4 Okanagan restaurants on national top-100 list for 2021

A charcuterie plate at Waterfront Wines restaurant in Kelowna. The restaurant was one of four Okanagan establishments named to OpenTable Canada’s recent top-100 list. Waterfront Wines

With Christmas nearing and people eager to gather and celebrate after a tough year, restaurants are seeing an increase in reservations.

That’s according to the website OpenTable Canada, which says reservations for December 2021 are currently higher than they were in December 2019, before the pandemic began.

“After more than a year of restrictions, diners are eager to experiment and make up for lost time,” said Matt Davis of OpenTable Canada.

OpenTable updated its top 100 reviewed restaurants on Nov. 30, stating that more than 540,000 verified reviews were used to compile the list.

The list does not use a 1-100 ranking, opting to simply name them alphabetically.

Story continues below advertisement

Still, included on that list are four restaurants in the Okanagan:

  • Block One Restaurant at 50th Parallel Winery, Lake Country
  • Home Block at CedarCreek Estate Winery, Kelowna
  • Terrace Restaurant, Mission Hill Family Estate, West Kelowna
  • Waterfront Wines, Kelowna

British Columbia had the most restaurants in the top 100, with 36, while Alberta was second at 33 and Ontario third at 28.

Click to play video: '‘It’s really about the ambiance’: West Kelowna restaurant one of several in the Okanagan named as most romantic in Canada'
‘It’s really about the ambiance’: West Kelowna restaurant one of several in the Okanagan named as most romantic in Canada

Mark Filatow, executive chef and sommelier at Waterfront Wines, said the restaurant also cracked the top 100 four years ago, “so it’s good to repeat the award. I think it speaks to the job that we’re doing and the demand that we’re seeing (through OpenTable bookings).”

As to the increase, Filatow said this month resembles a normal December, noting that Waterfront Wines has been around for 16 years.

Story continues below advertisement

“People are sort of warming up to the idea that things are returning to normal,” said Filatow, adding the restaurant strictly follows B.C.’s vaccine passport policy.

“It’s a great group of 100 to be in. A lot of great restaurants in there.”

Click to play video: 'Hidden Culinary Gems'
Hidden Culinary Gems

Sponsored content