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La Bussola Restaurant

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1451 Ellis Street, Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2A3, Canada
+1 250-763-3110
17:30 - 00:00
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My wife and I went to La Bussola last night with another couple and we all had the halibut dinner, which was the special that night. The halibut was fresh and it had a tangy saffron sauce on it that was simply amazing. All four of us agreed that it was a great meal. I think that sauce combined with... More 

Thank Joel S
Vancouver, Canada
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We eat out extensively and love good tasting food on our once a week date night. We were extremely disappointed with the poor quality food we received at this restaurant last night. We had been to the restaurant once before but did not order any pastors and the food was average. We decided to go to this Italian restaurant and... More 

Thank Selinsky
LaBussola M, Manager at La Bussola Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the feedback. We’re so glad you enjoyed the atmosphere and staff at La Bussola! As for the dishes you mentioned, all of our pasta is made by hand, in house. Fresh pasta is much more tender and soft than pasta that has been dried beforehand, which may be what you experienced. That being said, we have spoken... More 

Kelowna, Canada
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the restaurant recently on a date night and was extremely let down by the experience. The restaurant itself is desperately trying to be modern but it fails in every aspect. The wait staff was pushy and had limited knowledge on their own cuisine being served. My boyfriend and I both ordered gnochi and ravioli, and were shocked when... More 

Thank evynntopolinsky
LaBussola M, Manager at La Bussola Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback, we’re sorry that you felt this way about your experience! La Bussola has been in business since 1974 and we pride ourself in our rich history. Members of of serving staff have been with us from anywhere between 2 to 10 years – if you could provide us with the areas that you felt they held... More 

Kelowna, B.C. Canada
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61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Could not find fault with our meal selections, food was tasty. Service was very good and it is easy to have conversation in this place. We were never rushed. We did find fault however with the wine list or wine "pad". To have to come out and ask for a wine that is under $50 seems demeaning at best. We... More 

Thank Msdonna96
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017 via mobile

We've been eating at La Bussola for many years. We recently moved back to Kelowna and were excited to visit again. Luigi (the original owners son) has added new food items and great wines/trendy cocktails while still maintaining the dishes that have kept people coming back. I was very impressed with the attentive service and a visit from the owner/chef... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Vernon, Canada
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78 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We wanted a nice quiet fine dining experience with our family to celebrate our 32nd anniversary, and chose this restaurant. We were apprehensive before arriving about the menu choices and my gluten issues but those concerns were put to rest and we enjoyed a wonderful dinner & the service was just as wonderful, thanks to Adam and the great staff.... More 

1 Thank Tweetyferg
Kelowna, Canada
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016 via mobile

Went to La Bussola for the first time....excellent! Food was incredible and the service was perfect for my tastes, attentive but not intrusive. Well done! The ambiance was inviting, tho to improve getting rid of the white table clothes and use something more inline with bringing in the fireplace and wood beams and wood bar would make this restaurant absolutely... More 

1 Thank Lee F
Grande Prairie, Canada
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100 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

This is a gem in downtown Kelowna - authentic Italian and a superb wine list and sommelier. The selection of local and international wines are reasonably priced. A large group of us descended on the restaurant while attending a conference in Kelowna. They quickly accommodated our group and brought a magnum of fantastic Italian Ripassa as a suggestion before we... More 

1 Thank Kim D
Kelowna, Canada
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This restaurant is a favorite both for date night, with another couple or in a group. The food is consistently delicious although portions have dwindled over the years. My husband's favorite Chicken Parmesan originally came with a side salad, potatoes along with seasonal vegetables. It currently comes only with a pasta side. Regardless, it is always tasty..

Thank I3889MPmichellee
Toronto, Canada
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50 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

The charm and location of this restaurant is not to be missed as it is a classic with much history. However, the quality of the food left a bit to be desired. After returning my meal, the second delivery was much improved.

Thank smondas

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
17:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1451 Ellis Street, Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 2A3, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Okanagan Valley  >  Kelowna>  > Central City
  • Neighbourhood: Central City
  • Phone Number: +1 250-763-3110
Located in the heart of downtown Kelowna, La Bussola is perfect for families, entertaining clients, large group function, or simply enjoying an evening out.
With over 950 wines to choose from, La Bussola holds the largest selection of sought after BC wines as well as the most extensive Italian selections in British Columbia.

A family business since 1974, La Bussola is minutes away from Prospera Place Arena, Rotary Center for the Arts, Kelowna Community Theater and walking distance from the Delta Grand Hotel.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?