Well, it was a Saturday night at about 10pm. My wife and I were in Whistler for the weekend and wanted somewhere nice to eat. Most places in Whistler close early as this wasn't our first choice, but boy were we glad that we ended up here. We have heard of the North Vancouver location, but did not know the Whistler located existed. Its a little pricey, but its authentic Italian, so we were okay with it.
We entered the restaurant and right away somebody told us about a 5-10 min wait and sat us on a side table with a drink/wine menu. That wine Menu was massive. Bigger than any menu I've at a restaurant. It was great as my dad makes his own wine, so I've always been interested in wine growing up (beer person at heart :p) A waiter comes shortly asking us for our drinks, telling us his recommendations. My wife is pregnant and can't drink wine, so we got a bottle of San Pellegrino and a recommended glass of red wine for myself. We were then seated at our table with food menus. The atmosphere is very nice and classy, but not too classy, so you felt comfortable and relaxed.
Our drinks and assortment of breads/butter came with our waitress and was told about the specials and recommendations. My wife is vegan, so she's kinda limited to what she can eat. She decided to start with the CARPACCIO FUNGHI:$13 PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM CARPACCIO, GOAT CHEESE, ARUGULA, PISTACHIO VINAIGRETTE. We took out Goat cheese and she was happy. She then ordered GNOCCHI AL POMODORO:$24 PEMBERTON POTATO GNOCCHI, FRESH TOMATO BASIL as her main. She said it was full of flavour and loved the texture of the pasta.
For myself, I ended up getting a seasonal dinner they had, which was a 4 course meal for $31, I started off with seasoned/baked sliced of bread, topped with some type of spread and what I believe was white asparagus. It was on a plate with lightly dressed arugula. It was refreshing and a great start for what I had in store. The next item I received was a smaller version of the CARPACCIO FUNGHI. For my main, I decided to go with FILETTO AL MARSALA: $38 MESQUITE GRILLED �AAA� BEEF TENDERLOIN, MARSALA ONION SUCCO. Im assuming it was a modified and smaller version because of the $38 price tag and my 4-course was only $31. The meat was very tender and I didn't even need a knife. It was beautifully seasoned and was laid on a bed of mashed potatoes.It also had a nice combination of seasoned grilled vegetables.
For desert, I chose Panna Cotta. It has burnt Caramel on top and served with chocolate/raspberry syrup. It was probably the best I've had ( I don't have it often). My wife ordered an assortment of freshly made Gelato. It was very tasty and creamy. We both decided to order a nice cup of Espresso to go with our deserts. It was very excellent and cut the sweetness perfectly.
Overall, I was impressed with this restaurant as the food was great and our waitress was always there to help us especially my wife. I will go again. Also, take note the of the biggest Pepper grinder You will ever see. That thing was massive. Hope you enjoyed the review.
Went here on our anniversary. Just diagnosed as gluten sensitive so was sad about bread. The staff were amazing and suggested options. Had roti with korma sauce and butter chicken sauce and aloo gobi. Since I dont eat meat either. It was absolutely amazing. Host even told me how to make roti at home. Would totally recomend and will be back.
My husband and I randomly stopped in here for dinner one night on our honeymoon because it was close to where we were staying and I was craving some Indian food. The food was so phenomenal that we ended up coming back two other times during our week and a half stay! We tried a variety of different dishes, none of which were anything less that fantastic. Their Nan is amazing, and they even have little windows where they let you watch them make it (which is great for the "how it’s made" type of people like my husband and myself!). Their Paneer, which we had in several different dishes, is wonderful! The Chicken Tikki Masala, Tandoori Chicken and Butter Chicken were the best we have ever had. My husband thought he didn't like Indian food until he came here!
In addition to the amazing food, the service is incredible. No matter what time of day we arrived to eat, we were always treated like we were important. They are fast and friendly! I would recommend this restaurant to all Whistler visitors!
Honestly was really disappointed by this place. People had talked it up and in the end it was super overpriced pizza in an improperly ventilated and kitschy space. I honestly think the contractor that built their woodfire oven didn't do it to code because I smelled so much like smoke when I left I felt dizzy from it.
To top it all off the pizza was nothing to write home about... I found it dry and it lacked toppings. I'll take an Earl's pizza for half the price any day!
My cousin and i treated ourselves to dinner at Araxi last week. It was wonderful and we were so glad we went.
The restaurant was packed and we were shown to our table in the centre. Next time i'll request a table on the side as it was noisy.
Our server was great and she recommended a carafe of wine which went very well with our food.
My cousin had the miso crusted sable fish and i had the risotto. She raved about her dish and the risotto was fabulous and memorable.
We shared a creme brulee for dessert. It was delicious and we really enjoyed it. As we were sharing, they included 2 mini ginger cookies with it.
We were a bit hesitant to go as we are not "rich" and wondered how two women on a break would be treated? Our service was great and the fact that we did not order a pricey bottle of wine or appetizers etc. made no difference. We were comfortable and enjoyed being there.
