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Like the town itself, the dining scene in Whistler is hip, ever-changing, and not particularly cheap. Many small cafés dot the cobbled walkways of Whistler Village, and most bars have reasonably priced pub-fare menus.
For a caffeine fix, Moguls Coffee House (4204 Village Square, 604/932-4845, daily from 6:30 a.m.) is as good as any place—it’s popular with both locals and visitors, and the outdoor seating catches the morning sun.
The rustic decor and great Canadian food at Garibaldi Lift Co. Bar & Grill (604/905-2220, open daily for lunch and dinner, $12–26) at the base of the Whistler Village gondola makes it a popular après-ski hangout, and by around 8 p.m. everyone’s back for dinner. For western-style atmosphere with mountain views, head to the Longhorn Saloon and Grill (4290 Mountain Square, 604/932-5999, daily 11 a.m.–11 p.m., $11–31) and share a platter of finger food or order your own cut of prime Alberta beef complete with trimmings for $21–31.
Citta’ Bistro (4217 Village Stroll, Whistler Village, 604/932-4177, daily 11 a.m.–1 a.m., $15–26) has been around since Whistler first became a hip destination—and it’s as popular today as it ever was. If it’s a warm evening, try for a table on the patio and order a gourmet pizza for one to go with a locally brewed beer.
At Hy’s (Delta Whistler Village Suites, 4308 Main St., 604/905-5555, daily 5–10 p.m., $25–49), you don’t need to ask if the steak is good. Everything on offer is top-notch AAA Alberta beef, including a signature, not-for-the-faint-hearted porterhouse. The scene is upscale, with elegant tables set within rich-colored wood walls.
For great Greek food at reasonable prices, Zeuski’s Taverna (4314 Main St., Town Plaza, Village North, 604/932-6009, daily for lunch and dinner, $15–24) is an excellent choice for souvlaki cooked on the barbecue.
Restaurant entrepreneur Umberto Menghi operates numerous eateries in Vancouver and two restaurants in Whistler Village. Both are reasonably priced with menus influenced by the cuisine of Tuscany. Check out Il Caminetto (4242 Village Stroll, 604/932-4442, daily from 5 p.m., $18–35) and Trattoria (4417 Sundial Place, 604/932-5858, daily from 5 p.m., $15–31). The former, named for a fireplace that has been replaced by more tables, has a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a long menu of pastas. The latter is less expensive, has a more traditional Tuscan setting and attracts a casual crowd.
After starring in Chef Ramsey’s Hell’s Kitchen during 2009, things have returned to normal at Araxi (4222 Village Square, Whistler Village, 604/932-4540, daily 5–11 p.m., $27.50–36.50), which consistently wins awards for its traditional Italian menu. Much of the produce is sourced from the Lower Mainland, while the restaurant also boasts an extensive wine list.
© Andrew Hempstead, from Moon Western Canada, 3rd Edition