When you look back at vacations past, which memories do you cherish the most? Is it the attractions you visited? The landmarks you saw? For most of us, it’s the experiences that we savour: the time spent in the company of family and friends in in beautiful and unique surroundings. And as far as experiences go, there are few that can leave their impression on as vividly as that of truly superb dining. When cuisine, service and setting combine in just the right way, the experience can encapsulate everything we treasure about a vacation.
No matter what brings you to Summerland—the beaches, the festivals, the lake—you can count on having a variety of dining options to choose from. Our city’s world-class restaurants serve some of the finest cuisine in the Okanagan, paired with local wines and served amid always-charming ambience. We’ve listed some of our favourites here.
When it comes to dining in Summerland, your best option is just steps from your room. Located next door to the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa, the stylish and award-winning Local Lounge • Grille serves a diverse array of locally inspired dishes prepared with high-quality ingredients. Local scours the Okanagan to proudly select only the tastiest ingredients at their peak of freshness from local farms and suppliers. Local is also a partner of the Vancouver Aquarium’s Ocean Wise program and only chooses seafood that is ocean-friendly and ecologically sustainable.
Local is proud to use Certified Angus Beef selected from the top percentile of beef in Western Canada. Their wine list features multi-award winners, most of which arrive fresh from Okanagan wineries within 100km of the Resort and their mouth-watering, hand-crafted draught beers are brewed in small batches in Penticton. All this awesomeness has earned Local awards in several categories by OpenTable.com. It was a 2013 Diners’ Choice Winner and boasts the rank of #1 Restaurant in Summerland on TripAdvisor.
Zias’ website describes their restaurant as an “Italianate Utopia”, an apt title for their gorgeous property which is approached by a flowered archway and surrounded by idyllic gardens and greenery. Housed in a beautifully restored 1916 heritage building, Zias serves Italian cuisine that honours the old world tradition of preparing food with care and quality. Enjoy steaks, pasta, pizza and more and choose from an impressive array of amazing local wines. One reviewer on TripAdvisor calls Zias “a perfect spot for a date”!
Summerland is home to some of the Okanagan’s most breathtaking scenery: lush vineyards, rolling hills and crystal blue waters. There are few better places to experience all of this that on the patio of Bonita’s Bistro which overlooks a picturesque vineyard vista. At Bonita’s, the wine is just as important as the food (which is excellent). Showcasing some of the areas best vintages, along with their very own varietals, the Bistro is the place to come to sample great Okanagan wine in a truly beautiful setting. Their menu offers features European inspired dishes served with local flair. Bonita’s executive chef Colin Rayner has leveraged his talent and experience to craft a menu to please the pallet and balance perfectly with fine wines.
Wine & All Things Fine Package
Treat yourself to Summerland Waterfront Resort’s ultimate package for that special occasion, or just because. From $657 (2 adults, 2 nights), the package includes:
- Two nights stay at Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa
- Two luxurious spa treatments
- $50 dinner voucher for Local Lounge ? Grill
- Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Tour & Tasting
- Bottle of red or white wine
Contact us today to take advantage of this exceptional offer.