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La Bussola Restaurant

4.7
4.7
642 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Italian

La Bussola has been serving Kelowna since 1974 and is proud to boast the largest wine selection in the Okanagan today. La Bussola is owned and operated by the Coccaro family; Lauretta Coccaro the chef & owner operates the restaurant with her son Luigi Coccaro. The restaurant's menu changes seasonally using local and/or handmade ingredients wherever possible, and includes rotating classic dishes from the original menu from when La Bussola opened 43 years ago.

We warmly welcome you to dine with us in our home at La Bussola!

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Booked 40 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (250) 763-3110

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Lauretta Coccaro

  • Private party facilities

    La Bussola is the perfect venue for private parties looking for a upscale dining room. We are able to cater to buy outs, for these please contact Stephanie Penikett at 250-763-3110 or email at stephanie@coccarogroup.com

  • Private party contact

    Stephanie Penikett: (250) 763-3110

  • Neighborhood

    Kelowna

  • Cross street

    Between Bernard & Doyle

  • Parking details

    You are able to park across the street in front of the Museum after 5pm for free, their also is a Parkade located on Ellis street. La Bussola also has 6 private parking stalls in the back of the restaurant, for these please contact the restaurant at 250-763-3110.

  • Public transit

    Their is a bus station outside to the left of La Bussola.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

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What 642 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Notable Wine List

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Romantic

  • Vancouver / British Columbia

    Special Occasion

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Fit for Foodies

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Notable Wine List

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Romantic

  • Okanagan / Wine Country

    Special Occasion

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Lasagne was amazing

  2. C

    Cody

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service1ambience2

    Food was delicious. Service was poor for the price and stature of the restaurant. Dinner was rushed and service was slow. We order cocktails and had wine with dinner but the wine came significantly after dinner arrived.

  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was exceptional’

  4. DT

    DarrenT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always a great experience at La Bussola. Fantastic food and great atmosphere for a visit with friends. We’ve been going for decades and have never been disappointed.

  5. r

    roddy

    Seattle

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    First time the food was outstanding The waiter was okay The gentleman serving the wine wasOutstanding

  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1

    I would give a ZERO star if that’s possible. Worst experience ever with terrible service and food. The waiter just DID NOT care about our experience at all with the most terrible service attitude I have ever had. No apology for waiting an hour for two pasta after the appetizer came. Even the people came after us finished their dinner before we got ours. And the waiter is acting like that’s how it should be. Even made mistakes with the bill at the end. Unkind and unprofessional. I don’t know if that’s because we were the only Asian people at the restaurant that evening but I DO FEEL LIKE WE WERE TREATED DIFFERENTLY. Worst experience ever.

  7. JH

    JasonH

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of the finest restaurants in the Okanagan. Fabulous menu that is always updated and one of the best wine lists you will find. I live this place and recommend it to all of my friends.

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Manitoba

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mother’s Day. Food was great as was service. Staff were very empathetic of my wife’s celiac disease and made her comfortable.

  9. GM

    GregM

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4

    We return to La Bussola when we're in Kelowna and always enjoy a warm welcome, and exceptional, knowledgeable service. The changing selection of daily specials, in addition to an already satisfying menu, is appreciated and well executed. As a party of four, all ordered different mains with resulting good reviews. The culinary choices range from "comfort food" to traditional fine dining options......something for everyone. Our waiter Cody was a charming, helpful fellow.

  10. CM

    CarolM

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Deceptively simple cuisine, but so well crafted. The skill put into each dish leaves most other Kelowna restaurants in the dust. Fine dining indeed!

  11. TS

    TedS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Great Service. Great food but a bit smaller portions from last time we were there. A bit noisy with some very loud laughter from another guests' table.

  12. K

    Kristi

    Palm Springs

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Superb place to celebrate an event or have a date night. The food menu changes almost weekly and never disappoints. Enjoy their full range of selections and top it off with the tiramisu. It’s so tasty!

  13. JH

    JannahH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Read the reviews; which was highly recommended! It did not disappoint! Good and service was fantastic! Definitely a highlight of the trip!!

  14. TM

    TracyM

    Edmonton

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    The food and service is amazing. Everyone is so friendly!

  16. CH

    ChristianneH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Hands down the best intimate restaurant experience we have ever had. We had champagne waiting upon arrival that the sommelier would top up before we ever finished a glass, and was extremely professional. Our server was friendly and professional and knowledgeable about the food. We had the beef carpaccio and antipasto for an appetizer which was all extremely rich and flavorful. Our mains were the steak and fish of the day (salmon) which were also extremely delicious. They made us feel like the most important people in the room, it was fantastic. We will definitely be back. Thank you to all of the staff!

