Known for its summers of sunshine and winters of powdery snow, Kamloops in British Columbia, is a hotspot for outdoor pursuits. The city’s name comes from Secwepemc meaning ‘where the rivers meet’ and refers to the converging of the North and South Thompson rivers. Kamloops is also where culinary traditions meet, with the city boasting a wide array of restaurants serving local and international dishes. Here is a list of the best places to eat in Kamloops.
Situated in an official heritage building in downtown Kamloops, Brownstone Restaurant brings elegant dining to the city. Owned and run by husband and wife Connie and Dale Decaire, Brownstone serves internationally inspired cuisine made from the freshest local ingredients. The building was built in 1904 and was once the stately Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. With historic architecture and a contemporary menu, old meets new at Brownstone. You can dine indoors or on the gorgeous garden patio.
Highlights from the menu include braised lamb shank with smoked almond gremolata and truffled whipped potato, pan seared duck breast with brandied cherry demiglace, parsnips and potato spinach hash, and braised rabbit marbella on porcini mushroom pappardelle. The restaurant is also award winning, and has received two stars in Anne Hardy’s Where to eat in Canada. There are also themed dinner events, for those looking for a unique night out. With a relaxed ambiance and impeccable service, Brownstone is a must visit in Kamloops.
The first and only microbrewery in Kamloops, The Noble Pig Brewhouse and Restaurant combines home brewed craft beers with rustic eating. Must try dishes include the local pork and duck rillettes with gypsy salami and artisan cheeses on sourdough, tuna and chorizo Chile rellenos with a cheddar gratin, tomato sauce, crumbled feta and crème fraiche, and their buffalo duck wings which are slow braised in pilsner hot sauce and served with southwest slaw and crumbled goat feta. For smaller bites, their fresh Bavarian pretzels with beer mustard should satisfy your appetite. All of the food at the Noble Pig is complemented by their great selection of house beers, such as their house lager, Munich Helles, their Honey Badger Pale Ale and their Prodigal Swine Dark Amber. These can also be enjoyed at home in one of their ‘growlers.’ With its welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, the Noble Pig is an unpretentious and intriguing gem in Kamloops.
Although ownership changed in 2014, the professional service and inviting atmosphere remains at the same at the Dorian Greek House Restaurant. After 11 years of establishing the Dorian Greek House into the restaurant it is today, Jim and Diane Dokalos retired, and handed the restaurant over to long-time customers Richard and Laura Payne. The new culinary couple strives to maintain the traditions, recipes and high quality food for which the Dorian Greek House is known. Using the freshest ingredients, diners will be treated to the best Greek food in Kamloops. Key dishes from their menu include the Greek combo platters with a bit of everything, their specials of chicken souvlaki and Greek ribs, and their mains of roast lamb, marinated kalamari and moussaka. There are also a few Italian and North American dishes available, bringing together local and international flavors. Their menus are accompanied by their impressive list of imported and local wines. With huge portions, and a wide selection of food, there is something for everyone at Dorian Greek House Restaurant.
The brainchild of two local brothers, Jeff and Steve Mitton, Mittz Kitchen is the place to go in Kamloops for upscale casual dining. As the brothers put it, it is a place for ‘grub and grapes’. Serving Canadian cuisine with international influences, Chef Dave Rempel uses local ingredients to create succulent, finger licking food. For small bites, try their chicken and waffles, polenta fries or bacon wrapped dates. For those with a bigger appetite, their selection of big plates such as their house burger, house meatloaf, ribeye and wild salmon dishes with keep you satisfied. For dessert, their chocolate mouse is a must have. Diners can enjoy these dishes in the restaurant’s comfortable and inviting seated booths, while soaking up the warm and friendly atmosphere. With attentive service, a visit to Mittz Kitchen promises to be a memorable one.
