Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort

4.3
1180 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 1180 people are saying
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TeresaK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Exceptional! This was our first time dining at the Hooded Meganser, but it will definitely not be our last. Our server was attentive without being intrusive, and the food was excellent. I definitely recommend the risotto and the cheesecake.

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Hayley
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Thefood quality is good but it is lacking in culinary talent. No standing ovations for flavours or creativity. Great if you like your meat and potatoes without any fuss.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review Hayley. We are sorry to hear it was not quite what you had hoped and look forward to making it up to you should you visit again.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We requested that Megan be our server because of our wonderful experience during our previous visit. As before the service was superb and the food was excellent. We will definitely return.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 29, 2021

Great to hear everything was on point Anonymous! Megan does a fabulous job with each an every guest. We feel lucky to have her on our team!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

The views of the lake and the atmospheres and waitress were awesome the food not so good

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 29, 2021

Sorry to hear you did not find our food up to par on this occasion. We hope you will visit again and give us a chance to make this up to you.

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Adrianna
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best steak I've had! Worth the 3 hour drive. Will be back again

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you Adrianna! Our chef and culinary team take great pride in every dish they plate. Let us know the next time you are making the trip and Chef Dan V will stop by your table and say hello.

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LoriH
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service at the Hooded Merganser are always consistent and great.
Always happy to recommend the Hooded Merganser.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 29, 2021

Thank you for the fab review LoriH and thank you for recommending us! See you soon!

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NormB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience5

Our reservation didn’t seem to matter. We were sat in the bar until a table was ready.
The service was slow and the food was sub par pre covid.
I realize that we are all facing challenges but this was my worst experience in 5 years of coming.
Sorry guys I know your doing your best.

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

We are very sorry that we disappointed you on your recent visit NormB. Our capacity is limited at this time and should our early reservations stay to enjoy a longer meal we can run into delays seating guests. I do hope we can make this up to you. Please contact us at our website and we will be sure to make your next visit memorable.

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LaochSPT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Megan was our server and she was fantastic!!! Her personality is amazing and her hospitality was out of this world. We’ve never been so well taken care of.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 22, 2021

We agree LaochSPT. Megan is fantastic!! Thank you for the stars and we hope to see you again very soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Limited staff due to covid so very busy. Food fabulous.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 22, 2021

Thank you for the stars Anonymous! We are looking forward to restrictions easing and getting our full team back.

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Fish
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Accomodated food intolerances / anaphlaxis and suggested alternatives.
Server was great.
Only negative was too large portion of carrots - took away from the main which was amazing.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 22, 2021

Happy to hear were able to accommodate your dietary concerns Fish. We hope to see you again in the very near future!

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JohnP
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were craving for great steaks and we certainly got some. The tenderloin
steaks were cooked to perfection. We will be back.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 22, 2021

Tenderloins are a favorite at the Hooded Merganser JohnP! We will see you again soon!

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Arnspar
Calgary
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My favourite Penticton restaurant, great food & ambiance.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 17, 2021

Great to hear we are you favorite in town Arnspar! See you on your next visit.

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Weiderick
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service. I would definitely go back and can’t wait for our next to trip to Penticton!

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 17, 2021

Thank you Weiderick! We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in town!

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TracyC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Wendy was exceptional. The food was excellent and the ambiance doesn’t get any better. I highly recommend this restaurant.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 15, 2021

Thank you for the stars TracyC! I will be sure to pass your kind words regarding Wendi's service on to her. Thank you for recommending us and we look forward to seeing you again very soon!

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RachelF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Was a bit disappointed that I was asked if I wanted a refill on my drink and wasn’t told I’d be charged. Ended up spending $12 on a tiny drink. Wouldn’t have refilled if I had known. Otherwise the service and food was good tho. We have been here several times.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 15, 2021

Thank you for your review RachelF. Very happy to hear the food and service lived up to expectations. We will address the issues with refills in order to eliminate this issue in the future. We look forward to seeing you again.

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JohnS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Portion sizes were really small for amount charged my father in-law's lamb was chewy and hard to eat. The burger I ate I can get bigger ones at McDonald's and my wife's poke bowl was bland enough she had to ask for more sauce.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 15, 2021

We are sorry to hear we disappointed you on your most recent visit the Hooded Merganser. We take great pride in every dish we serve and we obliviously let you and your guests down on this occasion. We hope we can an opportunity in near future to make this up to you.

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Laurie
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing views. Service was above all expectations. Excellent all around.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 13, 2021

Thank you for dining with us Laurie! And thank you for the awesome review!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely evening out at the Hooded Merganser! Great value, food was tasty (steaks were cooked perfectly!) and our server was so kind and helped us enjoy the night by not rushing us! As a server, I admire that! Will certainly be back, its our new penticton fav!

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 8, 2021

I am glad we were able to deliver a memorable experience at the Hooded Merganser Anonymous! We look forward to seeing you again very soon!

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CiaraD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best service. Best barman!
Beautiful restaurant. Delicious food.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 8, 2021

Best is what we strive for CiaraD! Thank you so much for the great review!

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DBandJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Loved the food, wine and service. Made for a great date night.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 8, 2021

Thank you for the stars DBandJ! Please we delivered on all three levels. See you soon.

