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Whistler Restaurant Reviews
Elements4359 Main St., #102B, Whistler
Love your breakfast.
By bman of Whistler (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, September 2, 2009 - 9:17pm [Dine in]

I visited this restaurant yesterday, after numourous recommendations, now I know why this restaurant is so popular.

They have wonderful food and friendly service.

The eggs benedict are to die for and I love the fresh squeezed juice.

I'll be back with the family. I think my son would love your stuffed french toast.

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Elements4359 Main St., #102B, Whistler
Yum Num Breakfast
By Leesa of Burnaby (8 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 31, 2009 - 7:42pm [Dine in]

I had breakfast at elements this morning. We (party of 2) arrived at aproximately 11:30am and waited about 15 minutes for a table. Not bad.
Small place, great atmosphere, decent servers. The juice is worth it for sure, its fresh squeezed and depending on the seat you are at you can see the manual juicer.
Caramalized Banana and Pecan stuffed french toast ++++++++++
Decent portions, decent service, good food!
Dinner for 2 with juice: 37.50
If you have the money, I recommend this place :)

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Amsterdam Cafe, The4232 Village Stroll, Whistler
Great for people watching!
By tamster888 of surrey (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 29, 2009 - 2:12am [Dine in]

We stopped here today for lunch, and the service was fantastic! This is part of a chain of restarurants on the corner of the main square village, and it is awesome for just sitting with your food, drink and watching the world go by......

Like I said,it's in the village so it's pricey....but lot's to do!!! cheers!

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Elements4359 Main St., #102B, Whistler
Nice, cozy place for a romantic dinner
By DebbieKat of Woodinville, WA (1 Review)
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 9:50pm [Dine in]

My husband and I just had a lovely dinner at Elements. We got there a bit on the late side (around 7pm) so it was the tail-end of the dinner rush. We had the iceburg wedge with goat cheese, pistachios and pears. The combination had a great taste and we very much enjoyed it. We also had the mole chicken skewers with corn salsa -- the chicken was perfectly spiced and very moist and tender. We had the steak with bearnaise as well and the steak was very tender and delicious. We topped it off with the sticky toffee pudding, which does NOT disappoint. The staff were fun and humorous and we had a great meal. I would definitely go here again. Food and ambiance was great. The setting was more casual than the usual restaurant, but still sophisticated enough for adults.

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Araxi Restaurant + Bar4222 Village Square, Whistler
Didn't live up to the hype
By Brizz of Langley (18 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 1:39pm [Dine in]

I had been wanting to eat at Araxi for quite some time so the last time My wife and I were in Whistler we went twice, once for Dinner and once for Lunch. I have to say I was quite letdown especially after Gordon Ramsey (who I respect) called it the best restaurant he's been to in Canada. My guess is this was somewhat of a marketing ploy for the current season of his show as the winner gets a job in the kitchen.

The restaurant itself is nicely decorated and very clean. We chose to sit on the patio as it was a hot summer night.

Before we were seated we had to wait at the bar for 20 minutes. We were literally sitting right infront of the bartender for 15 minutes before she even took our drink order? I even flagged her down and she kept saying, "I'll be right back." I could understand if the bar was packed, but there were maybe 12 people total in there.

I didn't knock the service rating for this because or diner server was exceptional. She was VERY knowledgable about the menu and highly passionate about the food. To me this is very important and definately adds to the overall experience.

The food:

We shared the heirloom tomato and buffalo mozza salad to start. I have to say this was probably the best salad I've eaten in my life. The tomatoes were extremely fresh and the basil sorbet was incredible. I'd give this dish a perfect 10/10.

For my wifes main she had the Spinach and Ricotta Gnocchi. Quite an unispired and bland dish... a letdown. Easy to make much better gnocchi at home. 6/10

For my main I had the Free Run Chicken with Proscuitto. Apparently it was supposed to have pistachio and chili butter... Again, very unispired and a disapointment. 5.5/10

For dessert we shared the ice cream sandwich. The hazzlenut crust was very tasty, 8/10.

