A Top 10 Taste of Whistler Restaurants
Being one of the hottest attractions in North America has brought a lot of attention to Whistler, and playing host to the 2010 Winter Olympics has only increased its profile.
That means a lot of different appetites visit the mountain resort town, and the variety of Whistler restaurants has grown to match those appetites. Perhaps unique to small areas, though, is the ability to lightly touch upon the cream of the crop in a single review.
Below is a list of well-reviewed options in no particular order.
Araxi Restaurant + Bar
This Whistler institution has been in residence for more than 20 years, and offers the best in steak and seafood. The wait staff is professional and knowledgeable, especially considering its 1000+ wine list, and serves you in a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Don’t let the name fool you – this place has much more class than a Seinfeld diner. Sparkling views and roaring fireplaces add a fine mountain touch to excellent food and a well-stocked bar. Yet, it maintains a very casual feel that encourages you to relax and enjoy the scenery.
Billed as Canada’s “premiere steakhouse,” the ambience of Hy’s delivers the ultimate steakhouse experience. Waiters in butcher coats and lots of dark wood round out the decor, and the food makes the grade. The staff is wine savvy as well, which is a nice touch.
Dubh Linn Gate
This spot in Whistler Village is known for its breakfast and its beer, but perhaps not at the same time! The food is good (although perhaps not authentically Irish), the beer is reasonably priced and there is live entertainment in the evenings from time to time.
This is a favorite for Blackcomb skiers thanks to its breakfast menu and location in Whistler Village. It’s a good spot to stop before or after a day on the slopes, but you don’t need skis to feel welcome.
Rim Rock Cafe
This local favorite has been in business for more than 20 years and places a premium on high-quality seafood. Its location in Creekside places it out of walking distance for village dwellers, but people do not hesitate to drive or get a cab to enjoy the great food here.
This Italian restaurant delivers for the money. It has a nice, if eclectic selection of food anchored by good wood-fired pizzas. The menu is priced for a family night out, and attracts repeat business looking for good value.
If you’re looking for something other than great beer, well… you’re in luck! The Brewhouse offers a fair selection of good food. But, it really is all about the beer and the laid-back atmosphere at this Whistler Village pub.
This may be the best sushi joint in Whistler. It simply has great fish and it’s usually not too crowded because it is a good distance from the lifts (sorry skiers!) in Whistler Village. Among the usual Whistler eateries, though, this is a stand out.
Celadon Korean Cuisine
How about a little Korean barbecue? This unique Whistler favorite, located in the Hilton Resort, offers you the chance to grill up your own delicious meat, seafood and veggies at your table. If you’ve never tried it before, it’s a great treat and will add to your memories of a great to trip the mountains.
And, that’s a wrap! Of course, there are many other restaurants hiding among the Whistler hotels and other accommodations, so don’t be afraid to get out there and discover your own Whistler Top 10.