Penticton, British Columbia is known for its pristine views and marvelous lakes. Many come from far and wide to vacation here because it is an exceptional place to fish, ski, hike, swim, and rock climb. With all this activity, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Here’s a list of the 10 best places in Penticton to eat. Did you know – Culture Trip now does bookable, small-group trips? Pick from authentic, immersive Epic Trips, compact and action-packed Mini Trips and sparkling, expansive Sailing Trips.
Theo’s Restaurant serves authentic Greek cuisine in a homey atmosphere. The interior is Mediterranean in style with terra cotta tile floors, a large hearth adorned with memorabilia from the old country, and lots of plants. The exterior is even surrounded with grape trees. The food is utterly outstanding, as each meal is homemade with quality ingredients. Try the Greek lamb chops, roasted rabbit, chicken souvlaki dinner, or if you can’t decide, a platter with both. Each meal comes with complimentary buns and special dipping sauce to enjoy while you wait for your entrée. Finish with some perfectly made, sweet and crisp baklava. If you’re looking to hold a gathering, Theo’s has a room upstairs that’s ideal for groups.
La Casa Ouzeria Restaurant
Lachi-Fine Indian Cuisine
Lachi-Fine Indian Cuisine serves Indian food with an emphasis on vegetarian and seafood dishes. Of course, you can also find classic Indian dishes with meats marinated in yogurt and served in spicy sauces. Each meal comes with slightly crisp, buttery naan and basmati rice. Try the paneer naan made with Indian cheese and spices. Wash everything down with a fresh mango lassi. For sides, the vegetarian samosas and pakoras are recommended. No matter your dietary persuasion, you’re bound to find something delicious and enjoyable. Lachi makes a great spot for dining with groups.
Lachi-Fine Indian Cuisine, 510 Main St, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 778 476 5665
Hillside Winery and Bistro
Hillside Winery and Bistro may specialize in wines, but it also has a pretty great menu. Food items include new Canadian style eats like the Caesar salad with egg and fried herbs, spiced pureed carrot soup, and pulled pork sandwich. They also have a special three course meal available for Thanksgiving. Located in a rustic wooden building that much resembles a farmhouse, Hillside Winery and Bistro contains a large rooftop patio dining area with a spectacular view of the picturesque surrounds. The setting alone makes it the perfect place to enjoy a meal when the weather is nice. Inside, you will find the tasting room.
Salty’s Beach House Restaurant
Situated right on the lake, Salty’s Beach House Restaurant serves seafood of all sorts. From fish tacos to oysters on the half shell to a bowl of seafood soup, there’s something to satisfy the palate of any seafood lover. Additionally, Salty’s serves burgers, steaks, and even Thai food including seafood stir fry and pad Thai. For dessert, try the fried ice cream, key lime pie, or the peanut butter pie. You can sit outside and enjoy your meal along with a great view of the water. Pair your meal with one of Salty’s lovely refreshing cocktails like the boat drink or a cold beer. Salty’s is the ideal casual hangout for your vacation.
Wild Scallion offers light and healthy fare with an emphasis on fresh flavours. Much of the food is influenced by Indian and Southeast Asian cuisine, so you can be sure that lots of tasty spices are involved. For breakfast, you can get eggs served with avocado and hash, while for lunch, there are soups, curries, and a multitude of salads and other entrées with lots of fresh veggies. There are even decadent vegan cakes and desserts made with healthy ingredients. Wild Scallion also offers lunch and dinner boxes where you choose a main dish, add ons and sauces. The interior is welcoming and cozy, featuring a large chalkboard menu.
Wild Scallion, 75 Front St, Penticton, BC, Canada, +1 250 486 8117
Il Vecchio Delicatessen
Il Vecchio Delicatessen is a famed deli in Penticton. With copper canisters and dried herbs hanging above the deli case, the interior offers that quintessential deli atmosphere that let’s you know that it is legit. In fact, Il Vecchio boasts the best sandwiches in the entire city. Sandwiches feature meats like peppered salami, ham, turkey and mortadella. You can add sundried tomatoes and marinated eggplant to boot. It’s the quality and authenticity of these ingredients that sets Il Vecchio Delicatessen apart. There is also a small market here where you can buy tasty foods imported from Europe. It’s no wonder this place draws such a crowd.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.