Wildebeest
Wildebeest

Wildebeest

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.wildebeest.ca/
  • Phone: (604) 687-6880
  • 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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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
Wildebeest reviews from OpenTable diners
98 reviews since July 30, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (80)good for groups (43)special occasion (38)hot spot (34)neighborhood gem (31)notable wine list (17)romantic (17)vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (10)great for brunch (8)kid-friendly (2)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/25/2014
    Service was good, but tinted with a touch of strange humour and discomfort from the staff. Quail was delicious. Striploin was cooked right, but in the overpriced side of the scale. Family style serving was wonderful for sharing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We had very good service and the food is still pretty solid there. Not quite the hot spot it once was, but still vibrant and happening. We had 7 in our group, which is always a challenge for any restaurant, but our server had us covered all the way. A note on my personal pet peeve: mandatory service charges for groups. It negates the entire purpose of discretionary tipping from the customers perspective, since the performance incentive is removed. I understand that it protects the server from being partially stiffed by groups, which obviously happens at times, but is that really my problem? What if instead, the restaurant covered the server for any potential shortfalls, since they offer to accept groups and the potential risk associated with it. I assume that in most good restaurants that have experienced dinners as customers, getting shorted is the exception, rather than the rule. Having said that, my larger peeve about the entire thing, is when the server makes no attempt to either verbally tell you or indicate on the bill somehow, that the service charge is included, as was the case in this instance. And to be fair, in almost all instances. When I'm in a group the wine flows freely and it's not uncommon for someone to tip twice when paying separately by card, so I would appreciate if servers would make an effort to highlight this important detail.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rocket
    RocketVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Extremely interesting menu, and everything that we "stepped out" to try was awesome. Service was very good, and I am anxious to go back. Would be a great place to meet for drinks and appys before going out.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food. Not the best service.
    Fooodiemom
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Food was amazing. Came w group of 8 a bit surprised at being given a group menu w a set price etc. would have been nice to be advised of this at booking. Service was ok. I find w set gratuity sometimes servers dont feel the need to even be friendly. Drinks were excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing everything
    Lucky
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We went with a group for brunch. The food was amazing and the service was great. Attentive but not down your throat. They accommodated a special request and they brought everyone's food relatively quickly. A few people got unlimited mimosa and even though we were a little loud the serving staff was always friendly. This place was amazing. They were great and the food was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great night out !!!
    Rodd
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Brilliant food, service and atmosphere ... an outstanding part of the Vancouver dining scene ... my friends from Calgary were highly impressed !!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous brunch!
    maman2epiceeVIP
    Dined on 11/9/2014
    Wildebeest scores again on all fronts. From a not your everyday brunch menu to the laid back and uber friendly service this is one of the best restaurants in Vancouver. Brought the kids with us too who loved the mini donuts and the bartender even made them a special drink. A little disappointed that the pork jowl was not available but everything else made up for it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • moderalty dissapointing
    starshine
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Great ambiance and service, but food quality was not consistent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    The music is way to loud. The people next to us were shouting across the table at each other over the music. My friend and I sat beside each other and we kept having to repeat ourselves. Service, wine and our food choices were stellar but I won't be back because of the noise. It wasn't even a busy night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a try
    z3german
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Went here to see a friend off to Taiwan. We went for the the most expensive Omakase (They decide and cook for you). They all tasted good, but there were only a few notable dishes. To be quite blunt I was expecting more of an adventure, more of a catered experience; simple things like having 4 portions for 3 people is just neglect. Also for Omakase I was expecting a $55 charge per person, on the receipt it looks like they just added up a bunch of regular priced menu things to make it ~$55. To me this does not scream Omakase, that is just simply "we will select some things on the menu". Aside from the food the drinks were good. They had a pretty rare find, Cantillon, for beer which was quite a treat! I may or may not come back...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous food - group sharing
    dinersdriveinsdivesVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Group dinner - ordered as suggested, 3 plates from each section, 2 from dessert. A bit expensive, but lot's of food in the end. Everyone was stuffed. Service was excellent, food came out a bit slow. Loved the eclectic decor - chic but informal. Food highlights included the lamb tartare, beef striploin, veal tongue, schnitzel, sweetbreads and asparagus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 4th visit
    JoewasthereVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    getting a bit disappointing- claim to be "home cooking", but getting pretentiously far from that.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, unpretentious service
    raulscoresgoals
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food is amazing - creative, well-presented, and served family style so made for sharing. Our only regret was that there were only two of us so we couldn't order more things from the menu! The service was friendly and laid-back, foodie without pretension!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Close to perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    First of all be prepared for meat. Vegetarians, go home. Secondly, this is a "family style" or "share plates" or whatever term you want to use kind of place where you order for the table and share, not for each individual. We chose to dine "omakase" and let them decide what we were served. We told them we were adventurous and were in to trying anything. Overall the food was fantastic. some huge pluses, lamb tartar was perhaps the best tartar we'd ever had. The grand finally steak was impressive, pork "rinds" were fantastic as well. atmosphere is relaxing and not rushing at all. Service was personable, welcoming and attentive. Minuses was accompaniments for Steak course were boring (baby potatoes, really?) and quail with hay was tasteless.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Will be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    Could not fault anything to the time we sat to the time we ordered our drinks. The food was awesome well thought out and the timing of the 8 courses we had was great. We will be back for sure.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • olives and potato chips
