Penticton provides the wide range of dining options typical of a city that welcomes tourists year round. Cafés and bistros, ethnic eateries and upscale restaurants are concentrated in the downtown area.
Family restaurants, pizza and fast food outlets string along South Main Street. Several hotels offer their own dining rooms and lounges, while pub food is also a favourite.
The growing wine industry is having a marked influence on Penticton menus. Chefs are catering to the tastes of visitors with discerning palates and showing an increased preference for local ingredients. This extends to beverages as well. Look for extensive selections of Okanagan wines, often including labels not available in stores, and beers produced by Penticton's micro-breweries.
But developing sophistication hasn't diminished local charm. Many Penticton restaurants are owned by the chef or chef and spouse. The business is personal – both menu and service. Expect to hear regulars greeted by name and expect to feel like a regular.
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