Wildcraft
Wildcraft

Wildcraft

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.charcoalgroup.ca/main5.cfm
  • Phone: (519) 885-0117
  • Hours of Operation:
    Sunday & Monday: 11:30am to 11:00pm
    Tuesday to Saturday: 11:30am to 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Michael Hodgson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Wildcraft Wherever Catered Events can bring the Wildcraft experience 'wherever' you desire! Call us today - leave the planning and stress to us and be a guest at your own event! Contact Jennifer at 226-220-0011, or visit our website:
    www.charcoalgroup.ca

  • Special Events: Wildcraft has 2 private rooms and 1 semi-private space to suit any occasion. Contact Stephanie at 519-880-8354, or submit an online inquiry at www.charcoalgroup.ca

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Bluesprings Drive
  • Public Transit: On the main 7 line going to Conestoga Mall.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking exists right at our door.
A word from Wildcraft
Wildcraft is a premium casual dining and socializing venue. With an upbeat urban environment, Wildcraft has a comfortable suburban approachability. Come enjoy a hand crafted Martini in the W Bar and stay for dinner in our dining room.

Attention to detail is everywhere from the stunning and integrated design to the superior service to the quality of the locally inspired fresh cuisine.

A stunning outdoor dining courtyard makes Wildcraft a popular destination year round. We look forward to serving you!

