Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.6
2891 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
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.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Canadian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of Operation
Apres from 2:30pm - 5:00pm
Dinner from 5:00pm - Midnight
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Phone number
(604) 932-4540
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Smart Casual
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Executive Chef
Quang Dang
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Catering
Araxi's cookbooks are available online at http://toptable.myshopify.com/pages/cookbooks

Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes

Following up on his James Beard-nominated first cookbook, Chef Walt and his culinary team have curated a collection of favourite recipes from Araxi Restaurant’s dining room and signature Araxi Longtable Dinners, adapted for delicious home cooking.

Araxi: Seasonal Recipes

Executive Chef James Walt features seasonality in this exquisite award winning cookbook from one of the finest restaurants in Canada.
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Whistler Village Square
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Parking Details
Parking is available under Blackcomb Lodge or in the Whistler Blackcomb day lots.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wine

Private Dining

Whether you are looking to host a private dinner for 12, or a cocktail reception for 200, Araxi Restaurant and The Cellar by Araxi offer unique settings for any occasion. We are flexible and can customize your event or private dining experience to identify and fulfill your requirements.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I’ve been celebrating my birthday at Araxi for the last 5 years and nothing to complain about. Amazing food, service and staff.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was wonderful! Our friend Locan was very sweet and helpful! Mom had a memorable birthday at your place. Thanks for everything!

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BH
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

We make a trip to Araxi once a year and, food-wise, it is always amazing and the most consistent of our favourite restaurants. This place makes the best duck which is hard to do in itself, let alone to perfect. The steak this time around was also the best we've ever had in life. Service is usually top-notch, but was highly lacking this night which is why I knocked a star off.

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k
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

we had the 3 course dinner for $49.00 and the food was outstanding. The ambiance was good and the restaurant was busy. We could not understand our waiter as he spoke very fast with a thick French accent. He was offended when we asked him to repeat the specials.

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S
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Outstanding. Beautiful food, wonderful quality service. Loved every moment of our evening. Was it expensive? Yes. For sure. But it was worth every moment. We will be back

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K
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Attentive service and delicious food. Fresh, beautifully presented dishes.

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JB
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply an amazing restaurant. From the moment we entered the building until we left, we were treated with very professional service. My wife and I had a reservation for 7:45 PM. We arrived about 5 minutes early and were promptly seated. Our table was in a small room with about six tables, this room also served as their wine storage room, which added an interesting feel to our eating environment. The room had openings that kept you connected to the rest of the seating areas and made you feel part of the restaurant. My wife ordered scallops and I ordered lamb. Both were cooked to perfection. Seasoning was mild letting you add to your taste. The sides that came with our dishes complemented our main extremely well. The scallops came with a unique vegetable that was a hybrid between brussel sprouts and cauliflower, delicious. Our waiter maintained the right amount of attention, with local knowledge about the area that enhanced our stay in Whistler. Our wine selection was by the glass, and the selections were limited, but the offering were both local and rewarding. My wife and I both agreed this was one of our best eating experiences of the year.

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DS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 4

Have eaten here quite a few times. I really want to love it but, the food is not spectacular and the service is average for the prices that are on the menu. We had our American Thanksgiving here and all of us ordered off the regular menu. Oysters were great! Starter salads were simple. I had the Scallop special with parsnip puree and they were a tad overcooked and dry. Others had risotto with seafood and bone in tenderloin that was covered with gravy - too much!
Love the location, the bartenders make awesome drinks but the food is leaving me for wanting something better.

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BS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 4Ambience 1

Was pretty disappointed with my experience at arixi , i am a cook in Vancouver so maybe im just a tougher person to impress but the food didnt feel like there was any love in it, it was not seasoned properly and some of the flavors feel flat. I had high expectations and had heard and seen good reviews but i was very very disappointed and unfortunately will not return

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Our food was good. The room wasn’t very intimate as far as top restaurants go, but good enough. Food took a long time to come, and my lamb was a little on the cold side but it was a busy Thursday night. However when charging top dollar I would say I’ve had better. Food was very tasty, well presented and cooked perfectly minus the temperature.

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TT
Seattle
49 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dined here before and it was just as good this time! Next time in Whistler, we’ll return here. Wonderful meal!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Last day of the locals 4 course menu

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JJ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had the 37th anniversary five course prix fixe menu and it was exceptional in both quality and value. Our waiter Mike is a real pro. We will put this on our must do Whistler restaurant list.

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RO
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We enjoyed the special $37 coursed menu as it allowed our teenagers to taste food they would normally not order. We spent almost 3 hours and enjoyed everything which is amazing given the attention span of teenagers.

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a
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We really enjoyed the special 4 course menu with wine pairing. Waiter was knowledgeable and friendly regarding food and wine pairings.

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MZ
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Good but not great. Food had good taste but rissoto was soupy and overcooked. Beet salad was terrible and lacked flavour. Everything else was wonderful

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Sacramento
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

High quality food in beautiful Whistler! Great selection of wines and cocktails as well. The chocolate fondant cake was amazing!

