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4.5 stars 51 reviews

Dream Cafe

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67 Front St
Penticton, BC  V2A 1H2

(250) 490-9012

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Editorial Reviews from the web
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October 27, 2009

Charmingly attached to its global backpacking and hippy sensibilities, The Dream Café’s eclecticism is its main draw. The solid breakfast and brunch offerings, from classic eggs benny ($10) to the Baja Fritatta ($10.95), are a hit with Ironman triathletes and famished families. Lunch and dinner span everything from paninis and wraps to tofu and tenderloin and butterflied prawns. In the evening,... more

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4.5 star rating
Good lunch
July 05, 2014

We stopped here for lunch and sat outside. The food was pretty good and the service was okay. having popped inside to visit the bathroom we were disappointed we weren't visiting in the evening instead as the restaurant looks pretty cool and has a stage for live music

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4.5 star rating
Wonderful Evening
June 21, 2014

We were invited to go to the Dream Cafe to hear a guitarist perform with his small band. We arrived to find a most eclectic atmosphere and a warm welcome from Pierre. Our table was close to the stage and we were able to enjoy the music with no interruptions.
Our meals were the absolute best we had here in... more

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4.5 star rating
good choice of vegetarian food
June 06, 2014

I arrived with a group and we were crammed into a corner of the restaurant. The table I sat at blocked ingress/egress for half of our party. I told my friends if they had to use the washroom, to cross their legs.
Very cool décor; hippie central here! Lots of vegetarian options on the menu. I chose falafel and veggies;... more

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4.5 star rating
Awful
May 30, 2014

We went with a group of friends, mainly because we had dietary restrictions to accommodate and the menu looked promising at first glance.
To start, we ordered the salad rolls as an appetizer to share, which were advertised as being 4 for roughly 9$. In actuality, they were two smallish salad rolls cut in half, but they were otherwise not... more

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4.5 star rating
A Magical Musical Place
May 27, 2014

Some words that come to mind when thinking of the Dream Cafe are: Special, unique, eclectic, musical, laughter, fun, great food and wine, ambiance........there is nothing better than experiencing the music, food, and laughter at The Dream Cafe on a hot summer evening......except for maybe having a casual lunch with a friend (more good food) while surrounded by the unique... more

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4.5 star rating
Best intimate venue for live music ever
May 27, 2014

We have been here many times and always look forward to our next visit. Always great musicians and wide variety of music. Anyone who plays here comments on the intimacy and atmosphere of the Dream Cafe. It seats 100 and can be quite 'cozy'. Performers always stay to talk with people and sign autographs. Thanks to Pierre and Debra for... more

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4.5 star rating
Love it, Love it, love it
March 17, 2014

We 'discovered' the Dream Cafe many years ago because we were following Michael Kaeshammer's career. We'd seen him perform with Harry Manx in Red Deer and were dazzled by his talent. Then I read that he was performing at a place called the Dream Cafe in Penticton, I couldn't place it even though we had been to Penticton before. Then... more

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4.5 star rating
Fun and Interesting
March 03, 2014

We had one fabulous meal there, but the next time it was not that great--because of the hockey game, place was empty and they don't usually get guests then. We also went for entertainment only and enjoyed the music. So, timing here is everything!

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4.5 star rating
Best Live Venue in Canada
January 30, 2014

Thank You Pierre and Family for all the years of Good Food and Good Entertainment. This is by far the best live music venue in the Okanagan, I have travelled to many parts of the world to see live music... If you are ever in Penticton be sure to check out this location. Matt Anderson show have been the best.

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4.5 star rating
Fantastic
January 16, 2014

Our friend was gigging here so our group were booked in for dinner and the show. What a great place! Staff were lovely, even though it was packed to the rafters they were efficient and friendly. Food was good and plentiful. Great ambiance (reminds me of Penticton in the 70s) and a fantastic place for live music. Everyone there seemed... more

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4.5 star rating
Average
December 24, 2013

I was somewhat disappointed by this place as I had heard great things about it. My meal was average at best, and for the price not great value. The atmosphere is nice and this would be a great place for a staff function or something, but I wouldn't return here on my own accord.

