Located at the base of Whistler and Blackcomb Mountain Gondolas, the Longhorn Saloon has been the #1 apres ski spot in town for over 25 years! Food from the grill, ice cold draught beer &, DJ's spinning party tunes create a perfect ending to a day on the mountain, golf course, or after your team sporting event.
Expecting a sun drenched day, a few of us headed up to Whistler to soak in the sun when we were met with a downpour. Whistler dining is completely hit and miss with no middle ground so we crossed our fingers when we tried this place out given the number of customers.
True to their name it boasts an old west feel. Varying shades of brown, worn, rickety and dirty chairs and tables and various knick knacks on the wall pay homage to the American nineteenth century. However, top 40 music blared through the speakers and the space feels disjointed and too partitioned.
The menu is typical of a bar with burgers, chicken, ribs and not much else. I was hoping to get their roasted chicken entrée but alas I ended up with what everyone else got which were the ribs when the server told me they had ran out of chicken. The ribs were boiled but tender and rather meaty. Still, the glopped on chipotle sauce made the combination unappealing and rather disgusting half way through. The fries were decent and in light of the rest of the meal, was the best part. The side soup or salad that came with the entrée was merely a tack on but still probably a better option than the ribs. My soup de jour of cream of mushroom was more of a minestrone variant but with a white, cream roux finish instead – marginal. Drinks were watered down and expensive, pass.
Luckily, our server was unlike the food. She was pleasing and checked up on us rather frequently. Anything to make the experience a little better despite the food is a plus.
Portions are ample so you won’t leave hungry, but it was definitely one of the least satisfying meals I’ve had in a while given the fact I left full. It’s another miss in Whistler.
We were up in Whistler for the May Long weekend - "Girls' Weekend" if you will. Took advantage of the gorgeous weather on Saturday to stroll the Village. We had a hankering for something to drink and some nibblies, and Longhorn Saloon looked like a great place to sit and watch people as they headed up the mountain with their bikes. Of course it was crowded and the music was loud, but that kind of thing doesn't bother me. We were lucky to find an unoccupied table - it just needed to be cleaned up, as the previous occupants' dishes were still sitting on it. Again, no problem; the place was busy. We flagged down one of the servers, and she removed the plates and glasses right away. She didn't give the table a wipe, though, which made for a bit of stickage when I placed my arms on the table. Ewww! We asked if we could have the table wiped - eventually it was. The menu didn't have a lot of items on it appy-wise. We asked for two orders of yam fries. When asking about a drink menu, we were told that they didn't have one! Is it just me, or is that odd? I like to see what kind of beverages are available and how much they cost. Maybe the drinks are written on a chalkboard inside or something. Or not. I didn't want to wade through the very large crowd to go inside and find out. Ended up just ordering an iced tea. The yam fries ($8) were typical pub fare, accompanied by a chipotle/barbecue dip that was pretty tasty. The party atmosphere was fun, and there were a mix of couples, single folk and families (although kids are permitted with parents, we noticed the host turning away unaccompanied minors). Speaking of the host, we found him an entertaining floor show as he bopped around to the music while greeting the restaurant patrons. This is a place that is good for the atmosphere, less so for the food.
I have tried the Longhorn Saloon every time we come to Whistler because it is in a good location & handy when my boys get down off the hill. However I am always disappointed. The service is the worse in Whistler & that is hard to do as I find the Whistler service is the worst of all vacation spots. At the longhorn you can expect to wait at least 15-20 min for your order to be taken even if it is not busy. I have waited up to 30 minutes just for a soft drink. The food is very hit & miss but usually miss. It is usually cold & takes a long time to get. The food is expensive ( cost me $100 for 1 adult & 3 kids, no alcohol). The ambiance is ok but dirty. They have good music but if u want service, value or good food this is not the place to go. It seems that because of the great location people go there anyway so the staff don't care if you are happy with the experience and do not make an effort to provide good service or food. I am now done trying to give them another chance & will not go back there again. Too bad because it is a great spot to sit & watch your kids bike .
We had lunch this week at Longhorn.. I've been there many times after skiing for drinks but never to eat at. The food is so terrible that I actually took the time to come on here to register a login to make a note of it. Longhorn food is super expensive and its not worth half the price. I had a quesdilla. Really, looked like it came from an old age home cafeteria. Bland pale tomatoes, the salsa looked like it was born in 1993. The worst of it was my poor cousin's cajun burger. It was dried and shriveled and had a serious dumping of powdered seasoning. The cajun burger at Red Robin looks gourmet in comparison. My cousin left the chicken and ate the bun.. so sad. Complaining got us 25% off his burger - a whole $3.00 off our bill. Didn't even ask if he'd like something else. So many great restaurants in Whistler - save your time and money and eat elsewhere.
We didn't have huge expectations when we chose to eat here. We were simply looking for a quick bite on their nicely situated patio.
We looked over the menu and decided on a couple burgers. After waiting for a good 5 minutes to be greeted by our server, we tried to make eye contact with a server in our section. She was super friendly and came over to take our order. Thats when things got weird, another server who was nowhere to be seen a few minutes earlier came out to the patio and debated with the server who actually greeted us as to who would be serving us for lunch. Their conversation was cordial, but the fact that they debated this in front of us was troubling. The friendly server who actually greeted us ended up serving us and the service was decent.
The food was tasty, but like most things in Whistler, the value was lacking.