Most people know Whistler as THE PLACE to go for summer hikes and winter snow activities but did you know there are also lots to explore for foodies as well? In this post, I’m going to show you various places to eat in Whistler, all through a guided food tour called “Finer Things Dinner Tour” hosted by Whistler Tasting Tours ?
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The Finer Things Dinner Tour is a 3-4 hour guided, walking tour that features courses at four award-winning Whistler restaurants. They’re all within walking distance to each other so it’s really convenient (wear comfortable shoes though!). It truly is a fantastic way to try out multiple fantastic restaurants in a short time frame, and is perfect for those who are only staying in Whistler for a day or two.
Also, I can tell you right off the bat that this tour is also PERFECT for corporate groups, bachelor and bachelorette parties, foodies, and tourists wanting to meet new people while enjoying some delicious food!
We started off the tour at Crystal Lodge (I stayed there before! Check out this post for my review) where we met our guide, Christine, as well as the other tour attendees. In our particular tour, my fiance and I were partnered with 1 group of 7 other attendees who were all visiting from different cities but were part of one big family. 🙂
The first stop was Bearfoot Bistro and we were instantly brought down to their grand 15,000 bottle wine cellar where we learned how to saber champagne (after hearing a short history about the art of sabering).
The wine cellar was incredible and it was amazing to see bottles as old as 1973!!!
After the sabering, we each got a glass BC sparkling wine as well as two appies (raw oysters and a pumpkin or potato croquette with truffle aioli).
It’s important to note that you can add on an Optional Wine Pairing package which includes 4 glasses of wine (you will have a choice of red or white) throughout the tour.
Next up was Hy’s Steakhouse Whistler and here we each got a choice of appetizer. There were 3 to choose from (one was ahi tuna, one was prime rib slider, and one was vegetarian meat loaf) and I ended up choosing the Prime Rib Slider. While it was overall okay, I would’ve liked to see thicker, and more abundant slices of prime rib. As you can see from the photo, it was more bun than filling.
Throughout the tour they give you playing cards and there are different challenges to win more cards. At the end of the tour, whoever gets the best poker hand wins a prize. 😀 I really liked the ‘poker element’ of the tour and I won’t say too much else because I don’t want to spoil the game at Hy’s.
However, I do want to bring your attention to this delicious Pinot Gris from Peak Cellars. It was absolutely delicious!
Luckily it was not raining during our tour so it was a beautiful walk between each of the restaurants! Our guide Christine was also amazing in that she pointed out different things along the routes and spoke to some of the history behind it. Those are truly the little gems and nuggets of information that you normally would never get if you were to walk around a new city by yourself.
Our third stop was Quattro at Whistler which is serves up fine dining Italian cuisine. I visited Quattro about 10 years ago so I was super excited to return!
We got our own private room as we had our entrees here. The rooms were stunning and are perfect for parties and large gatherings!
My fiance got the Steelhead option which was prepared with a leek and truffle ragu and lemon stucco. This was the crowd favourite among the entire group! I had a taste and I absolutely agree – this fish was divine. Perfectly pan seared and just falling apart with a touch of the fork. The leek and truffle ragu as well was the perfect accompaniment to the light and mild fish.
I, on the other hand went with the housemade Fusilli Tartufati with local wild mushrooms, truffle cream, sage, and pecorino. I’m a sucker for fresh pasta and truffle everywhere I go so I knew I had to get this dish. Overall I enjoyed it very much and would gladly get this again during my next visit to Quattro!
After dinner, we stopped by Rocky Mountain Co for a scoop of ice cream and we got to admire all the chocolatey delicacies. This is a great place to buy some souvenirs back home especially if you don’t have a Rocky Mountain Chocolate Co store where you live!
We were already pretty full at this point but our very last stop was the FireRock Lounge where we would have our final glass of wine, beer, or ice wine along some with cheese platters.
As you can tell, they did not skimp on the food during this tour! In the end we had to pack some of the cheese plate home because we were just too full.
All in all, I had so much fun on the Finer Things Dinner Tour and it was so nice to meet different people and to enjoy their company while dining on delicious food.
It really is a great way to not only learn about the new city you’re in, but to also enjoy yourself with many glasses of wine and many plates of scrumptious food! My personal recommendation is that you add on the wine pairing because it’s worth it considering the amount of wine you get on the tour.
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Thank you so much for reading and thank you Whistler Tasting Tours for hosting my fiance and I!