Where to Eat and Drink in Whistler

Whistler’s dining scene may be small, but it sure is mighty. Here are six places to eat and drink in this iconic ski town, including apres-ski small plates at Bar Oso and craft-beer flights at Whistler Brewing Company. 

Wild scallop crudo at Bar Oso, photo by Kevin Clark

Wild scallop crudo at Bar Oso, photo by Kevin Clark

Bakery: purebread

At either of purebread’s two Whistler locations, you’ll find shelves filled with fresh bread, counters brimming with desserts such as sour cherry chip cookies, sinfully rich brownies and more. Pair these delectable baked treats with a cup of Stumptown coffee.

Must-try dish: The sugar buns. Flavours vary daily, but snag the berry rhubarb compote when you can.



Brewery: Whistler Brewing Company

The town’s namesake brewery has grown considerably since it opened in 1989, having upgraded to a new, industrial-chic brewery space and tasting room in Whistler’s Function Junction neighbourhood last year. Sip on a flight of signature brews like the punchy Lost Lake IPA or the robust Black Tusk Ale. If beer isn’t your thing, the brewery also offers Okanagan-made Lonetree Cider on tap.

Must-try beer: Winter Dunkel, a seasonal dark beer made with chocolate malt and infused with coriander and orange zest.



Breakfast and lunch: Stonesedge Kitchen

Pop into this eatery before 2 p.m. for the breakfast pizza with a puff pastry crust, cheese, tomato, spinach, egg yolk puree, fried basil and sweet potato puree. Pair with the restaurant’s signature Caesar garnished with olives, pepper jack cheese and bacon “straw.” For dinner, Stonesedge reinvents classics like the beef short ribs kicked up a notch with duck fat fried fingerlings, broccolini and wild mushrooms.

Must-try dish: The Breakky Burger with a beef pattie, hollandaise, barbecue sauce, tomato, spinach, pickles and cheddar on a brioche bun with potato hash.



Cocktails: The Mallard Lounge and Terrace at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler 

After a day spent on the slopes, warm up with a piping-hot cocktail and a seat near The Mallard Lounge fireplace. And, in true Fairmont style, the service in the lounge is welcoming and warm and the hot, boozy beverages are plenty. The cocktail list includes the “Mallard Glühwein,” a spin on mulled wine prepared with Mission Hill cabernet merlot and a secret house-made spiced syrup. Order it “caribou style,” which includes shot of whisky.

Must-try drink: Milk and Honey, made with steamed almond milk, honey from the hotel’s rooftop hives, Frangelico, Absolut Vanilia vodka and a cinnamon sugar rim.



Fine dining: Bearfoot Bistro

Spend an evening at this Whistler institution being wowed by executive chef Melissa Craig’s ever-changing daily and seasonal tasting menus, impeccable wine pairings by the restaurant’s talented sommeliers and pastry chef Dominic Fortin’s desserts. Ask nicely, and the server may lead you into the wine cellar below the dining room to peek at the restaurant’s extensive wine collection. After dinner, sip cocktails in the Champagne Lounge, home to the world’s coldest vodka tasting room.

Must-try dish: The West Coast Bouillabaisee from the three-course fall tasting menu, featuring clams, tomato, fennel, saffron crisps, rouille and poquillo pepper.



Small plates: Bar Oso

This popular spot impresses with its Spanish-inspired menu of small plates and a creative cocktail list. Sample dishes such as the Spanish anchovies and choose from six kinds of gin and tonic cocktails to sip on. The restaurant’s beautiful interior is just as noteworthy, with a sleek onyx bar beneath a toboggan-inspired, slatted oak ceiling.

Must-try dish: Wild scallop crudo featuring thinly sliced scallops, diced olives and capers, orange segments, fried potato chips and aioli.



[This story was originally published in January 2017 and has since been updated.]