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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Wildcraft reviews from OpenTable diners
148 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (101)fit for foodies (76)good for groups (70)romantic (53)great for lunch (41)notable wine list (36)neighborhood gem (28)hot spot (27)great for outdoor dining (27)late-night find (17)vibrant bar scene (15)great for brunch (9)scenic view (6)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Fantastic. A must go.
    Daniel
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    This was our first time at Wildcraft. The prices were very fair, the service exceptional, and the food was a perfect size portion. This was one of those meals that your actually sad when your finished.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Pinkrox22
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    First visit here that I was very disappointed, I am usually very pleased. Brought out of town friends for dinner. When we arrived the hostess took us to our seats only to realize the seats were unavailable and had us stand in the middle of the dining room waiting. Waited over 20 minutes for drinks (easy serve too, as it was two bottles of wine). Waited over an hour for appitizers. When meals finally came out we all felt they had been sitting under a heat lamp for awhile and we had no silverware left from when the waitstaff cleared the table, so we had to wait to have it brought to table while our meals got cold! Our guest ordered a blue cheese steak, which was suppose to have a blue cheese butter ontop. No blue cheese, so the waitress brought it out on the side but at that point, it wouldn't melt. We spent close to $400 with tip (I'm not sure why we actually left a tip at all) between the four of us and we were all disappointed. Not the service I expect from Wildcraft.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good with potential
    2fordinner
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our experience was acceptable and with a few minor improvements might have been exceptional. The server who told us that she was new was friendly and attentive. The amuse bouche was boring rather than amusing. We both had filet and we enjoyed that they were not huge but they were lacking in flavour. More garlic would help and the Blue Cheese Butter was missing the Blue Cheese; I suggest that you try going over the top with the cheese. The mashed potatoes, like the beef lacked imagination and flavour. Once again a little roasted garlic would improve them dramatically. My desert; S'more something was boring. My partner had a lemon desert and she said the lemon flavour was powerful but the desert was too frozen and icy. The ambiance would be improved by a more relaxing music choice and less volume. There isn't much for sound baffling and so there is just a general din.
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Good restaurant - great service
    Gr8Scot
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Danielle was an excellent waitress and took care of my friend and I. The entrees were ok : the sauce for the pork tenderloin was over salty. Great shrimp tempura was a good. Dessert menu needs a reboot.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Staff and Service
    Mumo
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    We celebrated our 5 year anniversary. The staff definitely exceeded our expectations. It is the small things such as mentioning the occasion and recognizing the advocacy of a customer that truly engages customers to their favourite dining place. Thank you for a wonderful night. Also thank you for the wonderful gesture.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/11/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere made for a great group lunch. Thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best restaurant we've been to in Waterloo.
    AnnetteVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    The food and service were great. Flatbread/pizza was a unique shape and really good. Had a seat by the fire which was really romantic. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eat here. You'll love it!
    Jen61
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    I had the mushroom fusilli and it was delicious. Great flavor, lots of mushrooms and a really beautiful earthy flavor. I tried my friends' pumpkin salmon dish as well and that was also lovely. My favorite beer is Rickards Red and they don't sell it there anymore. The bartender offered me something else in the red lagers and it was great. Overall, the atmosphere and food are 5 stars. Their prices are also good. I will eat here again every time I visit Waterloo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service is good, food not so much
    diney
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We are at Wildcraft on Friday night. The Caesar salad tasted like wet lettuce and little else. The goat cheese stuffed chicken breast came with the skin on, which is fine, except it was fatty and jiggly. A little crispness would have helped. The potatoes were OK. My husband enjoyed his stir fry. However, we could have had a tastier meal at several of the other restaurants in town. In some cases it would have been less expensive as well. The service was outstanding though. Wait staff was prompt and friendly.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    The food surpassed any expectations. Genuinely enjoyed it all - nachos were unique and delicious, steak was perfect, pasta was divine and dessert blew us away. Yum yum.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for special occasion!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This was our first visit to Wildcraft and we thoroughly enjoyed it. Everything was perfect. The cost would prevent us from coming on a regular basis but will definitely visit again. Our server was absolutely wonderful. She was very professional, capable and personable. Overall we would definitely recommend this restaurant!!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistently excellent
    WaterlooFoodGuy
    Dined on 10/30/2014
    Wildcraft is our favourite local restaurant for a celebratory dinner. The menu has a good variety of delicious choices - some more adventurous and some just excellently executed classics (the steaks are a highlight). Our eleven year old always enjoys his selection from the children's menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Meal
    LordChrome
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    I took my girlfriend here for her birthday and we had an excellent time. The dining room gives a sense of warmth and class even without white table cloths and candles. Service was prompt and informative and did not seem to judge us for being a younger couple a little out of our element. I had the goat cheese stuffed chicken with mashed potatoes. I've never had mashed potatoes like that before, they were divine. The chicken was a little dry but was still good. My girlfriend had the vegetable strudel and it was magnificent. The filling was very tasty and the pastry was perfect. Dessert was also excellent. Definitely would recommend it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    food was delicious, lovely presentation. the service was excellent, we were chatting with our server and we found out she was new-you certainly could not tell! this is our second experience at wildcraft and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service needs to improve
    Vancouverite
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Way...too...long of wait to get a table when half of the restaurant is empty. We ended up using OpenTable to book a table AFTER waiting in their bar area for 30 minutes. After we sat at our table for 15 minutes, our waiter then showed up with some water. Food was okay. It can do better especially with its pricing. Not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • yoyoma
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Very enjoyable experience. Everyone was friendly and polite. Great food. Great service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very romantic & special occasions
    luvtoeat
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We have now found a new spot to celebrate our special occasions. The staff are so professional and certainly make sure that you are taken care of. The food was out of this world. Compliments to the chef and the staff.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Great service, we were in a hurry and they accomodated our needs without compromising quality of food or service. Would recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Restaurant
    Digitalrule
