Whistler knows how to treat its guests. Not only is it home to some of the best ski slopes in Canada, the town itself is not short of amazing places to treat yourself to a mouth-watering evening dinner. While you’ll find a plethora of restaurants and cafés that cover the spectrum of restaurant types, we’re going to focus on places that are just that little extra bit special. If you’re looking for 5 stars, here’s eight places to start you off.
Their website claims that “no two visits are the same”, which is the perfect excuse to visit twice and sample as much of their large menu as possible. With a food choice clocking in at 8 starters, 6 mains, 5 sharing sides and 5 desserts, there’s plenty to make the mouth water such as elk tartar & foie gras parfait and whole roasted pork shank. There are also dedicated wine and cocktail menus to complement your dish of choice.
Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar
Any visitors that have a bit of a love affair with seafood can show their devotion at this luxury diner. Their dedicated oyster bar is open every afternoon from 3pm-5pm and the oysters are hand-picked daily by a team of experienced oystermen. The main restaurant is also seafood-centric with 11 varieties of oyster and five seafood dishes that include a two-tiered seafood tower. The dessert menu is also impressive and offers a generous list of artisan cheeses.
Found within Nita Lake Lodge, their dining menu is to-the-point but inclusive. Boasting meat, seafood, gluten-free and vegan options, even the most discerning palate will find something to smile about. Menu highlights include crispy wild boar belly, pan seared Vancouver Island salmon, and vegan pumpkin spice crème brûlée.
Sidecut Modern Steak + Bar
You probably weren’t expecting to eat your finest steak ever in a small alpine town. However, Sidecut uses premium local ingredients and boasts a strict farm and ocean-to-table policy. The menu is diverse for a steak house and states the origin of each cut, while also including options for seafood fans and vegetarians.
If it’s fine wines you’re after, we recommend this gem. The restaurant boasts a wine collection of overall 350 regional and international flavours, with experienced Sommeliers there to hand-pick the best accompaniment to your chosen dish. To top it off, the beautifully decorated room offers an impeccable view of Whistler Mountain.
While the word bistro conjures up an image of a simple Parisian café infused with coffee, this alpine hideaway is much more than that. The main menu offers delectable mains such as Atlantic lobster gratin, Theissen farm pheasant and Canadian prime beef strip loin. However, if you’re just looking for drinks you’ve also come to right place. It’s also home to the world’s coldest vodka tasting room, Ketel One Ice Room that serves over 50 varieties of vodka.
Quattro at Whistler
If you’re looking for high-quality food, but want a relaxed atmosphere, our vote is this place. Specialising in modern Italian dishes, this place is adorned with an open kitchen, two cosy fireplaces and two fully-private wine rooms to host private functions. There’s also a special group menu with pre-set courses and reception menu.
Trattoria di Umberto
After an active day on the slopes, your body will probably be craving something warm and hearty. That’s where this Tuscan-inspired Italian steps in. Located in the heart of Whistler village, this restaurant is family-friendly but very popular and we recommend reserving in advance.