In Whistler, there are almost unlimited options of places to grab a bite to eat!
This self-contained alpine village hits all angles of the dining spectrum, with areas suited for fine-dining, casual meals, or lively pubs and bars with great food. Some of the highest rated eateries in all of Canada live right in the heart of Whistler for a world-class dining experience. With all of the great activities on offer in this mountain town, the vibrant food scene and excellent selection of places to eat in Whistler are just an added bonus.
To help you avoid the time-consuming process of sifting through Whistler’s seemingly infinite dining options, we’ve done the research for you and narrowed it down to what we consider the best restaurants, pubs and coffee shops. From exceptional fine dining and buzzing après-ski pubs to modest diners and an organic pizzeria, these are the places to eat that are loved by locals and visitors alike… Bon Appétit!
FINE DINING RESTAURANTS
Araxi Restaurant + Bar
If the outspoken celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay is right, we haven’t really lived until we’ve dined at the Araxi Restaurant + Bar.
According to Ramsay, Araxi is indisputably the best restaurant in Canada. With a kitchen led by a top-level executive chef James Walt, Araxi won a number of “Best of” titles in 2016 by various influential magazines. Araxi’s wine list was also awarded silver at Vancouver’s International Wine Festival in 2016. This famous restaurant is a Whistler institution, and is the perfect spot for a romantic evening in the village.
Based on the farm-to-table approach, dishes are created from fresh, local and organic ingredients. At the end of a fantastic meal, take home a dessert box filled with handcrafted chocolates or a divine selection of petit fours.
110-4222 Village Square
Opened in 2010, Alta Bistro has swiftly built a stellar reputation and a tremendous fan base.
Serving modern French bistro cuisine, this sophisticated bistro is known for its exquisite food and impressive presentation. Alta Bistro delivers the finest flavours with seasonally inspired ingredients derived primarily from BC farms and ranches. An award-winning wine list offers you the perfect compliment to your meal.
From using Oceanwise fish and antibiotic-free meat, to using rechargeable candles and filtered water, this Whistler restaurant has an unwavering commitment to good health and a cleaner environment.
- French bistro
- Open 7 days a week from 5:30pm
- Reservations are recommended, and can be made online here
4319 Main Street
Rim Rock Cafe & Oyster Bar
Longevity in the restaurant industry speaks volumes. Opened in 1987, for more than a quarter century the Rim Rock Cafe & Oyster Bar has been wowing locals and tourists with its fresh fish and seafood. Dine on oysters, mussels, seared scallops, sautéed squid, grilled salmon, seared tuna, thinly sliced duck breast or pan-fried venison tenderloin with foie gras. The Rim Rock Cafe also offers a five-star wine list that was recently awarded silver at the 2013 Vancouver International Wine Festival. Wood beams, hardwood floors and a rock fireplace give this elegant restaurant a warm and inviting ski chalet vibe. It’s the perfect place to eat for a romantic date or a celebration with good friends.
- Fine dining (and specifically for seafood lovers!)
- Open for dinner 7 days a week
- Dinner hours are from 5:30pm-9:30pm
- Online reservations can be made here
2117 Whistler Road
1-877-932-5589 / 604-932-5565
Trattoria di Umberto
Located in the heart of the village, this beautiful Italian fine-dining restaurant is a long-time Whistler favourite.
Owned by legendary West Coast restaurateur and chef Umberto, the Trattoria serves traditional Tuscan cuisine. Cooked to perfection, signature dishes like gnocchi, tortelloni squash, cannelloni with game meats, flash seared tuna and grilled provimi veal chop earn rave reviews from the very first bite. If you can’t get enough of Trattoria, you can take home one of acclaimed chef and former cooking show host Umberto’s five best-selling cookbooks.
- Fine dining
- Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner
- Dinner hours are from 5:30pm with 9:45pm as the last seating
- Reservations recommended, and can be made online here
4417 Sundial Place
Red Door Bistro
Headed by Executive Chef RD Stewart, previous Sous Chef of Araxi, this fantastic Whistler restaurant focuses on French-style cuisine with a Pacific West Coast spin. The decor is true to its Bistro theme, and Stewart takes pride in an all hands-on cooking approach with local high-quality ingredients. Red Bistro is known for being one of the top 10 restaurants in Whistler, as rated by guests on TripAdvisor (August 2016).
- French-style bistro
- Open 7 days a week, with the first seating at 5pm
2129 Lake Placid Rd.
CASUAL DINING OPTIONS
So maybe you’re not feeling that fine dining vibe and you’re simply craving a big juicy burger! Locally owned burger joint Splitz Grill makes fantastic burgers paired with a selection of sides including their perfect fries, onion rings, and salads. With a build-your-own-burger style, the choice of toppings ranges from classic favourites like aged cheddar, to exotic pick like baba ghanouj. Additionally, Splitz offer exotic free-range patties like buffalo and lamb, as well as vegetarian options like their lentil burger. ReadersDigest even named this delicious eatery the best burger joint in Canada!
