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The Best Fine Dining in Whistler

Depending on who you are, when you visit Whistler all you may be interested in is grabbing a 1 a.m. slice of pizza after you've spent the day shredding some gnar.

But Whistler has more to offer than that. Whistler has an honest to goodness fine dining establishment (or two)!

We are up here right now (November 2016) covering Cornucopia - the region's food and wine festival. We were interested to see the area tour something they are a little less known for.....but it's not like these restaurants have popped up overnight!

Araxi Restaurant, for example, has been doing its thing in Whistler for 35 years, and they continually win Vancouver Magazine's "Best Whistler" award.

The man behind the magic is Executive Chef James Walt, who do we say this...kind of a big deal. He is the author of two cookbooks (one of which got a James Beard nom), worked at the Canadian Embassy in Rome and has been with Araxi for 19 years.

He's also a really cool guy.

"We have visitors from Italy, Japan, France, China - I want to represent the area, and what it's all about," said Walt, whose menu focuses on local fresh ingredients.

When asked why he chose Whistler as his culinary home - the answer was simple.

"You have everything here as far as lifestyle," he said. "Personally I don't think there is any other place in this world that can do what we do."

Indeed. For example, to celebrate their 35th anniversary Araxi is currently running a special: 5 course for $35. The courses include locally sourced ingredients like wild sockeye salmon tartare, Pemberton beets, heirloom squash, Okanagan pears and BC mushrooms.

Nothing is wrong with that late night slice of pizza, but next time you're in Whistler - maybe....branch out!