My wife and I celebrated our anniversary in Whistler in 2005 and chose Bearfoot Bistro for dinner. It was one of those rare dining experiences where everything comes together perfectly - you are at the apex of appetite just before you get over-hungry, the sun is just going down outside the window, the kitchen gets the food just right, the wine is paired to perfection, and the servers manage to find the exact balance between being attentative and ignoring you. I have referred to this meal to friends as quite possibly the finest dinner I have ever had.
The highs - The decor is simple but cosy, and I love the wine crate covers on the walls (mmm... Far Niente...). I started my 5 courses with a seafood dish paired with a wonderful riesling before moving onto an incredible foi gras matched with a sauterne that blew my socks off. All of this was just foreplay for the caribou, cleverly served with a port, of all things. One bite and sip convinced me that I had just eaten the finest combination of food and beverage in my life. My wife kept things more simple and went for a seafood starter before the lobster special, paired with a crisp white, which was also excellent. Service was outstanding. At one point, the waiter poured me a glass of wine that was not on the "by the glass" menu, simply because "it is the best pairing for your course".
The lows - none.
I have not been back yet, partly because it's in Whistler but partly because it was the kind of meal that you don't want to ruin the memory of with a potentially second-rate second visit. This is ridiculous of course, so I plan on returning in the spring for a vacation. Bring on the caribou and port!
Some girlfriends and I went to this restaurant on a whim, and we were blown away! The service was very good, our server was knowledgeable about the food and was very friendly. The food was GREAT! I had the seared Ahi tuna (get this, it's well worth it), and everyone else I was with was really happy with their meals as well. Vegetarian selections are few, but my friend was able to find a good pasta dish. This place is pricey, but we got lots of food and walked out very pleased with our experience.
Located off the main tourist strolls, Sachi has developed a strong local following and has been voted as Whistler's best (at least most popular) Japanese in Pique Newsmagazine readers polls for the past couple of years. It's worth looking for. On our last visit we enjoyed chicken karaage, spicy agedashi (order a side of steamed rice to soak up all the yummy sauce), nabeyaki, and a number of rolls. The mango roll and Sachi roll, wrapped with a soy crepe rather than nori, are highlights.
The Whistler Brewpub is a good choice (especially for locals) for lunch (clubhouse, beef dips, etc) whenever they're running their Monday - Friday half price specials, which is quite frequently. Otherwise Caramba for a few bucks more offers better quality and value.
Dined at Fifty Two 80 recently and I wish I had the budget to vist more regularly. We had an early three course prix fixe for $39.95 and were knocked out by each dish. Service is highly professional, decor is elegant. Highly recommended for a special occasion dinner in Whistler.
The food here is absolutely to DIE FOR! Everything from our appys, entre to dessert was AMAZING. The atmosphere is very trendy & the service is both prompt & professional. Most definitely an establishment worth checking out in Whistler.
The Bearfoot Bistro was recommended to us by our concierge. The service was not even remotely up to par for a restaurant of this calibre. Though it may not be typical of the service provided by this restaurant, the manager just gave us one excuse after another. A lady at the table next to us got up to serve herself water at least twice. Even while the manager was explaining all the things that were going wrong, the server came to our table and served us the wrong order. We told him that we expected better and that they should not take reservations to full capacity if they are understaffed. At least the food was superb.
Very nice indeed. This restaurant is in my opinion, Umberto's (excuse my lack of a complete name) best offering in Whistler. The decore is upscale, but not over the top or in any way intimidating, as many restaurants can be. The service is top notch. Waiters are knowledgable and timely when they are assisting you. The food is some of the best Italian I have had in a long time. But, more importantly, the food portions are on the hearty side. Im big, big meals are good. I dont know about the wine, I really dont care about it because if the food is good, wine will only hinder it (dont believe me, try it for yourself!).