  17. MC

    MichaelC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    If you are looking for the best Italian food in Kelowna look no farther. The food was fabulous, the sommelier is a very friend person who gladly imparts his knowledge of wine.

  18. R

    Rudy

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Waited 15 minutes to get drinks. The Ragu pasta dish and the pasta a l’amatricana were under seasoned as was the Caprese salad. Mussels were ok but no sauce. Very disappointing for a high end restaurant.

  19. D

    Dylan

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A wonderful experience of my birthday! Couldn't be happier with the experience overall. Amazing food and fantastic service. My favorite dining experience in Kelowna by far.

  20. IS

    IlanaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The serve was excellent and the food delicious. The rolls were hot! A return visit in definitely in the future.

  21. CG

    CGer

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Spectacular in every way! Compliments to the chef -best scallops and lamb I’ve had.

  22. SB

    ShaneB

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4

    Everything was ok.. but nothing was amazing. Mozzarella tasted bitted. Every pasta dish just seemed to have one overwhelming item. Servers were humorous and between them, they did a good job, but overall it just was not what we anticipated.

  23. YU

    YasU

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We came almost the closing time but they welcomed us and gave us excellent service. Foods and drinks were delicious, of course.

  24. C

    Chris

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    new menu great with old favourites & new items. Have been going to La Bussola since it opened in 1974!

  25. S

    Shrbr

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Thoroughly enjoyed our experience. Servers were attentive, background music fitting and the food was very good.

  26. TP

    TimP

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent wine list and knowledgeable staff. Wonderful attention to detail. The menu rotates weekly. We loved every bite.

  27. PG

    PhilG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience4

    Service staff are pro and appropriate but we feel there is something wrong in the kitchen. We have no problem with price increases after two years of Covid but though presentation was excellent the overall tastes somehow did not reach a pinnacle exhibited by the prices. Desserts were excellent.

  28. BC

    BillC

    Vancouver

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Super service to celebrate a special birthday! Great night!

  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Saskatoon

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Always an outstanding evening! Great wine list!!!

  30. TD

    TamD

    Vancouver

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience! Best culinary experience in awhile in the Okanagan. Very attentive service from all staff. Best French 75 in a long time. Will be back for the steak platter! Highly recommended for classic Italian cuisine!

  31. LT

    LTDT

    Vancouver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent meal. Service was perfect. Just one comment. Restaurant was very quiet and it was early but another table was seated next to us when there were very many tables to choose from. A little uncomfortable as we get back to post pandemic rules.

  32. d

    dycky

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    It’s like there is two different cooks… one amazing and one that cooks with Campbell soup.

  33. DB

    DebbieB

    Calgary

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Consistently amazing food with great service. Always a pleasure to eat here!

  34. GO

    GavinO

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Amazing restaurant. Service is exceptional. My wife had the salmon which is the best either of us have ever tasted. I have been here multiple times and I am never disappointed.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely wonderful restaurant for a special evening service was incredible.

  36. J

    Jesse

    Vancouver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Valentines Day

  37. CB

    ChrisB

    Vancouver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience5

    The food itself is definitely overpriced. Menu and prices should be on website it’s very easy to update daily so that’s no excuse.

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loretta is the best chef in Kelowna when it comes to Italian cuisine.

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Anniversary

  40. BS

    BrookeS

    Vancouver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We always love coming here to special occasions. It’s the perfect place to treat ourselves and celebrate. The staff is always so friendly and attentive and the food is beyond amazing. I love the local touches in the food as well, using various local products.

FAQs

La Bussola Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 642 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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Booked 40 times today
Google Map for La Bussola Restaurant

1451 Ellis St Kelowna, BC V1Y 2A3

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between Bernard & Doyle

  • Neighborhood

    Kelowna

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    You are able to park across the street in front of the Museum after 5pm for free, their also is a Parkade located on Ellis street. La Bussola also has 6 private parking stalls in the back of the restaurant, for these please contact the restaurant at 250-763-3110.

  • Public transit

    Their is a bus station outside to the left of La Bussola.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Lauretta Coccaro

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (250) 763-3110

  • Private party facilities

    La Bussola is the perfect venue for private parties looking for a upscale dining room. We are able to cater to buy outs, for these please contact Stephanie Penikett at 250-763-3110 or email at stephanie@coccarogroup.com

  • Private party contact

    Stephanie Penikett: (250) 763-3110

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