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.