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I'm heading to Whistler in just less than a month, and was wondering about the dining scene. I love all kinds of delicious food and am willing to try whatever. I especially like game meats.

What would you recommend? I expect to have some meals on the fancy end and some that are more casual, so feel free to share anything with good food.

Any high end craft cocktails to be had?

Thanks!

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  1. Can't speak to the question about cocktails, but I've had a couple of great meals at the Edgewater Lodge; and for their Christmas menu, they had a buffalo meatloaf that was seriously amazing. I'd definitely recommend eating there. On the more casual end, I seem to remember 21 Steps and Caramba are fairly good, although it's been a few years since I've actually eaten at either one. Avalanche Pizza is awesome, if you like that type of pizza.
    And though it's not a restaurant, if you like baked goods, try Purebread in function junction- delicious bread.

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    Avalanche Pizza
    4295 Blackcomb Way, Whistler, BC V0N1B4, CA

    1. I can only offer what I said in Sept. too when I visited Whistler, but I can say there were some good happy hour specials, like oysters for $6 a dozen around the village. I can't remember names now though...

      From Sept:

      "If you are at Whistler on a Sunday, I can recommend brunch at the Fairmont Wildflower restaurant in the Upper Village. It is only $20.10 and includes coffee & juice. Mimosas and Caesars were only $5 too. The restaurant itself is lovely as most Fairmont ones are. They have a buffet which sticks to breakfast. An omelette station, carved roast ham, eggs benny, terrific English sausages, bacon, waffles, pancakes etc...all the usuals including a pastry/breads & fresh fruits station. The only thing not breakfast was a cheese, cold cuts, fish (salmon) section which was very good. We really enjoyed it! The value was there and the food was very satisfying for a buffet. If you are there Sunday, you can stroll the Farmer's Market outside the Fairmont before you go too.

      We had dinner at 21 Steps and did small plates. http://www.21steps.ca/Welcome.aspx While it wasn't a stellar meal, it was decent. We did small plates and two of us left stuffed for about $105 including tip. Our fave small plate was Star Anise and Orange Braised Pork Ribs. For dinner, I think we could have done worse (worse food, worse value). The restaurant itself was comfortable and relaxing (possibly romantic if that's what you're looking for), upstairs in the St. Andrew's house in the Village".

      1. If you like game, I highly recommend the Rim Rock Cafe. Also, Araxi does some nice high-end meals.

        A new restaurant that opened is Alta Bistro. They're getting great reviews and according to their website: Classic and Contemporary Cocktails
        Each cocktail is carefully hand crafted. Citrus is pressed fresh to order. No artificially flavoured vodkas or liquers will be found behind our bar. Only quality natural products, or house made syrups, bitters or infusions will find their way into your drink.

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        Araxi Restaurant + Bar
        4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, CA

        Rim Rock Cafe
        2117 Whistler Rd, Whistler, BC V0N1B2, CA

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        1. re: vangirl

          Yup, for fancy and amazing food, mostly game, the rim rock. Also I'd recommend the ambitious Aura in the new (new management) Nita Lake Lodge. They're doing their own charcuterie, and it is pretty darn good.

          1. re: vangirl

            rim rock has caribouu, venison and sometimes some other game meat on the menu to complement their regular menu.

            i do agree that Araxi and Rim Rock are good choices. both are better choices than the restaurants at the westin, fairmont or 4 seasons. but i do find the rim rock too straight outta the box cooking for me personally. kinda 'old school' if that makes sense. which is not a bad thing, but i enjoy some innovation.

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            Araxi Restaurant + Bar
            4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, CA

            Rim Rock Cafe
            2117 Whistler Rd, Whistler, BC V0N1B2, CA

            1. re: betterthanbourdain

              I agree, Rimrock is a funny place. You'll get good service and well executed food, but the menu reminds me of paging through a Bon Appetit in 1995. The menu is big, all over the place, and a bit dated.

          2. These recommendations are a great start. I think I have a couple of my fancy meals planned out. Any pubs with good food and beer?

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            1. re: ecwashere7

              Citta's is in the village, great place to people watch.
              The Brew House has has good beer and pizza.

              1. re: ecwashere7

                For fancy we eat at Araxi - wonderful food and wine.
                We've also eaten at the Best Western but forgot the name
                of the restaurant. It's good food and the gal chef puts is cute.
                Their wine cellar is beyond compare and they do tours.

                For pub food, go to Dhublin's Gate at the Pan Pacific. It's
                a wonderful olde style Dublin Pub with typical pub food and
                irish beer on tap - the Guinness is perfect. Clarke Gatehouse
                is the executive chef of the Pan Pacific and oversees the pub
                as well. He's an internet acquaintance and look forward to
                seeing him again this spring.

                The Bearfoot Bistro in the place in the Best Western.

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                Araxi Restaurant + Bar
                4222 Village Square, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, CA

              2. Rim Rock is always perfect - have the sticky date pudding for dessert and the fish antipasto for 2 to start... yummy.
                Skip Chitas only good for beer/natchos type thing...... Rics grill bar in village has good wine/drink list also for a cool local place try Dusty's at the Creek or the Garabaldi lift Co also a great place for drinks/appies is the duck bar (mallard bar) at the Fairmount nice firepits outside great martinis have a great time Whistler is the best!

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                Rim Rock Cafe
                2117 Whistler Rd, Whistler, BC V0N1B2, CA

                1. My favorites are: Bearfoot Bistro, Trattoria Umberto, Il Caminetto for high-end. For cheaper, we tend to hit Earls, the Indian above 7-11, Dublihn Gate or Double Diamond Diner!

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                  1. re: brokentelephone

                    +1 Bearfoot Bistro
                    -1 for indian above 7/11. food was meh and odd being served indian food by an Aussie snowboarder. Not a problem except he knew nothing about the food.

                    1. re: betterthanbourdain

                      I think most of the food in Whistler is prepared by Aussie snowboarders.

                  2. I ended up going to Rimrock Cafe one night and Alta Bistro another. Both had great food. I especially liked the cocktails at Alta Bistro.

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                    Alta Bistro
                    #104-4319 Main Street, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, CA