Kelowna knows its beer, too


Smack DAB’s spectacular patio seats 150 people and overlooks Lake Okanagan, making it a splendid place to spend an afternoon. (Photo courtesy of Manteo Resort)

Story by Dan Clapson Writer 


The fennel pizza is among the items made in Smack DAB’s wood-fired oven — a complement for the beer you’ll drink during a visit. (Dan Clapson/

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA — It’s well known that the wineries of the Okanagan Valley can captivate travellers for the duration of a vacation. As much as we all love to sip on a chilled glass of oaky chardonnay and nod as a sommelier fills our head with tasting notes and subtle grape nuances, sometimes a cold, quality pint of beer and a comfy seat on a patio is equally as pleasurable.

Located in Manteo Resort, just a five-minute drive from the city’s downtown, Smack DAB, like any self-respecting Kelowna establishment, has a nice selection of local wines, but also boasts a quality menu of microbrews. In fact, it’s the largest offering of microbrews you’ll find in the valley city. Coming primarily from within the province, you can try brews like Peach Cream Ale (The Tin Whistle, Penticton) or the smokey Stoked Amber Ale (Firehall Brewery, Oliver). Go for the beer-flight option (wine flights available as well) to sip on five different varieties that give you a sampling of what BC offers. The flight is held on a board with each glass holder cleverly labelled (S-M-A-C-K) with a small list that allows diners drinkers to reference what exactly they’re consuming.

Moving onto the menu, Smack DAB goes the family-friendly route, with a “something for everyone” selection. If you’re starting with smaller plates, try the Smack DAB Crazy Fries ($8), tossed with lemon, roasted garlic, and parsley, or the Togarashi Spiced Calamari ($14), served with tzatziki sauce for dipping. It may be a mish-mash of cultural flavours, but it’s a perfectly salty match for your cold brew.

The pizzas are thin crust, roasted in the kitchen’s Forno oven and ideal for sharing if you’re looking for a lighter meal. Stay traditional with a classic Margherita ($13) or try something a bit more inventive like the Fennel Pork Sausage option ($17) topped with roasted red peppers and shaved fennel.

Smack DAB Shows Off Okanagan Beer

On the sweeter side, the restaurant offers indulgences like Apple Toffee Cheesecake ($7) and Rhubarb Crumble ($7), but the real winner here is the variety of ice creams, all made in house, all costing $3 per scoop. Flavours like the go-to Vanilla or their Peanut Butter Chocolate are the perfect scoop for any kids at the table, or any kids at heart.

Smack DAB’s setting is a complement for the quality food and drinks. A 150-seat patio overlooks the vast Lake Okanagan. Although the tables closest to the shore are (arguably) the best seats in the house, almost every spot on the patio provides diners with a clear view of the sparkling blue water and rolling foothills in the background.

By day, the outside seating area receives a lot of light (umbrellas optional) for soaking up the warm rays during an early autumn in Kelowna. The area is a mix of dark brown, pillowy seating for the lounging types and proper tables for those looking for a sit-down lunch or dinner. As the sun sets, tall, bright white lamps light up in an array of colours making for a romantic evening experience.

The restaurant has been newly redesigned and is looking slicker than ever. Whether you’re coming here for a relaxing afternoon beer, a romantic date by the water, or grabbing dinner with the family, Smack DAB has got you covered. Just make sure to grab a seat in September, while the weather’s still on your side.


More about Smack DAB

Address: 3762 Lakeshore Road, Kelowna, BC
Reservations: Telephone 1-250-860-4488; reservations are recommended (especially for the patio).
Menu: Prices for main courses range from $21-$28, with pizzas starting at $13 and appetizers starting at $9.


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Originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Dan Clapson moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2006 with nothing but a parrot on his shoulder (and a full U-Haul). He now happily resides in the city’s beltline area, still with a parrot on his shoulder. When he’s not experimenting with recipes, Dan can be spotted dining out with friends, catching some live music, walking around town, or on The Ship and Anchor patio having a pint of Steam Whistle on a sunny day! Dan writes for many media sources, ranging from local to national, including Food Network Canada, Avenue Magazine, FFWD Weekly and Metro News. He makes regular appearances on Global Television in Saskatoon and Calgary and is 660 News Radio’s go-to foodie. Most of his free time is currently being consumed by the looming deadline for his first book, StreetEats: Calgary which is set to be released in September by Whitecap Publishing. All other moments of free time are spent filming his first web series and working on – hopefully – two future cookbooks, including one inspired by his Start From Scratch program.

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