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Standard $20 - $30 restaurant, nothing too special.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    partyof2
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    The food and service were outstanding but the restaurant is quite loud if you want to have conversation. It would have been a great atmosphere for a party but for couples dining we found the noise level to be a bit overwhelming. That being said, the food was perfectly cooked and more than made up for the noise level in the background. We will dine at Wildcraft again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Luvtoeat
    Dined on 10/21/2014
    Just had another fantastic meal. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Perhaps an off night
    unimpressed
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    The service was off that night. We had to wait at least 20 minutes before the server returned after drink orders. Every course they forgot our cutlery. They comped us these dingy little crackers with some tomato jam and etc on them. As for the food. Scallop app was great, the bacon jam really works. The Steak Frites Presentation was dismal; shoving a large rectangular sauce tray on a small circular plate is very unappealing. The steak was mediocre as well. The Ahi tuna main was a total mess. The tuna was heavily overpowered by the salad. The salad was the main focus of the dish considering that it was more than double the amount of the tuna. The salad was bland, and the ingredients clashed. Under-seasoned. Definitely felt ripped off going.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Dinner / Great Time
    KSReunion
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a blast at your restaurant. The ambiance was private yet the place was full. The food was fantastic and reasonably priced. The wine was perfect the drinks were fun and there was no room for dessert but we did that too. Great night out - would recommend and attend again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, but salty
    Impressed
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The food and service were very good however everything on the menu that our group ordered was far too salty, almost inedible on some dishes. The service was great and the restaurant has a private room that would be great for group dinners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overall good
    2lovebirds
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I was a little disappointed due to the fact my birthday was ignored. I made a note in my reservation that it was my birthday. I think our sever was to busy to pay attention to our table. I was a regular customer at Wildcraft prior to my retirement and had many lunches, dinners, staff celebrations and large group events. The food is always outstanding. Friday night was no different. Both my husband and I enjoyed our meal. Great relaxing atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Ambiance. Terrible Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Me and my gf went here for our 1 month. Seemed like a nice place with great ambiance. The food was TERRIBLE. She ordered the burger and the meat tasted like it had been sitting outside for hrs and had just been put into the burger. I ordered the chicken it just tasted like nothing.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 10th Anniversary celebration!
    8diners
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We recently celebrated our son and daughter in laws 10th wedding Anniversary with our adult children. The atmosphere is great, we can all talk, and the food is wonderful. Unfortunately, this time the service wasn't exactly as we've experienced in the past. Small little things but all added up it made us wonder.... Coming in the door I had to ask where I could hang my winter coat - before that this was automatic. Menus were not at the table, the waiter was very pleasant but we had to wait - for drinks, taking our orders, water was not automatically refilled. We really didn't feel like we were in the restaurant we had known. Sorry if I sound petty but these are all things that make us feel that we're really in a first rate restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Waiter
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    We celebrated our 15th Wedding Anniversary at Wildcraft with our son on Thursday october 9th. Our waiter was Alex and he was lots of fun, accommodating, helpful and funny. Thanks for a great evening. I usually have the vegetable stir fry - this time I branched out and had the vegetable strudel - it was excellent, but I missed my kimji salad from the stir fry. We are celebrating my in-laws 50th Wedding Anniversary this upcoming Saturday with a party of 13 and are very much looking forward to celebrating at Wildcraft again.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wildcraft
    TurnersDad
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    One of the best steaks ever. Desert (cheesecake) was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummm
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Alec, our server made the evening that much more memorable. Everything was excellent.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dessert Lovers?
    Steckly
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Double baked cheesecake is out of this world - wrapped in phylo paper and served warm. WOW and the cheesecake pops? incredible. We had a birthday at our table, they brought out a brownie/cake with maple icing.... oh. to die for.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great overall
    yumm
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    First time we had been there. After all of the recommendations that we've had for Wildcraft I'm so glad we went. They exceeded our expectations.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First date Lunch
    WaterlooAl
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    I've been to Wildcraft a number of times and like many things about it. I do find the lunch menu a little short in offerings. I enjoyed the salmon although it could have been more flavourful. I appreciate the volume level here as I'm always able to hear the other person. Depending on where they sit you , other customers may seem a little close.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We celebrated my grandmother in law's birthday. Our server was outstanding as was her partner. Our grandparents had an excellent meal. My fiancée has the lamb special and it was phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no brunch?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I had booked reservations after looking online for places to take my bridesmaid and mother in law for brunch before a wedding show. We were saddened to learn that despite the website saying there was brunch they have not had brunch in a long time. Fortunately we were there close to noon any way and had delicious sandwiches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good overall. Service a bit slow.
    Quinte
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food was quote good overall but the service was a bit slow. To be fair it was a very busy Saturday evening but it took quite a while even to received our bill
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Service and Food
    Lenny
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Took a small group from work out for a special event and found Wildcraft to be awesome. The service was exceptional even though there was a slight glitch with our appetizers. The server did an amazing recovery from that and the end result was probably a better experience than if there had been no glitches. Food was exceptional. It was just a bit loud, but we were able to talk over the other noise.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Exceptional...
    exceptionldining
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    It was a very service oriented dining expeirence. The staff were very polite and attentive to all our needs. The selection of drinks, food was exceptionl. We will return soon, and also share with our friends...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • meh
    Taboolie
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Good food, poor service. Service was very slow during every aspect of the meal. I was expecting a quiet dining experience but was unfortunately let down. More of a loud bar feel. Fine for a group of friends but no wouldn't go back as a couple. Charcoal next time for sure.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mira
    Mira
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent service and delicious food. Our server Chloe was very professional and attentive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate