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Discovering What’s for Dinner at Kelowna’s Best Vietnamese Restaurants

Posted on November 19th, 2023 in Food & Beverage

If you’re staying at The Shore and are looking to indulge in some of the finest Vietnamese cuisine the city has to offer, you’re in luck. Kelowna boasts a growing culinary scene, and Vietnamese food has found its place in the hearts of locals and visitors alike. 

In this blog, we’ll take you on a culinary journey through the best of the best in Kelowna Vietnamese restaurants. These recommendations will not only delight your palate with their flavours, but also offer a glimpse into the rich culinary heritage of Vietnam. The combination of fresh ingredients, fragrant herbs, and skillful preparation will transport you away to the streets of Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City. So read on to find your next choice when friends or family ask “Where do you want to go for dinner tonight?”. You won’t be disappointed!

Pho Soc Trang

We kick off our Vietnamese culinary tour with Pho Soc Trang in Kelowna’s downtown core. This cozy family-owned restaurant is known for its authentic Vietnamese flavours and friendly service. The star of their menu is undoubtedly the aromatic and soul-warming pho. Whether you prefer rare beef, chicken, or vegetarian, Pho Soc Trang has something for everyone. The rich, flavourful broth and fresh ingredients are sure to tantalize your taste buds.

1530 Water St, Kelowna, BC
9 min drive (3.8 km) from The Shore

Banh Mi, a Vietnamese sandwich, with cilantro, carrot sticks, meat and veggies on a baguette

Bamboo Chopsticks

What began as a modest and small Vietnamese restaurant in 2011 has altered Kelowna’s food scene with its home-cooked food and welcoming ambience. Every dish on Bamboo Chopsticks’ menu is still meticulously cooked utilizing their founder’s and mother’s recipes, created to astonish the five senses with fresh and strong flavours. Their traditional Fresh Salad Rolls and the Bamboo Bowl are local favourites!

105-1360 Ellis St, Kelowna, BC
10 min drive (4.3 km) from The Shore

Yellow Star Snack House

This cute and small cafe is only open during lunch hours, so it’s the perfect spot to grab a quick bite during your workday. Their bahn mis, bowls, seasonal soups and snacks are made with fresh spices and ingredients as an homage of the owners’ family traditional dishes. We definitely recommend you order yourself a bahn mi sub – they’re all delicious, but if you can’t decide, we can’t get enough of the Honey Glazed BBQ Pork. 

1717 Harvey Ave Unit 3, Kelowna, BC
11 min drive (5.6 km) from The Shore

Vietnam Village Restaurant

At Vietnam Village, their motto is “Fresh, healthy, tasty” and the food really lives up to this ethos. Their menu is inspired by their hometown of Mekong Delta in Southwest of Vietnam, with lots of veggies, grains, noodles, and seafood. The main dishes to try here are the pho, and the hu tieu, which is similar but includes pork, vegetables, seafood, and spices. 

1961 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC
12 min drive (6.2 km) from The Shore

Basil Leaf

First opened in 2014, Basil Leaf has succeeded in their goal of providing our city with great-tasting Asian fusion in a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. Their menu is a fusion of delicious cultural cuisines, including favourites from Thailand, Vietnam, and China. Enjoy plates and bowls of fresh vegetables and meats brought together to give you good food flavours at great prices.

1612 Powick Rd #4, Kelowna, BC
13 min drive (7.4 km) from The Shore

a bowl of Pho at one of Kelowna's best Vietnamese restaurants

Hoang Gia Vietnamese Cuisine

Last but not least is Hoang Gia. Located in the Kelowna Crossing Shopping Centre (behind Joey restaurant), this little eatery offers a laid-back atmosphere with delicious Vietnamese food. Their speedy and friendly staff serve well-known dishes such as pho, noodle bowls, sandwiches, and more. We definitely recommend one of their Rare Beef pho soups if you stop in.

2469 Hwy 97 N, Kelowna, BC
12 min drive (7.8 km) from The Shore

Savouring the Vietnamese Culinary Journey

As you explore the best Vietnamese cuisine in Kelowna, you’ll find a rich tapestry of flavours and dining experiences. The restaurants above offer a wide range of options to satisfy your craving for authentic Vietnamese dishes. From traditional pho joints to modern fusion flavours, our city has it all.

So, whether you’re staying at The Shore or you’re simply a local looking for some Vietnamese comfort food, be sure to explore the diverse and delectable options Kelowna has to offer. Each restaurant is a unique experience in itself, and your journey through Kelowna’s Vietnamese offerings promises to be a memorable one. 

If you’re looking for something different for another night, check out the best burgers in town or enjoy something a little lighter with the city’s best charcuteries

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When it comes to a weekend getaway or a longer term stay, The Shore is the perfect place to use as a basecamp while you explore the Okanagan. Each suite is equipped with a full modern kitchen, in-suite laundry, and high-speed internet so you can work and/or play to your heart’s delight. 

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