Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

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Farm-to-table
The South Okanagan has gained a well deserved reputation as a desirable destination for tourists seeking an agricultural and culinary experience. The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery features prominently in this regard with its epicurean excellence, superb service, relaxed style and scenic splendour. The restaurant overlooks 146 acres of picturesque vineyard from the patio or inside the warm and inviting dining room. The philosophy of the talented culinary team is to embrace the opportunity to showcase many of the South Okanagan’s local producers. Dishes are created that utilize an array of local organic produce, seasonal fruits and artisan cheeses, and pair perfectly with Burrowing Owl's award winning wines. The exclusive wine list includes a selection of Burrowing Owl's current vintages, and library wines that are no longer publicly available for sale. Creative cuisine, impeccable service and a beautiful venue highlight the great agricultural diversity of the region.
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RenA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We came Burrowing Owl after hearing rave reviews.... Unfortunately, we were quite disappointed with our experience. Although the atmosphere on the patio was beautiful, one out of three of us enjoyed our meal, the wine was ok, and it wasn't a great value. I would come back again for a tasting but not anything more.

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ChrisD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We ate on the patio at the end if September. We sat near the door area and it was very windy. The view was lovely and the food was excellent! The menu has some very good lunch options. Our server was very good and friendly. If going for a lunch and wine tasting make sure you reserve both. We did not get in for a tasting. We were very happy with our lunch and we will be back. Excellent COVID 19 protocols.

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BarbaraC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rivals the Tuscany Valley vineyards we’ve visited in the past. Peaceful and beautiful! Excellent service!

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malcolma
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very disappointing. The duck confit was dried out and I still don’t know if the endive was raw or cooked - either way there was too much of it. My wife’s Arctic chat was better but her vegetables were very ordinary. In overhearing the conversation at another table turns out we were only given half the wine list too. Will not be back

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Tamster
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for lunch, just to be sure we could get in. The food was absolutely delicious, the service was spot on, and the atmosphere and viewS are without a doubt top notch. Highly recommend anytime, any day.

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Georgia
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I recommend the duck - best duck I have ever tasted, including in Europe.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. The view, the food, the wine. We had the best experience for my 40th birthday. We will definitely return. This will be talked about for years! Thank you

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vipNickm007
Vancouver
192 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Superb food. Due to Covid, indoor dining room lacks atmosphere now. Great service. Low wine availability.

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ScottD
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food, friendly service and reasonable prices. Recommended.

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James
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Excellent food and service though seems understaffed. Cold outside as the nearest heater wasn’t working, but they were apologetic and gave us a blanket.

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Loulou
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the view on the patio. Food was spectacular.

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CharlieJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We sat at different table and yet they still charged us mandatory 20% tip

Server was dropping stuff
We didnt even get water for first 15mins

Entire serving was delayed and we missed wine tasting

Food was good but too small portion

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DebF
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fantastic!! Would highly recommend this restaurant..

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DonnaW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very lovely and was a great experience.

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RobertW
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We had another great dinner on the outside patio at Burrowing Owl's Sonora Restaurant. Even with smoky air conditions (due to West Coast forest fires), the views were decent and the warm evening made for a very pleasant and memorable experience.

As always, it was great food and great wine that we enjoyed very much. We will return next time we're in the Okanagan Valley.

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MichelleL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Unfortunately due to COVID the ambiance was lacking inside. Lighting was very high, little decor and seating in centre of restaurant was open and odd. We moved to a table on one side wall shortly being placed in middle of floor (not at all “fine dining”). Service improved from there. Food was fresh and well prepared. Options were unique and tasty.

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PatriciaJ
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a favorite of ours every time we are in the Okanagan. The food, service and location are fantastic. Due to Covid the restaurant had some challenges as laid out by the Health Authority. They met every challenge and made you feel safe and very welcome.
Our server, unfortunately I don't recall her name, made our luncheon just that much better with her attitude, knowledge of the menu and wines and her very welcoming ways

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PaulW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal well presented. Good service and location.

