A culinary cornerstone in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi holds an international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality. Regional menus by accomplished Executive Chef James Walt celebrate locally sourced ingredients, in addition to showcasing the freshest and finest from the Pacific Ocean.
Food: the onion veloute hit us by surprise as it turned out to be rich, warm and comforting white ahi tuna would have fallen short if not for the cucumber garnish. My chicken dish was bland while the lamb dish was much more enjoyable but also a bit dry. The sides that were on the plates for both our mains was just ok. Lemon tart was a wonderful finish to the meal. Overall, the food was only ok which was disappointing as I thought a fine-dining establishment such as this would provide a higher calibre food experience.
Service: Service was hot and cold. I didn't like the drink I initially ordered as it left a terrible aftertaste and the server did not hesitate to replace it free of charge which I was pleasantly surprised to find at the end of the night. However, pretention was in full gear throughout the night but I guess that's what's expected of this type of establishment. The server quite rudely told me to move my plate at one point in the night to set my main plate down - if you can't carry so many plates, why don't you get someone to help you out rather than having me do your job? At the end of the night, we received an additional dessert to our surpise.
Value: Overpriced for what we received in comparison to other fine dining establishments I've been to. If the food had been great, I wouldn't have minded paying the premium but unfortunately, this was not the case.
Ambiance: Beautiful in every aspect and it was still comfortable even when the Whistler Film Festival had an event there.
Overall, I probably won't return since the food was such a let-down. This is a great place for a romantic or special night but I can't in good conscience recommend it just for the ambiance, especially when you break the bank to take someone here! Ciao!
By far the best fine dining experience I had -- since the service and ambience ratings are usually a given at nicer places, what set Araxi apart was the food; beautifully prepared and artistically presented and tasted excellent. My hallibut and my partner's steak was cooked to perfection and the foie gras was the best I've ever tasted. We also got the salad and while I can't remember what the dressing was, it was good... really good! They have an extensive apperatifs list and our server recommended a really good wine that tied everything together nicely.
I can't wait to go again! (wish it was closer to home)
Family of four (two adults and two children, ages 8 & 6) were eager for some better quality lunch fare.
At first we thought, "Oh, I don't know - we have kids and this appears to be a high end kind of place." We decided to give it a go and sit on the patio. The kids behaved perfectly and there was no problem.
I ordered the open faced, smoked salmon on broiche with a side salad. Hubby ordered the a sliced pork open faced sandwich. Son ordered a burger with fries. Daughter ordered the carrot soup from the children's menu (so kids were welcome after all...)
The food was outstanding!. Fresh ingredients and a chef who knows what they are doing!. It wasn't cheap - but it wasn't outrageous either. I paid around $18 for my sandwich and had an ample amount. My daughter's soup was around $8 and she enjoyed it. My son's burger and fries was around $18 as well - but that was probably the best quality burger I have tasted in a long time!!
The food was masterful.
The waitress could have been a little better. She wasn't bad - but she just didn't nail the professionalism that I would expect from a restaurant of this calibre. At one point, someone was passing by the patio who made eye contact with her. She interrupted her service to us to say "Hi and have a very brief conversation." This was not acceptable. Then again, the staff at Whistler and it's establishments need a little work in this area in general (they need to be reminded that work is work and they can party together later).
Notwithstanding this quibble - I would eagerly return to this restaurant!
First, a proviso -- I and my friends ate at the Wine Room here, which provides unique ambiance and privacy that are not applicable in the general dining area (however, the decor and ambiance "out there" are still great).
I first ate at Araxi about 10 or 12 years ago, and found the food outstanding. Then, about 8 years or so ago, we went there again, and the food was only so-so. I decided to go there again recently because I found that the executive chef who was with the restaurant when I first went there had left when I went there the second time, but had returned in late 2006.
This time, I and a group of close friends were there to celebrate an event, and so we went for broke -- having their chef's tasting menu, with a pan seared foie gras dish added, plus wine pairing for each course. Everything was top notch. The wine pairing was well done in terms of matching the particular food we had -- while standing alone, some wines were just good while others were absolutely great. As to the food, every dish was great, both to the eye and to the taste bud.
