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Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery

4.5
782 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Northwest
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  • Worth the Drive
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Northwest
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Hours of operation
April Hours of Operation
Thursday to Monday
LUNCH 12 - 4:30 PM
DINNER 5 - 8 PM
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Phone number
(250) 498-6202
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Stephen Blackburn
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Private party facilities
A number of options are available for private dining that include utilizing the penthouse suite of the onsite exclusive guesthouse, the wine shop and the Sonora Room itself. All options are based on availability and seasonality. Enquire for further details.
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Private party contact
Sonora Room Manager: (250) 498-0620 ext. 2
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Black Sage Road
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
What 782 People Are Saying
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4.7
service
4.3
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

It was a beautiful day to take our family including a little one for a lovely lunch at Burrowing Owl. Our server was friendly and accommodating. The food was delicious and the view was beautiful. Everyone ate every bit of their entrees and desserts. We hope to be back !

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Great food, great service, delightful view, and all-around fun. We always enjoy eating at the Sonora Room Restaurant. It doesn't get much better than this.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

We were there on a quiet March evening.

Lovely view of the sunset.

The food and wine pairings were amazing.

High recommended.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Dinner here was amazing from start to finish. Service by Ingela was excellent. The menu offered some very interesting choices plus there was an additional special which I enjoyed. Wonderful complimentary appetizer of smoked duck breast, pickled cauliflower on a beet,chocolate purée. The beet salad was so good, big enough to share and was accompanied by house made rolls/butter. The grilled bone in pork chop was served with green lentils, tourtière and roasted root vegetables. The special was a risotto topped with seared scallops, white asparagus and crispy bacon chunks. Presentation of the food was incredible. Wine list was good. Expensive evening but well worth it!

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3.0Dined on February 19, 2018

I had the sablefish wrapped in proscuito. The proscuto overpowered the small portion of fish so you coudnt taste it and made the dish extremely over salted. The cutlery was inadequate for cutting through the proscuito. scallop and clam appetiser was cold but tasted ok. pork belly appetiser was good. The pasta dish one of our guests had was bland. Pork chop dish was good. Halibut collar dish was ok but the clams it was served with were sandy-gritty which happens understandably. A bottle of wine, two beer and these dishes plus one more appy the bill came to about $300 incl tip. Quite overpriced. I have had excellent meals there in the past but this visit was not great. Staff friendly and attentive.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great service, delicious food, welcoming staff and mort important an excellent wine.

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Wonderful evening with live music. The food was wonderful and beautifully presented. Always pleased with our evenings at the Sonora Room.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent food! Live music provided by an accomplished harpist for Valentine's Day dining. Appropriate and current and easy listening. Crowd ranged from young adults to seniors, couples and a few singles; all well-dressed and respectful.

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5.0Dined on December 10, 2017

We live locally and consider ourselves fortunate to have such a fabulous restaurant so close to home. Duck confit grilled cheese.....who knew? We look forward to your re-opening in February.

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3.0Dined on November 17, 2017

The food was well prepared & presented however the portions were quite small. The menu was very limited & did not offer sharing appetizers. The server was very pleasant & knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on November 12, 2017

There was nothing to complain about. Everything was perfect. Good food, good wine, good service, and comfortable surroundings. What else could anyone want?

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2017

Very reasonably priced, excellent service, very tasty

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5.0Dined on October 15, 2017

Amazing service! Manager was very attentive and went out of his way to make our night special !

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4.0Dined on October 14, 2017

I think the restaurant would benefit from a bit of background music it’s such a beautiful setting but the background noice of chatter and heels on the bar wood floors is all you hear. I was also dissent with the variety of vegetables for the sides- just carrots was a bit underwhelming when there are some many beautiful root vegetables in season right now

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5.0Dined on October 10, 2017

Wonderful food, wonderful ambiance , excellent service, incredible views.... worth the drive to the area 😁

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5.0Dined on October 7, 2017

Innovative cuisine. Excellent service. Stunning view. If you are in the area, lunch or dinner at Burrowing Owl is highly recommended.

