Welcome to Whistler Bites: The Best Restaurant Deals in Whistler
While you might come to Whistler for the mountains, it’s pretty likely you’ll stay for the food. With everything from the quintessential après burger and beer to award-winning fine wining and dining, you’re sure to leave Whistler feeling satisfied.
But it’s fair to say that not every restaurant in Whistler suits the average traveller’s budget.
So, we thought we’d let you in on a little locals’ secret: if you want to best Whistler restaurant deals, you’d better start with Whistler Bites. The user-friendly website is a treasure trove of tasty deals and sweet cocktails.
Here you’ll find the cheapest happy hour drinks, the most family friendly spots, the best hangover-cure brunches and some unforgettable deals on high-end cuisine.
Whistler Bites features:
- A comprehensive Dining Guide, with info on every eatery in town
- Daily guides to all the best restaurant deals in Whistler
- A ‘locals love’ feature. Whistler locals know how to eat well, so you can be sure their recommendations won’t disappoint.
Whether you’re looking for a quick bite, a quirky atmosphere or a cheap spot for Happy Hour, Whistler Bites will have something for you. Plus, the website is constantly updated with the latest new offers in town. So, you can be sure you won’t miss out on those lesser known deals.
Whats the Best Season for Whistler Restaurant Deals?
You might think that there isn’t much to do in Whistler in the quiet season between skiing and biking. But locals know that the best thing to do is eat. In May, June, October and November, a whole host of local restaurants reduce their prices and give you a chance to sample some of the finer things in the life for a bargain price.
These ‘slow season’ deals are the highlight of some locals’ year. But don’t worry, visitors can take part too, now that you’re in on the secret. If you’re in Whistler in spring or fall, make sure to fit in one this season’s deals at some of the best restaurants in Whistler.
But if you’re here in summer or winter, don’t despair. There’s still plenty of great offers year-round, and you can find them all at Whistler Bites. Here’s a few of Forged’s favourites, just for you. Remember, deals do change, so you might not be able to find all of these every day of the year.
Forged Axe’s Top 5 Whistler Bites Faves
1.Brandy’s at The Keg – Cocktail Hour from 3pm – 5pm
The Keg Steakhouse is well known for its wide-ranging and excellent menu featuring some of the best steaks, seafood and grills in the village. But did you know they also host one of the best sports bars in Whistler? Brandy’s, with a more relaxed vibe and plenty of screens to enjoy the hockey, is a locals’ favourite.
While they’re open until 2am, we think the best time to be there is their 3pm – 5pm Cocktail Hour. Each day features a different $5 cocktails (Tuesday’s Whisky Sour is our favourite), as well as select items from their bar menu for $12-13. Enjoy great service and the very best ingredients in everything they do.
2. El Furniture Warehouse – $5.95 for any meal, any time
Have you really experienced Whistler if you haven’t experienced the famous El Furniture Warehouse? Their $5.95 menu deserves its reputation as the best deal in Whistler. Yes, you read it right: $5.95 for any meal, any time.
Whether you choose their classic Canadian poutine with maple bacon or the slightly healthier (but no less tasty) Chiang Mai noodle bowl, you’ll be stoked you took advantage of this crazy offer. Plus, they’re right on the village stroll, so you won’t have to walk far in your ski boots. Expect a short wait at busy times – but trust us, it’s worth it.
3. Pizzeria Antico – $15 Pizza and Beer on Tuesday’s
A little less well known, but well worth a visit, is Pizzeria Antico. Located on Main Street, at the quieter end of Whistler village, their authentic wood-fired pizza is the perfect Mediterranean antidote to those cold winter nights.
Make sure to plan ahead to be there on Tuesday, when you can grab any of their pizzas and a beer from their huge craft beer menu for only $15. We love the relaxed atmosphere here too, and in on those hot summer days they have a great patio that often gets overlooked.
4. Hunter Gather – $9.99 ‘Fall Down’ menu
Hunter Gather is a relative newcomer in town, opening its doors in 2017. But the owners have run local catering company Whistler Cooks for years, and their love for local food and produce shines through in Hunter Gather’s menu. You can’t miss their Pemberton potatoes – their version of fries, expect way tastier and grown just up the valley.
Their Pulled Pork Sandwich also gets rave reviews or try their Steelhead Chowder to warm your bones on a rainy night. During fall, all their dishes are only $9.99 – but even in the busy season this friendly local eatery is perfect for families: quick, casual and affordable.
5. Stonesedge – $20 Wine and Charcuterie
If you’re feeling a little fancy, but don’t want to break the bank, look no further than Stonesedge Kitchen. Tucked away just off the village stroll, this place does it all, and does it well. From revitalising brunch, to delicious cocktails and the best mac ‘n’ cheese in town, you’ll be surprised by what you get for your money.
But it’s their $20 Wine and Charcuterie deal that we love the most. From 5pm until 1am, the deal includes two glasses of wine and a charcuterie board. So, you can share with a friend, or, realistically, have it all to yourself.
Top 5 Stops to Hit Happy Hour
1.Crystal Lounge – Happy Hour Wings and Drinks 12pm – 5pm and 10pm – close
If you’ve seen the line out the door for their legendary Tuesday night Karaoke, you’ll know the Crystal Lounge is a long-time locals’ favourite. But get here before 5pm to get the best deals. It shouldn’t be hard – the Crystal has the perfect location, just a two-minute stumble in your ski boots from the bottom of Whistler mountain.
Their Happy Hour drinks deals include beer, wine, mixers and shots. But the real steal is the wings, at just $0.35 per wing! You can’t say fairer than that. Plus, they often host live music nights where you could catch one of Whistler’s legendary bands, or some upcoming talent.
2. The Mexican Corner – Fiesta Hour Margaritas 5pm – 6.30pm
The food, drinks and décor at The Mexican Corner are sure to transport you far away from the cold and the snow. They’ve worked hard to produce an authentic and healthy selection of Mexican dishes and drinks here. And from 5 – 6.30pm every day it’s just $5 for a Corona, and $8 for one of their delicious margaritas. In a great spot overlooking the ski slopes, the Mexican corner is the perfect spot to start your evening.
3. Cure Lounge and Patio – Happy Hour Wine and Beer 3pm – 5pm
If you want to escape the crowds in Whistler village, Creekside is the place to be. And the Cure Lounge at Nita Lake Lodge encapsulates the best of the chilled Creekside vibes. Overlooking the pristine and quiet Nita Lake, this must be one of the most picturesque spots for a drink in Whistler.
During Happy Hour it’s just $6 for beers and $7 for wine. Plus, they feature an ever-changing list of daily food deals too: right now can enjoy a pound of mussels for just $21 every Friday. The only thing is, you might struggle to leave these beautiful views behind.
4. Fitzsimmon’s Pub – Happy Hour Craft Beer 7pm – 9pm
There’s a few reasons we love the ‘Fitz’, as locals know it. Firstly, its cosy pub atmosphere, and quiet location at the base of Blackcomb Mountain, is a far cry from what you might expect in Whistler. You’ll be sure to rub shoulders with some long-time locals here, in Whistler’s original craft beer bar.
And on that point, their craft beer menu is one of the best in town. It’s constantly changing, but always features some of the best breweries from all over B.C. Finally, their happy hour is perfectly timed for you to enjoy a couple of drinks before or after dinner, while having time to get out of your ski gear first. Featuring their whole menu, with $4 highballs, $5 beers and $6 wine, this has got to be one of the best lesser-known deals in Whistler.
5. Dubh Linn Gate – Happy Hour Caesars and Mimosas 9am – 11am
Who says we had to wait until the afternoon to enjoy happy hour?! The team at Dubh Linn Gate know a thing or two about having a good time, and their breakfast happy hour is one of their best ideas yet. If you dare, start the morning with a Caesar – the definitive (and divisive) Canadian drink, a souped-up variation on a Bloody Mary. Or play it safer with a mimosa or a coffee, all for only $6. Pair it with their mouth-watering brunch menu and you can be sure your day is going to be a good one.
