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“Great for Vegetarians :)” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar

Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar
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Ranked #6 of 188 Restaurants in Whistler
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $23 - $37
Cuisines: Canadian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Whistler Village Square
Description: 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.
San Jose, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great for Vegetarians :)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2014

I'm going to let you all in on a little secret. This place is incredible for Vegetarians. Yes, believe it or not, this Oyster bar, steakhouse style restaurant with several dollar signs next to its name has a separate Vegetarian menu with incredibly well thought out dishes and stunning flavor, heck we wished we could've tried the other veggie Entree's as well but unfortunately the human body is sort of limited in its capabilities.

We were taken to our table to be seated in a nice, quiet well appointed setting, our waiter Sam was one of the best we've met and he had stunning attention to detail, combing off small bread crumbs off the table between portions, spotting a water spot on a knife and replacing it before I used it, carefully portioning our bottle of wine so our glass was never empty, these were just some of the little things that go a long way in making a fine dining experience one notch better.

On to the food, we started with bread and butter, sounds simple enough, but the butter is superb. Creamy, milky butter made from rich cows for sure. We tried the Vegetarian Sushi for starter and it was incredible. The attention to detail in the presentation and overall dish was impeccable. For main course we had Polenta which was also rich and creamy and had very nice sauces to flavor the dish. Finished with a cheese sampler plate with Fig based jam and a Lava cake with Salted Caramel Ice cream which was just perfect.

Overall, Five stars with no inhibition whatsoever, one of the best vegetarian experiences we have had.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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“Great food but overpriced!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

When we arrived at Whistler we were told that there is no way we would be able to get a table at Araxi. A couple of phone calls later and a reservation was made. Was the food great? Yes, it was! Was it worth every penny? I'm not too sure about that. The service was very good, and the staff friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. Everything was fresh, nicely presented and the atmosphere relaxed. I know this is a fine dining restaurant, and I would expect to pay more than at an average mainstream restaurant, but nevertheless, I could not help but feel it was a little overpriced.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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“awesome oyster happy hour”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2014

Were in Whistler during thenoff season, Araxi was offering12 oysters for $12, the best oysters I have had in a long time.
Staff was great, we sat at the oyster bar, talk with the staff and learn about the different oysters. They also had offerings for multi-course dinners for a set amount, if we were there longer, would have gone for dinner too.

Visited May 2014
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Whistler, Canada
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“My favourite Whistler restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

Araxi's is definitely my favourite restaurant in Whistler. The service, menu and wine list are consistently excellent. The presentation of each dish shows great attention to detail - imagine how long it must take to make tiny little spheres of balsamic vinegar as a garnish! Locally sourced foods and a very imaginative chef make for absolutely delicious dishes. My only criticism is that the restaurant is quite noisy, due to hard surfaces and an open layout.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Whistler, Canada
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“Superb!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2014

First class dinner--all five courses! And the best of service throughout the evening! Cannot say enough good things about our wonderful time and delicious meal at Araxi's last night. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend this experience to anyone! :o)

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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