Wildebeest

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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.

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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AB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We did the omakase option which was a little pricy but there was plenty of food. Overall it was a good quality meal. Our server was fantastic.

b
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Server kept disappearing in the back. Took a long time to get anything and even to order anything.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

we were treated so well! the food itself was outstanding but the service really took the experience above and beyond. our cocktails took a little longer than usual, and our server brought us two short lagers to tide us over in the meantime.

we got the heirloom carrots, mushroom ravioli, mussels, and the lemon curd spruce tip tart. everything was magnificent. we couldn’t have asked for a more delightful meal. thank you so much!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service

LK
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

I've been to Wildebeest's for Brunch several times, and am always happy with the food. Last week, we were particularly fond of the seasonal (apple chestnut) Buttermilk pancakes- they were excellent. However, the avocado toast was on the bland side. Drinks were good, as always. Service is excellent.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wildebeest has been my go to for special occasions for years now. Consistently fantastic food, great ambiance and amazing bar program.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely brunch. Portions just right and food very good. Lovely server even tried to help us find a flea market. Well done.

s
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

It wasn’t as food as it was the previous times. The bacon was almost raw.

OT
Manitoba
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely experience - we even did the marrow luge!

DL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent food, with an ever changing menu - and unfailingly great service.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding! The dishes were delicious and perfect for sharing.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a new restaurant for us. I brought my 2 kids and husband with me. The service was amazing. Our host and many others were very informative and thorough. We tried the ‘Chef’s Choice and was extremely happy that we went that way. Even my youngest, who is super picky, wanted to try everything. We would come back again and highly recommend if for a great night out.

a
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food2Service5Ambience5

my experience was very fantastic food was okay.
i can tell that one chef is missing cuz food was not what it was in 2017.

LZ
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

While the menu is somewhat limited, everything we ate was delicious and unique. There is a great selection of wine and cocktails and the servers were very attentive and great at explaining the dishes. Definitely will go back.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awesome fooooooood loved the beef tongue!

KW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience. We love this place and would come back every time they have a chef special tasting menu - It was incredible. The chocolate mousse was one of the best things I've ever eaten.

KE
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall1Food2Service3Ambience1

The dining experience did not reflect the price tag. The food was mediocre. I made a reservation, it was a Tuesday night, the restaurant wasn’t full, and yet they sat us right in front of the bright and noisy kitchen. The server, nothing personal, but wasn’t very graceful or well put together which did not make the experience feel upscale. The food was decent but nothing to write home about, again, especially given the price. Overall, the value just wasn’t there for me.

MC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The chef is imaginative, the serving staff are delightful, and the decor is unique.

CM
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

I love that we were put in front of the kitchen assembly line! We came for brunch... I had the breakfast spread, with Avocado Toast (Interesting!). They give you roasted avo and you make your own on the sourdough. It is cool that they butcher their own menu items in house.."farm-to-table" is what it's called. Only thing, being that they have a cool brunch-ish menu and vibe, I was surprised to find out they didn't have a machine to make latte's, cappuccinos etc... weird (Only espresso drip).Don't think that's negative though, everything else is wonderful, overall would recommend! I want to try this out for dinner.

p
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2Food4Service1Ambience2

Quite a poor experience tonight despite the special menu tasting quite good.

We tried the game and mushroom tasting menu tonight as it sparked my interest with the ingredients.

I asked to see if there was any nuts that I was allergic to in any of the remaining dishes, as the menu only mentioned hazelnuts (which I am not allergic to). The server returned and said that it would be okay as the only dish with nuts were hazelnuts.

It was about 40 minutes between the first meal and the second meal. When the cutlery came out, it had already been 30 minutes since our previous plates had been taken away and we were simply told “sorry for the wait”. 10 minutes later, when we received our food we were told that the dish was remade to adapt for the allergy (despite being told it was okay already??). Repeat the wait for the next dish where we were also apologized to for the wait, which was another 30 minutes.

The table beside us of 8 had been served 3 sets of meals before our third meal had arrived — our PRESET meal.

The food was quite good however, with the duck scotch egg being my favourite of the game & mushroom menu. The tortellini was good but smaller portioned, and the game pie was a little sweet for my liking. The dessert was quite odd and could have used a tad less truffle but was interesting to taste.

All in all, I suspect Wildebeest has some great other dishes on their main menu but I will not be returning due to the poor timing and service. Even with a reservation, the time it took for all our dishes was far too long to spend waiting with no food, especially on a special occasion. Just left frustrated.

RT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good meal with excellent service and setting. Would highly recommend for a nice evening meal out.