Next day we went back for lunch to give it a second try and to try different menu items. I had the pork sandwhich with coleslaw. It was very under-seasoned and the deep fried pounded pork chop was soggy. 6/10.

Wife had their beef burger which I thought was decent but she didn't like.

Overall, I think there are much better restaurants for the money and I most likely will not be back again.

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Mix by Ric's, The4154 Village Green, Whistler
Liked it
By peppii of Vancouver, BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 1:26pm [Dine in]

We sat on the patio of the Mix. There were pillows and blankets provided on the chairs! I loved that. Made for a cozy evening of drinks and food. Our service was okay; she wasn't very helpful when we were deciding on our food but she always made sure we had enough drinks. The food was great! I loved my goat cheese and chicken burger.

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Ric's Grill4154 Village Green, Whistler
Liked it
By peppii of Vancouver, BC (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 1:24pm [Dine in]

My husband and I went there for a very satisfying dinner after a day of hiking. Our server was friendly, funny, and very helpful. We had clam chowder to start, which was okay. Our steak and lobster were delicious. I don't normally order steak when I go out, but I thought it was a little bit expensive, but still good. I would definitely go back!

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Fifty Two 80 Bistro and Bar4591 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
Seafood buffet was excellent
By rchew of Vancouver (12 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 24, 2009 - 1:35pm [Dine in]

Only dined here once but was quite happy with it. Had the seafood buffet for $65. It's definitely quite expensive, but the quality was very good. Not your usual seafood buffet. The chilled shrimps were HUGE and all the appetizer seafood was very good quality.

Unlike other buffets, the main course was made to order. Two type of fish including salmon and some other new zealand fish. Didn't have too much of it as our main interest was the lobster. They also had rib steak which I found was too overdone.

Now, the lobster was amazing. Not just boiled, but grilled to perfection. Juicy inside and very flavorful.

Overall, it was quite a good meal although quite expensive. I'll be interested in tryin some of the other deals they have here for the summer including $25 two course on Tuesdays and $20 BBQ on Thursday.

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Monk's Grill4555 Blackcomb Way, Whistler
nice atmosphere and good steak
By silentwitness of burnaby (5 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 20, 2009 - 4:18pm [Dine in]

went for dinner with gf. was seated by the window promptly. restaurant was packed, luckily we had reservations.

we ordered a rib-eye steak and new york steak to share. both were amazingly flavorful and tender. probably one of the best rib-eye steak i have had in BC.

nice ambiance for a romantic night out.

Highly recommended!

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Quattro At Whistler4319 Main St, Whistler
Great food, good price
By Hungrysymbiotes of West Vancouver (2 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 3:27pm [Dine in]

I went to quattros for the first time and was very happy with the experience. We ordered a three course meal with an assortment of pasta. The food was absolutely delicious and the portions were very large. The food wasn't cherp but for what we ate it was worth the money. Our server was great, always checking to see if we needed anything. The restaurant itself was quite nice, and the patio was great for a quiet evening meal. Making a reservation was also quite easy.The only thing I could say on a less positive side was the restaurant was kind of hard to find. In all I had some great food and I would suggest this restaurant to anyone looking for some delicious Italian food.

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Howe Sound Brew Pub and Restaurant37801 Cleveland Ave, Whistler
A good place to eat in Squamish
By kewpiebaby of Vancouver (200 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 19, 2009 - 12:59pm [Dine in]

Regular pub/bar fare. Good portions for the salad, burger and fries. Would love to try more beers. Service is a bit slow, but can't blame them for only having one waitress to serve all 5 tables on a Saturday lunch hour. Something to try out if you stop in Squamish and have a entertainment book coupon. Beats going to McDonald's all the time. =)

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Caramba! Restaurante4314 Main St., #12, Whistler
It's Just Okay
By ching83 of Orinda, California (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, August 14, 2009 - 8:41am [Dine in]

Went to Caramba! our first night into Whistler. Since it was very late (9:30p on a Wednesday), there was no trouble obtaining a table. The staff greeted us and promptly showed us to our table. I've been to Caramba! before when its been crowded, and it is very hard to hold a conversation. This time, it was a quieter and very pleasant. The wait staff was able to spend some time with you.

