Wildebeest

4.4
1393 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Organic
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Hours of Operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm;


Dinner: Nightly: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Phone number
(604) 687-6880
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Ian McHale
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Abbott St.
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Parking Details
Metered street parking is available on West Hastings Street, as well as on Abbott and Cambie Streets to our west and east. A secure pay parking lot is available for guest use across from us at the intersection of Hastings & Abbott.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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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What 1393 People Are Saying
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GC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Portions were way too small to reasonably call this a "share plate" restaurant. Two...TWO scallops for sharing?! And that counts as a "Larger" order on the menu. Completely ridiculous to have to split two tiny scallops among four people for $29. Horrible value for decent food.

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w
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Absolutely delicious, well-crafted food. Very meat-forward menu (obviously!) but the vegetarian menu item was incredible. Killer cocktails and a very fun atmosphere, to boot. Highly recommended!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Exceptional service. Decent sized portions

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S
Vancouver
23 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a high energy place , decor is awesome , food is superb , service is top notch , crowd is generally young and beautiful. Menu choices are limited but great , the servers are extremely knowledgeable and indulge you in a good way , the food taste and presentation is the real winner , we watched the young chefs at work .
All in all seemed like modern art , I am glad we were here

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Food was good. Exceeded expectations. Ambience could have been better. Lighting was too dim and noise level was too high for comfort (but it could have been because we were seated right under the speakers). Overall, an enjoyable experience.

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LT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Our server was attentive and she was able to accommodate our baby and stroller. Overall a great brunch experience.

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E
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 2Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Food was good but the server was not. She was not accommodating and quite abrupt. I asked if I could have a different type of bread for my avocado toast and she answered with a straight “No!” without even trying to explain why or saying “let’s see what I can do”. Poor service in general.

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J
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 2Service 5Ambience 5

The food was ok but cool restaurant. Good people watching.

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S
Vancouver
35 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Great service, very knowledgeable. The food was above average

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Wildebeest had been a favourite spot to go for a few years. But this last visit made me think they’re going through tougher times. Reservations were plentiful two days in advance which I thought was unusual. They’ve always been known for their sharing plates, but they must be cutting back on the food costs because a dish of scallops which was a sharing plate only had two tiny scallops. And the vegetable dishes were tiny. Probably only enough for 1-2 people max to share. We ordered 6 large plates (around $30 each) and 4 small plates ($15 average) 4 alcoholic drinks and a bottle of wine ( which started around $80). $460. The food was quite yummy, but the for prices and the number of dishes we ordered, we definitely weren’t full. We are guessing with the increase in costs, the restaurant has reduced its portions to save money. The sharing plates are really small. Sadly we probably would choose to go somewhere else next time.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was great - told them to surprise my friend with a dessert and they were able to accommodate! Would surely go again! Just a tad pricey, but a must-try and would go again for special occasions.

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F
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Birthday.

Christina the Sommelier was top notch and made some impressive suggestions.

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LE
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

A bit too loud with chef barking out orders. Portions ok but pricing a bit high for that. Maybe a bit too plain with taste and presentation. Overall of good enough experience. Wait staff were fairly attentive.

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B
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Happy hour cocktail ( similar to a Manhattan) was excellent, as was the red wine recommended for our meat heavy meal.
The chicken tenders appetizer was tasty and the olives excellent. The ragu pasta was very good and the bone marrow did not disappoint. The tri tip elk steak was not to our liking and the fancy mashed potatoes were over tweaked with too much smoky ham-

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We both dont eat dairy and Wildebeest was very accommodating. Delicious food!

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EB
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

The service was great but when he received our food it was cold. We had a 10 am reservation and would have thought the food would have been cooked to order but tasted like
It had been sitting for a bit.

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d
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I loved our evening at Wildebeest. We were a party of 8 and went with the omakase menu. Well 7 of us did This is where they select your food and bring it out. It was amazing. Firstly the pace was awesome. We did book an 8pm slot so that there was no rush. We were served almost the entire menu ( bar one or two we asked not to have before we started ) so we had cocktails and wine and the servers would bring 2 dishes out at a time they gave us 2 plates of everything so there was no reaching. Every dish was well presented , tasted amazing and was unique. I could not have made any of the dishes at home. Taste, texture it was all excellent.

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SM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and service, great energy in the room.
Must order the devilled eggs, fried chicken, horse tartare and of course the bone marrow luge!

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e
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We came for brunch. The food was delicious and the service was great!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Expensive for not special food and high prices. Two small scallops for the main course where scallops were the feature

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EC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We had a terrific meal. I loved that the menu drew in seasonable foods. The meals were unique and delicious. Service was great.

