The best places to eat & drink in Whistler
The Garibaldi Lift Co. - Image © Justa Jeskova
Of course the main reason for visiting Whistler is always going to be the epic skiing - after all, it is the largest ski area in North America and has some stunning terrain - however, that's not the only reason why this resort should be at the top of everyone's bucket list.
We've already talked about how Whistler is a great destination for a families and some of the fun off-slope activities that you can enjoy during your holiday, but one of the things that places Whistler head and shoulders above many other ski resorts is the huge variety of places to eat and drink, both on and off the mountain. With over 90 restaurants and bars on offer, you're never going to get a chance to try them all, so we've picked a few of our favourite eateries and watering holes for you to check out on your next visit.
£ - Cheap Eats
Image © Peaked Pies
Despite having no indoor seating, this village centre kiosk is popular with both locals and visitors and serves up hot dogs, along with a Canadian speciaility, Poutine (chips with gravy and cheese curd). It gets busy around lunchtime and, being open until 1am, is also a popular stop for poutine on the way home from a night out.
4340 Sundial Crescent
Specialising in Home-made Australian pies, this popular cafe bakes all their pies daily in-store. Choose from a range of breakfast, savoury or sweet pies, washed down with Australian style coffees and finished off with a selecion of desserts. We'd recommned the steak, bacon and cheese, and don't forget to get it 'peaked' (topped with mashed potatoes, mushy peas and gravy)!
105 - 4369 Main Street
El Furniture Warehouse
The Whistler branch of this popular Canadian chain of restaurants is always busy and you may have to wait a short while for a table, but we think this is usually a good sign! Serving staple comfort foods, such as burgers, tacos, pasta and salads, this is a great place to replenish your energy after a hard day on the slopes and this is one of the best value places to eat in Whistler Village, so it won't break the bank either.
4314 Main St.
££ - Mid Range
The Keg Steakhouse & Bar
As the name might suggest, the Keg mainly serves steaks and other grilled meat dishes, so this is a great place if you're looking for a nice cut of meat, with the option to make it a surf & turf by adding a choice of seafood, for those with a larger appetite. They also offer a range of local B.C. wines and beers to accompany your meal.
4429 Sundial Place
Basalt Wine & Salumeria
Basalt is a wine bar, salumeria and restaurant offering excellent service and a welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant specialises in cured meats and cheeses, with an extensive selection of both local and international wines to complement the menu. The restaurant prides themselve on their fine attention to detail and ingredients are carefully selected from the best products available.
13-4154 Village Green
This busy pizza restaurant, located in Creekside, has an open kitchen, which adds to the lively atmosphere and they offer a varied menu using organic ingredients that is a little different from your standard pizza toppings. There can sometimes be a short wait for a table, but you can normally have a drink at the bar while you wait to be seated.
2021 Karen Crescent
£££ - Fine Dining
Red Door Bistro
This intimate, cozy restaurant is located in Creekside and specialises in French cuisine. Due to its size and reputation, we recommend booking well in advance and although all the food is excellent, we would especially recommend the Bouillabaisse and the B.C. Halibut, which are both delicious.
2129 Lake Placid Rd
Executive Chef, James Walt celebrates the quality of locally sourced food with his seasonal menu. Although seafood is a key part of the Araxi experience, such as their multi-tiered seafood towers, meat-eaters will not be disappointed either, with excellent cuts of steak and venison. Araxi is also one of the best places in Whistler to get a decent cocktail.
4222 Village Square
The Rimrock manages a perfect balance between impeccable service and traditional charm, with its ski lodge feel and cosy atmosphere. It is generally regarded as "the" place to go in Whistler for seafood and game and the fact that it is ranked the #2 restaurant in Whistler on TripAdvisor, despite being around for 30 years is a testament to its quality and service.
2117 Whistler Rd
Image © Dubh Linn Gate Pub
The Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill
World-renowned as "the" place for après in Whistler, the Garibaldi Lift Co. (or "GLC" as the locals call it) is ideally located above the Whistler Gondola building, so you can relax with a beer and watch the skiers and snowboarders cruising the slopes of Whistler Mountain. The bar is kid-friendly until 8pm and is open until 11pm, so it's the ideal venue to finsh off your day, or start your night out in Whistler.
4165 Springs Lane
Dubh Linn Gate
Located right at the base of the mountain, under the Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside, the Dubh Linn Gate is an Irish-style pub that is known for having friendly staff, Whistler's largest beer selection (25 different draught beers on tap), live music and a varied menu that also caters for kids. The pub is open all day and even has three happy hours every day!
4320 Sundial Crescent
The Brickworks Public House is situated in the Delta Whistler Village Suites and has developed a reputation for great beer and great food. The staff are knowledgeable and will be happy to make recommendations from their wide selection of local craft beers. They host regular cask nights and brewery takeovers, so if you're keen to sample some of BC's great local brews, this is definitely somewhere you'll want to check out during your stay in Whistler.
4308 Main St
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