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“Surly waitress and so-so quality”
Review of The Rotten Grape - CLOSED

The Rotten Grape
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Cafe, Wine Bar
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Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed September 2, 2012

You're paying for the view here. Our first impression was the hostess that acted as if we were a nuisance. Regarding the food, the ideas of the dishes were good on paper, but they failed to complete that promise. Our salad for example: arugula, apples, walnuts, parmesan. The sliced apples were nonexistent. How expensive are apples? Also, the walnuts must have just come out of the generic broken walnuts bin at Superstore they were so bland. The food was not bad per se, just a gap between the imagination and the execution. It's a small plates restaurant and I've eaten in lots of those before, but said salad was a kiddie portion in Barbie land. And that's okay, live and learn, order another dish. But the ambiance should have made up for it, because the place was waterfront with open air performances. But the real performance was the argument between the waitresses right in the middle of the terrace. Up until that point, the service had been perfunctory, and again, due to the ambiance, a little effort at not wearing a frown would have made us happy. But before and after the row, all we saw was a scowl. We actually had a huge discussion about whether to leave a tip. I think this was the first time in 20 years that we did not.

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Thank wyshful
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Reviewed August 27, 2012

We have visited The Rotten Grape several times over the years, and since the first visit, we always drop by when we are in Kelowna. The last time we were in Kelowna was the last week in June, 2012. Rita was there as usual, calmly running the show, dealing with tables indoors and out, and making everyone feel welcome. (Well, almost everyone; she clearly didn't have a lot of time for the beach turkeys who wanted to use the restroom without actually buying anything).
We have always had yummy and interesting food here, and we always feel very comfortable. Rita actually had a photo loop of her recent visit to Italy and we loved watching it. She also took time to tell us about her trip.We really appreciated her warmth, intelligence and passion for what she does.
The very best thing about the Rotten Grape has to be the wine. More than any other restaurant, this place has introduced us to some wonderful BC wines. This was the place where we first discovered the wonderful Herder wines, and have since, over the years, bought many bottles. As well, we have enjoyed wines from Fairview Cellars (Bill Eggert's Sauvignon Blanc sells out fast for good reason)and other excellent BC wineries. We also discovered the new and absolutely wonderful Terrevista wines here.
So thanks from us both to Rita and her colleagues. We love The Rotten Grape. Wish we could drop by more often.

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3  Thank TheSchindells
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Reviewed August 25, 2012

We were looking for somewhere to enjoy a glass of BC wine, enjoy a simple meal and have a conversation and the Rotten Grape filled the bill. Our choices of Lamb Meatballs & Roasted potatoes (him) and Arugula, apple and walnut salad & Curried broccoli cakes (me) were perfect. The staff were friendly and informative. We had a memorable evening.

1  Thank MMD94
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Reviewed August 9, 2012 via mobile

2nd time there...thought i would give it a second chance because the first time Was terrible service....and again the second time. server seemed unhappy...unpleasant. food is good but a little over priced ....will not give another chance .

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Thank coolio85
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

The food was tasty, but the small portions were overpriced. The olive tapenade and hummus with pita were very good. I then had the panini, which wasn't actually made with panini bread but with more pita bread, so I was disappointed (though the roasted veggies in it were good). My son's pizza was mediocre. Service was mediocre.

Thank Jordan B
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