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About Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery
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.
Oliver, BC V0H 1T1
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Tapas: Daily: 3:00pm - 4:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Hours will vary between November and May please call to check during those dates.
Seasonal Closure - Mid December - Mid February
Black Sage Road
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Private Party Facilities:
A number of options are available for private dining that include utilizing the penthouse suite of the onsite exclusive guesthouse, the wine shop and the Sonora Room itself. All options are based on availability and seasonality. Enquire for further details.
Private Party Contact:
Sonora Room Manager: (250) 498-0620
Banquet, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Ratings and Reviews
I think the restaurant would benefit from a bit of background music it’s such a beautiful setting but the background noice of chatter and heels on the bar wood floors is all you hear. I was also dissent with the variety of vegetables for the sides- just carrots was a bit underwhelming when there are some many beautiful root vegetables in season right now
I have been drinking Burrowing Owl Wines for years and it’s one of my favourites. I was really looking forward to lunch and wine tasting. The lunch was mediocre at best - the restaurant was full of flies and miserable staff. I asked to speak to their manager Shelby and was told she wasn’t in on the weekends. This makes no sense. The food was barely warm, a charcuterie plate cover on everything other than meat and cheese for $29 - there were literally 2 small bits of 3 meats and 2 small pieces of cheese, the braised beef MAC and cheese would have be nice served hot. We also had a duck grilled cheese- again not served hot and when I asked for something other than salad I was told “we don’t have fries- we’re not that kind of place”. Our server was terrible.
The wine shop was sold out of most wines and the staff were rude. After visiting a few other vineyards this was a real let down. It’s as though their ego has gotten too big and they’ve given up on decor, service and ambiance. The winery is old and very outdated. The dining room and furniture are tired. The prices do not reflect the ambiance. With so many great wineries in the area I’d never go back and will be hard pressed to make any further orders from Burrowing Owl.
Our server, Ingela, was a darling and did a fantastic job. She was attentive, professional, friendly and prompt.
The floor manager was cold and dismissed our disappointment over not getting a callback for any of our three unattended messages to book a private tasting and dinner. We called and left several messages with both tasting room and Sonora Room (as neither phone wa answered any time we attempted to call) and did not get a single callback despite there being 24hrs between our calls.
The hostess blatantly told us that "no messages were left" despite our insistence. She was abrasive dismissive and unaccommodating. We had travelled up specifically to experience this Winery and dining room as we had heard great things about Burrowing Owl, but, unfortunately, did not even get to taste more than the bottle we purchased with our dinner.
Will not recommend or refer friends to this Winery.
Went there yesterday for lunch.
Made a reservation at 11;30
Server didn't say anything at 11:30 even though she saw us (will be few min or hi there or we are getting ready etc..at least you gotta acknowledge your guests.) waited til 11:38
Got a table
No apologies for serving late.
Food was below average compared to what we paid for.
Components on dishes don't go well together. We done a lot. So we know what good foods are.
Big disappointment on burrowing owl restaurant.
Used to be a lot better 2 yrs ago.
Won't be back unless you guys change food and service
We had a beautiful evening and enjoyed our food so much. It was our first wine tasting tour and we really enjoyed it. Our server was fantastic , really knew the food and was very pleasant ,very very professional and we can't say enough about her:)
It was our favourite meal and wine on our whole 4 day tour. Thank-you so much...chefs in the kitchen .......Bravo,
Brigit & Aldo Cogrossi
Oh how disappointed we were after visiting the Sonora Room Restaurant! Two of our four dinners were less than stellar to say the least. Someone should look up in a dictionary what Cioppino means and get the recipe! "Fish stew" is the common description btw. Mine was a mix of tasteless fish and a few clams with a few (at best) tablespoons of tasteless red sauce in the bottom of the bowl. Toasted bread usually comes with the dish but not this time. Then when I asked for a "slice of bread" to lap up the puddle of sauce we were charged for another full serving of bread. Fish on top of a very slim layer of light red tasteless red sauce! Unbelievable! My wife's scallops were on the smaller size and mediocre at best although cooked nicely. On to our waiter... OMG, if you don't like your job find another profession! Condescending, rude and confrontational to put it in a nutshell! ALL agreed he was nothing short of awful! Every request was met by a condescending comment or rude interaction. I loved how he sat over my shoulder when I had to enter a tip amount! OGG! Awful waiter to say the least! We will leave it at that. We will definitely let the Sonora Room management know of our experience as they are certainly known to be one of the best restaurants in the Osoyoos area.
Always exceptional dining experience.
Once again we had an exceptional dinner. We decided to try some different dishes and wow! They were delicious. The starter salad was spectacular, with heirloom tomatoes, crispy pancetta, chunky blue cheese and a lemon purée. Then tried the melon ginger cold soup that was quite simply amazing. Then had the roast chicken dish that had baby heirloom carrots, onion and potatoes. I rarely order chick as a main, but this was so good, I wanted the same dish today for lunch!
We then shared a creamed brûlée and trio of home made ice cream.
The staff was as expected, excellent and well versed on the specials.
If your in the Okanagan and wanting a superb culinary experience, this is a must.
A special place to reacquaint with good friends. Overlooking the vineyard from the patio we enjoyed lunch. The quiche and sandwich were made of fresh ingredients and the zucchini basil soup was excellent. The crowning glory was sharing the chocolate dessert platter...no take out boxes needed!
World class cuisine . Exceptional flavours made with locally sourced ingredients
Grilled apricot salad on arugula with blueberry glaze was fresh and in seasonal.. the charcuterie plate had two turriemes with exquisite flavours and local cheeses fruit honey and olives
The char plate had local fresh fish with crust and smooth creamy cauliflower pureee accompanied by roasted cauliflower and kale.
For desert a first class stone fruit napoleaon with soft as air biscuit marscapone like filling fresh cherries droplets of mint and mango purée. This was a taste like no other dessert, light and fresh.
The service was exceptional. A recent server from the Whistler Fairmont Kevin made the evening first rate with attention to detail that surpasses expectation
If you are in the south Okanagan and are seeking a world class experience overlooking a vineyard you must eat here
The chefs prepare the most tasteful cuisine
We will remember this dinner always
Our second visit to the fabulous Burrowing Owl Vineyard's restaurant did not disappoint! We enjoyed our meal so much last summer it was a must for our annual visit to Penticton and area. My friend Heidi and I waited all year for this amazing view and delicious food. We managed to bring another friend Jenny this time. When we were seated in the veranda Jenny just stopped overwhelmed and took in the view. It was so good to see another Mom taking time for herself and we knew her expertince would be equally as good as we had experienced. Our server was outstanding and the food was a memorable. Thanks again, oh and we came because of the Chardonnay to begin with but now we leave with it all! Thanks!
Every experience at this lovely restaurant has been positive. The value and view is outstanding and the staff work very hard to please. I highly recommend the quiche - best I've ever had. We all went with the suggested wine pairings which makes decisions easier!
I have been to Burrowing Owl many times over the years. The restaurant's deck has a great view over the Okanagan Valley and the interior has great ambiance. Unfortunately, the food and service has been hit or miss over the years. Some friends and family have given up visiting due to the misses. However, we thought we'd give it another try to show a visiting relative the great view from the patio. Glad we did as this visit was definitely a hit! best yet! I would like to think that this restaurant has found its stride and can keep it up.
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