Here I highlight all the best places to eat in Whistler. From casual apres ski bars to fine dining restaurants, you’ll find something to suit your palate (and wallet) here.
The beautiful Canadian mountain resort of Whistler is known for its stunning landscapes and outdoor activities, including having the largest ski resort in North America.
What it also has going for it is a vibrant village atmosphere, with a fantastic selection of bars and restaurants to suit all budgets and tastes.
I have personally eaten at and can happily recommend all of the restaurants on this list. They represent a wide selection of cuisines and all of them are family friendly.
There are, of course, many other restaurants to choose from, but I did a lot of research into the best places in Whistler before I went, and chose these.
There are a few others on my wishlist, which I will try next time I am in town – and if they make the cut, I will add them here!
You should also read: The Best Things to do in Whistler in Winter.
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This Whistler Teppanyaki restaurant is an absolute favourite with families. Groups are seated around large teppanyaki counters and the chef not only cooks your food to order, but entertains you along the way too!
The menu at Teppan Village features a variety of sushi options and small plates to start with. But most people come here for the teppanyaki.
On the teppanyaki menu, you can choose from a selection of entrees, including Filet Mignon, Hokkaido Scallops or Chicken Teriyaki. Or opt for one of the good value set menus, for a combination of seafood and meat items served with salad, vegetables, rice and miso soup.
Kids aren’t left out either, with a special kids menu.
Expect lots of fun, entertainment and high flames!
Located in the heart of Whistler Village, Mexican Corner is a lively and vibrant spot, offering authentic Mexican cuisine, known for its delicious tacos and legendary margaritas.
Its décor and ambience transport you to Mexico, with colourful walls and traditional ornaments setting the scene for a convivial Mexican meal.
The restaurant prides itself on using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients to create its menu featuring all the usual Mexican favourites. Highlights include their mix-and-match Tacos, the Enchiladas Verdes and the Blackened Ahi Tuna Tostadas.
For those with a sweet tooth, don’t miss out on their famous churros, served with cajeta (caramel sauce) and chocolate sauce for dipping.
Whatever you choose to eat, be sure to order one of the Handcrafted Margaritas; they are arguably the best in town.
Service is efficient and friendly, and overall this is great restaurant for a relaxed and fun night out.
Note that Mexican Corner is walk-in only, and so you may need to put your name down, go grab a drink, then come back when your table is ready.
Right next door to Mexican Corner, you’ll find another hugely popular Whistler restaurant, Sushi Village.
This Japanese restaurant is known for its fun atmosphere but also dishes up high quality Japanese cuisine.
It’s known for its fresh and creative sushi rolls, and there’s a huge choice of Sushi on offer. But it doesn’t stop there. There are also Tempura, Teriyaki plates, Yakimono dishes and Udon noodles on the menu to satisfy all taste buds.
Don’t leave without trying the Hot Volcano Roll (seared Hawaiian tuna, mango, jalapeños, topped with tobiko) or for something less spicy, the Mango Caterpillar Roll is also delicious (mango, prawn tempura, mayo, unagi sauce, wrapped in thinly sliced avocado).
The menu at Sushi Village is extensive, featuring a variety of sushi rolls, sashimi, and hot dishes. Some highlights include:
Pair your meal with a refreshing local draft beer, a choice of Japanese beers and sake or push the boat out and try one of their famous Sake Margaritas!
Note that Sushi Village is walk-in only for groups smaller than 6 people. If you’re visiting during peak season, you may struggle to get a table. Get here really early or be prepared to put your name down, go grab a drink, and then come back when your table is ready (possibly a 2-hour wait).
Crepe Montagne is a small, cosy eatery in Whistler, offering a vast selection of crepes and other French-inspired dishes.
Known for its warm, inviting atmosphere and friendly service, it’s an excellent stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The menu at Crepe Montagne features both savoury and sweet crepes, with popular options including La Parisienne (ham, Swiss cheese and mushroom) La Suzette (served flaming with a Grand Marnier sauce) and Le Tatin (caramelised apples with cinnamon and whipped cream)
In addition to crepes, Crepe Montagne serves a wonderful selection of other French mountain favourites such as fondue, raclette and French onion soup.
