La Rua Restaurante is located in the Chamois Hotel, in the upper village. It is a truly European experience. The menu has International flair with Pacific Northwest touches.
Off season in Whistler is when those of us of relatively modest means have an opportunity to try some of the fine dining places, as many restaurants offer three course prix fixe menus at this time of year. La Rua offers their regular menu with a choice of an appetizer, main and dessert or 2 appetizers and a main. What a special treat it is.
The food was flawless. Amongst our party of three we tried Ahi tuna, duck spring roll, seafood tower and lobster-crab cake to start. All were excellent but the spring roll and the seafood tower stood out.
For mains we tried the sablefish, bouillabaisse and rack of lamb. Each of these dishes had a wow! factor about them that earned the 5 rating. The bouillabaisse was a very generous portion loaded with seafood and served with espellette pepper rouille - which traditionally is added to the soup base for flavour according to our waiter, nut which we used as a spread with fresh bread. The sablefish was served in a dashi broth with soba noodles, shimejji mushrooms and edamame beans. Wow! The broth combined with the buttery smooth sablefish was sublime. The rack of lamb was cooked to perfection and was tender and tasty.
Service was professional yet casual. Water and wine glasses were filled promptly when low. Napkins were folded when someone got up to visit the washroom. The pacing of the meal was just right - not slow, but not rushed either.
For fine dining of this caliber it's definitely not an intimidating environment. There are white linen tablecloths, but I would say the room is neither trendy cool nor romantic - so casually elegant I guess.
This is what Whistler is all about.
La Rua is one of the exceptional restaurants in Whistler/Blackcomb.
The menu/food is representative of the Pacific Northwest/British Columbia and very good in preparation, portion size, and quality. The wine selection is outstanding.
The service is noteworthy - professional, timely, and unobtrusive.
Overall, a consistent, memorable and satisfying dining experience for a reasonable price.
My husband and I decided to have dinner at La Rua for our anniversary and we were very impressed. The food was absolutely fantastic, the three course meal for $45 is more then reasonable for what you get. The service was friendly and pleasant. We would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for some fine dining and amazing food.
I have never been one to fine dine (just the way I was brought up); but my girlfriend and I wanted to do something special for our 2 year Anniversary. And after some research (difficult research, since there are such limited reviews) we came to the decision that La Rua Restaurant was worth gambling on. And boy did it ever pay off.
We were warmly greeted right away, and seated immediately. We did make reservations so that probably helped in the quick seating.
The host (Dan) was really polite and made us feel really comfortable. He assisted us in choosing a wonderful German Riesling, which we both loved. There was also another gentleman who came by and filled up our wine and water glasses when needed. Great Service.
I won't get into the specifics of the meal, but everything we ate was delicious. They have this wonderful deal for $45.00 - either 1) one appy, one meal, one dessert or 2) two appy's, one meal. There was also one for $39.00 but less selection. We both went with the 2 appy's and meal.
Everything was wonderful. They also provided me with extra bread to dip into my couriza sauce. . SO for 1 bottle of wine, 4 appy's and 2 excellent meals plus tip came to $150.00. And it was worth every cent. Like I mentioned I don't do this often, but to spend that much money (for us a lot) on dinner and be as satisfied as we were, was the dessert to end the meal.
My GF and I loved it and will definitely return. We’d like to thank everyone at La Rua Restaurant for making our 2-year Anniversary an exceptional experience.
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