Smack Dab has been very busy since we opened,” says Heather Schroeter, general manager at Kelowna’s Manteo Resort, about its smash hit eatery that opened in mid-March. “Our guests are very impressed with the spaciousness, the decor, our new casual menu…our ‘vibe.’. The View Room, our private dining room, seating up to 36, has been very popular.”

Smack Dab is definitely what Kelowna needs. With all the incredible restaurants and talented chefs developing unique cuisine to complement Okanagan wines, Manteo saw the opportunity to do something unexpected and spent $1.5 million renovating the former Wild Apple Restaurant. The result was Smack Dab, a casual and fun gathering place for locals as well as hotel guests, offering a spectacular, spacious lakeside environment.

Smack Dab boasts the largest outdoor patio in Kelowna, with 150 seats, sure to be a favourite venue in the summer. “We will also have 30 seats with lounge seating, comfortable couches and chairs and an additional 120 seats at tables – a combination of 4’s and 6’s, gas lanterns and white lights,” says Heather. 

Smack Dab’s extensive, creative menu offers everything from appies to entrees and breakfast to late night snacks. You can sit in a booth and watch the chefs prepare your favourite item.  Heather says that so far, the bestsellers are Fish Tacones, the Crispy Chicken Sandwich, and Forno Oven Pizzas. There’s even a special menus for kids under 10.

Besides an impressive offering of wines and cocktails, Smack Dab offers Kelowna’s largest selection of craft beer from BC and the Pacific Northwest. 

“The craft beers have been very popular,” says Heather. “We have a flight of 5 4-ounce tasters and you can choose from any of our 12 taps. We also have a 5-wine flight which has been very popular as well.” 

Whether you want a family-friendly breakfast, a beer after work, or an elegant multi-course dinner, you’ll find it at Smack Dab, where you say hello to your taste buds. One at a time. 

~ Dona Sturmanis