L
Calgary
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

incredible dining experience, would not hesitate to recommend and will be sure to go back next visit to the city.

CC
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A fantastic food and beverage experience. Beyond my expectations, I wasn't sure what to expect when I decided to go here, but from the moment we walked in the door the night was outstanding.
The bartender made us drinks throughout the night specific to our tastes and melded perfectly with the food.
The mushroom and game special was amazing on the palette, and each a completely different party in my mouth.
I appreciated the attention to detail in every way from the outstanding service, to the care with which the food was made and delivered.
I will definitely return; the regular menu looks to good not to try.

ZK
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

Went for a mushroom & game Wednesday set menu, recommended by friends, both of us were not impressed at all, food & service was mediocre

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience4

Sever left dirty dishes on multiple occasions through the evening and meal courses. Server didn’t attend to our table at all. The bills took over 20 mins to split between 4 people. Not that difficult

MB
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall4Food5Service2Ambience4

Dinner at WildeBeest was great. After telling my fiancee that would be going here without her (we live in Calgary), she was actually a little sad. She loves this place too. She highly recommended the bone marrow started (which I actually second). Our waiter was a little rude and definitely missed a few steps in the process. They were offering a set menu that he didn't introduce. We only discovered that it was a fixed price menu when we tried to order our mains (from a manager). He also fought with one of our more parched guests over a bottle of sparkling water. First he insisted that they didn't offer full bottles of sparkling water, then wouldn't give him a bigger glass before finally relenting and putting a bottle on the table for us. Other than the service, our experience was great. I'd suggest that should you sit down at a table being served by a slimy looking mustachioed Englishman, perhaps ask to trade sections...

TJ
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic 6 plate sitting based on seasonal mushrooms and select choice Game!

Beautiful descriptions of each plate from the staff and great detail to the care for customer comfort!

PP
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

My wife and I went there for our first for "brunch"... We had reservations for 10 am and were promptly seated. Our server was very pleasant and knowledgeable with the menu. The ambiance and decor was to our liking and there were quite a variety of age groups inside the restaurant. Our food arrived in timely fashion and we were not disappointed with the taste.... portions could be a bit larger. We shall book a dinner time for our next visit. We did not order any alcohol with our brunch but they seem to have a nice variety of wines and spirits.

CB
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience5

Good vibe and interesting cocktails but when ordering a classic like a bourbon sour it was a fail. Food was mostly tasty but nothing stood out, carpaccio was especially disappointing. For the price I expect to be dazzled and everything just generally fell flat. Go for drinks and go somewhere else for dinner.

W
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Great food and music soundtrack. Waiter was awesome. Other servers did not speak loud and clearly enough to understand. Very positively be experience overall.

D
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The wild tasting menu was absolutely stunning! It was really difficult to pick a favourite because everything was so tasty and cooked to perfection. Service was a amazing as well. Timing, execution, and pairings were wonderful as well.
If I had to find fault with anything it would be that as a person of shorter stature, I always find tall chairs as dining seating extremely uncomfortable. One has to sit back and let the feet dangle or lean forward all night which is hard on the lower back.

BR
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall1Food1Service3Ambience3

Total rip off, food awful, noisy, poorly managed. Should be quarantined

OT
Calgary
28 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing! We did the tasting menu and were not disappointed.

EG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great experience & flavours of food are amazing. Will be coming back for sure

OT
San Francisco
73 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

WIldebeest has been a must stop for the past four years we have been coming to Vancouver. The food, service has always been great and has never disappointed. We were accompanied by four friends that had never been and they thanked me for recommending the restaurant. AND, I did not buy their meal:)

1
Vancouver
150 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

With the new menu (possibly new chef?) I wasn't terribly impressed. Poached eggs were perfect, good quality ingredients but yet something seemed lacking. My corned beef hash was overly salty 😟

MF
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We loved our server Micheal. He was really friendly and knowledgeable as well as made us feel welcome and cared for. We did the set menu which was a bit of a splurge but was totally worth it. They listen to your dietary restrictions and your favorite flavors and then craft a bunch of different plates that you will love and be excited to try. The rest of the staff was really lovely as well. The drinks were amazing (we had a few glasses of wine, a cocktail, and a glass of bubbly). Thank you so much for an amazing experience. We will definitely come back next time we are in Vancouver for the weekend!

AT
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always this restaurant did not disappoint, the dishes are extraordinary! Service was excellent-super friendly and attentive! It was so delicious-a flavour journey on each plate! Highly recommend this place-our favorite restaurant in Vanvouver!

KH
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing evening celebrating my husbands Birthday. Will definitely come back again.

JW
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service were excellent. Really like how the server took extra time to entertain my daughter.

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