Food - got the special, cinnamon-raisin french toast, tasty.
Service - understaffed, or just slow, took awhile to get seated even though tables were open. Forgetful server, had to ask for sugar many times.
Value - expensive, buts its expected in Whistler.
Ambiance - relatively clean, very small space, thus seating is a bit tight.
Comments - Would not go back.
If you're looking for a relaxing place to chat with friends and have a few beers, this is a great place to go. The food/drink prices were reasonable and I didn't have any problems with the service. Our waitress was great and was still prompt with service when we moved from the outside patio to indoors. The only negative to the night was being hit on by married men, but hey, you came blame the Amsterdam Cafe for that.
i've been to other old spaghetti factory in Canada in US.. but this one in whistler was the worst out of the worst.... it was absolutely disgusting
the spaghetti was cold, the serving was small and the mushroom tomato spaghetti's mushroom seemed like it came out of a can just dumped onto the plate. the whole dish was cold and it didn't have any taste to it. it was not salty and was watery too
the salad in the beginning was okay because it was just caesar salad, come on, how hard can it be
our server wasn't friendly and she seemed to be very impatient to my friend's ESL english.
i will never come here again
We got take-out for 4, 4 entrees, 2 rice and 2 garlic nan and it was over 75 bucks but well worth it. The curries were so good i licked the sauce with my finger to make sure there was non left. The tandoori lanb was juicy and full of flavour, everything was excellent for take-out Indian food, again while we waited for our food there were delivery drivers in and out and one i reconized one driver from the pizza shop accross the street from the other day. Delivery must be popular in Whistler as our group only does takeout from restaurants and we have been to 6 different restaurants in 3 days for take-out and we saw delivery drivers at 5 of them, I love Whistler and more reviews to come.
We grabbed a few slices during our stay and they were old and cold, the lady was rude and in general it seemed they didn't want our business. The pizza seemed like over priced Vancouver slice pizza you get for a dollar a slice. The actual restaurant was dirty, stuff everywhere and it smelled like urine outside. I would not go back or reccommend this place to anyone.
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.
Went at the Rim Rock cafe for dinner and will not be back, I explain
Good food but nothing fantastic: I took the beef tenderloin that was just that, a beef tenderloin. My wifr took the caribou which was OK but nothing great.
The wine list is good, had the foxtrot pinot noir from BC, very good.
The service was also good and attentive.
I guess the only bad thing about this restaurant is the bill! I eat often in fine dining restaurant both here and in France and the Rimrock cafe was not worth $400 for 2 people!
We came across Crepe Montagne as we were walking through the village looking for a quick breakfast on Sunday, Feb 8th. We were very pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere is really cute and the service was super quick (and the place was very busy). The food was delicious (I had the Freestyle Crepe)! I would highly recommend this restaurant (the lunch options looked really good as well).
I went to Caramba this weekend. We had a reservation for 8 pm, which we had to wait until approx. 8:30 to actually be seated. The service was decent. The food was nothing spectacular. The restaurant music was very loud and slightly annoying. I had been to Caramba twice before and enjoyed my experience, but this last experience will deter me from going again. I also wouldn't recommend it for couples. Perhaps the atmosphere is best suited for a large group.
Sorry, to go against the reviews, but I was vastly dissappointed & not impressed with the food here AND once you factor in the prices, I would NOT go back again.
Having just ate at the sister restaurant, Blue Water last week which gives me clearer standard to compare them with.
First of all, service/ambience was good, restaurant was full, wait staff was curteous, knowlegable & prompt and nothing bad to say about them. However, that's where the praises stop.
I ordered the bolognese pasta for $27 and left restaurant vastly dissappointed. Taste & portion size simply didn't pass. Sauce was bland, had plain ingredients & little cold (obviously, someone just "nuked it" warm) and I had about 6 mouth fulls of pasta and dish was gone...WTF?
Don't get me wrong, I'm not about giant sized portions, in fact I laugh at the 5 star giving Anton's crowd., but for $27, I can go to pretty much any restaurant and get top ingredients with stomach filling portions. To make a long story short, I CAN make a better pasta than the restaurant and that shouldn't be the case.
Ex. #2 my friend ordered the bone in rib eye, again, dissappointing, portions, presentation was good, but the actual quality, taste & searing of the steak cannot even match $10 cheaper KEG steak.
Perhaps, we ordered the wrong items, there were many tables with the seafood ice platters and people seem to be enjoying them.
I would have been happier eating at Earls...at least they don't try to sell themselves as highend.
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.
Another good review from our front desk agent at the Westin and another let down. Sachi sushi was slow to sit us down with a half full restaurant, it was cramped and our server seemed angry at us, we noticed she was fighting with the Chef, it was weird. The food was standard, nothing special, the deep fried items were greasy and soggy. There just seemed to be lots of stress in there and the mood was hurry up and eat, we will not go back
Arriving early, we were warmly greeted by the Hostess, escorted to the bar for cocktails. The Bartender excused himself from conversation to quickly greet us, present us with menus and offered assistance. He resumed conversation and insured his line of sight was in our direction, WOW, it's the little things that matter...
I'm grateful that we witnessed his creating of our cocktails for had we not, I may have wondered why they took long. He used a multiple of fresh ingredients, pressed juices, muddling and building them into true art forms. Truly inspirational to view.
The room was abuzz, the Sushi Chefs were creating a Seafood Tower, and Michael once again approached us to offer descriptive info of these glorious samplings of fresh seafood.
Now I know not to judge a book by its cover, but another WOW! The detail of the room was amazing, ambiance, quiet music, fresh flowers... We were even given the right-of-way by a server carrying food to another table, and another picked up our host's glove that she dropped on our way.
Our waitress was a little busy but made the time to greet us fairly quickly - although with less enthusiasm than Michael - offering us bottled water then dahing away.
Ready for a 3 Tier Seafood Tower and Champagne, our waitress was nowhere to be found. A young man serving a nearby table took notice and offered to take our order and pass it on to our server. Moments later we were sipping bubbles.
It took a while, but the Seafood Tower was well worth the wait - remembering that inspirational creation of our cocktails...
We had hoped to place our food and wine order before our Tower arrived, but our server seemed quite busy with surrounding tables. She quickly took our order but preferred to have the Sommalier address our wine questions. Thiat's where things became a little unravelled.
The Sommalier is obviously well versed on his list, but Richard found him very condescending. I'm unsure whether this was due to his flight back from Toronto or the busy dining room.
Our server returned to appologize on the delay of our food. The kitchen was busy - her fiancee is one of the Chefs - but she assured us our food will be out shortly. We were NOT in any rush, and never felt things were taking too long for perfection should NOT be rushed.
Minutes later, our smiling server lead and directed another two servers to our table. With a beaming smile, she asked us to enjoy and whether there was anything else she could offer. Confused, we smiled back, looked at one another in disbelief, then she was gone. She was nowhere to be found, not even at her other tables. Another server said she would send her to us, but we did not see her again until she returned with a team of servers to clear our table.
Here lies our problem: It seems she became so un-nerved when she felt we were in a rush, that she decided to SKIP our appetizers??
Richard became visibly upset, and declared his intent on speaking to the GM. My wife pleaded that we refrain from complaining - she seemed to develop a gross dislike towards our Sommalier (also Restaurant Director as his card announces) and his excessively large ego.
That being said, the food was beautiful, and I can only wonder how great the appetizers would have been.
Sadly, my wife will not allow us to return to Araxi. Well, not for as long as they employ a management team that thinks they are bigger than life.
The food was succulant, and if you can get around the somewhat shoddy service, I highly reccommend.
P.S. My wife decided to stay in our last evening, and I ventured back to Araxi. I sat alone on the bar - thankfully unrecognized by the Rstaurant Director - and enjoyed the best MEAL AND SERVICE of our Whistler visit. Although I would NOT risk dining here for a special occasion for the service may fall flat.
We visited this restaurant to celebrate an important occasion and we were delighted with our experience overall. The Araxi tower of seafood was fabulous, although a bit pricey.
All mains were beautifully presented and satisfied all those at the dinner (a large group). The bread was delicious, however the risotto was a little on the high cholesterol side and needed a bit more character. Desserts were superb as were the house nougat which came with the considerable bill.
We ate in the Wine Room, which added significantly to the feeling of a " special evening". The overall decor was delightful and appropriate for a fine dining restaurant.
The wine list contained some excellent choices and a wide range of varieties at a wide range of prices, and staff knowledge of wines and food was greatly appreciated.
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:
We had a chance to go here during the holdiays, and there are no words to describe the energy in the room. From the staricase showcasing their amazing wine cellar, to the smiles around this place, aims to please, and with perfection!! From the foie gras and scallops, to the lamb, the marriage of flavors was impeccable. Will be planning another trip there soon.
I am a long term local and I visit many restaurants in town for my daily sustenance; but by far the most satisfying meal is at Riverside cafe & catering in Whistler. Their breakfast just can't be beat. I frequently order the Eggs Benny which I find is perfect before I go riding. Its not to heavy but it keeps you full well in till the afternoon.
I feel this is Whistler's second best sushi restaurant after Zen but it's prices are much more reasonable than Zen's. Not somewhere for a romantic setting though, but an excellent choice for lunch. I have been here many times and each time the sushi cuts are fresh and top quality.
The amazing mango rolls were my favorite dish and must be tried!
Went for dinner here a few days ago and the only dish that is worth mentioning is the house pate, which was quite good. The pasta "special" with mussels, shrimp and fish was the fishiest, smelliest dish I've ever had. I can't believe they'd serve mussels that are obviously well past their serve date at a restaurant like this and at such a price. I know even fresh mussels have a "smell", but trust me, not like this. The mussels infused the entire dish with such an awful taste and the pasta tasted like it came out of catelli box. Steak was overdone too. Would not go back
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.
|1.||Araxi Restaurant + Bar|
|4.||Rim Rock Cafe And Oyster Bar|
|6.||Old Spaghetti Factory|
|8.||Quattro At Whistler|
|10.||Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The|
|11.||Trattoria Di Umberto Restaurant|
|12.||Amsterdam Cafe, The|
|18.||Gold Leaf Chinese Food Restaurant|
|19.||Pasta Lupino Gourmet|