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Restaurants Whistler

2019 Where to Dine Awards: Whistler

By SHERI RADFORD
May 2019

Il Caminetto highlights farm-fresh ingredients such as burrata with heirloom tomatoes (Photo by Leila Kwok)

Critics’ Choice

BEST NEW RESTAURANT

Il Caminetto

If you’re dreaming of la dolce vita, look no further than Il Caminetto. The Whistler stalwart closed for a few months to undergo a complete makeover, complete with new owners and a new fireplace. The end result is a room as fresh and contemporary as the modern Italian cuisine. Under the careful eye of executive chef James Walt, who also oversees the award-winning kitchens at Araxi and Bar Oso, the reimagined menu is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. (more…)

Alpine Escape for Foodies

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Jan. 2019

Fresh fare at Aura (Photo by Joern Rohde/www.joernrohde.com)

For a post-piste vibe that’s serene and scenic, head to Aura in Zen-like Nita Lake Lodge. Outside are views of a gorgeous glacier-fed lake, while inside the modern decor includes bold-and-beautiful artworks like “Dynamic Herd,” seven brightly coloured galloping deer sculptures. On the plate, find farm-fresh, seasonal ingredients prepared with French flair, like roasted beet salad with horseradish crème fraîche or butternut squash farro risotto. Picturesque and peaceful—now that’s to our taste.

Mountaintop Tastes at Whistler Blackcomb

By CHLOË LAI
Jan. 2019

Roundhouse Umbrella Bar (Photo by Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler)

Even the most dedicated skiers and snowboarders need to refuel. Fortunately, there’s no need to abandon the scenic slopes—there are plenty of delicious options at high altitude, all offering great views. On Blackcomb, indulge in fully loaded Belgian waffles at Crystal Hut or fine cuisine and flights of wine at Christine’s. On Whistler, sample Ocean Wise seafood at Steeps Grill & Wine Bar or I-can’t-believe-it’s-all-veggie fare at Raven’s Nest. Looking for a liquid lunch? Sip a Caesar cocktail at the glass-walled Roundhouse Umbrella Bar (pictured) while soaking up 360 degrees of Coast Mountain scenery. You may never want to come down.

In Peak Spirits: Mountaintop Cocktails

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Oct. 2018

The London Mountain cocktail at Sidecut at the Four Seasons Resort Whistler

If there ain’t no mountain high enough to keep you from a great cocktail, you’re in luck: Sidecut’s cocktail program features the talents of celebrity mixologist Lauren Mote. Inspired by mountain ranges from around the globe, the spirited round-up includes the London Mountain (Whistler Mountain’s original name), spiked with vodka, “hygge chai,” black currant, aromatized wine and wildflower honey. Or the Volcan de Fuego, a delicate rum creation that comes enveloped in a cloud of applewood smoke. They’re sips worth climbing a mountain for—luckily you can find them right here.

Move Over, Après-Ski: It’s Time for Après-Bike

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Aug. 2018

Photo ©Miroslav_1/istockphoto.com

After a day spent tearing up trails on two wheels, bikers head down the mountain for après festivities—a ritual that’s thankfully no longer reserved just for skiers. For the full experience, find a bustling patio a sliding-stop’s distance from the base of Whistler Mountain to watch downhillers make their final descent. Top spots include Garibaldi Lift Co. and Longhorn Saloon for pub fare and pitchers, and Black’s Pub for the line-up of craft beer. Trust us: it’s the most fun you can have with your bike armour on.

A Taste of Italy in Whistler

By JILL VON SPRECKEN
Aug. 2018

Beautifully plated halibut at Il Caminetto (Photo by Leila Kwok Photography)

If you’re dreaming of la dolce vita, look no further than Il Caminetto. The Whistler stalwart recently underwent a makeover, and the result is a room as fresh and contemporary as the modern Italian cuisine. Under the careful eye of executive chef James Walt, who also oversees the award-winning kitchen at Araxi, the reimagined menu is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of palates. Buon appetito!

Summer Days in Squamish

Indulge an appetite for adventure—or fresh local fare—in the town of Squamish

By SHERI RADFORD
Jul. 2018

Al’s Habrich Ridge Trail starts at the Sea to Sky Gondola and rises into the backcountry, offering breathtaking views of the mountains, Howe Sound and the town of Squamish (Photo by Paul Bride)

See & Do

Just an hour’s drive from Whistler, Squamish has a well-earned reputation as the outdoor recreation capital of Canada. Visit the Squamish Adventure Centre to get oriented, then leave the city behind and venture into the great outdoors. (more…)

2018 Where to Dine Awards: Whistler

Hunter Gather always delivers comfort food and friendly service. (Photo by Brad Kasselman/Coast Mountain Photography)

Voted on by Where’s globetrotting readers, our annual dining awards fete the best of the best on the Whistler restaurant scene

By SHERI RADFORD (more…)

Fifi’s Bistro: Tastes Like Home, But Better

By CHLOË LAI
Mar. 2018

Made-from-scratch fare at Fifi’s Bistro (Photo by Shelby Jenkins)

Outdoor adventures call for hearty home-cooked meals. That’s where Fifi’s Bistro comes in. Made-from-scratch fare and warm, rustic decor make this cozy spot feel like dining in your best friend’s living room—assuming your best friend serves Ocean Wise seafood, bakes fresh pastries and breads daily, and knows how to make stellar flat whites on a top-of-the-line espresso machine. The menu changes seasonally, but covers all the bases: half of the dishes are deliciously vegetarian, and there’s always fresh-baked gluten-free bread on offer. Plus, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the mountains inside, so you can fuel up without missing any of the action. Now that’s worth writing home about.

Prost! Handlebar Hits the Mark

By SHERI RADFORD
Mar. 2018

Dig into German-inspired fare at Handlebar. (Photo courtesy Popcorn)

For the best pretzels and currywurst this side of Berlin, look no further than Handlebar. This lively spot opened last winter, and its superb (and ever-changing) selection of local craft beers has made it a hit with locals and visitors alike. Don’t miss Sunday brunch, where the Handfuller breakfast sandwich more than lives up to its name. Consider the resto a little slice of Germany, with no plane travel required.

Best for Brunch

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Start your day off right at Fergie's Cafe. (Photo: Darby Magill)

Start your day off right at Fergie’s Cafe. (Photo: Darby Magill)

In Whistler, brunch is mountain-activity fuel and a reason to drink mimosas before noon, all rolled into one. Start the day at Wild Wood Pacific Bistro, where nine varieties of eggs Benny (try the sampler plate) and legendary banana bread French toast are on offer. Cheeky Southside Diner serves favourites like the big-ass pancake—go ahead, add chocolate chips—and breakfast poutine. For brunch en français, head to Crêpe Montagne for a delectable array of sweet and savoury crepes. A gem along the Sea-to-Sky for homemade fare, Fergie’s Cafe (pictured) regularly packs its teeny interior with brunch-goers who spill out onto the lawn. Brunch bliss, found.

Recipe for Revelry at Bearfoot Bistro

By JILL VON SPRECKEN

Memorable meals await at Bearfoot Bistro.

Memorable meals await at Bearfoot Bistro.

Bearfoot Bistro—one part culinary amusement park, one part fine-dining fixture—is the kind of place foodies write home about, thanks to its 20,000-bottle wine cellar, ice-encased vodka tasting room and palm tree–studded patio. Here it’s possible to sabre a bottle of champagne, don a parka to sip sub-zero spirits and indulge in three- or five-course tasting menus, all in one elegant evening. Now that’s a wild ride.