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1.0Dined on October 7, 2017

I have been drinking Burrowing Owl Wines for years and it’s one of my favourites. I was really looking forward to lunch and wine tasting. The lunch was mediocre at best - the restaurant was full of flies and miserable staff. I asked to speak to their manager Shelby and was told she wasn’t in on the weekends. This makes no sense. The food was barely warm, a charcuterie plate cover on everything other than meat and cheese for $29 - there were literally 2 small bits of 3 meats and 2 small pieces of cheese, the braised beef MAC and cheese would have be nice served hot. We also had a duck grilled cheese- again not served hot and when I asked for something other than salad I was told “we don’t have fries- we’re not that kind of place”. Our server was terrible.
The wine shop was sold out of most wines and the staff were rude. After visiting a few other vineyards this was a real let down. It’s as though their ego has gotten too big and they’ve given up on decor, service and ambiance. The winery is old and very outdated. The dining room and furniture are tired. The prices do not reflect the ambiance. With so many great wineries in the area I’d never go back and will be hard pressed to make any further orders from Burrowing Owl.

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5.0Dined on October 3, 2017

We had a really nice meal, our server did a great job of making us feel welcome and special without being obtrusive. Apparantly the restaurant has a new chef, really impressed with his new menu !

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3.0Dined on October 2, 2017

Our server, Ingela, was a darling and did a fantastic job. She was attentive, professional, friendly and prompt.

The floor manager was cold and dismissed our disappointment over not getting a callback for any of our three unattended messages to book a private tasting and dinner. We called and left several messages with both tasting room and Sonora Room (as neither phone wa answered any time we attempted to call) and did not get a single callback despite there being 24hrs between our calls.

The hostess blatantly told us that "no messages were left" despite our insistence. She was abrasive dismissive and unaccommodating. We had travelled up specifically to experience this Winery and dining room as we had heard great things about Burrowing Owl, but, unfortunately, did not even get to taste more than the bottle we purchased with our dinner.

Will not recommend or refer friends to this Winery.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2017

The duck confit was delicious. And our server was super-friendly and fun.

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5.0Dined on September 28, 2017

The whole experience was absolutely fantastic! I would not hesitate to go back or to recommend to friends.

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5.0Dined on September 26, 2017

A lovely lunch, service was friendly and professional and the food and wine was fantastic. We will be back !

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1.0Dined on September 25, 2017

Went there yesterday for lunch.
Made a reservation at 11;30
Server didn't say anything at 11:30 even though she saw us (will be few min or hi there or we are getting ready etc..at least you gotta acknowledge your guests.) waited til 11:38
Got a table
No apologies for serving late.
Food was below average compared to what we paid for.
Components on dishes don't go well together. We done a lot. So we know what good foods are.

Big disappointment on burrowing owl restaurant.
Used to be a lot better 2 yrs ago.
Won't be back unless you guys change food and service

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5.0Dined on September 18, 2017

We had a beautiful evening and enjoyed our food so much. It was our first wine tasting tour and we really enjoyed it. Our server was fantastic , really knew the food and was very pleasant ,very very professional and we can't say enough about her:)

It was our favourite meal and wine on our whole 4 day tour. Thank-you so much...chefs in the kitchen .......Bravo,

Brigit & Aldo Cogrossi

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2.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Oh how disappointed we were after visiting the Sonora Room Restaurant! Two of our four dinners were less than stellar to say the least. Someone should look up in a dictionary what Cioppino means and get the recipe! "Fish stew" is the common description btw. Mine was a mix of tasteless fish and a few clams with a few (at best) tablespoons of tasteless red sauce in the bottom of the bowl. Toasted bread usually comes with the dish but not this time. Then when I asked for a "slice of bread" to lap up the puddle of sauce we were charged for another full serving of bread. Fish on top of a very slim layer of light red tasteless red sauce! Unbelievable! My wife's scallops were on the smaller size and mediocre at best although cooked nicely. On to our waiter... OMG, if you don't like your job find another profession! Condescending, rude and confrontational to put it in a nutshell! ALL agreed he was nothing short of awful! Every request was met by a condescending comment or rude interaction. I loved how he sat over my shoulder when I had to enter a tip amount! OGG! Awful waiter to say the least! We will leave it at that. We will definitely let the Sonora Room management know of our experience as they are certainly known to be one of the best restaurants in the Osoyoos area.

