We have now been to this restaurant 3x's and each time it has been really good. In fact, we sometimes plan trips to Whistler just to go to this restaurant.
Each time we have been with 6 other friends and each time argue that "mine is the best meal, not mine is". How often does that really happen? These days not very often. And on top of all that the service has always been fantastic as well.
It is more expensive yes, but you get what you pay for and honestly if you go when they have their 3 or 4 course meals it is totally worth it.
Can't wait for our next trip to Whistler and the Rim Rock Cafe.
I have been wanting to go to Araxi for quite some time, and so my husband and I tried it out on our last visit to Whistler. To begin, he had the oyster appy and while he enjoyed it, it did not go above and beyond expectations. I asked for still water and only after the bill came realized the waiter had charged us close to $9 for a bottle of evian which was nowhere to be seen. I ordered the sable fish for dinner and my husband had the pork 3 ways. The sable fish was very uninspiring and was resting on a bed of soggy noodles. It was miso based and I can have a very similar dish at a local Japanese restaurant for 1/3 the price. My husband's dinner portion was very small and forgetable. The only part he enjoyed was the pork belly. We ordered a side of mushrooms which my husband enjoyed, but again, quite expensive for the quanity. We also ordered a side of potato terrine which was severly lacking in flavour. The side of carrots were sent back. We don't know how carrots can taste so horrible, but they did. They refunded us the $11.50 (!). We also ordered the blueberry non alcoholic drink which was overly sweet. The waiter gave me a lemondade when I ordered the grapefruit drink. The lemonade was very sour. I love desserts but nixed this as I could not wait to leave. The food was slow to arrive and the waiter apologized for this numerous times despite the restaurant being half full. The restaurant was very cold and there were fruit flies buzzing about the table. No attempt was made to make amends for the wait or the disspointment in the food. We wanted to love araxi, but it turned out to be the lowlight of our vacation. Please do yourself a favor and avoid this place.
My bf and I came in for dinner and I just had to write about our fantastic experience.. first i booked us for the vodka ice bar.. which was VERY amazing... they gave us these big coats and a fur hat and took us into the private room which is made of solid ice.. gave us a tutorial about vodka and we each had about 4 different vodka samples. amazing. We then went in for dinner and dessert which was absolutley fantastic. After dinnner, we had the Nitro ice cream which was made at our table.. unreal! The service was fantastic and it was an experience we hope to do again in the near future. The owner also took us downstairs to the wine cellar so we could see this very impressive room. Great adventure we will remember for a long time!
We came to La'Bocca at 8.30pm on Saturday night. We had a reservation for 8.30 and were seated inside in about 10 min.
It took the server about 40 min to deliver our drinks. In about 20 min we got our appetizers and two people got their entrees. The others had to wait for their food until 10pm. I am not kidding. .. We waited for 1.5 hour for our food and we were so hungry and angry at the end that we just wanted to leave without paying them.. This restaurant had spoiled our vacation!
The waiter said that they are understaffed and this is what causing all the problems. But why it should be our problem??
The food was not ok. My veggies were undercooked, the snitzell was a little too spicy and dry, the steaks are terribly small ($34 for such a small steak??)
15% gratuity is included in the bill.
We paid $150 for 3 people for absolutely nothing except for a terrible service.
Our starter was calimari: an oily, rubbery, tasteless mess. For entrée we ordered teriyaki steak and New York cut: these came with Ceasar salad, covered with a coarsely shredded cheese, dull croutons, and a lifeless dressing. The steak was accompanied by a very overcooked baked potato and limp broccoli with greasy mushrooms. The teriyaki steak was competently done and cooked to order, the best part of the meal. However, the New York steak was thoroughly dull. The desserts were an abomination: my wife and I shared a sampler of three desserts - each came in a shot glass and consisted of a heavy and overly sweet topping layered over an uninspiring base. One was a lemon topping over a blueberry flavoured cream, another was claimed to contain banana (but no such flavour came through), and the last a heavy carrot cake under a super sweet cream. Our two sons shared a chocolate fudge cake with whipped cream topping and left almost all of it, it was that bad. Bill for four with three drinks was $175. The ambience suggests a factory since many of the staff wear headsets for communication to ensure the 'efficiency' of the operation. To be fair, the standard was typical of Whistler, and many other ski resorts that benefit from a captive audience. Put a clothespin on your nose and get ready to be fleeced!
Had breakfast at this White Spot. Well, had a little bit, before I had to send the pancakes back. Very limited breakfast menu. The pancakes were slightly bitter, and had a really thick texture that made them hard to swallow. Husband was able to eat a bit more of his pancakes, but only after requesting extra whipped cream and fruit sauce. When we told the waitress that the pancakes weren't very good, she seemed a bit offended.
But the bacon was pretty good... Maybe just order the bacon?
