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5 Restaurants Near Kelowna Hotels Downtown Worth Visiting

March 04, 2016

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There are many local dining opportunities within easy reach of people staying at Kelowna hotels downtown.

When you’re staying at Kelowna hotels downtown, it’s nice to know where you can go and grab a quick bite, or even sit down for a gourmet meal. If you’re not familiar with the area, it can sometimes be tricky to know where to go.

As a fallback, you can always rely on chain restaurants to provide a consistent standard of service and fare, but if you’re looking for an eatery that’s a little more unique, here are some options that will excite your taste buds.


1. RauDZ Regional Table

As the name suggests, RauDZ Regional Table is all about local. The majority of the eclectic menu’s ingredients are sourced from nearby producers, as well as seafood from coastal BC. And nearly the entire wine selection is made up of Okanagan wines.

Served in a vibrant atmosphere, some of the more intriguing dishes include:

  • Crispy bison sandwich
  • Arctic char
  • Wild boar meatballs
  • Roasted carrot cake

Located on Water Street, RauDZ is easily accessible from most Kelowna hotels downtown.


2. Little Hobo Soup and Sandwich

If comfort food is what you’re after, the Little Hobo Soup and Sandwich Shop is an ideal place to grab a heartwarming bite. Family-owned for decades, their new location on Leon Avenue is a favourite among locals.

You won’t be overwhelmed by exotic menu items, but the prices are right and there are daily specials to keep things interesting. All of their soups are made from scratch, including unique choices like:

  • Hobo soup
  • Watermelon gazpacho
  • Doukhobor borscht
  • Mulligatawny


3. Bouchons Bistro

For a fine French dining experience, Bouchons Bistro is the place to be. Situated in the heart of Kelowna’s cultural district, this award-winning restaurant offers classic French regional cuisine in an elegant ambiance. Among chef Luc Bissonnette’s specialties are:

  • La Bouillabaisse: traditional fresh seafood stew from Marseille
  • Le Cassoulet: Duck leg confit, smoked lamb chop and Toulouse sausage served over lingot bean ragout

Bouchons’ wine list highlights some of the best offerings from the restaurant’s French origins, as well as the Okanagan. Bouchons is within easy reach of any hotel in Kelowna downtown.


4. Social 242 Lounge & Grill

To add a little flare to your night on the town, Social 242 Lounge & Grill is a hangout where you can enjoy a well-prepared meal in an upbeat urban-chic setting. The menu features a broad selection to suit any taste and budget, and the restaurant also takes bookings for special occasions like:

  • Corporate dinners
  • Wedding parties
  • Gala events
  • Receptions
  • Tour groups


5. 97 Street Pub

After a brief hiatus, the 97 Street Pub is back. Located by the BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites, this establishment provides great food and entertainment all under one roof. The pub features:

  • 16 TVs
  • Live music
  • Sporting event promotions

If you’re travelling on a budget, you can still get out and enjoy some nice meals. For some useful tips, read our post: Squeeze More Out of Your Summer Holiday Food Budget in Kelowna.


Are you looking for Kelowna hotels downtown that offer good access to local attractions? BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites is a short drive away from restaurants, shopping, activities and cultural events. Call us to plan your next visit: 1-888-860-1212

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