Wildebeest

4.4
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Wildebeest (winner of Best New Restaurant and Best New Design - 24th Annual Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards) invites you to experience deliciously decadent yet simple country cooking. Explore a farm-to-table menu paired with a diverse selection of Old and New World wines and a carefully crafted cocktail list. Set in a refurbished 19th century building, the multi-level space offers a front house cocktail bar & lounge, open-concept kitchen, an inviting dining room with banquette seating, and an intimately-set private dining room.
The menu focuses on delicious local ingredients prepared with integrity. Every component has been thoughtfully nurtured by executive chef, Ian McHale, from field to finish. We work closely with surrounding farms and farmers to organically raise healthy, happy animals and grow custom produce. Employing classic butchery traditions and contemporary techniques, Wildebeest presents delicious menus of the season. This is food for food lovers.
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
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4.4
Ambience
4.0
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Disappointed
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

We had a 4-person tasting menu. They serve 3(!) oysters. When I asked what happened to the fourth, the server said that's the sizing size, three. "So if we'd gone with the 2-person tasting menu we'd have got 1 ½ oysters?" The server (blond, female--pointed out only because she was the only snooty one there; the Belgian male with the Aussie accent was great) gave a weak smile and walked away. In the end, the smoked oysters were terrible, so it didn't matter. Lots of raw meat followed, *some* of which was tasty. The flank steak and potato-cheese balls were delicious.

Okay, maybe it was our tastes (all four of us, mind you), but we felt the Emperor had no clothes. And at that price point?! Ludicrous. Sorry, Wildebeest.

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EricU
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Went on a weekday evening for a birthday. They have a coat check. One waiter for 5 tables. The waiter was very kind and accommodating but the food was a complete letdown. They have a great wine selection. Menu was their winter special. I don’t recommend the heirloom pickled carrots or the large brisket. Carrots were hit or miss on texture some were so firm we thought they were raw. The brisket was very salty on top of their homemade bbq sauce . We had to drink a lot of water to tone it down even though it’s served with a neutral nutty spinach purée. It is a very gastown atmosphere. Overall not the experience we expected as far as the food. Don’t know about dessert.

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FrankS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Food was tasty, portion on the smaller side, music was to loud causes everyone to yell over it making it even louder in the restaurant

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MichelleR
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always delicious, with outstanding service and ambience!

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MarkS
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Food was good, friendly staff and nice atmosphere.

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vipPonsie
Toronto
63 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing dining experience
Omakase was the best choice. Reasonably priced, each dish was just fantastic

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Rachel
Toronto
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience4

I really wanted to love this place but sadly left disappointed. My dining partner and I were prepared for a nice evening out and ready and willing to spend the money for it. We understood that her being a vegetarian did limit her with this particular menu but there were still some options. The cocktail list was vast and interesting. The execution did not match my initial impression. They were just lacking. My partner ordered the ravioli which was listed under the large plates section and in the $30 range. The portion was significantly smaller than expected and in no way should be classified as large. It was not enough as a full meal. I understand quality of ingredients used but perception of value should really be considered here. The few items I ordered were good. But what ultimately turned us off the most was that the food arrived almost immediately. It made us question how much had actually been made to order. Because the portions were so small we finished very quickly. I have never gone out for an evening and finished food and drink in so little time. It felt rushed and we were not given the experience that tables around us were receiving. We just asked for the bill. It all took about 45 minutes. We left and went for more food and drinks elsewhere. It’s a beautiful and cool spot but it just fell flat for us.

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whywhywhy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

The food is very good, and so are the staff. The wait times after ordering with the uncomfortable seating is pretty rough; I don't know who decided on bar stools for fine dinning. But it's literally the only thing wrong with this place. Probably a bit rich for most people. But I didn't have a bad bite all night.

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AlM123123123123123
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall2Food1Service4Ambience4

They tried to hard with over seasoning.
Everything was too salty.

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KaseyB
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved the bone marrow. Service was excellent. Ordered bottomless mimosas and the server kept them coming!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Portions for the main dishes was small but surprisingly filling. Loved the taste of the food and our server was very helpful and friendly! Would go again :D

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Brenda
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

This was our second time at Wildebeest. The service was top notch. Thanks to Devon for the bubbles when we arrived...much appreciated! :)

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RebeccaC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We did the menu that the restaurant curated for you based on budget and food preferences! It was an outstanding experience and the food was delicious.

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Yunita
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wasn't expecting bone marrow on toast to be on the menu. It was a mouth watering experience. Avocado toast is well plated with charred marks on halved avocados, beautifully presented by your cripsy toasts. We had a good friends' get-together here, the ambience is relaxing and warm cozy.

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vipkfnd
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience4

While the ambiance and overall decor was beautiful, I was underwhelmed by the food and service. Server was nice but it was slow. Took more than 15 mins to get my glass of wine. Food was tasty but we found the portions to be on the smaller side - left hungry.

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vipCathie
Vancouver
40 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The who,e experience was amazing. Looking forward to the next time.

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ThomasC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The venue was nice and the food was pretty good. I was there for valentines and it was just kind of ok. The food was decent but the portions were strange for a tasting menu. It also didn’t seem to be a great value and no particular dish stood out as great.
Music was a little loud and the bass was a little too much. My date had a worsened headache and we just couldn’t leave fast enough.
Overall, food was good but not amazing or a great value. The server kept trying to upsell the dishes by adding prawns, lobster tail, or fois gras. It seemed a little strange and lacking in grace to just throw an extra piece of meat on a dish and expect a greater result.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely, as always. We’ve come here for Valentines dinner two years in a row now and they always blow us away with their “omakase” option on the menu... trust the chef! Great cocktails and lovely service too.

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ChloeE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, amazing service, atmosphere, food, and cocktails!

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Michelle
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

We were not impressed with the quality of food.

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Benno
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great staff, reasonable menu although a tad limited and the beef selection is dominated by Wagyu which is not everyone's choice. I do find it annoying that 1. they didn't ask how we wanted our meat cooked and 2. They slice it - I like my steak uncut to keep it warm

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StefanE
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

So good! Lotta meat. Great service. Loved our guy, he was from Belgium.

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MartinR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A great selection of beautiful and creative food. The menu is fantastically creative and excellently executed. A beautiful balance of flavours and styles of food with a great seasonal element. Thanks so much Widebeest.

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MarcD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Fantastic food and vibe. Unfortunately, I called in a week prior to let them know we were celebrating a friends recent wedding and was told they would do something special, but nothing was done. It was a disappointing miss, but the rest of the evening was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a delicious brunch, the mushrooms on toast was divine. Fresh-squeezed OJ, tasty eggs benny, and a great atmosphere. We will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was delicious! Every bite full of flavor!

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vipYasminB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

Fish was overcooked and odor was strong. Steak was good. It was okay.

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vipkc2014
Vancouver
31 reviews