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“A piece of Tuscany deep in the heart of the Kootenays” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Skimmerhorn Bistro

Skimmerhorn Bistro
Ranked #11 of 39 Restaurants in Creston
Cuisines: French, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: This business is CLOSED
Vancouver, Canada
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57 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“A piece of Tuscany deep in the heart of the Kootenays”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 9, 2014

One hour away from Trail, BC over the mile high pass on the Salmo-Creston highway lies the sleepy town of C;eston. It is nestled in a valley and enjoys a micro climate that is perfect for grapes to grow in particular some varieties not found in the much drier and hotter Naramata Bench.

Our destination was Skimmerhorn Winery and Bistro which is not easy to find from 'downtown Creston' so google it before you go as signage is lacking. Do make a reservation as this is a small operation with limited tables on the veranda overlooking the vineyards.There are also tables inside.

Our party of four was seated at the primo table in the corner under the shade of a huge tree which was appreciated on the sunny and warm day.The menu is limited and changes so check it out online for a sample.

Three of us had the daily soup, slaw and sandwich special which was just enough to fill us, but not overwhelm us. The soup was a creamy vegetable soup and the open faced sandwich was smoked salmon. The fourth in our party had the chicken, pineapple and zuccini kabob. We shared two desserts--we got the last chocolate pot de creme and a fruit clafoutis. oh, and did I mention the bottle of Devil's Chair yummy wine??

Arrive early so you can enjoy the free wine tasting...4 whites and 4 reds. Based on that, we chose the Devil's Chair to enjoy with our lunch. There is a 'free' bottle if you buy a case mix or match so pay for 11, get 12. We did purchase wine after lunch and we all liked different ones which shows that variety IS the spice of life.

Excellent friendly service, beautiful surroundings and delicious lunch. Perfect way to spend time with friends.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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  • English first
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English first
Kootenay National Park, Canada
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Limited menu, endless view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2014

From the moment you step onto the deck eating area, shaded by a huge old tree, to your seating which over looks the farms, orchards and mountains of the surrounding countryside you may think you've found paradise. Yes, there is a kitchen garden with all manner of herbs and vegetables to be enjoyed while you wait for your meal. A very well mannered dog visits every table but is never a nuisance. The season is short, summer only, and the menu is limited, but very tasty. The wine list is interesting and local. If you are a non flesh eater go some where else. They offer no vegetarian entrees and the one time I was offered a make shift vegetarian meal it was 3 thin slices of fried zuchinni i on a bed of rice at the same price as the regular entrees. We've requested more choices for vegetarians to no avail. Desserts are very nice and we have always enjoyed good service. If its chilly and you want to eat outdoors you will be offered a blanket for your knees.
It is the nicest place to eat in Creston, a town where the main street is also the through hiway and every restaurant on that street is spoiled by monster trucks, noise and diesel fumes only feet away from the windows. I like the site so much I'd go there for a plate of bread and butter!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Em N
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Cheshire
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115 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Stunning location, fantastic food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

Even though it was a cold, wet day when we visited Skimmerhorn our spirits weren't dampened. We were greeted by friendly staff and a roaring fire. Unfortunately 2 small children were in the restaurant and the ambience of the place improved100% when they left. Having ordered our food from a small but tantalising choice we stepped up to the tasting bar. The sommelier displayed good knowledge, good humour and best of all an explanation in words we could easily absorb. Tasted six great wines. Lunch was served and all four of us were delighted with our choices. For the price the food was amazing. For twice the price it would still have been amazing. Three cheers for the chef. We met Bob the dog too. We left the bistro replenished, in high spirits and armed with four bottles of their best. Tour lightly enjoyed this, our first visit and we will be back and highly recommending to our friends and family in the meantime. Well done, great job!

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Sarah Q
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Merritt, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Not allowed to sit for lunch with 2 small dogs on the outdoor patio”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2013

We were looking forward to some wine tasting and lunch on a lovely outdoor patio at this bistro/winery and were hoping to have our 2 small, well-behaved dogs sit with us as the day was too hot to leave them in a vehicle. The staff were unwilling to allow this, not because they didn't allow dogs on site but because there was a resident small dog who they felt would not tolerate other dogs being there. I understand that they didn't want to see an unpleasant dog argument, but in the circumstances I would have hoped that potential customers would have been important enough that their dog could have had some quiet time inside for an hour. Ended in a disappointing drive back to Creston and no wine and nibbles for us!

Visited August 2013
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1 Thank Valerie H
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Nelson, British Columbia, Canada
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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“Winery setting with lovely views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2013

I went to Creston to have lunch with a friend from Victoria. She chose the Bistro and I am very pleased she did as I wouldn't have known about it as I am not a wine drinker. The setting is lovely, tucked in the back country of Creston (easy signage). We had lunch on the outdoor patio of the redone vintage building that houses the tasting room, with residence above.

All touches were, I believe from the depression era, the dishes, furnishings inside, light switches, glass door knobs, flower vases. Cloth linens are used making for a classic table setting in a relaxed atmosphere. Very elegant without being stuffy! The menu is limited which I appreciate as I have found that to be a blessing for food quality. All vegetables are fresh. I had a chowder and wrap that had a lovely blend of flavours and was satisfied with the portions.

The tasting room was busy while we were there, and I overheard some very positive comments from the clientele ( who walked away with purchases). The pricing is of both the food and wines is very reasonable.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Kendall M
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