On-mountain dining is surprisingly accessible to those without skis. On Blackcomb Mountain, there's Christine's, offering classic dishes such as a tender osso bucco, or a showy salad with roasted asparagus with candied pecans. The place is also a hot spot for weekend brunch. Once only accessible to skiers, now you can get here via the gondola from Whistler. Because of this, most patrons tend to be decked out in full snow gear. Christine's is open in summer.
Rendezvous Lodge, Blackcomb Mountain, Whistler Village, British Columbia, V0N 1B4, Canada
Oct 20, 2014
My spouse and I dined at Christine’s for lunch on a Thursday afternoon in early August 2014. We did not have a reservation (which the restaurant accepts by telephone only), but the hostess granted our request for seating on the outdoor patio. Because of its location at the top of the Sun Coaster Express in the Rendezvous Lodge (also near the Peak 2 Peak Gondola between Blackcomb and Whistler), the restaurant hours depend on the operating hours of
the ski lifts. However, patrons can eat at Christine’s even if they are not skiers, as long as they have an access pass for the gondolas. Christine’s offers both indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor space is elegant, with high ceilings, wood trim, and large windows. However, we could not resist sitting outside on the deck, even though it was chilly on the afternoon that we dined. Although we did not see any heaters present on the deck, blankets were available. The tables on the deck did not feature umbrellas on the day that we dined, but it was breezy, so perhaps they were not in operation. Service was friendly, although not flawless. The wait staff prevented tourists from wandering through the restaurant and out to the deck to take photographs, which would have been distracting to the paying customers. We shared two entrees: ravioli topped with short rib, tomatoes, and arugula (which was the chef’s daily pasta creation), and a grilled cheese sandwich with bacon and tomato accompanied by a cup of the soup of the day (which was carrot saffron topped by herb cream). This restaurant offers no bread service with this seemingly fine-dining meal. The chef’s pasta was impressive, although the portion was small, but the plain grilled cheese sandwich for a comparable price underwhelmed us, especially because the restaurant charges for the bacon and tomato additionally. (The menu states the price for the bacon, but we were surprised that the tomato cost extra.) The restaurant uses quality ingredients in interesting combinations, and presents some of their dishes (such as the ravioli, not the grilled cheese) artistically. Christine’s was the only restaurant in Canada that served unsweetened iced tea. Each time we attempted to order it in other restaurants, the servers immediately asked whether we were Americans, because apparently unsweetened tea exists only in the United States. Canada serves mostly sweet tea, probably because it comes in the “gun” that serves fountain soda. Even so, it is possible for restaurants to freshly brew tea and then ice it down, which Christine’s must have done, and we appreciated it! (The restaurant charged us for every refill, though!) We recommend Christine’s as a serene place to eat good food while you enjoy the view of Blackcomb Mountain.