Wildebeest

4.5
1593 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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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.

Private Dining

Private events and dining are welcome at Wildebeest, in the restaurant and Underbelly, the private dining room downstairs. The restaurant has capacity for events up to 100 guests, and Underbelly is a perfect venue for groups up to 55. Join us by booking either room or both!

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OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent food, great wine, and our server went out of his way to make the night more memorable.

S
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

The service was a bit disorganized but was very friendly. Food was delicious and high quality.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food was delicious. Could use less salt in every dish. Lamb was excellent and tasted very gamey. Wagyu-ragu spaghetti was phenomenal.

OT
San Antonio
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came for brunch, great cheddar omelette. Loved the crispy Kennebec Potato, and the salad was a good light complement to the dish. Service was great. Would definitely return for brunch, or to try dinner offerings.

w
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great restaurant, but there’s no justifiable reason to charge that much.

AA
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

The lamb is amazing!!

N
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good food, great service.

W
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Chose Wildebeest by chance from Google map and good reviews. Was very pleased we did, excellent service from Michael, good advice on how the menu cud be used, either sharing or solo choices. Interesting menu including deviled eggs, steak tartare served on sourdough toast, and other different from the norm dishes.
Good selection of local wines, by the glass or bottle. Pricing quite reasonable so all in all wud recommend as a restaurant with a difference.
Remember to pass by the nearby steam clock in the Gasworks area on the quarter hour to see it puff

TD
Phoenix
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

Food was over-prepared, overcooked, and just unappetizing.

C
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

A very mixed review indeed. We booked this place for our 19th Wedding anniversary and the server greeted us with some complimentary bubbly once we sat down. We had our reservations at 5pm which is when they first opened so it was slower than normal.

We ordered off the happy hour and also went for a Wagyu steak to share. The Bone Marrow was interesting and very nice but I don't get why they serve it with a big piece of bread instead of smaller sized toast. We were ripping the bread with our hands which is ok with the family but not sure I would want to do this with friends and colleagues. We also order the Ragu spaghetti which was probably our favorite next to the Waygu tenderloin steak. The poutine was a large size and tasted great when hot but nothing special. We also ordered the cornbread which I didn't try (not a fan) and the BBQ brisket.

The brisket we found to be extremely salty / strong in it's flavor and couldn't eat it without washing it down with beer or water. When we mentioned this to the server, she seemed put off by our remark and we stated it was just our suggestion that it would be better with white rice, pasta or any carb to offset the strong flavor. It felt like our server was offended and walked off midway through our explanation. This was a damper on an otherwise "decent" meal.

Summary is that this is a neat restaurant with some great dishes but all plates lean towards the salty side. It's ok but I won't be planning on going back anytime soon.

JH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service! Really enjoyed the family style tasting. It was rather hot in the restaurant but otherwise would highly suggest

DB
Atlanta
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic! Service was exceptional and the Wagyu was incredible.

R
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner. From the starters to the main course and dessert, every plate not only looked beautiful but tasted incredible. Cocktails on point. Polite and warm service. Definitely recommend.

KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was one of the best meals we have ever had. Fantastic flavors and wonderful service and presentation.

IM
Vancouver
49 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Too warm (the dining room and the red wine) and too noisy for conversation.
Part of my wife's meal - she who loves salt - was way too salty. Otherwise the food was quite good. We ordered light, because we're not big eaters. We probably could have skipped the two $19 "small plates". Or the desserts.
Vancouver restaurants are known to be pricey; Wildebeest certainly fits that description. But we did order a $95 bottle (before the 15% taxes) of wine. That helps explain the bill of $300+, all included.
The service was friendly, attentive and efficient, without being intrusive. And the server did respond to our concern about the wine being too warm, by placing the carafe in an ice bucket for a while. A very good BC wine, from Echo Bay Winery in Okanagan Falls.

P
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Went for Saturday brunch. We were the first ones there but even so the service was slow. The cream I was given for my coffee was sour. The server did replace it and took the cost of the coffee off the bill. The grilled avocado I received was not ripe. Their famous donuts were dry although the caramel sauce was very nice. My eggs were cooked very nicely. It was just average but expensive for what it was. I think it a a good place for drinks and snacks.

a
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We did the tasting menu and it was exceptional. Amazing food, amazing service. I really can’t say enough great things. Best dinner in Vancouver!

M
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Lovely, beautiful dishes! Wish the portions were more substantial.

TH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Would recommend the Omakase - let the chefs work their magic and you won't be disappointed.

OT
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Service was very good. Food was excellent. Love all the appetizers. I think we had most, if not all of them. Bottle of wine was a bit pricey- more than the normal 3x retail.

TK
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Nice venue. Good food. Do the Omakase to get the real experience. A bit pricey though but worth it.

M
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came in to celebrate our 4 Year Anniversary and we were not disappointed. I was early, but the table was ready anyway. The manager greeted my warmly and our server, Liam, was the picture of hospitality. I highly recommend the Apex Negroni. A beautifully balanced version of the classic with a velvety round mouth feel.

We went Omakase style and trusted Liam and the kitchen to order is the best of the best.

Did not disappoint.

OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cass was an excellent server. Food consistently good and beautifully presented.

I will definitely be back!

SL
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Delicious food and coffee, and our waitress was fantastic and so helpful!

K
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Came for brunch, had delicious donuts to start. Everyone loved their meals - salmon benedict, standard breakfast with sausage, Wagyu beef benedict and the Wildebeest. All delicious of which the sausage and donuts were highlights. Portions were substantial and the service was top notch.

GT
Toronto
13 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had the Omakase "chef's choice" (we got to pick a couple of items) and were pleasantly surprised, a great mix of dishes and flavours, all very deftly prepared, with no conflicting or jarring flavour profiles, etc, a really good value. Service was very good and they even accommodated moving our party, when a rather "musky" group of fellows were seated beside us, overwhelming our olfactory senses...LOL. Beautiful space, airy and welcoming, great vibe and atmosphere. Overall a really enjoyable experience.

NI
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 2

We were so disappointed in the dining experience. Had plans to check this place out for a long time and we finally did. The place comes across as pretentious and is really noisy and the service was bad. He didn't really explain the menu or how it works and we didn't order too much so it felt like he couldn't bother with us after that any more as we are not going to be a big bill so why bother. Server hardly ever showed up. My water glass was empty for a long time and we weren't asked if we liked the meal. I ordered the ravioli with is listed as a main for 29 dollars but all you get is 5 small ravioli. Our bill was 100 bucks and we left hungry. We could have ordered more but since we were treated like an after thought we didn't feel like spending more money. We went to another place after. Price value is definitely not s match

GE
San Antonio
46 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Beautiful menu choices made selecting tough at first, but our servers listened to our interests and created a lovely multi-course meal for us. We loved the fresh, seasonal ingredients, each treated with care and respect. Fantastic experience. Will gladly return on my next trip to VBC.

HF
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

We decided on the omakase or chef's choice experience because we were celebrating. It was really lovely. The service was personal and attentive without being intrusive. The food was really special and made with great care. Not every dish was to my taste, but the vast majority was delicious and interesting. It was a nice, lingering two hour experience that I highly recommend.

GB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 3

The service was excellent. The salmon my husband had was very good but came with nothing except the salmon. The crab patty was overpowered by the other ingredients in it and I couldn’t even tell if there was crab in it or not. This dish also came with nothing except the crab patty. We ordered a salad, which was tasty, to go with our entrees. Because the entrees were very small and came with nothing else the dishes were very overpriced! I would not go back here or recommend to anyone else!

MS
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Great Vibe!

AT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

We took a group of 10 for a business dunner on a Thursday evening. The service and ambiance were excellent but the food was disappointing. We chose the ‘surprise me’ option - the best items were the salad and the corn bread...not exactly a stretch to make. The very pricey beef was extremely fatty and almost blue-rare. Quantities were small and the bill was approximately $1100. We ended up apologizing to our out-of-town clients for the disappointing dining experience in a city world-renowned for fine cuisine. Don’t think we’ll be back anytime soon...

VN
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great place. Little pricy side but that’s Vancouver and Gastown.

G
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had a really good experience with the tasting menu and I believe this was the best way to get a full range of the variety offered on the menu. The experience was interrupted by a mouse running through the restaurant and one of the patrons getting loud and upset.
She screamed a couple times.

I couldn't enjoy the experience after that and I'm not sure I would go back. That's too bad as the food was really good...reminded me of the movie ratatouille. A black eye to the experience for me.

k
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

There are good stuff who were friendly and polite.Also food was excellent .

K
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Unfortunately this was not the best meal. My husband’s meal was so salty it was barely edible; we didn’t send it back as we were in a hurry to get to a concert. He ordered the pasta. The dessert, which more than one staff member raved about, wasn’t great... it included “fir” ice-cream (although that didn’t stop me from eating it!) . The cocktail I ordered was done to the exact specifications and the staff was more than pleasant. Price wise... it was overpriced for what we received.

s
Montreal
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing food! Blown away by everything. The pancake portion was small but delicious!

g
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

They had a great bartender that was very good at creating drinks for us based on our preferences.

OT
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Had their omakase menu, which was tasty and plentiful. Main meat dish was tasty, too, but was outshined by all other dishes which were prepared in a more detailed and complex manner.

2
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Midweek, service was excellent. Food was original and delicious. Didn't do the omakase, but what we chose fit the bill. Would definitely return.

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