Frequent visitors to Whistler, I took my mother out for dinner to the Wildflower Restaurant for the first time about a week ago. To our delight, they have continued their $10/entree special from the off season right into summer! It rotates on a nightly basis, and we had the pork ribs, mashed potaoes and coleslaw- pretty basic, but very nicely done. There was about 2 tablespoons of coleslaw but what can you expect, it's $10. We had some appetizers and wine with our meal - the caesar salad was amazing, and the dressing wasn't pure cream- refreshing. Plenty of cheese on there. The place was packed and looking around, most groups were ordering...the special of course! Best deal in Whistler. The service was impeccable and the staff really knew their wines. I would definitely go back there..if they had another special on again ;)
This marks the first time I have ever not left a tip in a restaurant. The food was not bad, but the service set a new standard for awful. The restaurant was half full, and there were several servers on, and yet 30 minutes after arriving we had to stand up, wave our arms, and literally shout at a waitress to get menus. Among the cluster of 5 tables around us, every one of them recieved at least one wrong component to their meal. It took us almost 2 hours to order, eat, and pay for 3 burgers and beers - and though we came in wanting a few beers,nobody asked as for a refill, and we left the bar - odd for a brewpub! I would not advise you to come here.
Visiting from Ottawa, my husband and I had dinner at Hy's in Whistler. We ordered from the set "Dine in Whistler" menu and both decided on the filet mignon, salad and cheesecake/chocolate cake. The food was incredible, both in taste and in presentation. The service was prompt and friendly, our waiter was a blast! Hy's is a serene oasis in a village full of loud pubs. The set menu was a bargain at $39.
If you're ever in the area you definitely need to stop by their stand. It's located right by the Blackcomb gondola and the times I've driven up to Whistler during a middle of the night cruise their hotdogs hit it spot on.
Famous for the Zog's dog (mozza with meat sauce), their poutine with REAL cheese curds and the float fried maple flavoured beavertails, you'd be hard pressed to find something not to like. Lots of toppings available at the condiment bar if you want to charge up a regular or veggie dog. A dog is a dog is a dog, but you can't argue with your tummy.
The staff are quick and personable though most customers don't spend too much time chitchatting with them as their main focus is to get your order out. It's much nicer than just a stand, but there are still only a few stools available or the village square to sit down to.
It's usually pretty cold up there so if you are easily detracted from eating outside by the weather it's not worth the trip up here. If you do find yourself up in the village, try it.
Went with hubby for a getaway to Whistler last week. We were in luck because they were having Dine In Whistler, which is like DOV. After perusing the various 3-course menus online, we decided to try Monk's Grill as it was the most interesting one. We were not disappointed.
Food: Really it should be 4.5 stars. For appies, I had the fried soft-shelled crab and hubby had the risotto. The risotto had a mouthwatering aroma and an equally delicious texture. The soft-shelled crab, while good with its crispy soft shell, could have been better. A panko crust would have worked better than the tempura batter and the accompanying sauce was a touch bland. Our mains were cooked to perfection. Hubby's steak was tender and the tastiest we've had this year. His mashed potatoes were also delicious. My sockeye salmon had the perfect texture. This is one of the rare places where I didn't find my sockeye to be overdone. Since we weren't able to doggie-bag anything (being that we were out of town), we barely had room for dessert. Hubby's fruit and goat cheese "strudel" (made with filo pastry) was large and came with a nice scoop of ice cream. The contrasting flavors and textures worked well. The highlight of the meal was my trio of strawberry, chocolate, and banana creme brulees. I don't usually like banana desserts, but this one had the perfect balance of sweetness and acidity and brought out the smooth texture of the cream. The chocolate one was sinfully rich, and the strawberry one was refreshing.
Service: When we arrived, there was nobody at the hostess desk. I think the hostess was late for work. That was the only downside. Seeing that nobody was at that desk, our friendly waiter (who at that point was doing double-duty as bartender) came and seated us. He was efficient and friendly with service, checking on every dish and even apologizing when the kitchen was only a couple of minutes late with a dish. I was especially impressed when he came to check on our entrees and realized that hubby hadn't tried his steak yet. He came back to re-check a couple of minutes later.
Value: The 5-star rating is specifically for the "Dine in Whistler" menu. At $29 for a 3-course menu, it's a steal. The portions were large and we barely had room for dessert. It's also good that they weren't charging crazy prices for our juices. The glasses were pretty big and cost $3.
Ambience: It's at the base of Blackcomb. We got a window seat and had a nice view of the nearby mountains. The decor is comfortably upscale.
