The Best Places to Grab Dinner in Whistler
With more than 170 options and an extensive culinary scene, deciding where to have dinner in Whistler can be a mind-boggling decision. From casual restaurants that won’t break the bank to award-winning fine-dining establishments, this town has choices for everyone.
We’ve devised a list of what we believe to be some of the best restaurants in Whistler, with our top picks on places with a patio, recommendations for where to take your date, and ideas for where to eat on a budget. Read on to make your mouth water!
Best Restaurants With a Patio in Whistler
One of our favourite spots for dinner in Whistler is the laid back, locals haunt Hunter Gather, which opened its doors in 2017. The order at the bar system creates a casual, relaxed atmosphere, and it’s a place where you can easily while away an evening.
These guys clearly know a thing or two about craft beer. Their rotating selection of delectable BC taps is carefully curated and always on point. Hunter Gather also prides itself on sourcing the finest local ingredients in season and their creative menu reflects this.
If you’re a meat eater, try their hearty Pullman pulled pork sandwich or finger-licking-good chicken shawarma. If it’s something healthier that you’re after, their Pemberton bowl, made with local beets and crisped organic veggies is a winner.
The patio, which opens in late spring, is intimate and rustic, and the mini-herb gardens planted within the tables are a unique touch. In terms of an all-round experience, Hunter Gather has got to be up there with the best restaurants in Whistler.
Beacon Pub & Eatery
Smack bang in the middle of Whistler Village, you’ll find Beacon Pub and Eatery. Their large patio, which sprawls over the Village Square and surrounds the restaurant, is the perfect place to sip on a cold one and people watch as the world goes by.
Outdoor heaters and red blankets will keep you warm even on a cold day, making Beacon’s patio a very popular winter choice too. When it comes to grub, their menu is hearty and wholesome. A particular stand-out is their Beacon burger, made with fresh ground Canadian Kobe beef, with aged white cheddar and Steamworks pale ale braised onions generously slapped on.
For those who prefer a plant-based diet, we’d recommend the black bean and roasted jalapeno dip served with warm naan. Another thing that makes Beacon a winner in our books is the fact that they serve craft beer. Pop in for an après-ski pint of one of their rotating taps.
Head to the base of Blackcomb Mountain and you’ll find Milestones. Its huge patio overlooks the ski out of Lower Cruiser is an ideal location. Step out of your skis and enjoy some après-ski food and beverages on a sunny afternoon.
Their menu is huge, but from our experience they do everything well. And our favourite night to visit is a Monday when they offer a ‘Girls’ Night Out’ deal. For $44 you can lap up four Bellinis or a pitcher of domestic draught, along with your choice of four appies – enough to fill two people up for sure.
Their coconut calamari, served with mango chilli dipping sauce and crispy rice noodles, is outstanding and we’d go as far as to say it rivals that which you’d find on the Mediterranean coasts. So head over to the Upper Village and check it out for yourself.
Although it’s a chain, we couldn’t talk about dinner in Whistler without mentioning Earls. In the heart Whistler, Earls patio looks over the village stroll and is an ideal location for an après-ski drink. Their patio is one of the last to catch the rays as the sun goes down for the day and fades behind the mountains, at which point a number of patio heaters will keep you toasty long into the evening.
This place is extremely popular, and in peak season you’ll more than likely face an hour’s wait. So factor this in, put your name on the list, grab a beer someplace else, and they’ll give you a text when your table is ready!
Their menu is extensive and delicious. Our go-to is chilli chicken and wontons to start, followed by their salmon zen bowl – a very tasty healthy option. And get stuck into a s’mores chocolate cheesecake for dessert. Our top tip: dine here on a Tuesday, when bottles of wine are half price! You can thank us later.
Date Night Dinner Options
We can’t rave enough about Il Caminetto, Whistler’s iconic Italian and certainly up there with the best restaurants in Whistler. Step inside this elegant, contemporary restaurant and give your taste buds a treat. Their mouth-wateringly good menu features a host of pasta dishes (all of their pasta is freshly made in the restaurant daily) along with a wide selection of meat and fish options.
Their menu is changes often – one of our current favourites is their tuna, with charred octopus, tomato fondue rapini and Gigante beans. They even transform a classic rigatoni bolognese into a fine-dining dish of dreams.
While this is one of Whistler’s most upmarket restaurants, visit in either of the shoulder seasons (May – June, or October – November) and lap up their killer deal. Last year they offered a four-course menu for just $36 during dead season.
Table Nineteen Lakeside Eatery
If you’re looking for something a little different, away from the hustle and bustle of Whistler Village, make the short five minute drive to Nicklaus North Golf Course. Their beautiful patio, bar and restaurant reopens on in May for the summer season. Sit outside and enjoy spectacular views of BC’s mountains and the glacial-fed Green Lake.
When it comes to winter, they have a reputation for serving the best fondue in town. Their delicious cheese fondue is served with heaps of Yukon gold potatoes, French bread, and crudités. For dessert, dip marshmallows, fruit, and banana bread into a delectable dark chocolate fondue. And on Valentines Day, enjoy a complimentary glass of prosecco with your meal!
If you’re looking for a fun and relaxed date check out Mongolie Grill. You can completely design your own dish and see it cooked in front of you on a ginormous grill plate. Choose from a huge selection of vegetables, raw meat, and fresh seafood, smother it all in your favourite sauce and hand it over to be cooked.
The interactive element of this restaurant adds a novel and enjoyable factor to your date, especially if you are struggling to make conversation. The cost of your meal is done by weight ($20.95 per pound). It’s very easy to get carried away with piling every option onto your plate. Bear in mind that when you get back to your table there will be rice (your choice of jasmine or brown) waiting for you, so our top tip is to try and restrain yourself a little!
The Raven Room
The Raven Room is Whistler’s newest restaurant and cocktail bar, situated in the Pan Pacific village centre hotel. Hidden away the hoards, this classy establishment with its dim lighting and sophisticated menu is certainly a place that will impress that special person. Food and drink are served daily from 3pm until midnight, and it’s all delicious.
Their cocktail menu is well thought out and their food menu, has options for everyone. They operate on a first come, first serve basis, and although this restaurant is hidden away, it’s a popular choice, particularly on the weekends.
One of our Raven Room favourites is their chowder style salt spring mussels served in a white wine cream sauce with grilled ciabatta. And for a sweet treat, you can’t wrong by ordering the passion fruit and mango ‘cheesecake’ made from cashew cream with a date and walnut base.
Whistler Restaurants on a Budget
El Furniture Warehouse
A cheap but tasty option for dinner in Whistler is El Furniture Warehouse. This casual bar and restaurant has an upbeat vibe, and it’s got to be the cheapest place to nom down a meal in Whistler. All food is $5.95, all day, every day.
Yes, you read that correctly! They’ve got burgers, tacos, grilled cheese and more. And they’re not stingy on the portion sizes either! Our top dishes? We love the braised beef spaghetti or the Warehouse crispy mac n’ cheese, followed by mini donuts with toffee to dip for dessert.
While certainly not gourmet, this restaurant delivers a hearty meal at an exceptionally low price – great if you’ve got lots of little mouths to feed! There’s almost always a line outside, so do bear this in mind and be prepared for a short wait.
Eating sushi doesn’t have to blow the bank. A short hop from the main square, hidden away on the edge of the village, is Harajuku Izakaya. In our opinion, it’s one of the best restaurants in Whistler. The quick, tapas-style Japanese food is delicious and the décor of the place makes you feel as if you’re in a Japanese village from the early 1900s.
They’ve got cosy nooks for couples, or large booths if you’re visiting with the whole gang. The crispy tuna roll at $14 is our go-to dish every time. It’s large enough to fill you up, or pair it with some vegetarian spring rolls ($7) if you’re super hungry. Other favourites include their popcorn calamari, breaded deep fried Brie cheese and chicken karaage. Visit Harajuku Izakaya for a taste of Japan in Whistler.
Pangea Pod Hotel
Pangea Pod Hotel opened its doors in 2018, offering designer pod accommodation that is chic, shared and central. Located a minutes stroll from the bottom of Whistler gondola, this hotel’s boutique design is modern and fun.
The Living Room is a restaurant and bar located in the pod hotel that overlooks the village stroll. Breakfast and brunch are served from 7am to 1pm, and lunch and dinner from 1pm to 1am, so whether its an early morning feast or a late night snack, Pangea has you covered. We love their butternut squash and goat’s cheese flatbread ($15.90), drizzled with a delicious balsamic reduction.
Along with flatbread pizzas, they offer a wide range of soups, salads, and sandwiches, all of which are reasonably priced. Even their most expensive dish, a meat and cheese board, comes in at under 20 bucks. After dinner, why not head up to The Rooftop Patio and sip on an Espresso Martini.
Splitz Grill is a favourite spot among locals to grab a quick bite. This burger joint makes all of their patties fresh daily and they’ve been serving up hand made burgers in Vancouver and Whistler since 1997. If you’re a meat-eater we’d recommend the Legendary Splitz Burger, with cheese and grilled pineapple as extras. Once they’ve grilled your chosen meat, select from over 40 house made sauces and toppings.
For the veggies among us, you’ll be pleased to hear that they’ve recently added Beyond Meat burgers to their menu! This is the world’s first plant-based burger and even the biggest beef lovers around will be hard pushed to tell the difference.
While the majority of people take away their meals, they do have a dining area at the back of the restaurant, and we love the diner atmosphere to it. For even more tips on where to eat in Whistler on a budget, check out our Cheap and Delicious guide.
This town offers diverse dining options, from restaurants to grab a quick après-ski bite to those where you can enjoy an extravagant dinner. From steak to sushi, Mexican to Indian, and much more, Whistler boasts an extensive array of dining establishments.
Keep in mind that visiting some of the best restaurants in Whistler doesn’t always have to involve spending a fortune! Book in advance to avoid disappointment, bring your appetite and enjoy your next dinner in Whistler!