Insider’s Guide: International Food in Whistler

A Sushi Chef serving a roll at Sushi Village in Whistler

Insider’s Guide: International Food in Whistler

Whistler is home to a variety of international cuisines but finding these treasures doesn’t always happen by chance. If you’ve got a hankering for something in particular or want to try something new, let this list be your map. Any of these international dining options will have your tastebuds dancing for days!

A planned dining experience in Whistler is always welcome as many of these hot spots fill up quickly. Plus, you’ve probably been busy adventuring and want to avoid searching for the right spot until the “hangeries” kick in.

Asian Cuisine

Not only does Whistler have restaurants that specialize in cuisine from countries across Asia but many restaurants also include Asian-fusion options to choose from. 

From Japan

With Whistler’s proximity to the coastline and access to fresh seafood, it’s no surprise that we have world-class sushi and Japanese cuisine despite the distance from Japan itself. Anything with wild Pacific salmon such as sockeye will bring a little BC flare into your otherwise traditional dish.

A Sushi Chef serving a roll at Sushi Village in Whistler

Bar seating at Sushi Village means you can watch the sushi chefs in action. PHOTO MIKE CRANE

Harajuku

Lots of vegetarian and vegan options and an authentic Izakaya atmosphere await at Harajuku. Address

Sushi Village

Notoriously known for its sweet tasting sake margaritas, Sushi Village makes a brag-worthy box roll and tangy agedashi tofu. Address

Sachi Sushi

Thanks to the crispy salmon skin and a generous serving, BC salmon cones are the local’s go-to here. Address

Ohyama Ramen

They speak ramen here and only ramen which means each bowl is carefully crafted and delish. Address

Samurai Sushi

Samurai box specials and donburi bowls are the best bang for your buck at Samurai Sushi and provide a generous sampling of their tasty menu. Address

Sushi to Go

Snag some sushi to go with friendly service while in the Whistler Visitor Centre planning your next adventure. Address

Teppan Village

It’s all about the experience here, the food is artfully prepared right before your eyes. Address

Ka-Ze Sushi

Your bluefin tuna paradise awaits here – and tuna anything for that matter! Address

From Mongolia

Mongolie Grill

Make your own Mongolian dish and have it cooked by the pros right in front of you at this interactive dining experience. Address

From India

Tastebuds ready for a tickle? Both restaurants have large menus with all of the traditional Indian dishes you crave. 

Tandoori Grill

Curries and samosas like you’d never expect so far away from their origin. Possibly the largest vegetarian dish collection in town. Address

Vegan and vegetarian dishes at the Tandoori Grill

The dishes are as delicious as they are colourful. PHOTO TANDOORI GRILL

The Royal Taste of India

This Whistler hot spot is known for its scrumptious butter chicken dishes. Address

Asia-Fusion

Main Street Noodles

Grab a little taste of Thailand, Vietnam, China or Malaysia at this quick, upbeat grab-and-go hot spot. Address

Earls Kitchen + Bar

You can find pho, chicken Hunan kun pao, a teriyaki chicken rice bowl, sushi and more on the Earls menu. Address

The Brewhouse

From Szechuan chicken lettuce wraps to chickpea curry, Asian inspired dishes are dotted throughout the menu. Address

INSIDER TIP: You’ll find one or two Asian-fusion dishes offered at more restaurants such as The Raven Room, Milestones, 21 Steps and Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse.

European Cuisine

Whistler offers a collection of European and European-fusion eateries, each harnessing the individual countries’ food culture and atmosphere.

From Italy

Undoubtedly a group pleaser, Italian food is a staple here in Whistler. Served in a variety of forms, you could eat Italian all week long and never tire of the selection. 

Il Caminetto

Classic Italian dishes meet local flavor at the contemporary and elegant Il Caminetto. Address

Quattro

Quattro has a bit of it all, pasta, lamb dishes, risotto and meatballs – a full sample of traditional Italian cuisine. Address

Pizzeria Antico

Neopolitan style pizzas made and served fresh. If you swing by on a nice night, ask to be seated on the back patio. Address

Creekbread

Watch the magic happen as your locally sourced pizza is cooked to perfection right in the crackling wood fire oven. Best gluten free pizza option in Whistler with extra care taken for celiacs. 

