Alta Bistro
Alta Bistro

Alta Bistro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.altabistro.com/
  • Phone: (604) 932-2582
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Northwest
  • Executive Chef: Nicholas Cassettari
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: A small bistro dining experience in the heart of Whistler Village. French influenced cuisine using the best of British Columbia's bounty from local waters and valleys. A focused, international wine list & hand crafted cocktails combined with effortless, casual service make a visit a must.
  • Private Party Contact: Eric Griffith 6049322582x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Northlands Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Street Parking on Main Street. Underground parking under Whistler Public Library.
A word from Alta Bistro
Locally inspired modern French cuisine set in a casual bistro atmosphere. Chef Nick Cassettari combines his classic training, top tier experience, and world travels with the best of British Columbia's bounty to create the fine flavours at Alta Bistro. Service is casual and prompt in the dining room and bar. The award winning wine list is French focused, with top local and international selections. Voted 2014 Whistler's Best Bartender creates exciting handcrafted cocktails. The cozy bistro atmosphere is lively and welcoming. Reservations are a must.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Alta Bistro reviews from OpenTable diners
34 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
95% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (29)notable wine list (18)special occasion (16)romantic (13)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (6)great for outdoor dining (3)hot spot (3)late-night find (3)vibrant bar scene (2)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Fresh, local, tasty, off the beaten track
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had a fantastic dinner and night out at Alta Bistro. The restaurant and menu are small, but service and food preparation was impeccable. There was an extensive wine list as well. The menu is small, but all the menu items are exceptionally well prepared and tasty. I really have nothing bad to say about this restaurant. It will definitely be a favourite for us in the future!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Alta special
    adross01
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    This is a great little Whistler spot. Really excellent food in very nice surroundings. Main courses and desserts were standouts
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • One of our favorites in Whistler!
    VancouverFoodie
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We spent a week in Whistler at the beginning of July, and the Alto Bistro is the only restaurant we went to that we liked so much we ate there twice that week! The food and service both excellent! We were recently back in Whistler for another 4 nights and eating there again was "a must" and did not disappoint! Again, food and service were excellent! We both have food allergies, and they did a great job taking care of us. Eat here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great food, friendly staff
    kpryz
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Well trained, friendly server guided our dining experience and added her charming personality to the enjoyment of the evening. Food was beautifully presented and delicious. Prices high but so was quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Surprisingly Good
    Reviewer
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Honestly, I thought the dining experience would be sub-par when I walked into the restaurant. Firstly, it was a weekend evening, and there was no one else dining there. Secondly, even though we were the only diners, it took a while for our server to come back to write down our orders. Those things aside, everything was fantastic. I had the red snapper and the cheese board. The fish was cooked absolutely perfectly and its accompaniments worked very well together even though it looked like a weird combination at first. The cheese selection was superb. The wine was great. So so pleasantly surprised with this place. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious!
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We had dinner using a Travelzoo deal. The dinner was delicious and the presentation was very nice as well. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic experience!
    Zowie3207
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Love the wine and cocktail lists. Good was great. Thank you....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and beautifully presented
    lovedtoeat
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Although I have no complaints regarding our meals which were absolutely delicious, I would have liked to see a few more items on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner review
    28th
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Very attentive staff including the owner Eric. Server Erin was excellent. Pork belly apply was outstanding. Angus beef was excellent, but could have been larger portion. Erin made up for it with complimentary potatoes. He was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best din in Whistler
    Alski
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    A great find and very low-key. Just like I like it! As a certified Sommelier, when I'm out for a fine dining experience, I'm looking for a great food and wine pairing. This place delivered. I ordered a dish of Pork Tenderloin- excellent in presentation, preparation and taste. But it was several mouth-watering bites before I found the delicately strewn cashews within the chutney underneath. That was it- the orgasmic food experience that made my evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • $35.
    Paul
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Charging corkage of $35 is nonsense. It is clearly designed to discourage patrons from bringing their own wine, which in our case will also discourage us from frequenting Alta Bistro. Altogether, the value is no longer there. The food is still very good: imaginative and tasty. But pricey, given the surroundings. Too bad. It used to be the best in Whistler.
