Part of the appeal of Whistler Blackcomb is that there’s something for everyone, all year round. This Canadian resort offers easy access to some of the best outdoor recreation in North America, maybe even the world, whether it’s skiing in the winter, or golf and mountain biking when it warms up.
Away from the slopes, the resort community offers plenty to see, do, and eat! There’s shopping, fun events pretty much every day and night, and all sorts of food options in the different communities, from a place to get a quick snack on the mountain between runs to classy spots for fine dining where it’s fun to celebrate a wonderful Whistler experience.
While visitors may not book a trip here solely because of the delightful and diverse cuisine, it’s definitely a place to enjoy some world-class dining with world-class skiing.
For those looking for starting places, try these Whistler restaurants on your next vacation:
Rimrock Café and Oyster Bar
Fresh seafood … on top of a mountain? You bet! That’s only part of the wonder to be found at this elegant yet casual hot spot. Diners can indulge in farm-fresh fish dishes, including sea bass and salmon, plus plenty of oysters. The “turf” fare is also memorable, with treats like rack of lamb, steak and local delicacies like caribou. Along with an extensive menu, visitors can partake of selections from an impressive wine cellar, with offerings from around the world for any palate.
Rimrock Café restaurant has a classy yet comfortable vibe. It has earned several honors for its menu, wine selections and overall ambience, including the fun honor “Best Restaurant When Someone Else Pays” from Pique.
What many say seals the deal with Rimrock is the continuity – owner/chef Rolf Gunther and manager Bob Dawson have been focusing on always offering guests a consistently stellar dining experience since 1986.
2117 Whistler Road, Whistler, BC Canada
Phone: 1.877.932.5589 for Reservations!
This location’s small size can be a good and a bad thing, depending on whether you’re inside savoring the cozy ambience, or outside shaking your fist because you didn’t make a reservation in time.
Yes, planning ahead can sometimes run contrary to the world-view of many “live in the now” powderhounds. But with this Whistler hot spot that reaches capacity fast, it definitely pays to plan ahead. Otherwise you’ll miss out on this candlelit establishment that is proud of its ability to blend the best of French classiness with West Coast style in its menu.
For the past 20 years, Chef R.D. Stewart has guided the restaurant to offer noteworthy entrees including a West Coast Bouillabaisse that includes Dungeness crab and prawns; Rangeland Buffalo with grill mesquite; and other gourmet items. Even the desserts have a big “wow” factor, such as the Peanut Butter Bombe that features Lindt dark chocolate and caramel mousse.
Along with acclaim from regular diners, Red Door Bistro has netted some impressive hardware over the years, including Trip Advisor’s Certificate of Excellence in 2015. Some of the site’s patrons also have offered the ultimate compliment to a restaurant that already has a well-earned reputation for high-quality fare: “It’s even better than I expected.”
2129 Lake Placid Rd., Located in Whistler, BC
Phone: 604-962-6262. Reservations highly recommended!
The only rule that this eclectic place follows is that things are going to get crazy — the good kind of crazy that comes from creative chefs willing to experiment, and guests who are very willing to be test subjects for their culinary creations.
The menu is always changing, but the attention to quality and locally-sourced ingredients when possible never does. You’ll find meats, cheeses and seafood from the region, plus an impressive selection of British Columbia wines.
The tapas format also allows plenty of sharing, which can add to the social factor of an après ski experience – or even breakfast before hitting the slopes. Besides focusing on food from around the world, the restaurant owners make sure that there’s room for diners with different dietary needs, so every menu includes gluten-free, organic and vegetarian options.
Elements has received a variety of awards since its 2005 opening, including best tapas and second-best breakfast in Whistler from Pique, and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. Since no reservations are required, everyone is welcome, from foodies in search of creative combos to diners willing to have a lot of fun.
102B – 4359 Main Street Whistler, BC