La Bussola Restaurant

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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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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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vipJuds
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great ambiance and Covid protocols were excellent. The food never disappoints. Fantastic wine list.

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KevinE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, amazing service, attentive staff and great wine list!

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vipdavidwill2
Toronto
45 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambiance and attentive service. In the age of COVID the staff was very careful, masked and aware of distancing. I would not hesitate to recommend for everyday or special occasion.

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TerryP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been going here since 1980. The food and service keeps getting better. Perfect place for a special occasion or a night out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved their pepper shaker
Food is amazing
Service was professional and friendly

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NancyB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It is always lovely experience to eat at LaBussola. This time was for our anniversary. Our server Cody was attentive to our needs. The salmon, as usual, was delicious. Even during a pandemic everything was taken care of. Thank you again.
Don and Nancy

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KatieR
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food!!! Mmmmmm creative, refined and delicious 😋Thanks for the take home market goodies, Chef.
The service!!! Impeccable and friendly.
The venue!!! Charming, quiet. With a lovely street front patio.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We haven’t been to La Bussola at their new location but had been to the other location for a first date and first anniversary. It was out 27 anniversary and I did let the restaurant know when I booked the reservations but nothing special was done. Why ask? The prices are quite expensive for the portion size but overall the meals were very tasty. My husband had the rockfish linguine and I had the veal Marsala. We shared the oysters for an appetizer and the creme caramel for dessert. Our waiter did not tell us his name and kept calling us guys which has always annoyed me as I am a 59 year old woman. The sommelier was ok but the only female server there was the most friendly and helpful. I would go back but my husband said he would not.

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Lovey69
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The waitstaff was very inviting and service was excellent. We will be returning!!

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LisaR
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience all away around. Exceptional service, the food and wine selection was amazing as well as the atmosphere. Would highly recommend this restaurant to all my friends and family and we will definitely be back when we are in Kelowna again.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very nice evening. Pasta was good but not amazing. The other dishes were very good

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was lovely!

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vipFaithC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Service and Food were spectacular and we would highly recommend this Italian spot.

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Jane
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely ambience with delicious food. A real pleasurable dining experience. Can't wait to go back!

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vipPats
Vancouver
33 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall2food3service4ambience2

Very expensive for mediocre food. Tired looking restaurant. Tired cotton napkins. Not a pretty decore. Would not return

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jeffb
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had put in a request as it was our first anniversary. Not only were we greeted with a wonderful acknowledgement of the special event but the classy service and incredible food were amazing.
We complimented the chef, who came out and thanked us as well as wished us a happy first anniversary.
This is by far, one of the classiest restaurant experiences we have ever had.
I will recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a special experience.
Our servers were attentive, incredibly polite and all around classy.
Thank you!

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MaureenM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just had a few appetizers, a cocktail and a bottle of wine. Oysters were fresh and perfectly delicious. All was nicely plated and flavorful. Service was great. Music was well chosen and at a fine dining level. Ambiance was a little lacking but it was due to Covid spacing.
Overall a special night out!

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PaulP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favourite Italian restaurant in Kelowna and one of overall favourite Italian Restaurants for when we feel like real Italian food and for special occasions.

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JaneC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Very nice, although room felt a bit barren due to COVID, but that cannot be helped

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vipCosmopaola
Palm Springs
56 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We own a vacation home in Kelowna and La Bussola is always a must when we visit. Lauretta and her team do a great job!!!!

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RyanW
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was good, not great. Service was really good, young lady you served us was very personable and attentive, would go back to be served by her again.

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SandiR
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, authentic Italian food. Lauretta is amazing. We go every year for our anniversary.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. This was our first time and we had dinner with friends and babies. They were very friendly. Will be back

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KevinS
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Veal Piccata was served with a red sauce but the menu stated it was a lemon cream. Although it was good we have had it with the other and it was much better.

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OpenTable Diner
Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Was very disappointed in the lack of menu. When I asked for a small request it was denied although another table was receiving food that was not even on the menu. We have tried to come every year when we visited but that was the last time.

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CTCT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Very quiet and classy, service was a little slow for our liking, food was good but not outstanding for the price point. Probably better suited for a couple than a group

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BreeM
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Service was really slow. The server never even introduced herself when she came to the table.

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BrentP
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second visit and the food was outstanding!!

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ABCD
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

My husband and I went here tonight with high expectations after reading the stellar reviews. The service was very poor. The staff paid us nearly no attention the entire time we were there. The food was fine, but it wasn't anything special, especially when considering the high price. I'm very surprised that La Bussola is rated as one of Kelowna's top restaurants. Overall we were not impressed and left quite disappointed.

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JosefL
Edmonton
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Veal is overcooked, making it tough
Salmon is not as fresh as I would like it. Freshness covered by too much sauce.

The saving grace is clam is tasty.

Not as I just expected to be for the price

The chef should be trained more. It seems he/she is take out cook.

I had better experience in the past.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and great atmosphere

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Welshjam
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were great. Made for a very special date night!

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PeterD
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic local restaurant, good for fans of Italian (though bear in mind I've not had 'authentic Italian in Italy'). While definitely a pricier meal option, La Bussola is great for romantic dates, special occasions, and even cozy proposals. A fine decor and dedicated staff compliment a fantastic (if arguably a bit limited, though COVID may have affected that somewhat) menu. I've had their steaks and pasta before this last visit and they were great. This time around I enjoyed a fantastic caprese salad with a delicious salmon main, and I was a bit disappointed I just could not manage dessert. If I must offer one other vague negative, I don't feel their bread was particularly remarkable, though it's hardly bad (just definitely not a highlight).

Parking is a bit of an issue, though that's common with the Kelowna core. There's thankfully a couple of parkades not too far away, and the museum lot is also nearby. It's worth the walk.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, wine and service! Everything on the menu sounded delicious and I ended up having the scallops to start and the mushroom ravioli for my main, and both were excellent. It was a safe experience as the tables were well-distanced and the servers were wearing masks.

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CourtnayH
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been eating at La Bussola for as long as I can remember. It is a cherished family tradition for us, and I love taking my kids there to celebrate special occasions. The food is authentic and always perfectly done, the service is warm and personal, and Loretta, as the matriarch, sets the tone for the entire restaurant.

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vipVanKid
Vancouver
38 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Bussola is consistently excellent offering exceptional veal, seafood and pasta in a comfortable setting. It is old school with flare!

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vipElla
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Service was really slow on this day, had to wait a while for refills, starters were missed, food was really lacking flavour as well (I had to use the butter from the bread and a lot of parm cheese to have some taste), it does not match what’s on the description on their menu. You can hear the female chef yelling in the kitchen which ruined the ambience as we were sitting across from the bar. Definitely not worth the price. Not a great way to celebrate -as the whole experience was disappointing. Please don’t try to be a fine dining establishment if you can’t execute the food and the service. Will not be coming back.

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KevinC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellence fine dining experience. Real world comfort, with old world food that never tasted so good. Each time is better then the last.

Highly recommended for a fine Italian meal with comforting familiar fresh tastes!

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GeoffHays
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you guys for always making it perfect every time!!

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LanceN
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed this restaurant . Could use more pasta choice . But great simple menu . Excellent house wine choices . Would definitely come back.

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