It’s small, so be prepared to queue.
Chalet at the Fairmont
The Chalet at the Fairmont is the closest you’ll get to a Swiss mountain lodge in Whistler.
This luxurious and cosy restaurant is set apart from the main buildings of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler hotel and overlooks the golf course.
With its crackling log fire, slick service, and hearty Alpine cuisine, this restaurant is an excellent choice for an intimate dinner or a special occasion.
The menu features traditional Swiss and European dishes, with fondue being its most celebrated dish. Fondue comes as a classic Cheese Fondue or Chinoise style where meat and seafood is cooked in a broth on the table.
Be sure to save room for the chocolate fondue for dessert, where you can dip house-made caramellini, banana bread, fruit, marshmallows and meringues into molten chocolate.
Beyond the fondue there are plenty of other European classics on the menu, including French onion soup, rosti, schnitzel and more.
21 Steps is where to go for hearty Canadian comfort food served in generous portions.
The delicious aroma of home-cooked food hits you as soon as you enter this cozy restaurant, which seats guests over two levels. There’s always a great buzzy vibe here, and service is attentive.
But let’s get real – you come here for the food, and you won’t be disappointed. Highlights include the Braised Boneless Beef Short Rib, the Stuffed Pork Schnitzel and the Pork Shoulder Parpadelle.
You also can’t go wrong with any of the steaks, ribs or roast chicken. Can’t decide between ribs or chicken? No worries, they do a Half Rack Ribs N’ Roasted Half Chicken Combo. That’s my kinda place!
Reservations can be made ahead of time, but they also set aside 1/3 of their tables for walk-ins, so it’s worth turning up without a reservation. You may need to put your name down and go and get a drink while you wait for your table.
The Whistler branch of Vancouver’s famous seafood and chophouse, Joe Fortes, is another crowd-pleaser.
The menu, inspired by the Pacific Northwest, provides guests with a multitude of options. The restaurant is known for its quality steaks and freshly shucked oysters, and there are a few sharing options too.
A highlight is the Seafood Tower – a stunning display of fresh seafood, including oysters, lobster, clams, mussels, scallop ceviche, albacore tuna crudo and chilled jumbo prawns.
Beyond the classics, I can personally recommend the Marinated Miso Sablefish – it’s one of the most delicious dishes I tried in Whistler. Joe’s Fresh Seafood Cioppino is another delicious option.
All of this in an elegant atmosphere with slick service – you can’t really go wrong with Joe Fortes.
Another refined restaurant in the heart of Whistler Village, Il Caminetto brings a touch of Italian warmth and comfort to the Canadian mountains.
Known for their exceptional service, elegant dining atmosphere, and authentic Italian cuisine, this restaurant is a great choice for a romantic night out or dinner with family and friends.
The menu at Il Caminetto showcases a range of Italian classics with a modern twist, featuring local farm-to-table produce. The selection begins with diverse antipasti options, such as Rootdown Farms beet “caprese” and Yellowtail Crudo.
If you’re in the mood for comfort food, you’ll find a good array of house-made pasta, risotto and gnocchi, including Veal Cheek Ragu with ricotta gnocchi, Frutti di Mare risotto and Lobster & Saffron linguine.
Steak lovers should try their impressive Bistecca alla Fiorentina or the Quebec Veal Milanese.
Il Caminetto also features an extensive wine list, featuring regional Italian wines from Piedmont and Veneto in the north, to Sicily and Puglia in the south, as well as a good selection of local B.C. vintages.
An il Caminetto G&T, which uses their own house-produced gin, is also a great way to kick off your meal.
If you’re looking for the best pizza in Whistler, then look no further than Pizzeria Antico. Known for their traditional, wood-fired pizzas and relaxed atmosphere, this spot is perfect for a casual dining experience.
The menu at Pizza Antico features good selection of pizzas, in addition to pasta, salads and antipasti. All dough, sauces, fior di latte, ricotta, bread and dolci are made in-house daily.
