The menu at Alta Bistro features seasonal and local produce from the Pemberton and Fraser Valleys, organic meats from BC farms and ranches and local seafood. This dedication to sustainability spills over to the eclectic wine as well and features wine that is either organic, biodynamic, or sustainable.
Christmas in Whistler, where to dine for dinner? Booked online for Alta Bistro well in advance. Snow and wind outdoors but toasty warm inside. Greeted at the door and seated immediately. Service friendly and efficient. The Winter Menu offered two set 3 course dinner selections. $29/$39. Upgrade was offered for the holiday meal - an extra $6 brought on a trio of ham (pork cheek, shank) with braised red cabbage and mashed potatoes. Two of us started with the Pâté & Charcuterie Board with cheese selection. Very nice selection and the flavours a nice blend. I selected the higher priced menu; three oysters from Fanny Bay served nicely chilled, Pan Fried Octopus and White Prawns were tasty although a little on the oily side, main was the Apple Wood Smoked Arctic Char Filet which was cooked to perfection - might have done nicely on a small bed of mashed with the warm salad on the side. My dining partner had the same but subbed in the ham trio. Food value, excellent. Portions correct, this is a bistro not an American diner. Wine list was comprehensive, many wines by the glass and many more by the bottle. Service for this very busy evening was wonderfully attentive. Would certainly return.
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:)
My wife and I dropped in without reservations. They found us a table immediately. My wife order the $25 menu and I ordered the $35. She had the Spring Salad, Goat Cheese and Buttermilk Mousse, and the Pork Cheeks. I enjoyed the Chicken Terrine, Pacific Cod and Mussels. My entrée was the Duck Breasts. The servers took the time to explain to me what Buttermilk Mousse was as well as where Pork Cheeks come from. I also learned that Chicken Terrine is a paste rather than a chicken part.
Everything was served elegantly and it was all delicious. The attention to little details was amazing. Alta Bistro is my new favorite Whistler restaurant.
I will be back to impress my gourmet chef friends who think I am a total hick when it comes to dining.