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4638 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna, British Columbia V1W 1X5, Canada
12507642301
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Dining options: Brunch, Late Night, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups
Description: The Minstrel Cafe and Bar is a restaurant in the Lower Mission of Kelowna,...
The Minstrel Cafe and Bar is a restaurant in the Lower Mission of Kelowna, with a warm ambiance, beautiful garden patio, and delicious gourmet, contemporary food. We often have live entertainment during Wednesday and Saturday evenings, and we are open daily for brunch and dinner.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice Place for Dinner

My wife and I went for our third time to this cafe, and again, enjoyed. The atmosphere is pleasant for a winter's night, with a bright fire burning. The menu is quite broad and we had no trouble finding our choices. My wife had the beef rib, which was very tender and served nicely on pureed sweet... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
calgaryguy
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Kelowna, Canada
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Calgary
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been going to the minstrel for years and it is our favourite place to go in Kelowna. Whether with friends for live music, dinner and drinks, or for a family dinner on the patio with our kids, we've had some great times there. There have been some ups and downs with management and staff but they've now got it... More 

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Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went for our third time to this cafe, and again, enjoyed. The atmosphere is pleasant for a winter's night, with a bright fire burning. The menu is quite broad and we had no trouble finding our choices. My wife had the beef rib, which was very tender and served nicely on pureed sweet potatoes with good... More 

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1 Thank calgaryguy
Kelowna, Canada
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38 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It has been awhile since we have gone to the Minstrel Cafe and since it is under new owners we thought we would do a comparison check. As it turned out and based on what we ate we prefer the previous owners menu. In all fairness our tastes are pretty basic . I had the Chicken Pizza which is unique... More 

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Thank accuratecritic
Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

The restaurant is in our neighbourhood and having friends from Alberta in town, we thought it would be a great idea to celebrate New Years Eve here. After a disappointing thanksgiving dinner, what not happen, just because the " want to be manager " forgot to tell us by reservation, that the restaurant is actually not open for this event,... More 

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1 Thank A_Okanagan_Lakeview
Kelowna, Canada
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

It was a Friday evening; however, not the busy restaurant we I had experienced under previous ownership. Prices seemed higher, menu targeted to various dining experiences which gave guests good choices. We ordered the burger (excellent) with accompaniment thin fries, a pesto pasta dish (generous amount) and a specialty of the short ribs (beautiful piece of solid meat, no ribs... More 

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Thank omega101
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We really liked the Minstrel Cafe under the old management, it was good. We have read some not so great reviews about the new management and food but thought we should give it a try as its a nice place and a great upper mission location. Our friendly waitress seated us and offered some good insight into the cocktail menu.... More 

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Thank Jbriseb1
Kelowna, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

The minstrel has been a longstanding restaurant in town, that has tried to balance having an atmosphere of a restaurant, plus providing a live music venue in Kelowna. After undergoing an ownership change, it has more recently brought in a new chef, and a more consolidated menu. I can not profess to have had anything on this new menu but... More 

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Thank geekelowna
Calgary, Canada
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

This was one of the worst dining experiences we have had. The place was basically empty which should have prompted quick service but no. The meals were unbelievably poorly constructed , lacked flavour and delivered to the table with a total lacklustre attitude. We were surprised that after we complained nothing was done to address our dissatisfaction. Definitely a no... More 

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3 Thank TravelingBigGuy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

We have always enjoyed the Minstrel Cafe after a long day before heading up the hill. We were disappointed that the famous Ceasar salad was replaced by a kale based Ceasar salad weeks ago (blah) and now totally gone with a beat salad. Really ! The 1/2 order of back ribs with roasted potatoes and slaw. Gone. Big portions of... More 

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5 Thank Drew I
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52 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I was there a few weeks ago on a Sunday. We were finishing up a long road bike ride and wanted somewhere to go for Brunch. I was somewhat hesitant on this place, as I'd been there under the previous owners' and I have to say, they had not rocked my world. This time was totally different and a pleasant... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4638 Lakeshore Rd., Kelowna, British Columbia V1W 1X5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Okanagan Valley  >  Kelowna
  • Phone Number: 12507642301

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 11 - 22
  • Cuisine: Mediterranean

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups

Description

The Minstrel Cafe and Bar is a restaurant in the Lower Mission of Kelowna, with a warm ambiance, beautiful garden patio, and delicious gourmet, contemporary food. We often have live entertainment during Wednesday and Saturday evenings, and we are open daily for brunch and dinner.

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