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“Family of Four Unimpressed” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rim Rock Cafe & Oyster Bar

Rim Rock Cafe & Oyster Bar
Ranked #1 of 188 Restaurants in Whistler
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $51
Cuisines: Seafood, Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Hwy 99
Transit: Reliable and frequent local transit service will drop you conveniently at our driveway.
Description: In its 23rd year, the Rimrock Café has delighted diners with its innovative, fresh cuisine and emphasis on the finest fish and game, artfully prepared with inventiveness and flair. The restaurant is consistently recognized as a local’s favorite for atmosphere, service and a sublime eating experience. Behind the large glass window of our lit cellar, all manner of wines from the glamorous and recognizable to the intriguing and new seem to hum seductively. Two fireplaces cast an ambient glow over the chatter and energy of our rustic dining room. In summer, enjoy your meal on a sunny patio. The seafood antipasto for two is the perfect start to your meal. Stunning presentation meets succulent, vibrant flavor among the six exquisite tasters. Try our Venison tenderloin, served with a porcini cream and homemade spatzle. For the seafood lover, our main course Trio is a harmony of seared Ahi, nut crusted Sablefish and grilled prawns. Complete your meal with Whistler's favorite desert.
Honolulu, Hawaii
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125 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Family of Four Unimpressed”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2009

A 2009 summer visit with our two college-age sons from Northern California brought us to the Rim Rock Cafe, outside of Whistler Village. Three-course meals all around accompanied by a fine bottle of Canadian Chardonnay. Gnocci at $4 per bite? $18 for a miniature beet salad? Both were wonderful, according to my wife, but nowhere near Bouchon quality for the price. My carpaccio, scallops and the mixed grill were all perfectly prepared and presented. One son with lobster bisque, crab cakes and beef filet loved everything. Salty-smoked lamb second course and chewy duck main course for our older son were both wierd preparations. Including our tip, the $360 we spent at Rim Rock felt about $100 out-of-line against other fine-dining meals at Whistler.

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Sydney
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73 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Best restaurant in Whistler”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 24, 2009

This is the essense of Whistler. Restaurant is in a slightly worn cabin with mis matching tables, fireplaces and a wooden floor. If you are looking for silver service (and a maitre de with a tie!) this is not the place to come. If you are looking for world class finely crafted food this is The place to come. I had their special mixed entree which could have been served in any fine dining restaurant anywhere in the world. Service was helpful and charming. Highly recommended.

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Vancouver
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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“one of whistlers best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 21, 2009

sitting in the rim rock this past weekend, i remembered that it was practically 22 years ago to the day that we moved to whistler, and this was the first restaurant we ate in. i was just 16 then, so didnt really appreciate it back then.
id been back a couple times since, always for some sort of special occasion, and have always enjoyed the food and service.
we went again this weekend and had a wonderful meal...as ive come to expect from the rim rock.
we went for the three course meal offered and it was fantastic. we started with incredible beef carpacchio and a plate of mussels. omg. the beef was melt in your mouth, and the mussels were bathed in an awesome white wine sauce. yum yum and yum!
our second course was a plate of seared ahi tuni and a plate of seared scallops. the tuna was incredible as it always is, and the side garnishes/sauces added nice flavours. the scallops were laid atop mushrooms done in a white wine cream sauce and were fantastic. for the second and main course, we had our server pair up wines with our dishes and she they nailed the pairings quite nicely.
entrees were a half lobster and a half lobster with a m/rare filet. we savoured each and every bite. and she also nailed the wine pairing with my dish, which i was curious to see as i had no idea what to have.
we had no room for dessert.
total time of about 2.5 hours for dinner.
the restaurant had that fantastic hum of people enjoying a fabulous dinner that can be hard to find.
service was excellent...low key, which i appreciate, but attentive.
the rim rock is and will always be at the top of my list of places to dine in whistler.

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Amsterdam, Netherlands
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“absolutely fabulous ! Michelin star quality!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2009

Coming from Europe (Amsterdam) and well acquainted with the very best (Micheline star) quality we were totally amazed and delighted at the quality of the Rimrock. The Oysters Rasputin were sublime! We had the specials and they were truly outstanding - one with salmon and crab, and one with hailibut and truffels. Both quality and presentation were perfect. The price was 1/2 to 1/3 of those in Amsterdam. super! thank you for a fabulous evening.

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west vancouver
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“very disapointed”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2009

went there very syked found a big fat moth in my salad and the wait staff said sorry and that was it after hearing so many wonderful things about the restaurant was very disappointed about their reaction would never recommend this place to anyone

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