Whistler Eats: Where To Dine Now (From Fancy to Cheap)

From High-end to Value-Priced, here's The Ultimate Guide to Whistler's Best Eats

UPDATED DECEMBER 2018

“We are coming to Whistler for a week. Where should we eat?”

Ski Travel Guru's collective of globe-trotting, food-loving ski fanatics has spent a heck of a lot of time eating around Whistler, and we’re still at it. This dining guide details our current favorite and recommended Whistler restaurants across the full price spectrum, from high-end to mid-range to cheap. Some well-known Whistler eateries are missing from this restaurant guide. It's no oversight. What follows is the roster of places we return to again and again, and—based on the consistent mix of food, service, cost and overall experience—currently most recommend. (And all 33 spots on our list are mapped here, to help you find your way.)

Fine Dining

Essential tip: Reserve well ahead for Whistler’s fine dining! If you’re hoping to dine at any of the following restaurants during peak season (meaning the Christmas/New Year’s holiday, U.S. Presidents’ “week,” B.C. Family Day weekend or March school spring breaks), then be sure to book your table a minimum of six weeks ahead, particularly for the Rimrock and Red Door.

  • Araxi Fine contemporary continental cuisine with Pacific Rim influences and a seasonal and regional focus. Artful and delicious. Oyster bar. Fondue at après-ski.

  • Il Caminetto Upscale modern Italian fare meets seasonal Pacific Northwest influences. Newly reopened in January 2018 under new ownership and chef, with extensive renovations and an all-new menu. Chic, stylish and epicurean. Lovely lounge and bar area, too.

  • Red Door Bistro Cozy, chef-driven gem crafting fine continental mountain fare with a Pacific Northwest focus. Also: A strong contender for best truffle fries on Earth.

  • Rimrock Café Superb fish and game; easygoing yet gracious mountain atmosphere; excellent service.

We also recommend:

  • Alta Bistro Inventive modernist French fare with a locavore and seasonal spin.

  • Christine's Lunch only; in Rendezvous Lodge atop Blackcomb Mountain. Innovative mountain-top fine dining. Plan to linger. Reserve well ahead, particularly for peak times like holidays and Saturdays.

  • Fairmont Chateau Whistler’s Grill Room This elegant chops, steak and seafood restaurant nestled inside Whistler’s largest hotel has been stealing all sorts of dining awards from under other restaurateur’s noses. Book well ahead.

  • Hy’s Classic upscale steakhouse.

  • Quattro Whistler Fine traditional Italian, in a handsome, stay-a-while dining room.

Mid-range Dining

  • Caramba A broad menu of Mediterranean-inspired fare, including wood-fired pizza, rotisserie meats, seafood, pasta, salads. Open kitchen, spacious dining room. Don't miss the calamari.

  • Dubh Linn Gate Tasty Irish pub-style comfort food with a Canadian spin. Frequent live music.

  • Earl’s Whistler Sure, it’s a Canada-wide chain—but the bar and lounge are appealing, the menu offers tasty choices for every member of even the most complicated and all-ages group, and the service is consistent and cheerful. New roster of plant-based options for vegans.

  • Fifi’s Bistro Cozy spot with a great kitchen that puts gourmet flair on everything from burgers and fries to innovative vegan eats. Great choice for breakfast or lunch, and a good little hideaway for dinner. Steps from the new Blackcomb Gondola.

  • FireRock Lounge At the Westin. Tasty contemporary bar fare from the kitchen of the Westin’s main restaurant.

  • Hunter Gather Lively fast casual, with space for loud and large groups. Think slow-cooked meats, cole slaw, doughy white bread buns and craft beer on tap — plus a solid roster of veg-centric bowls for the vegans in your group.

  • Pizzeria Antico Good Neapolitan pizza plus a short list of classic pasta and salads. Space for large families and groups.

  • Portobello At the Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Upscale fast casual. Newly reopened in December 2017 after a multi-million dollar upgrade. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Tapas, Sushi and Charcuterie

  • Bar Oso Catalan-style tapas; Basque-style pintxos; charcuterie and cheese boards; great gin list.

  • Basalt Charcuterie, cheeses and other alpine-style shared plates; also a select but very good dinner menu of Pacific Northwest mountain fare.

  • Elements A hidden spot with Canadian-inspired shared plates sourced from regional and seasonal ingredients; also excellent for brunch.

  • Sushi Village This hotspot is busy and popular for good reason: Sushi Village consistently delivers the best combined food and service of Whistler’s six sushi restaurants. At peak Whistler times, plan to walk in to put your name on the list at least one hour before you want to be seated.

Value-priced Eats

Coffee and Baked Goods

vegan and gluten-free

  • Green Moustache 100% plant-based and gluten-free. Juices, hot drinks, salads, meal bowls, sweets. Closes at 5 pm most days. Two Whistler locations.