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4.5 star rating
Excellent venue for first class music & dining
December 08, 2013

We had a great evening at the Dream Cafe dining, and listening to the Michael Kaeshammer trio. Its very personable owner Pierre consistently brings in world class entertainment. Excellent acoustics.

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4.5 star rating
Awesome Bar, Friendliest Owner, Great Ambiance
October 17, 2013

After walking in the dark streets of Penticton, BC (because it was past 5PM where you see no one on the streets), we were ready to get back to the hotel and call it a night (at 5PM???).
Then, we wanted to take the front street to go to our hotel and on the way, we saw this place. We... more

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4.5 star rating
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Entertainment
September 10, 2013

Great breakfast, eggs benny, fantastic lunches, grilled wraps, and dinner, crab cakes...yummy, parmesan chicken...awesome, fresh crispy vegetables, and 5 star entertainment! Gotta go here!

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4.5 star rating
A very unique, great find
September 07, 2013

This is a wonderful little restaurant, the best part being the awesome performances that take place on a regular basis. Pierre, the owner, brings in musicians on a regular basis, people such as Ben Waters (fabulous BoogieWoogie/Rock N roll Piano player from England!), Alpha Yaya Diallo (West African musician now living in Canada), Cuban Fire, Van Django, and on and... more

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4.5 star rating
Dreamin' At The Dream Cafe
September 05, 2013

The owner, Pierre, once described Penticton as 'Pleasantville' as he was right! We keep coming back to Penticton and specifically, to the Dream Cafe! At the Dream Cafe, they offer live music nights, where you will hear a full range of music from the likes of Matt Anderson to Willie & Lobo while leisurely choosing from a menu that ranges... more

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4.5 star rating
Great find in Penticton
September 02, 2013

Happened upon the Dream Cafe in Penticton last weekend. This is a funky, fun restaurant with a great vibe and a great lunch!! The chicken entree was fabulous with a plateload of roasted veggies and coconut rice. My husband had the crabcakes and a friend had the mango chicken panini and said they were good as welll. The waitress told... more

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4.5 star rating
Great Samosas
August 08, 2013

While visiting Penticton Market, my sister and I stopped by for lunch. The samosas were awesome and the patio was great for people watching. After our meal we poked our heads in to look at the decor and met the owner, what a nice man. Can't wait for my next BC visit to catch the evening entertainment.

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4.5 star rating
Who knew heaven was in Penticton
August 05, 2013

This cafe is a dream. Pierre, the owner, has created a haven for some of the best musical talent around. The menu is a great combination of international flavours. The room is smallish, so the concert experience is intimate and memorable. You meet Pierre once, and you can not help but feel like he is a long lost friend. Just... more

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4.5 star rating
Feel at home here
August 03, 2013

Welcoming staff and very good food with vegetarian choices. I love the concert nights...food, wine and great entertainment. Go to relax and eat well.

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4.5 star rating
bookmark this as a "travel find
August 01, 2013

lots of adjectives for this place. Let me try a few new ones. Kaleidoscope of colours and textures. Kites and flags and carpets and art work galore. An eclectic potpourri of many different cultures.
A very pleasing blend of jazz club, poetry den, magic carpet ride and quaint hang out that only locals are supposed to know about. The food... more

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4.5 star rating
Fun Dining in Penticton
July 25, 2013

From the decor to the atmosphere to the amazing music - the Dream Cafe in Penticton is a must visit. Top off an excellent meal with one of their decadent desserts or specialty coffees.

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4.5 star rating
Unique options, great food & service
July 14, 2013

Stopped here for lunch while walking around downtown. Sat outside on the patio since the trees offered some shade. Our waitress was friendly and helpful in deciding which of the many options to choose from. As a vegan, this was a great place where I felt I had lots of options, but my husband (who is not vegan) had plenty... more

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4.5 star rating
Environment
July 11, 2013

The environment is worth everything. We went there for a brunch, not much variety, but taste was good. Don't forget to try the jam.

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4.5 star rating
Nice place for lunch
July 06, 2013

Stopped by for lunch and enjoyed very friendly service while sitting outside in the sun. The menu is great, lots of choices and fresh.