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  • Amazing Find!
    sweetbelle
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Picked up a deal on Travel zoo.. what an amazing find.. had an amazing dinner with an even better dessert to finish up this lovely experience. Great flavours and for someone who has never ventured much with food, I was very impressed!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Repeat diner
    sundawnjoyVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Of my last 4 trips to Whistler, I have dined here 3 times. High quality food, locally sourced ingredients. Contemporary creations are not always what you expect, but always a pleasant surprise. One of best lamb dishes we've ever had. Desserts are fantastic as well. Must try their drink creations, even the non-alcoholic ones. I never knew douglas fir and bourbon would pair so well!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Feline
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Service was very bad. Bij alle andere tafels werd uitgebreid alle gerechten uitgelegd, bij ons werd t maar neergezet en eet maar op... Niet vriendelijk, werd niet naar ons omgekeken ook niet toen we weggingen.
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  • they gave our table away!
    JKWM
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We booked this restaurant through opentable a day in advance to celebrate my husband's birthday. Upon arriving, we were informed that a "large group from Crankworx" had arrived, and they had given our table away to them. We were hungry after a long day, so stayed to eat at the bar, but the whole experience left a bad taste in our mouth. In the meantime, other couples came, and had their reservations honoured, so we're not sure why we were singled out for the cancellation. We do come to Whistler quite regularly, and had a bad experience at Alta bistro previously, but had decided to go back based on all the good reviews they get. It's a shame, because the food was much improved since our last visit, a few years ago.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Nice place to have dinner during vacation. Would come back here, good value for money
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 18 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 196 reviews are from the Alta Bistro reviews archive.
  • Sublime Alta Bistro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 1/2/2013
    Our dinner at Alta Bistro was sublime. We have eaten at all of top restaurants in Whistler many times; this is by far the best of them, and the food even stacks up favorably against some of the top-rated restaurants we have visited around the world. The location is not so romantic as some, but the interior is charming, warm and current. Wait staff are sophisticated; service was perfect. That the menu is so incomprehensibly affordable (we paid $39.00 for three courses) is the ganache on the gateau. Run, don't walk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best part of our meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/24/2012
    The best part of our meal was the 2 cocktails from the cocktail list- delicious. Other than that, I was really disappointed and underwhelmed by the food. I have had far superior "French" food for less money and including a bottle of wine. My friend and I only had 2 cocktails and a glass of wine each with dinner. For a cost of $150+, I would expect more. I also personally found the menu uninspired- the goat cheese "mousse" left me wanting the actual cheese and I found the 3-course menu with options that were +9$ sort of tacky (particularly for what you got- which I did). I should have known better in Whistler- I should have gone to the Rim Rock. It is unfortunate as the decor and vibe of AB is really charming. But I won't go back.
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  • Outstanding! My fifth time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    Outstanding! My fifth time to this restaurant, and it continues to delight me! I took my two sisters for a special occasion, and they both loved it as well. possibly the BEST DESSERTS of my LIFE (and I have had lots of desserts!). Cannot remember the name of the two desserts..both recommended by the waitress, everything she recommended was perfect. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An experience in flavors and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/23/2012
    An experience in flavors and unique combinations! Check menu for current prices as they do change. Not a great place to take 20 year old boys who go for quantity and not quality.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Alta Bistro continues to impress.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/21/2012
    Alta Bistro continues to impress us with it's 'local' based menu, showcasing fare from the sea to sky corridor. Great job guys & continued success!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very nice restaurant. The
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 11/3/2012
    Very nice restaurant. The service was excellent. Plenty of staff all willing to help you out at any time. The cocktail list is excellent and the bartender was very good. This restaurant could improve their beer selection. Only Whistler brand beer on tap and few bottled beer selection. Overall, a very nice experience.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • still a winning combo - excellent
    local2
    Dined on 10/20/2012
    still a winning combo - excellent food and reasonable price for quality and presentation! chef never disappoints in creating seasonal creative tasty dishes!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • I have lived in Whistler for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    I have lived in Whistler for 17 years and this is by far my favourite restaurant. Not only the food is spectacular, very creative with outstanding presentation, the prices are very reasonable. The owners and staff are so welcoming and are always up to something new to offer they regular clientele. A must stop for all out-of-town foodies.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Had heard about this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/13/2012
    Had heard about this restaurant from a few different people in Vancouver. Drove up for the day and decided to make Alta the dinner destination. Did not disappoint! Great selection of local food and outstanding service. One of my new favourite restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding food and service.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/1/2012
