These are our five best restaurants in Whistler and we always make sure to hit them up.
Nothing beats a comforting apres meal after a day on the slopes or a crisp, cold cocktail after a satisfying hike. We consider Whistler our home mountain and we’re there all summer and winter long. These are our favorite haunts that we have to hit up every time we’re there, whether it’s for skiing or hiking or cycling. We’re always on the lookout for more, so if you have a favorite, please leave your suggestions in the comments below!
Best date night restaurants in Whistler
Wild Blue is one of Whistler’s newest restaurants and also one of its best. The room is absolutely gorgeous, all blue velvet, dark wood, and warm inviting light. The vibes and ambiance are immaculate. If you’re looking for a super romantic date or somewhere to dress up and grab cocktails and a bite to eat, Wild Blue is where you want to be. The menu focuses on seafood, steak, and local produce. The seafood tower is a standout as are their seafood forward pastas and vegetable forward dishes. Bonus, their fries are pretty darn good too!
4005 Whistler Way, Whistler, BC V8E 1J1
Open: 7 days a week, 5pm-10pm
Best Happy Hour in Whistler
Araxi is known as one of Whistler’s best restaurants – they focus on Pacific Northwest plates and they are indeed amazing at dinner. That being said, our favorite thing to do is visit their cocktail bar. It’s a cozy and lovely space for a casual bite, happy hour, or après. Bonus points if you’re sitting at the bar where you can peek out the window and watch the snow fall. They have a large whisky and scotch selection and so many delicious cocktails (both classic and innovative) made with housemade infusions, bitters, and syrups. There’s also an extensive spirit free cocktail list made with made with non-alcoholic spirits for people who don’t drink. The oysters are super fresh and tasty, the fries are made from BC potatoes, and the cave aged gruyere fondue (see below) is always a fun treat. Definitely a romantic cozy vibe.
4222 Village Square #110, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Best casual restaurants in Whistler
Honestly, after a long day on the slopes, sometimes all you want to do is grab a quick bite before heading into the hot tub. If you’re looking for a quick and casual meal, our favorite is La Cantina. La Cantina has authentic street style tacos, burritos, and burrito bowls and trust me when I say, they are the best Mexican food in Whistler. The restaurant chain was started by a Mexican who put down roots in Whistler. You can dine in or take out, either way, it’s quick, filling, and super delicious. They have two locations, one in the Village and one located next to Nester’s. It’s a casual dine in place where you order at the counter, grab a seat and wait for your food. Super fresh and delicious. Plus, if you’re looking for vegan or vegetarian options, they’ve got you. They also have a sister restaurant, The Mexican Corner, which offers more classic Mexican dishes in a sit down service restaurant. Both places are amazing. At La Cantina we love the burritos and the burrito bowls! The chicken tinga is perfect and the grass fed beef pasilla is also amazing.
129-4340 Lorimer Road, Whistler, BC V8E 1A5
209-7015 Nesters Road, Whistler,. BC V8E 0X1
Open: 7 days a week, 11am-9pm
Best brunch restaurants in Whistler
If you’re looking for a good brunch before leaving Whistler (or maybe you want to fuel up before hitting the slopes), Hunter Gather is where you want to be. It’s a casual counter eatery and tap house that serves locally crafted dishes and BC craft beer on tap. They’re open all day but we especially love their brunch/breakfast. The space is lovely, bright, and wide open. Menu-wise, we love the any of the eggs benedicts served on potato rosti. The rosti is essentially a giant, thick potato pancake made from local Pemberton potatoes. It’s super crispy on the outside and creamy and potato-y on the inside. I also love the waffles which come with Canadian maple syrup. In the summer they have a lovely patio where you can enjoy their many craft beers on tap. Super fun and super tasty!
4368 Main St #101, Whistler, BC V8E 1B6
Open: 7 days a week, 9am-10pm
Best bakery Whistler
Purebread is a legendary Whistler bakery. So much so that they’ve expanded to two Whistler locations, as well as nearby(ish) Vancouver and Squamish. They bake the most delicious pastries, cakes, bars, cookies, and breads. They also have coffee, making it a perfect morning stop to grab and go before heading out on a hike or the gondola to hit up the slopes. I especially love their savory scones, confetti cookie, and their chocolate bottom banana cake.
4338 Main St #122, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Open: 7 days a week, 8am-5pm
Best après Whistler
The Mallard Lounge
As a caveat, this isn’t about the best bar for the après party scene that you see on social with loud bass, sparklers, and people dancing on tables – if you’re looking for that, you’re looking for the Longhorn. If you’re looking for a cozy space filled with a roaring wood fireplace, live music, giant plush leather chairs and an overall mountain chalet vibe, you’re looking for the Mallard Lounge in the Fairmont Chateau. There are giant floor to ceiling windows where you can watch the snow falling gently to the ground and there’s a live musician to help dial in relaxing luxe vibes. Their fries are crispy, potato-y, and a perfect treat after spending the day on the slopes. They have a local meat and cheese charcuterie board and the nachos are definitely a must order if you’re indulging!
The Mallard Lounge
4599 Chateau Blvd Unit 205, Whistler, BC V8E 0Z5
Open: 7 days a week, 11am-11pm
Happy eating! Please let us know what your favorites are in Whistler, if you’ve been!