Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.6
2699 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
The culinary cornerstone in the heart of Whistler Village, Araxi enjoys a long held international reputation for excellence in food, wine and hospitality.

As an early pioneer of farm to table dining, Executive Chef James Walt’s seasonally focused menus celebrate the excellence of locally sourced ingredients.
Walt’s innovative and skillfully executed dishes–from savoury starters through delicious desserts–deliver intelligent compositions and unforgettable flavours.

Centrally located in the main square of the village, Araxi boasts a contemporary dining room coloured in warm earth tones – and a sleek Oyster Bar that exudes the passion and craftsmanship that lie at the heart of the restaurant. The lively lounge, which features a year-round indoor/outdoor bar, is Whistler’s favourite gathering place for both locals and visitors alike.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Apres from 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Dinner from 5:00pm - Midnight
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Phone number
(604) 932-4540
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Quang Dang
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Catering
Araxi's cookbooks are available online at http://toptable.myshopify.com/pages/cookbooks

Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes

Following up on his James Beard-nominated first cookbook, Chef Walt and his culinary team have curated a collection of favourite recipes from Araxi Restaurant’s dining room and signature Araxi Longtable Dinners, adapted for delicious home cooking.

Araxi: Seasonal Recipes

Executive Chef James Walt features seasonality in this exquisite award winning cookbook from one of the finest restaurants in Canada.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Whistler Village Square
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Parking details
Parking is available under Blackcomb Lodge or in the Whistler Blackcomb day lots.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
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J
3.0Dined 5 days ago

The seafood tower is not very impressive but the duck breast is very good. Overall experience is not too bad

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G
5.0Dined 7 days ago

This is a wonderful, special restaurant with excellent service!!

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OT
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Fantastic service and food at Araxi. The server gave on spot recommendations and the wine list was amazing. Definitely worth the splurge!

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CM
5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Exquisite caviar and lobster to start, followed by lovely halibut and steak. Dessert was outstanding: artisan cheeses and the best herbal teas ever - honey vanilla and mango rooibos.

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EM
3.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Everything from the sea was fantastic but the steak was over priced and lacked flavor. The ambiance did not seem to reflect the farm-to-table concept of the food. The waitress was impeccable however did not seem familiar with the wine list. My cocktail was just bad; poorly balanced. The value is not there.

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KW
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

Lovely as always

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DB
5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Lovely restaurant Excellent service
Food was as expected delicious
Booking is essential

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d
5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

Attentive and knowledgeable server and sommelier. Food presentation was outstanding.

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FA
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Dinner was amazing , great customer service, would definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone .

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D
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Food was as great as I remember from 20 years ago!! Great taste and presentation!

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VH
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Loved this restaurant! Food was amazing, waiter was awesome!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

It was amazing!

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JV
4.0Dined on June 27, 2018

I really had a good time, it was nice, on time, well prepared, good service. But... there must be always a but. Margaritas were really spicy, personal should advice. Menu was fantastic.

Thanks for the job

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JB
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

We went two nights in a row. Our servers were fun and knowledgeable. The second night out sever from the night before stopped in to say hi and ask us about our day. We absolutely loved the food and the cocktails. Could not give this restaurant enough stars. Well done.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 26, 2018

The best food and amazing dining experience!

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OT
3.0Dined on June 26, 2018

I think we may have overestimated what we were going to experience. The Araxi website creates the impression that this is an elegant dining experience. "Jackets required" is definitely overstating it, considering the guy in the baseball cap at the next table and the shorts and T-shirts next to him. The menu was sparse, but the food was fine. The best part of the night was definitely the cocktail menu which is not only original but well-made. In short, it was fine but not the life-changing experience the website and various reviews suggested. There are better restaurants in Whistler.

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MC
4.0Dined on June 26, 2018

We thoroughly enjoyed dining at Araxi for everything from the service, the ambience and definitely the food. Our meals were delicious from appetizer to dessert and our waitress was very attentive. I would return again and recommend this venue for a nice dinner gathering.

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d
4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

Great food and service as always

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c
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great food and service. They have a kids menu which was a big bonus for my family. Had the special - Ling Cod with risotto. Risotto was nicely done and the skin on the cod was nice and crispy. Beef tartar was delicious and the oysters were so fresh. My husband had the steak and it was very juicy and tender. Corkage was decently priced at $38.. not bad for a fine dining restaurant. Great cocktails as well. The bartender made a very good old fashion.

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SR
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great food, service and atmosphere as always. Can’t go wrong when you want a fancy night out to feel extra special!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Wonderful restaurant. Everything was great!

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OT
2.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Slowest service ever. Food came too slow.

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L
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

We sat on the outdoor patio and the waiter, dark hair, beard, gold earrings, was just lovely. Good sense of humour, relaxed, and very professional.

The set menu choices were terrific and we all loved our meals.

Thanks, Araxi!

