Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.5
2872 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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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Sacramento
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

High quality food in beautiful Whistler! Great selection of wines and cocktails as well. The chocolate fondant cake was amazing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was incredible, and our server Melissa was the bomb: friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Highly, highly recommended.

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S
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their 5 course prix fixe menu was a great value, our meal was delicious and the service was great. I would definitely come back.

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k
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Really good service, and good

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CF
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Excellent food and service, attentive but not in your face or pretentious. Just took points off because it was loud and the decor dated.

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CS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Araxi was delightful. Our meal was delicious and the service was excellent!

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V
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great overall dining experience. Service was great, but a bit on the slow side (10 minutes to get a drink, etc) however the server was knowledgeable and accommodating. Food was delicious, the best steak I’ve had in months. The cocktails were creative and of great variety. Will be back for sure.

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DR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

It was loud. The food came out so quick thatbyou couldn’t diget your appitizer. It was like they wanted you to eat quick and get out!

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m
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The food is always delicious at the this long standing local restaurant. Creative seafood dishes are their speciality. I loved the seared scallop and cauliflower pave entree that used to be on the menu. Please bring it back on your regular menu. Hard to get a reservation here but 2 can squeeze into the bar area if you get lucky.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Great attention to detail and impeccable service. Extra TLC for our junior diners. Excellent meal! Thanks Araxi!

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We may have ordered the wrong items on the menu however the food that we had was unimaginative and ok. Not excellent as the reviews suggest. Very disappointed especially when considering the price point.

We arrived for our reservation early and were told that they were running on time and we would have to wait. Our reservation was for 5:30 and the restaraunt seating was empty.

The wine list is extensive and the cocktails I had were delicious.

Wouldn’t recommend. I would prefer Earls or the keg. If I was looking for something a little more refined I would go to the Red Door or Rim Rock Cafe

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GM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was on my bucket list for a few years and didn’t disappoint! So much fun and staff with personalities! Lived the witty conversation, light and colour of the room. Outstanding food. Excellent evening.

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JW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If I could give a higher rating I would. Outstanding evening, serviced to the nines by the Manager down to our table servers. Absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt a phenomenal evening and the food was to die for. In fact, I purchased 3 recipe books that will most definitely be used.

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P
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Araxi seems to be showing it age or lack of attention in the kitchen. Excellent service by both our server and the sommelier can't make up for our our second sub-par meal in a row. Last time it was undercooked duck this time a seafood pasta that was lacking in any distinct seafood flavor and way too much lemon. The perplexing part is as Il Caminello (sister restaurant) has passed Araxi as our go to dinner spot - the food there is right on while Araxi seems to have slipped.

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Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2food 5service 2ambience 2

The hostess was unbelievably curt, really got our evening off on the wrong foot.

We entered a nearly empty restaurant and were offered a choice of two very specific tables, the one encroaching the kitchen entrance or the one closest to the bathrooms. When I asked if, by chance, could we sit someone else, maybe closer to the window (trying to not point how unfortunate those two options were to my date) the hostess gave me a scolding and reminded me in a stern voice while pointing “sir, you can sit at this table or that table”. I wasn’t rude, even after that, that was our entire conversation. We sat down and tried to recover some mood.

That I can think of the only things different from the literally dozens of other times I’ve visited Araxi were;

1) the hostess
2) my outfit. I was wearing slightly distressed Diesel jeans, casual dress shoes and a ski sweater. On most visits I’m more dressed up.

I can only guess the hostess felt we needed to be hidden in the back by the washrooms, because even at 9:00 when we finished dining the place was still 1/3 empty, so clearly seating availability wasn’t the issue. Even if she was doing as she was told, did she need to be so rude?

Will I go back......would you?

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JU
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Our server was amazing. British girl. We were there for 3 hours, from 7 to 10pm which in my mind was too long for only 2 of us. There was long waiting period between each service. The restaurant was super busy so really noisy also. I was disappointed on the main course, the Duck with cauliflower, the meat wasn't tender, it was quit chewy. The portions were also tiny, like the risotto and the ravioli.

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NM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fall 5 course special! Amazing with wine pairing add on.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celeb!

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SL
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply fabulous! Excellent Service! We enjoyed the dinner and would definitely go back.

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AF
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for dinner with friends and it was very great!

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h
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a first class experience. We had our 2 & 4 yr old with us - not always an easy crowd. The Server and staff were engaging at all levels at the table and worked to keep us all happy.

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B
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The prix fixe anniversary menu is absolutely amazing. Service is always fantastic here, food comes out quickly and is made to perfection. A really perfect dining experience for any occasion.

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JM
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fantastic in every way.
Very impressive on all fronts.
Keep up the great work!

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LC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebration for my brothers birthday. We were

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LM
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing, our server was very knowledgeable and had great recommendations. Between great cocktails, amazing wine service, it was a great place for our anniversary dinner.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful delicious as always

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LD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, service and wine!! What more could one ask for!

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B
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We try to go to Araxi's at least once a year for the last 20+ years. It's quality is amazingly consistent.

We had their 5-course anniversary special which is from their main menu plus wine pairings for about half the cost. Whistler has a few other top restaurants but this one has been the best since it started in 1981.

Reservations can be made on Open Table for this gem of the Top Table Group.

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T
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We were there during their fall deal it was good but last year had more options and the portions were better, still a great restaurant though.

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MK
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great in all respects. The food and service were superb.

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DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We enjoyed the wonderful 5 course dinner menu that was on special while we were in Whistler. Amazing value for fine dinning. The food was very memorable and we took pictures so we can share with our friends. We will definitely return again for another amazing meal.

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KK
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful food and excellent staff. The dining experience was memorable and special. Our server went over and above.

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EW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is our yearly tradition to dine here to celebrate my birthday which coincide with their anniversary set menu, we also take advantage of their wine pairings.

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BC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent time as usual at Araxi. Amazing 5 course taste menu and wine selection.

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LG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

My friend and I went for Araxi 5 course dinner special and it was amazing. Yummi food and the noise level was quiet to have a good conversation. Highly recommend it when they have a special going on. Otherwise it might not be in everyone's budget to enjoy fine dining.

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L
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our waitress was great, food was amazing, had a great time-- and very much appreciate the after dinner Borthday plate with dessert treats! Really nice suprise, and super tasteful.

Araxi is a must-do for us whenever we're to be in Whistler for a night.

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LB
Toronto
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal and attentive service.

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, wine and service!! The 5 course meal was to die for.

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j
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was very good - food was excellent, I would not hesitate to recommend to family friends

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JC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Date night with my wife...left kids with sitter..arrived from Squamish. We were 15 min late for our reservation...unfortunately placed on a tight two person edge table ( my fault I guess)...very little flex room. Very busy evening had us crowded in..it was loud. Table service was prompt and courteous. Food was very tasty but 4th entree (rosotto) on five course meal disappointingly small. Misplaced my wife's coat required awhile (10 min) to find after two false attempts. Still... I enjoyed my meal. Very reasonably priced ...a good value.

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