With some of the best gastronomic experiences available in North America, the Okanagan region of British Columbia has achieved worldwide acclaim. Vernon, in the North Okanagan area, has no shortage of award-winning and hidden gem restaurants. For anyone visiting the BC interior, Vernon offers some of the best opportunity for fine dining and often warrants at trip even from people who only intended to visit Vernon's flashier older sister, Kelowna.
For those making the trip to Vernon and seeking out a fantastic meal, here are our recommendations for the best places in town to grab a bite:
Sir Winston's Pub
Known among locals as a go-to spot for brews and bites, Winston's is the solid kind of pub food every weary traveller or blue-collar employee craves at the end of a long day. It only takes a brief glance at the positive rave reviews online to see why people enjoy this place; much like 'Cheers', this is the place in Vernon where everybody knows your name. The excellent service is just one reason to stop by this pub, and the fantastic food is the other. Most people visiting for the first time try the cheese steak poutine, a unique offering that won't be found (nor made half as well) on any other menu this side of Quebec. If you're visiting in the summertime and looking to enjoy the weather with a cold beer, definitely sit on the patio!
Located at a desirable spot just adjacent to the highway, the Intermezzo restaurant offers five star authentic Italian fare that is sure to satisfy every palate. Entrees range from crowd-pleasers like Chicken Parm to the more cosmopolitan Manzo Bocconcini, and there are vegetarian offerings to ensure that everyone can enjoy the Intermezzo experience. For the ultimate luxurious experience, make a reservation in the private wine cellar. Your meal will seem all the more decadent in this intimate setting—and make sure you don't skip dessert. As is true for most of Italian cuisine, second only to the handmade pasta is the selection of delicate and intricate pastries and cakes. This restaurant is ranked number one in all of Vernon, so whether you're camping, live there, or just passing through on Highway 97, a reservation is recommended to avoid disappointment.
Rounding out this list is a restaurant that is a favourite among locals but presents more modest offerings and a lower price-point than the other restaurants in this list. The Kal, named for the popular Kalamalka Lake and beach right nearby, has the best pizza and wings in town, bar none. People don't just flock there for the pizza though. The Kal just welcomed a new chef who has given the dining menu a much-needed revamp and the sandwiches are now known throughout the entire Okanagan. More so than the food, people come to the Kal since as they say, "there's always something going on at the Kal". From food theme nights, to trivia nights, to live music, fun can always be had at this great Vernon locale.
This is just a selection of the popular restaurants in Vernon, which barely scratches the surface of the amazing dining options available in town. Whether you're a local or just visiting, camping, or thinking of visiting, we hope this list helps you enjoy your time in Vernon!