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was incredible, and our server Melissa was the bomb: friendly, attentive and knowledgeable. Highly, highly recommended.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Très belle accueil, très bon service courtois et efficace. Une table d'hôte abordable savoureuse et généreuse.

Nous y retournerons.

Je recommande agréablement.

Merci à toute l'équipe

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S
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Their 5 course prix fixe menu was a great value, our meal was delicious and the service was great. I would definitely come back.

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KG
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Very good food, but the table next to us let their young child run free, then she started to cry and scream for attention which ruined the dinner for us. The meal was great, but the evening was ruined by one spoiled child.

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k
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Really good service, and good

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CF
Toronto
20 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Excellent food and service, attentive but not in your face or pretentious. Just took points off because it was loud and the decor dated.

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CS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Araxi was delightful. Our meal was delicious and the service was excellent!

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V
Las Vegas
14 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great overall dining experience. Service was great, but a bit on the slow side (10 minutes to get a drink, etc) however the server was knowledgeable and accommodating. Food was delicious, the best steak I’ve had in months. The cocktails were creative and of great variety. Will be back for sure.

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DR
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 2

It was loud. The food came out so quick thatbyou couldn’t diget your appitizer. It was like they wanted you to eat quick and get out!

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m
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

The food is always delicious at the this long standing local restaurant. Creative seafood dishes are their speciality. I loved the seared scallop and cauliflower pave entree that used to be on the menu. Please bring it back on your regular menu. Hard to get a reservation here but 2 can squeeze into the bar area if you get lucky.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious! Great attention to detail and impeccable service. Extra TLC for our junior diners. Excellent meal! Thanks Araxi!

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JL
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

We may have ordered the wrong items on the menu however the food that we had was unimaginative and ok. Not excellent as the reviews suggest. Very disappointed especially when considering the price point.

We arrived for our reservation early and were told that they were running on time and we would have to wait. Our reservation was for 5:30 and the restaraunt seating was empty.

The wine list is extensive and the cocktails I had were delicious.

Wouldn’t recommend. I would prefer Earls or the keg. If I was looking for something a little more refined I would go to the Red Door or Rim Rock Cafe

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GM
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Was on my bucket list for a few years and didn’t disappoint! So much fun and staff with personalities! Lived the witty conversation, light and colour of the room. Outstanding food. Excellent evening.

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JW
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If I could give a higher rating I would. Outstanding evening, serviced to the nines by the Manager down to our table servers. Absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt a phenomenal evening and the food was to die for. In fact, I purchased 3 recipe books that will most definitely be used.

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P
Cleveland
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 5Ambience 4

Araxi seems to be showing it age or lack of attention in the kitchen. Excellent service by both our server and the sommelier can't make up for our our second sub-par meal in a row. Last time it was undercooked duck this time a seafood pasta that was lacking in any distinct seafood flavor and way too much lemon. The perplexing part is as Il Caminello (sister restaurant) has passed Araxi as our go to dinner spot - the food there is right on while Araxi seems to have slipped.

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Edmonton
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 2Ambience 2

The hostess was unbelievably curt, really got our evening off on the wrong foot.

We entered a nearly empty restaurant and were offered a choice of two very specific tables, the one encroaching the kitchen entrance or the one closest to the bathrooms. When I asked if, by chance, could we sit someone else, maybe closer to the window (trying to not point how unfortunate those two options were to my date) the hostess gave me a scolding and reminded me in a stern voice while pointing “sir, you can sit at this table or that table”. I wasn’t rude, even after that, that was our entire conversation. We sat down and tried to recover some mood.

That I can think of the only things different from the literally dozens of other times I’ve visited Araxi were;

1) the hostess
2) my outfit. I was wearing slightly distressed Diesel jeans, casual dress shoes and a ski sweater. On most visits I’m more dressed up.

I can only guess the hostess felt we needed to be hidden in the back by the washrooms, because even at 9:00 when we finished dining the place was still 1/3 empty, so clearly seating availability wasn’t the issue. Even if she was doing as she was told, did she need to be so rude?

Will I go back......would you?

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P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We decided to give Araxi a try after one of our favourite restaurants was closed due to renovations. We dined at three high end restaurants while in Whistler and this was the best. We are generally hard to please but there is nothing I can say that did not meet or exceed our expectations. Well done Araxi.

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JU
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Our server was amazing. British girl. We were there for 3 hours, from 7 to 10pm which in my mind was too long for only 2 of us. There was long waiting period between each service. The restaurant was super busy so really noisy also. I was disappointed on the main course, the Duck with cauliflower, the meat wasn't tender, it was quit chewy. The portions were also tiny, like the risotto and the ravioli.

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NM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fall 5 course special! Amazing with wine pairing add on.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday celeb!

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SL
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply fabulous! Excellent Service! We enjoyed the dinner and would definitely go back.

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AF
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went here for dinner with friends and it was very great!

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h
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always a first class experience. We had our 2 & 4 yr old with us - not always an easy crowd. The Server and staff were engaging at all levels at the table and worked to keep us all happy.

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