Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar

  • 110-4222 Village Square
  • Whistler, BC V0N 1B4
  • Phone: 604.932.4540

Best of the Pacific Northwest

Best of nearby fields, pastures, and pristine waters.

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. After 20 years, Chef Walt hands over the reins to incoming Executive Chef Quang Dang, who’s shared the same focus of regionally-inspired driven menus at Toptable Group’s sister venue West Restaurant. Always at the ready to lend a hand to the Araxi brigade, Chef Walt continues to be involved with the food program alongside Chef Quang.

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.

Apres: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Dinner: 5:00pm - Midnight

Group sizes up to: Please phone for details.

Dining Style: Fine

Special Features:  Patio, View, Bar or Lounge, Wheelchair Access, Sommeliers, Wine Cellar, Private Parties, Parking Access in nearby village


Wine List Award, Silver
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2015-2016

Best Whistler, Gold
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 1999-2008, 2010-2015

Best Whistler Restaurant
Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards, 2009-2015

Best Formal Whistler Restaurant
WHERE Magazine 'To Dine' Awards, 2010-2015

'Best of' Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator, 2013-2015

Top 50 Restaurants in Canada, 2012-2015

Best Chef, James Walt
Best Bartender, Jason Redmond
Best Wine List
Best Martini/Cocktail
Pique ‘Best of Whistler’ Awards, 2015

Regional Company of the Year
27th Annual Pinnacle Awards, 2015 

Top 100 Best Restaurants in Canada
OpenTable, 2015

Wine List Award, Gold
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2013-2014

Best Server, Benjamin Parizet
Best Bartender, Jason Redmond
Best Martini/Cocktail
Pique ‘Best of Whistler’ Awards, 2014

Best Overall Experience
Best Chef, James Walt
Best Service
Best Wine List, Samantha Rahn
Pique 'Best of Whistler' Awards, 2013-2014

Sommelier of the Year, Samantha Rahn
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2013

Premier Crew Service Award, Samantha Rahn
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2013

Achievement of Distinction in Dining
DiRoNA, 2013

Best Dessert, Aaron Heath
Pique ‘Best of Whistler’ Awards, 2013

Top 50, Canada's Best Restaurants
Maclean's Magazine, 2012

Four Diamond Award
AAA / CAA, 2012

Premier Crew Service Award, Neil Henderson
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2012

Most Popular Whistler Restaurant
Zagat Restaurants Survey, 2012

Nominee, Cooking from a Professional Point of View - Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant
James Beard Foundation Awards, 2010

Best Illustrated Cookbook - Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant
Cordon d' Or - Gold Ribbon, International Culinary Academy Awards, 2010

Grand Prize Restaurant, Hell's Kitchen Season 6
Selected by Chef Gordon Ramsay and the Producers of FOX's Hell’s Kitchen as the grand prize for the winning chef, 2009

Best Chef Book in Canada - Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant
Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2009

Best Whistler, Silver
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2009

Best Whistler, Gold
Urban Diner Restaurant Awards, 2009

Guest Chef Dinner @ James Beard House
Three sold out events at the prestigious James Beard Foundation. New York City, 2006 + 2002 + 1998

General (All)
Dining & Nightlife


  • Seasons Of Operation:
    • All
  • Maximum Group Size: 350
  • Group Bookings:


  • Total Restaurant/Nightclub Capacity: 350
  • Total Number of Private Rooms: 3
  • Max Capacity Banquet: 180
  • Max Capacity Reception: 350
  • Buy Out:
  • Meal Type:
    • Dinner
  • Patio:
Facility Info
Meeting Rooms
  • Description GROUPS AT ARAXI RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR We believe in fulfilling needs and exceeding expectations. Whether you are looking to host a private dinner for 12, or a cocktail reception for 200, Araxi offers a unique setting for any occasion. Each event or private dining experience can be customized according to your personal requirements. Our Wine Room can host dinner for up to 18 guests, with other areas of the restaurant suitable for larger groups. For groups of 30 or more, we suggest our new private event space, The Cellar by Araxi (see below for details). Exceptional quality, unparalleled service and exclusive settings offer all the key ingredients for a memorable evening. Private luncheons also available. GROUPS AT THE CELLAR BY ARAXI Located along Whistler’s Village Stroll, The Cellar by Araxi – an extension of the acclaimed Araxi Restaurant + Oyster Bar – boasts an impressive 2,800 sq ft space for private dining, meetings, and special events. It features a Chef’s Table and show kitchen for interactive chef demonstrations, and state-of-the-art audio visual equipment. Heeding the needs of the most discerning guests, a separate entrance ensures the utmost exclusivity for private-dining patrons. Our Event Coordinator will assist you in creating the perfect atmosphere for your occasion.
  • Floorplan File Floorplan File
  • Reception Capacity 350
  • Space Notes CAPACITIES AT ARAXI RESTAURANT & OYSTER BAR Dining Room exclusive of wine room, lounge and terrace 150pp sit-down, 200pp reception Terrace (weather dependent) 64pp sit-down, 150pp reception Semi-Private Wine Room 18pp sit-down, 25pp reception Oyster Bar + Lounge 16pp sit-down, 60pp reception Interior Restaurant (includes Wine Room, Oyster Bar + Lounge) exclusive of terrace 180pp sit-down, 350pp reception CAPACITIES AT THE CELLAR BY ARAXI Semi-Private Chef's Table 14pp sit-down Main Room 46pp sit-down, 60pp reception Exclusive Use Complete Room 60pp sit-down, 120pp reception
  • Banquet Capacity 180
  • Number of Rooms 3

Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar - Dining Room

  • Banquet Capacity: 150
  • Reception Capacity: 200

Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar - Terrace (weather dependent)

  • Banquet Capacity: 64
  • Reception Capacity: 150

Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar - Semi-Private Wine Room

  • Banquet Capacity: 18
  • Reception Capacity: 25

Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar - Oyster Bar + Lounge

  • Banquet Capacity: 16
  • Reception Capacity: 60

Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar - Interior Restaurant (includes Wine Room, Oyster Bar + Lounge)

  • Banquet Capacity: 180
  • Reception Capacity: 350

The Cellar by Araxi - Semi-Private Chef's Table

  • Banquet Capacity: 14

The Cellar by Araxi - Main Room

  • Banquet Capacity: 46
  • Reception Capacity: 60

The Cellar by Araxi - Exclusive Use Complete Room

  • Banquet Capacity: 60
  • Reception Capacity: 120