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“Burrowing Owl Restuarant - Oliver, B.C.”
Review of The Sonora Room

The Sonora Room
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Ranked #2 of 42 Restaurants in Oliver
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Canadian
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Black Sage Road
Description: The South Okanagan has gained a well deserved reputation as a desirable destination for tourists seeking an agricultural and culinary experience. The Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl Estate Winery features prominently in this regard with its epicurean excellence, superb service, relaxed style and scenic splendour. The restaurant overlooks 146 acres of picturesque vineyard from the patio or inside the warm and inviting dining room. The philosophy of the talented culinary team is to embrace the opportunity to showcase many of the South Okanagan’s local producers. Dishes are created that utilize an array of local organic produce, seasonal fruits and artisan cheeses, and pair perfectly with Burrowing Owl's award winning wines. The exclusive wine list includes a selection of Burrowing Owl's current vintages, and library wines that are no longer publicly available for sale. Creative cuisine, impeccable service and a beautiful venue highlight the great agricultural diversity of the region.
Nanaimo, Canada
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“Burrowing Owl Restuarant - Oliver, B.C.”
Reviewed June 16, 2014

When one has failed plans for Father's Day (lost order-no delivery happening and oh yeah....no sunshine - we do what should have been planned in the first place - make reservations to dine out.

This is exactly what we did and we were not disappointed.

Don ordered the Duck Rillette and it was truly delightful. I tasted it (twice) and thought it was great. It also had pickled onions and a chutney.

I ordered the roasted Carrot Soup and it was lovely. Smooth as silk but more than I could eat. Okay, I have to admit the warm baguette they served might have had something to do with it. I also ordered their Pinot Gris 2012 and it was fabulous.

The entree for Don was the Halibut. It came with grilled cauliflower that had been marinated and not cooked enough to make it "nice" to eat. Also it had purple potatoes and some greens. Don loved the fish but was not liking the cauliflower - said it had a real vineger after taste.

I, on the other hand, ordered the Salmon. It had baby potatoes, wild asparagus with a beautiful sauce. It was delicious.

I would be remiss if I left it at that. We did have to return the plates as the fish, on both plates, was raw in the middle and had not reached the 'medium' stage. The Chef sent out a Ahi tuna and bacon appetizer while they completely put up two fresh orders. It was truly delicious. The balsamic aioli was 'finger licking good'.

They win on both counts and highly so. They fixed it and they added a 'treat' if you will. They didn't have to and it was appreciated.

Our server, Ingela, was a super delight. Happy, professional and always trying to make sure the area she was responsible for, were well looked after. Now....theyhave a new Maitre'd who, for a while, seemed only to frown. When I was paying for the Father's Day treat for Don, I smiled at him and suggested he smile a little. Well, his face lit up like a candle and he said he was new and wanted everything to go smoothly.

I told him we were 'only people' and all was going well. He couldn't stop smiling and said " I love you" and again, as we were departing, he said it again . It made Don laugh. He told me not to say anything but sometimes a little boost called 'pass it on' works and works extremely well. I am sure the rest of the evening went extremely well for one and all.

Thanks Burrowing Owl you have really upped the game and we will return. It was delightful for us.

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Bonnie W
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healdsburg, CA
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“very good food, good wine, great service, great views”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

We had dinner at this restaurant this evening and enjoyed ourselves very much. We spent a bit less than we did last night at the Tin Horn winery restaurant, but had a vastly better meal, with much better wine, and equally good views of the valley. The chef here really knows his craft, and showed it in several very creative and delicious starters.

The first, a complimentary amuse bouche, was "tomato water" and that's exactly what it was, the most delicious small glass of water flavored with various heirloom tomatoes. I never had this before, and it was delicious. The warm bread was very good too, and went well both with the tomato water and the excellent butter.

The second item was a scrumptious salmon tartare, with truffle, very fresh and delightful. Those were my favorite items, and displayed what the kitchen can accomplish. The other starter, a bit of octopus, was in comparison less amazing, slightly dry and not so succulent.

The mains, chicken breast and lamb sirloin, were good, but not amazing. It seemed as if the mains are more assembly- line composed, rather than the careful hand crafted starters that really impressed. But they were good, and the chicken was perfectly cooked and succulent, but a bit overly herbed and the sauce was a little heavy handed.

The wines that we chose to accompany were a rose', a brut (not in - house), and a 2009 Burrowing Owl merlot. The merlot was smooth and rich and paired well with both mains.

The service was superb as were the views. We would return and do reccommend it.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank winewimp
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Vancouver, Canada
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574 reviews
367 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 253 helpful votes
“Great Views/Food make this a Winery Restaurant Destination...”
Reviewed May 29, 2014

We recently had a Sunday brunch here and weren't disappointed. The stunning views of the Osoyoos Valley and good hearty food made it an afternoon to remember. Entrees are in the sub $30 range but the servings are large/share size. We made the booking by Opentable which is very convenient. Enjoy!

Visited May 2014
1 Thank LHOVancouver
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Pitt Meadows, Canada
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73 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great food Great Wine”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We did an Okanagen wine tour and stopped here for dinner, the food was excellent and so was the service. The view was amazing and the atmosphere very relaxing, the perfect place to kick back and savor everything

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Roger R
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“One of the best meals I had and i am a foodie”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great service. Great food. Dessert special was to die for. Ciopinno had the right balance of flavor. Seafood was extremely fresh. We sat outside and the staff was attentive, bringing blankets to us as we seemed cold.

Visited May 2014
Thank chicbean
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