Serrano ham and octopus at Bar Oso, Whistler

The 14 Best Restaurants in Whistler for Winter 2022/23

With nearly 200 establishments serving up an avalanche of culinary delights, it wasn’t easy to pick the best restaurants in Whistler.

Why? The village foodie scene here now rivals the best restaurants in Vancouver.

Whether you’re in town for a day trip or skiing up a storm, here’s the best places to eat in Whistler.

The Best Restaurants in Whistler

Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar

Pan seared trout at Araxi, Whistler
Instagram: @araxirestaurant

$$$$ | Category: Pacific Northwest | 4222 Village Square | Website

Nevermind the best restaurants in Whistler: this is one of Canada’s best.

Araxi has been a national flag bearer for Whistler’s culinary excellence for over a decade. Here it’s all about the farm-to-table movement.

Executive chef James Walt’s seasonally focused menu showcases a rich variety of local ingredients.

The menu is broken down into land and sea, allowing you to sample the finest oceanwise BC seafood alongside meat and poultry from the nearby Pemberton Valley.

Locals I’ve talked to swear by the place.

Hy’s Steakhouse

A Beef Wellington at Hys, Whistler
Instagram: @hyssteakhouse

$$$$ | Category: Steakhouse | 4308 Main Street | Website

The Hy’s brand has defined the Canadian steakhouse experience for over 60 years. Elegance, luxury, and refinement is the name of the game here.

Go here for prime grade Canadian steaks. Pair your protein with a choice from their extensive selection of classic steakhouse sides and prepare to have your meal theatrically served tableside.

Add a gin martini or a nice bottle of wine, and you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to another era.

Rim Rock Café

Miso glazed sablefish at the Rim Rock Cafe
Instagram: @rimrockcafe

$$$$ | Category: Seafood | 2117 Whistler Road | Website

This old-school Whistler icon has been killing it since 1987. In fact, such is the restaurants status that no server on staff has been there less than 12 years!

Seafood takes precedence on executive chef Rolf Gunther’s creative menu. You can expect only the finest local seafood, in addition to a variety of game, poultry and beef.

The restaurant’s cozy and unpretentious atmosphere and Creekside location make it a perfect option for those preferring to get away from the hustle and bustle of the village for a quiet dinner for two.

Bearfoot Bistro

Lamb chops at the Bearfoot Bistro, Whistler
Instagram: @thebearfoot

$$$$ | Category: Modern Canadian | 4121 Village Green | Website

This elegant Whistler bistro offers an ever changing variety of Canadian inspired entrees that are composed using only the freshest local ingredients  supplemented by the best from around the globe.

A trip to Bearfoot Bistro is intended to be a celebration, regardless of season or occasion. Take a trip down to their 20,000 bottle wine cellar and try your hand at sabering a bottle of champagne!

Or throw on a borrowed Canada Goose parka and venture into the world’s coldest vodka tasting room. Sample from over 50 bottles of the world’s most popular spirit while at a bone chilling -32°C (-25°F)!

Sachi Sushi

A sashimi platter at Sachi Sushi
Courtesy: Sachi Sushi

$$$$ | Category: Japanese | 4359 Main Street | Website

This local favourite always takes down best sushi when Pique Magazine dishes out their lists of the best restaurants in Whistler.

Head chef and owner Toshiyuki Kobayashi has over 30 years of experience making inventive sushi rolls for locals. He heavily relies on fish sourced from BC’s waters for ultimate freshness.

The local sockeye sashimi and kani blossom roll (Alaskan king crab + ahi tuna) are my favourites. There’s also top notch tempura, yakitori, and udon noodle.

The Grillroom

A rib eye steak at the Grillroom, Whistler

$$$$ | Category: Chophouse | 4599 Chateau Blvd. | Website

I’ve found you the best steak in Whistler!

This AAA/CAA four diamond restaurant is located inside the 5 star Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel in the Upper Village, a 10-15 walk from Mountain square.

The restaurant’s unique stone fireplace and cherrywood cabinets give it a homey feel unique to fine dining restaurant.  Throw in Canadian AAA steaks, Oceanwise seafood and organic local produce and you have ‘ve got a clear winner.

This would be my choice for a couple’s night out or family birthday.

Alta Bistro

A bowl of ling cod chowder at Alta Bistro, Whistler
Instagram: @Alta_bistro

$$$$ | Category: French | 4319 Main StreetWebsite

Vancouver Magazine may have recently granted Alta Bistro with the prestigious title of the best restaurant in Whistler. However, locals didn’t need a big city food critic to tell them this.

They’ve been flocking to Alta for years for chef Nick Cassettari’s masterful take on traditional and modern French dishes using ingredients from “down the road”.

Check out the $39.00 three course special for great value.

I’m a fan of the miso glazed sockeye salmon tartare, a local legend. Other amazing dishes include the crispy pork belly and a panzanella salad that rivals Italy’s best.