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4.5 star rating
A favorite place
June 29, 2013

We love the Dream Cafe. Whenever we are in Penticton, we try to get in for one of the shows. Recently just saw a blues artist there, was a fun evening. Its a great place to see music, terrific atmosphere, is incredibly comfortable, food is good, Pierre the owner, is the consumate host. We are from the U.S., so we... more

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4.5 star rating
I wish this place was in my home city
June 16, 2013

We were lucky to get tickets on a Saturday night. I don't think there is a bad seat in the place. Very intimate concert venue. Dinner was great - fresh ingredients, well prepared. It was a special night - great food, wine and music.

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4.5 star rating
Varied menu
May 28, 2013

The menu has a lot of choices from tandoori or Morroccan chicken to wraps and papadams. There is something for everyone here. The decor is also eclectic and very interesting. The owner is welcoming and friendly. The night we were there we enjoyed first class entertainment by Gary Comeau and the Voodoo Allstars , a New Orleans style blues band... more

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4.5 star rating
Amazing food
May 09, 2013

We had an amazing lunch on the outside patio. Serve was great and food was excellent. I had the tandoori wrap with the roast veggie salad. YUMMY! I would go back in a heartbeat and if I lived here it would be a regular hangout:)

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4.5 star rating
music, entertainment and good food
April 27, 2013

Great venue for musical talent they bring in regularly. Best to buy tickets in advance for nighttime entertainment. Also small but nice outside patio for lunch and interesting interior for a good meal at other times. Located downtown on eclectic Front Street. Nice, and relaxing

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4.5 star rating
Great idea for a date night
April 15, 2013

A very romantic place to take your sweetie for dinner and a show. I love the seating arrangements. There is not a bad seat in the place. Pierre is awesome and a terrific host who takes fabulous care of you the minute you walk in till the time you leave.

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4.5 star rating
What a cool place
April 14, 2013

We loved the Dream Café, the music was great, the ambiance is totally there. The food main was ok but we had the toffee desert which was very good! They also have good wines and the whole experience was really nice. We will definitely go back to see more live music there!

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4.5 star rating
Great Place to Eat and Enjoy Music
April 05, 2013

We showed up around 17:30 without reservation on Saturday before Easter and had no trouble getting a decent table, overlooking the side of the stage. The food (we chose the daily special beef stew) was yummy, and we could have eaten twice the portion having spent the day hiking (would have been fine though on a normal day). A fantastic... more

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4.5 star rating
Great food
April 04, 2013

Very good menu with wonderful selections. Good atmosphere and attentive wait staff. Food well prepared and presented.

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4.5 star rating
Never fails to impress with atmosphere and hospitality
March 16, 2013

We came in for dinner and entertainment. This is such a wonderful venue for getting 'up close and personal' with the entertainment. Meaning that many of the tables are within feet of the stage, but all the tables give a good view of the stage. This is "The Place" for jazz and blues in Penticton.
Try the baked Parmesan Chicken... more

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4.5 star rating
Comfortable, classy, 'caribe
March 14, 2013

I dropped in for lunch on a Friday afternoon, and found both the decor and the service to be excellent. I ordered the Kari Kacang with "soup #2" and was very pleased with the flavours of both. Coffee was good as well. The ambiance there is really quite splendid, and the room is setup such that you could see the... more

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4.5 star rating
Unique
January 13, 2013

A Caribbean influenced menu and atmosphere. Very nice looking place, and the food held a lot of promise..... while the orders took some time to arrive, the food was good...our group had the fritatta, chorizo eggs benny and kari kacang/veggie samosa combo with a veggie barley soup.....I wasnt overly impressed with the look of the chorizo eggs benny, but my... more

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4.5 star rating
Very cool and hip
December 25, 2012

This place is awesome...the seating seemed very tight but then we realized the seating is in a tiered semi circle around a stage where there are evening performances on a regular basis. We had just stopped in for lunch. The food was pretty good, not the best I've ever had, but the ambience makes up for it!