Ordered the split roasted lamb and a ceasar salad. The salad was okay with just a hint of anchovies but the croutons were a bit hard. As for the lamb, it was very soft and tender, however, it was covered in a thick sauce that sort of looked like it was glooped onto the dish. The sauce added to the lamb, but it didn't have to be as much. You got 4 thin slices with roasted potatos (that were very hard). We also had the black bean soup. It must have been late at night, since the soup looked very thick, almost like a bean dip. Although my dinner date said it tasted fine. Dishes ranged from CAD20 for the lamb and CAD8 for both the salad and soup. Wine is about average of CAD8. All said and done, without desert, tab was around CAD65 for the above mentioned dishes and 1 glass of wine.

Overall, I thought that my first experience, 3 years ago was a lot better, even though we were there during the peak ski season and the restaurant was packed. Maybe it was the company.

I would go back to eat since the food was decent and prices were about right, but not a place that I would make a special trip to go to eat.

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Elements4359 Main St., #102B, Whistler
Wonderful
By ching83 of Orinda, California (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 13, 2009 - 11:49pm [Dine in]

I've been to Elements twice, in April '09 and August '09. Both dining experiences were wonderful. The food was very delicious and the service was attentive, without being too intrusive. This is a small restaurant that is served by two wait staff, and sometimes by the bar/owner and, if time permits, by the cooks. You will not get a full sit down dinner ambiance, but what do you expect from a tapas bar. What you do get is great food at a reasonable price. The first visit, it was very crowded and found two seats at the bar. The cooks, although very busy, was able to answer questions about the food and preparation, when asked. The second time, we went early enough to get a table (5:45p). The atmosphere was very relaxed (since everyone was watching the Crankworx event). We were able to get great, personable service, and as before, wonderful food. 3 dishes (tofu wraps, mussels and mini lamb burgers) worked out to about a CAD45 tab. Drinks are normal priced for Whistler with beer around CAD6 and martinis around CAD7 to CAD10. We left the Elements filled, but not stuffed (which is how it should be).

Definitely a place to go. They don't take reservations, so it is a first come, first served. Be prepared to be squeezed in, especially if there are large groups (since the dining area is small and tables are duces with bench seating on one side.

Could not smell the incense, as noted in an earlier review. Also, if the previous reviewer does not like to see how the cook staff cleans a plate for presentation, they should not sit at the bar overlooking the cooking. I've worked in restaurants and its all the same. As long as they are not using the same towel that is used to wipe the table on the plates, using the same towel to wipe multiple plates is fine. Cooks usually know when a towel is too soiled to be used prior to wiping any plate for presentation.

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Earls4295 Blackcomb Way, #220/221, Whistler
An Absolute Horrible Experience
By Fussy-Eater of Maple Ridge, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 10, 2009 - 7:56am [Dine in]