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Pizzeria Antico

A variety of pizzas at pizzeria antico
Instagram: @pizzeriaantico

$$ | Category: Pizzeria | 4369 Main Street | Website

Whistler has always had its share of pizzerias, especially for a town of such humble size. For years though the village sorely lacked a place honouring pizza’s Neapolitan roots.

Enter Pizzeria Antico.

Grab one of the 15 pizzas created according to strict Neapolitan requirements. Everything from the trademark thin crust, to the sweet tomato sauce and the creamy mozzarella, is all made in house.

And if pizza isn’t your thing (witch!), then Antico also offers a variety of authentic antipasti, pastas and desserts that would do any Neapolitan nonna proud.

Bar Oso

Serrano ham and octopus at Bar Oso, Whistler
Instagram: @baroso_whistler

$$$ | Category: Spanish | 4222 Main Street | Website

Sister restaurant to local hotspot Araxi brings a distinct Spanish flavour to Whistler with its profusion of small-plate tapas and house-made charcuterie.

Grab a glass of wine or a local beer and sample a variety of their delicious pintxos, raciones or platos principales that pay homage to head chef Jorge Muños Santos’ Madrileño roots.

If you’re looking for a great deal be sure to check out their lunch time bocadillo special – a Spanish-style sandwich on house baked bread for just $8.00.

Tandoori Grill

Butter chicken at Tandoori Grill

$$ | Category: Indian | 4368 Main Street | Website

If you’re on the lookout for a nice spicy flavour-forward curry when back from the slopes then hit up Tandoori Grill.

The restaurant is famous for their special tandoori grill sizzlers. These Skewers are barbecued over charcoal in their clay-based tandoori oven, before being served over a bed of fresh onions and peppers.

Toss in a bowl of steamed rice or a house-baked naan and you’re good to go.

The restaurant also features dozens of other Indian favourites, including one of the largest selections of vegetarian dishes in town.

Christine’s On Blackcomb

The view from Christine’s on Blackcomb
Instagram: @christines_on_blackcomb

$$$ | Category: West Coast | 4545 Blackcomb Way | Website

This beauty is at the top of the Blackcomb Gondola, making Christine’s the only one of the best restaurants in Whistler with panoramic mountain-top views.

Their contemporary West Coast menu features only the freshest local ingredients accompanied by a diverse wine list. Dine inside, or head out on the patio for the full view experience.

Skeptical about restaurants with views? Me too. But I find Christine’s to be one of those rare exceptions – and the prices won’t break you either!

Grab the seared albacore tuna and the burrata/garlic knot appetizer.

Basalt Wine and Salumeria

A charcuterie platter at Basalt, Whistler
Instagram: @basaltwhistler

$$$ | Category: Wine and Cheese | 4154 Village Green | Website

Basalt offers artisanal charcuterie plates to be accompanied by bottles from their extensive selection of local and international wines.

If you’re looking to warm up after a day on the mountain, then there are few better options than indulging in their popular fondue for two.

Whistler? You’ll feel like you’re in the Swiss Alps!

While influenced by the old-world, their seasonally-inspired menu is a celebration of everything West Coast. Consequently they place a heavy emphasis on sourcing products from local small batch producers.

Aura

Entrees at Aura, Whistler
Instagram: @nitalakelodge

$$$ | Category: French | 2131 Lake Placid Road | Website

In Whistler’s Creekside neighbourhood, on the tranquil shores of Lake Nita, Aura tends to drag tourists away from the comfort of the village – with no regrets.

Chef James Olberg’s French inspired West Coast cuisine uses only ethically-sourced proteins and organic local produce.

Want some food to match the lake view? Get yourself a AAA sirloin steak with whiskey shallot jus and lobster mashed potatoes and call it a day.

It may be a bit pricey, but in my opinion Aura’s unique Gallic flair and stunning beauty are well worth the cost.

Stonesedge Kitchen

Breakfast at Stonesedge, Whistler
Instagram: @stonesedgewhistler

$$ | Category: Comfort Food | 4122 Village Green | Website

This stylish eatery at the edge of the village is known for an eclectic menu that’s heavy on good old-fashioned comfort food.

The kitchen is open from 9:00 am to 1:00 am but to me it’s at breakfast where Stonesedge really begins to shine. You can opt for a traditional breakfast, go for their legendary hangover beatdown or choose from a selection of delicious egg bennys.

With breakfast hours extending until 3:00 pm it’s a perfect spot if you’ve overindulged in Whistler’s legendary nightlife.

Still Looking for the Best Restaurants in Whistler?

Have I overwhelmed you with my list of the best restaurants in Whistler? Or maybe I left something out? If you’re still lacking info please drop me a line below.

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Bon appetit 🙂

Julian

I've used online guides on five continents to find the world's greatest travel spots and this is my chance to give back - with insider info on my home, the mighty Vancouver BC!

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