There’s nothing fancy or innovative about the menu. They know what they do, and they do it well. If you want good pizza in unpretentious surroundings, you come here.
When it comes to drinks, you’ll find 18 BC craft beer taps and 8 BC wine taps, as well as a small selection of international wines and the odd cocktail.
Beacon Bar is our go-to place to enjoy a drink while we wait for a table at one of the other walk-in-only restaurants. It has a friendly and relaxed atmosphere and is ideally located in the middle of Whistler village and close to all the restaurants.
They have a good selection of local B.C Craft beer, cocktails, wine and winter warmers, such as hot apple cider, mulled wine and Irish coffee.
If you’re looking for hearty pub food in generous portions, you’ve also come to the right place.
Its menu features a selection of salads, burgers, sandwiches and flatbreads to choose from, in addition to Fish & Chips, Steak Frites and Chicken Parmigiana.
In addition to their regular menu items, Beacon Bar also offers daily specials and happy hour deals, so it’s worth checking in often to see what’s new.
Milestones is a well-known chain in Canada, and their Whistler branch has an enviable position right next to the Blackcomb Base Gondola.
With its cosy log fire and view of the slopes, it’s a popular spot for apres ski – although of a more refined nature than many other bars (no dancing on tables here!)
When it comes to food, they have a large, diverse menu of comfort food options, from salads and sushi bowls to ribs, burgers, steaks and pasta.
In addition to the a la carte menu, Milestones offers a daily ‘happiest hour’ between 3 and 6 pm, where guests can enjoy a selection of appetizers and drink specials.
Sidecut at the Four Seasons
Sidecut at the Four Seasons is a stylish and modern restaurant located within the luxurious Four Seasons Resort.
This fine-dining steakhouse is famous for its prime cuts of locally sourced meats and its extensive collection of regional and international wines. It has an intimate setting and beautifully presented food but is also family-friendly, with a kids’ menu.
Signature dishes include their Prime Aged Beef Ribeye and a Chateaubriand.
If you’re not much of a red meat eater, there’s still plenty to choose from, with highlights including the Spot Prawn and Humboldt Squid Paella and the Cedar Plank Organic Steelhead Trout, as well as vegetarian options.
Christine’s on Blackcomb
Ever-popular Christine’s is a Whistler institution. Located within Rendezvous Restaurant at the top of Blackcomb Gondola, it offers sweeping views of the ski slopes from its floor-to-ceiling windows.
If you’re tired of the scrum of the other mountain restaurants, or don’t have the energy for self-service food in your ski boots, then Christine’s is the answer.
Offering full-service dining, you can sit back with a glass of wine as the waiting staff bring you plates of delicious food with a view. Ideal.
Food is top-notch too, with starters including Scallop Ceviche, Brome Lake Duck and Pemberton Beet Salad, and main courses such as Seared Albacore Tuna and Keralan Wild Ling Cod Curry. You can also opt to share a selection of charcuterie and cheeses.
If you find you over-indulge on the wine list, no worries – you can always jump on the gondola back to the village if your ski legs are no longer working!
Top Tip: Book well ahead (check their website for reservation booking release dates). If you miss out on the day you want, it is definitely worth putting your name on the waiting list as they often have cancellations, and you will likely get a call offering you a last-minute table.
Fine Dining in Whistler
Here is a list of fine dining restaurants that I have yet to try, but are on my list for later!
- Bearfoot Bistro – fine dining restaurant under Chef Melissa Craig. They also have a Ketel One Ice Room for pre-dinner drinks and specialise in champagne sabering. Fun!
- Rimrock Cafe – fine dining in an authentic mountain lodge atmosphere, specialising in fish and game. Located in Whistler Creek.
- Wild Blue – fine dining restaurant focusing on Pacific Northwest cuisine, sustainable seafood, and local ingredients.
- Araxi – Whistler’s most famous fine dining restaurant has been the recipient of multiple awards over the years. It enjoys a cozy atmosphere in the heart of Whistler Village.