Just two hours north of Vancouver, and in the heart of the Canadian Rockies, is the legendary town of Whistler. Heralded as an international sports mecca, Whistler also makes the bucket list of most global travelers, whether they’re sporty or not, and is renowned for its down-to-earth mountain town vibe, friendly people, breathtaking scenery, and of course amazing food.
We’re pleased as punch to present the best restaurants and food in Whistler, you’ve just got to try. So, let’s get started.
1. Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar
Set in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar is an award-winning eatery well-known and well-loved for their excellence in cuisine, wine, and hospitality. The atmosphere is sophisticated yet comfortable, and makes it a great place to celebrate a special occasion, or a well deserved night out.
Araxi is renowned for their oysters, so be sure to order some. They also have an array of seafood, from lobsters to caviar. Their small plates are a must-try, or if you’ve worked up an appetite, the large plates menu is huge. We recommend the Miso Marinated Sablefish, and the Grilled Lamb.
If you’re a true steak-lover, then Hy’s Steakhouse is a spot you should definitely hit up when you’re in Whistler. It’s popular and draws a crowd, the service is topnotch, and the food is cooked to perfection. Hy’s is where you go to relax, enjoy time with friends, and indulge in a great meal.
Start off with their signature cheese toast for a delicious appetizer, and then go straight to the steaks. The Porterhouse is 22oz of succulent goodness, and the Bone-in Rib Steak is among the best you will find in the country. Pair off with a handcrafted cocktail, or a glass (or two) of Canadian red.
Address: 4308 Main Street, Whistler, British Columbia, V8E 1A9
If you’re on a budget, and still looking for a great dining experience, then 21 Steps is where you should head without a second thought. They’re located in the heart of Whistler Village, and offer the perfect dining atmosphere complete with stunning views, friendly service, value for money, and amazing comfort food.
Sample some of their small plates, and dig into juicy Garlic Chilli Prawns, Fried Goat Cheese, or Bacon Wrapped Beef Filets. For your main, try the Thai Vegetable Curry, Bolognese, or half a Roast Chicken. Don’t forget dessert. The Chocolate Mousse & Strawberry Sorbet combo is yummy!
Address: St. Andrew’s House, Main Village, 10 – 4433 Sundial Place, Whistler, British Columbia, V8E 1G7
A fantastic long-bar, Spanish-influenced small plates, tapas, and house-made charcuterie! What more could one ask for in an evening out? Bar Oso is one of those ultra-cool places to meet up with friends, enjoy a party-like vibe, drink delicious cocktails, and feast on delicious cuisine.
Once you’re done sampling the tapas and small plates, start your main with some Rolled Pork Belly, Beef Tartare, or Lamb Albondigas (slow cooked meatballs.) The share plates are a must-try too, and we recommend the Mojama (cured Spanish tuna.)
Tip: The restaurant operates on first-come, first-served, so get there early to snag a table without a wait.
Good wine, good food, and good people are the three musts for a wonderful dining experience, no matter where you go. In Whistler, The Rimrock Cafe is yet another spot that offers it all. Boasting a 350 label wine cellar, cuisine centered on game and fish, and experienced hands behind every dish, you are sure to enjoy every moment you spend here, and take away some great memories when you leave.
Start off with a classic Lobster Bisque, some Seafood Antipasto, or just Mussels. Dig into a perfectly cooked Venison Steak, Rack of Lamb, or some melt-in-your mouth grilled Spring Salmon. If you still have room for more, go for a side of Pomme Frites, or Lobster Mashed Potatoes. Yum!
No food list is ever complete without a mention of good, hearty pizza pies, and Creekbread is here to contribute its scrumptious fare to Whistler’s Must-Try eateries. This spot is a popular choice for both locals and visitors alike, and draws you in with the staff’s friendly smiles, a cozy mountain atmosphere, and delicious aromas wafting from their wood-fired oven.
Start off with a free form option, with your choice of sauces and toppings, or go directly for their super yummy Four Cheese pizza with whole milk mozzarella, edam, pecorino and Happy Days Farm goat cheeses. Want something more meaty? Order their Homemade Sausage Pizza, with sundried tomatoes and caramelized onions.
Tip: Gluten-free crusts are available for all the flatbreads here.
Address: 2021 Karen Crescent, Whistler, BC V8E 0H1
For an elegant and romantic night out, you can’t go wrong with Bearfoot Bistro. Located close to the village centre, this eatery is a hotspot in Whistler’s food scene. Cozy up with your loved one in a classy setting, and enjoy beautifully presented dishes that will satisfy all your foodie cravings.
Start off with the Crab Trio, or the Black Périgord Truffle, and slice into a perfectly prepared Sterling Silver Beef Tenderloin. The Brome Lake Duck Breast is another great option, and the Québec Red Deer “Rossini” is just scrumptiously divine. Let their wine director help you pair your meal, and round off with their decadent signature Chocolate Bar!
ProTip: Make a pitstop at their Ketel One Ice Room for the best chilled Vodka ever!
Address: 4121 Village Green Whistler, BC, Canada V8E 1H2
If ‘Caramba’ means ‘Wow,’ need we say more? All you need to do is show up, and you’re sure to have the best time at this cozy and fun-loving spot. They serve up classics, and everyone’s favorites, which makes them a top choice in Whistler’s food scene.
Dig into a dish of hearty Mac and Cheese, or feast on some Buttermilk Fried Chicken. Their Truffle Funghi Pizza is incredible, and you don’t want to miss the Calamari! If you’re stopping by in the day, check out the Casual Comforts menu for delicious sandwiches, or visit during Tappy Hour and avail some great deals and specials!
Imagine your day starting with the aroma of freshly baked breads, cakes, and sweet treats! At Purebread you will enter heaven and not want to ever leave. This is a wonderful spot to stop for breakfast, a light lunch, or to just grab a box of baked goodness to go.
Sample a freshly made Ham and Cheese Croissant, or the Spinach and Ricotta pastry. They make a mean and super-moist Blueberry Lemon Loaf that is to die for, and the Raspberry White Chocolate Scones are an experience you truly do not want to miss.
ProTip: Check out their range of frozen pies, rolls, and more for all your bake-at-home endeavors.
No town is complete without a signature ice-cream shop, and Whistler is no exception to the rule. For some of the creamiest and most flavorful ice-cream in the Rockies, Cow’s Whistler is where you go!
There is lots to choose from at Cow’s, so feel free to go crazy and indulge yourself. We recommend the Salted Sea Toffee, A Peanut Butter Cup, maybe an Apple Crisp, and definitely the Moo York Cheesecake!
Tip: Don’t forget to check out their store for some great novelty items, and gear!
We hope you enjoy your time in Whistler, and try out some of the spots we’ve recommended. When you go back, try out the rest, or stay a little longer and try them all! Are you looking to plan another memorable getaway soon? We’ve got a list of awesome neighbourhoods you can choose from!