I look forward to going again next year when they have Dine In Whistler.
Went out with the wife and a friend for a Friday night dinner. Inside the decor was clean, new and "upscale" steakhouse. We were seated very promptly and the waitress was good except we were constantly asked if we wanted more drinks (at least 4 times) with no offer of water.
The food was good but not worth the price we paid. Overall it was a good experience but there are other local restaurants with better food and better prices.
My girlfriend and I went here for my birthday because she had heard that it was rated the number one place in Whistler. When we arrived, we were asked whether we wanted to eat in the Champagne Lounge or in the Dining Room because they have two different menus. After perusing both menus, we decided on the Champagne Lounge, in no small part because of the oyster special they had. If you go between 5-7 pm, you get a dozen oysters for only $9.95, which is a crazy deal! (However, I just checked on their website and it now says that you only get half a dozen for $9.95 - perhaps it's because we made them re-think their oyster deal! Seriously, we ordered 36 of them! More on that later...)
So we were seated in the Champagne Lounge, and something I liked about this place was that it wasn't very snooty, even though it's supposed to be the number one restaurant. We even saw a couple beside us who were in shorts and jeans, dressed really casually, and the servers didn't treat them any differently. Anyway, our waiter was great - attentive and funny. He told us about their specials, two of which were the oyster deal and this lobster deal they were having: for $29.95, you get either soup or salad, a one-pound lobster, and dessert, which was a flourless chocolate cake. We decided to order 24 oysters to start (hey, it's such a great deal and we're oyster lovers!), while I ordered the lobster special and my gf ordered the flat iron steak, which was $18.
Our waiter brought out yummy bread and then the oysters, which really were the highlight of our dinner. They were so fresh and tasty that we were done with our two dozen in a flash. My gf usually can't eat too many oysters because the oyster taste starts to get to her after awhile. However, these oysters were so fresh that we decided to order another dozen! Honestly, I still can't get over what a deal these were (which is why they probably smartened up and changed the deal to only a half dozen).
Then my soup came out, which was a mushroom soup. Really tasty but small portioned. Then out came my lobster and my gf's steak. The lobster was great, too, and my gf enjoyed her steak and fries. The portions aren't very big, but after all our oysters and bread, we were pretty satisfied. Finally, it was the dessert - once again, yummy but small. Overall, though, we had a great meal and were pleasantly surprised by our experience. Definitely recommended but it's just unfortunate that they might have changed their oyster deal. Oh well, it's still a great restaurant and we might just have to try the dining room side next time (which is a set three-course menu for $39). However, we were so impressed by the prices and food in the Champagne Lounge that we might just stick with it again next time! (Fyi, they also have free valet parking, which is handy because there's not that much parking around.)
If you're in Whistler, I highly recommend trying out Bearfoot Bistro - it won't disappoint!
Sunday night, dinner time, Victoria Day long weekend. The place is all but dead for a tourist town on a long weekend. And it's an INN. I had the lamb burger *$9.00 special. It took a half hour to get was cold and the dry. Sure lamb is hard to cook as it lacks fat but you can compensate for this buy not over cooking it and adding more rosemary mayo. And the tomato slice was tiny whilst the iceberg lettuce (now who puts berg lettuce on lamb burgers. was wilty as it must have been sitting there for a while and all the heat that was suppose to be in the burger went through the lettuce.
The service was inconsistent and with the lack of people it was “WHY?” The only thing that was good were the fries and the view.
I asked around town before I went here “where is the best burger in town?” No one mentioned this place. Now I know why.
I was skeptical to try out THE only chinese food restaurant in Whistler. The first thought was, how crappy is this food going to be?
My friends and I ordered a few dishes to share. The portions were really big. For a group of 7 people, this chinese food kept up with us pretty good. The food wasn't too oily or too salty. Veggies were fresh. Seafood was good. I ordered a wonton soup and it was so filling I had to split it with two other friends. Aside for the huge portions, I think over all it was a good place to eat. Service was alright. Nothing to complain or stood out. It was half self serve. They lady that brought out our food was very friendly though and she made sure we enjoyed our food and that there were no problems. The prices are a little high but we were in Whistler.
I'd go there again for sure.
I have never been one to fine dine (just the way I was brought up); but my girlfriend and I wanted to do something special for our 2 year Anniversary. And after some research (difficult research, since there are such limited reviews) we came to the decision that La Rua Restaurant was worth gambling on. And boy did it ever pay off.
We were warmly greeted right away, and seated immediately. We did make reservations so that probably helped in the quick seating.
