I just had dinner at Seven restaurant and I had a wonderful time! My boyfriend and I got greeted promptly and directed to a great table by the fire place. The server was very friendly. We started with the Bruschetta bread, then my boyfriend had the Osso Bucco and I enjoyed the Prawns. It was really good. We recommend Seven Restaurant for dinner.
I should have known better than to expect great things when I didn't know anything about this restaurant but I had booked the dinner through the Cornucopia / Crush offering. The fact that this restaurant was still available for reservations when many many others weren't should have given me a heads up.
When we arrived there was no one else in the restaurant yet the host seemed very stressed and took a while to find our reservation. He then stuck us in a corner behind a pillar - and I thought we looked good when we left the hotel, lol. We asked to be moved to be in front of the fireplace - as there was noone else around. The meal was pre-set with the ticket but our server seemed very confused and rushed. Our appies came out before we were asked what we would like to drink and when the white wine was brought out it was place - no joke- directly in front of the fire in the wine holder. I then asked the waitress to perhaps move it away from the fire so that it could keep chilled. Then we had a very lengthy wait for our next course. This gave us time to look around and take in the decor...... probably not to their benefit. The only explanation we could think of was that it must have been a variety of different restaurants in the past. It looked like it may have been a French bistro and then something Asian and now it is an eccentric combination of everything. The food overall was pretty good but had some odd combinations. The nail in the coffin for us was when my friend told the waitress - after our quick appie- were brought out that she was allergic to chillis - it's a new allergy and she just wanted to make sure nothing we were about to eat had chili in it. when the next course did come out - it was a fish taco - it had one whole chili just sitting there on the plate. We both cracked up laughing and couldn't believe it. We then tried to flag down the server but couldn't find her and eventually found the manager - he apologized immediately and did comp our wine - which was nice but just didn't make up for errors. Even the final moments. We went to the bathroom betting that our dessert would be on the table waiting for us and it was - no offer for coffee until half way through dessert and then it still had not arrived when the bill came. It’s a good thing we laughed so hard about it or else the night would have been a disaster.
Aside from the mildly distracted, young server we had a fine meal. The rear of the dining room is really cosy and with less TV distraction than the rest of the restaurant for those looking for a calm meal after a hard day skiing. The food was interesting, well prepared and nicely presented. The sweet potato/potato fries came out hot and piled high with a great Shiricha aoli...the garlic aoli while flavorful could have had more punch in it's pairing with the hot pepper. Also, the sun dried tomato dip that came with the Naan was really interesting and tasty.
My boyfriend and I went to Seven for a nice romantic meal, and we were disappointed. Thankfully we had a gift certificate so we didn't have to pay a cent! Everything was just so absurdly mediocre. We are not terribly hard to please nor did we expect a 5 Star dining experience. Our waitress was nice but not very attentive, she repeatedly walked by empty handed but neglected to collect the empty glasses and dishes that had accumulated.
As for the food it was bland and uninspired. The pulled pork sliders were dry, the mussels were gritty and way past fresh, the fries were brown and limp, as if they had been left in the deep fryer for too long. Also they did not provide enough dip for them. I think in my entire life I have sent back maybe 2 or 3 dishes, and we had to ask her to take away the mussels and fries. Next were the spring rolls which I imagine were supposed to be heated through out but were cold in the middle, we also ordered some prawns which were pretty bland and you could tell the garlic was out of a jar. The only dish I really enjoyed was the tuna tartar with spicy avocado salsa. Mind you this dish is almost impossible to screw up. Next was dessert, I ordered the chocolate mousse, which was basically pudding in a mug. It was heavy, chunky and thick; it did not resemble or taste like mousse.
The only things I can say to credit of this restaurant is that the presentation of the food is quite nice but it in no way makes up for the way it tastes. Hopefully for Seven and their staff that these are just some growing pains since it is new to Whistler. One thing that greatly confuses me is why in the description on this website they say that Seven is in Silicon Valley but also says it’s in Whistler Village. Either way I do not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
billed as a tapas and martini bar
it was a lively location with a great patio
food highlights; fried calamari in general tso's glaze, buffalo carpaccio
homemade bread, asian steak with wasabi potatoes
server knew all about whistler activities and nightlife