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La Bussola Restaurant

1451 Ellis Street, Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2A3, Canada (Central City)
+1 250-763-3110
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Ranked #26 of 510 restaurants in Kelowna
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Neighborhood: Central City
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.
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Salmon Arm
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

My husband and I were in Kelowna overnight and looked for a nice place to eat. We had really enjoyed Raudz the last time we ate there but it was packed and not to be for tonight. We got a last minute reservation here. The interior of the restaurant was very european and romantic looking. The music was too loud... More

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Vancouver
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80 reviews 80 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

The atmosphere is very nice and the decor is outstanding. The service was very good. Lots of raving on here about the scampi which I had. Maybe it got my hopes up too high as I found it to be just okay. I was expecting a lemon sauce, but it was actually more like lemon flavoured water that the scampi... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

It has been a great experience. A quiet evening with my wife in a beautiful set up. The restaurant has a lot of character and makes you feel good. The service, the staff and for sure the food! All were of a great quality!

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Oliver, Canada
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107 reviews 107 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Our dinner was scheduled for later and we arrived 1/2 hour early……..The greeting was perfect and the service impeccable. East coast oysters served precisely as they should be and Veal prepare ideally. Cannot possibly overstate the quality of the cuisine and the SERVICE……. Really, every time we are in Kelowna, we take extra time to ensure that we visit La... More

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Lake Country, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

There was a time back in the late 70's when I was a busboy for Lilo and Franco, the original founders of this establishment, and I remember Lilo preparing clams of sufficient size with spaghetti sauce and breadcrumbs ( did I mention sufficient size....) only to return 35 yrs later and have them be the size of a dime!!! We... More

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

Hi, I am always happy to hear from people who have worked for my father, especially ones who have I have not met. I am sorry you felt that I was annoyed with your table, I get really emotional when people talk about dad as it reminds me of how lively he was and since his stroke this has been... More

Kelowna, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

This was the third visit to this restaurant for my wife and I. We had our wedding dinner here a few years ago, so we have a bit of a special feeling for it. We each started our dinner with the buffalo mozzarella and speck appetizer special and had a seafood ravioli special as our entree. My wife had creme... More

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West Kelowna, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Best fine dining in Kelowna, by far!!! We have been celebrating all of our milestones at La Bussola since they opened 40 years ago. The food is of the finest quality, the wine list extensive, the service impeccable! This a perfect spot to enjoy a casual Italian dinner or a special night out. The food is second to none. Thank... More

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Great hosts, always make you feel welcome. Wine selection is superb and the sommeliers are very knowledgable! This is always a go to for us!!!

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Playa del Carmen, Mexico
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013 via mobile

By far the best Italian fine dining in Kelowna. Amazing wine selection, incredible hosts, and wonderful food. Highly recommended! I can't say enough good things about this place. You just have to go.

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Kelowna, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Best fine dining in town. Only place you can get really mature wines and from all over the world - a fabulous wine list! The minestrone soup is the best I have had ANYWHERE including Italy. The scampi are unique to La Bussola and are not to be missed. Service is always superb. Can't wait to go back!

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