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About Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar
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.
Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
Canadian, Seafood, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Apres from 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner from 5:00pm - Midnight
Whistler Village Square
CAN$31 to CAN$50
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Parking is available under Blackcomb Lodge or in the Whistler Blackcomb day lots.
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
Araxi's cookbooks are available online at Toptable Group
Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes ($37.95 + tax)
Executive Chef James Walt’s much anticipated second cookbook is now available! 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. The book contains 80 recipes with striking photography from Page and Paper Studio.
Araxi: Seasonal Recipes ($45 + tax)
Executive Chef James Walt features seasonality in this exquisite award winning cookbook from one of the finest restaurants in Canada.
Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar Ratings and Reviews
My husband and I were there to celebrate an anniversary. I was about to cancel my reservation because we could only get in at 9:15, however they were able to fit us in earlier. We had a great evening...the food, the service, the atmosphere....everything was wonderful. The steak was cooked to perfection and the beet salad was excellent. We will definitely be back.
More than equal to the good reviews. A wonderful experience, our best and only really memorable meal in Whistler. We had the trout and tuna entrees. Bread was great, including the gluten-free bread/toast, all served with a creamy butter. (Minor quibble: bread at this kind of place should be warm/hot.)
They offer a nice carafe of wine (2/3 of a bottle) which is perfect for two. More affordable and less potent than a full bottle. Attentive but not obsequious service.
Pricey, of course, but less expensive than the far inferior Bearfoot Bistro, which is often spoken of in the same breath as Araxi. It shouldn't be.
Araxi lived up to everything we had heard about it. Starting with lovely welcome at door, coats handled with care, ticketed and placed in cloakroom.
We were very lucky to be seated in small room with about 6 tables. Our waiter was first class ; chatty, informed, friendly, attentive but not hovering over us.
Food just amazing and we enjoyed some local BC wine @ very reasonable prices.
Araxi has long been a favourite spot in Whistler. In fact, it’s been one of our favourite spots anywhere. Having talked it up to visitors from San Francisco, it feel far short of expectations and was deemed a very ordinary dining experience. To be clear, the food was very good. The greeting at the door was good. But after that, it fell apart.
We ate there in September and had an outstanding experience. Our waiter has since been promoted. We saw him and longed for him to take over service as the waitress we had was knowledgeable but far too formal and lacked the ability to connect with us. She kept referring to one of our guests as “lady”, which isn’t rude but also isn’t normal.
We were a table of six. The senior VP had flown up with his wife from San Francisco. We all ordered starters and mains. We had some assistance from the sommelier and he recommended a really nice bottle of wine for the table. All good so far. Then the starters show up and are presented. Nothing for the VP. Startled looks all around. He’s a big guy, is he invisible? He’s gracious, insists we start without him. They manage to get the octopus starter he ordered to the table in about 5 minutes. But it’s tense.
We enjoy some wine. It’s seems like an honest mistake. No harm done.
Then we’re out of wine. One bottle for six guests doesn’t go far. We have to flag another server down for a second bottle. Seriously. It didn’t occur to anyone to offer more wine. With empty glasses on the table.
And it gets better. The mains come. Guess who doesn’t get his risotto? Yup, the VP. We’re speachless. This can’t be random. He’s not impressed. This takes longer to rectify. It’s risotto, not porridge. You don’t just make a pot of it. What struck me as incredible is there was an apology, the waitress was obviously shocked that he had been overlooked again, but nothing else. I would have expected them to offer to take his food off the bill. But nothing. Something is wrong at Araxi. We won’t be back soon.
The sommelier (I made the mistake of not getting his name, but a red-haired Australian gentleman) was incredible and made the night in assisting with appropriate wine selections to match all the different tastes and preferences at the table. The wine list is deep and the best I have experienced in Whistler. The prices were fair even for DRC and some impressive first growth Bordeaux on the list.
Great service, great wine, great food...what more could you want?
Main dishes excellent, appetizers just ok, inexperienced waiter got drink order incorrect but charged us anyway had vanilla ice cream in one of dishes but couldn't provide small scoop separately to go with espresso to make an affagato. Occasion was sons birthday and charged for his dessert.
Was the 2nd last night of the fall dining special 5 courses for $36. Food as excellent we were out in jsut onver 1.5 hours. Our server was nit very attetive and our water frequently ran out and we had to wait a while before he refilled it although he walked past our table many times. I've been to araxi many times and we usually have great service this time however it was severly lacking which was a shame
Another excellent "set menu" occasion. While we come other times, this year's anniversary menu was excellent value. Entrees are a bit limited, barring a surcharge, but Arctic Char was a good choice. We skipped the wine pairing this time (one of us had to be able to drive...) - but another time might do one flight and a glass. Service - as ever - was excellent. A bit noisy (even though we were early), but not uncomfortably so.
Drove to Whistler just for this meal and it was totally worth it!! Was stuck in traffic for 5 hours and was almost about to turn back but luckily we didn't. Ordered the Araxi 5 course anniversary tasting menu and it was worth every penny! All of the 5 courses were amazingly good. I haven't had such a well rounded good meal for awhile. Araxi sure nailed this one. The steak and duck was so soft and moist. Chocolate mousse torte was very good as well. I'm normally not a chocolate dessert person because I find it too sweet but this one wasn't overly sweet and very smooth. Big thumbs up. Would drive back again in a heartbeat.
The food was good, a little over priced for the meals we got. The server was good but could barely hear him as the room was so loud. I couldn’t talk to my boyfriend as it was so loud. Our table was uneven and our drinks almost spilled multiple times. Overall I don’t think I will go back.
The room lacks intimacy. It is very loud and needs something done to help deal with sound bouncing everywhere. Most dishes were well done, but the handmade pasta was thick and chewy. The dishes don’t show the care and creativity that the price point reflects. It’s a bit of a factory.
Axaxi has been a Whistler staple for many years and I have eaten there many times. In the high end restaurant category it is sadly just fine. The food is tasty but not amazing and the service is adequate for a high end restaurant. I have never received bad service or bad food but I’ve never been particularly impressed with either given how the restaurant is positioned. Overall I wouldn’t avoid the Araxi but I also wouldn’t seek it out as there are better options for the same price.
It was my third time here and I’d say my first two experiences were a lot better. Not sure if it’s because they had a special $36 5 course menu plan, but I felt both the service & the food was not quite as good as usual. I’ll still be back though as overall it’s a great restaurant. Little things I noticed this time was our second course wine & food came before we had finished our first course. And then there was no wine with the third course which we weren’t told till we received our third course so we only had water with that course. The waiter was apologetic about our second course coming too soon at least.
We love this restaurant. We have been coming here for the last 4 to 5 years. It has always been wonderful. Love the oysters. We also like that they use local ingredients. Tasting menu is always superb and delicious. The wait staff is wonderful and they know the menu. This place is good for their oyster happy hour and a great meal. A bit of a splurge but well worth it.
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