You’ve just finished slashing your way through the light, bottomless, powdery snowpack that everyone who comes to Whistler always talks about. You started at the top and found the deepest, untracked lines all the way down to the base of the continents largest ski resort. Congratulations. Naturally, you are exhausted and chances are good that you are also hungry. Usually you’d grab a quick slice and a couple napkins at the nearest hot and ready pizza joint, but not today. Today, you’re feeling fancy and yes, you are allowed to pamper yourself at one of the best restaurants in Whistler. “For there is no sincerer love than the love of food”, as George B. Shaw used to say .
While you are busy trading in your technical, on hill garb for a quick rinse and some more refined après attire, you can rest easy knowing that we did some labor intensive research to help you impress that someone special (or maybe just yourself) with a fancy night on the town.
In no particular order, we compiled a list to help you explore the 6 Best Restaurants in Whistler, BC. Personally, we think you should try them all.
1. Rim Rock Café & Oyster Bar
Long considered Whistler’s number one dining experience and best choice for seafood and game, it’s no wonder Rim Rock will be celebrating their third decade of providing delectable, Pacific Northwest inspired provisions. Savor their flawlessly seared wild game options and impeccable sea offerings while saving room for their in house constructed (or deconstructed) dessert selections. A must do in the Whistler scene and undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Whistler . Reservations Recommended. 2117 Whistler Road (604) 932-5565
2. Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Farm to table dining at its finest, Araxi offers beautifully hand crafted seasonal menus with a focus on locally sourced ingredients and perfectly paired wines of award winning proportions. Cozy up to the marble top oyster bar and allow their expert oysterman to regal you with stunning specifics about the dozen varieties of fresh oysters received daily. Araxi is a MUST on your foodie bucket list and it certainly deserves its title as one of the best restaurants in Whistler and around BC. Reservations Highly Recommended. 4222 Village Square (604) 932-4540
3 . Bearfoot Bistro
A self-proclaimed culinary journey, Bearfoot Bistro is nothing short of a uniquely adventurous Whistler experience. Feast on the seasonal delicacies of locally sourced wild game and seafood, emblazoned with a thoughtful international twist lead by Chef Melissa Craig. Some say this is probably the best restaurant in Whistler. The after dinner entertainment is as exceptional as the meal, so try your hand at the centuries old Champagne Sabering tradition or cuddle up next to that someone special in the Kettle One Ice Room – the worlds coldest (-32C) vodka tasting room. They also boast the largest wine cellar in all of British Columbia, so don’t pass up pairing a bottle of red with one of their decadent desserts. 4121 Village Green. (604) 932-3433
4. Hy’s Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar
Bask in the warm, welcoming, wooded atmosphere of the Whistler edition of the famous Hy’s Steakhouse. Known for their in house cuts of prime grade beef, aged to perfection and grilled to your personal satisfaction Hy’s is the place to go for your dream steak dinner but their Ahi Tuna is a guest favorite as well. They boast an awarded wine list as well as an impressive selection of cold cocktails, all carefully concocted by a top-notch service team. 4308 Main Street (604) 905-5555
5. The Grill Room
Located within the Fairmount Chateau Whistler, the open, airy and inviting room offers lots of beautiful natural light and warm, flickering ambiance from the central stone hearth. The seasonally changing menu incorporates oceanwise seafood, local organic produce and carefully selected Canadian AAA Beef. Knowledgeable and attentive floor staff offers great recommendations from their BC wine list as well. 4599 Chateau Blvd (604) 938-2033
6. Il Caminetto di Umerto.
Beautifully curated and artfully presented, fine Tuscan cuisine in a relaxing and romantic atmosphere on the Whistler Village stroll. The classic Italian menu is born from the masterful hands of Umberto Menghi, chef extraordinaire. When you call ahead to book a table for two, inquire about the live entertainment warming the piano seat that evening. Reservations Recommended. 4242 Village Stroll. (604) 932-4442
If you are travelling with kids and you are looking for a family friendly restaurant, check out family friendly restaurants guide. For an exhaustive list of restaurants, check our complete list of Whistler restaurants guide. If you are in search for a hearty breakfast, browse our Breakfast BLOG .