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Alta Bistro
Alta Bistro

Alta Bistro Details

  • 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, Cocktails, 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 (604) 932-2582

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Nice place to have dinner during vacation. Would come back here, good value for money"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/2/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/24/2012
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 11/23/2012
  • "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!"
    Dined on 11/21/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 11/3/2012
  • "still a winning combo - excellent food and reasonable price for quality and presentation! chef never disappoints in creating seasonal creative tasty dishes!"
    Dined on 10/20/2012
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 10/13/2012
  • "Outstanding food and service. Can't wait to go back."
    Dined on 10/1/2012
  • "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 $19 menu and my 3rd Course was the Pan Fried Lois Lake Steelhead Filet. The fish was panfried, nice and crispy outside and tender inside. I loved the combination of different textures of the dish, fish, beans and the broth. It was surprisingly delicious. My husband had the Beef Short Rib and he said it was very good also. The waiter was very attentive and recommended the Semifreddo for dessert. It was amazing and I'm still thinking about it after two days. Well done!"
    Dined on 9/29/2012
  • "great 3 course for"19$" 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."
    Dined on 9/28/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/26/2012
  • "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!!!"
    Dined on 9/23/2012
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 9/22/2012
  • "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..."
    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."
    Dined on 9/15/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/8/2012
  • "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."
    Dined on 9/1/2012
  • "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"!"
    Dined on 8/27/2012
  • "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)."
    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."
    Dined on 8/26/2012
  • "Wine, food, ambiance & staff were all suberb. Wonderful meal - will certainly be back."
    Dined on 8/25/2012
  • "dined during visit to Whistler and had a terrific meal and experience. A pleasant and pleasing find, especially compared to other restaurants in Whistler. Thoughtful and balanced (variety and price points) wine list with extremely knowledgeable and easy to talk with wine buyer/director. Small and very comfortable setting and professional yet casual service staff. Kitchen delivered yummy and great looking plates. Given size of restaurant suggest reservations."
    Dined on 8/23/2012
  • "This is a real gem in Whistler. Great food, great setting and the service was outstanding."
    Dined on 8/21/2012
  • "Small and cozy restaurant with a great vibe. The food was outstanding and we will be returning."
    Dined on 8/18/2012
  • "The food ( duck & short ribs) were great but it was the service that was amazing & noteworthy. would go again for sure & recommend to friends. great job!!!"
    Dined on 8/18/2012
  • "We really enjoyed the concept of a fixed price dinner with three savoury courses. It gave us lots of choices and the opportunity to try some dishes we would not normally find such as pickled tongue. The food was very good. We had the charcuterie, ceviche, pickled tongue, the elk and duck parfait, the short ribs and the duck breast. My only niggle was that the ribs were a little drier than I would have liked, but the bread pudding that came with the ribs was a standout. The parfait was incredible. The service was good. We had a great dining experience."
    Dined on 8/16/2012
  • "We each chose the 3 course dinner for $29 and found it to be hit and miss. We enjoyed the soup, ceviche & tomato salad but found the mains (duck and salmon) to be overly contrived with too many competing flavours. Those of us on the patio were not attended to promptly; the wait staff seemed distracted or perhaps just overly busy with the tables inside."
    Dined on 8/15/2012
  • "Outstanding service and food. Best we experienced while in Whistler."
    Dined on 8/9/2012
  • "Fantastic food presintation and tast. Plus great service."
    Dined on 8/9/2012
  • "This is one of my favourite restaurants in Whistler. Really good value and a very creative menu. Thanks for another outstanding meal!"
    Dined on 8/9/2012
  • "This was the very best restaurant that we tried in Whistler - fantastically original menu, fabulous food, attentive, friendly and accomodating service and reasobaly priced. Its a must, must try. Note:The restaurant is somewhat samall so make you you reserve early so as not to be disappointed."
    Dined on 8/5/2012
  • "Wonderful place. Great food, amazing price. We will be back. This was one of the best meals we have had in the last year combined with the great prix fixe we couldn't stay away. I would be willing to pay at least 50% more than they are charging. So glad we discovered it."
    Dined on 8/5/2012
  • "We're frequent visitors to Whistler and have tried most of the fine dining restaurants. This was our first time at Alta Bistro. They have a set prix-fix menu but you can always add more food if you like to try more variety - that's what we did. Every bite was absolutely delicious, portions were perfect size. They use their own herbs, preserves, marinades and you can tell the difference. The only reason we're giving a 'fair' for the ambiance, the door was left open so there were too many little bugs flying around and we even had a visit from a very large mosquito who bit my husband on the arm (ouch!). We were sitting by the herb bottles and were not pleased to see some tiny ants crawling around on the wood frame - gave me the creeps!"
    Dined on 8/3/2012
  • "Excellent food, magnificent presentation of dishes. We all loved everything we had, although I think 2.5 hours for a three course meal is a little too long. Definitely will be back for more of the incredible dishes and super mojitos!"
    Dined on 7/26/2012
  • "We arrived at 6:30pm (a party of 4) on a Saturday evening & didn't get finished until 8:25 pm. The service was painfully slow. While the food was very good & the servers friendly, the kitchen was understaffed. We may go back but never on a busy night & have mentioned this to some of our friends.."
    Dined on 7/21/2012