    mulligrub
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    my partner and i were wildebeest first-timers. the food was honest, but delightfully enhanced with some surprising techniques. with so much on the menu that looked good, we left it up to the kitchen to choose our dishes. the smoked olives were a knockout as was the lamb tartare - who thought a dish featuring potato chips would rate so highly? overall, the visit felt like a bit of a treat, and i look forward to treating myself with a meal at wildebeest again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice open kitchen concept
    andytomVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    What we really liked about this place was the table we had. The kitchen is an open concept and we had a view to the chefs at work. The food was fun and interesting, and it seems like they put a lot of thought into the final presentation. Overall, nothing really stood out for us food wise. Do not get me wrong the food was good, but I have to say we did not try anything new.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    Mark
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Read a lot of good reviews and decided to give it a try. Food was ok, nowhere close to the praise in the reviews. Asked for dishes to be staggered, 3 arrived at once :-( Quail was under cooked (fat not rendered) and had a tough pellicle from smoking - which did made the meat taste good, but made the Quail hard to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Every dish was prepared in a unique and interesting way. It was a very memorable meal and I look forward to returning on my next trip to Vancouver.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food but Expensive
    jesssssc
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    I love this place and the food was excellent. the bone marrow was so good but the proportion was too small. You have to order at least three main courses for two people. And REALLY EXPENSIVE
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Value
    hogiedogie
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    The service, decor and ambience were great. However, I thought the food was mediocre and overpriced for what you got.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • sooooooo amazing!
    angelagammit
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    This was my second time at Wildebeest, and definitely not the last. We did the omakase (chef's choice) again as well. It's a must. This is basically the best meal and craft cocktails I've had all year.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    AngspanVIP
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    We went there for a quick meal before a concert . The server was able to bring us all the plates we ordered in time and each plate was fantastic . We will return again . Cheers
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great farm to table experience
    spoiledtraveller
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    if you like sitting elbow to elbow with strangers then you are set here. if that simple fact does not bug you then you are in for a great time. amazing marrow, sousvide egg on crispy risotto. fantastic. i thought so and so did all the strangers we were at the picnic table with. but i like that. if you don't go elsewhere. love the concept, service and ambience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrible food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    The food was terrible. The flavours do not go together at all, we tried 4 dishes and did not enjoy any of them. Overpriced!!!Very loud music, felt like a nightclub vs a resturant with the loud music.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome
    DanielaMVIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Everything we had was amazing, even my cocktail. Service was top notch by Corby. Can't wait to try brunch!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service and delicious food!
    food2love
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    What a great find! The server was great in leading us through and helping us choose from the menu. We shared a few dishes and were even treated to one on the house. The grilled asparagus with fontina mousse and crisped shallots was delicious. Be sure to check out this gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Excellent Evening
    Pengdio
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    This is not the first time in attendance and was a winner again...omikaze style took into account wants and allergies and the meat, meat and meat request was heeded throughout. Attentive service, a great kitchen (who earned the 6 pack we bought them) and it's a lock for the recommendation.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Louder than wild experience
    Luvrealfood
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Given the name and premise I expected to find a little more adventurous experience on meat. Frankly underwhelming. This city is no stranger to a good variety of meat offerings through the years in a lot of its finer restaurants. Moose, reindeer, bison, ostrich, goose, rabbit and other meats have been all been part of this city's gastronomic history. Other than the usual beef (with the variation of tongue), chicken, pork and the added treat of quail and (Peking) duck don't expect much else. The server tired us by asking so many times how the food was - during and after - each meal. Let the food speak for itself please without compelling diners to answer what you want to hear. The music was unnecessarily loud. Great location.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • "Meat-centric" = Value Questions
    daddynuke
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    This was our first visit to Wildebeest. The decor is lovely and the table for our group of 7 was perfectly arranged for group conversation. They have adopted the "tapas" style craze, which seems to be ideal for minimizing staff without timing meals. You get what you order when they are making that item in sufficient quantities to be convenient. The principal works best when the offerings are sufficiently large to encourage sharing, but that was barely the case here. The portions are extremely small for the prices, and although the items were tastefully presented and prepared, that had a definite impact on the overall impression. Best of all was the chicken...that is the "do-not-miss" item on their menu. Mirin jelly on oysters?Skip it.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    great bartender, efficient and pleasant service staff, GREAT FOOD!!! Best bone marrow ever.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Best
    Rose
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This was the best restaurant we went to up and down the Pacific Northwest Coast.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome
    Rpc1
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Ambiance
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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
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing.
    AnonymousVIP
    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
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.