Whenever we come to Whistler, Sushi Village is always a must on our list. The reason why we come back to this restaurant year after year is their Box Sushi. It's not a roll or nigiri - basically Sushi is pressed into a specially designed box and cut into squares. Thier version has two layers - topped with slices of prawn-scallop-salmon-lemon, and avocado with spicy sauce in the middle. It's so refreshing and just a joy to feel this wonderful combination of flavour exploding in my mouth. I recommend stuffing the whole piece into your mouth for the best effect. Sushi Village does other Sushi's very well and their grilled/deep-fried items are also good. Very consistant good quality Japanese food.
We stopped by to have lunch and got a nice seat on the patio. I found the entrees to be rather pricey for such ordinary food, burgers and fries for $12? I ordered a pound of spicy thai chicken wings and my husband, the chicken pesto sandwich and fries. They charged $2.58 for pop which was watered down and lots of ice.
The service was friendly if a little slow. The sandwiches were tiny and incredibly overpriced - even for Whistler. The food wasn't bad, there just wasn't much of it. When it used to be Chef Bernard's it was still expensive but at least you ate something resembling a meal.
I'd recommend a 2 dollar muffin from the farmer's market instead.
I think we caught them a little understaffed last Sat morning. Good breakfast, perfect over easy organic eggs, and the coffee cup stayed full. The service suffered due to lack of staff. I think they may have changed owners recently.
The atmosphere is very inviting and the service is really good. The one thing that was very interesting was the 2 or 3 tiered seafood towers. All the seafood plates are incredible and it was really hard to choose which one. The decor is very modern and different from other restaurants. The desserts are divine and all look so appetizing. I highly recommend this restaurant when you are in Whistler.
It doesn't get better than QUATTRO AT WHISTLER, the food, the flavors, the style, the substance, it all stands out. Favorites include: RADICCHIO BOCCONCINI, SPAGHETTI QUATRRO, FETTUCCINE TARTUFATE, BRANZINO ALLA CROSTA and FILETTO ETRUSCA. Yes it is pricey but you get what you pay for, a fantastic meal and a night out to remember.
...you can expect nothing short of decadence in this Whistler restaurant. Lots of variety in terms of tapas and entrées. They have a vast wine selection and their servers are exceptionally knowledgeable about pairings. If you haven't been, you're missing out!
Chef Melissa Craig is 26 and is in full mastery of her art.
I had the foie gras -the real thing, not the mousse of duck and chicken liver Lumiere dares to serve as terrine!- and it was served 3 ways, each amazing, subtle and perfectly done. The Kobe beef was exceptional, the wine match impeccable and dessert was delicious and yet the perfect size.
Of course this kind of diner doesn't come cheap; but we will return since it is is worth spending your hard earned dollars where it is worth the experience!
I go to Splitz grill every time i go up to Whistler. It's like the Subway sandwich of burgers because you get to pick the toppings (including their famous Splitz sauce). They have a variety of burgers: chicken, salmon, spicy italian sausage and they also sell smokies. You can get a gigantic beef burger for ~$7. Don't forget to try their Bananna Split: you pick three ice cream flavours and toppings and they make fresh, warm caramel to pour on top.
If you find this place, you will love it. Same for the Mexican cantina next door. It is owned by the same and I think the kitchen serves both. Food is exceptional. It is located in Whistler Creek, approx 5km south of the village but it is quiet and the prices are not very expensive at all. The locals know about this place and you should too!
Everytime I go to Whistler, I eat at the crepe house. It's a tradition to eat there before we leave. It's the best part of the trip. You can get savory or sweet crepes. If you aren't feeling up to eating crepes, you can get the regular breakfast foods like pancakes and waffles. It's a little small and sometimes you have to wait, especially if you are trying to seat a large group. But it's definitely worth the wait!!
I frequent the Keg on Thurlow a lot and am always happy with the quality of the steaks and the knowledge of the servers. I was sorely dissapointed when I went up to Whistler and expected the same.
A server who actually told me I was wrong when I asked for a steak to be med-rare and Chicago (actually told me the chef said it was impossible). Sorry, but tell that to Smith and Wolenski's in New York, or the boys at Gotham. You'll get laughed out of a job.
The service was very very poor, and when the food did come out, it was cold (not just luke warm, but cold). I will continue going to the Keg in Van but Whistler...forget it. Don't bother.
|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|