In the shoulder season doldrums Ric's seems to be doing better than many competitors. The room is attractive with chocolate tones and a mix of booths and free-standing tables. Cyndi Lauper type music not unbearably loud. No TVs. Cheerful, but not perfect service. Attractive salads promptly but everything else slow mo. Food competently cooked and presented but nothing to run back for. Lamb chops and lemon-garlic prawns were sampled. Some managerial angst on display. Bathroom a bit untidy. Overall a reasonable choice for a wet night.
I like this place. Very popular. Not overpromised and they certainly deliver.
I like the menu. The prices for two was a bit heavy though and we certainly go there on occasion. The room is nice but incredibly hard to hear (for old timers like me) as there's alot of hard surfaces in the restaurant.
A definte must do in Whistler.
Whistler in Oct is a great time to visit and to try Araxi's because of the slow season--you get fantastic attention and service from the moment you step in. We were never rushed and enjoyed a relaxing time while slowing eating our best meals of the year.
My buddy enjoyed his beet salad and lamb chops and gave it a 4.5 (food-rating) stars. I couldn't believe how perfect the venison was prepared and presented. The waiter was able to pick out just the right wine for our taste and suggested the petit fours for dessert. All the plates were just the right portion. Our bill came to $211.00 (pre-tip) and worth every savoury loonie.
This is our 4th visit and never lets us down for an amazing experience.
We really liked our experience here the 2x we went.
Great concept. Very nicely decorated. Good value.
Loved the chairs. Nice art. Seemed to appeal to a younger set.
Servers were really helpful.
We'll be back for sure.
After spending a lovely time in the Chateau Whistler hotel we decided to "save" some money and instead of ordering breafast from the main restaurant at the hotel we went to this place, there's a line up outside the "restaurant" so grab your tray and wait.... just like Ikea but worse !, the hashbrowns looked like they were soaking in oil for days ! the bacon was tiny and tasted burned, and the eggs were COLD ! after that you first pay for your food and then you are supposed to go to a different line and get your coffee, its not even a self service! so while your breakfast is getting even colder, you have to wait AGAIN to get your coffee, the girls in the coffee area have no idea about anything, we asked for sugar and they gave us a dirty look expecting us to know where everything is..... so finally after 10 minutes we went back to the table and obviously... our breakfast was not etable. TERRIBLE PLACE to start your day.... oh ! I forgot, we spent 30 bucks for 2 people for just breakfast, what a sham.
My wife and I were in Whistler for her Bday and thanksgiving and decided to go there on the last night, we made a reservation and we were seated promptly, our waiter Luis was very attentive and took our drink order right away. It being Thanksgiving we decided to go with the special turkey dinner which was served beautifully and tasted amazing, after our meal we decided on dessert, my wife creme brule and myself pecan pie, both were outstanding, we capped our evening off with tea. For a restaurant that is known to be quite expensive we found that the extra cost was more than worthwhile for a very special evening.
love the mizithra spaghetti,even though it sticks to teeth like a drowning man clinging to a life presever.,raspberry marg's are great,and the prices are very reasonable. bread came to the table cold this visit,and our waitress replaced it with a warm loaf immediatley. Steak here always seems to be on the tough side,but spaghetti is a steadfast reliable fav.
billed as a tapas and martini bar
it was a lively location with a great patio
food highlights; fried calamari in general tso's glaze, buffalo carpaccio
homemade bread, asian steak with wasabi potatoes
server knew all about whistler activities and nightlife
i and my childhood friends went there for a reunion dinner, and we had their L'Abuffata, which is a chef's tasting menu served platter style for interactive sharing. Not only was the food delicious, but the portions were huge! At the price they charged, it represented great value for money. The wine list had a good selection of B. C. and imported wines. All dinner participants enjoyed that dinner very much and congratulated me for picking a great restaurant, but it is in fact the chef and servers who deserve the congratulations. The managers were very responsive to numerous emails from me before the dinner date regarding the reservation and fine details of the dinner arrangement, and at the dinner, service was friendly and attentive. The decor was fun and classy at the same time. A wonderful choice for dining at Whistler.
First, a proviso -- I and my friends ate at the Wine Room here, which provides unique ambiance and privacy that are not applicable in the general dining area (however, the decor and ambiance "out there" are still great).
I first ate at Araxi about 10 or 12 years ago, and found the food outstanding. Then, about 8 years or so ago, we went there again, and the food was only so-so. I decided to go there again recently because I found that the executive chef who was with the restaurant when I first went there had left when I went there the second time, but had returned in late 2006.
This time, I and a group of close friends were there to celebrate an event, and so we went for broke -- having their chef's tasting menu, with a pan seared foie gras dish added, plus wine pairing for each course. Everything was top notch. The wine pairing was well done in terms of matching the particular food we had -- while standing alone, some wines were just good while others were absolutely great. As to the food, every dish was great, both to the eye and to the taste bud.