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5.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Loved loved this place !!!! Awesome food !!!! We've been for both lunc & dinner ..... both times amazing !! Our server was Kevin .... he was friendly & very attentive!!! Can't wait to go back

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5.0Dined on September 3, 2017

always a great meal whenever we visit, we have spent several years coming there

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2.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Food is not bad, service only OK. Happy we can say we've eaten at this winery.

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4.0Dined on September 2, 2017

We had a wonderful evening dining in the balcony overlooking the valley.

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5.0Dined on September 2, 2017

Always exceptional dining experience.

Once again we had an exceptional dinner. We decided to try some different dishes and wow! They were delicious. The starter salad was spectacular, with heirloom tomatoes, crispy pancetta, chunky blue cheese and a lemon purée. Then tried the melon ginger cold soup that was quite simply amazing. Then had the roast chicken dish that had baby heirloom carrots, onion and potatoes. I rarely order chick as a main, but this was so good, I wanted the same dish today for lunch!

We then shared a creamed brûlée and trio of home made ice cream.

The staff was as expected, excellent and well versed on the specials.

If your in the Okanagan and wanting a superb culinary experience, this is a must.

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5.0Dined on September 1, 2017

A special place to reacquaint with good friends. Overlooking the vineyard from the patio we enjoyed lunch. The quiche and sandwich were made of fresh ingredients and the zucchini basil soup was excellent. The crowning glory was sharing the chocolate dessert platter...no take out boxes needed!

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5.0Dined on August 22, 2017

Excellent as always. A little pricey, so we use for special occasions. Duck Confit is excellent. Fabulous views. Wine bottles start about $50. Staff know and explain the selections very well.

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2017

Food lacked flavor from my starter thru to the dessert

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2017

World class cuisine . Exceptional flavours made with locally sourced ingredients
Grilled apricot salad on arugula with blueberry glaze was fresh and in seasonal.. the charcuterie plate had two turriemes with exquisite flavours and local cheeses fruit honey and olives
The char plate had local fresh fish with crust and smooth creamy cauliflower pureee accompanied by roasted cauliflower and kale.
For desert a first class stone fruit napoleaon with soft as air biscuit marscapone like filling fresh cherries droplets of mint and mango purée. This was a taste like no other dessert, light and fresh.
The service was exceptional. A recent server from the Whistler Fairmont Kevin made the evening first rate with attention to detail that surpasses expectation
If you are in the south Okanagan and are seeking a world class experience overlooking a vineyard you must eat here
The chefs prepare the most tasteful cuisine
We will remember this dinner always

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5.0Dined on August 18, 2017

Our second visit to the fabulous Burrowing Owl Vineyard's restaurant did not disappoint! We enjoyed our meal so much last summer it was a must for our annual visit to Penticton and area. My friend Heidi and I waited all year for this amazing view and delicious food. We managed to bring another friend Jenny this time. When we were seated in the veranda Jenny just stopped overwhelmed and took in the view. It was so good to see another Mom taking time for herself and we knew her expertince would be equally as good as we had experienced. Our server was outstanding and the food was a memorable. Thanks again, oh and we came because of the Chardonnay to begin with but now we leave with it all! Thanks!

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Food and wine were amazing. Very friendly staff. Our server was very knowledgeable of menu

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Every experience at this lovely restaurant has been positive. The value and view is outstanding and the staff work very hard to please. I highly recommend the quiche - best I've ever had. We all went with the suggested wine pairings which makes decisions easier!

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4.0Dined on August 13, 2017

I have been to Burrowing Owl many times over the years. The restaurant's deck has a great view over the Okanagan Valley and the interior has great ambiance. Unfortunately, the food and service has been hit or miss over the years. Some friends and family have given up visiting due to the misses. However, we thought we'd give it another try to show a visiting relative the great view from the patio. Glad we did as this visit was definitely a hit! best yet! I would like to think that this restaurant has found its stride and can keep it up.

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5.0Dined on August 12, 2017

très bonne bouffe, accueil très chaleureux, ingrédients de qualité et locaux, très bel accord mets vin. Nous avons adoré notre expérience et recommandons chaudement cet endroit pour toute occasion spéciale à souligner

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2017

The views of winery were amazing

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