Located in the Summit Hotel & Spa, Elements is an "urban tapas parlor" offering a large and varied selection of locally inspired small plates. Elements also has a well chosen wine selection and a cocktail list that makes it an ideal place for late night sipping. Breakfast is also served from 7am - Noon.
We stayed in the Summit lodge on the last visit to Whistler, and decided to try out the adjoining tapas place-Elements. Have to say the service was excellent, cheery, fast and all of the server's recommendations were on the money. Make sure that you try the lettuce wraps when you go. Also a very nice choice of BC wines by the glass, and the sticky toffee pudding was delicious.
Elements is a great tapas place up in Whislter. Cute inovative plates, with yummy drinks. A friend recommended it and we try and go every time we go visit. I heard it does a mean breakfast but I have yet to try it. Super service, reasonable prices, yummy food.
Just went to Elements in the shoulder part of the day where they are serving breakfast and lunch at the same time. Great food and good service.
My wife and I had the following dishes (rated out of ten):
Chorizo and Sweet Corn Soup de jour - 8
French Toast with Rhubarb Compote - 7
Houssin Pork and Mango Salsa Lettuce Wrap - 8
On a drink note: They have a small but well selected draft micro brew selection. Whistler Pale Ale and KB Honey Brown are the two most notable.
One thing that bugged me was the aromatherapy scent coming from the lobby of the Summit Lodge hotel/condos. The scent, although nice in the lobby was intrusive to the dining experience. It certainly interfered with my senses of smell and taste.
I'll be back; it was worth the price.
Here's the only review you need to read! I'm 27 years old and my wife and I ate here over the weekend. I tell you my age because if you like trendy you'll like this place. It's got a very young feel to this place. It's definitely not a place where you bring your kids. I don't have any so it's not like I'm gonna make recommendations. It was a very quick walk from the Delta Hotel we stayed and it was a good thing. Drinks were very reasonably priced and we took full advantage! The food was amazing, (and also very well priced) we had Stuffed Mushrooms, we had the Grilled "Butler" Steak as well as the Ahi Tuna. The web site doesn't seem to be updated. I didn't see much of the same things at the restaurant as I did beforehand. Service was no problem, they were very tentative. Very friendly and he always seemed to be there when we needed him. We sat at the bar as the house was full yet our server was still all over the place. No complaints here!!! I am definitely gonna go back!!!! Thank you Elements!
I had breakfast at elements this morning. We (party of 2) arrived at aproximately 11:30am and waited about 15 minutes for a table. Not bad.
Small place, great atmosphere, decent servers. The juice is worth it for sure, its fresh squeezed and depending on the seat you are at you can see the manual juicer.
Caramalized Banana and Pecan stuffed french toast ++++++++++
Decent portions, decent service, good food!
Dinner for 2 with juice: 37.50
If you have the money, I recommend this place :)
A few weeks ago I went back to this restaurant after having been there a couple of times. I thought I would give the service another chance. Sure enough, I got the same server that I had very poor, if not down right rude service from the two previous times. Since I cannot mention names on this site, I will just say that he was a very blond and very rude Aussie fellow. He never brought any of the food or presets to the table, and I had to ask the bussers numerous times for the things I needed. He treated my guests and I with such an air of arrogance that it left a bad taste in my mouth; even after the delicious stuffed french toast and eggs benedict. It was such a shame that the same service I had received the two previous visits was once again repeated. The food is fabulous here, and the chefs are just a joy to watch in the kitchen as it is an open viewing layout. However, it is too bad that a restaurant serving such quality food, with a relaxing and warm atmosphere has service staff in the front of house that make me not ever want to come back again. I have decided I probably won't be returning to the restaurant after my third attempt at giving the service a chance. Unless they start up a takeout menu, I definately won't be dining in anytime soon. Too bad, the food is great, just can't say the same thing for the service. Third time wasn't a charm.
We sat at the bar and my chair was bumped every two seconds with no apology.
Whilst I think their french toast is tasty at 17 dollars, not at all worth that. The maitre d' Robbie is a jerk. The chef, who is in plain view, the female working Sundays, is downright surly. That's fine if you're Gordon Ramsay but if you're gonna be like that work in a kitchen that is not visible to customers.
She wiped plates with the same dodgy rag everytime and it touched the food. Sitting at the bar, I had a bird's eye view of everytime they did that. I do not recommend this place.
Go to the bakery by the Rexhall or the Hot Buns bakery/crepe place in the village instead.
I had the most horrible customer service at Elements in Whistler last week. Over half an hour for our breakfast (the place wasn't busy) and when we complained to the server she snapped back at me that it had only been 25 minutes. She even told us that 25 minutes is standard for breakfast. Yeah right! We spent over an hour in the place and we were in a rush so we at really quickly and got the bill before we were done. Only go if you don't mind long wait times and brutal customer service.
I was so annoyed at the service I had to blog about it as well:
I spent last weekend in Whistler for Cornucopia, and based on the reviews here, chose Elements for breakfast our first morning. I refuse to eat at a hotel restaurant if at all possible, on principle.
It took about 10 minutes to get a table (no reservations, first come first served) and the staff don't make much of an effort to take names etc. Which is understandable given that they have better things to do, ie serve customers already seated and flip tables as quickly as possible. They do a VERY good job of that, btw, and are very friendly.