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AniceS
Manitoba
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite places to take guests for an exceptional meal and wine when in Oliver. Always delicious and always excellent service. Higher price point for the menu but everything is fresh and made there by the chef - you get what you pay for. Highly recommend eating here. Anytime.

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JohnL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The interior of the restaurant is starting to look a bit dated since perhaps it is much the same as when it first opened

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MajaA
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambient, view and sating. Excellent service and food. Really enjoyed it.

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ChrisL2
Calgary
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our stay at Burrowing Owl and dinner at the Sonora Room was exquisite. A must do if you are in the area

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Theo
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not very memorable meal, very disappointing, presentation and overall experience. Have liked the restaurant in the past. Had a similar experience in July, thought we would give it another chance, but very disappointed and very expensive for what we were presented. Sorry but don’t think we will return.

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Skye
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

COVID changes everything about the dining experience anywhere but you do start to forget that we are in a pandemic once you settle in and have a sip of The wine. The food was delicious, creative and nicely arranged, with all of us enjoying their meals. Pricey but memorable.

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KevinB
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The view from the deck is fantastic. Took advantage of their wine list which featured some older vintages by the glass. While our vegetable tart had beautiful pastry the vegetable medley in it was rather heavy and seemed to be better suited for late fall.

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KathyS
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the whole experience at Burrowing Owl. The winery and restaurant were COVID19 friendly. The Sonora restaurant had fabulous food and great servers.

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SonyaW
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spectacular! The romaine salad was gorgeous....the duck and lamb beautiful.....and the wine was superb.

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vipAmandaR
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner with amazing views of the valley and vineyards. We lucked out and got a seat on the patio - absolutely beautiful evening!!

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oceangirl
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the Okanagan and are so very proud to take visiting friends and family to Burrowing Owl - such a special experience, truly world class.
Always, without question, fantastic.

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vipAlyR
Vancouver
63 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience! Our first time in the area as well as to the winery. What an absolute thrill! Such an amazingly, peaceful setting sitting on the patio. food and wine pairings were to perfection! Can get pricey if you order as many of their vintage wines like we did but Highly recommended regardless!!

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BriannaS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. Good choice of entrees. Nicely spaced out.

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ClaireG
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary at the Burrowing Owl Restaurant. The food was exquisite and wine. The atmosphere and service was exceptional. The COVID-19 precautions were also top notch.

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viptherealjessthor
Calgary
27 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Come here every year and always good. Meat and cheese boards are the best thing on the menu. Couple flaws with the current menu that I haven’t experienced in other years - mushroom soup had way too much pepper, lamb entree was overpriced for what it was and was extremely salty. Meat had a lot of sinew in it that was not removed prior to cooking which made some parts inedible. Two lamb dishes ordered - one was medium rare and one very rare - uneven cooking between dishes. Ribeye was not cooked evenly. Best entree was the vegan vegetable tart.

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ChristopherM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. From a wide selection on the menu to the fantastic views from the patio. It’s our restaurant of choice for ourselves and when we have guests.

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vipmikey
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great views, food and wine !

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Blp23
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service was good- charcuterie was average. Wine was, as always, excellent. Rib eye's didn't come out as modified (peppercorn sauce on the side) and was very overdone. View was the only saving grace.

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TrudineS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting, lovely ambiance, delicious food, excellent service by server . Only wished we had had an earlier reservation than the one we booked @ 8:30 pm. Unfortunately, I booked only 3 weeks ahead of our reservation, so limited availability due to Covidc19.

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VictoriaG
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Noisy group on patio made hearing difficult. Soup could have been hotter.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was fabulous- our server was awesome, the food/ wine delicious, and the ambiance was beautiful!! Will definitely be going back and recommending to friends & family 😊

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RosieS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Good flavours, not overly salty, all dishes came out perfectly! Our favorite was the duck confit, followed by the Arctic char. Both the burger & quiche were good. Soup was delicious!!! Ice cream & sorbet were flavourful & delicious!! Warmly greeted by hostess & server! Great service & recommendations! Would not hesitate to recommend to friends!!!!

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Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is rated 4.6 stars by 1162 OpenTable diners.

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