The service was efficient, attentive, and non-obtrusive, which is what is expected of a top class fine dining restaurant, and being able to have the Wine Room all to ourselves was a big bonus in making our occasion memorable (there was a minimum $ spent to qualify to eat there).
I will not hesitate to eat there again.
It was not fantastic by any means. We came in as a group of 10 people, all teenagers and early-20s, and when our waitress asked us if we would all be on one bill, we replied no, and she groaned.
I asked her how much the small order of pasta would be (all pastas on the menu were in the $14-16 range, and a note at the bottom of the menu said that small orders of all the pastas were available, with no price listed.) She referred to is as a "half order" said it would come to about $7, so I went ahead and ordered the taglierini pesto and a diet coke, which turned out to be $3.50... almost ridiculous in itself. When I wanted to get a refill, I was also extremely surprised that it would cost me $1, so I passed.
The pasta came, a rather tiny portion, but I figured it would be fine. The bills came, and she had charged me $10.50 for the pasta. I asked her why when she had said $7 earlier, and she said, "Well, it was actually a 3/4 order." She nevertheless gave me a 10% discount on the pasta, but had earlier made a point of saying, "Welcome to Whistler. Everything's expensive here."
To top it all off, they didn't have an Interac machine, and as we had all come back from a camping trip, were not carrying much cash on us, and ended up having to put multiple bills on one person's Visa card anyways... maybe she wouldn't have groaned so much if she'd known we all wanted to pay by debit card anyways.
I would never go back... my poor server didn't get a tip because I figured the restaurant was making enough profit off my no-refills, $3.50 Diet Coke.
We have been eating here for years and are never dissapointed, The Splitz burger is by far the best I've ever tried, and I've tried lots from all over the place.
They spezialize in burgers and take them very seriously, the meat is perfectly seasoned, you get to choose your toppings from about 20 choices including home made sauces. You have to try the splitz sauce but be careful as it is highly addictive.
The service is very good and friendly as you interact directly with the cooks as they put your order together, there is no table service but the atmosphere is fun, and electric.
It can get busy at times with line ups but is worth the wait, we cant wait for there new location to open in Vancouver.
We decided to see if the Whistler location is any better than the Victoria one, and we were not disappointed. It was a busy Saturday night and we had to wait about 10 minutes for our table, even though we had reservations, but 10 mins isn't long. Our server was helpful and knowledgeable about the food and wine, and made some good recommendations. The Mr. and I started with soup and salad, and then ordered steak (Sirloin and French cut) and both were very good and cooked just as we asked. I wish they would make more of an effort with the veggies though. A couple of sticks of steamed zucchini and a chunk of raw red pepper isn't very inspired. The potatoes are good. We didn't have room for dessert! Nice evening.
We had lunch & it was just ok. Not alot of variety on the menu. Pizza had very little sauce & cheese, although cooked in a brick oven, nothing special. My daughter had speghetti & the sauce tasted canned. My husband had a wrap & he described it as pretty good. They also charge a dollar for pop refills which I found odd. We wouldn't go back.
What can I say- wow! I tried the beef burger (they had chicken, veggie, lentil, lamb etc.)- big selection of sauces and toppings which they were very very generous with. Think this was my first time having alfalfa sprouts on my burger. It was very hard to get the burger in my mouth, it was so full! Incredibly tasty. Splitz sauce was great.
A new location in Vancouver is set to open soon- can't wait!
Very overrated. Halibut good but tiny portion. French onion soup cold and bland. Don't order steak frites, steak fatty and tasteless ,tasted like something you would buy at the local grocery store for at lot less than 40$. Fries like shoe leather. Service inconsistent, snobby,and when pointed out that part of meal was inedible and clearly not touched no attempt made to rectify problem.Save your money,much better restaurants elsewhere. Search online for other reviews and you will see this experience was typical.
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?
Quite simply, the Bearfoot serves the best food in Canada and perhaps in North America and I say this having eaten in all the top rated restaurants in London, Paris, Tokyo, New York, San Francisco, Toronto and Montreal.
Melissa Craig gets the best out of excellent ingredients and produces inventive dishes that are full of depth but never over-complicated.
The servers are cheerful, relaxed and knowledgable.
Earl's is a good, reasonably priced choice in Whistler. Generous portions, nice presentation, and mild spices add up to nothing really special, but good value overall. Chocolate sticky toffee pudding for dessert was the definite highlight of the meal.
I ordered a guiness burger with a cup of clam chowder instead of fries. This was hands-down THE best clam chowder I've ever had. It had a kick to it, unlike the usual clam chowders, though it was still rich and creamy, but not too thick. I tried some of the fries off of my friend's plate and I was wishing that i could've had both soup and fries in addition to the burger. And yes, the burger was hand-made, thick, juicy and a really nice flavour to it.
This place was busy but not super loud, and I love that families are welcome. UK-style pubs are much friendlier that way, and the pubs aren't just full of drunken frat boys all the time. The decor was very traditional, but comfortable. And the service was quite attentive and friendly as well.
I definitely want to go back there again and again. If I could just have a large pot of the clam chowder, that would be heaven!
|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|