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Best Restaurants In Whistler

World-renowned as a mecca for powder-hungry skiers, Whistler is well known for its incredible terrain and consistently lands in the top-ranking ski resorts in North America. Beyond the slopes, however, the town also boasts an incredibly diverse food scene that offers endless options to fuel your ski adventures – no matter what you’re in the mood for. From casual post-shred fare to high-end culinary experiences, we’ve rounded up a few of our favourite recommendations for all things Whistler dining. Let’s dig in, shall we?

Table of contents

  1. Our Favourite Brunch Spots
  2. Best Restaurants For A Scenic Lunch
  3. Top Picks For Bars In The Village
  4. Favourite Après Ski Bars
  5. Restaurants You Won’t Want To Miss
  6. Japanese And Sushi Restaurants
  7. Takeaway And Late-Night Dining

Best Brunch in Whistler

With an intimate dining area and an open kitchen where you can watch the chefs at work, Elements boasts a varied brunch menu sure to appease any craving. Sweet options, savoury favourites, classic breakfasts, benedicts, and beyond, you’ll find it all here. 

Craving a smoothie or something light, quick, and nutrient-rich? Kick your day off on a healthy note (or maybe balance out the previous evening’s indulgences) and stop over at the Green Moustache to grab some 100% organic, plant-based fuel before you head up the gondola or stroll through the village.

If you’re looking to done in the pristine Whistler backcountry, then the Yukon Breakfast snowmobile tour by Canadian Wilderness Adventures is our absolute favorite! Snowmobile up the Callaghan Valley (20 minutes south of Whistler village), and dine on a delicious, rustic and hearty breakfast, cooked by a private chef in a cozy, remote log cabin. This is one showstopping breakfast!

Best Lunch Restaurants in Whistler

For an on-mountain dining experience, Christine’s is where you’ll want to be, although you’ll need to book your table in advance. With gorgeous panoramic vistas over Blackcomb, it also happens to be a good place for celeb-spotting. Our recommendation: the soy maple marinated sablefish is a lovely clean but warming dish – and if you’re looking for a bottle of wine to pair, BC winery Checkmate does a beautiful Chardonnay called Queen Taken.

Another one of our favourite on-mountain dining options is Steeps Grill & Wine Bar. Located inside the Roundhouse on Whistler Mountain, Steeps serves locally-sourced fine foods and regional wine flights by the glass or bottle. Wine enthusiasts will enjoy the Winemaker Après series during the winter months and the Winemaker Dinner series in the summer season.

Perched on the lakefront with prime views of the seaplanes taking off, Table Nineteen is a great lunch spot for the summer months, with amazing food choices to satisfy all tastes and dietary needs as well as a patio fit for indulging in the sunshine. In the winter you can curl up by the fire and indulge in their three-course fondue served from 4:00pm onwards. 

If you’re looking for something extra spectacular for lunch, why not take a helicopter and join us for lunch on a glacier – from picnic style all the way through to fully catered BBQ and fine dining style with private chefs, we can help organize experiences for all budgets and tastes. Explore ice caps and take in some of the most spectacular views in the Coast Mountain range – email us at [email protected] to book your mountaintop heli-lunch.

Best Bars in Whistler

Bar Oso is a warm and inviting nook perfect for a couple or small table of four, and a favourite in Whistler. We recommend getting a seat at the bar if possible for a front-row view of the chefs and mixologists working their magic. The sobrasada (a delicious spreadable salami with honey) is a must-order for the table, and for those who like a dash of spice, ask for the Firecracker Margarita.

High-end dining lovers: The Wildflower in Fairmont Chateau Whistler has your name on it. Both the food and service here are excellent, and you can stop in for a drink in the Mallard Bar beforehand, which often has live music during après.

Who is Mabey Ski?

Situated in the heart of Whistler village, Mabey Ski is a ski travel company made up of long term local skiers, who share the passion for pushing boundaries, creating life long memories and redefining the idea of the conventional ski trip.  Nickie and her team have worked tirelessly to seek out the very best cozy boutique hotels, larger-than-life ski guides, and local activity providers, to curate some of the most unique and exciting international ski trips on the market. With a focus on insider local knowledge, and boots-on-the-ground support in destinations around the world, we challenge the idea of the “conventional” ski trip and create unique ski adventures that allow our guests to experience destinations, like a local.

Looking to book your next Whistler ski trip with a real local? Contact us today.

Best Après Ski in Whistler

One thing’s for sure: you wouldn’t be in Whistler without legendary après options! Drop down to the base of the Blackcomb gondola and you’re steps away from RMU, a great local hangout for casual après vibes. With local beers on tap and some amazing house-smoked BBQ meats, it’s a laidback spot to loosen up your boots at the end of a stellar day on the slopes and often has a DJ playing. Tip: you’ll definitely want to try the Stoked Chicken Sammie.

Louder, rowdier, and arguably synonymous with the Whistler après scene is the well-known Longhorn Saloon, located at the bottom of the Whistler gondola. This one’s hard to miss when strolling through the village, as the patio is nearly always packed with groups switching gears and clinking pints after a fine day shredding. If you’re into a livelier, younger atmosphere to set the tone for a night out on the town, booking a reservation here with your crew may be the ticket.

Best Restaurants in Whistler

Located just before Creekside when driving from Whistler village, an all-time favourite is Rimrock Café. Chalet-style interiors, impeccable service, an excellent wine list, and the best seafood in town (as well as plenty of non-seafood options) set this restaurant apart from the rest, although its unassuming exterior might cause you to miss it on the drive! If you spot the seafood trio on the menu, often popping up under the specials, you’d be wise to jump on it. 

One for the meat lovers and warm, hearty food cravers, Red Door Bistro is a cozy restaurant tucked away at the bottom of Creekside near Nita Lake Lodge. You’ll need to reserve a spot ahead of time up to 3 months in advance as they don’t take walk-ins, but it’s well worth a visit if you can snag a table reservation. Hot tip: try the wild boar for a melt-in-your-mouth-like-butter experience.

Best Japanese and Sushi in Whistler

Slip your shoes off as you take a seat at the low tables at Harajuku Izakaya and dig into the best Japanese food in town. The BBQ pork baos are excellent, as is the tuna tataki, and you can also order ramen from their sister restaurant next door. The adventurous and food-curious should dig into the deep-fried cheesecake for dessert. 

For the sushi lovers, Sushi Village is the perfect spot for casual dining after a solid day on the mountain. They do an excellent sake margarita in lime or strawberry (we recommend asking for a mix!) and their Nicole rolls are famous among locals.

Takeaway and Late-Night Dining in Whistler

Craving some takeaway pizza to kick your feet up with back at your accommodation? Creekbread is a local go-to for wood-fired flatbreads. Controversial pineapple lovers should dive into Mopsy’s Kalua Pie!

If you’re on the hunt for late-night dining, Braidwood Tavern is the spot – offering a fresh spin on the classic mountainside tavern feel and a cozy, welcoming environment.

While the list of excellent dining options knows no end here in Whistler, we hope this handful of suggestions will spark a little inspiration on your next jaunt into town. And one thing’s for sure, whether you stick to your tried and true picks or decide to branch out for a new experience on your next visit to this lovely mountain town, Whistler’s culinary scene is sure to have something for every taste. 

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