Most people I know seem to enjoy visiting Whistler in winter, so that must make me an oddity because I prefer to visit Whistler in the summer. I love how hot it can get up there during the summer – a dry, hot heat – and with activities and events at every turn, there is no shortage of things to occupy yourself with. Whilst I’ve kept myself busy with bungee and hikes and swimming, my favourite past-time in Whistler is eating out (bet you didn’t see that coming!).
My sis and I hanging on for dear life whilst bungee jumping in Whistler. Yes, that’s me screaming.
Spring and summer in Whistler brings with it alfresco events, festivals, and Dine Out Whistler. Dine Out is on until June 28 and many good Whistler restaurants are participating. If you are planning a trip to Whistler over the next few months, I suggest checking out the following three restaurants whilst you are there. Whilst I haven’t been to enough places to claim that these are the “best” in Whistler, these restaurants are certainly my favourites.
Located in the heart of The Village, Araxi prides itself on offering local, seasonal food and is arguably one of Whistler’s most popular restaurants. Their quality bar is high and consistent and if you have visited Araxi’s sister restaurants, West or Blue Water Cafe in Vancouver, then you will know what to expect. Seafood dishes are extremely popular here (the seafood tower is a crowd-pleaser) but I’m a meat girl and have been consistently impressed with their meat dishes. Desserts and cocktails are also exceptional here. Prices are in the mid to high range but well worth the price. Book ahead and dress up nicely.
Duck breast – Araxi
Venison - Araxi
Risotto – Araxi
Rim Rock Cafe
Rim Rock is an award-winning restaurant with a strong focus on fresh game and seafood, located in Whistler Creekside (if you are staying in The Village, you will need to get a taxi). It has long been a favourite of mine and I always go back for the game dishes, such as elk or venison. Rim Rock excel at doing meat well. Prices are high (even higher than Araxi) so be prepared for that when making your decision to go. If you are visiting Whistler and have the money, spoil yourself and visit Rim Rock for an impeccable dining experience that will not be forgotten. If dessert is your thing, order the sticky toffee pudding. Definitely book ahead and, although they are fairly relaxed, dress smart.
Caribou – Rim Rock
Sticky Toffee Pudding – Rim Rock
Aura is an upscale European restaurant with a focus on local produce, including produce from the lodge’s own garden. The restaurant offers A la Carte as well as tasting menus. Located at Nita Lake Lodge, the lakefront location is stunning. Prices are mid-range but the quality bar is high. Be sure to book ahead as there are often weddings at the location, meaning you could be disappointed if you show up without a reservation.
Summer mushroom sauté, braised bison short rib – Aura
Lemon Meringue – Aura