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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
Are a lot of the one time great restaurants trying too hard to please everyone? With people being gluten free, salt free, garlic free- I have noticed that the food presentation is still amazing- but the actual food is bland. When 3 days later I cant remember what I had for an appetizer, means it did not register as being worthy of remembering. There are so many great fresh herbs out there- chefs need to start using them. I was very disappointed when my husband had to ask for salt and pepper.
We have been to this restaurant a number of times and once again, it did not disappoint !!
The waitress / waiter staff and chefs are 5-star. Meals are elegantly presented and are the perfect portion size - not too big, not too small. Of course being part of the winery doesn't hurt - what a wine list from the Burrowing Owl winery as well as competitors wines from the region and cocktails and beer. The price is fair and the value is excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.
We had a very nice dinner at Burrowing owl. The food was very good. The portions were deceptive. Surprisingly filling, but we're kind of light eaters . Very good wine. A bit on the pricy side, but a great location for a special dinner. Great views from the patio. Be sure to check out the observatory tower and cellar. And there is a great little gazebo in the vineyard to walk to. A little buggy at dusk though.
Wanted to go to eat here for many years. Very disappointed with everything except View. Hostess very irritated with lack of decision on where we wanted to sit due to extreme heat temperature. She showed her anouance. The food description and what arrived was a complete contradiction. Food quality a terrible disappoint. A lack of flavor and presentation. One meal was tasty and decent. The quiche and soup was lovely. The view and facilities far out weigh the food very sad that such a great place has come to this. Must be most expensive wine in the entire province made locally.
We liked the food, though some details of the meal were imperfect. I think it's good value, and their wine is superlative. Staff are great, and service is exemplary.
I thought some of the preparation is a bit too busy - meaning that there's a disconnect between the simplicity of the room and the relative complexity of the dishes. For instance, the Arctic Char was in a lemon broth, and might have been simpler with just a froth on the side instead of losing that pan fried crispness in a bowl of liquid. Similarly, the Lamb two ways also was well prepared for the sirloin, but the cheeks were a bit rich and detracted a bit from the overall impression.
We have visited you several times and always enjoyed it very much. HOWEVER this time our table was right above or near a very loud machinery noise (air conditioning????) which drowned out any hope of hearing the conversation from across the table. We would never want again to sit near that machine. Middle of the balcony, quite near the door from the main dining hall.
We spent Canada 150 at The Sonora Room and enjoyed amazing food, views and top tier service by Eric and company. The Burrowing Owl wines are ethereal and pair incredibly with a creative, delicious and well presented array of courses. We particularly loved the Arctic Char. The view and setting made this date night very special and memorable for years to come. It was so good, we ended up having FOUR desserts!
We frequent Burrowing Owl multiple times a year. This particular trip we shared it with family from out east. Food was excellent as always, but the outdoor eating was spoiled by the very loud AC units that are by the balcony, and the service was sub-par to our usual standard at this location. The older gentleman waiter and female waitress are truly the cherry on top of the cake when eating here, we had a younger waitress that was inexperienced and lacked the finesse required for this establishment, in all honesty next time we go we will ensure that we aren't in her zone, even if it means we have a less then ideal seating location. When you ask your waitress about a meat/fish dish and she turns to you and say "I have no idea because I'm a vegan", it doesn't promote a sense that she's invested in the restaurant, there were a lot of different ways to have answered that question, as an example "I've heard from other patrons that it is very tender and the perfect amount of spices". It is amazing how much of a dampener the service can impart to a typically wonderful food experience. We're going to take a break from going to Sonora and try some other eating venues in the area on our next trip, but we would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves food, just be sure you come for dinner and request the more experienced waiter or waitress.
Very lovely evening. All the staff was very pleasant and efficiently saw to our needs. Started with the Butternut Squash Soup that was delicious. Followed by the Beef Tenderloin with potato and onion textures, that was not only presented in a creative way, but was incredibly yummy. Would definitely return for another enjoyable experience.
We were able to sit out on the patio because it has patio heaters, so it was a beautiful place to sit with a great view.
The maitre d' was great in that upon arrival he wished my husband a "happy birthday" and again when my husband received his dessert "happy birthday" was written on his plate in chocolate sauce ( nice touch ).
The service was great the wine was excellent and the food was tasty.
My only complaint is the very small portion size. The appetizer was little more than one bite. I knew the main course would be small but this was so small it was very disappointing, as we are not big eaters but were still hungry.
Disappointing-5 light-eating women who were still hungry following the mains chosen for lunch. Dietary restrictions of diners -celiac, nut allergy and lactose intolerant -almost regarded as inconvenient and a nuisance to the chef-according to the waiter. Very slow service-1 1/2 hours, no time for coffee, dessert as private driver on hourly charge waited for us to continue tour.
It has been almost 10 years since I was last here. The quality in food and excellent service remains the same. Came in for lunch and was greeted promptly by the host. Our server was friendly and professional. We shared the squid risotto which was delicious. Portion size was on the smaller size, but presentation was beautiful and it was delicious! My duck confit was perfectly done. The stand-alone lavender creme brûlée was visually exquisite and tasted amazing. This meal was the highlight of my trip to the okanagon. It's a must visit if you enjoy great food and service.
We were a group of six. The food was pretty good - two of the meals were overcooked, but four were happy with their entrees. Server was friendly and attentive, but the food took close to a hour to arrive after we were seated (arriving for our reservation exactly on time). This was too long for us! 5 of us had glasses of the Burrowing Owl wines which were enjoyed.
A meal at the Sonora Room Restaurant at the Burrowing Owl Estate Winery is always perfect; whether dining with a close friend or celebrating a birthday with a group of great friends; there is truly no better place in the South Okanagan.
I look forward to many more memorable meals at this Restaurant.
The ambience and service were exceptional.
Beautiful location overlooking vineyard.
Our dinner and appetizer were exceptional. Great presentation, extremely full of excellent flavours and cooked to perfection.
It is becoming rare to get a beautiful meal like this, but Sonora Room Restaurant provided us this amazing experience
The service at the Sonora Room at Burrowing Owl winery was very attentive but the quality and taste of food has been very disappointing over the past two years. I keep hoping that perhaps I visited on a "off night" but the 3 or 4 destination dining experiences have been very disappointing.
Second time here did not disappoint! Food was spot on and the service went right along with it. The ambiance in this place is really nice (even up against all the other wineries around here). We will be back again next time we need to stock up on their terrific wines!
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