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OT
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and food

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Calgary
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

First time dinning, was absolutely scrumptious, would recommend it to friends and family

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SW
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The place was beautiful, and though busy, our reservation was honored and we came write in. Our waitstaff was incredible and the food was that level of good that makes one want to eat past comfort. The cold brew was smooth and the cocktail was well-crafted. It was a bit loud had several children, but nothing unbearable. Will definitely be bringing friends back the next time I’m in town.

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LD
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

Party of 7 and we were smart to have made a reservation as the place was packed! Brunch was sadly just okay, nothing special. Would I go back? Maybe, if I was in the area but there are much better places for brunch I'd rather take my family and drop $100+ on.
Poutine had little to no of their chicken gravy and what was included was flavourless. Had to ask for the cheese curds as they were forgotten. Took three times asking our server for our two orange juices to finally show up. Our table mates ordered the Beest Brunch and they had no complaints. We shared the maple breakfast sausage and thick cut rosemary bacon, both of which were delicious.
The kids had banana toast crunch and they didn't complain! If you're looking for pork though with this, order a side! Note that the candied pork belly is mixed IN with the roasted hazelnuts nuts so you'll get about two tiny bits.

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A
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

Brunch was good, service was fantastic. Be sure to get the bacon.

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G
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My girlfriend and I were extremely pleased with the omakase experience at Wildebeest. Interesting, flavorful dishes and funny, friendly staff combined to make it an exceptional night out.

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SB
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Omokase was the way to go! Great value and range of dishes.

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MJ
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

This is a fun, family-friendly place for brunch. Great selection of drinks and dishes are well-executed.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food was sooo good and our server was so lovely!

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 3

Birthday. Food was excellent but portions were small, scallops. Desserts.

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JS
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Portions are small relative to price, but that's understandable given that it must be difficult to source some of the meats they serve. Music was perhaps a bit too loud, but the obscure selection (native American drums with a driving beat and... didgeridoo?) was pretty cool. Decor and woodwork is pretty nice too.

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E
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious, locally sourced food. We had elk steak and the bison ragu rigatoni, and were floored. Excellent cocktail list, interesting and delicious menu that changes frequently to ensure that it's using what's seasonally available. Excellent quality.

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LS
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

We waited 1/2 hour for our first drinks and then had to ask twice for all drinks after that.
The main barman needs to delegate better and speed up considerably.
We allowed the serving staff to choose our dishes for us. The food was excellent but fish dishes ought to be served before red meat dishes.
The subtle flavors of the fish were lost after such rich meat flavors.

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LH
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Some of the most unique food choices I’ve ever seen on a menu. Service was great from beginning to end

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JD
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

The food incredible and service was second to none!! I’m still thinking about the entire experience!!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 1Ambience 2

I am absolutely appalled of the WORST customer service that I had received last night. On numerous occasions, my guest and I actually had to get up from our table and go to the bar to get a glass of water and a drink. I finally had to ask who was our server and was told that they were busy wrapping up a large table. I was getting quite frustrated so I asked another server and he said that we don’t actually have one and everyone collective helps each other out. Clearly there is some lack of communication with the workers. I felt the restaurant was over-staffed which leaves me perplexed why the service was so bad. I don’t know if there was gossip or drama happening behind the scenes but I kept noticing that they were talking in groups rather than focusing on the actual business. As I was leaving, I noticed my umbrella was missing. I spoke with the shift Manager, Robin and he said he has been meaning to move the basket also umbrellas get stolen all the time BUT get returned. Not sure what to make of this statement..? I am upset because I felt like I probably would have gotten more support talking to a wall. I am a massive foodie and love supporting local business but after last night I would never go back to this restaurant unless they found my umbrella.

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MA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

We had a mostly solid meal here during very busy time Friday evening. The food was excellent with the Elk Tri-Trip and Ribeye were scrumptious. Ambience was nice, little fake but intimate. The only problem was one of cocktails our wives ordered was undrinkable, but staff was super nice and replaced the drinks with bubbly and took off some of our sides from the final bill. Service was ok, friendly enough but some long times btw plates and dinner lasted 3 hours plus. All in all great food, nice setting, perhaps little work to do on the cocktails. I would definitely go again, perhaps on a less busy night.

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NA
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

The food was very tasty and used interesting and local ingredients.

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E
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Bar staff new their drinks well. Food was creative and special. Menu will not appeal to all. Enjoyed the experience. To me, more an occasion restaurant than a frequent stop.

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