Araxi
Araxi

Araxi

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.araxi.com/
  • Phone: 6049324540x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Restaurant 5pm - 11pm

    Raw Bar 5pm - midnight

    Bar 3pm - midnight

    Sunday Brunch 10am - 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Canadian
  • Executive Chef: James Walt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wine
  • Special Events: The Araxi Cookbook $45



    Chef James Walt features seasonality in this exquisite award winning cookbook from one of the finest restaurants in Canada.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Whistler Village Square
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available under Blackcomb Lodge or in the Whistler Blackcomb day lots.
A word from Araxi
The culinary cornerstone in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi enjoys a long-held international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality.



Executive Chef James Walt celebrates carefully sourced local ingredients from nearby Pemberton Valley farms, where he collaborates frequently with local growers. His seasonally rotating menus also feature the freshest seafood catches direct from the Pacific Ocean.



The dining room resonates with lively ambiance enhanced with fresh flowers and original works of art. The adjoining Bar is the mountain’s popular gathering place for locals and visitors, and in the summer season the patio is the nexus of Whistler’s village life, wrapped by stunning mountain vistas.



PLEASE NOTE THAT ONLINE RESERVATIONS ARE CURRENTLY AVAILABLE FOR PARTIES UP TO 12 GUESTS. PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANT TO INQUIRE ABOUT LARGER PARTIES
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCanadian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Araxi reviews from OpenTable diners
179 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (123)fit for foodies (113)notable wine list (93)romantic (84)good for groups (44)hot spot (43)great for outdoor dining (41)neighborhood gem (31)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (14)kid-friendly (14)great for lunch (14)great for brunch (12)scenic view (5)Show More
  • Very busy feel, great food.
    Kenn
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    We loved the food, but the very busy and loud energy made it feel very mainstream and charmless. Also the server could care less about us. He would quickly answer questions a few times while backing away and not even checking for a response. He was a very nice quy and had a nice smile but we were clearly almost a bother to him. A top restaurant needs to adjust such behavior. It really affected our impression, and my willingness to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too many people jammed in!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Would've been awesome if I couldn't touch the person beside us. I couldn't get out to even use the washroom. Way over sat IMO! We were out for a nice date night and got sat with kids right beside us. Other than that it would've been a great night. Paid $$250 for a meal to get stuffed in and sat with kids kind of sucks. We'd definitely be back if it weren't for that. Been several times before and for wine events but never jammed in there like that. So that for us ruined the ambiance. Food was excellent as usual, better than Barefoot except the crowding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slow service
    Cook
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I was very excited to eat here due to their media attention from their cookbook release and Gordon Ramsay comments. However, it was disappointing even though it know it's just lunch. Maybe dinner is better. The crispy halibut tacos had a very bland piece of halibut, which led me to question whether their cooks know what they're doing. Their steamed buns with duck confit had buns that were like they've been frozen before. Their chicken salad and beet salad was great tho. The service was the worse part. It took them about half an hour to clear our table after we finish our starter. And another 15 mins to set our table and another 10 to receive our mains. I think the reason is that they prioritize older customers and didn't take us seriously.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fine Dining at its best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Araxi is a must try restaurant when you're visiting Whistler. The service at the restaurant was also great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great locale, lunch exceptional,
    billyboy
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We had a wonderful lunch and two weeks later returned for dinner. the dinner was disappointing, appetiser arrived lacking at least two major ingredients, the dish was not replaced, a small dish contianing the missing items was brought to the table and placed beside the appetiser. I had expected that a reatuarant of this quality would have removed the dish to the kitchen to make the necessary changes. To be fair the cost of the appetiser was deducted form the bill. The wine list is vast and diners need to come with very deep pockets to sample it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    AX261
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    The flavours were truly amazing a blend of all things wonderful. Between the toro sashimi and rabbit our pallets were satisfied. The only issue we found was the description( large plate) and portion size did not match with what we expected. It was an awesome presentation and great flavour. Overall, the service and food were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Starters
    MrExcessive
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Araxi is very expensive. I am happy to pay good money for outstanding food, but I think that Araxi is pushing it for the quality that they provide. They have a $70 bone-in ribeye on the menu. I would FAR rather go to Gotham in Vancouver for a $50 bone-in ribeye made in an actual steakhouse. I did enjoy Araxi though. They have a decent selection of fresh oysters that were prepared fairly well (although not as well as somewhere like Oyster Express in Vancouver) and their appetizers are delicious. I thought that the appetizers were much more delicious than the mains. The service was impeccable at Araxi. Our server was the perfect level of friendly. He wasn't fake and wasn't worried about us buying drinks. Araxi is worth trying out.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We love this restaurant. It is the one restaurant we always visit every time we are in Whistler. Everything about it is great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not cool
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The food and bar Staff was great are waiter was the wurst i have ever had its sad when you finish you dinner and your server brings your glass of wine .The server seemed to be to busy in kitchen as he used as a eq not cool the food and bar Staff were #1 .
