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Apres from 3pm-5pm | Dinner from 5pm


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Our Team

Quang Dang, Executive Chef
Aaron Heath, Pastry Chef
Anton Tatarenko, Restaurant Manager
Neil Henderson, Restaurant Director
Jason Kawaguchi, Wine Director
Rene Wuethrich, Bar Manager

About Araxi Restaurant

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.

The Cookbooks

Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes
by James Walt $37.95

In follow-up to their James Beard-nominated cookbook, award-winning Executive Chef James Walt and his team share recipes from Araxi Restaurant’s dining room and signature Longtable Dinner events, all adapted for delicious home cooking. Aptly named Araxi: Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes, Chef Walt’s book is now available for purchase.

For more details and to order a copy, click here.

Araxi, Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant
by James Walt $45.00

Gorgeous photography and accessible recipes frame the seasons and chef James Walt’s celebration of our region’s bounty in Araxi: Seasonal Recipes from the Celebrated Whistler Restaurant. A graduate of Stratford, Walt’s sterling career includes the executive chef position at the Canadian Embassy in Rome. The highly anticipated cookbook was just released to high praise by both patrons and Walt’s peers, including chefs Gordon Ramsay and Heston Blumenthal. Walt’s distinct Canadian style – that celebrates both local farms and coastal fisheries – has won praise and ovations at New York City’s James Beard House where he has showcased his talents three times. Now long established as Whistler’s finest dining experience, Araxi also features exceptional dessert recipes from pastry chef Aaron Heath and wine pairings from Samantha Rahn.

For more details and to order a copy, click here.

Best Chef Book in Canada, Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, 2009
Nominee, Cooking from a Professional Point of View, James Beard Foundation Awards, 2010
Best Illustrated Cookbook, Cordon d’ Or – Gold Ribbon, International Culinary Academy Awards, 2010


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Taste Canada Award, Gold
Roots to Shoots, Farm Fresh Recipes, 2017

Wine List Award, Silver
Vancouver International Wine Festival, 2015-2017

‘Best of’ Award of Excellence
Wine Spectator, 2013-2017

Best Whistler, Gold
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 1999-2008, 2010-2017

Best Whistler Restaurant, First Place
Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards, 2009-2015, 2017

Best Whistler Fine Dining
WHERE Magazine ‘To Dine’ Awards, 2010-2017

Certificate of Excellence
TripAdvisor, 2017

Best Whistler Restaurant, Third Place
Georgia Straight Golden Plate Awards, 2016

Top 100 Best Restaurants in Canada
OpenTable, 2015-2016

Best Wine, First Place
Best Chef, James Walt, Second Place
Best Service, Second Place
Best Overall Experience, Second Place
Best Martini/Cocktail, Second Place
Pique ‘Best of Whistler’ Awards, 2016

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

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

Best Whistler, Silver
Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards, 2009

Best Whistler, Gold
Urban Diner Restaurant Awards, 2009

Best Chef, James Walt
‘Best of’ Whistler, Wine Spectator, 2009

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