We have been to Whistler many many times and tried all the Sushi Whistler has to offer. Truth be told we know should just stick to Vancouver for our sushi but we got sucked into trying Sachi by reading some of these reviews. It would have tasted better had we just ate the money in its bill form and followed that up with a dessert of chewing on quarters. The Sushi was by far the worst ether of us had ever tasted.... EVER. This is includes the $3.99 rolls you can by at a 7-11. The service was a joke. When we asked why it was the wrong color and you couldn't break apart the rice in the rolls the woman said we should just try different ones next time :>. I truly hope anyone reading this does themselves a favor and never wastes their money at this excuse of a restaurant.
If it was my first time eating Japanese I would have to write off the whole country due to the fact I would probably die from starvation from never being able to eat again.
This was our first time eating at the Rim Rock and what lured us was the rave reviews it received. For starters we had an assortment of raw and cooked oysters which were delicious. I highly recommend the cooked oyster with the bacon on it. Yum! Then we had the lobster bisque that I enjoyed because it tasted light and refreshing but my boyfriend didn't like it - he said he had better. And for the main course, I had the mushroom risotto and vegetables and he had the steak. His steak was good but not the best we've ever had and my dish was good too but there wasn't enough risotto. 95% of my plate were just grilled vegetables but the flavors did go well together. We may have chosen the wrong dishes but overall I would still go back just for the oysters!
My boyfriend and I went to the Araxi on our first night in Whistler (Friday night). We didn't have to wait in any line up since we had made reservations a few hours ahead so no headaches there! :) We started off our dinner with 2 appetizers - the beef carpaccio and the sablefish risotto. Both were amazing! The beef carpaccio in all fairness was not the best we've ever had but it was still very good.However the sablefish risotto was incredible! The different layers of taste were really delicious! I wish I could have risotto every night!
For our main courses, my boyfriend had the rib eye steak and I had the prosciutto wrapped chicken. My boyfriend said his steak was nothing outstanding and my chicken was nothing outstanding either to be honest. There was too much pea sauce that it literally drenched my chicken to mush.
Lastly, we had two desserts. My boyfriend had the Okanagan cherry cheesecake and I had the raspberry napoleon. His cheesecake was very good and my napoleon - although over prices - was to die for. My boyfriend was crazed on my dessert but I thought it tasted amazing.
As far as service, it was ok. The guy didn't seem to really care about us and was getting irritated that he couldn't hear what my boyfriend was saying over the loud rowdy people beside us. I wish the server was more pleasant because the bill was over $200 and we do tip generously based on our service.
Recommendations: Sablefish Risotto (mmmmmm The best Risotto!!), Raspberry Napoleon. Book reservations
Best place in Whistler for cheap, pub food that you can relax with after a long day of hiking/biking/snowboarding/atving/ etc etc etc.
I've been coming to Whistler for years, and the nachoes here are the best around, and theyre beer and drink prices are amazingly low for Whistler. I even ended up there with 2 girlfriends after we got screwed by clubzones "club crawl" halloween 2009 and we had a blast. 4 dollar shots? 6 dolalr double vodka sodas?!!!!
Theres a reason alot of locals go here, because its not trendy, doesnt want to be, its there for a good time. Plus the huge patio is awesomee and great for watching people go by, even though the area isnt as busy as the lower village.
There aren't too many ethnic dining options up on Whistler so when we knew there was Indian food nearby, off we went.
The decor is a little toned down but you wouldn't mistake it for something else. We arrived towards closing so things were mulled down some.
Menu choices are varied and all are tempting, but we opted for the butter chicken, lamb masala, palak paneer, pulao rice, raita and the always ubiquitous naan bread. Portion size always look small with Indian food but they always fill you up. Flavours are fantastic with special note to the masala and paneer, with a mild heat that accents rather than dominates leaving you with an assault of rich flavours instead.
Service was all business and lacks the easy-going pace of many Whistler dining retreats but you'd be hardpressed to find something to complain about.
With all the pubs and regular-fare options out there, give this spot a whirl.
We were just looking for something to wet our whistles and decided to come here over Longhorn's across the walk. Upon entering we knew it was a mistake. Only a couple of other tables were occupied during a warm afternoon isn't a good sign.
Glossing over the menu and having trouble deciding on what to order, our friend decided on a chicken burger while my gf and I shared the fruit plate and omitting on drinks after going through what few choices they had. The burger was merely average with what our friend decribed as a chicken finger patty while our fruit plate was something else. A wilted grouping of grapes, over ripened cantaloupe, a bad honeydew and four of the thinnest (1cm thick) slices of mediocre watermelon I've ever seen occupied most of the plate. The halved strawberries were easily the best part.
Our server was friendly enough but was completely indifferent, and seemed a little erked from what little we ordered.
Sorry, but the only Blacks I'm stepping foot in from now on is the camera shop.
