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Reimagined Bar Oso reopens in Whistler Village

Toptable Group’s Spanish-inspired tapas spot has refreshed look following renovation
Bocadillos, pictured, are a favourite on the Bar Oso menu.

Bar Oso, the elegant tapas spot in the heart of Whistler Village, has officially reopened after a longer-than-expected closure to reimagine the space.

The Toptable Group restaurant closed in January 2022 for renovations that were meant to last only a year, but delays meant the Spanish-inspired eatery didn’t officially reopen until last week. The refreshed restaurant now has an expanded dining room and U-shaped bar, offering more seating for guests in what was a relatively tight space.

“For over four decades, our team has been dedicated to delivering unforgettable dining experiences. This project is a testament to that commitment as we dreamed of providing our guests with a fresh look, grounded by a stunning back-lit onyx bar and more space for everyone to enjoy at Bar Oso,” said Michael Doyle, Toptable Group president, in a release. “We are so thankful to the Whistler community for their support and excited to welcome everyone back.”

Known for its small plates, in-house charcuterie, handcrafted cocktails, and expansive wine list, Bar Oso remains under the direction of Toptable’s culinary director and BC Restaurant Hall of Famer James Walt and Executive Chef and Madrid native Jorge Munoz Santos. The release said the menu will continue to serve its staples, such as croquetas to Setas, organic chicken empanadas, ceviche, and octopus “Jorge-style,” along with an extensive selection of charcuterie and cheese, and dessert favourites such as its Basque cheesecake and crema Catalana.

Located at 4222 Village Square, Bar Oso is open daily from 4 p.m. At present, reservations are not being taken, and seating is first-come, first-served.
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