Great chef's are artists and that is very apparent at Araxi's. We really appreciated their abilities to develop complex flavours.
Our bill with tip was around $120 and we considered it money well spent.
Will be going back and looking forward to it!
We have been coming to Whistler for many years and have eaten at Trattoria quite a few times. Last night we (a party of 6) ate at the restaurant. We were told that there would be two waiters helping us tonight. The male waiter was there to take our wine order. I told him the two wines we were considering in the $40+ price range. He immediately recommended a very nice bottle that was $86. I said that was more than we wanted to pay and that the $45 bottle was our choice. Our waiter immediately brought the $86 bottle of wine and was ready to open it. I happened to examine the bottle and noticed it wasn't the bottle we ordered. The wine we selected was soon brought to us; however, that was the last we saw of that waiter.
Our next waiter was excellent and provided very good service. However, the food was not up to the usual standard. The potato portion of the meal was very marginal. I hope that the mistake with the wine was not intentional and the kitchen was a little off because it was a busy Friday night. I am unsure if I will be back.
We always like to try out different restaurants when going to Whistler, and after attempting for 10 years, we finally managed to book a table at Rim Rock Cafe this time.
Four of us dined there. The decor is rustic and a bit old fashioned, and lighting is dim, but we went there for the food, and it sure was our best experience ever among restaurants in Whistler. Every dish was spectacularly good, and the sticky toffee pudding, in particular, was unbelievable and unforgettable.
Service was excellent, and there was a very good wine list, with very interesting wines available by not just 5 oz. regular glasses, but also 1 oz. taster glasses.
No wonder this place is full all the time. When we left at around 8:15 pm, there were still people waiting for a table at the entrance.
I can't recommended this highly enough.
I usually take my family out for a Chinese meal for Chinese New Year. This year, as we were in Whistler, I was apprehensive as we've been spoilt by the good restaurants in Vancouver.
After researching online, (and being confused), I approached Gold Leaf and explained what I needed. The lady was extremely nice and helpful, and we settled on a simple menu. I went back to pick up later, and we were delighted.
The hot and sour soup was the best our family has ever had. The other dishes were solid home cooking. We were delighted that they could accommodate us even though they are not a high end restaurant.
I wholeheartedly recommend them for solid Chinese food. I should know, I'm Chinese.
This is my second time to this place and it did not disappoint. Very innovative cuisine put together by young and inspried chefs. One course was served on piece of slate...Excellent service; they even split up wine parings for us since we each ordered different courses in the 3 course meal. Looks tiny from the outside but roomier than expected and very cozy:)
Watching from the first flor of this establishment the kitchen below was not a good start - especially watching cooks preparing food.....not as clean as I would wish this to be...
Food was pricy, but taste wasn't up to the price.
We have to wait for salad and soup over 40 min... It would be nice if we would be inform that this would take so long......
over all bad experience - would not recommend it....
Despicable service. They should be ashamed to have some of the people they have working behind the bar. To request a tip when ordering shots at the bar is beyond rude and shouldn't even be expected and on top of that they kick you out for it? In what world do they live in. Learn how to treat your customers!
This restaurant is somewhat away from it all, but that's where its charm is, being secluded and by the lakefront, with spectacular views from its windows.
The food was outstanding -- venison loin, bouillabaise, even something that seems ordinary like roast chicken or a simple salad. Even the bread was delicious, as was the oil and balsamic reduction for dipping the bread into. Great service, good ambiance. You can't go wrong with this place. Highly recommended.
6 of us ate here in the evening, which means we didn't get to enjoy the wonderful lake view because it was all dark outside, but we had been in this hotel before in the daytime, and the daytime view could indeed contribute a lot to the experience, but this restaurant is open only for dinner, and in the winter, it is always all dark by then. Still, given the decor and the lighting, the ambiance in the evening was outstanding. Our complaint mostly involve the food. In terms of flavour, some dishes were outstanding (such as the bison, raviolo, and pork belly), some others were OK, and a few were less-than-OK, which should not be the case given the prices they charge. The less-than-OK dishes include the potato soup, which was spectacular in presentation, but completely bland in flavour. Worse still, it was lukewarm only, almost just room temperature. Similarly, several other dishes (but not all) were also lukewarm. This is a big no-no to me and is something the kitchen could easily improve on. Another dish that disappointed was the Tiramisu. There was nothing wrong with the flavour other than that it was slightly on the bland side (again), but its problem was that it was extremely thick and overly rich, and I felt like eating a thick cream. One mouthful and I was almost coming down with indigestion.
Given the pedigree of the chef, I had expected better. Hopefully, things will improve with time.
We had lunch this week at Longhorn.. I've been there many times after skiing for drinks but never to eat at. The food is so terrible that I actually took the time to come on here to register a login to make a note of it. Longhorn food is super expensive and its not worth half the price. I had a quesdilla. Really, looked like it came from an old age home cafeteria. Bland pale tomatoes, the salsa looked like it was born in 1993. The worst of it was my poor cousin's cajun burger. It was dried and shriveled and had a serious dumping of powdered seasoning. The cajun burger at Red Robin looks gourmet in comparison. My cousin left the chicken and ate the bun.. so sad. Complaining got us 25% off his burger - a whole $3.00 off our bill. Didn't even ask if he'd like something else. So many great restaurants in Whistler - save your time and money and eat elsewhere.
