The holidays are here, bringing gatherings with family and friends and all sorts of delicious eats. Why not take a break from the kitchen this year and support local businesses offering scrumptious seasonal dining options? Whether you want to dine out or order a take-home option, some of Kelowna's best restaurants and food purveyors have you covered.
Seasonal Sips and Bites
While you're out finishing up the holiday shopping or exploring Kelowna to find the best light displays, warm up with a seasonal cup of joe (or hot chocolate) or settle in for a fancy cocktail and some nibbles before, during, or after your adventures.
Bright Jenny Coffee is bringing the holidays to you in a cup with their four seasonal offerings—Candy Cane Mocha, Gingerbread Latte, Eggnog Latte, and (soon-to-be-released) Apple Cider. Bean Scene Coffee Works, which has several locations through Kelowna, has tasty hot chocolate on offer for the kids, along with Peppermint Mochas and Eggnog (and Oatnog) Lattes for the adults. Alongside its seasonal coffees, The Galley Lakeside Cafe also has Candy Cane Chocolate Chip Cookies to satisfy your sweet tooth. Kelowna's newest cafe, Deville Coffee, is serving up Eggnog (or Oatnog) Chai Lattes and Masala Chai Mistos as part of their holiday offerings, while Naked Cafe has both holiday lattes and cocktails as part of their all-vegan menu.
To continue your cocktail experience, you'll want to visit Winter Wonder Bar, the Christmas pop-up bar at Jack's Kelowna—sip on handcrafted cocktails like the Mr. Grinch (Gin, cucumber, matcha, lime, soda) while you snap photos for the 'Gram or make epic TikToks in the space that is decked out with Christmas decor. Nearby, CRAFT Kelowna's festive drink menu serves up a variety of boozy sips including a Mistletoe Mule, Mulled Wine, and Rum N Nog. Venture north to Central Kitchen + Bar for their festive Holiday Nog made with Captain Morgan’s, Frangelico, eggnog, and topped with coconut whip and crushed candy cane. All three spots have a variety of tasty appetizers and food options to make your stop complete.
You can also join Summerhill Pyramid Winery for their Jack Frost High Tea, which can be booked for parties of two to six at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., or 2 p.m. every Friday and Saturday until December 26 (excluding Christmas Day). You'll enjoy a complimentary glass of Cipes Brut, along with homemade scones and croissants, savoury bites, and artisanal tea. Kids are welcome, too.
When it comes to enjoying the seasonal eats, why limit yourself to one day? Spend the last weekend before the big day getting into the holiday spirit with weekend brunch. On Saturday, December 18, and Sunday, December 19, The Landing Restaurant + Bar at The Cove Lakeside Resort is hosting Brunch with the Grinch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., complete with photo ops for the kids (and the kids at heart).
On Sunday, December 19, Lakeside Dining's well-loved Sunday Santa Brunch Buffet at Eldorado Resort is back from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with a Christmas-themed menu, including delectable pastries and desserts, and holiday cheer from the big man in red and his elves—reservations are required as spots are limited. Gulfstream Restaurant at the Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport is also serving up an a la carte brunch from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., with the opportunity to visit Santa in the lobby before or after you dine.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Whether you're celebrating the holidays on your own, with friends, or among family, there is no shortage of delectable options in Kelowna.
Savour classic French cuisine at Bouchons Bistro on Christmas Eve with a 4-course dine-in menu and 3-course take-home option (orders must be placed by December 23), or head to Sandrine French Pastry & Chocolate to pick up ready-to-serve tourtieres and quiches (plus loads of delicious holiday treats).
On Christmas Day, enjoy brunch, lunch, or dinner in OAK + CRU's Luminescence domes at Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort. Spots are limited for the domes and for tables in the dining room, so reservations are required. Gulfstream Restaurant is offering a 3-course dine-in menu and a take-home option that serves four (orders must be placed by December 22), while Lakeside Dining is also offering 3 courses for dine-in plus a take-home dinner option for $55/person, so you can customize for the size of your group (orders must be placed by December 18).
Additional takeaway options can be found through the post linked above this section.
New Year's Eve
Foodies can kick off their New Year's Eve by savouring delicious local eats in and around Kelowna.
Old Vines Restaurant at Quails' Gate Estate Winery has two seatings (5 p.m. and 7 p.m.) for their 4-course NYE menu, which includes vegetarian options and is priced at $125 per person (optional wine pairings are an additional $55 per person). Bouchons Bistro is offering first seating reservations between 4:30 and 6 p.m. (3-course, $110/person) and second seating reservations between 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. (4-course, $130/person) for its NYE dinner of French cuisine.
For those wanting to put their detective skills to work, Mid-Town Station invites you to Murder at the Ball Drop: A New Year's Eve Murder Mystery Dinner Party. The event, which includes a 3-course, New York-inspired menu, kicks off at 5 p.m., with clues to solve the mystery being given throughout the night. The evening will conclude with watching the ball drop at 9 p.m., complete with a glass of bubbly. Tickets are $59/person.
Disco lovers will want to snap up tickets to the 3-course, disco-themed New Year's Eve dinner at Frankie We Salute You! The meal is 100% plant-based, with gluten-free options available. Tickets are $69/person. Disco attire is encouraged!
Summerhill Pyramid Bistro is offering the best of both worlds with a 5-course menu, which has the option of a vegan menu, for its NYE dinner, all paired with Summerhill's organic wines. Tickets are $125/person and can be purchased online.
You can dine under the stars at Frind Estate Winery's NYE Dining in the Domes experience—the 4-course meal will be served family-style, with wine pairings accompanying each course as well as a welcome glass of mulled wine. The experience is for parties of 4 or 6, at a price of $150/person meal. Spots are limited and reservations are required. OAK + CRU also has limited seating available in their Luminescence domes for their 3-course NYE menu, which is also available by reservation in the dining room.
If you're local and dining at OAK + CRU, why not make the night into a staycation by booking a room at Grand Okanagan Resort, too? Other NYE dining and hotel options for visitors and locals alike include the NYE Dinner at Gulfstream Restaurant (The Four Points by Sheraton Kelowna Airport) and the Welcome 2022 NYE Menu at Lakeside Dining (Eldorado Resort). Prestige Beach House and The Cove Lakeside Resort both also have onsite restaurants where you can make reservations for NYE and then stay the night (be sure to check out The Cove's NYE Package).
Takeaway options for NYE can be found here.