Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar

4.5
2779 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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Canadian
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
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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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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DH
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 2

Not so sure, expected more. Dined at Araxi tonight, had great expectations, waiter was excellent, food good (not over the top). First wine I ordered (a $100 plus BC wine, which is a staple) was out of stock, asked the wine steward for guidance, he upsold me, bottle that came to the table from someone else, not the wine steward was wrong, a pinot vs a cab, wine was redelivered as I was told I was wrong, I then pointed to the wine we ordered and was told yes it was different. I then received the bottle, was told it was their last one. I subsequently asked the wine steward about the wine, the commentary was totally wrong. A Manager was milling about checking on a few tables, but never came to our table, or most, to ask how things were, on the way out for a $400 dollar dinner, no good night, no thank you, no comment at all----for the money the waiter made the night, no one else really did. Note to management, thank your customers, you need them.

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L
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was delicious (mains: Bison, Sablefish, starters: Lobster roll special and tomato/burrata), waiter was lovely, ambiance was great. They had us in a somewhat sectioned off (and quieter) area which was lovely and seemed to be mostly other anniversaries and birthdays. The only thing that I was not impressed by was the Sommelier, the table next to us provided better recommendations. Seemed the Sommelier was just scanning through and suggesting anything just under $100 ($95, $99, $105) rather than actually giving a recommendation of something we might like based on our tastes. I am capable of reading through a wine list and finding those price points if that was all I was after, what I'm interested in is actual recommendations...
We ended up with a great bottle (as per our table neighbours' recommendation) and it went very well with our food, so everything other than the few minutes we spent with the Sommerlier was fantastic.

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K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great come back after earlier visit this year. Food is still super and service is top notch. Too bad they don't have seafood bowl now

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and atmosphere. Best meal I’ve had in whistler

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E
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 1

Service was over 2 1/2 hours for appetizers and a main; and it even took 20 minutes to get our check. Both of our orders were forgotten about, and then were blamed on a "slow kitchen" which clearly wasn't true. The drinks were extremely strong (dirty martini, and old fashioned). The beef tartare was the highlight of the meal -- and was exceptional. The tenderloin was mediocre at best, and the duck was extremely chewy (poorly butchered). For a total tab of $250, this was not even close to worth it. Would've had more fun across the street in the bar.

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DC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had an exceptional meal and a wonderful waiter. We really enjoyed the private back room.

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FM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The halibut special was especially excellent. Service also fantastic.

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G
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Once again, a nice meal with friends and the food was quite good. Enjoyed the experience including the extensive wine list. My only hesitation is that the prices are relatively high for what we received. We know it is a resort town , but the bill can climb pretty steeply depending on the food you order.

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PR
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was perfection..................outstanding!!! There isn't much more that I can add, perect server,
table, meal wine hostess...........it was all outstanding. Mike the server aka Mr Wobbles was
terrific.

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JG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food is absolutely amazing! Service was really good and we feel like our server did a good job at the beginning of our meal but then it ended up getting too busy. Otherwise exceptional.

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n
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Both our waitress and sommelier were excellent. We loved the wine he recommended was excellent that we went out the next day and bought 2 bottles!

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GM
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We were celebrating my mom’s surprise birthday party.
Food and service was great.
Hostess brought special birthday dessert platter for my wife.
That made the dinner experience awesome.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Really fun server and great oyster selection. Tried different ones aside from the all popular kusshies that are on every menu

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MD
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for our anniversary and it was amazing! Food was fabulous and service was impeccable!

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DW
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great attention to detail, quality and taste. Beautiful ambience, not overstated, and the perfect lighting level. Friendly attentive service in the Continental tradition, becoming so rare in this day of the relentless assault of bussers, pulling plates faster than you can enjoy what's on them, or asking you if you are still "working on that".
A great restaurant in wonderful Whistler!

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R
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Way over priced for the quality and guantity of food . Very dissappointing .

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Anniversary dinner. Food & service good. However noticed another table had a “happy anniversary “ special dessert. Feel like we were forgotten:(

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Felt a couple dishes lacked seasoning but otherwise well put together. Happy with the experience and service.

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ME
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Stepped out and tried caviar. Waiter was awesome. Explained so much. Recommendations were perfect and not contrived. We will be back.