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4.5 star rating
Had a great meal, saw a wonderful concert
December 20, 2012

Went there to see one of my favourite Canadian songwriters......Ontario's Fred Eaglesmith, playin solo. Loved it. Bought five of his cd's. And I ordered the roast beef and yorkshire pudding special. Real Yorkshire pudding! And the roast was beautifully prepared. I'll be back!

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4.5 star rating
It's okay
December 19, 2012

The restaurant has friendly staff so I feel bad saying that the food kind of sucks.. But it does. Nothing seemed homemade or even fresh. From the appies to dessert it all tasted premade or frozen. They did have a good wine list.

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4.5 star rating
Are you closed for the season
December 17, 2012

I heard and read so much about this place, that on my recent visit (last week) to Penticton I thought of having dinner there. To my great surprise the place was closed around 7:30 or 7:45 p.m. Needless to say, I went elsewhere.

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4.5 star rating
Excellent restaurant/service
December 11, 2012

We went here for breakfast, and had a great wairess, and great service! Pierre the owner invited us back for live music the next night, and didn't disappoint with great food and music! This gem is a must!

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4.5 star rating
years later
November 24, 2012

i went here for breakfast/brunch years ago with my son and his friends, before grandkids. i came back last week with my grandchildren. i had a delicious carrot lentin soup. they made my g'children a grilled cheese sandwich that was not on the menu. this place is incredibly decorated from the owner's world travels, so lots for the grandchildren to... more

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4.5 star rating
Pierre & Debra and their wonderful staff make this place a home away from home
November 12, 2012

Music is the best in the ENTIRE VALLEY ... Make sure this place is on your bucket list - and then you will end up coming here all the time if you love GREAT MUSIC / ENTERTAINMENT and terrific food and staff!

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4.5 star rating
Good times
October 24, 2012

Good food, good staff, good music, good atmosphere. Good God what more can you ask for!!?? I take friends for their first time visit and always enjoy their reactions. Pierre is a hoot. His taste in music is excellent, (because it is similar to mine!), but there is something for everyone there.

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4.5 star rating
funky
October 07, 2012

live entertainment (jazz), very very good service(food came fast) , funky, good food with flare, did not dissapoint will dine here again.

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4.5 star rating
Great great music
October 01, 2012

This place has a terrific atmosphere and Pierre is delightful. Some of the best folk and jazz oriented musicians in Canada end up playing there. And it's quiet when the musicians are playing. Every table has a good site-line to the stage. The food? It's OK......but it would be nice to see a few other dishes on there. And I... more

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4.5 star rating
Fantastic Entertainment
September 19, 2012

This lovely cafe has a great outside patio as well as a unique atmosphere in the interior. They have entertainment on the weekend and it is always well worth it. I believe there are 100 seats in the cafe. We were there for the Eric Bibb concert and it was amazing. My relatives have gone to quite a few concerts... more

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4.5 star rating
Wild Decor and great staff
September 10, 2012

We were looking for healthy interesting food and found it here! We were there for an early dinner on a Sunday afternoon and all the other customers were sitting outside on the streetside patio. I had a great Lime Chicken salad and my family had pannini's, all were fantastic and fresh. The decor is wild and contains every colour under... more

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4.5 star rating
very ecclectic atmosphere and interesting menu
September 06, 2012

This cute and charming eatery is one of a kind. Offers live entertainment on weekends. We shared the signature ceaser salad, garlic parm chicken & prawns, sticky toffee cake. Lots of food, well prepared and nicely presented. If you like a more quaint style restaruant this is a good pick. Look forward to a return visit. Service was very good... more

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4.5 star rating
Dinner shows are the highlight
January 04, 2007

The Dream Cafe is the place in the South Okanagan to go for live music and dinner. The food is delicious, and the place is usually packed at lunch, but dinner is the key. Definitely make a reservation on show night – tickets and food are affordable.

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February 23, 2013

The Dream Cafe is a cozy and comfortable local cafe that allows its patrons to savor their cup of coffee and light snacks sans any disturbances. It also features live music concerts on certain days and every performance here is well-attended. Dream Cafe has an unique concept of 'shush note', that underlines the importance of silence during an on-going performance and if the crowd on the other... more

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