The host (Dan) was really polite and made us feel really comfortable. He assisted us in choosing a wonderful German Riesling, which we both loved. There was also another gentleman who came by and filled up our wine and water glasses when needed. Great Service.
I won't get into the specifics of the meal, but everything we ate was delicious. They have this wonderful deal for $45.00 - either 1) one appy, one meal, one dessert or 2) two appy's, one meal. There was also one for $39.00 but less selection. We both went with the 2 appy's and meal.
Everything was wonderful. They also provided me with extra bread to dip into my couriza sauce. . SO for 1 bottle of wine, 4 appy's and 2 excellent meals plus tip came to $150.00. And it was worth every cent. Like I mentioned I don't do this often, but to spend that much money (for us a lot) on dinner and be as satisfied as we were, was the dessert to end the meal.
My GF and I loved it and will definitely return. We’d like to thank everyone at La Rua Restaurant for making our 2-year Anniversary an exceptional experience.
Tell them Costa sent you. They won't know who or why but I'd like them to know they got a nice review on DINEHERE.
After walking around the village several times and trying to decide where to go for dinner, our party of 4 finally decided on pub food. There is an outdoor patio, the bar side and then a more quieter area in the back section of the restaurant. We chose the quiet section b/c the bar side was just too loud. We seated our selves at a nice table in front of the warm fireplace. After waiting for about 5 mins we got our own waters since we saw jugs and plastic cups on the bar counter -- ok fine so we grabbed our own waters. Then one of us asked the bar tender if we could get a server. 10 minutes went by and still no one acknowledged us. We finally flagged down a server to take our orders. It was a saturday night at 6pm and its understandable that they were busy on the bar side but the restaurant side only had 1 other table. The food was decent, your normal pub grup-- nothing to write home about. We chose this place as opposed to blacks across the street and we'll try that one next time. Won't be coming back.
My friends and I went to The Keg on a recent trip to Whistler. The food was outstanding as always. I had a Crab Cheese Sirloin that was on special and the cheese/crab sauce was quite good.
We were unfortunately stuck in a back corner of the restaurant, on the top floor, away from the TV's, where we wanted to see a little bit of the hockey game. As such I have to give a poor rating for Ambience, and the prices seem to have jumped up a few notches over the years, so the Value has also dropped off quite a bit because of that.
Service was great...Jeff was the guys name I think. Beer was good. Overall a nice experience, but not worth the money we spent as they've just become so cookie-cutter.
I've been to the Amsterdam Cafe a few times over the years, and not been disappointed. It's essentially an average bar with fun decor and Whistler's unique atmosphere. It's enjoyed by locals and tourists alike. Great location right in the heart of the village, and a fun spot to gather with friends. Can't comment on the food as I've just been for drinks.
I've been to Monk's several times over the years while growing up, and later as a young adult, and never been disappointed. From the steaks cooked perfectly to order, to the creative and fun drinks, this place takes the cake. Fantastic location right at the base of Blackcomb is great for a stroll in the village or apres as you're just coming off the hill. Love the funky decor and couches made of cowhide! Service is always impeccable. Only down side I can remember is the washrooms which are underground and shared with other areas, and were not up to Monk's usual standard. But for delicious west coast food and service, I'd go back!
Went up to whistler for a day trip and my boyfriend and I were craving for Chinese food. I know --- of all places to crave for Chinese food....Whistler!
Anyways, we were surprised at the limited choices -- we were lucky to find this great Chinese food restaurant tucked away just outide the village.
The service was typical food court style. You place your order and sit down. The servers and owner brings out the food to you.
We ordered a Seafood chow mein, Stir fried Veggie dish and Wonton Soup. Both portions of the dishes were really big! The amount of seafood you get was wonderful! They don't cheap out that's for sure. The wonton soup was absolutely amazing! When I heard from some of the local diners that were in the restaurant that it was the 'best in town', they weren't kidding!
The pricing is your average Whistler price. It's a bit expensive compared to Vancouver pricing, but not too far off considering it is Whistler!
The bathroom and dining area is really clean and tidy. The owners even took a moment and asked us if we were enjoying our food and what not! So friendly!!
One down fall - how can a Chinese restaurant not serve Chinese tea?! Oh well....
