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La Bussola Restaurant

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1451 Ellis Street, Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2A3, Canada
+1 250-763-3110
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5:30 pm - 12:00 am
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Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, La Bussola is perfect for...
Located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, La Bussola is perfect for families, entertaining clients, large group function, or simply enjoying an evening out. With over 950 wines to choose from, La Bussola holds the largest selection of sought after BC wines as well as the most extensive Italian selections in British Columbia. A family business since 1974, La Bussola is minutes away from Prospera Place Arena, Rotary Center for the Arts, Kelowna Community Theater and walking distance from the Delta Grand Hotel.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Happy Return

Back in the 70's and 80's La Bussola was considered the go to place for quality Italian food in this area. Hence we visited upon moving back to Kelowna in the early 2000's. Our experience then was not so good, so we have avoided the place until last night. We are pleased to say that our dinner last... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 14, 2015
Majarhumanservices
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Peachland, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
Kelowna, Canada
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25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We have been going to La Bussola since we moved to Kelowna in 1979. At that time they were located on Leon Avenue and have since moved to their present location on Ellis Street. They had been opened I think about four years when we first were sent to them by the Realtor representing us in the purchase of our... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

I have been in this restaurant 2 time during my stay in Kelowna , because as a real Italian I want to eat original Italian food ,and I have found in "la Bussola " The food it's amazing and the service it's fantastic , very efficiency, kindness, and especially all the employees knows the own job very well I can... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

I took my eight and a half month pregnant wife there for our last dinner before kids. Both of us were very satisfied with our experience. I had thee sommelier select an Italian wine for me and it was a home run. Had to got to the store and buy a bottle for my wife and I to open in... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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114 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

For an evening of elegant dining this is one of the best places in Kelowna. Their pasta dishes are prepared to order and their steaks are exceptional. This restaurant also has one of the best wine lists in Kelowna. The servers are exceptional and La Bussola remains one of our favourite restaurants for a special date night dinner.

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Peachland, Canada
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Back in the 70's and 80's La Bussola was considered the go to place for quality Italian food in this area. Hence we visited upon moving back to Kelowna in the early 2000's. Our experience then was not so good, so we have avoided the place until last night. We are pleased to say that our dinner last night was... More 

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Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Downtown Kelowna family Italian restaurant. Small patio; elegant, comfortable inside dining for food lovers who delight in graceful table settings, delicious food and personable service. Priced for both small and large appetites. Definitely put on your dining favourites.

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Calgary, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Great homemade pasta slightly overpriced Wien selection is very good but beware of to high of Mark ups on the wine

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labussola1974, Manager at La Bussola Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your comment. With regards to the wine selection La Bussola offers over 800 wines and they vary in price points from $40 and up. Our mark ups are done to industry standard, in fact if you are in La Bussola drinking older vintage wine that we cellar for over 20 years at times these are under industry... More 

Kelowna, Canada
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42 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We came to La Bussola looking for some pampering. Knew this place has been in business for 40 years, and we could see why. Everyone seemed to know everyone, the chef came out to a few tables to say hi, and the staff are very polite and unobtrusive. We were at the beer festival on the Saturday but felt enough... More 

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Kelowna
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279 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

Food here is top notch BUT super small portions now for what you pay for and we paid a lot yesterday, well I paid a lot, smiles. I had the Veal for a change and never do but just wanted a treat and wow, so very tiny and with hardly any garnishing/sides at $26! We figured it was worth about... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

Very Quiet for a Tuesday night. Only a couple of other tables occupied. Was a little expensive - might scare tourists from returning. A little on the pricy side but overall the food and service was good.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1451 Ellis Street, Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2A3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Okanagan Valley  >  Kelowna>  > Central City
  • Neighborhood: Central City
  • Phone Number: +1 250-763-3110

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic

Description

Located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, La Bussola is perfect for families, entertaining clients, large group function, or simply enjoying an evening out. With over 950 wines to choose from, La Bussola holds the largest selection of sought after BC wines as well as the most extensive Italian selections in British Columbia. A family business since 1974, La Bussola is minutes away from Prospera Place Arena, Rotary Center for the Arts, Kelowna Community Theater and walking distance from the Delta Grand Hotel.
Open Hours
Monday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Friday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday
5:30 pm - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?