The Bear, The Fish, The Root & The Berry
The Syilx People of the Okanagan Nation approach to food is based on the creation stories of their culture and we’ve taken their stories as the inspiration for the name of our restaurant: “The Bear, The Fish, The Root & The Berry,” based on the story of the Four Food Chiefs.
The Four Food Chiefs are central: Skimxist Black Bear (chief of animals, representing self-sacrifice, leadership, giving), Ntytikxw Chinook Salmon (water creatures, perseverance, hard work), Speetlum Bitterroot (plants below the round, relationships to the land) and Seeya Saskatoon Berry (plants above ground, growth, strength, community) are legendary and the elements of indigenous cuisine.
Restaurant was very comfortable and bright. Service by Danielle was great. Coffee was hot and full-bodied. Loved the little pastries and melon slices that came to the table while we waited for our brunch to be served. We both had the Eggs Benedict, one with back bacon and one with smoked salmon. The flavours and presentations were top notch BUT everything was lukewarm....as if it had been sitting for a while waiting to be delivered. If it had been hot, it would have been excellent.
The good is very unique- will be interested to see how the local market embraces the food. This is not a restaurant for picky eaters or kids. The presentation of the food was lovely. They were a bit understaffed but very apologetic. The wine selection and pricing is really good.
I enjoyed the experience food was excellent. Must try the scallops would like to of had more then one.
The Prime Rib was excellent - perfectly grilled! Staff is really friendly and helpful.
We drove from our home in Grand Forks, BC to a Dine Around lunch at Spirit Ridge in Osoyoos. The 3 course menu was varied and our choices were outstandingly good, all 3 courses, where only our main course selection was the same. Both servers were excellent and the wine pairing was very well done indeed. It was well worth the drive to try out this excellent restaurant and we shall return.
We have been here a number of times before, but I believe the this was our first visit since the new format was introduced. Always enjoy coming here, the ambiance is very nice. This particular visit was prompted by the Thompson-Okanagan Dine Out. The steak and frites was wonderful, the smoked turkey soup very interesting and flavourful, the fried chicken quite special. Our server, Erin, is always wonderful value. We will be back soon.
Everything was fantastic, but if there is one improvement I can suggest is to get more comfortable chairs.
The entire evening turned out very well. We were greeted at the door, shown to our table and given ample time to start with a before dinner drink. About half way through our cocktails the server took our starter orders and wine selection. Recommendations were made, some used and all were welcome. Only two starters were selected, a turkey, carrot and wild rice soup and two scallops. Both of which were excellently prepared and served. Following the starter the wine, both a red and a white was leisurely consumed until the main course arrived, two racks of lamb, sole fish and roast duck, all of which were prepared, presented and explained. I had the Pacific coast sole fish which was cooked to only lightly warm, but seared well of the skin side. All the other sides were expertly selected so that none overpowered the others delicate flavors. Two of the other diners had the lamp, of which looked excellent, large Alberta chops cooked to perfection as requested. The last meal was the roasted duck with locally prepared smoked duck on the side. Although I did not tased any of the other meals, all looked wonderful and were pronounced to be. Following the main one member of our party severed a desert that to this date can't be explained but must have been heavenly since it was consumed with many verbal modifiers pertaining to enjoyment. Thank you all that allowed us the opportunity to enjoy the evening.
filter your water, as it is disgusting. anything made with water is compromised. Prices are a bit high for what you get. It is a nice change to see someone who isn't trying (and failing at) Italian food. Maybe dinner is more on point?
Service was amazing, however the food was mediocre. Seafood was quite fishy tasting. Thankfully they removed it from our bill.
The chef does a great job with giving an indigenous spin to the food. The appetizer that we shared was a delight and the bison steak was one of the best meat dishes I have ever had. Not only was the food good to look at, it tasted every bit as good. My only issue with eating there is the wine prices. We paid $60 for a bottle of wine that costs $23 in the cellar of the Nk Mip winery situated 100 meters away. This is a practice all over at BC winery restaurants (something that you find at no winery restaurant in Europe, South Africa or South America). However, the mark-up in this case exceeded what it normally is at other winery restaurants in the Okanagan (normally 100%).
The next day I went to work and with great enthusiasm I spoke of your restaurant, our meals and the waitor whom waited up us. It was fabulous, thank you.
The entree of halibut was delicious but I think the chef is trying to do a bit too much with the plate and all the various items mixed in. Simpler or more aligned in flavors would have reduced the confusion of the taste buds! Again, the halibut was very good!
Warm welcoming atmosphere, service was spot-on, very nice man took care of our table. Very clean table, with breath-taking views. Excellent food. Definitely will return, definitely recommend, and they are open all year-round... again EXCELLENT FOOD:)
Flavours were exceptional along with service and plating. A truly wonderful experience. You could tell the chef was so knowledgeable and put thought into every dish
I would go back ANYTIME!
Being a celiac vegan.. I know... The food options were FANTASTIC!!! Everything was delicious, and fresh. The food was beautiful and the taste was AMAZING. I had a great time, and will go back.