The food was unbelievably good! I had the french toast stuffed with pecans, bananas, and caramel (OMG) and it lived up to high expectations. Wife had the standard eggs benedict and proclaimed it to be the best she's ever had. Both breakfasts were big enough to stuff you full and rang in at 10-12 dollars each. And they included a shot of fruit smoothie - nice touch! Fresh squeezed OJ is available @ $6 for large, which is outrageous until you see them pressing oranges behind the bar to make it for you. It is (almost) worth $6 a glass by the way.
We came back the next morning for breakfast and if I lived in Whistler I don't see how I could avoid eating here at least once a week. I can't imagine there being a better breakfast available at any price!
Had dinner here with my girlfriend here early in the new year. Came just after it opened at 5, seated by a friendly waitress. Service was decent throughout the night.
Ordered three tapas, all of which were overpriced given their small portions and medocre quality. Pork lettuce cups were not great, the maple-syrup root vegetables came in a tiny portion, and the lamb & chorizo skewers were two tiny little skewers for $16 and tasted plain, crazy!
On the whole, this restaurant apperas to borrow different "elements" of cuisine from different cultures, but fails to do any of them well.
The low lighting, 80's music and trendy interior is definitely aimed at types who are into style over substance. However, we did not try and drinks/wine or breakfast, so cannot comment on those items.
I visited this restaurant yesterday, after numourous recommendations, now I know why this restaurant is so popular.
They have wonderful food and friendly service.
The eggs benedict are to die for and I love the fresh squeezed juice.
I'll be back with the family. I think my son would love your stuffed french toast.
My husband and I just had a lovely dinner at Elements. We got there a bit on the late side (around 7pm) so it was the tail-end of the dinner rush. We had the iceburg wedge with goat cheese, pistachios and pears. The combination had a great taste and we very much enjoyed it. We also had the mole chicken skewers with corn salsa -- the chicken was perfectly spiced and very moist and tender. We had the steak with bearnaise as well and the steak was very tender and delicious. We topped it off with the sticky toffee pudding, which does NOT disappoint. The staff were fun and humorous and we had a great meal. I would definitely go here again. Food and ambiance was great. The setting was more casual than the usual restaurant, but still sophisticated enough for adults.
I've been to Elements twice, in April '09 and August '09. Both dining experiences were wonderful. The food was very delicious and the service was attentive, without being too intrusive. This is a small restaurant that is served by two wait staff, and sometimes by the bar/owner and, if time permits, by the cooks. You will not get a full sit down dinner ambiance, but what do you expect from a tapas bar. What you do get is great food at a reasonable price. The first visit, it was very crowded and found two seats at the bar. The cooks, although very busy, was able to answer questions about the food and preparation, when asked. The second time, we went early enough to get a table (5:45p). The atmosphere was very relaxed (since everyone was watching the Crankworx event). We were able to get great, personable service, and as before, wonderful food. 3 dishes (tofu wraps, mussels and mini lamb burgers) worked out to about a CAD45 tab. Drinks are normal priced for Whistler with beer around CAD6 and martinis around CAD7 to CAD10. We left the Elements filled, but not stuffed (which is how it should be).
Definitely a place to go. They don't take reservations, so it is a first come, first served. Be prepared to be squeezed in, especially if there are large groups (since the dining area is small and tables are duces with bench seating on one side.
Could not smell the incense, as noted in an earlier review. Also, if the previous reviewer does not like to see how the cook staff cleans a plate for presentation, they should not sit at the bar overlooking the cooking. I've worked in restaurants and its all the same. As long as they are not using the same towel that is used to wipe the table on the plates, using the same towel to wipe multiple plates is fine. Cooks usually know when a towel is too soiled to be used prior to wiping any plate for presentation.
This is a Tapa's style restaurant so the lunch menu is designed to be light and tasty. The variety is great and as long as you order a few different items you won't leave hungry. The breakfasts, by contrast, are huge. They offer some exceptional twists to tradition french toast or egg bene' but make sure your hungry. We often go for breakfast around 10, then we can skip lunch and be ready for a late, long day of skiing/riding on the mountain.
My husband and I have been to Elements twice now and I can definitely say that it's my favourite tapas place by far.
Sure the restaurant is small, but it's nowhere near as cramped and clausterphobic as Bin 942 in Vancouver. And the decor is much more my taste - clean and contemporoary.
The staff has been great each time we've been there. They're nice, without being condescending. The service has been attentive and helpful each time.
The food is downright awesome. The portions are great for a tapas place and in my opinion, they match the price. The drinks are fabulous too...especially the 'infused' ones.
We definitely plan to go back this year.
We really liked our experience here the 2x we went.
Great concept. Very nicely decorated. Good value.
Loved the chairs. Nice art. Seemed to appeal to a younger set.
Servers were really helpful.
We'll be back for sure.
Elements is my absolute favourite place to eat in Whistler! I cannot say enough good things about this place, the service is fantastic, the atmosphere and décor is sexy and fun, and the food is just incredible. My boyfriend and I regularly go for a romantic meal out or for the best breakfast of our lives. I have never had a better breakfast. The menu is constantly changing and evolving but I have always enjoyed every single thing we’ve ordered. The drinks are great too! And the desserts are to die for.
I always get the Belgian Chocolate Mousse Pyramid and my boyfriend always gets the special crème brulee. For breakfast the various eggs benedicts are amazing, try the Dungeness crab benny with citrus Hollandaise sauce or the Brie and ham stuffed French toast. They do not take reservations and there is often a wait so get there a little early. I recommend this restaurant to everyone!