Trattoria Di Umberto is located in the Mountainside Lodge. It serves up elegant and traditional Tuscan fare in a casual, relaxed atmosphere.
I tried Umberto's this summer while up in Whistler with the family. We were a large group of 10, with adults & children. Service was the restaurant's biggest weakness, staff were neither friendly nor cold. Perhaps more indifferent than anything, but sometimes we felt as though they were ignoring us. When coffee refills were asked for, it took 3 attempts before it was actually given. Our wine also wasn't repoured for us.
The food was definitely the best part of our experience. The appies were delicious (buffalo mozzarella w/ heirloom tomatoes, grilled calamari, caesar salad). Most of the entrees were good, but some were overpriced for what they were, esp. the black cod- $40 for an average-tasting dish! Dishes ordered included a couple of pastas, fish, lobster risotto and duck confit (both excellent!).
Ambiance was what we expected it to be. It was a suitable atmosphere for us since we had kids with us. It's definitely not a place to go if you're looking for a quiet, intimate dinner. Seating was comfortable and we weren't too cramped.
Was nice to try since I've already been to Il Caminetto but not sure if I'll go back anytime soon.
The service was very good and the food was excellent. I would definitely recommend this place. It was a bit loud but typical for European style family restaurant. The seafood pasta was superb and bolognese was very well done. Good wine list. Would definitely go back.
I am blown away that people don't like this restaurant. Over the years have I probably eaten here over 10 times, always have come away happy. I find the wine list a bit over priced but I thought the food value was totally in line with the other restaurants at Whistler. If you are looking for a peaceful romantic place this wouldn't be be my first choice (especially on weekends) because as other have mentioned it is a Trattoria. I have taken children to this restaurant and the staff has totally gone out of their way to prepare something that they will enjoy. Walter is a great manager.
We have been coming to Whistler for the past 21 years and Trattoria is our favorite restaurant by far! The ambiance is warm and cozy. The staff is exceptional- friendly, courteous, and efficient! They make you feel at home and know everything about the menu and what to order. Trattoria's wine list is excellent and the chef always creates fabulous specials. The restaurant is unpretentious and serves excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere. We come at least twice on all of our vacations and always recommend it to anyone who is visiting Whisler and have never heard a complaint! We highly recommend it to all...
I couldn't believe Trattoria would attract such uniformly negative, off the mark reviews so here's a counterbalancing opinion. Not to suggest the two reviewers of record here didn't have a bad time - clearly they didn't enjoy their visits. Nevertheless as a long time Whistler resident, not connected in any way to the industry (except as as regular customer of most of the restaurants in town) I can attest that this is one of the benchmark restaurants in this resort town, and I have eaten there with great pleasure probably over a hundred times - sometimes two of us, sometimes our whole family, sometimes as part of a bigger group. Its always a good experience. That's why we go back.
A trattoria is by design noisy, informal, with a straightforward menu. The name should tell you what to expect. This is not a place with hushed atmosphere, cutting edge cuisine, and reverent service. At dinner, the place is always jammed, always noisy, with lots of large parties having fun. The room is warm, the kitchen is open and working, and the wait staff are necessarily efficient. If you want a quieter, more intimate experience I can highly recommend lunch. Its one of the best mid-day spots Whistler has to offer. Get a table by the windows, order a nice bottle of wine, and relax watching the snow falling onto the silly tourists in the outdoor pool. The kitchen is busy prepping for the evening rush but the staff have a lot more time to relax and chat.
Obviously the Tratt delivers what the public want, because its one of the most successful, long-standing places in town. Like most Whistler restaurants the staff are often young and transient, but I have always been professionally served by friendly and knowledgeable people. A great wine list (for a ski resort trattoria) complements the limited, but excellent, food menu and staff will capably recommend good selections at all price levels. Umberto's own wines are a reliable choice and deliver good value.
We're talking Whistler after all so the final bill isn't going to be "cheap" - but on a relative basis, value for money is better here than in many other places. So go with your eyes open, relax and enjoy what the Tratt has to offer. No, its not Wildflower or 5280. Thank goodness.