The service was efficient, attentive, and non-obtrusive, which is what is expected of a top class fine dining restaurant, and being able to have the Wine Room all to ourselves was a big bonus in making our occasion memorable (there was a minimum $ spent to qualify to eat there).
I will not hesitate to eat there again.
Sorry, to go against the reviews, but I was vastly dissappointed & not impressed with the food here AND once you factor in the prices, I would NOT go back again.
Having just ate at the sister restaurant, Blue Water last week which gives me clearer standard to compare them with.
First of all, service/ambience was good, restaurant was full, wait staff was curteous, knowlegable & prompt and nothing bad to say about them. However, that's where the praises stop.
I ordered the bolognese pasta for $27 and left restaurant vastly dissappointed. Taste & portion size simply didn't pass. Sauce was bland, had plain ingredients & little cold (obviously, someone just "nuked it" warm) and I had about 6 mouth fulls of pasta and dish was gone...WTF?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not about giant sized portions, in fact I laugh at the 5 star giving Anton's crowd., but for $27, I can go to pretty much any restaurant and get top ingredients with stomach filling portions. To make a long story short, I CAN make a better pasta than the restaurant and that shouldn't be the case.
Ex. #2 my friend ordered the bone in rib eye, again, dissappointing, portions, presentation was good, but the actual quality, taste & searing of the steak cannot even match $10 cheaper KEG steak.
Perhaps, we ordered the wrong items, there were many tables with the seafood ice platters and people seem to be enjoying them.
I would have been happier eating at Earls...at least they don't try to sell themselves as highend.
We visited this restaurant to celebrate an important occasion and we were delighted with our experience overall. The Araxi tower of seafood was fabulous, although a bit pricey.
All mains were beautifully presented and satisfied all those at the dinner (a large group). The bread was delicious, however the risotto was a little on the high cholesterol side and needed a bit more character. Desserts were superb as were the house nougat which came with the considerable bill.
We ate in the Wine Room, which added significantly to the feeling of a " special evening". The overall decor was delightful and appropriate for a fine dining restaurant.
The wine list contained some excellent choices and a wide range of varieties at a wide range of prices, and staff knowledge of wines and food was greatly appreciated.
Dining out in Whistler is expensive pretty much anywhere you go. Araxi is no exception, but in addition to a hefty price you also get a great ambiance which is quiet and classy in the heart of Whistler Village. The food was impressive and wine list is extensive but the BEST part of it all was the dessert: probably the best i've ever had in a restaurant.
I had been wanting to eat at Araxi for quite some time so the last time My wife and I were in Whistler we went twice, once for Dinner and once for Lunch. I have to say I was quite letdown especially after Gordon Ramsey (who I respect) called it the best restaurant he's been to in Canada. My guess is this was somewhat of a marketing ploy for the current season of his show as the winner gets a job in the kitchen.
The restaurant itself is nicely decorated and very clean. We chose to sit on the patio as it was a hot summer night.
Before we were seated we had to wait at the bar for 20 minutes. We were literally sitting right infront of the bartender for 15 minutes before she even took our drink order? I even flagged her down and she kept saying, "I'll be right back." I could understand if the bar was packed, but there were maybe 12 people total in there.
I didn't knock the service rating for this because or diner server was exceptional. She was VERY knowledgable about the menu and highly passionate about the food. To me this is very important and definately adds to the overall experience.
We shared the heirloom tomato and buffalo mozza salad to start. I have to say this was probably the best salad I've eaten in my life. The tomatoes were extremely fresh and the basil sorbet was incredible. I'd give this dish a perfect 10/10.
For my wifes main she had the Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi. Quite an unispired and bland dish... a letdown. Easy to make much better gnocchi at home. 6/10
For my main I had the Free Run Chicken with Proscuitto. Apparently it was supposed to have pistachio and chili butter... Again, very unispired and a disapointment. 5.5/10
For dessert we shared the ice cream sandwich. The hazzlenut crust was very tasty, 8/10.
Next day we went back for lunch to give it a second try and to try different menu items. I had the pork sandwhich with coleslaw. It was very under-seasoned and the deep fried pounded pork chop was soggy. 6/10.
Wife had their beef burger which I thought was decent but she didn't like.
Overall, I think there are much better restaurants for the money and I most likely will not be back again.
My wife and I have eaten at Araxi 2 times now, once for dinner and once for lunch. Both times the food was fantastic and the service was especially awesome.
