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Incredible Nelson and Kootenay Lake Restaurants and Cafes
The Nelson and Kootenay Lake region is fast becoming known for incredible culinary diversity—there's more restaurants and cafes per capita than Manhattan and San Francisco. We’re also home to a premiere, award-winning cooking school at Selkirk College, and many graduates continue to live and work in our region after graduation.
Local BC Wines and Beers
Nelson has one of the first certified organic breweries in British Columbia, the Nelson Brewing Company. Restaurants in the region serve the local brew as well as many other local BC wines and beers. In particular, Nelson's close proximity to the Okanagan allows for many delicious regional options on the wine menus.
Dining in or Dining out
From fast food to the finest dining, the region caters for all needs. Nelson also enjoys a boutique wine store, artisan French bakery, cheese shop, and charcuterie, all within walking distance of dozens of other restaurants.
Japanese, Thai, Mexican, Indian are also among the countries represented in local restaurants.
Hyper-Local Fresh Ingredients and Award Winning Restaurants
Many in the region are commited to hyper local, farm-to-table cuisine, and seasonal ingredients are all a part of the increasingly popular 100 Mile Menu. For a mountain region we have a surprisingly large number of nearby farms and fields.
And if you have heard of Whitewater Ski Resort you have probably heard of their famous food and the Whitewater Cooks series of cookbooks. You can purchase these online or at a local store in the region.
All Seasons Cafe
All Seasons Cafe is a restaurant with an award winning wine list and menu that features seasonal dishes.
- 620 Herridge Lane, Nelson
Blue Belle Bistro
We create our fresh, wholesome, homemade menu items using quality ingredients; organic and locally grown when in season, supporting our community’s health and well being.
- 250-353-7361 | 347 Front St, Kaslo
At Buddy’s Front Street Pizzeria we feature our delicious hand-stretched artisan pizzas in a cozy atmosphere. Try out our new patio or listen to some live music!
- 250-353-2282 | 417 Front St, Kaslo
Busaba Thai Cafe
We offer a great variety of Thai dishes. Our menu is made from scratch, using traditional Thai recipes and ingredients.
- 250-352-2185 | 524 Victoria St, Nelson
Cantina Del Centro
Artisan bread, cheese, and meats with a focus on locally grown and sourced ingredients. Also offering affordable sandwiches, charcuteries boards, and grab-and-go items.
- 778-463-3000 | 502 Front St, Nelson
Old school Dairy Queen with a walk-up window. Serving soft-serve ice cream & frozen treats.
- 250-352-3818 | 724 Nelson Ave, Nelson
Dock 'n' Duck Pub and Grill
Break away to spectacular Kootenay lakefront dining. Award winning food - from fish and chips, burgers and pizza, to mouthwatering entrees. Homey, hearty and healthy are our focus.
- Balfour Ferry Landing, 7924 Balfour Wharf Road
- 250-229-4244 | www.docknduck.ca
Welcome to the fast food revolution! Real food for real people. No MSG. Gluten-free. Non-GMO corn tortillas. Organic black beans. Food made in house daily.
- 306 Victoria Street, Nelson | 250-352-2060
Finley's Bar & Grill
In the heart of downtown historic Nelson, BC Finley's is a trendy, polished, upscale spot to enjoy amazing, home made, delicious pub food.
- 705 Vernon Street | 250-352-5121
General Store Restaurant
Located in the Hume Hotel, this is where overnight guests are treated to a full menu through out the day, and a hot complimentary breakfast in the morning.
- 422 Vernon Steet | 250-352-5331
JB’s Pub & Restaurant
A laid-back atmosphere for storytelling, fishing talk, and outdoor adventure tales of ATV’s, boating, and of course, fun. Great patio & occasional live entertainment.
- 250-353-7716 | 4112 BC-31, Ainsworth Hot Springs
Jackson's Hole & Grill
Kaslo Hotel and Pub
The Kootenay Bakery Cafe Co-op
Organic bakery and cafe.
- 250-352-2274 | 377 Baker St, Nelson
- Kootenay Bakery Cafe on Facebook
We are a local, dynamic, consumer-owned cooperative offering a wide variety of tasty, healthy foods, high-quality wellness products and truly friendly service.
- 250-354-4077 | 295 Baker St, Nelson
Kootenay Tamil Kitchen
Home-cooked meals and baked good to take away.
- 778-529-2900 | 7697 Hwy 3A, Balfour
Ktunaxa Grill and Nasookin Room
A delicious selection of fresh offerings and indigenous cuisine with emphasis on local, healthy choices. Choose from the Ktunaxa Grill or relax by the fireplace in the Nasookin room, both featuring stunning mountain and lake views.
Kurama Sushi Japanese Restaurant
Japanese Restaurant located in heart of Kootenays, Nelson, BC.
- 250-352-5353 | 491 Baker St, Nelson
- Kurama Shushi on Facebook
Lang's Snack Bar and Diner
Burgers, hot dogs, chilly, soups, sandwiches, salads, and breakfasts at the Balfour Ferry Landing.
- 778-529-2270 | 350 Balfour Ferry Landing
- Lang's on Facebook
The Library Lounge is the quaint and intimate fireside room located in the historic Hume Hotel known for excellent food and its weekly jazz nights.
- 422 Vernon Street | 250-352-5331
Leo's Pizza & Greek Taverna
A family-friendly place for pizza, pasta, and more!
- 250-352-3232 | 712 Nelson Ave, Nelson
A modern Italian Pizzeria & Wine Bar.
- 153 Baker Street | 250-352-9205
Main Street Diner
One of Nelson's favorite dining experiences with a reputation by other tourists and locals compared to none. Fabulous dining for the whole family 7 days a week!
- 616 Baker Street | 250-354-4848
Osprey Mountain Grill
Full-service, casual dining restaurant serving garlic-infused lunch and dinner.
- 250-354-1667 | 536 Stanely Street, Nelson
- Outer Clove on Facebook
Welcome to Panago Pizza, your go-to delivery and takeout solution for pizza near you. Home of 35+ recipe pizzas—including vegan options.
- 310-0001 | 216 Anderson St, Nelson
Red Light Ramen Bar
Starbird Bake House
Sage Tapas & Wine Bar
Sage is warm and inviting, providing an intimate setting where friends meet with friends for good conversation over amazing food while sharing a bottle of local B.C. wine or a cocktail.
- 705 Vernon Street, Nelson | 250-352-5140
Taqueria El Corazon
Tandoori Indian Grill
Vault Sports Lounge
West Coast Grill - Nelson
Located at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, West Coast Grill offers delectable and fresh culinary creations to suit every appetite.
A little bit of everything! Serving coffee, sandwiches, snacks, and Nelson's best milkshake!
- 250-352-5667 | 499 Baker St, Nelson