If you know about Whistler Blackcomb, and pretty much any winter sports fan in North America already does, then you know it’s about as good as it gets for outdoor recreation.
It’s considered the largest ski area in the whole continent, with a reputation even greater than the excellent destinations in Colorado, Montana or the Kootenay Rockies.
Even tougher decisions await those off the slopes who trying to decide where to go to fuel up for another day of fun, grabbing a snack between runs or toasting a picture-perfect day with fine friends and fine food. Luckily, it’s hard to go wrong with any of them due to an overall focus on quality and satisfactory guest experiences.
Here are some samplings of some of the delectable dining choices in store:
- Bearfoot Bistro. Sophisticated but fun describes this bistro-style champagne bar, where you can try all sorts of sparkling wines from around the world – including Dom Perignon by the glass. It’s considered one of Whistler’s premier dining options, and has pretty much become a required stop on most fine food and fine wine tours through the region. It’s worth a visit on your ski adventure, especially if you have something worth cheering about. And if you don’t, the friendly staff will gladly offer suggestions for toasts. The Northwest-themed menu is another draw, as is the Ketel One Ice Room, the world’s coldest vodka tasting room.
4121 Village Green Whistler, BC, Canada V0N 1B4
- Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar. The combo of ski-resort-dining ambience and freshly-shucked shellfish doesn’t seem to go together, and probably wouldn’t fly anywhere else in the world. But it works well here at this Village Square locale, and Araxi has been recognized as not only one of the Whistler area’s best dining spots but a favorite Canadian destination for fine food and fine liquor. Diners appreciate the contemporary dining room, plus a lounge that welcomes all comers with colorful and tasty beverage choices. The staff, including Executive Chef James Walt, prides itself on its culinary knowledge as well, and proudly advises guests on everything from the best wine to accompany their entrée to in-depth knowledge of the subtle flavors of more than a dozen types of oysters. For an even more elegant experience, come up for a Longtable Dinner Series, special events when an outdoor table is set up for 250 guests.
4222 village square, Whistler
- Alta Bistro. Food, wine and sustainability are the three prime guiding principles of this stylish yet casual French-themed establishment. With an industrial chic look and feel, diners can experience fine French cuisine but with locally, ethically sourced and organic farm-to-table ingredients. The chefs make it a point to partner with local producers who supply everything from the beef to salmon, plus seasonal fruits and even local honey. Though any diner is welcome, groups are especially encouraged, since it sometimes lets the chef create some memorable multi-course culinary combinations, plus suggest some perfect wine pairings.
4319 Main Street, Unit 104,
Whistler, British Columbia V0N 1B4, Canada
- 21 Steps. The kitchen/bar experience in Whistler Village has something for everyone. It has even been called ‘cute’ but don’t let that stop you from staying away from this rather intimate, cozy and casual hot spot with wonderful views. It’s a past “Diners Choice” award winner from Open Table, and also earned a spot in TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame for receiving a certificate of excellence annually since 2011. The dinner-only restaurant is two stories, with the kitchen/bar below and a lounge/dining area upstairs in the attic. Specialty menu items include a focus on comfort food.
ST. Andrew’s House — Main Village
10 – 4433 Sundial Place
Whistler, British Columbia, V0N 1B4, Canada
- Beacon Pub and Eatery. Looking for a fun place for lunch or dinner in the village? You don’t have to go much farther than Beacon. You’ll find some of the best brew-pub fare around, such as seafood, sandwiches, salads and desserts, plus plenty of regionally produced craft beer, wine and liquor to go around. Many a visitor has made it a must for an après-ski visit, or even a midday experience that stretches into the afternoon and no one seems to mind a bit.
#7 – 4154 Village Stroll
Whistler, BC, Canada
This is just a sampling of the on-mountain and near-mountain dining adventures available at Whistler Blackcomb. Guests should bring an appetite and a willingness to indulge in all sorts of tasty treats.