Autumn in Whistler

Cheap Places To Eat In Whistler

As one of the top summer and winter resorts in North America, there’s no shortage of places to eat in Whistler. Whether you’re looking for Vegan, Mexican, Indian, Italian, Asian, or Mediterranean, it’s all here and more.

It’s no secret though, that Whistler as a top vacation destination is expensive. But finding cheaper places to eat in Whistler can be done.

Since a lot of your accommodation options include kitchens, buying groceries and cooking in can save you a lot of money. Right in the village square is the Whistler Grocery Store. It’s a decent sized, very clean store that has everything you’d ever need.

Of course you always have the option of fast food for cheap eats in Whistler with McDonald’s, KFC, Dairy Queen, Tim Horton’s, and Subway in town. But if you’re like me, when you’re on vacation part of the fun is trying out new and exciting restaurants. Places I can go to at home are the last places I want to eat at while I’m away.

Here’s our list of places we personally tried out and found them all to be reasonable.

Breakfast In Whistler

Southside Diner

Southside Diner Creekside

The Southside Diner is located in Creekside, about a 5 minute drive from Whistler Village. With amazing food and great prices, my vote for best breakfast in Whistler goes to this restaurant. You’ll love the cool looking 50’s style interior. It’s the perfect spot to go for breakfast or lunch. A must try is the B.E.L.T.C.H, or the Breakfast Poutine. Two very popular breakfast items.

Southside Diner Whistler

All Seasons Grill

All Seasons Grill Whistler

The All Seasons Grill is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We were there for lunch, but breakfast items are available until 2pm. The restaurant is a decent size and has everything from pizza, salmon, chicken, sandwich’s, pasta, steak, and more. Something for everyone! Be sure to try the eggs benedicts with hollandaise sauce.

Hot Buns Bakery

Hot Buns Bakery Whistler

The Hot Buns Bakery is open for breakfast or lunch daily. Besides their delicious cinnamon buns, muffins, and croissants, they make the best crepes. I had one of the dessert crepes for an afternoon treat, but they also make savoury crepes perfect for lunch. There’s limited seating inside and out, but most people do take out.

Hot Buns Bakery Whistler

Purebread Whistler

Purebread Whistler Village

With always a line up out the door, Purebread bakery is a popular spot for breakfast or lunch. They have the best coffee in town, and a good selection of treats to choose from. Their options include gluten free, vegan, or vegetarian cakes, scones, breads, croissants, pies, and sausage rolls. With most items priced under $6, it’s no wonder Purebread is one of the most popular places to eat in Whistler.

  • Purebread | Address: 4338 Main Street, Whistler

Aura Restaurant

Creekside Nita Lake Lodge breakfast

Located in Creekside is the Nita Lake Lodge. Here, you can have breakfast at the Aura Restaurant and enjoy the views out the window of the Nita Lake. All the breakfast options looked delicious and it was hard to choose. There’s plenty of vegan and gluten free options like to vegan potato hash, or the vegan banana bread french toast. We had the Nita Lake breakfast and the wholegrain oatmeal with the biggest and best blueberry scone ever.

Lunch In Whistler

El Furniture Warehouse

Whistler lunch

El Furniture Warehouse is famous for their $5.95 menu. Everyday, any food option off their menu will only cost you $5.95. Drinks are extra, but are still reasonably priced. I had a mac and cheese, and Jerry had the veggie burger and fries. Both were decent sized portions when we were there for lunch. Such a deal!

lunch from El Furniture Warehouse

Hunter Gather

Whistler food

There’s nothing fancy about the Hunter Gather restaurant. But it’s a great spot to eat for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Be sure to try the kahlua pulled pork sandwich and the thoughtful falafel along with the smashed potatoes for a side. They were the best! You place your order at the counter first and they deliver it to your table. There are plenty of seats. So it’s the perfect place to meet a friend.

Hunter Gather Restaurant Whistler

La Cantina

La Cantina Whistler

La Cantina is a great spot for Mexican food in Whistler. It’s open for lunch and dinner, but we found it better as a lunch location. The taco’s are cheap, $2.75-$3.50 each. But they’re small, so you’ll need to order at least 4. A better option is the burrito where you get more for your money. Still a cheap option to eat at.

Mexican restaurant Whistler
  • La Cantina | Address: 129-4340 Lorimer Road, Whistler

Peaked Pies

Peaked Pies Whistler BC

Peaked Pies in Whistler is an absolute must do. They are amazing! These Australian style pies are freshly baked every day as either sweet or savoury. They are open for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. But anytime of the day is perfect for pie! Most people do take out since the inside only has seating for 3 people.

The savoury pies have the option of coming peaked or not. The peaked pie is a normal small pie. Then it’s piled with mashed green peas, a scooped of mashed potatoes, then smothered in gravy. Yum! Hence the name peaked. There is even one called the hopper for anyone that wants to try kangaroo meat. I had the mixed berry pie. It was gone so fast I didn’t even get a picture.

Dinner In Whistler

Pasta Lupino

Pasta Lupino Whistler

Pasta Lupino is one of the more affordable Italian restaurants in Whistler. It’s a cute, smaller restaurant with the best freshly made pasta and bread hot out of the oven. We both had the veggie lasagna and a caesar salad. They’re open for lunch and dinner daily and have the friendliest staff.

Whistler food

High Mountain Brewing Co.

Brewhouse Whistler

Another great suggestion for places to eat in Whistler village is the Brewhouse. It’s a very popular restaurant/bar in Whistler that usually has people lined up out the door. The inside is very spacious though, so the wait doesn’t take long. And it’s well worth it! It’s also a great spot to come for Whistler happy hour which runs Monday to Friday from 2-4. Our table had one of the wood fired pizza’s and the fish and chips dinner. All were great!

Dubh Linn Gate

Whistler dining at the Dubh Linn Gate

One of the top restaurants in Whistler is the Irish pub called Dubh Linn Gate. They serve typical pub style food and added specials. The night we were there they had a prawn and lobster dinner special. Well worth it! Come here on Saturday or Sunday morning for a delicious brunch in Whistler. It’s also one of several Whistler bars that people come to for happy hour after a long day on the slopes. Certain nights you’ll even hear live entertainment.

Whistler Restaurants

Earls Whistler

Earls Whistler

We found Earls to be one of the best restaurants in Whistler if you don’t want to spend a fortune. If you did want to splurge, then I’d choose Araxi or the Bearfoot Bistro for fine dining in Whistler. Earls has an extensive menu that includes chicken, steak, seafood, burgers and much more. Also one of the best vegan restaurants in Whistler for choices. Power bowls, vegan burgers, kung pao, all delicious. Don’t forget the sticky toffee chocolate pudding for dessert!

Whistler restaurants

Even though very popular resorts like Whistler are always expensive, you don’t need to spend a ton on food if you don’t want to. There are great options out there, and we think we found some treasures. Good food doesn’t have to cost a lot. But you may have to wait 20 minutes or so for a seat. Enjoy!