A few weeks ago I went back to this restaurant after having been there a couple of times. I thought I would give the service another chance. Sure enough, I got the same server that I had very poor, if not down right rude service from the two previous times. Since I cannot mention names on this site, I will just say that he was a very blond and very rude Aussie fellow. He never brought any of the food or presets to the table, and I had to ask the bussers numerous times for the things I needed. He treated my guests and I with such an air of arrogance that it left a bad taste in my mouth; even after the delicious stuffed french toast and eggs benedict. It was such a shame that the same service I had received the two previous visits was once again repeated. The food is fabulous here, and the chefs are just a joy to watch in the kitchen as it is an open viewing layout. However, it is too bad that a restaurant serving such quality food, with a relaxing and warm atmosphere has service staff in the front of house that make me not ever want to come back again. I have decided I probably won't be returning to the restaurant after my third attempt at giving the service a chance. Unless they start up a takeout menu, I definately won't be dining in anytime soon. Too bad, the food is great, just can't say the same thing for the service. Third time wasn't a charm.
Living in Vancouver for 3 years now, we are really into sushi now. We were glad to discover this nice sushi place close to the Fairmont, where we stayed for a long weekend in March.
Excellent service - we were never running out of water or green tea. Food was good - we had miso soup, agadeshi tofu, Japanese pork duplings, maki and sushi. The food was very good and well presented.
It is not exactly as cheap as in Vancouver to go for sushi in Whistler, but the value was good in total - we ended up at some 45 dollars for 2 and a half persons (our little one had 2 portions of agadeshi tofu).
I can only agree to the previous posting. Not worth your time or money.
A friend of us recommended the place when living in the Fairmont, so we went there. Line up for just a mediocre North American breakfast. For a 'full breakfast' ($18) my partner got some plain and dry scrambled egg (no onions, no spices at all, half cold), '4 pieces of meat" (small pieces of bacon or sausage), some almost cold hash browns and tomatoes. And some toast - that you have to toast yourself (!). You have to line up for the coffee as well, so by the time you are done with toast and get your coffee, the food IS COLD.
I only had a ready made yogurt fruit mix (which was quite OK), a pretty OK espresso and some croissant. Nothing much you could do wrong here - and a good choice. But certainly not worth the money.
For our little one we wanted some cereals with milk. The place offered some 4 different sorts of Kellogs cereals, all 80% sugar. Jakob tried the one that still looked the closest to eatable and ate NOTHING. He had some of my partners toast with butter.
We paid over 40 (in words FORTY) dollars for this one and a half poor breakfasts with a service and setup that I would maybe accept in a student run cafeteria on campus (for less than half the price)...
We will NOT come back for sure.
PS.: What completely eludes me is why coffee (and especially espresso) needs to be served in paper cups when it is clearly NOT for takeout.
Living in the Fairmont in Whistler for a long weekend, we wanted to get something with a little more character than the hotel and the surrounding restaurants. We discovered Le Gros here on dinehere.ca and decided to try it out.
Went there with our little one at 6:30 and were almost the only guests. The interior is nice and a little French in combining many different styles of furniture for the tables in the restaurant, a nice fireplace in the middle and some lounge chairs in the entrance. the white table cloths, cloth napkins and nicely decorated tables give the restaurant some touch of fine dining - without being overly formal.
We were welcomed by an excellent waitress who took care of us (and in particular our little one) the entire evening. Service was excellent!
We had a salad and the soup of the day (cauliflower with Roquefort cheese) as starters and mussels and the veal medallions as the main dishes. Unfortunately, we could not try the creme brulle and the other nice deserts as our little one needed to to bed. He had pasta with creme sauce - and loved it (it's rare that he finishes a whole plate in a restaurant, but here he did). The food was VERY good. For a European the menu looked very solid, I was just missing the real surprising creations that you wold expect from a fine dining restaurant - that's the only reason I give a 4 instead of a 5 for the food. What they offered was done in excellent quality.
The wine list is good, too, although we only had two glasses of open white and red, a we could not agree on what wine to take.
Given the quality of food and service, the value was good, too. The entress are between 20 and 35 dollars, open wine is $7 a glass. We ended up with some 80 dollars plus tip.
Our meal was disappointing from the moment we walked in the door.
The restaurant is big, empty feeling and cold. (They actually provide fleece blankets to the poor souls that are seated near the entrance)
We arrived early as we were trying to make it to a movie after dinner. The restaurant was completely empty, and yet we were seated right next to the hostess station, near the front door. The restaurant remained empty for the entire time we were there. Although there was no music or other patrons, the place was noisy with staff laughing and talking at the bar with the cooks.
The meals were edible but sad looking as they were served in large bowls. Kind of reminded me of the "Chunky Soup" commercials about the Mom serving the professional athletes their meals. (Except it wouldn't be $32 a bowl)
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