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Whistler, as it is know, offers a variety of fantastic food experiences beyond traditional food tours. Here are some recommendations for the best food experiences in Whistler that aren’t food tours (including ours!):

1. Salmon Bake at Crystal Hut: Take a ATV or Jeep ride up to Crystal Hut on Blackcomb Mountain with Canadian Wilderness. The hut offers a cozy and rustic alpine dining experience with breathtaking views. Enjoy wild BC Salmon, local produce, fresh salads & live music.

2. Garibaldi Lift Co. (GLC): After a day on the mountain, head to GLC at the base of Whistler Mountain for some après fun. Enjoy live music, craft beers, cocktails, and delicious pub-style food while soaking in the lively atmosphere.

3. Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar: A renowned fine dining restaurant in Whistler Village, Araxi is known for its fresh seafood and farm-to-table dishes all under Culinary Director James Walt (pictured above) . Indulge in a sophisticated culinary experience with a focus on locally sourced ingredients.

4. Bearfoot Bistro: Visit the Bearfoot Bistro for a unique and memorable dining experience. You can try their “Vodka Ice Room“, where you can sample a selection of vodkas in a frozen vodka tasting room. The restaurant also offers gourmet dishes and Western Canada’s largest wine cellar with over 15,000 bottles

5. Rimrock Café: A hidden gem (& my personal favourite) known for its cozy ambiance and exceptional seafood and game dishes. The restaurant is located a short drive away in Creekside and offers a more intimate dining setting.

6. Purebread: For those with a sweet tooth, Purebread is a must-visit bakery offering an array of delicious baked goods, including an impressive variety of pastries, cakes, and bread. They also have gluten-free options. Get in early, as there is usually a line up all day!

7. Creekbread: If you’re a pizza lover, Creekbread is a popular spot known for its organic wood-fired pizzas made with locally sourced ingredients. The rustic atmosphere and communal seating add to the charm of this pizzeria. Every Tuesday night, they host a fundraiser for a different community initiative each week…that’s enough for our vote!

8. Sidecut Modern Steak + Bar: Located in the Four Seasons Resort, Sidecut offers a modern take on classic steakhouse fare. Enjoy high-quality cuts of meat, inventive sides, and a well-curated wine list.

9. Sushi Village: A local favorite for sushi and Japanese cuisine. Sushi Village is known for its vibrant atmosphere and creative rolls, making it a great spot for casual dining with friends. Best drink….be sure to ask for one of their famous Sake Magarita Jugs

10. Peaked Pies: For a taste of Australian-style meat pies, visit Peaked Pies. These hearty savory pies are perfect for a quick and satisfying meal. The cool thing is, you don’t even have to be in Whistler to try them…with 2 locations in Vancouver, the tastiness may just be a little closer to home for you!

Remember that Whistler’s dining scene can be quite dynamic, with new restaurants and eateries opening from time to time. It’s always a good idea to check for the latest reviews and recommendations (or even better, give us a call for our opinion) before planning your Whistler food adventure.

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