Wildebeest
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wildebeest.ca/
  • Phone: 6046876880x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm;


    Dinner: Nightly: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Organic, Comfort Food, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Wesley Young
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private events and dining are welcome at Wildebeest, in the restaurant and the wine bar. The restaurant has capacity for events up to 96 guests, and the wine bar is a perfect venue for groups up to 50. Events may be held in either a cocktail party format or as seated dinner on either floor.

    Menus can be customized to most budgets, with dietary restrictions and allergies happily accommodated, and large format dinners are available through our 'Premeditated Gluttony' offerings, viewable on our website. Please call or email us for a discussion of your options. Thank you.
  • Private Party Contact: James Iranzad 6046876880x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Abbott St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • 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.
A word from Wildebeest
Wildebeest (winner of Best New Restaurant and Best New Design - Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards 2013) invites you to experience unabashedly adventurous yet simple cooking at its finest, set within the historic neighbourhood of Gastown. Explore whole-animal cookery paired with a diverse selection of Old & New World wines and a carefully crafted cocktail list.

The menus for dinner and weekend brunch focus on whole-animal cookery prepared with the utmost integrity. Every component has been thoughtfully nurtured by the restaurant’s executive chef, Wesley Young, 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 simple, contemporary techniques, Wildebeest presents delicious menus of the season. This is food for food lovers.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Wildebeest reviews from OpenTable diners
108 reviews since April 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (89)special occasion (48)neighborhood gem (43)hot spot (41)good for groups (37)vibrant bar scene (17)great for brunch (17)notable wine list (16)romantic (16)late-night find (7)kid-friendly (3)great for lunch (2)Show More
  • Awesome
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    First time there and not the last. We were sitting in front of the chefs and was great to see them make the food. Great concept, good food and drinks. I was looking for a cocktail with some ingredients and they surprised me with one that was not on the menu. Everything was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • eatsout
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Wildebeest is one my favourite restaurants in the city. I always do the omakaze and have never been disappointed in what gets chosen for me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolutely superb
    markj50
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Living in Wellington, New Zealand we are pretty spoilt for great eating experiences, but this is right up there with the best smart but casual dining we have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • somewhat disappointing
    snowtesterVIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I'm from out of town, and this restaurant was recommended as one of the best new restaurants in Vancouver. Hence I was n't prepared for the fact it was in a real down and out area of the city, with 'low life' on the surrounding streets. The restaurant is trendy, and some dishes very tasty, with interesting sauces, but there was an overemphasis of trendy kale, and lentils. The MOST disappointing part of the meal was the cheese plate- three tiny wedges of cheese , literally 1/3 of an inch thick- if fact the cream cheese was transparent- The Canadian Chedder was known by us, and second rate. I'll keep looking for somewhere else, and am afraid won't recommend
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    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing.
    Anonymous
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Having heard great things about this place for a while, we finally came here on a summer Tuesday night. We arrived at 7 and expected the place to be packed judging from our previous night at a nearby restaurant. However, the restaurant was nearly empty. Despite not having a lot of customers, the food came out very slowly. There was too big a gap between dishes and that interrupted our dining experience quite a bit. We were, however, most disappointed with the food quality and quantity. The three of us ordered a total of 10 items but still left the restaurant feeling hungry. We expected a restaurant with this much accolades to blow us away with the food, alas, everything was mediocre at best. Probably will never come back here again.
