Need some advice on what to eat? – You’re in the right place.
Speaking from too much experience we’re here to help with that pesky “Too hungry to decide” symptom when looking for a place to eat, or the “I don’t want to try anything new,” “You pick” situations. We’ve sent out our very best, Mitch Carefoot, practically a food wiz connoisseur to get the latest scoop on the best pubs and eateries in the Shuswap to grab a quick bite, hit a patio and listen to music. In no particular order, first up is Barley Station Brewpub!
Location: 20 Shuswap Street SE, Salmon Arm. (Trans Canada Highway)
Contact: (250) 832-0999 / Barley Station Brewpub Website
A little back story: The Barley Station Brew Pub is the first brewpub in the North Okanagan with an onsite brewery that produces small batches of craft beer with no preservatives or chemicals added. When speaking with the owner Stu Bradford he mentioned that they only use only the finest malt and hops available from around the world to produce a quality beer that is second to none! 1. After trying their beer I couldn’t agree more and 2. They won 10 brownie points especially after this comment – “Our beer only has to travel 50 ft. to get to your table, so feel good about doing your part to save the world one beer at a time.”
As we talked more about brewing and his passions we spoke about their Station House Blonde Ale and how it won a Silver Medal at the 2015 Canadian Brewing Awards and the Bushwacker Brown ale had won a gold medal! After spending some unknown amount of time visiting my take away suggestion would be to get a “paddle” sampler of 5 small beer tasters that are placed on a mat that describes the beer and reminds you of what you are tasting! This is great for anyone just being introduced to beer or if you’re having a hard time deciding on just one brew – because trust me, they are all delicious.
The design of the restaurant mimics the old railway station with a new and clean decor but still has the vintage feel. Atmosphere is kicked back casual and will get loud if it is crowded – But by no means should that steer you in the other direction, the menu has an excellent selection and something for everyone with large portion sizes and great value; you will not be disappointed!
Besides the friendly staff the highlight of the brewpub, in my opinion, is the nice outdoor patio on the west side which makes for a great spot to enjoy the afternoon or evening sun while enjoying locally crafted beer and some of the top food in Salmon Arm and the Shuswap.
Click HERE to check out their offers on the GetintheLoop app, including Wings + Beer $12 / Burger + Beer $15!
Location: 251 Harbour Front Dr N.E. Salmon Arm
Contact: (250) 833-1154 / Sand Bar Pub & Aquatico Bay Restaurant Website
So let’s just jump right in – In terms of a view, their patio cannot be beat. It has spectacular views of the Shuswap Lake, bird sanctuary and mountains with quick access to the boardwalk for a post bite stroll. The restaurant itself is attached to the Prestige Resort and provides excellent food at a great value. The huge menu will have something for anyone in your party; from vegetarian dishes to BBQ Ribs (YES. YES. YES!), Steaks and Salmon with other seafood selections available too – So I pretty much recommend everything they serve, you honestly can’t go wrong.
They are also open for breakfast, lunch and dinner AND if you love their food they will even entertain catering your event around town. The staff is super friendly and as soon as you enter the restaurant you will be greeted by a smiling face! The Sand BarPub and Aquatico Bay Restaurant will make you feel like you are on vacation to a far away destination with the natural bright light from the windows. If you haven’t been before, or this is your first time hearing about it – I’m telling you, this needs to be on your top 3 new restaurants to check out this week list. Others have that list right?
GetintheLoop members can receive great breakfast offers on the app, click HERE to see their latest offer, buy one breakfast receive the second one 50% Off!
Location: 995 Lakeshore Dr SW
Contact: (250) 832-9442 / Off The Beat Website
This is the spot for people who like live entertainment! How it came to be is that ‘Big Mike’ owned a night club that hosted live music and shows right across a parking lot from Dave, who also owned a pub that hosted live music and shows. After years of competition these two friends had an amazing idea: Why not combine the two hotspots and give Salmon Arm something special? One place with two rooms of fun and entertainment – Off the Beat Pub and Lounge was born, presenting big city style with a small town attitude!
One of my favourite things about this place is that they host Karaoke night, live jam sessions, bring in live bands and host events throughout the year! It really brings something to the Salmon Arm community and you can check out their website and facebook page to see upcoming events to stay in the Loop!
The pub has a fun, casual environment to meet up with friends, watch the game, or enjoy a beverage before heading back to “life.” You can also shoot some pool on the only public tables in town. They boast an extensive menu of traditional pub food, home style favourites and pizza (All Delicious and too hard to pick a favourite). The Lounge is where you will find live music, stand up comedy and other types of entertainment!
Check them out on GetintheLoop to receive 20% off your bill, half price wings and other great offers!
Location: 81 Shuswap St NW
Contact: (778) 489-2699 / Dough Boyz Pizza Website
When driving through town the team and I absolutely LOVE ordering ahead to pick up from Salmon Arms only Indie Stone Deck Oven pizza. The pizza is hand tossed with Fresh ingredients and cooked in their Stone Ovens (They do not cook pizzas on a conveyer belts). Their passion shows through in each pizza they make and the friendly, inviting atmosphere makes us go back time and time again. If the team and I had to pick a favourite we would recommend trying The Carnivore – it satisfies any craving! I have heard good things about the Mediterranean Delight, The Opa, Pesto Chicken and pretty much any other pizza that comes out of their oven – I will certainly be back to try them all!
They always have great promotions online for pick up and delivery and If you like / love/ need pizza like I do you have to give these guys a go.
Other great restaurants can be found at the Shuswap Tourism page HERE. Make sure to Download the Free GetintheLoop app and stay up to date with the latest offers we have on our Food + Drink Loop in the Shuswap area!