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.)
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.
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.
Misty Mountain Pizza Whistler has lots of pizza joints, but Misty Mountain is our favorite for a slice. Located just inside the village-level plaza of the Hilton, near the base of the lifts.
Pasta Lupino Whistler locals' second kitchen.
Peaked Pies Australian-style individual meat pies.
Riverside Cafe Breakfasts, good burgers at a fair price, Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, soups, salads and more. Located at Riverside Campground, alongside the entrance road to Scandinave Spa, north of Whistler Village.
Samurai Sushi Fresh, simple, clean, tasty and cheap! Two Whistler locations.
Coffee and Baked Goods
200 Degrees & Bread Bunker Cafe Fresh-baked artisanal breads and treats, plus coffee. Two Whistler locations. Limited hours.
Camp Coffee At the very south end of Whistler, in the neighborhood known as Function Junction.
Cranked Espresso Bar North of Whistler Village, in the Rainbow neighborhood.
Mount Currie Coffee Company On the western edge of Whistler's main pedestrian village, on Main Street.
purebread Do not miss this incredible, decadent bakery! Two Whistler locations.
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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