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Whistler Restaurants!!!

Food4201 Oct 24, 2007 06:23 PM

I was just wondering if any one had been to any restaurants in the Whistler Village? I am going to be there for two nights and I am eating atTrattoria di Umberto one night and the second night is a toss up. The choices are Apres, Araxi, or Bearfoot Bistro. Has anybody been to any of these places? I have been to all of there websites and am still at a loss price is not really a problem I just don't want to waste a good night.

Any insight would be great

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  1. Spiritchaser RE: Food4201 Oct 24, 2007 06:41 PM

    My girlfriend and I have been to every "fine dining" restaurant in Whistler and they are quite good but this was our take:

    Araxi - fantastic and if you like seafood this is the place, oyster selection is wonderful
    Bearfoot Bistro - wonderful, creative food BUT the theatrics was a bit too much for me
    Apres - great food, great atmospshere, a little less polished then the others

    What you did not have on your list:

    The wine room at the Fairmont - the best restaurant in Whistler, true fine cuisine
    Rimrock Cafe - a short ride from Whistler village, not as fancy as other places but wow, great food and wine
    La Rua - I would replace Trattoria with La Rua

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      Food4201 RE: Spiritchaser Oct 24, 2007 07:02 PM

      I will try the Wine Room as I am staying at the Fairmont. How was the party atmosphere at Bearfoot. I would like to check out the Champagne Bar after dinner? Is it hard to get in? That was one of the reasons that I wanted to eat there


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        Spiritchaser RE: Food4201 Oct 24, 2007 07:38 PM

        No, it was not hard to get in but it is pricey. If it's not an event going on there is really no party atmosphere.

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      miranda RE: Food4201 Oct 24, 2007 07:17 PM

      We were in Whistler in June and had recommendations to eat at Umberto's it was awful and very expensive..poor service ...not great wine...I'm allergic to shrimp...waiter couldn't say if soup contained shrimp...asked the chef and he didn't know either..never go back or suggest... hardly anyone in the place...Miranda

      1. koknia RE: vorpal Oct 24, 2007 10:20 PM

        I was there in August.
        Let's just say food is not a main reason to visit Whistler.

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          Spiritchaser RE: koknia Oct 25, 2007 05:04 AM

          Could you enlighten the rest of us as to why you drew this conclusion? Where did you dine? I ask because I completely disagree with your summation.

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          vandan RE: Food4201 Oct 25, 2007 08:01 AM

          totally disagree , name another place of whistler's size with even close to the amount of great restaurants, its just a bit low on the cheap eats side

          1. dagoose RE: Food4201 Nov 2, 2007 04:04 PM

            I'm going to second the vote for the Rimrock by spirit chaser, and say Araxi's is great as long as you have the $$. Additional I am sad to hear Umbertos is on the downers list becuase (many many years ago) they were once a favorite of our family. I haven't been there in years, so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.

            I also always like to add in a reccomendation for sushi village if you have any lovers of japanese food in your group. Great atmosphere, great food, yum!

            1. roxhills RE: Food4201 Nov 4, 2007 06:17 AM

              We were at Araxi and Bearfoot 2 weeks ago (visiting from Los angeles). Both were very good. Since it is off seaosn, both were pretty empty so I can't comment on the scene. Araxi was ASTONISHINGLY EXPENSIVE-- $300 for the 2 of us and I didn't have anything to drink except local water.

              We had a wonderful dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel that was a fraction of the cost in a much nicer setting. It is in the upper village but the walk is easy.

              If you are going before November 22, crowds won't be an issue.

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                Spiritchaser RE: roxhills Nov 5, 2007 03:41 AM

                Opinions are just that, opinions, and they will vary. That being said, IMO, 4 Seasons was a very bland expierience for us. I feel that the cost difference, between Araxi and 4 seasons, was really justified.

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