Wonderful experience with creative Indigenous cuisine in a beautifully situated dining room.
Our server was really attentive and we felt well taken care of. The food is unusual but beautifully prepared with a great emphasis on the vegetables as well as the meat. I tried the duck, which was tasty but I especially liked the sides in my plate. My husband felt the same about his salmon choice. Bread with a tasty sunflower butter accompanied the meal and we finished with a lovely chocolate dessert. The wine list was very good with a nice selection of varieties and prices. Altogether a nice evening.
Amazing. Liked the shared appetizer platter idea. Have not experienced that yet in our restaurant travels.
Had the bison. Was perfect and large portion which was appreciated.
Food and presentation were excellent, very good service.
Seatings are not to the level of the quality of the food.
Awesome view. Great food experience. Murray has crafted some real gems. We start by sharing the smoked beets flavour explosion. Smoky mustard and shallots added the perfect balance. Then the bison steak. Grilled perfectly and seasoned just right. Hasselback potatoes were sweet and creamy. Nettles and juniper added that earthy and wild flavour. Excellent.
This was our first time at your restaurant, enjoyed trying foods we normally don’t get to have.
Service was excellent, friendly and professional.
Waiting 2 hours after our dinner order is ridiculous after watching people arrive, order, and leave before we received our food
Interesting flavors, great ambience, good service.
Fabulous food and unique menu
Forgot my friend’s order, food was OK at best, screwed up the bill. The vegan ricotta was the only saving grace. Avoid.
A beautiful setting and the food was very creative and delicious!
I was looking forward to this because I regularly watch Quest Out West, a cooking show featuring traditional foods. For the most part, the food was even better than I had hoped; my only disappointment was that the bannock was baked rather than fried. If I had known, I wouldn’t have bothered with it.
We did find the organization of the menu confusing at first, but we both were very happy with our choices.
We ate here twice (lunch and dinner) and I can't wait to eat here again! We had European guests and we had to try the bannock, duck and rabbit with chestnut pasta. Chestnut pasta is delicious! The rabbit wasn't gamey. The lavender gin cocktail was refreshing and not sweet. The non-alcoholic blueberry/lemon smash was refreshing. All meals were ridiculously good. Even the kid's menu pleased!
Food, service and the view were all fabulous!
The food was exceptionally good - - creative, flavourful, attractively presented, unique. The menu was varied and the service was friendly, prompt and knowledgeable. The location was relaxing and scenic with sweeping vistas over the countryside.
It took 1 hour and 50 minutes to get our food. Others were seated later than us and they received their food before us. We were told it took a while to prepare our meals. Not sure what the issue was. Poor overall.
Sadly it was wet that evening (very unusual in Osoyoos) so were confined to being indoors instead of dining out on their lovely patio, but on the whole enjoyed their brand-new menu that explores Indigenous tastes.
We enjoyed a lovely lunch at the restaurant, choosing inside because of the smoke from fires outside on the patio. It was a very positive experience. Our waitress was most helpful and the food was excellent. The only issue I had was that because it was not busy and there were not a lot of diners inside, the AC made it too cool for my comfort, but the waitress very kindly brought me a blanket to wrap around myself while waiting for my delicious salmon sandwich. My husband had a scrumptious seafood chowder.
The food was really good. It tasted good and the presentation was amazing.
Fantastic service and excellent food. The staff were friendly and attentive. The food is thoughtfully prepared and unique.
The staff was very accommodating and attentive without hovering or sounding like they were repeating set phrases that every server/bartender etc. are taught to use. Definitely try the bison, it was amazing!
We came with high expectations and were sorely disappointed
Our bannock with dips ? Where to begin. The bannock was dry and bland and the dips tasteless, the garlic fried tomatoes squishy and the pickles stringy. We complained and the restaurant Graciously didn’t charge us.
Main courses - bison was cooked to a reasonable standard (medium rare) and it was tender - but the sweet potatoes were undercooked and a raw and the Swiss chard was chewy and tasted like it was going to be a hard digest - finally the mushrooms were spongy and I was uninclined to eat them. My partner tried the duck - again it was cooked reasonably well but the vegetables were similarly unappealing and when after consuming most of the meal my partner found what seemed like a hair we decided we’d had enough. We declined dessert, paid our bill and enjoyed the last of our wine and watched sunset. At least the patio has a panoramic view of the lake. Overall- given the fanfare of new management and Fogo island connections, perhaps our most disappointing dining experience in a very long while.
The view over the vineyards and the lake is beautiful and the atmosphere in the restaurant is very nice, too.
Everything we ordered tasted very well and we can highly recommend the beetroot starter!
All in all a great experience!
The service and food are not on par with the high-end winery experience that is expected.
The Bear, The Fish, The Root & The Berry offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (250) 495-4660.
The Bear, The Fish, The Root & The Berry is rated 4.2 stars by 52 OpenTable diners.
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