The Barefoot Bistro – Whistler, BC.

Tucked away in the Green Village of Whistler just across from The Listel Hotel, rests an elite culinary adventure like no other – Barefoot Bistro.

Founder André St. Jacques describes the experience as a

‘celebration of food, wine and life’.

Now, this is something I can certainly advocate.

With a lavish sense of flare, the overall experience is nothing short of flamboyant. Including Champagne Sabbering, much to my own disappointment this is not opening a bottle of Champagne with a Lightsaber. Still a long, long time ago just not so much in a galaxy far, far away; back when old mate Napoléon Bonaparte was taking power of France.

Your typical French ceremony would not just involve Champagne but popping the bottle with a Saber (once again not a Lightsaber, it’s like a really thin sword) the chosen weapon within Napoléon’s cavalry.

It has been told that Napoleon would state “Champagne! In victory one deserves it; in defeat one needs it.”

No battle required for champers at Barefoot Bistro.

From embracing French history to captivating guests with a true Canadian adventure, just $48 will let you enter The Ketel One Ice Room.

Let the soft Canadian Goose jacket keep you warm, as you slowly sip samples of top shelf vodka from around the world.

This is experience is about savoring flavors and understanding texture. An educational, adults-only journey through sub zero temperatures is a permanent feature and one of a kind  in Canada.

The Ketel One Ice Room is located just beside Barefoot Bistro, so you needn’t worry about wandering too far for your food. As you step inside Barefoot Bistro, you are greeted with a smile and the soft melodies playing from the piano adds to that ultimate classically classy vibe.

Neatly polished wooden panels provide the multi cultural art work the perfect backdrop to showcase themselves.  The décor seems to have a story of it’s own; embodying all the warmth of back country cabin yet still chic enough to make you feel under dressed in a ball gown.

I would return just for the chairs.

If the iron throne were Canadian, the chairs at Barefoot Bistro would be an accurate design.

 Interested in more classy eats as you trek the Globe? Check out Restaurant 1901 at Lake Bled, Slovenia.


The French influence that acts as the vein in Canadian culture still very much runs through modern Canadian cuisine which  Executive Chef Melissa Craig’s has enhanced with her menu.

From Québec Foie Gras to duck confit, pork terrine and locally sourced seafood. The menu changes with the seasons however featuring the ever present favorites like truffle fries and of course, oysters.

This classy restaurant in Whistler not only opens champagne with swords, has an ice bar with flavored vodka and a culinary team lead by their own Whistler Wonder Woman. The Barefoot Bistro is pulling out all the stops to impress their guests on a whole new level.

Step in;

Nitro ice cream.

The latest trend to hit the culinary world, is leaving Whistler in steaming haze of icy goodness. Your most likely Australian waiter will rock up, elegant presented, wheeling in a well crafted table made precisely for this occasion.


The liquid nitrogen is poured into a large bowl filled with fatty, flavorsome cream.

Like simple wizardry, he’ll whisk about engulfing the floors around you in the smoky steam of liquid nitrogen.

Freshly made ice cream is accompanied with all the best sundae delights; silky rich dark chocolate and thick salty caramel sauce, matched with an array of tiny marshmallows and chocolate covered sprinkles is a fantastic celebration of adulating at its finest.

It’s basically a show where at the end you get ice cream, really whats not to love?

Spoon or sword, Barefoot Bistro is an absolute treat!

Pricey? Yes. Worth it? Also, yes.

Spoilt from the moment you walk in, if you want fine food in a classic setting Barefoot Bistro cannot be missed.

Check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

Open from 5 pm for Après and 6 pm for dinner.


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