG
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Waitress seemed rushed to get our order. When we rec our food she never came back. Never refilled my water glass. My mom ordered red wine was poured in a white wine glass and poured the whole 8 oz in leaving no room for it to breathe. The chicken and fish were amazing however the parmasion fries were not good ( you can get better at earls) as they were overcooked and were one big blob of fry and parmasion and you were given ketchup to dip them in. (Horrible combination) i took my mom there to celebrate her new job and was disappointed. Fruit flys as well couldn'tget rid of them.

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