My husband and I went to Earl's last time we were in Whistler. I had been to other Earl's so knew that the experience wasn't going to be as great as the other places we had gone to while in Whistler, but was prepared for that, and prepared for just an average meal/service. Our visit there was an absolute fiasco. We were seated in a nice area of the restaurant (the only good thing going that evening). A young lady asked us if we wanted a drink, so we both ordered Molson Canadian. She stated that Earl's doesn't sell Molson, and offered Kokanee. What restaurant doesn't serve Molson Canadian? Anyhow, our bottles (not exactly cold) of beer came and plopped down in front of us. My husband took a look around and noticed other people got frosty glasses for their beer, and asked if we got glasses with ours. The response was do you want a glass then? Yes, I think that might have been what he was referring to when he asked. We were left to mull over the menus - the selection wasn't that great, but that is Earl's anywhere. My husband ordered a clubhouse sandwich, and I ordered the chicken enchiladas. They arrived, albeit a little late, but nothing horrible. My food was extremely bland and just thrown together. My husband's clubhouse was lacking bacon. I kept trying to flag down our server, to no avail - I was either ignored or she would find something else to occupy herself. No offer was made for another drink, or how our food was. Finally, when my husband was on his last mouth full, she came over and asked how our meals were. I told her that I understood it was a little too late now, as my husband had eaten the majority of his sandwich, but shouldn't a clubhouse have bacon in it?? "Oh ya" was the response, and "didn't it?". No, again, that's why we're asking these questions!! So I politely told her no, and I understood it was quite late to be complaining but we weren't able to complain earlier. She said "ya" and walked away!!!! My husband and I just looked at eachother and burst out laughing - what an ignorant young lady! Not exactly who should be dealing with the public. We were brought our bill but no instructions given as to who/where to pay - just the bill plopped on the table and she walked away. We found her later, so paid and all of a sudden she was such a very sweet person with "how was your meal?" "Did you enjoy it?". Her attitude changed when she was in the tip amount I had written a huge zero. Have only done this twice in my life, and this girl deserved this. She also knew it wasn't forgotten, due to the zero written in. Poor service, poor food, expensive for the attitude and the bland food. Having to ask for a glass was ridiculous, especially when the beer was luke warm. We are never going back, and just as I always rave about great restaurants I have been to to my friends, I always make sure my friends know about the absolute disasters I have gone to, so that they don't waste their money. There haven't been many disasters at all, but Earl's Whistler takes home the award on this one - SAVE YOUR MONEY - DON'T GO!!!

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La Bocca4232 Village Stroll, Whistler
Mislead by good reviews....
By Cleaneater85 of Surrey (4 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 5, 2009 - 3:09pm [Dine in]

On a recent trip to Whistler, we decided to try out La Bocca. I had read the reviews on here and it seemed like a sure bet. Unfortunately we were extremely mislead. I ordered a garden salad and flat bread, both $14. If I'm paying $14 for a garden salad, it better be the best salad I've ever had, however, it was just some dirt tasting mixed greens and kraft raspberry vinegrette. I couldn't even finish it due to the overwhelming taste of dirt and low quality ingrediants. My fiancee tried the spaghetti bolognese for $23. It consisted of about a cup of pasta and a 1/4 cup of meat sauce...I think that speaks volumes for the low quality of this restaurant. Go here if you want crappy food that is extremely overpriced and don't be fooled by an exotic looking menu and all the people on the patio, they are probably just drinking the $10 martinis and beers and too drunk differentiate between quality food and crap.

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Tandoori Grill Whistler4368 Main Street, 201, Whistler
My Favourite Restaurant In Whistler
By Fussy-Eater of Maple Ridge, BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 3, 2009 - 7:57am [Dine in]

My husband and I dined here last week for the second time. We were so impressed the first time, and I recommend it to my friends who are visiting Whistler. The food is spectacular - the fusion of various spices making a mouth watering culinary event. This time (and last) I had the Chicken Vindaloo - this time I really noticed the "home made" quality of it - nice chunks of potatoes, instead of the normally diced up ones at other places. My husband had the Curried Chicken. The only problem was that his was too hot and spicy for his liking, and mine wasn't enough - I prefer hot and spicy. So next time we'll ask if there is a way we can adjust the amount of spice/heat to suit our individual preferences. We shared an order of basmati rice, and the naan bread was the best I've ever had (most places don't serve the "authentic" naan, so this was a treat). The decor was inviting - not anything too over-the-top, just a nice, clean, atmosphere with inviting decor - quite casual, and we liked this. The dining room itself was quite large, and had a patio outside for those who wanted to venture outdoors and experience their wonderful meal in fresh, mountain Whistler air. Our first visit (last summer) the server was so outgoing - personable, fun, recommended a dish or two to try out, took a photo of my husband and I with my camera. The staff this time was pleasant enough, but not terribly outgoing or wanting to go that extra mile, but I do have to say that both the gentleman who took our order, and the lady who was our server were very polite - just a little quiet. Maybe we were expecting something more from the last time we were there. The washroom facility was incredibly clean, as was the entire restaurant, from what we could see. And the price was very reasonable - good, quality, home cooked style food, an opportunity to experience something unique, and great value for such a satisfying meal. We'll be back most definitely, and I'll continue recommending it to my friends when they visit Whistler. To my husband and I, a trip to Whistler now cannot be complete without a trip to the Tandoori Grill. It quickly became part of our Whistler get-away experience!

