Caramba! is a casual, fun, family-friendly Mediterranean restaurant. Carambe! also offers take out.
Called during the day to make a reservation and this is recommended if you are going on a Friday or Sat. Table was ready when we arrived. Ordered the calamari - pan fried thus not as oilly and was excellent and chicken livers - deep fried and then a brown sacuce added, excellent to start. Shared some main dishes including the pizza - good crust, a bit skimpy on the toppines and small, salmon pasta - small size but done nicely and mac and cheese - nice baked crust. Prices were reasonable for Whistler with the mains in the high teens and the appies in the low teens. Service was very good and ambiance is like a family style restaurant. Would return.
Went to Caramba! our first night into Whistler. Since it was very late (9:30p on a Wednesday), there was no trouble obtaining a table. The staff greeted us and promptly showed us to our table. I've been to Caramba! before when its been crowded, and it is very hard to hold a conversation. This time, it was a quieter and very pleasant. The wait staff was able to spend some time with you.
Ordered the split roasted lamb and a ceasar salad. The salad was okay with just a hint of anchovies but the croutons were a bit hard. As for the lamb, it was very soft and tender, however, it was covered in a thick sauce that sort of looked like it was glooped onto the dish. The sauce added to the lamb, but it didn't have to be as much. You got 4 thin slices with roasted potatos (that were very hard). We also had the black bean soup. It must have been late at night, since the soup looked very thick, almost like a bean dip. Although my dinner date said it tasted fine. Dishes ranged from CAD20 for the lamb and CAD8 for both the salad and soup. Wine is about average of CAD8. All said and done, without desert, tab was around CAD65 for the above mentioned dishes and 1 glass of wine.
Overall, I thought that my first experience, 3 years ago was a lot better, even though we were there during the peak ski season and the restaurant was packed. Maybe it was the company.
I would go back to eat since the food was decent and prices were about right, but not a place that I would make a special trip to go to eat.
I went to Caramba this weekend. We had a reservation for 8 pm, which we had to wait until approx. 8:30 to actually be seated. The service was decent. The food was nothing spectacular. The restaurant music was very loud and slightly annoying. I had been to Caramba twice before and enjoyed my experience, but this last experience will deter me from going again. I also wouldn't recommend it for couples. Perhaps the atmosphere is best suited for a large group.
Went back to Carambas after a very disappointing service experience hoping that things would be different and the service this time was good, the food however was another story. We had a $9. caesar salad with almost no dressing and croutons that could break your teeth a pizza that was undercooked and the cheese was sparse and finally the roast leg of lamb served with beans and potatoes which was tasty but very overpriced for the portion 1/3 cup of beans, two small red potato cut in half and four very small slices of lamb. Next time I feel like dinner out I will go to Trattoria di Umberto which is always a delight.
Ordered the Quattro Stagione and found it to be quite disappointing. There was little cheese and sauce and very overpriced. I had the toppings mized, which cost 1 dollar. Altogether, one personal pizza cost $15!!
My friend had the Margherita. I tired it and found it was ok. It did not have fresh tomatoes or fresh basil. Furthermore, the cheese was just generic shredded mozzarella, not fresh mozzarella, which is a must for an authentic Margherita pizza.
My other 2 friends had the Taglierini Tofino. It was spaghetti with a light tomato sauce and some shrimp. My friends said it was quite tasty, but the portion was too small for one person, let alone 2. They thought it would be sharable as the price was $17.95.
We also shared a some roasted potatoes. I found them under-seasoned and quite ordinary.
Our server was very friendly, but I think overall, for the food quality and price I would definitely NOT go back.
We were more than pleasantly surprised with the food at Caramba! It was located right near our hotel, close to the heart of Whistler Village, and every single dish was outstanding. We were a mixed group of kids and adults, and everyone left delighted with their meals. The atmosphere is bustling and efficient, with an effective and friendly staff. I highly recommend it!
It was not fantastic by any means. We came in as a group of 10 people, all teenagers and early-20s, and when our waitress asked us if we would all be on one bill, we replied no, and she groaned.
I asked her how much the small order of pasta would be (all pastas on the menu were in the $14-16 range, and a note at the bottom of the menu said that small orders of all the pastas were available, with no price listed.) She referred to is as a "half order" said it would come to about $7, so I went ahead and ordered the taglierini pesto and a diet coke, which turned out to be $3.50... almost ridiculous in itself. When I wanted to get a refill, I was also extremely surprised that it would cost me $1, so I passed.
The pasta came, a rather tiny portion, but I figured it would be fine. The bills came, and she had charged me $10.50 for the pasta. I asked her why when she had said $7 earlier, and she said, "Well, it was actually a 3/4 order." She nevertheless gave me a 10% discount on the pasta, but had earlier made a point of saying, "Welcome to Whistler. Everything's expensive here."
To top it all off, they didn't have an Interac machine, and as we had all come back from a camping trip, were not carrying much cash on us, and ended up having to put multiple bills on one person's Visa card anyways... maybe she wouldn't have groaned so much if she'd known we all wanted to pay by debit card anyways.
I would never go back... my poor server didn't get a tip because I figured the restaurant was making enough profit off my no-refills, $3.50 Diet Coke.
We had lunch & it was just ok. Not alot of variety on the menu. Pizza had very little sauce & cheese, although cooked in a brick oven, nothing special. My daughter had speghetti & the sauce tasted canned. My husband had a wrap & he described it as pretty good. They also charge a dollar for pop refills which I found odd. We wouldn't go back.