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“Best intimate venue for live music ever”
Review of The Dream Cafe

The Dream Cafe
Ranked #15 of 201 Restaurants in Penticton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$12
Cuisines: International
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Dining options: After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: SHOW NIGHTS 6pm till close! The Dream Café is a music venue and restaurant located on Colourful Front Street in Penticton, BC. The Dream was established in 2001 and holds over 100 shows every year. Everything from folk, blues, rock, jazz, world, spoken word and everything in between! A little something for everyone. Our menu is always changing & evolving but the essence of the Dream is always there. Our emphasis has and always will be to serve clean, healthy food with a variety of cultures represented on the menu that reflect the eclecticism that is The Dream Café. The Dream Café is a wonderful community that has evolved around music. People from many walks of life and cultures have joined us in the audience as well as on our stage. The beauty is the energy that happens in the room. Thank you all for your continued support!
Reviewed 28 May 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 their love of music and the staff for their friendliness and great service. The food and wine are very good, as well. If you're going to Penticton, check out the Dream Cafe and see who may be playing there.

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Reviewed 28 May 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 art pieces that have been gathered from travels around the world. A very special place!

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Reviewed 18 March 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 I "Googled" it. It just seemed like too small a venue for that kind of a performer; Michael is a popular musician who draws a big audience and this place just seemed too small.
Was I wrong!! I phoned for a reservation and Pierre himself answered the phone, said he'd hold seats for us & didn't even want my credit card info. That never happens & I was actually a little uneasy - wondering if we really did have seats.

Well, what an amazing experience it was! The Dream Cafe is such an intimate setting and just the perfect way to enjoy a musical performance. Every table is close to the performer; you really get to enjoy the music. Because of Pierre's relationship with the performers and the small venue, it just seems perfect - almost like having the artist drop by your own home and spending the evening with you and your friends. You can tell that the musicians are having a good time too.
We have only been here for a meal when there is live music; we drive from Central Alberta specifically for those evenings. We have seen Michael Kaeshammer many times, but also other artists. Without a doubt, the Dream Cafe is the BEST place I've ever been to enjoy live music. The place was packed and yet the staff served dinner in a timely fashion. The menu choices were good and the food was delicious. We always enjoy a good BC wine with our meal too. My suggestion is to order one of the decadent desserts & coffee to be served at intermission.

We have been back many times to the Dream Cafe and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves each time. Check out their website; you won't believe the calibre of talent performing there! We spend the winter in Arizona & it just kills us to see who we are missing. If I lived in Penticton; I would be a regular at the Dream Cafe every week.

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Reviewed 4 March 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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Reviewed 31 January 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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