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Ric's Grill4154 Village Green, Whistler
how to waste $100
By janisse5659 of richmond,bc (2 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, August 2, 2009 - 7:35pm [Dine in]

My bf and I were in whistler for the long week-end and were looking forward to a great meal during our stay. Walked around the village for awhile and almost all of the restaurants were pretty packed, so we decided to keep going, and decided on Ric`s. Looked at the menu, seemed decent, and the line up was not long , and it was pretty busy inside. we sat at the lounge while we waited for our table, and ordered a couple of drinks. he ordered a beer and i decided on a cocktail, which was $10, and tasted like cranberry and club soda. 20 mins later, finally called in for our table, and to my dismay, they sat us right were the food was coming out, and i could see the dirty kitchen floor from where i was seating. i asked the hostess if she could move us, but she said it was too busy of a night, and there were several reservations waiting to be seated. we decided to just stay and not look at the dirty kitchen floor, and waited ordered our meal. we both ordered steak (sirloin) and lobster with twice baked potato, and shared a crab cake appetizer. The steak was ok, not great, and the lobster was salty., crab cake was dry, and they served cold hard butter with our bread ( atleast the bread was freshly baked). i have spent more money on other restaurants and didnt mind it as long as the food and service were great. However, Ric`s is a total disappointment, it was a big waste of $100.

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Trattoria Di Umberto Restaurant4417 Sundial Pl., Whistler
Favorite in Whistler
By ali1 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 27, 2009 - 1:54pm [Dine in]

I am blown away that people don't like this restaurant. Over the years have I probably eaten here over 10 times, always have come away happy. I find the wine list a bit over priced but I thought the food value was totally in line with the other restaurants at Whistler. If you are looking for a peaceful romantic place this wouldn't be be my first choice (especially on weekends) because as other have mentioned it is a Trattoria. I have taken children to this restaurant and the staff has totally gone out of their way to prepare something that they will enjoy. Walter is a great manager.

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La Bocca4232 Village Stroll, Whistler
Nice patio dining
By sjones of Vancouver (14 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - 12:48pm [Dine in]

I went on a beautiful evening, after going for a hike in the area. There were lots of people strolling around shopping or just taking in the sights. The area was filled with activity and the restaurants that have patios were full. We had a seat on La Bocca's raised patio and had a great view of the scenery.

We were quickly seated with our drinks. The first dish was the calamari. It was decently prepared, but average compared to what other places offer. I felt it could use more dipping sauce though. The batter was not crispy enough for my liking. Then we had the sphaghetti with tomato meat sauce. It is quite tasty, although the portion is small as were all the dishes. One thing I didn't like about it was the fairly large shredded onion leafs on top. Also it would have been nice to have some olive oil and balsamic vinegar to drizzle on top as well. Final dish was the chicken with vegetables. It was okay. The chicken was carefully cooked and done well. Again, I felt this dish to be quite small.

For the price the food portions are small. But the price pretty much reflects what other restaurants are charging in the area. I also won't be surprised if other places are similar in their portion size. You don't get much value in Whistler. I was left with a good impression of the place for its service and scenery, but my stomach was still not satisfied.

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Players Chophouse Restaurant and Lounge2075 Lake Placid Road, 201, Whistler
Amazing evening!
By emma11586 of england (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, July 20, 2009 - 2:27pm [Dine in]

I recently traveled to Whistler for a holiday, staying in Creekside. After a hike we came to the Players Chophouse for lunch and sat on their beautiful patio that overlooks the mountains. The lunch menu was really reasonably priced and their beef dip was outstanding. Later on in the week we decided to check out their evening menu, once again sat on the patio and we were even more impressed. The menu had a wide selection of food...the steaks amazing! It was really busy inside and out with a great atmosphere and the service was great. The server even got me a blanket when the evening got a bit cooler. After dinner we sat in the lounge area and sipped some cocktails. Perfect last night of the holiday! **!

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