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OT
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Our waitress Erica was phenomenal!

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JM
5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Our meal was amazing and our server Laura was absolutely astounding, I would go back simply for her! But the meal was perfect and relaxed, the portions were excellent, filling but not over full.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

We loved it

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MP
2.0Dined on June 17, 2018

We visited on a Saturday evening at 500pm. It wasn't busy as they were numerous tables available inside and on the patio. We chose the patio. We ordered our beverages right away, which took over 10 minutes for a tap beer and cocktail. We ordered 4 oysters at 510pm and had to ask another waiter at 535pm where they were. Our mains then arrived about 20mins later and although they were amazing (gnocchi & pork) not ONCE did our server come by to ask how our food was. She had 4 tables and were waiting on them just fine. Then when the bill came she had charged my husband for 3 beers when he only had two. For over 130$ I would have expected much better service. I even informed the manager (a lady) and nothing was done just a simple, we were back up in the seafood bar my apologies. Not good enough. This was our first visit and we went be back.

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EM
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Had a great meal, our severs Mike was amazing! Very funny helped a lot with our lack of wine smarts. Food was delicious, by far the best steak I have had very well cooked and seasoned. Only down side and this was not the fault of the restaurant, 2 couples with babies under 3 months were crying and they were letting them self sooth. Was not the right place for babies at 9pm on a Friday night.

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V
4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

The server was either having a bad or not into the evening
We tried to perk things up with the waitress but the things didn’t change much

We tried to get water for the table refilled several times but it became a futile challenge

When asked for more bread we were questioned if we would really be eating it

The long lag time between getting menus and ordering was way too long
As was the timing between courses as well as timing for desert order

It wasn’t that It was fine dining un hurried it was loooooonnnngggg

We would have probably order more cocktails or even a second bottle of wine but again was either not asked or had to poor our own wine if we waited any longer


It was truly just really bad service

The kitchen was good
But your desert menu needs a refresh was bordering in 1980s style deserts and they were what you’d expect at a hotel banquet

All in all we used to love Araxi but it was good food trying a bit too hard and not great like it used to be with incredibly bad service the price certainly didn’ match the value.

Hope it was just a bad night for the restaurant not the new norm

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VM
5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

We ate here on a recommendation and couldn’t have had a better experience

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B
5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

We went for a 75th birthday event. The restaurant had a spring special with a wine pairing option and a choice for each of 3 courses. We went fairly early after making reservations several months ago. It was very busy even though it was a Wednesday early in the season before the big influx of summer visitors. The special menu attracts locals and visitors alike. The guests had a wide range of clothing including jeans and baseball caps plus elegant dresses and suits.
The food was up to the restaurant's usual high standards which reinforce its excellent reputation since it was started in 1981 when there were only 4 restaurants in Whistler.

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E
4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Didn’t have a lot of the oyster options they had on menu.
Long wait in between courses. Others were served quicker than our party of 2.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

Awesome. Very good.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 10, 2018

All meals were good , one dish the pork was very dry.

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AS
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

This Whistler restaurant is a gem. This was my first time there I wasn't sure whether it was haute-cuisine or upscale adventurous. A wonderful server led us through a sampling of 3 mains and 3 desserts that we 3 shared. Every dish was beautifully presented, imaginative and delicious. Excitement in the air as people seemed to be excited to be there. Pricey but fair value.

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BE
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Enjoyed our meal and service was very good. Very pleasant and non abtrusive service. The special pricing for the off season was a very good deal for a 5 course meal and delicious as well. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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B
3.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Took quite a while for our server to attend to us as we first sat down, he was sat quite a few tables at once
We were there for 3 hours however quite an enjoyable meal, had the 5 course.
The choices we didn’t choose were super small soup was basic but nice
Oysters were absolutely fabulous highlight of my night

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SM
3.0Dined on May 30, 2018

The food was lovely. The ambiance was very pleasant. BUT it took sooooo long to get each of our five courses we were ready to leave. With a 7:45 reservation we didn’t finish our meal until 10:15. Far too long to wait between courses.

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K
3.0Dined on May 30, 2018

We had the 5 course tasting menu. Some items were good and others mediocre. The halibut was perfect, but the prawns were a joke. The soup was over salted and the crudo not seasoned. It was an overhyped restaurant.

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MM
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018

Went two days in a row and since we enjoyed our first night so much. Everything we ate was magnificent. Had the 5 course meal paired with wine and we could not find fault during the entire evening from the great service, to the sublime food and the perfectly paired wine. Special mention to Kon as the manager and to our server Mike who both went above and beyond. Entrees enjoyed during the two evenings included the tenderloin, duck, chicken and trout. The vegetables and sauces accompanying each entree were the best we have ever had. Deserts were rich, unusual and the perfect ending to a delightful evening. We have eaten all over the world and Araxi ranks among the the top of our list.

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