Nesters is where the locals shop. Le Gros is where they eat.
The chef owns the restaurant.
This restaurant has a long history … originally Les Gros … then briefly Jade … and for the past several years Le Gros. Its location is hidden in the trees south of Creekside.
Phone to make your reservation. Take a taxi and enjoy your self.
If you are the DD. Turn off the highway on to Alta Lake Road and then it’s the second drive way on the left. leading uphill. There’s a sign on top of the rock at the Alta Lake turn off and another sign at the bottom of the drive. The restaurant itself has no signs because by the time you are that close … that’s where you’re going! Above two dedicated parking terraces, the restaurant is approached by sturdy staircase and covered walkway. Heavy wooden windowless doors lead into a narrow cozy loggia with fireplace and comfortable chairs preceding the bar and the centre of operations (at least the ex-kitchen ones!). There are two rooms: to the left a smaller one behind the previously mentioned double-faced fireplace; ahead a larger one allowing the seating of groups of a dozen or more if necessary. Both rooms are carpeted and have expansive windows and high ceilings. Both rooms but especially the smaller have magical outlooks when snow is falling.
The style is comfortable fine dining … white tablecloths, gleaming glasses but no pretence. No place settings courtesy of Set Square and Micrometer. The menu is extensive but unchanging – rack of lamb. Dover sole. Mimosa and Caesar Salads … the standards. Specials every day. Catch of the day, maybe orange roughie. Soup, perhaps vegetable curry.
Service is professional and friendly. You will never be rushed. Prices are reasonable. Wine list runs from here, to very far over there. The food is delicious. There is a proper dessert menu.
In the end it is about the food and the atmosphere. Not a particularly good place for a first date, or popping the question or for making out between courses. If you are trying to impress people and you want the staff to play along … wrong place! … they are too busy with real people. If you are a celebrity no-one will care. Take your children if they enjoy your company and you theirs.
The owner of the restaurant is the chef.
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...
Food: For this price, the food was alright. I had the baked tortellini, and it was a bit on the dry side, but the delicious ice cream at the end of the meal made up for it. The calamari's really good as an appetizer (though it's a bit on the small size and is quite expensive compared to the rest of the meal). Also, I would not recommend upgrading your soup to a clam chowder, it's definitely not worth the $2.25. I really liked the loaf of bread at the beginning =)
Service: Very efficient service, considering there were a lot of people in the restaurant. The servers were quite friendly, though it seemed a bit generic (but what do you expect in a restaurant like this?). No complaints here!
Value: Definitely the main reason why people come here! The portions aren't huge (the soup was actually only a few bitefuls), but if you're not completely starving, the meal is decent.
Ambiance: I loved the atmosphere! It had that nice old rustic look (there was an old fashioned bicycle hanging from the ceiling!). I had no problems with how sanitary the restaurant was- everything was very clean.
I will definitely return here if I'm visiting Whistler next time! Be sure to arrive a bit earlier (5pm?) because this place fills up very quickly!
What else needs to be said? There was nothing that really impressed us. The food was alright, the service a little frazzeled and altogether a little overpriced for the experience. I don't think I'd be going out of my way to go back. There are way too many good restaurants to choose from here that do some amazing stuff.
Took the bf there for the first time and we had to wait in the lounge for about half hour before we could get to our table. It wasn't bad but we didn't like how we had to pay for our drinks first and then pay for our meal later.
Service was dreadful -- we had issues asking for anything and it seems like it was stressful to our server since it was so busy. Our meals came and the food was excellent. It's usual OSF pasta but we really liked our meals. That location around dinnertime is a madhouse but it still seemed as though other tables around us got much better service.
I go to Splitz every time I go skiing in Whistler! I've had pretty much all their burgers and tried all their sauces. My favorite is their lamb burger.
Everything is made right in front of your eyes and the friendly cooks let you choose from lots of different toppings (you can't go wrong with Splitz sauce and sprouts!)
There ALWAYS is a line even though the grill is not exactly within Whistler Village, it's like a local's best kept secret.
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.
Ate here with my wife on Nov. 8th. The house was full, although the overflow section around the corner in front of the kitchen was still closed.
The intent here was to have a premium dining experience in what I thought was one of the better restaurants in Whistler (not counting Araxi etc which were booked out for Cornucopia). Our waiter was outstanding, I will say that, exactly what you'd expect at a high end steakhouse. Unfortunately the service and the food were not up to expectations at all.
Our entrees were somewhat late to the table, and I'm guessing it was because they had sat under the heat lamps at the pass for maybe 10 minutes. The mashed potatoes had a definite "skin" on them, and my wife's NY strip had gone from medium rare to medium, and that that "old steak" look to it.
The side of asparagus was also disappointing - it was prepared fine but the quality of the veg was pretty bad. Ends were all mushy or had gone to seed... no different than what you would find at Safeway right now, which is unacceptable at a restaurant like this (and at prices like that).
Drinks are VERY expensive, by the way. $11 cocktails should have more to them than an ounce of Jack Daniels, some lime cordial, and 7-UP.
Bottom line is that I could have saved myself about $80 on the night, and had a better experience overall, eating at Earl's or the Keg.
I spent last weekend in Whistler for Cornucopia, and based on the reviews here, chose Elements for breakfast our first morning. I refuse to eat at a hotel restaurant if at all possible, on principle.
It took about 10 minutes to get a table (no reservations, first come first served) and the staff don't make much of an effort to take names etc. Which is understandable given that they have better things to do, ie serve customers already seated and flip tables as quickly as possible. They do a VERY good job of that, btw, and are very friendly.
The food was unbelievably good! I had the french toast stuffed with pecans, bananas, and caramel (OMG) and it lived up to high expectations. Wife had the standard eggs benedict and proclaimed it to be the best she's ever had. Both breakfasts were big enough to stuff you full and rang in at 10-12 dollars each. And they included a shot of fruit smoothie - nice touch! Fresh squeezed OJ is available @ $6 for large, which is outrageous until you see them pressing oranges behind the bar to make it for you. It is (almost) worth $6 a glass by the way.
We came back the next morning for breakfast and if I lived in Whistler I don't see how I could avoid eating here at least once a week. I can't imagine there being a better breakfast available at any price!
I had a fairly average experience at Wildflower.
My wife and I went here during Cornucopia (annual fall foodie festival in Whistler).
We had the following dishes (rated out of 10):
French Onion Soup - 5
Crab Cakes - 8
Roast Chicken - 7
Prime Rib - 6
The Prime ribs flavor was great but literally 30 to 40% of it was fat. I expect fat on prime rib but not that much... especially when it's a $30 dish...
On a drink note:
I had a Cilantro martini that was particularly tasty – 9/10
Overall decent food and drink but way over priced.
Service was adequate.
Probably won't be back. Much better places to go in the village.
Maybe our expectations were too high but we found our experience at Araxi mediocre. It wasn't that anything was wrong it was just so average. The food all good, didn't have that wow factor, except for the Arctic char which was succulent and delicious. The scallops with the chorizo was probably the most dissapointing. The service again was mediocre, we were just another number to our waitress. The room was quite nice. We might give it a second chance, the next time in Whistler
Just got back from a get-away weekend in Whistler, got a great rate and package off the Nita Lake website (food lovers or romance package) I think. We found out about this new hotel from a freind's wedding this summer, its got to be Whistlers best boutique hotel by far. We had the pre fixe tasting menu. The server explainded to us that the restaurant philosophy is to always offer a prixe fix menu even through the busy winter season. Back to the food, I started with a duck and foie gras terinne with quince it was beautifully presented with a truffle and watercress salad, my partner had the albacore tuna carpaccio which had a real westcoast Feel.
Our entres where equally impressive. The artic char was served with a delicious smoked salmon and horseradish veloute the sauce was Amazing. My main was a brasied veal breast (osso bucco)once again the presention was impressive and the meat was mouth watering, this was served with a saffron risotto which was cooked to perfection, I thought the kitchen knew what they were doing but this really sealed the deal. We usually do not go for dessert but as they were included in the set price we both grabbed our spoons and once again we were not dissapointed.
We both found the service to be friendly and helpfull and will totally reccomend the hotel and restaurant.
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.
Amazing place! Treated like royalty here...
I ordered the seared rare ahi tuna with shitake mushroom shavings. It was simply delectable, and you got quite a lot for the price. My Mom had some fantastic champagne and overall the experience was simply amazing. Highly reccomended.
Definetly will be back next time we're in Whistler.
My family and I were staying at The Crystal Lodge in the Village. There was a Ric's Grill in the Hotel, so we decided to check it out. My sister ordered the Chicken Strips--they were tough, but hey, chicken strips are like that, I guess. I ordered a well done steak. Throughout this, we were not once asked to have our drinks refilled. Much later, our food was brought by the unsmiling waitress. I could barely cut my steak, much less chew it it was so overdone. When brought to the attention of the waitress, she stared and said patronizingly, "Umm, that's actually how you ordered it. Well done. " I told her that it was so tough I could barely chew it. She took it away in a huff and brought me a medium well, which was better I guess. The garlic bread it came with was tasty. Okay food, but the service needs to improve big time.
Ate here as part of a room promotion. Our dinner was very good and we had attentive service. So we opted to go back the next morning for breakfast, treating ourselves to the overpriced breakfast buffet. The breakfast was awful. The food was cold and there was only one server who couldn't keep up. I can recommend it for dinner, but I'd avoid eating there in the morning.
We came here wanting an affordable meal that was not a chain restaurant. The service was really bad, no attention whatsoever, and no willingness to accommodate special (but reasonable) requests. I suspect this place has some good specials though, because on winter afternoons it is always busy with the "post-snowboarding" crowd. Please stay away though as there are many better choices.
This Earls offers a nice ambiance, it's really busy.... so if you're looking for good food and good place to eat, def. go there. The service is good (compared to AMSTERDAM cafe, read my review for that).... Earls offers great food. AND really good drinks!
You get what you pay for....nice place to go if you're looking to get your night started. I really liked my exp. I've been there maybe 3-4 times. :)
OH MY GOD. I've been waiting for this moment. Okay, I went to Whistler in July for a festive occasion with my sister & friends. After spending our weekend, we were about start our drive back homke. We thought we'd grab a bite to eat so we went into this place.
OH MY GOD, it was THE WORST restaurant experience of my life thus far. The waitress was the rudest one I've EVER met. She acted like we didn't exist! There were two seperate tables of 4 of us (not side by side, but across the patio). I VOW to never go in that place again. The waitress brought the wrong food and gave US attitude. We were tired and exhausted and all we wanted was: decent food. It was breakfast time, their hashbrowns looked as if they brought them out of the fridge and threw them in front of you. They were served HARD and COLD. The music was roarding LOUD, boy it was horrible! In the morning, you don't want to hear ROARING loud metal/rock music.
So back to the waitresse's rudeness. I wish I could TALK rather type about this. She gave so much attitude when all of us were being nice thinking "what's going on, maybe she thinks we're rude"? The girls on the other table had SUCH a bad exp. that they didn't tip her and LEFT. So this girl made US stay in the resaturant, and FOLLOWED the group of friends to go ASK for the tip. They refused and the other bartender made one of my friends STAY in the restaurant =S It was scary! They cannot do that! MAN oh MAN, I cannot put into words, how RUDE she was. She didn't come talk to us for 15 mins at a time. Did I mention, wrong food orders, COLD food, and horrible atmoshphere. Okay I'm going to stop. Simple put = DO NOT GO THERE! I would NEVER EVER go there again. They treat you like you are nothing :)!!!!
WOW. The worst place to go eat in Whistler. And WHAT a way to ruin our mood, after having a great time and heading home.
I would give ALL 0's, I feel guilty giving 1 for Poor. There should be a 0 for HORRENDOUS!!!
Walking around, we saw this little creperie and wanted to try it. So we ordered crepes (normal for a creperie lol). We tasted the chicken / goat cheese and the sea food. Both of them were excellent and of a good size. For desert, even if we were already full, we tried the berries crepe... mmm nice sweet touch to finish this lunch. So good food, friendly waitress but a bit expensive for crepes (I have to admit).
|1.||Araxi Restaurant + Bar|
|4.||Rim Rock Cafe And Oyster Bar|
|6.||Old Spaghetti Factory|
|9.||Quattro At Whistler|
|10.||Trattoria Di Umberto Restaurant|
|11.||Amsterdam Cafe, The|
|12.||Keg Steakhouse & Bar, The|
|18.||Pasta Lupino Gourmet|
|20.||Tandoori Grill Whistler|