Top 5 Stops for Ongoing Weekend Deals
1.Tapley’s – ‘Flatty and Frothy’ for $10.50
Ah, Tapley’s. The legendary sports bar has earned its reputation as one of the best pubs in Whistler, with weekly events and live music that never fail to draw a crowd of locals and visitors alike. But fewer people know about this crazy deal they offer every day (weekends included). The ‘flatty’ is one of their homemade flatbread pizzas, and the ‘frothy’ an ice-cold can of Gibbons Apres Lager. For only $10.50, you absolutely can’t go wrong. The deal is on from 2pm – 5pm, which means you’ll be able to nab a great table before the crowds descend.
2. The Old Spaghetti Factory – All-inclusive meals starting at $10.95
Looking to fill up the whole family with good, wholesome food? Look no further than The Old Spaghetti Factory. A stone’s throw from Whistler Mountain, their all-inclusive meals include fresh bread, soup or salad, entrée, ice cream and a hot drink.
The menu has something to please everyone, with a huge range of pasta dishes, salads and grills. Kids will love it here, and so will their parents.
3. Mongolie Grill – 20% off Lunchtime Special
A truly unique dining experience in Whistler, everybody gets to create their own meal at Mongolie Grill. You choose from a mouth-watering array of meat, seafood, vegetables and sauces, and their chefs will grill it to perfection right in front of your eyes.
Their selection of fresh ingredients is a great counter-balance to the over-indulgence of a Whistler holiday, and you can guarantee even the pickiest eater will go home happy. If you dine before 4pm every day you get 20% off your bill, so it makes a perfect lunchtime location.
4. Earls – $10 Brunch from 10am – 11am
We all know a good brunch is a prerequisite for a good weekend. And Earls brunch is the best of the bunch. This one is a reward for the early risers: make sure to get there for 10am to secure a spot at this endlessly popular restaurant. You’ll be rewarded though, with all brunch dishes only $10 until 11am.
The avocado toast is one of our favourites, or choose the full Mountain breakfast to fuel your day right. And of course, there’s drinks deals too – get your hair of the dog for only $6 and blow off the cobwebs from last night. Don’t worry, if you miss the 11am cut off, the brunch menu continues until 2pm, you just miss out on the silly low prices.
5. Handlebar – $10 Street-Food Inspired Meals from 3pm – midnight
Handlebar is for sure one of the quirkiest and most memorable spots in Whistler. This small bar in Upper Village takes its inspiration from Germanic street food and seriously good B.C. craft beer. We can guarantee you’ll try something here you’ve never tried before. Don’t miss their homemade pretzels fresh from the oven, and their array of traditional German sausages.
Starters begin at $5, with mains from $10 and select craft beers just $5 at different times throughout the night. They also host some epic events throughout the year, including a Gaper Day party featuring the specially brewed Gaper Juice, and ongoing tap takeover nights featuring little known BC breweries.
Where else can you find deals?
We hope we’ve given you at least a few inspired ideas for find the best Whistler restaurant deals. Whistler Bites is updated constantly to stay in tune with the latest bargains in Whistler. But if you’re looking for even more ideas, check out these other options:
- Autumn Dining Deals – If you’re in Whistler soon, sample some of Whistler’s finest dining for a great price. Araxi, The Rimrock Café and Il Caminetto are not to be missed.
- For a complete, searchable database of every edible opportunity in Whistler, look no further than the Tourism Whistler Dining Guide. You can filter by meal, price and even find take-out options for when you can’t bear to leave your hotel room!
- If you just can’t decide where to go, why not try a Tasting Tour? This unique Whistler experience is a guided tour of some of the best culinary experiences in Whistler. Try each course at a different restaurant, chosen by experienced, long-time local guides. Their Finer Things tour even gives you the chance to try champagne sabering at the legendary Bearfoot Bistro. Truly the ultimate Whistler culinary experience.
Whether you’re a family on a budget, a couple on a weekend getaway or a group of seasoned skiers, you can be sure that there’s a restaurant deal for you in Whistler. The offers are always changing, so make sure to check out Whistler Bites when you arrive in town. And if you’re on the hunt for one of the best meals of your life, check out our Foodie Guide to Whistler.