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.
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: 2504980620x
Banquet, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wine
Sonora Room Restaurant - Burrowing Owl Estate Winery Ratings and Reviews
We found the food very tasty but the por ...
We found the food very tasty but the portions small for the price. The ambience was nice, although it was so windy we weren't able to sit outside as we had planned. We would recommend the restaurant but would advise that while the food is good the portions are small and prices are expensive.
The waitress could have been more clear ...
The waitress could have been more clear and explained options better. As a first time diner there, I did not understand all the options and was disappointed. Since I now know all the options and what is available, I would dine again, as the overall was good. Just not our waitress.
The overall experience was very good. We ...
The overall experience was very good. We are repeat annual visitors and look forward to dining with our family once a year at your lovely winery. View is amazing. We had the charcuterie to share. It was filled with delicious bits of meat, cheese, etc. There were ten of us dining and everyone enjoyed their meal. We were there for an hour, 45 min. so the food delivery could have been a bit faster. Our server was very attentive.
Just a lovely place to have lunch in the ...
Just a lovely place to have lunch in the Okanagan area. South of Oliver - wine capital of Canada - beautiful views of the vineyards; lake and mountains. Food was outstanding. Service impeccable. For those special outings - a real must.
This year was the 4th year we visited Bu ...
This year was the 4th year we visited Burrowing Owl for lunch while in wine country and was the first time we were disappointed. We had a reservation and were seated shortly after checking in with the host, the wait for service then began, after 10 minutes of being ignored we asked another server to have ours come out to take our wine order.
When the food arrived we were again disappointed, it certainly did not live up to our expectations from our previous visits. Not sure what has changed since last year but not the same service or food quality.
Expensive but not worth the price. Food ...
Expensive but not worth the price. Food is only average at best. Wine is acceptable, but pretty much "bad" when compared to the better ones (if you are lucky enough to find them). The only thing I appreciated about this place was the environment and view.
We had a wonderful time at the Burrowing ...
We had a wonderful time at the Burrowing Owl Restaurant. It was quiet inside, as many people were outside on the patio. The food and wine were excellent, and the staff knowledgeable about the wine and food brought to our table. I would recommend coming here if you are in the area.
Food was good. We were seated next to a ...
Food was good. We were seated next to a very noisy air conditioning unit on the patio, the ambiance was pedestrian and the service was curt. I think the waitress was tired and impatient at the end of her shift. It was not worth the drive from Penticton.
Having eaten every year for many years w ...
Having eaten every year for many years we were very disappointed and will not return.
The food adequate not as good as we've come expect. Our young waitress very polite one instance ruined experience.
We have daughter the wine business in Oliver area and she looking forward treating us to there. When she politely asked if there was an "industry discount" the senior server was abrupt and rude to her.
A simple and polite "No, I'm sorry don't would have been fine", instead the server terse and scolded her. My initial impression was that perhaps I misread the situation, but our lunch companions were very put off as well and commented that almost asked for the manager.
Together the 4 of us have spent thousands of dollars at Burrowing Owl overm the years but we will not be returning
Excellent lamb dish on the lunch menu. P ...
Excellent lamb dish on the lunch menu. Pasta dish was average as far as flavours go. Good pairing of wines to meals. Outside patio is excellent. We got the last patio table available even though we had a reservation. I would have very annoyed if we were seated inside as the inside dining experience does not come close to the patio experience. Perhaps Open Table could include an option giving users the opportunity to request a patio table when making an online reservation.
We were traveling across western Canada ...
We were traveling across western Canada from Calgary to Vancouver stopping in Banff and at Lake Louise. We ate only at top-rated Trip Advisor and Open Table restaurants. The Sonora Room was in a different league from the others for taste. The dining room is reminiscent of San Simeon. The view across the verdant valley to the giant rocks that are called hills around here is breath-taking. The sky is enormous. We had the pork and the lamb. Both are memorable. The homemade ice cream for dessert is killer.
Travelled 2 hours to meet friends and di ...
Travelled 2 hours to meet friends and dine here. Seated in patio and stared into the side of a player blocking the view. Not sure why you have these here. Menu looked interesting but after waiting an hour to finally get our main courses we were immediately disappointed. One had the lamb which was good the rest the Arctic char which needs to be re-thought. Would love to return but menu and service need at bit of an overhaul.
Had an excellent dinner on the balcony. ...
Had an excellent dinner on the balcony. Service was first class. Menu has many options all listed with a wine pairing. Started with their house special salad, very good. Then main was the artic char - a little different, server did warn me, it is poached, served cool but was almost mushy, then with more salad - I would not order again - I would do it grilled. Everyone else enjoyed thier meals. I would defiantly recommend this place for dinner. It is a real treat to be sipping wine overlooking the valley. The service really made the dinner.
This was recommended by many peers as a ...
This was recommended by many peers as a must-try restaurant & winery. It's a larger winery and restaurant compared to others we went to in the area. The dining experience was very traditional in the sense of menu and service offered. Menu and food can be classified as fine dinning with small portion with artistic presentation. Server was very knowledge and kind. She was a veteran and had been working there for over 7 years. I was put off by being charged extra for more bread for the table. Glad I experienced the restaurant and food but not worth returning.
First time dining at Burrowing Owl and w ...
First time dining at Burrowing Owl and we were really looking forward to it. Unfortunately we left very disappointed. Both our dishes were underwhelming and lacked flavour. When our server checked in on us we told him our dishes weren't great and he simply walked away without returning. We finished the meal because we were starving but vowed not to return. The whole experience was disappointing. For the price, you can find much better value in the valley.
Portions are a bit small (French style). ...
Portions are a bit small (French style). Entres and salads were both very good but both centred on tomatoes with many slices on both. The cocoa bread was a bit weird but the sourdough was very good. Portions very small.
We have dined here on a number of previo ...
We have dined here on a number of previous occasions, and in the past it has always been excellent. However, this time we were disappointed all around. The service was extremely slow. Staff should have been more polite and responsive.
Great view overlooking the vineyards! Re ...
Great view overlooking the vineyards! Relaxing, perfect for families, friends, couples. If you can catch the sunset during dinner even more beautiful :) Love their wines, and pairs well with the carefully curated menu.
I have been to the restaurant several ti ...
I have been to the restaurant several times and while the food is good, it is overpriced for what it is. My biggest complaint is that there are no vegetarian options. I don't think I will go again. I do eat fish occasionally so that becomes my only choice there and this time I had the poached char which was not very good. Also had a panzanella salad and the tomatoes were pretty tasteless. Since tomatoes are not in season at this time it was a bad choice on my part, but the choices were limited for a non-meateater.
Beautiful setting, and a wonderful pairi ...
Beautiful setting, and a wonderful pairing menu, with artful presentation. The lamb was
disappointingly fatty however, and when advised, there was no response from waitstaff or chef- that was the only disappointing part.
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