Here are the dishes we've had (rated out of ten):
Dinner (mains only):
Pan Seared Halibut - 9
Beef Tenderloin - 9
Lunch (mains only):
Chicken Confit - 8
Pulled Pork Sandwich - 9
The food portions are well sized, any meat dish I have ordered has been well seasoned and their oysters are always fresh and tasty with their house mignonette.
On a drink note:
Wine selection is great.
I had their mojito last time for lunch and it was to die for, if you like the Cuban concoction give theirs a shot.
I've recommended Araxi to a number of my foodie friends and family and everyone that's gone has been equally satisfied as me.
Whistler in Oct is a great time to visit and to try Araxi's because of the slow season--you get fantastic attention and service from the moment you step in. We were never rushed and enjoyed a relaxing time while slowing eating our best meals of the year.
My buddy enjoyed his beet salad and lamb chops and gave it a 4.5 (food-rating) stars. I couldn't believe how perfect the venison was prepared and presented. The waiter was able to pick out just the right wine for our taste and suggested the petit fours for dessert. All the plates were just the right portion. Our bill came to $211.00 (pre-tip) and worth every savoury loonie.
This is our 4th visit and never lets us down for an amazing experience.
The atmosphere is very inviting and the service is really good. The one thing that was very interesting was the 2 or 3 tiered seafood towers. All the seafood plates are incredible and it was really hard to choose which one. The decor is very modern and different from other restaurants. The desserts are divine and all look so appetizing. I highly recommend this restaurant when you are in Whistler.
What a deal! Had the 5 courses for $30 offer and it was delicous. We had 8 people in our party and they all ordered different combinations of the 5 course deal. I had the duck which was fantastic. Another ordered the steak and we all felt it was the best steak ever. Desserts were wonderful.
The wine list looked very complete. Ordered two types of wines that were perfectly paired with the food.
Everyone was very impressed and are looking forward to our next Whistler visit.
Arriving early, we were warmly greeted by the Hostess, escorted to the bar for cocktails. The Bartender excused himself from conversation to quickly greet us, present us with menus and offered assistance. He resumed conversation and insured his line of sight was in our direction, WOW, it's the little things that matter...
I'm grateful that we witnessed his creating of our cocktails for had we not, I may have wondered why they took long. He used a multiple of fresh ingredients, pressed juices, muddling and building them into true art forms. Truly inspirational to view.
The room was abuzz, the Sushi Chefs were creating a Seafood Tower, and Michael once again approached us to offer descriptive info of these glorious samplings of fresh seafood.
Now I know not to judge a book by its cover, but another WOW! The detail of the room was amazing, ambiance, quiet music, fresh flowers... We were even given the right-of-way by a server carrying food to another table, and another picked up our host's glove that she dropped on our way.
Our waitress was a little busy but made the time to greet us fairly quickly - although with less enthusiasm than Michael - offering us bottled water then dahing away.
Ready for a 3 Tier Seafood Tower and Champagne, our waitress was nowhere to be found. A young man serving a nearby table took notice and offered to take our order and pass it on to our server. Moments later we were sipping bubbles.
It took a while, but the Seafood Tower was well worth the wait - remembering that inspirational creation of our cocktails...
We had hoped to place our food and wine order before our Tower arrived, but our server seemed quite busy with surrounding tables. She quickly took our order but preferred to have the Sommalier address our wine questions. Thiat's where things became a little unravelled.
The Sommalier is obviously well versed on his list, but Richard found him very condescending. I'm unsure whether this was due to his flight back from Toronto or the busy dining room.
Our server returned to appologize on the delay of our food. The kitchen was busy - her fiancee is one of the Chefs - but she assured us our food will be out shortly. We were NOT in any rush, and never felt things were taking too long for perfection should NOT be rushed.
Minutes later, our smiling server lead and directed another two servers to our table. With a beaming smile, she asked us to enjoy and whether there was anything else she could offer. Confused, we smiled back, looked at one another in disbelief, then she was gone. She was nowhere to be found, not even at her other tables. Another server said she would send her to us, but we did not see her again until she returned with a team of servers to clear our table.
Here lies our problem: It seems she became so un-nerved when she felt we were in a rush, that she decided to SKIP our appetizers??
