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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, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
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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  • 77
    Excellent
  • 23
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great service and food

The whole meal was delicious and good value. Had the squash soup with the home made ravioli. Both are items that don't usually choose, but the waiter recommended them..and wow I was impressed. Very delicious and was a delight to devour. My dining partner had steak, and it was cooked to perfection... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 5, 2015
Bayleafroses
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Surrey
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Kelowna, Canada
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We don't usually go out to restaurants as we are too often left disappointed. But, we decided to try La Bussola since we wanted a romantic dinner out. We were hoping to be impressed, but we felt there were areas that lacked in creating the experience we were hoping for. The Veal Marsala didn't have much the flavour - there... More 

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Thank Ilona S
Winnipeg, Canada
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Visited La Bussola with a local couple while in the city. Had visited this fine restaurant 2 or 3 years ago and many times prior to that and always had a fantastic meals. We each started off with appetizers. We were very disappointed with the Baked Nova Scallops. The plates consisted of 3 scallops on each, no larger than a... More 

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Thank Lovetogolfwinnipeg
Kelowna, Canada
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

We went with great expectations since this restaurant was recommended to us by friends. To be honest we've been disappointed. The quality of the food was inconsistent. Excellent saltimbocca, veal parmigiana was ok. Calamaris were too cooked and lacked seasoning. Coffees and sides were ridiculously bad; I would be ashamed to serve these sides and such a coffee, especially at... More 

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Thank JulienP82
Surrey
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015

The whole meal was delicious and good value. Had the squash soup with the home made ravioli. Both are items that don't usually choose, but the waiter recommended them..and wow I was impressed. Very delicious and was a delight to devour. My dining partner had steak, and it was cooked to perfection. Service was smooth. Would definitely recommend.

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Thank Bayleafroses
WESTBANK
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

While the service was top notch from start to finish, the lack of flavour and seriously overpriced options leave much to be desired. The antipasto portions were extremely small for the price. The primi platti were better size, though my husband has a tomato spaghetti with meatball, the tomato sauce was bland and flavourless. I had the smoked salmon fettucini,... More 

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Thank Cory Lyn B
Okanagan Valley, Canada
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

One of the nicest restaurants in Kelowna. Linen tablecloths, excellent service, and it appears to be family-run. The Nona seems to be the Chef and omnipresent. Great food, though their pasta isn't the star: stick to the entrees. Arguably the best steak in the city, and an excellent wine lis, though few reasonably-priced glasses of wine, unfortunately. And the Sommelier,... More 

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Thank Nicholas W
Edmonton
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82 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We received much better service at less expensive, less elegant restaurants. The food was ordinary and the sever did not even come to see if our food was tasty or acceptable. The steak was fairly chewy though it was grass fed beef. It was pricey and not very tasty. The mussels were the best part of our meal and it... More 

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Thank rhstocks
Kelowna, Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

The four of us dined on a Friday night at 6 pm and most of the tables were empty, except for five. They do not serve Casear salad which is the first time I encountered this in an Italian restaurant. As an appitizer we had the bruschetta which had a fresh taste. I ordered the special which was sole and... More 

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Thank 2parrotsforever
Kelowna, Canada
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is a wonderful restaurant for a special occasion, a date to remember or just a superior dining experience. I have never had better Italian food anywhere. My chicken piccata melted in my mouth. The service was superior, always there if we needed something, but not hovering over us asking how things were before we had taken our first bite.... More 

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Thank 10Maureen10
Vancouver, Canada
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We went there the first evening of the weekend. The food was excellent. The pasta was fantastic ! The wine that our waiter helped us to choose was excellent! The service was very well done. The table we had was at the end of the dining room and it was a avery good spot as we were a little bit... More 

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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: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings

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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