My boyfriend and I went here a few months ago, and it was a great experience. We both worked in Whistler for quite some time, and a lot of the restaurants there are just a bunch of hype (like Araxi). The Rimrock is in Creekside, and the "Cafe" part of the name is probably misleading to some tourists, but it is hands down, the nicest restaurant in Whistler. The server was a bit slow at first, I think the hostess may not have notified her we were there or something, but we ended up getting a free dessert to make up for it (and it was worth it!)
We had a very impressive meal here last weekend and it cost far less than one would expect at a Fairmont Hotel in trendy and expensive Whistler. The free range chicken was excellent as was the prime rib. The salad was very good and the service was friendly. The price for the meal was not cheap but given the generous portions and high quality, it was excellent value for the money - which is not all that easy to find in Whistler. I would have no hesitation going back again and certainly will return the next time I am in Whistler.
After hearing so much in the past about this restaurant, and travelling through the area with friends from out of country I thought we should seek it out. Food when we finally got it was good, but only after seeing other tables who sat and ordered long after us get their entree's we had to ask. Now we only ordered several items from the appy menu, and I'm glad thats all. The server decided to sit with her friends at another table telling them all about her 'sad' birthday party the night before. and then explaining to us that she was having a bad night and thats why the food was taking so long.(more like she forgot to order it, it was only appys, being I know the industry, they should not take longer than entree's)) The reason we ordered appy's was we wanted to be quick, not to be forgotten, and then cried to about how bad her birthday party was the previuos night. Its the service industry, not a counselling service, god, leave it at home.
Great view, may not be able to go back unless I'm only drinkin, that way I can self serve myself
Food was sunsatnatial in portions and tasted good though only luke warm when we did finally get it.
so you are warned, may or may not be good??!!
Girlfriend and I got the craving for sushi after a few days of backpacking. Neither of us familiar with Whistler, Sachi was the first sushi place we found driving around town. The prices were definitely higher than typical Vancouver rate, but I guess Whistler in general is more expensive. The restaurant was packed on a rainy Friday noon, but service was professional and prompt.
I would recommend the seeweed salad, roundhouse rolls (perfect), and mango rolls. We also had their big lunch box, which was miles above average. Judging by our experience, I do believe the other review that says everything on the menu is good.
We found the village afterwards, but I'm very happy to have stumbled upon Sachi.
I attend an annual conference in Whistler, and always seem to end up eating here, probably because it's one of the best deals in Whistler. However, you really get what you pay for...this is definitely not food for the sophisticated palate. It will fill you up, and if you don't pay too much attention to your taste buds, it's pretty good. Our server looked like he was in high school, and seemed inexperienced. We had to ask repeatedly for several things before he brought them. At least his attitude was good, and he was friendly. Decor was the same as all the other Spaghetti Factories. Overall good for cheap fast food, kid friendly. Just don't expect much and you'll be satisfied.
Went for lunch because the lineup at Spaghetti Factory was too long. We were a party of 10, and it took a while to get seated, despite there being enough empty tables. We had 3 kids in our party, and the waitress did her best to accommodate their tastes. Food was pricey for what it was, but that's the norm in Whistler. I ordered the last beef dip (how could they run out by lunch time?). It was a large portion, and tasty. All the other food looked ok, nothing special. There were 2 servers for this place which is not large, yet the service was slow. The server didn't seem to clue in that when one person asked for the bill, she should bring the bills for the rest of the table. So everyone had to ask for their bills separately. Probably won't return.
Visited early May while in Whistler for a weekend. As this is the shoulder season in Whistler, we had the place to ourselves with the exception of a table of university professors on a conference. As a result, our server was particularily attentive. I had steak and my girlfriend had the lamb. Both of us were very pleased with our meals and had very good cuts of meat.
Personally I really really like the ambience. This may owe to the fact we had the restaurant to ourselves however. It's very dark inside with dark wood and chandelier lighting. Very rich feeling.
Value is reasonable - no more expensive than the Hy's downtown and much less than Mortons or Gotham.
Will definitely return next time in Whistler.
There must be two restaurants named Araxi in Whister because I can't agree with any of the other reviews. We frequently eat out at nice restaurants, often at the sister restaurant of Araxi in Vancouver, so we know what to expect in a restaurant of this caliber in terms of both food quality and cost, and unfortunately Araxi didn't measure up in my opinion.
Our appetizers were both delicious, I had the Aged Cheddar Souffle, and my husband had the Spicy Tuna Rolls. Both tasted great, and were moderately priced. The problem was with dinner.
I had the Weathervane Scallops with Chorizo which tasted good, but the Scallops were very very small. My husband ordered the Lobster Risotto which was presented beautifully, really quite stunning. He had a few bites and asked me to try it and let him know what I thought. I had one bite and said to him that it was overcooked, bordering on mushy in fact.
We were in a bit of a time crunch so he decided not to send it back which was fine until we received the bill and saw that they charged us FIFTY dollars for the dish. I have never paid such a grossly overinflated price for risotto, even lobster risotto, anywhere. Especially since it contained only the claw meat, not even a whole lobster. If you're going to charge that kind of money, you'd better make sure it's perfect!
This on top of the fact that the service was only so-so made for a really poor experience. Our waiter was very nice and he tried very hard but he just didn't have a clue. I guess they have trouble finding staff to work in Whistler, but please Araxi, don't compromise!
I have no trouble paying a lot of money to eat at "fine dining" restaurants, in fact when done well I believe it's one of the greatest pleasures in life, but this just didn't measure up, and it's hard to believe that the sister restaurant of Araxi is even associated with them. The experience was like night and day.
Bottom line, I think there are better restaurants in Whister.
I just have to say that the miso cod at La Bocca was one of the most enjoyable meals I've had in Whistler. We visit Whistler often and for a place that's perfectly placed to price-gouge, I'm thrilled to know that La Bocca offers great food and service at a reasonable price. I wouldn't have opted for the gelato dessert until the waiter steered me toward it insisting that it was as good as you might find in Italy...and it was!
The lakefront setting is so beautiful that it is difficult to keep from gazing at it instead of the terrific food and your dining partner. The tasting menu is very reasonably priced and the chocolate dessert was excellent. Must come back for the Maple walnut pie. We must come earlier to sit on the lakeside outdoor patio and have a pitcher of margaritas. They are not open for lunch at this time. We had great sandiches at the deli that is also part of the Nita Lake Lodge Hotel. The desserts looked great but sanwiches were filling enough.
We have been here several times and the food is the best with something out of the ordinary to sample. Detail to sauces and game dishes as well as a great peppercorn steak. Dessert excellent if you still have room. Some areas are a bit cosy so I prefer a booth. Reservations necessary on weekends unless you want to eat early or late and even then no guarantee.
I visited Araxi during my trip to Whistler this weekend. The service was more than I could have imagined. When my main course arrived, I was less than thrilled because I am not a fan on peas, and the menu made it seem like there was only a little bit of peas incorporated into the dish. I was just going to suck it up and eat it, because it really was my fault that I had not took the time to read the menu properly. My server noticed that I was not enjoying my food, so she took it upon herself to change my halibut to not have any peas in it. When my dish came back out, the chief had made me a whole new dish especially for me! I was so appreciative that they would do something like that, afterall, it was my fault. Everything about my experience was so wonderful, and I definitely think it is worth the money. We enjoyed ourselves so much, and I would recommend sitting outside because you get to experience the atmosphere of the restaurant along with the overall whistler atmosphere because the restaurant is situated in the main courtyard.
Dining out in Whistler is expensive pretty much anywhere you go. Araxi is no exception, but in addition to a hefty price you also get a great ambiance which is quiet and classy in the heart of Whistler Village. The food was impressive and wine list is extensive but the BEST part of it all was the dessert: probably the best i've ever had in a restaurant.
Unfortunately I can't say much good about Crepe Montagne.
I don't mind paying good money for good food. However, I spent $66 bucks here and felt completely ripped off. When I saw the menu I thought to myself: "Damn, this is pricey; I bet it's really good with fresh high quality ingredients". Nope, I was wrong.
Dishes rated out of ten:
Chicken Cordon Bleu Crepe - 4
French Toast - 5
Berry Crepe - 6
On a drink note: $7 bucks for a single glass of fresh squeezed orange juice; this was the best item I had but still way to expensive.
Service was OK. The server was friendly and helpful but she missed a number of obvious things like clearing the table of dirty dishes (which by the way we stacked for her).
I will never be back. If you’re looking for good food in the same area go to Elements across the street (click on my username above if you want to read my review on that place).
Ordered two medium pie's from Tony's; a Meat-lovers and a Hawaiian. Both were awesome, definitely one of the better pizzas I've had. The crust was slightly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. I even had some left-overs two days later and it was still great pizza.
Pizza's rated out of ten:
Meat-lovers - 9
Hawaiian - 8
It's a bit pricey; paid $44 for the two pizzas delivered. Given the cost I may order from here again but it would have to be a time I'm looking for extra special pizza.
Note: Although I haven't been inside Fat Tony's I gave the Ambiance a 2 because DineHere.ca will not allow a blank category. Also, I can't imagine it would be better then a 2 anyway.
Just went to Elements in the shoulder part of the day where they are serving breakfast and lunch at the same time. Great food and good service.
My wife and I had the following dishes (rated out of ten):
Chorizo and Sweet Corn Soup de jour - 8
French Toast with Rhubarb Compote - 7
Houssin Pork and Mango Salsa Lettuce Wrap - 8
On a drink note: They have a small but well selected draft micro brew selection. Whistler Pale Ale and KB Honey Brown are the two most notable.
One thing that bugged me was the aromatherapy scent coming from the lobby of the Summit Lodge hotel/condos. The scent, although nice in the lobby was intrusive to the dining experience. It certainly interfered with my senses of smell and taste.
I'll be back; it was worth the price.
Very good burgers. A little sloppy but isn't a good burger always that way?
Friendly service and an OK seating area. But really, you can’t expect 5 star everything from a burger joint. Honestly, it's one of the better burgers I've had in my life, certainly in the top 10.
Rated out of ten:
Splitz Legendary Beef with Cheese, Bacon, Sautéed Onions and Mushrooms – 8
I’ll be back for sure. If you’re in Whistler for a quick lunch try them out.
Nice place for breakfast
My family and I went here for breakfast today. Most notable category was the service. Our server was extremely welcoming and accommodating of our two children (2 years old and 6 months old).
Food was solid but nothing to write home about. Here are the dishes we had (rated out of ten):
Yogurt and Granola with Strawberries – 6 (Strawberries and syrup too sweet, probably puree for bar drinks)
Eggs Benedict Sampler (4):
--> Mushroom and Asparagus - 8
--> Smoked Salmon – 7
--> Alder Wood Smoked Bacon – 6
--> Chicken – 4 (Chicken had no flavor)
--> Pan Fries – 7 (would be an 8 if I hadn’t had two burnt potatoes)
On a drink note:
Excellent Single Caesars
I’ll probably go back someday; the prices were reasonable given the experience but I’ve certainly had better breakfast food in the past.
My wife and I have eaten at Araxi 2 times now, once for dinner and once for lunch. Both times the food was fantastic and the service was especially awesome.
Here are the dishes we've had (rated out of ten):
Dinner (mains only):
Pan Seared Halibut - 9
Beef Tenderloin - 9
Lunch (mains only):
Chicken Confit - 8
Pulled Pork Sandwich - 9
The food portions are well sized, any meat dish I have ordered has been well seasoned and their oysters are always fresh and tasty with their house mignonette.
On a drink note:
Wine selection is great.
I had their mojito last time for lunch and it was to die for, if you like the Cuban concoction give theirs a shot.
I've recommended Araxi to a number of my foodie friends and family and everyone that's gone has been equally satisfied as me.
We ate at this restaurant for lunch today and really enjoyed ourselves. We got a great spot on the patio and the beautiful sunny day topped it off. i had the beef stir fry which was good although the sauce was a little too thick. My husband had the tuna steak which came with a sesame seed crust. They were a little on the burnt side so when he complained, the waiter apologized and brought a new steak and couldn't have been nicer about it.
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