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food, shocking sommelier
    Aficionado
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We recently had another fine meal at Araxi. The food was outstanding - oysters, beet salad, ribeye. One extremely disappointing part of the evening was the sommelier. We brought a bottle of 96 Lafite and asked for the bottle to be decanted. The "sommelier" appeared and took the bottle away. Ten minutes later she returned with the emptied bottle and a decanter full of the wine announcing to the table that the wine was corked. When asked if she had tasted the wine , the reply "No - I can tell by the smell". We asked to see the cork which she had failed to present. The cork was perfect as was the wine when tasted. The sommelier never returned for the duration of the evening. Embarrassing effort by a clearly unqualified person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Foodie
    ckaoyagi
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We found that the appetizers and small plates were the highlight, where the main courses (3 out of 4) were very disappointing. The Venison loin, in particular was the lowest note, though not overcooked, it was so dry, it was almost inedible. On the other hand, my friends ordered the salmon and I'm not sure if I've ever tasted a better salmon in my life. I think at a restaurant of this caliper, consistency and reliability is paramount. It was a splurge/special occasion and to not have all of the entrees come out superbly was a big buzz kill given the price point. We still had fun, but would have really loved it if the food met up with the hype.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A most enjoyable meat
    FineDiningGuy
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great service and taste food. We will be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good night out
    Nightout
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Food was well thought out and nicely presented. Sashimi was the freshest I have ever tasted. Simply divine. Both our meat dishes were slightly over done but 'close'. Portions should be a little larger. Neither one of us eats a lot and we were still hungry after appy and main. Stellar wine list and good recommendations. Desserts were excellent as was the coffee.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • afan
    afanVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    no interest to the customer's concern, from greeter to server, menu uninspirational, dry and boring, reputation precedes the actual dining experience, leave a bad taste in one's mouth,
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    danafoodie41
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We were in British Columbia visiting Whistler and very excited to try this restaurant as we watch Mr. Ramsey on tv. Our waiter was wonderful and helpful and the food was amazing! Our dinner took quite a bit longer than we had hoped (a good 40 minutes) but the manager brought us a dessert sampler on the house and was very apologetic. All in all this was a great dining experience and we would definitely good back. Try to oysters 5 ways for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gypsy
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    They gave us a special dessert plate for our anniversary and a special window table so that was excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable Excellence
    PickyPerhaps
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always enjoyable and tasty experience. The service, food and menu never disappoints. When in Whistler, this is a great dining opportunity.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went there to celebrate a friends bday, our server Alex was very attentive to our needs. The food was excellent, my beef sirloin was done to perfection. It was a pleasant surprise when our dessert came,and around the plate was a scribble out of melted chocolate "Happy Birthday" with a candle. My friends who were celebrating their birthdays were very happy. I'll be back there again
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious, good service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Great choice of food. Oysters were superb. We were four people, all different dishes and three courses, all excellent. Service was very attentive and good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing dining experience
    sholl63
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    We ate here as a special treat on our visit to Whistler and loved it. We enjoy food that is fresh and local and Araxi delivers. We have a few food allergies and the staff went out of their way to be accommodating. The setting is beautiful and the decor classy but not stuffy. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful dinner
    WeaveVT
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Our first time to Whistler and we weren't disappointed. Our waitress was terrific.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Celebrate at Araxi
    foodieat60
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Best place to celebrate ('twas my 60th birthday) any special occasion. Relaxed yet fine dining experience. We had the five ways oysters and New York steak. The server was very knowledgeable and attentive to our needs accommodating my picky requests (gluten-free bread was fresh from the oven!). I also exchanged my fries with more veges and that was ok with them. Dessert was the vanilla ice cream covered in chocolate and the marinated cherries over it was simply amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant in Whistler!
    ddm2112
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Araxi was amazing, everything I tasted was sensational. From oysters to steak, it was all fantastic. I would highly recommend the beef cheeks, and the chocolate fondant was on the best chocolate desserts I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great experience
    exvancouverite
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    It was a wonderful and friendly experience. The food was great and refined. The deserts was to die for. It was just a little noisy when there is quite a lot of people. Otherwise a wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Impressed.
    NotImpressed
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Only thing that was good about Araxi was the food. Service was not good at all. They were paying no attention to our needs but the tables beside us were getting all the attention. My opinion on it was they figured they were going to get a better tip because the people beside us were older than we were and they were going to tip better. Never judge a book by its cover. Also the table beside us were so loud we couldn't even hold a conversation. Wasn't a very enjoyable anniversary dinner. Also we noticed the evening manager made his rounds to talk to all the tables but ours. We wouldn't recommend this restaurant to nobody. The Sidecut restaurant we went to the night before blew Araxi out of the water.