After being kiboshed on other dining options, we settled for one of the few non-pub eateries that remained open at 11pm. Like every other Earls but this one has more of a kick to knock you out. It's loud, vibrant with an in your face decor.
Originally wanting other options elsewhere, most of us settled on the boring penne alfredo while my gf went with the spinach salad. While I thought the pasta was made well, both our friends complained about unsettled stomaches later. The salad was a nice touch with seasonal fruit tossed in a light dressing and goat cheese. What we were really impressed with were the cocktails. It must've been caipirinha season since it was proudly advertised on the menu so we ordered a passionfruit and a seasonal berry, both fantastic. My friend's blended margarita was a nice refresher too.
Our waitress was pleasant and on the ball and not unlike what you would expect from a chain.
One of the few places that are open later and they make a mean caipirinha too.
We had to stop off to nosh of things after finishing up our Peak-to-Peak adventure. This pub was within earshot so in we went. The accents inside exude Whistler but we opted for the patio instead.
Service unforunately was forgettable and slow, but just about everything else was. We ordered the seven layer dip and the onion rings but spent the lot mostly on drinks. Most of their cocktails had a remarkable name with an unremarkable taste, specifically my gin and lime drink which included cucumber; improperly prepared with a sharp and bitter linger.
Passing on this spot.
A few of us spent the long weekend up at Whistler so it was necessary to jump into things by stopping by the local Hy's. This particular location, while retaining a lot of that classic steakhouse aura, is actually far more casual, catering towards the tourists and local crowd.
We all went with the fabulous bone-in rib steak with choice of potato. The cuts fell slightly below the DT Hy's but I'd be hardpressed to find as good a steak up there or at most places. We had to get the classic sides: fresh spinach, fried mushrooms, mac and cheese and the cauliflower gratin as the compliments which were all familiar to the palette though the mac and cheese lacked the gorgonzola punch we had experienced before. A bottle of red, a glass of ice wine and a creme brulee rounded off the feast.
Service is spry and efficient and entirely casual for the most part. We likened our server though others who come here may expect a markedly more formal setting but I digress.
Worth a stop if your in the mountains.
Walking underneath the sunny weather warranted a trip to the ice cream parlor. Their particular shtick is to offer ice cream alongside a host of "cow" merchandise. I can't see the connection between the two but I am a proud owner of some of their sleepwear so I suppose it works.
My gf and I shared the toffee crunch and maple walnut over a chocolate dipped waffle cone. The ice cream was exactly what we were looking for though they melted pretty quickly. I was a little overwhelmed by the sweetness of the waffle cone which made finishing the last few bites a bit of a chore - suppose we'll opt for the single scoop next time around.
Service was friendly from the teenage staff. We didn't experience the sanitary issues the previous reviewer had but it would cause concern if we were also unfortunate.
If you're ever in need of some apparel while craving a sugar rush, this could be the cure.
Sushi Village is located right near the base of both ski resorts. Generally Whistler food doesn't come cheap and those used to Vancouver pricing may at times find Sushi Village more expensive than they're used to (judging by some other reviewers). But, Sushi Village has excellent food, excellent service and is a key part of the Whistler social network. The seafood used in SV food is excellent. Always fresh and clean tasting. The KFC, SASS, Crunchy Cali, Box, Dynamite, PS Roll and the Super Hero are all exceptional and somewhat unique to SV. The staff are all good people and most have been there for years. I've never had a bad meal at Sushi Village and I've a great many. Also of note, it's worth coming down off the mountain for lunch at SV. The Katsudon meal is great value compared to some of the other resort options!
Without a doubt the Rimrock ranks as one the best places to eat anywhere. I travel for much of my living and am fortunate enough to visit a good variety of restaurants, but coming home to the Rimrock is always a special night out. The prices are 'high', but of course they are for what they are offering. The service staff is very professional and many of them have been there since the doors opened. The head chef is in my mind the best in Whistler and easily one of the best in the province. The ambiance can be as good as it gets, if you get the right tables. On the odd occasion, the noise level can ben higher than hoped for, but this comes with being in a busy tourist town sometimes. Everyone has a favourite, but this is mine.
Kyriaki Norte had an '80s prices' special recently. The prices were indeed reminiscent of many years ago, although possibly the portions may have shrank slightly as well. Our waitress was very good, friendly and attentive. The food and the evening in general, was very enjoyable. The chicken souvlaki was well prepared, no complaints aside from wishing there was a bit more of it. My wife had the roast lamb and it was very good and plentiful. Luckily she was able to share some with me. We had a litre of the house red, which wasn't great but about right for the $30 price. Overall, not at all bad.
I was able to enjoy the 'low season' $25 three course special this spring. The service was very good and not at all slow as others have reported. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. I haven't had food that good for that price in Whistler in many years. I would definitely go back for the spring specials or the next time it is offered.
|2.||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|