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il Caminetto di Umberto Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.hotelvilladelia.com/restaurant_ilcaminetto.cfm
  • Email: caminett@telus.net
  • Phone: (604) 932-4442
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Daily: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Entertainment: Piano Player- Doc Fingers

Getting there

  • Parking: No
A word from il Caminetto di Umberto
Since it's 1981 debut, this restaurant remains King of the Mountain. Located in the heart of Whistler Village, Umberto Menghi's Il Caminetto expresses warmth and hospitality. Offering fine Tuscan cuisine at its very best accompanied by a large selection of international wines with the emphasis on Italian. Come for fun, relaxation, or romance to this cozy dining room, rich with colour and Italian charm. In the summer Il Caminetto's patio is the perfect place to "see and be seen" along Village Stroll. RESERVATIONS ON LINE FOR GROUPS UP TO 12 GUESTS ARE AVAILABLE. FOR LARGER GROUPS PLEASE CALL THE RESTAURANTContinued
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Diner Reviews
  • "We are glad we booked ahead. Very popular restaurant with warm and romantic decor. The service was fine, the food was good although salty. Pricing- high end. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "We LOVE Umberto's and this visit was not disappointing. My husband and I took our daughter and her boyfriend. We started with cocktails, then moved onto wine, apps and dinner. The caribou was fantastic, as was the beet and bufalla mozzarella."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "Our group of friends goes to Whistler annually, and many times we've eaten here or at the Trattoria di Umberto. While the scene at the Caminetto doesn't have the buzz of Araxi, we always have very good meals here, and we can hear each other. (The Tratt seems a little bit louder.) If you're a die-hard foodie this may not be the place for you; you won't find much in the way of experimentation nor way out-there delicacies. It's very good Italian food, though, and the service is also very good."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "What an amazing place to dine. I have come to this restaurant in the past and it only gets better. Umberto was sitting behind us and made the effort to say HI and check up on our table. What a class act. The service, food and wine is exceptional. Nice to know the price point on wine is not ridiculous and the suggestions made by our waiter was bang on. Great sense of humour. I would highly recommend this restaurant as it is truly special and consistent over the years. I may even make a point to book the cooking school in Italy after this experience. Thank You."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Osso bucco with saffron risotto should have been the star performer on the menu but sadly the risotto was cooked to the point of a mush, was drowned in butter and the saffron flavour was absent. The gremolata was skimpy and the usually complex flavour combination was ultimately disappointing."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Was very disappointed by the Lasagna. We were expecting Umberto's fine lasagna served at Il Giardino but was surprised that it was a different recipe. Service staff were very receptive to our respectful criticism and took the charge off the bill."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "We had eaten here in years past when we visited Whistler and at another Umbertos in Vancouver and had great memories but on this visit the quality of the food was just plain bad. A calamari salad had large slabs of meet which was tender but completely tasteless. My lasagne was inedible because the pasta was gummy. My husbands short ribs were plentiful but dry in a dish that should be very moist. Our waiter was good and immediately took the pasta off the bill. With Araxi, Rim Rock Cafe and the Red Door Bistro as competition, you would think Umberto 's would make more of an effort. There are so many excellent dining options at Whistler that no one should waste their money eating there."
    Dined on 4/1/2014
  • "Refined dining in relaxed atmosphere. Dietary restrictions met immediately. Wine list superb. Osso bucco to die for, halibut special was exquisite - melted in your mouth. Portions perfectly sized to leave room for simply delicious lemon tart. Service was extremely attentive - not intrusive."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "This was our best meal of the week. We all cleaned our plates. Wine was delicious. Server was superb."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "This restaurant is not a cheap option, but you do get what you pay for: excellent food, very good service, a great atmosphere, and overall an evening to remember."
    Dined on 3/23/2014
  • "Used to be my favourite restaurant in Whistler. Food not up to par. Will give it one more try before giving up on it."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "The table we were given, for three was not good enough. It was too small and placed right by the kitchen door. Waiters brushing passed my chair every few seconds. Actual collisions with my chair was about twelve. We had booked in advanced, another table was offered in the lounge, but that's not we came for. They just squeezed another table in with out any thought for their customers."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "You can count on a great dining experience. With wine and tip, it's difficult not to spend less than $100 which is par for the course. I prefer the lounge where you can listen to the piano player twinkling the ivories."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We were there to celebrate a birthday, food was great. Service a little slow but very good. Some of the best food to have in Whistler."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Although a little on the pricey side the food was exquisite , service was great and a moderately quiet atmosphere."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "Six of us had dinner here on our last night at Whistler. March 6th, 7:00PM reservation. The food was excellent. The room was nice with good atmosphere. The server on the other hand was very full of himself and not attentive at all. Dirty dishes sat until we asked to have them removed. When the bill came (and it was pushing 1K) one of our group noticed an extra coffee on the bill. She politely mentioned it to the server who promptly pulled out a Toonie and said "this should cover it". We were shocked and offended. Time for HR to do some customer relation training."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "We had a delightful experience and highly recommend this restaurant! It's been over a week and we are still talking about our meal. We were initially seated at an uncomfortable table and we were graciously moved to a much more pleasant spot."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We went to Umberto's for dinner on our 30th Anniversary. Our first date for a drink had been at an Umberto's in Seattle that has been gone for many years. The waitstaff was friendly, helpful and very knowledgable. Service was excellent, the food was great. No had the Osso Bucco with saffron risotto which was perfect after a hard day skiing. My spouse had beef short ribs with polenta. Both were delicious. Great dinner on a special occasion."
    Dined on 3/3/2014
  • "We love our annual ski trip to Whistler and always make sure we visit il Caminetto di Umberto when we are in town. The food is great! Our party of 12 (3 families with kids) all thoroughly enjoyed our meals and evening. Not cheap, but so worth it. Our server, Doug, was awesome and helped to make our dining experience very fun and special."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Some places exist so that people can just throw money around to make them feel like they're living life to the fullest. Il Caminetto is such a place. Perhaps the rent forces the owners to inflate the prices. Whatever the reason, this place is a waste of time And money. The food is not bad but given the other options available to diners in whistler, I would simply recommend going elsewhere. Alta Bistro or Elements are better priced and tastier on all fronts. Leave over priced, puffy chested, fine dining Italian to those who don't care."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Ate here on Feb 15th. First off, it was by far our best meal in Whistler. When we arrived at 8pm we were promptly seated (although 3 of us at a small table for two). Our server was knowledgable & attentive. We shared the calamari salad appetizer & spaghetti carbonara & both were delicious. I had the caribou special which was so lean & deliciously prepared! My sisters had the ahi tuna & halibut which were large portions & both cooked to perfection. We ended with the lemon custard tart and tiramisu which were elegantly prepared (although certainly not worth $14.95 each. We shared a nice bottle of Italian wine (great list) and were never rushed which was nice for a crowded Friday in Whistler. Highly recommend when you are in town!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "It turned out to be a great place for introducing my out of town guests to Whistler dining out. It was a great success here and the service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "This is one of the finest reataurants anywhere. We've been going to Whistler for over thirty years to ski and have visited Il Caminetto every single time and have never been disappointed. Prices are on the high end, but the food quality and level of service completely justify it. Waiters are extraordinarily well trained, knowledgeable, good looking and very attentive without hovering. Over the years the menu has changed as, no doubt have the chefs, but has been consistently varied and immaginative. Take your wife, a date, a group of friends or your whole family (though it's a little pricey for kids who'd rather be earing hot dogs). Every visit to Umberto's feels like a special occasion and you will want to return as often as we have."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Great food, an excellent choice for a nice meal in Whistler. The wine department could use some work. While the wine list is impressive, the execution is a bit off. First, the sommelier that was working when we were there is a strange person. If you are not a Whistler local he is not interested in any small talk with you. He was more interested in spending time chatting with his friends at other tables than actually providing any sort of service. Secondly, he came and poured a relatively expensive bottle without presenting the bottle or allowing anyone to taste. Once the bottle was fully poured and sitting empty on the table did we notice that the vintage was the wrong year than what we ordered."