Whistler is best known as an outdoor paradise; famous for skiing, hiking, mountain biking, glacial lakes and incredible natural beauty. Equally appealing is the quaint pedestrian village and burgeoning food scene. Here are some of the top picks for a great meal in Whistler.
Sushi Village $$$
Sushi Village is beloved by locals and visitors alike for their superior sushi and creative Japanese dishes. They are famous for their rolls, which are to die for, but you also can’t miss out on their fresh sashimi. The agedashi tofu is about the tastiest in the world, and they offer three variations on this popular dish. Sushi Village is always busy, expect to wait over an hour, put your name down, and have a drink while you wait. It’s great for groups, as there are private tatami rooms at the back of the restaurant, where the sake margaritas usually flow heavily. You can even get sake in dumbos, 1 Litre servings. Signed notes from famous visitors adorn one whole wall, and the atmosphere is lively. If there’s one restaurant you visit, make it Sushi Village.
4340 Sundial Crescent, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Araxi is the most revered fine dining restaurant in Whistler, and has won best restaurant in Whistler consistently over the last decade. The bar at Araxi has a cozy, fun feel, and is more lively than the luxurious dining room. The menu excels with seafood and meat dishes that have a classic BC feel to them. The seafood towers are very popular. There is also an oyster bar, with half-price oysters during happy hour, between 3 pm to 5 pm. They have a vegetarian menu and all mains are gluten-free.
110 – 4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Il Caminetto $$$$
Il Caminetto is delectable Italian food, served on white table cloths, with an extensive wine and cocktail list. The seat yourself bar area is a less formal atmosphere and is perfect if you haven’t made a reservation. Il Caminetto is stylish with rich food and friendly service. Excellent for a romantic dinner, or special occasion. In the shoulder season, they have reasonably priced tasting menus.
4242 Village Stroll, Whistler, BC V0N 1B0
Steeps Grill & Wine Bar $$$
Steeps Grill is the upmarket restaurant up on Whistler mountain. Visitors dine here mainly for the incredible view, but the food is good too! They are known for their Winemaker Apres series in winter, and the Winemaker dinner series in summer. Much of the food is sourced from the Pemberton valley, and the menu is small and diverse. This won’t be the best food you eat in Whistler, but it has the most stunning location, at 1850 feet above sea level.
4545 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
While the food is tasty, their charcuterie and cheese selection really stands out. Order from three different selections, or per cheese, and pair with local wine. Basalt is classy, yet unpretentious, and it tends to be easier to get into than some of the others on this list. It has a lovely patio with firepits and it’s a great place for apres-ski. The happy hour has good wine and beer specials between 5-6 pm daily. Outside of peak season, they also do 3-course tasting menus for $26 per person, which can’t be beaten.
4154 Village Green #13, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Bar OSO $$$
Bar Oso is a tiny tapas bar from the owners of Araxi and Il Caminetto, who only invest in quality. With seating for 30, they will text you when a table is ready. The cocktails are top-notch, especially the gin options. The food is Basque tapas-style with pintxos and small plates. The charcuterie board is great for sharing. The place is so cool, you could be in the heart of Barcelona.
150-4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Bearfoot Bistro $$$$
The Bearfoot Bistro has a lot to offer, with a Ketel One ice room, champagne bar, chef’s table and private dining in the cellar. The bartenders are pure craftsmen, and sitting at the bar allows you to observe them at work. They offer summer specials, like three-course lobster dinner from $58CAD on Sundays and daily oysters specials between 5 pm to 7 pm. Order a la carte, or try the three or five-course tasting menus.
4121 Village Green, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
The Rimrock Cafe
The Rimrock Cafe is a locals favourite and is widely regarded as one of Whistler’s best restaurants. With a focus on game and seafood, they offer a la carte or a 3-course menu. In the spring and fall, the set menu drops to $49 per person and includes lobster, duck, and venison as options for mains. They also have an impressive wine list, featuring top wines from around the world. Enjoy their large patio in the summer, or cozy mountain decor in the colder months. This Creekside gem has been delivering quality food since 1986.
2117 Whistler Rd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B2
Red Door Bistro
Red Door specialises in French-inspired West Coast cuisine. The small dining room books out months in advance, so be sure to make a reservation! They offer a la carte or a tasting menu. The Red Door has reached legendary status while remaining unpretentious.
2129 Lake Placid Rd RR 2, Whistler, BC
Quattro at Whistler
Quattro is another fine Italian restaurant with delicious food in a cozy, romantic setting. Enjoy rustic pasta dishes, seasonal creations, and family style meals. Their wine list is great and the pasta is a highlight. They offer seasonal special menus.
4319 Main St, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4