Coal Oil Johnny's Pub

4.7
53 Reviews
CAN$30 and under
Contemporary Canadian

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Say that five times fast.

The cozy, rustic timber-frame environment at Whitewater Ski Resort sets the stage for epic stories of knee deep powder over delicious food and local craft beer such as Nelson Brewing Company (NBC).

After the lifts stop turning, Coal Oil Johnny's offers a tantalizing and varied apres ski menu to match your choice of NBC brews on tap such as Harvest Moon Hemp Ale, Bent Pole IPA and the much anticipated seasonal Faceplant Winter Ale.

With such a cozy setting, it’s not uncommon to find people coming up to the mountain just to enjoy lunch in the pub!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 53 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
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4.6
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JanetS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks to the Whitewater staff for moving tables and setting up outside! Much appreciated. Lovely

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JohnL
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

You need to stock Guinness beer by the can as an option.

Otherwise, keep doing the same thing.

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PetraL
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I was satisfied with the Covid protocols I saw, and in particular, the out door heater above the table.

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GeoffreyC
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten at Coal Oil Johnny's Pub four times this year (up from our usual once or twice - a lot of birthday celebrations) and the food and service has been excellent every time. They are doing a great job following Covid rules too.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had two entrees and a salad. All of them were delicious. The amount of food was generous and worth the cost. They carry a choice of gluten free beer—a pleasant surprise. Lunch was the perfect follow up to a great morning of skiing. Highly recommended!

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MarilynM
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

What a great place for mountain lunch. thanks.

TB
TrudyB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Service and food are always top notch.

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ClaireH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of my favourite 'hobbies', coming in and enjoying the ambience, food and bar staff.
Thanks!!

KS
KathrynS
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food, as usual at Whitewater. Staff was friendly; all the covid rules and regulations in use. Would definitely go again

DM
DionneM
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved sitting out on the snow. Beautiful sunny day. Great choices for food and delicious meals. Service was lovely and attentive.

JD
JackieD
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. Thank you to all of you at the hill!

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Deeo
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly staff, great food and drink choices, with beautiful views.

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PowderCee
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious food, gourmet presentation. & reserved best table for viewing ski hill, stunning views 😁

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CarrieF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, a delightful lunch in a spectacular setting. So much food we had to take away. Daily salad was tasty and filling so I couldn’t eat my veggie Chili!
Service as usual, personal, prompt but never intrusive.

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sharonh
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and service are always good and reliable. We ordered a variety of things, all was good

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KimberleyS
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a wonderful table with a nice view of the sunny slopes!

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Ronskier
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

As always, the Whitewater menu is modest but mighty. The food is consistently tasty and well prepared and this was no exception. The service was at a measured pace but very good given the COVID restrictions.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The burger was burnt and inedible, our server was great by offering to have it re-cooked, but time did not allow for it. She comped our food, but the food should not have gone out in the first place

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KarlaR
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most friendly accommodating staff in the Kootenays!

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PatD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coal Oil Johnny's is consistently good in every way...service, food and ambience. Whitewater and their staff have done an amazing job keeping people safe during these times. Great job, everyone!

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DavidS
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always a great experience all around! Friendly service, awesome food!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Really loud, as tables were yelling across one another visiting. Which is not great for COVID protocols

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DougT
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always wonderful
Great food
Friendly staff
Great scenery

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MikeM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

During these covid 19 times, it was so good to have this service. well done! we will be back and look forward to doing this again.

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ColleenM
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I never am disappointed at Coal Oil Johnny’s! Pre Covid I have had lunch here every Wednesday with my ski gals and always great. Service wonderful!
Worth the drive to beautiful WH20 for lunch

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EricM
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Great great. Love the staff. Ceasers are the best !

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DaveS
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In these times of the pandemic, Coal Oil Johnny's came through splendidly with their usual excellent service and great food, while complying with the covid health restrictions and making us feel comfortably safe. We also found the reservation system easy to use.

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CarrieF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food at Whitewater never disappoints. Service was personal, attentive and kind. The view is beautiful.

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BobB
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great food, amazing service from Mya and the other server!

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RobM
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Well spaced and organized seating. Lots of outdoor seating, too. A quiet sunny afternoon to linger over Faceplant!

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JoshL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

My poutine cheese curds were cold as well as the gravy. I asked the server to reheat my poutine and he said he would put fresh gravy on top. He returned my food and the gravy was still cold. It made for a not good lunch on a cold day. I feel I did not get my moneys worth it was rather disappointing.

Coal Oil Johnny's Pub
Responded on January 23, 2021

Hi Josh - I am very sorry to hear about this! We would like to provide you with a coupon for a free poutine, which can be used on some of our new gourmet poutines as well, to make up for this experience. I will message you directly on how to redeem this.

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KathleenB
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Friendly staff, prompt and effiecient service. Great food.

Coal Oil Johnny's Pub
Responded on January 23, 2021

Thanks Kathleen!

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SylviaR
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience3

I always have a good time on the hill and what comes with it.
I wish they wouldn't put us right by the kitchen entrance door when half the pub is empty. It was apparently the last table booked for the day and the time slot. But several tables where empty while we were there. No biggie but just a hint since we ended up at that table twice (2 different occasions) while the place was almost empty. Maybe it is because we had a 6 year old with us? Not sure... love u guys regardless 💓

Coal Oil Johnny's Pub
Responded on January 23, 2021

Hi Sylvia - thanks for the review, our reservation system is new to us this year so this feedback is greatly appreciated on how we can make the experience better for everyone. If you are making a reservation online please choose 'Standard Table' when booking, this will ensure you get a spot on our 'family side' which is closest to the entrance and not by the kitchen!

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MATTHEW
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome views, service and food. Definitely a great apres ski pub and really good food.

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DisaW
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food, setting and availability. ❤️ Johnny’s

Coal Oil Johnny's Pub
Responded on January 23, 2021

Thanks Disa! Johnny's loves you right back :)

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coal Oil Johnny’s Pub has the best burgers & poutine we have experienced in the Kootenay’s!

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Mffdvr
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was awesome as always. Drinks were excellent. Service was very good. Views were closed over but that meant fresh powder so all was good!!

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best fries in Nelson:-)

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Coco
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to grab a good hearty meal during your skiing day. Food is tasty and drinks are cold.

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DavidO
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome views, beer, food and service . Pure magic.

FAQs

Coal Oil Johnny's Pub is rated 4.7 stars by 53 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.