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  • Amazing Evening
    JenD
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    What a beautiful dinner, wonderful service and excellent wine list. The recommendations from our waiter were on point, the dishes delivered at a perfect cadence and the actual cooking was perfection. Thanks very much for a great evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Anniversary
    Dani
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I came in to celebrate our anniversary on Saturday night. We had been wanting to make the trek downtown for a while now (back in January we were going to go for my birthday but they were only serving the Dine Out menu) and I'm so glad we finally made it. The atmosphere was perfect: lively and upbeat yet chill and romantic at the same time. The food and cocktails were delicious (the bone marrow!!) and the service was super informative and friendly. Looked like everyone truly enjoyed working together to make their (and our) evening a success. We'll be back again with friends for sure!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful experience
    Alis
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had a memorable meal with excellent creative food and great service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun night
    Dinnerout
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Great food, great ambience with friends. Another fun stop to eat at in gastown. Service was good as well
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great food find
    farmgirl
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    I don't care for the tapas style of dining where dishes come one by one, but at Wildebeast the individual dishes were all excellent so I didn't mind the style of service. Decaf was the best, and the service was informative but not intrusive. Noise level was fairly high but we were able to hear each other without shouting. On a busier night it would be a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wildebeest Experience
    deltagirl
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We had an interesting experience. The food is very creative and served Family style so you can share and everyone can get a taste of the meal. We enjoyed our food and having the waiter explain the food was important. The portions are small but we were satisfied with the quantity. The quail was interesting and served medium rare which is unusual for what you would think was a poultry dish. It was served with straw inside which was set on fire and the smoking entry was served up to us. I wouldn't recommend any of the pork or lamb belly as it is fatty and very salty. I guess it is a taste preference, but the waiter was very accommodating about it. Interesting to see families with their children trying different specialties.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing Dishes
    NightOwl
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Service was impeccable and the food was diverse, beautifully prepared and overall amazing. The smoked olives are great with a cocktail (they should be sold by the bottle for take home! I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Go for dinner, not for brunch
    Samantha
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I've been to Wildebeest several times for dinner and the meals have always been exceptional. However, I went to brunch for the first time there this past weekend and will stick to dinner from now on. There were 4 of us and all the dishes were oversalted, heavy and (despite being salty) bland.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great~!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    overall it was great of everything! Food, service totally meet my high expectation. Little annoying thing was; it didn't seem air circulation worked well.no air conditioning..? But as I mentioned previously , it was awesome!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    The service and attention to detail was spectacular. The food was amazing, particularly theamd tartare!!! They were able to accommodate a food sensitivity with ease! We'll definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place, great service & food
    dhbc
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was fantastic, I highly recommend the Omekasse (the chefs pick the food for you) option!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food is terrible
    golfdudeVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    I found everything so greasy there. The pork rinds are better from a bag at the grocery store, the fried smelt was soggy, they should have cooked them longer to make them crispier. They didn't have any sort of dipping sauces of any kind. The Halibut was cold when it arrived and I was hoping the Short rib was good, but then I found out they cooked it in a Sous Vide for 48 hours which is not the smartest idea. It tasted more like corned beef and not the short rib that falls apart in your mouth. If I come back here, it will be only for the drinks, but definitely not to eat.
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  • Amazing!
    MarieVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    All the appetizers arecserved family style. You can literally choose one of each of the aps. Absolutely outstanding. Extensive mixed drink menu and excellent choices of rye whisky. Wish I lived in Vancouver so that I may go back. Our waiter was great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic!
    Superfoodie
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Probably one of the best overall dining experiences I have EVER had!! The qual is to die for! And the service is wonderful and attentive!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Exceptional!
    4irst
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Salt heavy on the smelt and pork schnitzel, but everything else was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A memorable party!
    gastrophile
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    I booked a dinner for my friend's stagette party at Wildebeast. I requested the downstairs room for our party of 8. When our party arrived, there was an earlier party leaving so we waited at the bar. However, the hostess was apologetic and good about giving us an update on the wait. If you have a party over 7, you have to order off the group menu which consists of ordering 3 appetizers, 3 mains, and 3 desserts of a list of options. They will make to order in terms of numbers in the group. Ultimately, the food was amazing. Everyone in the party loved the food, especially the foie gras and duck rillettes. I'm giving 4 stars instead of 5 for service bc I would have preferred to have been told upfront about the group dining menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • WildePrice
    GeoDVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Exotic 'game' meats is on offer. Share plates made it difficult to divvy up portions. Some prices way too high such as charging $55.00 for lamb shoulder. Duck Rilletes were bland, cassoulet too. Ambience/decor/service was very good- felt like a small, trendy NYC spot. Food overall was unimpressive.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Excellent...in parts
    Pengdio
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    The most important thing is the food at a place and the food certainly fits the bill, above average for an obviously hip place. The kitchen staff are clearly excellent and seemed genuinely engaged in offering quality meals, including happily bringing marrow bones as an appy instead of the marrow butter. The lamb croquettes were genuinely delicious and all the plates were brought hot and well. The service was a little rushed, and unnecessarily so, given that it was going to be busy but was 1/3 full for the entire meal...it added an unnecessarily rushed quality to an otherwise good night, with good cocktails.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Must Try
    JackieAVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We had a group of six and opted for the chef's tasting. It was such a treat! From smoked olives to veal sweetbreads, we were tantalized. The short rib and the lamb tartare were my absolute favorites. Plus, the gut and grits cocktail - I'm still dreaming about it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Inventive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Slow poached eggs with tapioca and roast buckwheat? Yummers! Surprising combo worked. Short ribs were to die for! They're were a bit skimpy on the smoked duck breast, was so tasty but we only got five tiny pieces on a romaine heart, guess it was mainly a veg dish, but it left us wanting more. All in all, a great place with some neat combinations of flavours.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get all the meat, skip the oysters
    tessamaymarr
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Went out to Wildebeast last Saturday night. The space is very cool, but with the lighting being so low and the contrast between the font and menu paper, I was the only one at the table that could read the menu. We started with the oysters, which were super salty and average. Luckily, we moved onto the short ribs and the lamb later on and both were absolutely incredible. They definitely know how to do meat right there! The server was great - helping us order a good amount of food for our table (it's family style dining so you never can be sure). And the food all came out seamlessly. One plate after another. I would consider going back there, but might not be my first choice. Maybe if they change up their menus! :)
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Graham Cracker
    GrahamCracker
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Food was delicious. Concept of family style sharing was kind of cool and unique. We had Smoked Olives and pork schnitzel for appies - both were great. Rib-eye was amazing as was the lamb for main courses. Good wine list. Local and craft beer focus lead me to try a few new things before appies. I had not heard of most of the beer which was adventurous for me. Great Bourbon selection as well for sipping after dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    FoodieGoodie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    I really appreciated the attention paid to us by our server. He was courteous, helpful, and very professional. The food was delicious. I would highly recommend it to all my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A must in Vancouver
    Miguel
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    I came to this restaurant recommended by a friend and I am not disappointed. It's been a great experience with amazing courses like the Tartar of lamb or the quail. And the service is also great. I think we'll be hearing bigger things of this restaurant soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Night Out
    NightOwl
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Food, staff and drinks at Wildebeest were amazing! Would highly recommend for a fun night out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I expected
    KimmVIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I expected a head to toe type meal enjoying something I normally would not have eaten before. We chose the option for the restaurant to choose menu. Raw trout that is not sushi grade was VERY fishy and just not good. Asparagus with quail egg was best but would rate the overall food experience sub par. Service and atmosphere was great. I am not a big eater - but I left dissatisfied which means my husband left hungry.
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  • foodieforlife1
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    i had a great experience. The food was all amazing not only visually appealing but also tasted really good. The service was friendly and the staff was very accommodating. I enjoyed the wide variety of selection to choose from. Some of my friends were vegetarian and the server was able to accommodate them.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Brunch Option
    Ayns
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Different food options then you'll find anywhere else! Not the biggest portions but delicious none the less. My potatoes were undercooked but I was starving. I'll definitely come back here for the bottomless mimosas!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Imaginative
    OutandAboutVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Really enjoyed a great dinner with some creativity. The smelts were very tasty (and healthy). Great duck and Cornish hen. Will return for more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    luv2eat
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    This restaurant is fun and has great food and atmosphere. Their food is a bit more adventurous with something for everyone. They have the option of buying a six pack for the kitchen which is something that is nice to see as they work hard making fabulous food. We bought them 2.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • downtown eastside gem
    rosieeats
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Walk in off the grittiness of Hastings to find yourself in a gorgeous space w high-ceilings, old exposed brick walls & industrial lighting. The service is warm, hospitable and just attentive enough. My date and I were seated at a table for two against the brick that was spacious enough for us to share the cosy banquette-a nice touch. we started w smelts and bone marrow butter with a chewy sourdough bread. Both were excellent. Our main course was a beautifully presented platter of lamb, perfectly cooked. As a newly-minted carnivore, I was happy to discover the savoury delights of lamb belly served w watermelon radish & a pistachio studded sauce. A bottle of Spanish Garnacha to accompany the food and it added up to a wonderful evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    Liketoeat
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We had a great night here. The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and the food was very tasting. An interesting menu that was very tasty. Really enjoyed our night here!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Slow service
    mango
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    We were slow to be greeted, slow to get a table (even with reservations we waited 15 minutes), slow to get menus, slow to get our orders taken, and slow to get our food (they forgot an item too). The food was delicious, but expect a long wait for everything.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    LaurenK
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    We were extremely disappointed with Wildebeest. The meat was very fatty and overpriced. The sides were nothing special. The service was not great. We definitely won't go back.
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  • Skip the Brunch :( Go for dinner ;)
    SRBelly
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I was very impressed when I went for dinner a few months back. The food, ambiance and service were outstanding. So I was excited to try their brunch. So disappointed. My friend got two eggs and sausage. They only offered scrambled or sunny side up. They couldn't even flip the fried eggs. I had the chorizo cassoulet. A huge disappointment. There was one "poached" egg and a huge nub of bland chorizo sausage meat. The portion seemed off. The menu says poached but after asking for a medium done egg, I was informed they don't actually poach the eggs it is some other technique which leaves you with a big gelatinous ball of snot. They really need to improve their eggs. I can't say I would recommend brunch. But will be back for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate