We visited this restaurant for breakfast this morning and ordered the eggs benny with crab and the breakfast mix - standard breakfast fare. We had to wait almost an hour for our food to arrive but the presentation was pretty good. My husband was pleased with his eggs benny but my breakfast was just okay. The poached eggs were sitting in a pool of water and were over cooked, the sausages were of poor quality and I swapped the hash browns for fruit and received a few small pieces of strawberry and pineapple. I also asked for ketchup and it still had not arrived when we requested the bill. The service was very slow and disappointing, and I would not go there again.
Off season in Whistler is when those of us of relatively modest means have an opportunity to try some of the fine dining places, as many restaurants offer three course prix fixe menus at this time of year. La Rua offers their regular menu with a choice of an appetizer, main and dessert or 2 appetizers and a main. What a special treat it is.
The food was flawless. Amongst our party of three we tried Ahi tuna, duck spring roll, seafood tower and lobster-crab cake to start. All were excellent but the spring roll and the seafood tower stood out.
For mains we tried the sablefish, bouillabaisse and rack of lamb. Each of these dishes had a wow! factor about them that earned the 5 rating. The bouillabaisse was a very generous portion loaded with seafood and served with espellette pepper rouille - which traditionally is added to the soup base for flavour according to our waiter, nut which we used as a spread with fresh bread. The sablefish was served in a dashi broth with soba noodles, shimejji mushrooms and edamame beans. Wow! The broth combined with the buttery smooth sablefish was sublime. The rack of lamb was cooked to perfection and was tender and tasty.
Service was professional yet casual. Water and wine glasses were filled promptly when low. Napkins were folded when someone got up to visit the washroom. The pacing of the meal was just right - not slow, but not rushed either.
For fine dining of this caliber it's definitely not an intimidating environment. There are white linen tablecloths, but I would say the room is neither trendy cool nor romantic - so casually elegant I guess.
This is what Whistler is all about.
This is a Tapa's style restaurant so the lunch menu is designed to be light and tasty. The variety is great and as long as you order a few different items you won't leave hungry. The breakfasts, by contrast, are huge. They offer some exceptional twists to tradition french toast or egg bene' but make sure your hungry. We often go for breakfast around 10, then we can skip lunch and be ready for a late, long day of skiing/riding on the mountain.
The words affordable and Whistler are not often found in the same sentence but Samurai Sushi continues to offer great meals at reasonable prices. The service is fast and the food is always fresh, which is probably because they are always busy. Samurai offers daily specials in regular sizes, sumo sizes and vegetarian. They also have an "a la carte" menu for dining in or take. appetite.
Went back to Carambas after a very disappointing service experience hoping that things would be different and the service this time was good, the food however was another story. We had a $9. caesar salad with almost no dressing and croutons that could break your teeth a pizza that was undercooked and the cheese was sparse and finally the roast leg of lamb served with beans and potatoes which was tasty but very overpriced for the portion 1/3 cup of beans, two small red potato cut in half and four very small slices of lamb. Next time I feel like dinner out I will go to Trattoria di Umberto which is always a delight.
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.
I had been to the Splitz grill before in Whistler and thought it was okay...so when I was wandering on main street and saw Splitz again, I thought I'd try something else on the menu-the italian sausage burger. The burger wasn't by far the most amazing burger i've ever eaten, better than White spot and Vera's burger for sure. You pick your own toppings, and if you pick the splitz sauce, you can't go wrong. I was pleasantly surprised that the italian sausage was really nice. For $7.88 (extra cheese cost $1 (including tax) you get a burger that would fill you up....this does not include fries/drinks. Service is fine, the cooks seem friendly enough, you have to understand that this is a casual place, you order your food and pick it up yourself. It's not cheap, but if you want a good solid burger, then this is a great place to go to.
We just experienced the best restaurant dinner we've had in a long time! The service was attentive without being intrusive and the food quality, preparation and presentation was excellent. Yes the main dishes pricing is above $30 but well worth the price. Relaxing, low key with high quality and service.
We were told to go to the edgewater by the fairmont concierge people a few weeks ago.
They said you have to go there because it is 'so whistler' and the 'food is really top notch'.
They were so right and we were so happy we did.
Our overall impression was that we'll be back as much as we can (if we get to Whistler more often). Unbelievable views from the dining room, although I don't know if that works as well in the darker winter months. We got there at 5:30 and we took forever to make up our minds as we couldn't stop looking at the alpenglow on the mountains from across the lake.
When the food arrived, it was outstanding. Venison medallions and wild salmon. The chef obviously is top notch. Had a nice zing to the flavour and there was a nice selection of crisp vegetables to go with it. (I'm not a fan of those places where you have to order every last piece of your meal - a la carte). The Edgewater didn't disappoint!
On our night, the servers were pretty busy and perhaps understaffed. They were very competent people though. Very knowledgeable about wine and when they stopped for air, they had lots to tell us of the surrounding area. Nice people and certainly on our wavelength.
As said before, the ambience was to die for. Unbelievable location on an unbelievable property. Loved the music choice too.
"A little kitchen, so everything is fresh" - this is what our waitress told us. Ya, right. Do canned olives count as fresh?
The food was very disappointing - we had the prawns gratinee which were baked in artichokes, cheese and a bruschetta mix, including those canned olives. And this brushetta mix must be their specialty because it was topping the scallop risotto as well. Imagine ristto with leftover mushrooms and woody asparagus bottoms topped with raw onions and canned olives. Fresh...hardly.
This was terrifyingly expensive for nothing, except for the wine, but I chose that!
Delicious, flavourful food and good portions at a surprisingly good price (relative to other Whistler restaurants). 4 entrees b/w 4 ppl was more than enough. We had butter chicken, rogan josh, chana masala, palak paneer. Garlic naan was homemade and really good (not the "fake" puffy bread sometimes served at some restaurants).
Came here due to the great reviews on this website and was very very disappointed. Service was horrible. Our waitress was rude, arrogant and very unfriendly. She got our order wrong twice and when she came with the wrong bottle of wine and the wrong dish, she didn't apologize. She said that 'this is what I thought you wanted' and walked away. The food was alrite. I've had better steak and seafood before. I wouldn't recommend it unless you really have too much money to spend.
We went to the Teppan Village for a huge birthday party and overall we had a good time! It is a very interactive dining experience as the chef’s cook the food right at your table. The menu is quite small and offers sushi, seafood and steak. The food is overpriced, as you are paying for the elaborate show the chefs put on.
I had the Village Special Dinner for $38, which was a sad little lettuce salad, a small bowl of miso soup, a small bowl of plain steamed rice, a heap of bean sprouts and 4 tiger prawns and 8 pieces of bite size teriyaki chicken. The best thing was the pieces of bite size filet mignon. It was one of the cheaper items on the menu; other items go up to $60. The website shows a dissimilar menu to the one at restaurant. The best thing about this restaurant is the service; our party was so large we had 2 waitresses and 2 chefs! I would recommend this restaurant for large groups, birthdays, corporate or business dinners but I can’t see myself going there again.
Elements is my absolute favourite place to eat in Whistler! I cannot say enough good things about this place, the service is fantastic, the atmosphere and décor is sexy and fun, and the food is just incredible. My boyfriend and I regularly go for a romantic meal out or for the best breakfast of our lives. I have never had a better breakfast. The menu is constantly changing and evolving but I have always enjoyed every single thing we’ve ordered. The drinks are great too! And the desserts are to die for.
I always get the Belgian Chocolate Mousse Pyramid and my boyfriend always gets the special crème brulee. For breakfast the various eggs benedicts are amazing, try the Dungeness crab benny with citrus Hollandaise sauce or the Brie and ham stuffed French toast. They do not take reservations and there is often a wait so get there a little early. I recommend this restaurant to everyone!
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.
Recommended to us by our concierge. The food was exceptional and very creative. Loved the soy "pop rocks"!!! We were told that their chef won the "top canadian chef" title. Service was great too, professional but friendly. Great wine list, one of the best we've seen (And we've been to French Laundry, Mina, Aureole, etc...). As recommended by our concierge, we sabered champagne in the wine cellar, lots of fun. We went back the next day for oysters at the bar. Best restaurant in Whistler.
I love dining at Hy's when I am in Whistler. I am a big steak fan and I feel that they do it the best (not a fan of Hy's in Vancouver). I am recognised when I walk in and I am given the same table visit after visit. Great big tender steaks cooked to perfection and a fabulous wine list. If you plan to go ask for Chris to serve you, he is one of the best waiters I have ever had even if he is an Oiler's fan. When in Whistler GO TO HY'S.
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.
Had dinner at the pub with three other friends. We ordered crab cake for a starter. It was described as 'famous home made' but it was very dry and didn't taste anything like crab. What's more, main dishes were disester. We had Steak & Guinness Pie, Irish Corned Beef & Cabbage, and Roasted Chicken Panini. Everything was extremly salty. After a bite, we couldn't have another one so we had to tell the waitress, who was very friendly and attentive. She told to the manager and we got our dinner for free which was a good thing (althought we had to leave with our stomach empty and had to have cup noodles in the hotel suit.).
I don't think i'll return there ever again.
My husband and I have been to Elements twice now and I can definitely say that it's my favourite tapas place by far.
Sure the restaurant is small, but it's nowhere near as cramped and clausterphobic as Bin 942 in Vancouver. And the decor is much more my taste - clean and contemporoary.
The staff has been great each time we've been there. They're nice, without being condescending. The service has been attentive and helpful each time.
The food is downright awesome. The portions are great for a tapas place and in my opinion, they match the price. The drinks are fabulous too...especially the 'infused' ones.
We definitely plan to go back this year.
|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|