    Outstanding food and service. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Surprisingly Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/29/2012
    My husband and I have been going to Whistler for our anniversary for a few years now. I actually wanted to return to the restaurant we went to last time, but it was closed. So after searching on the internet I've decided to give this one a try. We chose from the $19 menu and my 3rd Course was the Pan Fried Lois Lake Steelhead Filet. The fish was panfried, nice and crispy outside and tender inside. I loved the combination of different textures of the dish, fish, beans and the broth. It was surprisingly delicious. My husband had the Beef Short Rib and he said it was very good also. The waiter was very attentive and recommended the Semifreddo for dessert. It was amazing and I'm still thinking about it after two days. Well done!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • make add ons worth it:)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/28/2012
    great 3 course for"19$" i paid 7+ for the charcuterie which was great with veal tongue, and nice cured meats, was very excited about the confit octopus, (+7) but noticed the main pig steak(roast haM) was most of the dish , a kitchens cheap way of filler . there was not too much octupus but if it were not an add on would have made sense.. the main i had was scallop( 1) w prawn(2) and a nice pave and puree .It was delicious !! but very small.again it would have made sense without the extra add on price(+12). our $50 bottle of wine was more worth the price paid but i will go back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We were disappointed that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/26/2012
    We were disappointed that half of the items on the prix fixe menu required additional fees above and beyond the advertized $19 charge. Portions (particularly for the pricier items) were notably small. None of the food was bad, the place was clean, and the staff was attentive so the experience wasn't bad, just not the "fine dining" were expecting.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Gem of a Restaurant!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/23/2012
    Exquisite food artfully presented. We chose from the options priced at $19.99 for a three course meal. That was followed by a shared dessert. Great taste sensations with extremely friendly and timely service. Thanks to this website we found a true gem in Whistler!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My wife and i went there because
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    My wife and i went there because she had already gone there before. We had a reservation and thank god we did because it was quite packed and still had to wait. We had the 3 course menu and every single dish was extremely fine and good. This is real European portions. I was still full since there were 3 courses. You can always have dessert if you are still hungry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very creative and well thought-out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/22/2012
    Very creative and well thought-out food! Always a pleasant experience as the staff are attentive and friendly, but still professional.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Don't miss out on Alta Bistro!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    You will not be disappointed with your meal at Alta Bistro. The food and wine pairing recommendations were sublime - as well as the presentation of each course. And Scott, the "cocktail technician", is a true magician with his drink mixing. My mouth is still watering...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My only issue with this Bistro
    Foodmonkey
    Dined on 9/15/2012
    My only issue with this Bistro was the pricing which was very high for what they were offering. There hidden prices, for instance they offered a bread basket and then charged for it, yet presented themselves as fine dining - which is untypical seeing as how expensive the courses were.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Grand Fondo topping...
    HersheyVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2012
    After a epic bike ride from Vancouver to Whistler, Grand Fondo, this place was the icing on the medal.. Eric, waiter, was excellent, great knowledge on wine pairing with our 3 courses. Whistler, gem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • This Bistro was recommended
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/1/2012
    This Bistro was recommended by 2 people within 2 days so we thought we would check it out while in Whistler. Our reservation was for 8:30 on a Saturday night. They were late taking us by a few minutes so offered us a sparkling wine when we sat down to compensate. (nice touch) The price fixed 3 course menu had lots of selection considering the size of the kitchen. We liked the pace of courses giving us time to enjoy each others company without feeling rushed. The food choice varied from the "usual" to the exotic. The choices made us stretch ourselves to more then adventurous and we were glad we did. The salad was spectacular as were the short ribs and duck. Fabulous evening! The servers were engaged and very active in conversing.
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  • You had me at powdered duck fat!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2012
    Amazing!!! We had heard it was the best restaurant in Whistler and it did not disappoint. The service, menu and beverages were outstanding. And truly, you had me at "Powdered Duck Fat"!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gourmet treat for the foodie
    Alski
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    Gourmet treat for the foodie in you. The 3-course menu I ordered from was well thought-out and executed perfectly. Fantastic! A home run for the chef(s).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Local produce
    SoulFriend
    Dined on 8/26/2012
    All in all it was a good dining experience, the food outshone the service. Good wine list with local BC wines as well as an International selection.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wine, food, ambiance & staff
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2012
    Wine, food, ambiance & staff were all suberb. Wonderful meal - will certainly be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic