The Top Restaurants for Skiers at Canada's Big White

The Steakhouse
The Steakhouse | © Benjamin Horn / Flickr
Photo of Hayley Simpson
Writer6 March 2017

Known as the third largest ski resort in British Columbia, Big White is a very popular winter destination. The restaurants and bars in its village are known for their casualness and family-friendly atmosphere. After a fun day on the mountain, unwind and enjoy dining at one of these excellent eateries.

Black Diamond Bar and Grill

Bar, Restaurant, Pub Grub, Contemporary, $$$
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The picturesque Monashee Mountain Range
The picturesque Monashee Mountain Range | © Murray Foubister / Flickr

A contemporary Canadian steak and seafood restaurant, Black Diamond Bar and Grill has an elegant bar with a cozy dining room. Enjoy looking at the stunning Monashee Mountain Range while feasting on breakfast, lunch, après or dinner. The restaurant has two excellent weekly specials too. Beef and Blonde Thursday includes a prime rib burger with a Caribou Blonde Lager. Enjoy a prime rib roast on Friday and Saturday as well.

Moose Lounge

Restaurant, Contemporary, Pub Grub, $$$
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Located inside Happy Valley Day Lodge, the Moose Lounge is known for its casual, family-friendly dining room. Kids can enjoy free hot chocolate and coloring every day from 4 to 6 p.m., while the adults can sip on a cocktail and listen to the live music. There is also daily food and drink specials and an extensive range of wine and beer from the nearby Okanagan region.

Globe Café and Tapas Bar

Bar, Cafe, Restaurant, Mediterranean, $$$
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Tapas Time
Tapas Time | © Charles Haynes / Flickr

Stepping away from the pub grub, check out Globe and its Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. It starts out as a European-style coffee bar in the morning, but once the ski lifts close, Globe becomes a wine and tapas bar. The menu includes charcuterie and cheese boards, a variety of small tapas plates, Spanish bar snacks and a few Italian dishes as well. An excellent deal is ordering a family-style pasta dish (minimum four people) between 4 and 6 p.m. and receiving a complimentary half-litre of house wine.

6⁰ Bistro

Bistro, Contemporary
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6⁰ Bistro is a fine-dining restaurant in Big White, which only serves a range of Okanagan wines. They change their menu each season to showcase the best local flavors available. Their specialty is a seven-course and seven-wine degustation menu each Sunday. The team uses old techniques of French cookery to produce a memorable and modern menu. It’s a unique dining experience to enjoy when visiting this ski resort.

Gunbarrel Grill

Restaurant, Pub Grub
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Snowshoe Sam's Pub & Gunbarrel Grill
Snowshoe Sam's Pub & Gunbarrel Grill | © Hamish / Flickr

Situated above the number one ski bar in North America, Snowshoe Sam’s Pub, Gunbarrel Grill is a fun place to enjoy dinner in Big White. The restaurant has a relaxed environment and is known for its quirky interior decorations, including many Western artifacts. There are three dining rooms, including one with a fireplace for a cozy setting and one relaxing lounge with a television. The menu features seafood, steak, salads and chef favorites. Be sure to try the chorizo macaroni and cheese.

The Blarney Stone Irish Tavern

Gastropub, Pub, Restaurant, Irish, Pub Grub, $$$
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It isn’t a British Columbian ski resort without an Irish pub. Run by the same people behind the aforementioned Globe Tapas Bar, The Blarney Stone Irish Tavern is a great place to start the day with a traditional Irish breakfast and finish with a pint of Guinness. Some of its signature dishes include an Irish lamb stew with soda bread; lamb and Guinness shepherd’s pie; and “a giant Yorkie loaded with bangers in onion gravy.” The pub hosts a trivia night on Mondays and has live music every Friday night too.

Kettle Valley Steakhouse

Restaurant, Contemporary, Chinese, Fast Food
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The Steakhouse
The Steakhouse | © Benjamin Horn / Flickr

Nestled in the Happy Valley Day Lodge beside the Moose Lounge, Kettle Valley Steakhouse is serious about steak. They only cook Canadian, all-natural and Certified Angus Beef®, which is aged a minimum of 28 days, and offer sustainably sourced seafood from Ocean Wise. The steakhouse has a kid’s menu as well, featuring crudités and ranch dip and a four-ounce filet mignon with pomme purée and seasonal vegetables.

The Woods Restaurant

Restaurant, Contemporary, $$$
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Drawing inspiration from British Columbia’s beautiful national landscape, The Woods offers skiers a comfortable and friendly environment in the heart of Big White’s village. You can drop in for a beer après-ski or enjoy dinner with a backdrop of live music on Friday and Saturday nights. The Woods has the usual pub fare on the menu, including burgers, salads, and starters.

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