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“disappointment”
Review of Bonita's Bistro - CLOSED

Bonita's Bistro
Cuisines: Canadian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: Awesome new restaurant attached to Bonita's Winery in Summerland.
Reviewed July 3, 2012

After learning Sumac Ridge closed their bistro, we went to the nearest winery where we thought we would find a great meal. The only thing this winery has is a view. The service was outrageous where we waited for 20 minutes before getting a beverage and then an hour to see our starter. When we finally got our food it was doused in balsamic vinegar, a sure sign of an inadequate chef. Trying to give it one more chance we popped into the tasting room only to be faced with the same lack of enthusiasm. There is so much more to the OK than what this winery has to offer.

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5  Thank BlueSkiesN49
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Reviewed June 30, 2012

Wonderful view, food and service.
There are not many views like this in the Okanagan valley. The food was good and plentiful. The service was accommodating and friendly, if not slighty amateurish. The only negative comment we would direct to the chef who refused to substitute one pasta for another, both of which were available with other dishes.

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Thank FlyingDutchman_12
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Reviewed June 28, 2012

dinner overlooking the vineyard and lake, very peaceful setting. Meals well prepared, great service, outstanding wines

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Thank jmichaeljames
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Perfect place to have a relaxing lunch - the views are outstanding and the chef is great. Fast, Flavorful, Food. Just Great

1  Thank Laura L
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Reviewed June 10, 2012

We won an overnight stay at Bonita's in their guest suite (the owners were promoting their winery and guest suite and we won our stay in a draw we had entered). We were very much looking forward to our visit to Summerland and our stay at Bonitas. We enjoyed a nice lunch at the bistro (good food, pleasant waitress) and some wine tasting. However, our stay in the suite was the worst travel experience we have had in ten years. First, be forewarned that the suite is over the restaurant and the suite is "noisy" as the sound from guests and workers can be heard until after 9 p.m. There is no view from the suite. One set of windows look out at the rock face and the other set of windows looks down into the interiour of the bistro. The owners did not tell us upon our arrival that they closed the gates in the evening, and this caused difficulty for some friends who live in the area who had taken us on a wine tour when they went to leave at 10:15 p.m.. When we went to go to bed, we discovered the sheets had not been changed from the previous guests,and when we contacted the owner at 10:45 p.m. letting her know that these sheets were not clean, she was obviously annoyed at us and also dismissive of this, (telling me she could not control how the washing machine cleans the sheets), but told us we could change the sheets with extras that were in a drawer. These sheets were stained, the blanket was also unclean and extremely worn and of poor quality (our dogs have better blankets!). (We ended up getting our car blankets from our vehicle and sleeping on these!) The shower was not clean - in fact we did not use it because of the human hair and dirt left in the shower from the previous guests. There was no bar soap or shampoo in the bathroom, however they did leave the toilet cleaner on the shelf! The kitchen sink and surrounding counter had not been cleaned, and the front of the microwave was not clean either. In addition there were four converters for the televeision (all without batteries), and the TV did not work. When we approached the owner in the morning about our concerns, he told us that he was running a winery and not a bed and breakfast, and what did we expect when it was free. AND if we were unhappy we should have gone to the Ramada. We attempted to explain that if he is advertising a suite, people are expecting the accomodation to be clean. We will not return because of the manner in which our concerns were dealt with and the dismissiveness and rudeness of the owners. This "prize" we won, was NO gift!

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11  Thank TTTurner
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