Pasta Lupino

Fresh pasta and sauce made from scratch daily. Don’t let the casual counter service fool you, your eats will be top notch here! Address

Gnarly Roots Pizza

Quick and quality pizza by the slice or the box makes this a great lunch or easy dinner spot. Address

Old Spaghetti Factory

A family-friendly classic. You know the name and the menu, so if you’re in the mood for comfort food you’ll find it here. Address

More from Europe

Alta Bistro

Unique tastes that blur many European borders.  Elk tartar, duck liver and Arctic cod are just a few of the decadent dishes on the menu at Alta Bistro. Address

Caramba

Mediterranean inspired, you can’t miss the calamari here! Enjoy the evening sun on the patio and if you time it right, live music from the nearby Village gazebo. Address

Bar Oso

Spanish flavour infused tapas in a laid-back modern environment makes for a playful dining experience. Address

Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub

You’ll find Irish classics here like bangers and mash, clam chowder, cottage pies and plenty of Guinness along with the traditional pub food you’ve come to expect. Address

Crepe Montage

Sweet and savory – if it can be made into a crepe it’s on the menu here! Gluten-free and non-crepe options available all day. Address

Elements Urban Tapas Lounge

Most recognized for their delicious brunch options, they also serve great shareable bites for every meal. Address

Legs Diamond

A fusion of Italian, French and North American cuisine make up the carefully crafted menu at Legs Diamond. Address

North American Cuisine

From Mexico

Because everyone loves tacos and margaritas. The menus don’t stop there either, from fine dining to cozy cantinas, Whistler’s small but thorough collection of Mexican restaurants covers all the bases.

Mexican Corner

Everything your dream menu has on it and then some! Address

INSIDER TIP: The spicy jalapeño margaritas get stronger the longer they sit, so match your drinking pace to your spice tolerance!
Three women holding margaritas at the Mexican Corner

Margaritas Monday at the Mexican Corner. Is there a better way to start the week? PHOTO MIKE CRANE

La Cantina

Casual counter service makes for a great lunch destination at either La Cantina location. Burritos, tacos, and bowls with all the fixings are available, the hardest choice will be choosing green or red sauce – thankfully, half and half is an option for the indecisive. Address

From Canada

As you’ve probably come to notice, we Canadians and in particular, Whistlerites, are pretty dang proud of where we live. With that in mind, we can’t help but list a few places that represent just that. If you’re craving Canadian cuisine, stop by one of the listed below and you’re sure to leave satisfied.

Thunderbird Café

Located in the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre, Thunderbird Café serves traditional First Nations dishes from breakfast to late lunch. The bison stew and bannock tacos are delish! Address

A plated bannock taco at the Thunderbird Cafe

You don’t have to purchase admission to the museum to eat here! PHOTO ABBY COOPER

Araxi

Oysters, oysters, oysters! Also wine. There’s more to Araxi than delicious BC oysters but it’s certainly a number one dish here. Address

Rim Rock Cafe

A Canadian seafood haven. Caught on the wild coastline of BC and served at Rim Rock, you’ll find a collection of western Canada’s finest seafood dishes here. Address

Zogs Dogs

The smell of the caramelizing onions at this kiosk has been known to lure in a hungry traveller or two. Zogs is the go-to spot for poutine, an eastern Canadian classic. Address

More Canadian eats worth checking out at: Aura, Stonesedge Kitchen, Sidecut Modern Steak + Bar, Bearfoot Bistro, Table Nineteen, The Mallard Lounge, Hunter Gather Eatery & Taphouse, and 21 Steps.

Australian Cuisine

With so many Australians in Whistler, the one and only (so far) establishment serving authentic Aussie food was a welcome addition in 2013.

Peaked Pies

Meat pies and breakfast pies served the traditional Aussie way. You can also find much-loved sweet treats like Lamingtons, caramel tarts and Anzac biscuits. Address

Eat your way through Whistler with this list of international cuisine offerings. Consult the Whistler.com dining directory for more details on all of these fine establishments. 

Abby Cooper

Abby Cooper

Abby Cooper is a Whistler-based photographer, splitboarder and dog mom who is always looking for new adventures to take her farther and higher. You can usually find her in the backcountry, surrounded by good people (and dogs).

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