Culinary Experience

At Sonora Resort, we tell the story of our land and sea through culinary experiences that reflect the bounty of the West Coast using techniques from around the world. Our sustainable approach means we feast on local fare that is provided from sustainable sources, inspired by the changing seasonal harvest. Our cuisine is fresh, unexpected, and inspired.

Savour the exquisite talents of Sonora’s culinary team led by Executive Chef Justine Smith, complimented by the award-winning wine cellar, with more than 1,500 bottles and over 400 selections of local and internationally sourced varietals.

Tyee Dining Room

The Tyee Dining Room is Sonora’s principal culinary establishment that perches over the swirling Yuculta Rapids, where it’s common to see bald eagles, harbour seals, Steller sea lions and large marine mammals feasting in the nutrient-rich waters nearby. Inspired by nature, this space features sweeping windows that frame the ocean view, a large live aquarium teaming with marine life from the surrounding waters, a grand piano and a unique artwork collection.

From the Tyee Patio, the panoramic ocean views are second only to the sumptuous fine dining experience. In high summer, we offer a tapas deck featuring a wood stone oven for an unexpected gourmet twist. Open lunch to late, guests can enjoy a fine wine, hand crafted cocktail or refreshing brew at the Tyee Lounge, located in the Tyee Dining Room. Downstairs, the Chinook Room provides an intimate dining experience with a grand piano and private entrance accessible from the Chinook Patio.

Dining Room Hours
Breakfast6:00am – 10:30am
Lunch11:30am – 2:00pm
Bar Menu2:30pm – 5:00pm
Dinner5:30pm – 9:00pm

Tyee Dining Room
Meet the Chef

Executive Chef Justine Smith leads the talented Relais & Châteaux culinary team at Sonora Resort. Drawing inspiration from the bounty and beauty of the West Coast, Justine’s culinary philosophy centers around using whole products, showcasing natural flavours, and incorporating local ingredients.

Our Food & Beverage program is the product of intense collaboration by a highly accomplished team of passionate chefs, sommeliers, and service staff. Representing a wealth of experience and insight born from years of travel, education, and immersion in their craft, each brings a unique perspective to the food and beverage experience at Sonora Resort.

Executive Chef Justine Smith


Sonora’s sustainable approach means menus change with the seasonal harvest to reflect summer, spring, and fall inspired dishes. Breakfast is served tableside or our gourmet Continental style buffet. Lunch is a refined twist on local fare or a chef’s picnic lunch if adventure takes you away from the resort. In the evening, we offer a 4-course Chef’s Tasting Menu or A-La-Carte Menu, or at the special request of the guest, a delightful specialty Dungeness Crab or Tomahawk steak dinner.

À-la-carte menu


In 2019, Sonora was awarded the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for its outstanding wine list, placing the Sonora wine cellar in company with the world’s top restaurants and wine connoisseurs.

With over 1,500 bottles and over 400 selections of local and internationally sourced varietals, we have whatever the occasion calls for. Choose your own oenological adventure: select the wine pairings that accompany the Chef’s Tasting Menu, query the sommelier for a recommendation, take a cellar tour to scope out the right bottle or opt for our complimentary private label created by Burrowing Owl.

Please note that the Sonora Resort Wine List changes frequently as we replenish our cellar and source new wines.

Pouring red wine