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2016 Where to Dine Awards: Whistler

From bustling après-ski spots to refined rooms, Whistler’s dining scene has tastes to satisfy every palate. Where’s globetrotting readers weigh in on the flavours that left an impression long after the last bite

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Bar Oso serves up fresh albacore tuna. (Photo: Kevin Clark)

Bar Oso serves up fresh albacore tuna. (Photo: Kevin Clark)

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Bar Oso
Decked out in striking black-and-white tile, chic Bar Oso brings tapas-style small plates and inventive cocktails to the heart of the Village. Spanish-inspired flavours and local ingredients meet in house-made charcuterie, pintxos (small bar bites on a skewer) and chilled seafood dishes. Wash it all down with the Oso Sour, made with bacon-infused bourbon and maple syrup.

FINE DINING
Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar
A pioneer of farm-to-table fare, chef James Walt creates uncompromising plates that
celebrate the bounty of the Pacific Northwest. An impressive array of fresh oysters, a winning wine list and seasonally inspired cocktails round out an elegant experience.
FINALISTS Rimrock Cafe; Bearfoot Bistro.

CASUAL DINING
Earls Kitchen + Bar
Over its 30-odd-year history, Earls has evolved from burger-and-beer beginnings to an eclectic menu of globetrotting dishes. Get a taste of the West Coast with fish ’n’ chips and sushi rolls, or embrace the laid-back vibe and try the ever-popular hand-pressed burger.
FINALISTS Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill; Elements Urban Tapas Parlour.

APRÈS - SKI
Longhorn Saloon & Grill
No matter what the season, this lively après spot is the perfect place to unwind after a day spent on the slopes. A sprawling patio with a dedicated bar, legendary nachos and cold drinks draw crowds to its prime location at the base of Whistler Mountain.
FINALISTS Dusty’s Bar & BBQ; Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill.

To see our Vancouver winners, please click here.

To vote for your favourite Vancouver and Whistler restaurants in our 2017 Where to Dine Awards, click here. You could win a fabulous Baume & Mercier watch valued at more than $2,500!

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