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What's for Lunch? (The British Columbia Edition)

All This Fresh Snow is Making Us Hungry

Snorkeling through powder is standard practice at western Canadian ski areas like Whitewater—and it works up an appetite! Good thing for great ski eats.  Kari Medig | Courtesy    Destination BC

Snorkeling through powder is standard practice at western Canadian ski areas like Whitewater—and it works up an appetite! Good thing for great ski eats. Kari Medig | Courtesy Destination BC

Skiing and boarding the heaps of fresh snow blanketing North America right now is making us hungry. Sometimes, though, we don’t want underwhelming cafeteria burgers or soggy chili fries for our ski lunch. Here are a few tasty discoveries we love instead:

The Philly Cheese Steak sandwich takes a Canadian slopeside twist at  WH20  near  Nelson, British Columbia , Canada.  © Ski Travel Go

The Philly Cheese Steak sandwich takes a Canadian slopeside twist at WH20 near Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. © Ski Travel Go

This Canadian spin on a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich comes from Whitewater in British Columbia, a gem of a mountain beloved both for its kickass skiing and its excellent on-mountain eats. Made-to-order burgers and hot sandwiches at Whitewater’s Fresh Tracks Café and Coal Oil Johnny’s pub run C$14 to C$18.

For hungry skiers on a tighter budget, Whitewater also sells inexpensive yet huge grab-and-go cold sandwiches built from delicious, fresh ingredients. Its massive egg salad sandwich on fresh-baked marbled rye with dill and cucumber for just C$4.50 may well be the most filling yet least expensive made-from-scratch on-mountain lunch in North American skiing. 

Eat your veggies! The Glory Bowl is among the most popular and enduring lunch items at  Whitewater Ski Resort  in Nelson, BC.  © Ski Travel Go

Eat your veggies! The Glory Bowl is among the most popular and enduring lunch items at Whitewater Ski Resort in Nelson, BC. © Ski Travel Go

Whitewater serves its fair share of hearty, meaty eats—but its Fresh Tracks Cafe also is renowned for pioneering excellent vegan ski eats. The plant-based Glory Bowl, above, is an enduring WH20 favorite, featuring brown basmati rice, marinated tofu, shredded beets and carrots, candied almonds and Whitewater’s signature Glory Bowl dressing (so popular and addictive that it helped launch a series of best-selling cookbooks). The Glory Bowl sets its healthy ski-eaters back just C$11.

Fernie Alpine Resort 's Extreme Grilled Cheese melts powder pigs' hearts at the mountaintop Lost Boys Cafe.  © Ski Travel Go

Fernie Alpine Resort's Extreme Grilled Cheese melts powder pigs' hearts at the mountaintop Lost Boys Cafe. © Ski Travel Go

We like the cookies, tea and coffee drinks at  Fernie Alpine 's Lost Boys Cafe, too—not to mention the big mountain views. Fernie is simply stunning!  Dave Heath | Courtesy    Destination BC

We like the cookies, tea and coffee drinks at Fernie Alpine's Lost Boys Cafe, too—not to mention the big mountain views. Fernie is simply stunning! Dave Heath | Courtesy Destination BC

The Extreme Grilled Cheese is the local ski cult’s favorite at Lost Boys Café atop Fernie Alpine Resort, another gem of a mountain on British Columbia’s "Powder Highway." With brie, cheddar, jack and more, this decadent sammy melts cheese-loving ski hearts for C$16. Lost Boys also uses its top-of-mountain panini press for a pulled pork sandwich and a brie-turkey-cranberry sandwich, both also C$16. 

Inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine, this yumsville rice bowl is customized for each diner at the wok station in the fast casual servery at Rendezvous Lodge atop  Blackcomb Mountain .  © Ski Travel Go

Inspired by Southeast Asian cuisine, this yumsville rice bowl is customized for each diner at the wok station in the fast casual servery at Rendezvous Lodge atop Blackcomb Mountain. © Ski Travel Go

Whistler Blackcomb’s on-mountain cafeteria food has dropped in quality and serving size under the mountain’s new ownership—while rising 15%-20% in cost—but we still enjoy this "Thai-inspired" made-to-order lunch bowl (above) from the Rendezvous cafeteria atop Blackcomb. Diners choose their bowl's base (noodles, rice, greens or a combination), protein (chicken, meatballs, pork belly or tofu), vegetable type, sauce (choices range from mild to spicy and include an array of curries as well as a pad thai-style sauce) and toppings. We like to order our Rendezvous lunch bowls gluten-free, with a half-kale/half-rice base, gai lan and green beans for the vegetables, savory pork belly, a half-serving of tamarind sauce and lots of peanuts on top. From C$17.50.

Tacos La Cantina  has two locations in Whistler. At both, burritos are as big as small babies— and salads like this one make even full-grown Californians happy.  © Ski Travel Go

Tacos La Cantina has two locations in Whistler. At both, burritos are as big as small babies— and salads like this one make even full-grown Californians happy. © Ski Travel Go

The smartest bet in Whistler these days is to head to the valley floor for lunch. At La Cantina Urban Taco Bar (two locations in Whistler) the burritos are as large as avalanche control artillery, yet cost only C$11.90. And La Cantina's Luchador salad, pictured above, is a standout in Whistler's great new salad scene. It features pear slices, shredded beets, avocado, cashews, quinoa and mixed greens with a ginger tamari dressing for C$9.50, plus optional add-ons from the taco filling line-up starting at C$3. The restaurant calls this “fresh Mexican fusion.” We call it yum!

Oh hey deep snow of Whistler! All this excellent, over-the-top skiing is making us hungry!  Blake Jorgenson | Courtesy    Destination BC

Oh hey deep snow of Whistler! All this excellent, over-the-top skiing is making us hungry! Blake Jorgenson | Courtesy Destination BC