In Whistler, it's definitely not hard to find a good meal. Choosing where to go may be harder. While living here, I made it a goal to try as many places as possible and I've summed up my top choices for each price range below. Happy eating!
If you’re willing to splurge, I would highly recommend Bearfoot Bistro. Bearfoot offers a delicious prix fixe menu that changes seasonally. For dessert, make sure you order the Nitro Ice Cream. This ice cream is made tableside with liquid nitrogen (dinner and a show!) and comes with a plethora of toppings. If you have a little extra time after or before dinner, make sure to visit Bearfoot’s extensive champagne cellar (you can learn how to saber a bottle of Champagne) or take some shots in their Ketel One vodka room, Canada’s only permanent sub-zero tasting room. It’s a really “cool” experience.
*In honor of full disclosure, I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I used to work here for a short time about 2 years ago, but even if I hadn’t, I would still highly recommend this place.*
Araxi Restaurant and Bar
Araxi also serves a prix fixe menu on the weekends. There’s a very good reason why this place is always so highly rated. All of their dishes are inventive and absolutely delicious. I would highly recommend the duck if they have it available and their truffle fries as well. Araxi has one of the best selections of oysters and has about ten varieties to choose from. So make sure you visit the Oyster Bar for Apres Happy Hour, where you can get ten oysters for $15. If you’re visiting in the summer, Araxi is located right in the heart of Whistler village and has a wonderful outdoor patio as well, so it’s great for people watching!
Elements Urban Tapas Parlour
During one of my last weeks in Whistler, a group of friends and I finally tried Elements for brunch. The prices here are fair and you get decent servings for what you pay. They have a very creative menu here. I would recommend any of crab benedicts or the chocolate banana stuffed french toast. All of their brunch dishes come with a delicious little guava smoothie as well. I actually only came here for brunch but Elements rates very highly for dinner as well (I hear their porcini gnocchi and tempura salmon and tuna is amazing).
Garibaldi Lift Co.
If you’re looking to dine with a view, I’d suggest relaxing and grabbing a drink and some food at Garibaldi Lift Co. The bar and grill is world-renowned and is known as the place to après. Their prices for food and alcohol are very fair. I would recommend any of their flatbreads or their poutine with chorizo. The restaurant is located right next to the gondola and they have a huge outdoor patio that offers beautiful views of the mountain. You can watch the mountain bikers and skiers come down the mountain. GLC also hosts many different events like trivia and live music, so make sure to check out what they have going on during your visit.
El Furniture Warehouse
If you’re looking for something a little cheaper, head over to El Furniture Warehouse. Since I was a recent college grad, I visited El Furni frequently. They offer an extensive menu and everything is $4.95 (and the portions are still decent). They even have specials during the week and on Tuesdays you can get 95 cent tacos. It’s a great place if you’re looking for bar type food. It gets very crowded here very quickly, so I’d recommend going for a late lunch or an early dinner.
I don’t know if I would have discovered Peaked Pies if I hadn’t lived above it, but I’m so glad I did! The pies they serve are traditional Australian pies, and they have lots of different pies available. My favorites were definitely the Pepper Steak pie or the Chunky Steak and Mushroom pie (I just really like steak). Make sure you get your pie peaked, which means it’s topped with mashed potatoes, peas, and gravy. For about $10, you get a pretty good serving of food. This place is very small and only has a few seats, so if it's a nice day, I recommend getting it to go and sitting outside at the Olympic Plaza.
And because I know you left room (for even more) dessert, make sure you visit Purebread before you leave. I highly recommend their caramelized banana brownie. I don’t think I could ever pass this place without ordering one.