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Andy
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server Meghan was very personable and made our dining experience so enjoyable!

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 8, 2021

Thank you Andy! We will be sure to pass along you kind words to Megan.

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Bryan
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an absolute gem of a restaurant! Absolutely great food and even better service. A must try if you are in the Penticton area!

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 2, 2021

Thank you for the kind words Bryan! Very happy to hear that the food and service were just what you expected. See you again soon.

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BryanS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Menu is a bit limited, but that is understandable with the pandemic of course. Server Ashley was outstanding! COVID protocols made us feel very safe. Martinis were awesome, as was the wine.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on March 2, 2021

We are very happy to hear you enjoyed your recent visit the the Hooded Merganser BryanS! We agree Ashley is outstanding! Our resident mixologist Josh takes pride in every Martini he creates. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipAJinVegas
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Our experience was good with exception of the food.
My Pappardelle looked good however it lacked flavor.
The chocolate brownie desert was dry and disappointing.

We have eaten here many times and know food quality can be much better.

We look forward to a improved experience on our next visit.

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JudyC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming here and whenever we are in town we always choose the Hooded Merganser. Every time we get friendly superior service, excellent food and a relaxed atmosphere. So glad they survived Covid!

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

We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your most recent visit to the Hood JudyC! We look forward to seeing you the next time you are in town. Look for lunches to return soon as well!

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Devb
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Megan was an awesome server! She took care of us and made our celebration so special! The food was incredible and the wine was flowing!

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

Great to hear Devb! We are very happy to hear that you celebrated with us! Megan is indeed awesome. We agree.

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Suds
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was awesome and the food was delicious

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Jeanne
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant with unique and innovative dining choices.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on February 22, 2021

Thank you for positive review Jeanne. We at the Hood take great pride in Chef Dan V's menu! We hope to see you again soon.

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food101
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an awesome place to eat and have a night out. Loved the atmosphere and food. I would say somethings were a little over priced.

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JenSan
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Valentine's Day menu was great. Lots of options and the food was amazing! There was also a very talented musician playing live. Impressive 5 star experience in a Penticton.

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

Thank you for spending Valentine's Day with us JenSan and thank you for the 5 stars. It was wonderful to have Jay Esplana preforming for our guests again. Keep your eye on our website for future special events and live entertainment.

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LeeP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was perfect amount and very tasty. The rose that was handed to me and as a nice touch. Having entertainment was really nice

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LesleyB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it! The food was amazing! We always enjoy our experience at The Hood. However we do really miss it being open for lunch😔

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

It was great to have you in again Lesley! You will be pleased to hear that the Hood will be opening for lunch again in early May. We will make sure your table is ready!

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BrittanyT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. We had our 3 & 5 year olds with us and the staff was really good with them.

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you for all five stars Brittany! We love to see the little ones at the Hood and look forward to welcoming you and your family back again soon.

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely recommend the ‘Hood’ for a special experience. The food, the service, the atmosphere. We will be back for sure. Thanks for a great dining experience....

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

Very happy that you enjoyed you Hooded Merganser experience Michael! We look forward to to seeing you in the near future.

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MelissaM
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My partner and I went out for valentines dinner and couldn’t be happier. Food was outstanding, drinks were beautifully crafted and our server Chris was knowledgeable, fun and professional. 5 stars recommend!

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on February 16, 2021

Fantastic to hear that you enjoyed our Valentine's Day Dinner at the Hooded Merganser! Josh takes pride in every cocktail he creates and Chris always leaves a great impression on our guests. We look forward to seeing you again Melissa!

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BrianC
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server timed everything to perfection and the food was excellent!

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you for your kind words Brian! So happy to hear that the service and fare was excellent for your special evening!

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DarrenR
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Gluten Free Calamari is what brought me to the restaurant in the first place, and it was great! But the main course of Alaskan Char was absolutely the best fish dish I have ever tasted! The waitress made sure we have a spoon for the sauce because she said it was that good, and my wife and I were glad for that spoon! So good!

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on February 16, 2021

Thank you for your glowing review Robert. We have many gluten free options at the Hooded Merganser and we are pleased that you enjoyed yours. We look forward to seeing you again!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and ambience with beautiful waterfront view !

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Jeff
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I came in advance to select a specific booth. They honoured my request. The ambiance was set perfectly. It would’ve been nice to of hear the piano in use but during these times I can understand why It wasn’t. Our server hit a homerun. She was amazing. Absolutely connected with us on the level. I can’t remember her name but she was a spunky fit lady. Food was magnificent. If I was a local, this would be my home restaurant.

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

Dear Anonymous, Thank you for taking the to share such a positive review! We look forward to sharing it with the team. Keep an eye on our Instagram profile for special occasions that feature entertainment from the piano ;) and we will look forward to your next visit.

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TeresaM
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was great, atmosphere was perfect, our server Meagan was the best!

Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort
Responded on February 2, 2021

Hey TeresaM, we agree Megan is fantastic! Thank you for posting a review to share your experience with us and with the world! Take good care and visit again soon!

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Hooded Merganser at Penticton Lakeside Resort is rated 4.3 stars by 1180 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.