Family Dine out. 2AD + 2kids. 5:30 arrival, no one in restaurant. Got busier from there. Food OK, service was attentive, although as diners arrived, dropped off due to one server.
We have been several times before & food was better prior. Value good but food not stellar this time. Lamb was mediocre, tad overcooked, pasta just ok. LIkely to return due to location, value & past experience for family dining. Good value in Whistler for family. This night not the best.
Went to dine here with my parents a couple of days ago and I had the best Chinese meal of my whole vacation in British Columbia. If you're in Whistler you should definitely check it out. The prices are fair, you end up paying more than at the other restaurant in the same building (a greek take out restaurant) but the portions are way bigger. Like two times bigger.
I have tried the Longhorn Saloon every time we come to Whistler because it is in a good location & handy when my boys get down off the hill. However I am always disappointed. The service is the worse in Whistler & that is hard to do as I find the Whistler service is the worst of all vacation spots. At the longhorn you can expect to wait at least 15-20 min for your order to be taken even if it is not busy. I have waited up to 30 minutes just for a soft drink. The food is very hit & miss but usually miss. It is usually cold & takes a long time to get. The food is expensive ( cost me $100 for 1 adult & 3 kids, no alcohol). The ambiance is ok but dirty. They have good music but if u want service, value or good food this is not the place to go. It seems that because of the great location people go there anyway so the staff don't care if you are happy with the experience and do not make an effort to provide good service or food. I am now done trying to give them another chance & will not go back there again. Too bad because it is a great spot to sit & watch your kids bike .
It was late Friday night and my party of four was starving and ready for some good Italian food. Our target was Quattro Whistler. After spending 10 minutes searching for the restaurant, we finally found it off Main Street. We had no reservation and was seated immediately. We knew the evening was going to be special.
The Quottro martinis were delicious, generous and potent. We ordered the Antipasto appetizer, which was an assorted hot and cold plate, served family style. Every item was absolutely fantastic. My only recommendation is for them to label the delicacies so that we know what we were eating.
One of us enjoyed the Spaghetti Pescatore which was a seafood mouthwatering dish. Another enjoyed the elk chops on the specials menu. He ordered it rare and it was served medium well. The server quickly corrected the oversight and returned a perfectly prepared dish.
Me and the Mrs enjoyed the Five Pasta Combination plate. This plate included fusilli tartufati, fettuccine pomodoro, spaghetti amatriciana, tagiatelle pesto, fettuccine ghiottone.
We will definitively be returning to Quattro in the near future.
21 Steps is always my go to resturant for a variety of great tasting food. I can the 3 for 35. Enjoyed a fresh salad and the BC Salmon Bowl. Both were super delicious. Great place to take your friends when you want to impress them.
We were up in Whistler for the May Long weekend - "Girls' Weekend" if you will. Took advantage of the gorgeous weather on Saturday to stroll the Village. We had a hankering for something to drink and some nibblies, and Longhorn Saloon looked like a great place to sit and watch people as they headed up the mountain with their bikes. Of course it was crowded and the music was loud, but that kind of thing doesn't bother me. We were lucky to find an unoccupied table - it just needed to be cleaned up, as the previous occupants' dishes were still sitting on it. Again, no problem; the place was busy. We flagged down one of the servers, and she removed the plates and glasses right away. She didn't give the table a wipe, though, which made for a bit of stickage when I placed my arms on the table. Ewww! We asked if we could have the table wiped - eventually it was. The menu didn't have a lot of items on it appy-wise. We asked for two orders of yam fries. When asking about a drink menu, we were told that they didn't have one! Is it just me, or is that odd? I like to see what kind of beverages are available and how much they cost. Maybe the drinks are written on a chalkboard inside or something. Or not. I didn't want to wade through the very large crowd to go inside and find out. Ended up just ordering an iced tea. The yam fries ($8) were typical pub fare, accompanied by a chipotle/barbecue dip that was pretty tasty. The party atmosphere was fun, and there were a mix of couples, single folk and families (although kids are permitted with parents, we noticed the host turning away unaccompanied minors). Speaking of the host, we found him an entertaining floor show as he bopped around to the music while greeting the restaurant patrons. This is a place that is good for the atmosphere, less so for the food.
|2.||Araxi Restaurant + Bar|
|4.||Rim Rock Cafe And Oyster Bar|
|5.||Old Spaghetti Factory|
|9.||Quattro At Whistler|
|10.||Trattoria Di Umberto Restaurant|
|11.||Amsterdam Cafe, The|
|14.||Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The|
|18.||Pasta Lupino Gourmet|
|19.||Gold Leaf Chinese Food Restaurant|