142. That’s how many restaurants currently call Vernon home.
Our small slice of the Okanagan Valley has more than its fair share of fabulous fare. Whether you are looking for a slice of cheesy, gooey goodness from your local pizzeria, a sizzling steak, a light Vietnamese broth, a mouth-watering (and perhaps eye-watering) curry, a simple sandwich, or a plate worthy of MasterChef Canada, Vernon has a restaurant to satisfy.
That’s a lot of choice, though. Especially when you’re feeling both ravenous and indecisive. It’s a recipe for, well, hunger in a strange twist of fate. So, how do you get your belly filled and your palate pleased when you can’t make up your mind?
You start with this list of the Top 10 Restaurants in Vernon – as rated by TripAdvisor.
#1 Tita’s Italian Bistro
You know that Italian restaurant you see in movies? The one where you’re treated as part of the family and the food comes straight out of Nonna’s farm kitchen to your table? The one where you want to lick the plates, once covered in lasagna, and meatballs, and cannelloni, and tiramisu, clean? You just found that exact restaurant. Right here in Vernon. In fact, the restaurant is housed in a converted home, so it really is like eating in the family home.
#2 Bamboo Beach Fusion Grille
An aromatic blend of East and West, your nose will lead you into Bamboo Beach before anyone has even recommended it! Award-winning executive chef Yuki blends her Japanese/Asian training with Western traditions, creating dishes that are as delicious as they are fresh as they are beautiful. You will return. Again and again.
#3 Intermezzo Restaurant & Wine Cellar
Every now and again it’s nice to get dressed up – really dressed up – and spend an evening remembering the elegance of a more genteel era. Intermezzo, an elegant fine-dining experience, is just the place for this. Specializing in delicious seafood dishes and long renowned for Italian Continental flare, their menu now also includes Mediterranean and European fare. A meal to remember.
#4 Station BBQ Smokehouse
Billed as “Authentic, slow-smoked, Southern Barbeque”, Station BBQ Smokehouse promises all things meaty and delicious. And they more than deliver on that promise. Candied bacon, brisket, baby back ribs, baked beans… They had us at bacon.
#5 Fresh Lemongrass Restaurant
When one reviewer swears that this is “some of the best Vietnamese food in BC, probably better than anything in the Lower Mainland”, we sit up and take notice. Fragrant, fresh, fabulous Vietnamese pho and all the other usual suspects, served at unusually pocket-friendly prices.
#6 The Curry Pot
Looking for outstanding Indian cuisine? Look no further. The Curry Pot has a delicious selection of Indian dishes for anyone’s taste. Winner of the ‘best chicken’ and ‘best Indian’ in Okanagan Life magazine 2015 and also receiving a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence. You can’t go wrong with this spicy and delicious choice.
#7 The Phoenix Steakhouse
Finding the combination of great service, fun atmosphere and delicious food is enough to make any foodie jump for joy – and boy, do they jump for The Phoenix Steakhouse. From Korean cauliflower to top sirloin, everything on the menu is mouth-watering and worth a visit.
#8 Midtown Bistro
This hidden gem is right on Vernon’s Main Street, offering local ingredients hand-crafted into delicious fare. Whether you come for the food, live music, or famous “Slider Ceasars,” you’ll find that the Midtown Bistro is perfect for lunch, a date night, or as a place to enjoy with family and friends.
#9 Kawakubo Sushi Sake Organic
When it comes to sushi you want to hear three things: fresh, creative, fabulous. Kawakubo delivers on all three. And then some. Amazing vegetarian and vegan options, and all organic. Go for the sushi, but we can guarantee the rest of the menu will seduce you into adding a few extra things to your order. You won’t regret it.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. At Eatology, it’s also guaranteed to be the most delicious. Of any day. Breakfast not your thing? Try the ‘Dirty Fries’. Topped with mayo, topped with salty bacon, topped with fried sage and thyme. Now that can’t be topped! Owned by a local family, Eatology is often, unsurprisingly, jam-packed, but more than worth the wait for a table.
New on the Vernon Food Scene
Are you eager to delve into something new? Vernon’s two brand-new restaurants are ready to impress. For simple and healthy fare check out Jolly Good Spudz, where you can get a baked potato with all the fixings. If you love food-truck delicacies in an restaurant environment then The Arcadian Kitchen is the place to go (check out their gourmet tacos!).
Is your favourite Vernon restaurant on the Top 10 list? We’d love to hear from you! Give us your feedback on Vernon’s foodie scene, your favourite restaurant, and what makes it so, in the comments below.
Updated April 20th, 2018