Yes - a meal with wine here (even lunch) for two can easily set you back $100+++ - which would be fine if you were getting something other than pasta and small bites of seafood. I did not have a very pleasant experience at this restaurant for dinner. For one, the room was far too crowded for the size and spacing of the tables. I could hear every detail of the conversations at the three adjacent tables and note that this was in a very loud, very crowded restaurant! For the price, you would expect a more private, exclusive setting. The service from a middle aged male waiter was haughty and cold. Again, if there is anything I cannot bear in a restaurant, it is a cold, arrogant waiter thinking he is so much better than the customers. There were lots of high roller "wanna be/climber types" dining there trying to impress the waiter (who didn't seemed impressed with anybody), their fellow tablemates (and dates) by ordering the most expensive meal possible. With the exception of the larger five+ tables, I didn't see any of these neighbouring "high rollers" getting warm service from our waiter who seemed came across as a far less friendly version of a CEO or Prince. Yet - at the end of the day - while there may be seafood (lobster I think) with the reasonably tasty pasta my date had - it was simply pasta and not worth the price. A fish dish I ordered was good but the portion was far too small for the price and wasn't any better than the equivalent at say Cardero's for far less cost. If you want to blow hundreds of dollars on dinner in Whistler, why don't you try the Wildflower at the Chateau Whistler and get proper treatment and better food/ambience?
We have been coming to Whistler for many years and have eaten at Trattoria quite a few times. Last night we (a party of 6) ate at the restaurant. We were told that there would be two waiters helping us tonight. The male waiter was there to take our wine order. I told him the two wines we were considering in the $40+ price range. He immediately recommended a very nice bottle that was $86. I said that was more than we wanted to pay and that the $45 bottle was our choice. Our waiter immediately brought the $86 bottle of wine and was ready to open it. I happened to examine the bottle and noticed it wasn't the bottle we ordered. The wine we selected was soon brought to us; however, that was the last we saw of that waiter.
Our next waiter was excellent and provided very good service. However, the food was not up to the usual standard. The potato portion of the meal was very marginal. I hope that the mistake with the wine was not intentional and the kitchen was a little off because it was a busy Friday night. I am unsure if I will be back.
I'm a local that grew up here, and I can easily say that The Tratt is amazing. As someone who had parents that were split up since I was young, and my first complete sentence being "I want to go to a restaurant!", time spent with my father was often dining around Whistler(I know it's awesome). Needless to say I've experienced a lot of what Whistler has to offer.
If your open and friendly, looking for a relaxed and fun atmosphere, this is the place for you. With choices varying from classic Tuscan, to specials that are unique and designed for you to enjoy from every aspect. With a manager that has been working there for some 20 + years, and servers that are mostly long time locals, there are always lots of good stories and fun times.
The kitchen is open for all to see. If there's not to many of you and your up for a new experience, sitting at the bar gives you a front row seat to how the kitchen works, and it's very entertaining. The kitchen staff is full of people that are extremely passionate about making food that will please you. The Tratt was were I ate duck, rabbit, reindeer and various other delicious things for the first time.
Remember that it's a resort town, so if it's a holiday or a weekend in the middle of the winter, it's going to be busy. If your looking for a more personal experience, go to lunch, an earlier dinner, or a week day.
If your looking for a quiet and more elegant atmosphere, Umberto's other restaurant "Il Caminetto" is a 1 minute walk away. It has a similar price, selection of food and wine.
The Cam has recently been decorated and has a choice of atmospheres that are sure to let you have a good time.
So If your salary permits, and you're looking for a fun loving place to relax and eat great food and even get to know a little bit more about Whistler, Trattoria di Umberto is a great choice.
the latest review hit the nail right on the head , myself and some family members had the displeasure of eating there recently and the service was (not able to say on this site) way below even that of Zoggs. Yes !!! thats right ; we got better service from a bloody HOT DOG STAND , if you read this review please please save your money and go somewhere else , any of the hotels will do much better and you will at least walk out feeling like you got something for your money.