With its entertaining pub atmosphere and efficient service, On the Rocks Pub and Grill is becoming a popular destination in Kamloops. Popular choices from their menu include appetizers such as the succulent chicken strips, cod bites and nachos, mains like their Cajun chicken burger, house burger, steaks and their clubhouse sandwich. Sweet treats include a range of cheesecakes and a glutinous triple chocolate torte. There is ample indoor seating as well as an outdoor patio area which overlooks the city, providing a picturesque panorama. There are also live events at the grill and music from local and regional musicians. For a laid back but upbeat dining experience, try On the Rocks.
For the authentic flavor of India and the East, Maurya’s Fine Indian Cuisine is the place to go. As you enter under a bright yellow canopy, Maurya’s exudes a homey atmosphere. The menu is an exciting array of traditional Indian cuisine, with some dishes cooked in the tandoori clay oven. Highlights from the menu include their aloo gobhi, their creamy vegetable korma, shrimp biryani, chicken tandoori, fish goa curry, and beef vindaloo. There is also a variety of vegan and gluten free options available, so every dietary requirement is catered to at Maurya’s. The banquet hall is the perfect location for bigger occasions and celebrations. For those wanting to eat a little early, there are regular lunch specials and a lunch buffet every Thursday and Friday. With high quality service and tasty food, Maurya’s brings the best of India to Kamloops.
A quirky and entertaining venue, Frick and Frack Tap House is highly recommended by locals and visitors alike. The menu is influenced by global cuisines, with popular choices including their wonton noodle bowl, the tangy pear salad, flatbreads and pizzas, cheesy perogies, tantalizing chicken wings, peppercorn poutine, fish tacos and burritos. These delicious, well-prepared and presented dishes can be enjoyed indoors or outdoors on their patio. In the summer, the French doors are opened, creating an ambient flow through the dining spaces. Their food is complemented by their immense selection of 130 beers, fine wines and ales from all corners of the globe. With attentive and friendly service, a visit to Frick and Frack guarantees to be an enjoyable night out.
Recently renovated, Storms on the River‘s attention to detail has gained them a reputation as one of the top upscale casual dining restaurants in Kamloops. According to their motto, the only thing they overlook is the river, and this is certainly true when it comes to their impeccable customer service and succulent food. Must-try dishes include their steak flatbread, oysters Rockefeller, crispy ginger pork, roast prime rib, and their steak and lobster. Also worth noting is their wine line, which celebrates the region’s finest wines as well as showcasing the best of international bottles. The restaurant’s warm atmosphere and panoramic views of the waterfront from the sundeck will have you coming back again and again.
Located inside the Coast Kamloops Hotel and Conference Centre is Romeo’s Kitchen and Spirits. Describing itself as one of the hardest working kitchens in Kamloops, Romeo’s is named after Head Chef Romeo Oloresisimo. The menu consists of well known dishes with a modern and creative twist. Dishes are created using local produce, and popular favorites include starters such as lemon pepper dry ribs, the house special burger and Romeo’s burger, mains like the bourbon barbeque pork ribs and their house made meatloaf. There is also a seasonal specials menu which is ever changing, meaning there is always something new to try. Whether it’s catching up with friends over lunch, a romantic dinner, or after work drinks, Romeo’s caters for every occasion.
Situated in downtown Kamloops is Terra Restaurant, which is fast gaining an unbeatable reputation is one of the best restaurants in the city. Using local ingredients, Chef David Tombs creates a menu that changes regularly, and can include dishes such as tuna tartar, bison carpaccio, duck confit, lobster bisque and ricotta ravioli. For those with a sweet tooth, try their lemon cream bar or the chocolate cake. The food is beautifully accompanied by one of the many wines and beers available. There is also a tasting menu, which is a great way to try a little bit of everything, and which Chef Tombs will customize to suit your taste. Music lovers will love the live bands and singers that play regularly at the restaurant. A hidden gem in Kamloops, a visit to Terra Restaurant will not disappoint.