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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

All Seasons Cafe is a restaurant with an award winning wine list and menu that features seasonal dishes.

Baker Street Grill

Baker Street Grill

The Baker Street Grill is a full-service family restaurant attached to the award winning Best Western Plus Baker Street Inn offering breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week.

Blue Belle Bistro

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.

BettyO's Kitchen

BettyO's Kitchen in Ainsworth Hot Springs BC

Home cooked food right beside Ainsworth Hot Springs Resort. Open seasonally. 

Buddy's Pizzeria

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!

Cantina Del Centro

Cantina del Centro

Cantina Del Centro captures the essence and flavours of Latin American cuisine, hosting a variety of tacos, tortas, ceviches, soups, market fresh salads and desserts. 

Dairy Queen

Nelson Dairy Queen

Old school Dairy Queen with a walk-up window. Serving soft-serve ice cream & frozen treats.

  • 250-352-3818   |    724 Nelson Ave, Nelson
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Dock 'n' Duck Pub and Grill

Dock n Duck Balfour

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

El Taco

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
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Falls Music Lounge

Falls Music Lounge

Decadent dining with a playful atmosphere and of course, music. This restaurant is part of the Savoy Hotel and Shambhala Music Festival creations.

Finley's Bar & Grill

Finleys 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. 

General Store Restaurant

General Store

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.

Holly's Diner

Best Burgers in Balfour on delicious House Baked Focaccia. Daily Specials and Soups made from scratch.

JB’s Pub & Restaurant

JB’s Pub & Restaurant at Woodbury Resort

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.

Kaslo Hotel and Pub

Kaslo Hotel and Pub

Enjoy your meal inside with the large, wood burning fireplace or in better weather, move outside under our covered patio for fresh air and stunning views.

Kootenay Co-op

Kotenay Co-op in Nelson, BC

We are a local, dynamic, consumer-owned cooperative offering a wide variety of tasty, healthy foods, high-quality wellness products and truly friendly service.

Kootenay Tamil Kitchen

Kootenay Tamil Kitchen

Vanakkam! We are so excited to bring healthy South Indian food for the first time ever to the Kootenays. Come here to experience our Tamil cuisine!!

Ktunaxa Grill and Nasookin Room

Ainsworth Hot Springs

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. 

Louie's Steakhouse

A distinctly metropolitan culinary experience in historic Nelson's bustling downtown. Whether it's an intimate evening for two, or a casual gathering amongst friends.

Library Lounge

Library Lounge

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.

Mikes Pub

Mikes Pub, Nelson

Not your typical pub-grub, Mike’s serves up terrific meals for one, or for sharing in and amongst your crew.  

Main Street Diner

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!

La Bomba Dell' Amore

La Bomba Dell' Amore

We are an Italian restaurant with a wood Oven. We serve thin crust pizza Neapolitan style, paninis, handmade fresh pasta, crafted cocktails and more!

Osprey Mountain Grill

Osprey Mountain Grill

Enjoy a delicious, homemade breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Osprey Mountain Grill, at Balfour Golf Course. Private functions are also an option with Annies second-to-none catering experience.

Pitchfork Eatery

Pitchfork Eatery

A modern bistro with a French-inspired menu. Pitchfork's kitchen uses ingredients sourced from our farm located just 15km away. 

Outer Clover

Full-service, casual dining restaurant serving garlic-infused lunch and dinner. 


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
  • panago.com

Red Light Ramen Bar

Red light ramen bar is a seasonal farm to table restaurant and bar offering ramen, bone broth, small plates, deserts, sake and apothecary style cocktails.

Rel-ish Bistro

At Rel-ish we strive to offer fresh ingredients from local farms as much as possible. The open kitchen at Rel-ish offers guests a first hand look at what’s involved in the preparation of our dishes.

Starbird Bake House

Welcome to the delightfully sweet world of Starbird Bakehouse, renowned for custom cakes, cupcakes and dessert tables in Nelson, BC... let us make your day a little sweeter!

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. 

Taqueria El Corazon

Taquira El Corazon

Traditional Mexican fare with a modern flare, craft cocktails, local brew, and amazing tequilas and mezcals.

Thor's Pizzeria

Gourmet pizza, flatbreads, salads, calzone's Italian sodas, and more. Voted Best Pizza in Nelson!

West Coast Grill - Nelson

West Coast Grill

Located at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, West Coast Grill offers delectable and fresh culinary creations to suit every appetite.  

Via Cocoa

Via Cocoa Creamery

The signature ice cream bars are available in six different flavours; selectively chosen to compliment the rich and fruity notes of our chocolate and made with grass fed dairy and free range eggs.

Uptown Sportsbar

The Uptown Sports Bar is the perfect place to meet associates for lunch, celebrate a special occasion, or gather your friends for the game.

Vault Sports Lounge

Vault Sports Lounge

Nelson’s Newest Hangout – Big Screen TVs, Great Food and Cold Beer on Tap. Open every day 4pm – 11pm

Wait's News

A little bit of everything! Serving coffee, sandwiches, snacks, and Nelson's best milkshake!

  • 250-352-5667   |   499 Baker St, Nelson
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Yum Son

Bringing the flavours of Southeast Asia into each of our cocktails and culinary dishes, we strive to find balance in each of our unique creations.

Backroads Brewing Co

Backroads Brewing Co Logo

Craft ales and lagers, brewed in the heart of Nelson on Baker St. Stop by for a pint or flight, or grab a growler to go.



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