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were there on Valentine's day as 2 couples. This allowed us to try different things, including rabbit, deer, Atlantic char (available only 2 months out of the year), and foie gras. They were all wonderful, but portions could be larger. We did get full, though. The mussels were also amazingly plump and juicy! We selected a $40 wine which satisfied us all."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were lucky to be here mid week during the winter as it wasn't particularly busy. The service was attentive and friendly. The food was excellent. We shared a salad, which was very crash (and plenty for 2). My husband had the carbonara which is a favorite of his. I had the pasta with shellfish and cherry tomatoes from their seasonal menu, which may well have been the best seafood pasta dish I've ever had! Unfortunately, no room for dessert. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "The food was outstanding, the service was outstanding, but we were seated in the bar and for at least the first half of our meal, we had to practically yell across the table to talk due to the noise level. I made reservations over a month in advance and expected better."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We went to Umberto's with friends and once again we were not disappointed :) We had a very attentive waiter who was very knowledgable about the menu and wine list. I had the Risoto which was delicious and the other pasta dishes were also great. The lobster bisque was amazing and everyone had a great time and excellent meal. I have never had a poor dining experience at this restaurant. It's a bit pricier than other restaurants but the service and food is well worth it :)"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "One of the best restaurants anywhere for quality of atmosphere and ambiance. Food and service always exceptional"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "We would definitely return and try to il Caminetto every year. Although there are two Umberto restaurants in Whistler, il Caminetto is our favourite. It has an extensive wine offering and a great Italian menu with many options. The osso bucco with saffron risotto was amazing. Four of us shared two orders of this and the kitchen kindly plated individual servings. Everyone agreed it was delicious. The salad of buffala mozarella over sliced beets...delicious! One of our guests commented that the Tirimisu dessert was best ever. The service is usually very good. Staff were attentive upon arrival, but our server became a little overwhelmed upon the arrival of several large parties. It is still an excellent restaurant and we will be back."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Delicious! The tendered calamari salad melted in our mouths. Entrees of sablefish and cannelloni were perfectly prepared and presented, as were the desserts. Great food and attentive service in a beautiful room."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "I had made a special dietary request and the team took such care to provide me just as an exciting and delectable meal as my fellow diners."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "Very good food and service. One of the best restaurants in Whislter."
    Dined on 1/9/2014
  • "In a town with a healthy dozen top of the line restaurants, it is wonderful to know that the three top ones still today were among the first to open here. You really have not dined in Whistler if you have not had a long slow meal at Umberto's. Exceptional menu, exceptional chefs, service and ambience. We were also pleased that here there is a wine list that is not crazy price wise."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our meal here. Their wine list is great! The food was top notched! The only thing that kept our experience at good and not outstanding was the attitude of the server and the manager. We dine out a lot and the best way to describe the service was lacking humility. We would probably give it another try because the food was so good. I would definitely sit with another server."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "On the pricey side, but always a memorable experience. Good wine list and excellent menu. Service is good, although a little slow on the busy night we were there...but then again, we were on vacation and weren't in a hurry!"
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Food was excellent -- the quail risotto is the best anywhere! Service was not as good this time around though. Pinot Noir was served in Cabernet glasses despite the restaurant having the correct glasses (waiter told us they were all in use elsewhere!) Also, we were 5 and 2 main courses came out several minutes ahead of the other 3 -- not acceptable. However, it was still a very wothwhile dining experience. We'll be back when we return Whistler."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "Good food' good service good value dinner - fish specials excellent - Arctic char filet and tiramisu both good!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Ok took 2 of more 4 kids with almost a $300 bill it better be good... My daughters ahi was perfect wife's salmon the same and the portion size onto spare ribs was huge and cooked perfectly Again expensive but worth every penny!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Every time we visit Whistler, we make reservations ahead of time for not to miss the opportunity of dining at il Caminetto. Service is always excellent, with waiters and waitresses waiting to The lever the most satisfying dining experience. The food is always prepared with fresh ingredients, with a great combination of subtle and bold flavors, that make your taste buds dance. We will keep on coming year after year. This year we had the osso bucco with saffron risotto, which was cooked to perfection."
    Dined on 1/1/2014