Waterfront Wines Restaurant, Kelowna, British Columbia

Kelowna is a hotbed of culinary talent. Many of the young chefs (seems that youth is a prerequisite) have arrived from across Canada. Because the city is at the heart of the wine industry, it was just a matter of time before a chef with sommelier credentials would land in the valley.

In 2004, Chef/Sommelier Mark Filatow opened his intimate Waterfront Wines Restaurant. Up till then Mark had honed his culinary skills at some of the most prestigious restaurants in BC including Wickaninnish Inn, Vancouver’s Bishops and Kelowna’s Fresco Restaurant, now RauDZ Regional Table.

Mark is a brilliant chef — he’ll pot-steam a sablefish filet and serve it with a local corn fritter and a leek and Saltspring Island mussel chowder.  He serves his peppercorn-crusted flat iron steak with a Bordelaise sauce and buttery fork-mashed potatoes and each Thursday night the team spit roasts local, naturally-raised meats. In every case Chef Filatow can tell you exactly which wine will make your tastebuds dance with joy.

Waterfront Wines Restaurant has garnered Awards of Excellence from the Wine Spectator every year since 2006 and had successive wins as the Best Okanagan Restaurant in the Vancouver Magazine Awards. This is a major accomplishment since the Okanagan has a cadre of some of the best chefs on the continent.  However, if you read the Food Day Canada menus as they appear annually, you’ll understand why. They are sleek and you can almost hear the chef thinking…”How much fun can I have with this..?”

Every year Chef Filatow adds menu notes.  These are from 2018.  Their official menu designed with the help of James McKenzie and Danny Tipper follows them.

Food Day Canada, Aug 4th, 2018

Mushrooms on Toast– Probably the first time I have seen Morel and Lobster Mushrooms at the same time. With the addition of the What The Fungus’ Chestnut mushrooms it made for a textural treat. The Beef Tongue is from local Kelowna Angus. Grown by Bryan Family Farm. Another textural adventure. Truffle Cheese from Bella Stella was made into a creamy custard. This was served on a thick slice of toasted Country Loaf. High Hydration and Red Fife says it all.

Natural Pairing was the Blue Mountain Pinot which we had held back two years.

Harmony Farms Lamb. New to us, we are bringing whole carcasses in. If you asked me 5 years ago, I wouldn’t have been able to supply our menu with local protein such a this. We braised the belly in Stoney paradise cascade tomatoes and spices and roasted the loin. Amazia farms provided the okra and onions as we continued with the international flavors. Housemade Harissa with Wise Earth carrots and fermented carrots with our dried Stoney Paradise Farms Corontation Grapes. Add our own yoghurt to make for cooling experience.

This brings in the Le Vieux Pin Violette Syrah. A Rhone like peppery Syrah is perfect foil for this lamb dish.

Ravens View Farms provided us with these early peaches which were lightly poached in wild chamomile…or pineapple weed syrup. Brown Butter Oat Streusel. Orange Pekoe and Blackberry Ice Cream. (berries also from Amazia) Candied Blackberries. A seasonal end to as seasonal meal. Ashley made a great cocktail feature that just paired right with dessert. Slowpoke Cherry from Legend Distilling in Naramata provided the base.

Menu made possible by the farmers, the staff of Waterfront and the customers who keep us open.

Menu Waterfront Wine Food Day Canada August 4 2018


Contact Waterfront Wine at the number below to reserve a table.

Contactez Waterfront Wines Restaurant directement, au numéro ci-dessous, afin de faire votreJournée des terroirs réservation.

Waterfront Wines Restaurant
104 – 1180 Sunset Drive,
Kelowna, BC, V1Y 9W6

T: 250 979 1222


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