- Open 7 days a week, 11:30am-9pm
4369 Main Street
Offering locally made Aussie-style meat pies that are loaded with flavour, perfect for when you’re looking for fast, cheap, and delicious food. Plus, in addition to their great meat pies, they also serve artisan coffee and desserts. Despite being a casual restaurant, they’ve been ranked as the third best restaurant in all of Whistler by TripAdvisor (August 2016). Peaked Pies is a small dining space in the heart of the village, so perfect for popping in for a fast bite to eat.
- Casual and fast dining
- Open 7 days a week
- Breakfast served 8am-11am
- Lunch/dinner from 11am-9pm
105 4369 Main Street
El Furniture Warehouse (“The Warehouse”)
While not a place known for it’s fine-dining experience, this Whistler restaurant is famous for its prices – every plate is $4.95! That’s correct, $4.95. Because of this, The Warehouse is full of both Whistler locals and visitors, who love the fun-vibe and cheap food. The meals are great for the price, too. If you’re seeking that casual, laid-back dining atmosphere then Warehouse truly is the place to eat to get the most bang for your buck..
- Casual, pub-style food
- Open 7 days a week, 11am-12am
4314 Main St
CAFES & OTHERS
Mount Currie Coffee Co.
Dubbing themselves as “coffee geeks” who are “obsessed with making you the best coffee you can get”, Mount Currie is well worth a visit for coffee lovers and foodies alike. Serving up pastries, sandwiches, soups and more, Mount Currie make everything in-house, using local, hormone free meat and organic eggs.
For Leavetown guests stopping by Mount Currie, your Leavetown Local Offers passport will get you a $6 early bird breakfast special from 7am-10am. This delicious deal consists of a 12oz Coffee/Americano or Tea and a “Stud Muffin” (English muffin sandwich with ham, egg, cheddar, and sun dried tomato aioli) or a “Tree Hugger” (English muffin sandwich with egg, tomatoes, cheddar, and sun dried tomato aioli) for $6.
- Cafe/coffee shop
- Open 7 days a week, 7am-6pm
4369 Main Street
Also check out their Pemberton location if you’re ever in the area!
Purebread is a family-owned bakery that prides itself on baking delicious bread, savouries, cakes, and treats. This place receives great reviews and is both a local and visitor favourite! Great for a coffee and pastry, Purebread also have great breakfast and lunch options, including croissant sandwiches and both sweet and savoury scones.
- Open 7 days a week, 8:30am-6:00pm
Whistler Village Location
Function Junction Bakery
1-1040 Millar Creek Road,
The Whistler Tea House
The Whistler Tea House is Whistler’s one and only local tearoom and features a cafe-like atmosphere. They carry a selection of 40 high-quality loose-leaf teas plus delicious pastries and snacks, including gluten free items. The Whistler Tea House also serves breakfast and lunch.
When it’s warm out, sit on the patio with a refreshing iced-tea served in a mason jar – or if you’d like a more traditional tea house experience, order your favourite loose-leaf tea served in a beautiful china cup, and accompany it with a fresh pastry. It truly is a great place to sit and socialize with friends and loved ones over a refreshing cup of tea!
Leavetown guests using their Leavetown Local Offers Passport enjoy a complimentary serving of 3 traditional orange zest French Madeleines with a purchase of any 2 teas.
- Tea house
- Open 7 days a week, 10am-5:30pm
112-4368 Main St
Ingrid’s Village Cafe
This fabulous cafe is a local favourite, serving delicious breakfast and lunch options. The prices are incredibly reasonable, and the menu includes an abundance of healthy and vegetarian options. Meal options include waffles, breakfast wraps, German beef burgers, lentil burgers and daily soups.
- Open daily from 7am-6pm
- Breakfast items are served from 7am-11am, lunch is all day
#102 – 4305 Village Stroll
Naked Sprout Juice Bar Cafe
Naked Sprout Juice Bar Cafe is the perfect place to visit if you want to keep things light and healthy. They have an amazing selection of juices freshly pressed from organic, local produce. Naked’s menu focuses on offering items that are best for one’s health, community and the environment. Plus, on top of refreshing juices they also offer a selection of delicious “super salads,” allowing you to feel full and sustain the healthy energy you need for all the great Whistler activities! For those who plan on having a little too much evening fun in Whistler, Naked Sprout Juice Bar also offers a “flu shot, the hangover cure” for a little friendly support.
If you’ve booked your Whistler accommodations with us, show your Leavetown Passport in store to receive 10% off any smoothie or food item.
- Cafe and juice bar
- Open 7 days a week; weekdays from 10am-5pm and weekends from 9am-6pm
4433 Sundial Pl #1
CORNUCOPIA FESTIVAL – A FOODIE’S DELIGHT
For the past 20 years, Whistler has hosted Cornucopia, a popular multi-day festival that celebrates great food and superb wine.
Held in November, Cornucopia is packed with exciting cooking demos, intriguing seminars, wine tastings, after parties and lavish dinners hosted by popular local restaurants. Recently, Cornucopia has evolved to embrace craft beer and spirit tasting events, as well as healthy eating seminars, yoga classes and meditation workshops.
If you are travelling to Whistler in November, Cornucopia is a must!
Give our Destination Experts a call if you’d like to know more about taking a trip to Whistler! You can reach us 7 days a week at 1.877.902.1616. Additionally, you can view our wide selection of Whistler accommodations online.