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  • johnVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    wonderful food, nice ambience. highly recommended. !!!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Spot in Whistler Village
    MrMrsW50
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We dined at Araxi whilst in Whistler last year and enjoyed it, so returned on this year's visit. The location, right in the heart of the village is very convenient and on a nice evening the outside tables are a great place to sit and watch the world go by. Inside has a warm atmosphere too, if the weather is not up to it. Food and beverage choice is extensive and there's a decent kids' menu if you need it. Our only negative on this occasion was that the service seemed rather slow, even though the staff levels (front of house at least) were reasonable. We'd been there about an hour by the time our mains turned up, although we enjoyed them when they did.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding venue
    Whistlergem
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    A dining delight with service that exudes pride and competence. Gorgeous room with soft and warm colors and lighting
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great but pricey
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Not surprising since it is whistler. Food was great and our server was very good as well but I have had better for less money.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bob1fromPennsylvania
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My wife and I go to Araxi every time we visit Whistler. It is one of the best restaurants in the world as far as we are concerned. We also tell everybody we know who is thinking of a reason to go to Whistler to go for Araxi if nothing else. There is obviously plaenty to see and do in Whistler all year long but dining at Araxi ranks at the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious meal!
    HBGalVIP
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We enjoyed a wonderful meal on the patio. Our server, Stuart, was efficient and helpful. Our entrees were delicious, and the dessert was stunning. Very nice presentation and combinations of flavors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food for special occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great tasting food and presentation. Attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Pricey but exceptional. Oysters are some of the best I've had. Our two entrees were wonderful. Great wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    AudraVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I loved this place, the food and service are outstanding. Our server, very handsome outdoorsy young Frenchman (can't remember his name) was the best. We just cannot say enough good things about this restaurant. We had a oyster sampler paired with champagne, steak and venison as well as dessert. Everything tasted so clean, fresh and wonderful. We didn't have the best table location and it didn't matter, that's how great everything was.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food even for vegetarians
    AAAA
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    My husband and I wanted a nice restaurant to go to for a special occasion. This restaurant showed up as having vegetarian options when I was doing an internet search for restaurants in Whistler. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they have a separate vegetarian menu which is not advertised on their web site. We were not disappointed by the food or service even when there was a slight mix up with our food which they dealt with quickly and efficiently and gave me a salad to tide me over.
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • "TOP RESTSURANT IN WHISTLER"
    ManoloVIP
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    We have enjoyed Araxi for many years & consider the food, service, wine, decor, etc outstanding! Chef James prepares delicious & fantastic dishes. A most place to dine when you go to Whistler.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing dining experience
    luvfoodVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We've been to Araxi several times before but this weekend was a particularly good experience. We sat outside at the bar and enjoyed oysters, caviar and two spectacular entrees. One of the best food experiences of the year for us.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional dining experience
    luvgoodfood
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    It was my boyfriend's Birthday - a weekend getaway to Whistler - and Araxi had been recommended. We stopped for a glass of wine the afternoon before, mentioned we had reservations for dinner the next night and were fortunate to have the same waiter both days. He not only remembered the wine we'd had the previous day but was able to guide us to a similar but different wine and consulted with the sommelier. The wine was excellent! We split a fabulous salad and ordered venison and beef cheeks (both new to us) and everything was beautifully presented and delicious! Our waiter was attentive and friendly and we had a memorable evening, complete with a Happy Birthday plate of 4 tiny treats. A delightful evening! We'll definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place
    dryumyum
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Great experience. Oysters were nice and small with a perfect sauce to accompany them. We had the Seafood Trio appetizer to start. Best scallop roll I've ever had and I eat a lot of rolls. The salmon was really refreshing and beautiful. I love Ahi and Albacore tuna but this dish felt like it was missing something and didn't taste that fresh. The steak tenderloin was perfectly cooked and the demi wasn't too rich. I had the scallop main course and they were perfectly cooked with carrots and summer peas. Beautiful colors on all the dishes we ordered. Too full for dessert. Really enjoyed our server Sam. Amazing table maintenance and really appreciated his recommendations. Music was way too quiet though. Will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Disappointment
    Little4alot
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Food was very good, service appeared pretentious and scripted, and the atmosphere was that of a library and bank lobby. Most restaurants provide meals to accommodate all budgets to spare some guests from any potential embarrassment. Araxi's attempt to accomplish this is to title the appetizer menu, 'Small Plates'. When my wife and I made our reservation nearly 12 months prior, we had no idea that we also needed to start an Araxi savings plan. They do provide a good narrative to soften the wine price shock, if that works for you.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate