This article is part of an ongoing series in partnership with Tourism Whistler to raise awareness of how the destination is opening safely to welcome guests this summer.
The past few months have presented challenges that none of us could have anticipated. Our homes quickly transformed into workspaces, our favourite local businesses were forced to close temporarily, and we had to distance ourselves from those we love.
BC is working through its phased-in approach to carefully reopen the province, and this means local travel is possible once again. The first destination on many Vancouverites’ lists this summer is the always-picturesque Whistler. No matter how long your stay is, there are plenty of options to safely enjoy the adventure and thrill of Whistler’s natural environment.
The resort town is renowned for its award-winning food and beverage scene, and businesses in this sector are now taking extra precautions — including frequent sanitization and spaced seating — to ensure the safety of guests and the wider community. Since restaurant capacity is restricted, there may be wait times during peak periods. As always, you can plan for your visit by making a reservation or calling ahead for takeout.
While many businesses are now open to customers, we’ve rounded up 14 spots where you can currently get dine-in or takeout food in Whistler, along with some recommendations for how to enjoy them.
Breakfast spots to-go
If a fresh-pressed juice or smoothie is your jam, Fix Café at Nita Lake Lodge in Creekside has you covered. While you’re there, find a spot in the outdoor seating area and unwind or walk a short distance on the valley trail down to Alpha Lake Park and enjoy the views.
In the Village, pick up a treat using contactless payment, and go for a stroll or take a seat at one of the picnic tables in Whistler Olympic Plaza. Purebread has a location in Function Junction and another in the Village, making it the ideal spot to order a latte or an iced coffee to-go and marvel at the selection of sweet treats on offer.
For freshly-baked pastries, muffins, and famed cinnamon buns to pair with your coffee, head to Hot Buns Bakery along the Village Stroll next. To try the best avocado toast in town, visit Ecologyst and buy a hat or sweater while you’re there!
Takeout lunches for picnics and more
There’s no shortage of jaw-dropping views in Whistler. When you get there, it’s incredibly easy to explore the town on foot, taking in the sights along the way. Better yet, order lunch for takeout, stop by the restaurants’ hand sanitizing stations upon pickup, and head to one of Whistler’s many parks like Lakeside Park, Lost Lake Park, or Rainbow Park to check out the mountain vistas.
Plan a romantic lunch for two with Italian eats like lasagne and chicken parmigiana for takeout from Pasta Lupino on Main Street. It’s easy to order ahead of time so your items are ready in recyclable takeout containers for when you arrive.
RMU Blackcomb is a wonderful spot to pick up starters like a caesar salad and wedges, as well as handcrafted cocktails via contactless payment. Choose from a smoky paloma, purple rain, or an old fashioned and savour each sip.
Meal kit options for a small dinner party
If you’re staying at a hotel or lodge, you can enjoy a meal from one of Whistler’s top restaurants while dining in your room or on your patio. Order a meal kit to make from home and complement the dishes with an order of wine or beer.
ABC Eats offers a menu of prepped meal kits and housemade provisions from chefs at Araxi, Bar Oso, and Il Caminetto (think whole organic chicken, miso-marinated BC sablefish, and much more to choose from). Order for contactless delivery right to your door, or safely collect your order from the Village Stroll pickup location.
For taco night, La Cantina in Market Place has ridiculously tasty taco kits for an authentic cooking experience at home.
Sunny outdoor patios currently open
When the sun is shining in Whistler, outdoor patios are among the best places to be. Black’s Pub offers epic mountain views from its patio with spacious seating. Ask about the local beers on tap and pair your order with some house-made fries before using contactless payment to close the bill.
Earls Kitchen + Bar is where to go for casual patio drinks in the sun. The patio now has a limited capacity with spaced out tables and digital menus to reduce touchpoints. Pair a glass of rosé with the Santa Fe chicken salad and feel as though you’ve been transported to a European town.
For fresh BC Kusshi oysters, look no further than the gorgeous outdoor patio at Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar in the heart of the Village. If the patio is full when you arrive, you can be added to the waitlist and receive text notifications when a table becomes available.
Physically-distanced indoor dining spots
If you prefer to dine indoors, you have that option in Whistler. The Brickworks Public House has a spaced seating set-up with capacity limitations and a menu including everything from loaded burgers to truffle mushroom poutine.
Pizza is always a good idea, and on Main Street, you’ll find Italian restaurant Pizzeria Antico. Dine safely and spaciously indoors with a Caprese salad, plenty of pizza variations, and antipasti to fill you up.
If the craving for Japanese food calls, Sushi Village has physically-distanced indoor seating and a must-try chef’s assorted nigiri platter on the menu. Plus, it’s still possible to dine in the restaurant’s tatami rooms with groups of up to six people as there are barriers in place that allow for safe distancing between parties.
It’s important to note that not all dining establishments in Whistler are open at this time, and some may be operating with limited hours. But more restaurants are opening every week — following the highest of standards in health and safety.
However, you can craft your own unique culinary journey on your next visit to Whistler at the aforementioned local food spots. During this time, remember to be patient and understanding as local businesses work to reopen with safety top of mind.
For more information and to see the full list of establishments currently open for business, visit the Whistler Doors Open Directory.