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The Vanilla Pod Restaurant

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Winery, Mediterranean, Tapas, Eclectic
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425 Middle Bench Road, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8S5, Canada
+1 250-493-9463
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11:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: At The Vanilla Pod restaurant, our cuisine style is focussed on local and...
At The Vanilla Pod restaurant, our cuisine style is focussed on local and seasonal ingredients with an underlying emphasis on flavour. Key ingredients include fresh herbs which in the summer months are picked from the herb garden next to the restaurant.Tapas style dishes of international and mediterranean flavours combined with fresh Okanagan ingredients make for a delightful exploration of contemporary cuisine. Visual presentation is as important as innovation in flavour with judicious use of spices and other seasonings being central to the dishes created by Executive Chef Bruno Terroso.
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  • 90
    Excellent
  • 50
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 18
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Innovative menu, great wine and beautiful view

We made a reservation at the Vanilla Pod largely because it was close to our B&B. It was a fortuitous choice. The Vanilla Pod is a relatively small modern style restaurant in the Poplar Grove Winery. It has a large deck and a beautiful view of the lake. The food is outstanding. The menu is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Terry L
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Kelowna, Canada
Good for:
  • Scenic view
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Kelowna, Canada
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We made a reservation at the Vanilla Pod largely because it was close to our B&B. It was a fortuitous choice. The Vanilla Pod is a relatively small modern style restaurant in the Poplar Grove Winery. It has a large deck and a beautiful view of the lake. The food is outstanding. The menu is a bit eclectic with choices... More 

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Summerland, Canada
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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Always a wonderful experience. Food always something truly unique. Our group had paella & pork chop. Desserts were spectacular. Wine absolutely delicious.

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Penticton
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

My wife and I recently had yet another wonderful meal at the Vanilla pod restaurant. We have eaten here frequently over the past couple of years, and enjoy bringing friends and visitors there, as they have the most fantastic setting and views in the area, and the food is always of very high quality and very good value. We opted... More 

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Summerland, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Yes last week we were early for touring our beautiful winery areas but as we were driving there was popular grove sign indicating that they were open. Right in the same building is Vanilla Pod restaurant. What a spectacular view.very shortly our waitress arrived with the menu & wine list. After enjoying our glass of local wine we ordered our... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015 via mobile

We have eaten here at least 4 times in the past with 3 out of 4 times being excellent experiences. Tonight was truly disappointing especially because of the laissez faire attitude and demeanour of our waiter. He had to be reminded that 2 out of the 5 people in our party had ordered the four course chef's menu and were... More 

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Oliver, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This past Sunday we had visitors from out of town and decided we should give the "Vanilla Pod "another go. We were surprised to see that it was busy on a Sunday and dreary day at that!. We were given an excellent table where all had a view and even in the rain it was very good. Our visitors from... More 

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Penticton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We have had two wonderful visits to the Vanilla Pod. From the warm and friendly owner, Paul, and the head chef Bruno, we have had fabulous meals, a beautiful view, and very personable staff that makes us want to return again and again.If you are in Penticton and don't visit this restaurant you are missing an exceptional Okanagan Valley experience.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Between the cool warehouse feel of the restaurant, watching the staff have discourse with one another in the kitchen, the boorish aura of the owner and the charred (burnt) zucchini, everything was just fine. I left feeling like I just experienced a cold pancake. As I am a local I will spend my money at other local restaurants. We were... More 

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Saskatoon, Canada
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We had two lovely dinners here. The menu features lighter fare that goes well with the wines listed. Both evenings we had our meal in the restaurant and then a dessert on the patio which is on a hillside overlooking the lake. It was indeed a breathtaking view. The whole experience was exceptional.

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Penticton
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

We bought a groupon to visit this restaurant on a Friday night. They ask you to let them know if you are using a Groupon when you order. I'm not sure why - could it be they reserve their best service for full-paying customers? It was my wife's birthday dinner - just the two of us out for the first... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 425 Middle Bench Road, Penticton, British Columbia V2A 8S5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Okanagan Valley  >  Penticton
  • Phone Number: +1 250-493-9463

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 17 - 45
  • Cuisine: Winery, Mediterranean, Tapas, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Scenic view

Description

At The Vanilla Pod restaurant, our cuisine style is focussed on local and seasonal ingredients with an underlying emphasis on flavour. Key ingredients include fresh herbs which in the summer months are picked from the herb garden next to the restaurant.Tapas style dishes of international and mediterranean flavours combined with fresh Okanagan ingredients make for a delightful exploration of contemporary cuisine. Visual presentation is as important as innovation in flavour with judicious use of spices and other seasonings being central to the dishes created by Executive Chef Bruno Terroso.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?