Richard became visibly upset, and declared his intent on speaking to the GM. My wife pleaded that we refrain from complaining - she seemed to develop a gross dislike towards our Sommalier (also Restaurant Director as his card announces) and his excessively large ego.
That being said, the food was beautiful, and I can only wonder how great the appetizers would have been.
Sadly, my wife will not allow us to return to Araxi. Well, not for as long as they employ a management team that thinks they are bigger than life.
The food was succulant, and if you can get around the somewhat shoddy service, I highly reccommend.
P.S. My wife decided to stay in our last evening, and I ventured back to Araxi. I sat alone on the bar - thankfully unrecognized by the Rstaurant Director - and enjoyed the best MEAL AND SERVICE of our Whistler visit. Although I would NOT risk dining here for a special occasion for the service may fall flat.
Maybe our expectations were too high but we found our experience at Araxi mediocre. It wasn't that anything was wrong it was just so average. The food all good, didn't have that wow factor, except for the Arctic char which was succulent and delicious. The scallops with the chorizo was probably the most dissapointing. The service again was mediocre, we were just another number to our waitress. The room was quite nice. We might give it a second chance, the next time in Whistler
I visited Araxi during my trip to Whistler this weekend. The service was more than I could have imagined. When my main course arrived, I was less than thrilled because I am not a fan on peas, and the menu made it seem like there was only a little bit of peas incorporated into the dish. I was just going to suck it up and eat it, because it really was my fault that I had not took the time to read the menu properly. My server noticed that I was not enjoying my food, so she took it upon herself to change my halibut to not have any peas in it. When my dish came back out, the chief had made me a whole new dish especially for me! I was so appreciative that they would do something like that, afterall, it was my fault. Everything about my experience was so wonderful, and I definitely think it is worth the money. We enjoyed ourselves so much, and I would recommend sitting outside because you get to experience the atmosphere of the restaurant along with the overall whistler atmosphere because the restaurant is situated in the main courtyard.
The next time you're in Whistler make dinner plans at Araxi and try their 100 Mile Menu. It's an absolute delicious 3 course menu offering a variety of choices to satisfy every pallet. The decor combined with that Whistler vibe and excellent service made for a memorable birthday dinner.
Araxi was awarded "Best Restaurant in Whistler, Gold" by the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2007.
Araxi is one of the best restaurants in Whistler/Blackcomb.
The menu/food is representative of the Pacific Northwest/British Columbia and very good in diversity, preparation, portion size, and quality. The wine selection is exceptional.
The service is very good - friendly, professional, and efficient.
Overall, a consistently satisfying dining experience for a reasonable price.
The food here is absolutely to DIE FOR! Everything from our appys, entre to dessert was AMAZING. The atmosphere is very trendy & the service is both prompt & professional. Most definitely an establishment worth checking out in Whistler.
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!
I have been wanting to go to Araxi for quite some time, and so my husband and I tried it out on our last visit to Whistler. To begin, he had the oyster appy and while he enjoyed it, it did not go above and beyond expectations. I asked for still water and only after the bill came realized the waiter had charged us close to $9 for a bottle of evian which was nowhere to be seen. I ordered the sable fish for dinner and my husband had the pork 3 ways. The sable fish was very uninspiring and was resting on a bed of soggy noodles. It was miso based and I can have a very similar dish at a local Japanese restaurant for 1/3 the price. My husband's dinner portion was very small and forgetable. The only part he enjoyed was the pork belly. We ordered a side of mushrooms which my husband enjoyed, but again, quite expensive for the quanity. We also ordered a side of potato terrine which was severly lacking in flavour. The side of carrots were sent back. We don't know how carrots can taste so horrible, but they did. They refunded us the $11.50 (!). We also ordered the blueberry non alcoholic drink which was overly sweet. The waiter gave me a lemondade when I ordered the grapefruit drink. The lemonade was very sour. I love desserts but nixed this as I could not wait to leave. The food was slow to arrive and the waiter apologized for this numerous times despite the restaurant being half full. The restaurant was very cold and there were fruit flies buzzing about the table. No attempt was made to make amends for the wait or the disspointment in the food. We wanted to love araxi, but it turned out to be the lowlight of our vacation. Please do yourself a favor and avoid this place.