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KN
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent cuisine. Restaurant needs dining music -very quiet, needed more vibe

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DC
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The menu is very creative. Great presentation. The service was very
professional.

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OT
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

A very good restaurant. Undoubtedly one of the bests in Whistler. Attentive yet friendly and unpretentious service. Food is very very good, although not city-level top notch (just to set expectations for luxury travellers). Great value for the price. Family and adult friendly.

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d
Las Vegas
24 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, excellent service, romantic atmosphere and huge wine selection. Must try when in Whistler.

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OT
Mexico City
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

Buen lugar. Sin ser espectacular. Cómo se anunciaba

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A bit far from vancouver but food and ambiance are fantastic.
easy parking at out side of the area need to walk 10 minutes.

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N
London
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

In Whistler you can find other very good places to eat, for example at the Fairmount.
Good quality fair prices and the waiters are very observant.

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JP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a great time there. They have a separate vegan menu that was essential to us as our party had 7 vegetarians. The portions were just right and the everything tasted great.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A group of us went out for a bachelorette in whistler and went to araxi for dinner. I’m so glad we decided to splurge a little and go to this incredible restaurant. It was overall such a great experience. We had some in the group with some dietary restrictions and the staff were very accommodating and did not make a big deal of it and turned out delicious dishes for everyone in our party. The atmosphere was unpretentious and the staff were very warm and the food most certainly did not disappoint! Would highly recommend coming here!

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ES
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Blown away by the service and attention shown for a special anniversary dinner. The food was excellent and the service from every single person was above and beyond all expectations.

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E
Vancouver
15 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 1Food 3Service 1Ambience 3

Really salty red tuna, poor service, and way overpriced

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TS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow wow wow amazing more places need this quality of food and dining for the price others for same price bracket are a let down. The flavour the texture of food was astounding thank you for the experience two days in a row

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RR
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent service from Laura
Excellent steelhead and duck
High noise level

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S
Toronto
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

I feel that the price is big city pricing. Value for dollars is moderate. Do not need to be seated next to a table of 4 children in a restaurant of this type. Food was good but pricey.

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F
Miami
22 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a top notch restaurant that prides itself on fresh, local ingredients made in creative ways. We started with two salads - Pemberton beets with goat cheese (amazing) and the second tomatoes with burrata and olive puree. I've not seen either choices before but will be sure to look for them. If you want to really wow someone, choose the two tier seafood tower - local oysers, prawns, tuna tataki, BC seafood ceviche, seaweed salad, spicy tuna roll, and wild smoked salmon. It was presented on two large plates stacked on top of each other - very artsy! The service is excellent as is the ambience. Wonderful restaurant!

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h
Chicago
78 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Good food but a bit less interesting than expected

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JC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

We have been here on many occasions. It seemed the Restaurant was understaffed and it reflected the overall service.

Prices seemed too high for the small portions in comparison to other restaurants in the area.

Not sure if we will return.

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OT
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 4

Disappointing. Took 45 mins for just a soup to come. Waiter had a bad attitude. Not worth the cost.

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CM
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

We were excited to go to this highly rated restaurant and had reservations. We ended up outside and waited an hour for our meal. The waiter was lovely but....my friend’s egg dish came without the eggs. Surely someone would have noticed this? It took 10 more minutes to be served the missing eggs - on a plate by themselves. By then, the purgatory sauce was cold. My eggs were hard even though I asked for soft eggs - emphatically. And the hollandaise sauce, while tasty, was coolish and congealed. Busy day maybe? Not an experience I would attempt again. Araxi should be better than that.

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AM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 1Ambience 3

Terrrible service and unfortunately sub par food. It took 20 min to get lukewarm coffee and almost 50 min until our food arrived which was average at best. And it wasn’t even busy. Manager came over to offer us free mimosas to make up for the delay - we declined as we were all driving. Said he’d check with the kitchen on what happened - and never returned to let us know. No bill adjustment, nothing. We wanted a nicer brunch to celebrate a birthday and wished we would have just gone to our usual spot instead as the food and service are at least reliable. Too bad as I’ve been a fan Araxi in the past and will now cancel the reso I have in a few weeks for dinner as I much rather spend my time and money elsewhere.

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RP
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food, great location, great service with great people!! Life is good 🥂

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