Whistler Blackcomb Food and Nightlife Review
Written by Karl Sander • Last updated Sep 18, 2017
At a resort this big, it shouldn’t be a surprise that there are several on-mountain dining options. All of them are good, but here are some of our favorites:
The Roundhouse at the Whistler end of Peak2Peak has three open food courts and is home to Whistler’s Olympic Legacy display. It offers a Fresh Tracks mountain-top breakfast that feeds you and gets you on the mountain before anyone else – definitely worth doing at least once! It’s the resort’s biggest restaurant but it can get crowded which is its only downside.
Garibaldi Lift Company is at the bottom of Whistler. Its outdoor seating is great when the sun is out, offering a relaxed place to watch skiers and riders come down the mountain. It has a nice pub menu, and is also a popular après and late night spot but stays kid-friendly till 8pm.
If you happen to be in the Creekside area, Dusty’s Bar and BBQ was Whistler’s first watering hole; make sure you get all the barbeque sauce off your fingers before putting your gloves back on! Dusty’s Backside offers both hearty and grab-n-go breakfast and lunch (in addition to an amusing name and sign).
Rendezvous on the Blackcomb side has Southeast Asian cuisine, a fresh Mexican counter, and a burger bar. Christine’s is in the same building and is a higher-end option, where the menu is complemented by an extensive wine list.
Glacier Creek Lodge is a large and conveniently located choice at the base of Jersey Cream Express and Glacier Creek Express chairs in the heart of Blackcomb. It serves wraps, fresh sandwiches, and Japanese udon noodles, and gets you right back on the lifts for more shredding!
Whistler Village is a bustling hub of activity, with options for eating, drinking, and shopping around nearly every corner. You could do worse than just wander and pop in where the mood strikes, but here are some suggestions if you’re looking for places to start.
For breakfast, check out Wildwood in the heart of Whistler Village for great food at a decent price.
Our favorites for dinner include Teppan Village in Whistler and Rim Rock Café in Creekside – both very good, but also pricey. Booking a day in advance should be good enough to get you a spot.
The village’s Splitz Grill is a cheaper option for good burgers while the Old Spaghetti Factory, also in the village, has good Italian, quick service, and is great for families.
There are plenty of apres ski spots throughout Whistler, and you could easily make an impromptu pub crawl by just walking around and popping in wherever seems fun. Our favorites are Dubh Linn Gate, Longhorn Saloon and Grill, and Garibaldi Lift Company (GLC) – which are all along Skiers Plaza at the base of Whistler. Just pop out of your bindings to start the festivities! After 8pm, GLC changes from “family-friendly” to “nightlife spot” with a local band called the Hairfarmers playing there regularly on Sundays.
If you happen to be in Creekside, Dusty’s is a good spot with live music late into the night, while Merlin’s is our choice at the base of Blackcomb: it has all the slopeside après convenience of our favorites on the Whistler side. They do lunch (and, if you’re getting a late start to the day, bloody marys that look like a small buffet in a glass), dinner, and après with live music or DJs.
Other popular places in Whistler Village include Cinnamon Bear, with its fireplace for when it’s cold out and patio for when the days are long and the sun is shining. It tends to be low key because of its out-of-the-way entrance, but is a great place for relaxing with friends.
Black’s Pub is another joint conveniently close to the slopes; it’s got a full menu in the restaurant downstairs, and the upstairs pub which has a truly impressive array of beers (over 100 at last count).
The list goes on with Moe Joes, Garfinkel’s, Maxx Fish, and Tommy Africa all great places with live music and conveniently located in the village – like we said, it would be easy to make your own pub crawl here!