Wildebeest

4.4
1496 reviews
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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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TD
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Usually I find brunch to be mediocre, like I could do better at home, but everything was cooked beautifully at our whole table. The coffee was strong, OJ was fresh, not to mention one of the only places you can make weekend brunch reservations. Zero complaints about service. Will definitely be my first choice next time.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ambience is so relaxingX service is very friendly! Flavours of their foods amazing. However, was quite disappointed with the quantity of the food. So little for such an expensive amount.

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R
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

The food was excellent, however the service was extremely lacking and tainted the whole experience for us. We had more interactions with food runners than with our actual server, and had to wait 20 mins until after we finished our appetizers before someone even came over to ask what we wanted for our main course (was not our server, seemed like a manager). The night ended up being very long and drawn out, with empty plates and drinks sitting on the table and way too much time in between courses and drinks since the server was completely absent and we weren’t able to order when we were ready to. (I have to note that the server wasn’t busy, I would have been more understanding if she had been, however we could see her most of the night casually strolling in circles like she was bored). The food was really delicious, however very costly for the small portions and I feel that there are many other restaurants in the area where you can enjoy a much better dining experience.
Also the chairs are really terrible. I understand the trendy decor, it is very beautiful inside, however the chairs were these tiny hard stool like things that wobbled and dug into my back in such a bad way. I’m a very petite person and I felt like I was going to break that chair. Please get something more comfortable for your guests.

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OT
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Each of our servers were great, but the blonde with the slicked back hair was superb. Gave us a recommendation for after our event that was spot on and amazing! It’s just too bad he wasn’t there, we wanted to thank him. 😜 amazing food and fun spot!

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Portions for money spent was not great. Quality of the ribeye was not great. Solid third was fat and gristle. Service was lacking around our drinks? But fine with food.

Good experience in the past, less so this time.

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DM
San Diego
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived a tad early for our reservation and were sat immediately. The staff were all super friendly and helpful. The waiter recommended a pinot noir barrel aged cider, and that was fantastic. We also opted for the omakase which is when the staff and chefs decide what you'll eat for you - kind of like a trust fall. We gave them a budget and they delivered dish after dish after dish that met our dietary needs.

As vegetarians, we essentially ended up with exactly the handful of vegetarian dishes on the menu. Eight courses and seven of those courses were MAGIC. We moaned our way through each one.

The cheese plate with the fig reduction, homemade mustard, sourdough crisps, pickled potatoes, and berries set the tone. Each bite made us pause and sigh and savor. The grilled bread and butter made a nice compliment, as well.

The heirloom vegetables were packed with flavor. The cayenne maple granola brought a sweetness and crunch that completely balanced the sours of the pickled vegetables. The pumpkin was amazing. Beets never tasted so good.

Next, the sunchokes on their own would have been good, but pairing the sunchokes with the chanterelle butter and the sweet moist cornbread created a rich, deep stick-to-your-bones bite.

The stinging nettle ravioli is positively bursting with creamy red cow cheese and dressed with some compressed Swiss chard and a sweet vinegary sauce, including drizzles of spruce oil. Popping a ravioli in your mouth and letting the very rich umami of the cheese ooze out was delectable.

Sadly, all night I was so excited to try the pasta with the burrata because... burrata. But this was the only dish that disappointed. Utterly unbalanced, it was completely and totally overrun by the smoked olives to the point that NOTHING could be tasted but the way way way way overused olives. A few bites of this left us so glad we'd had all the other dishes first. If that had been our only impression, we would never have come back.

But, dessert was perfection.

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SS
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with character. This was a business dinner and we would love to go back soon.

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NB
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food, fantastic service. Definitely recommend to anyone, and I'll be coming back on my next visit to Vancouver.

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NM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was fantastic and the ambiance is perfect. We had starters and mains and they were all fanatic. Super impressed with the charcuterie board. And the poutine was great.

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e
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Omakase for two still left us a little hungry and we are small people...otherwise splendid.

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B
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great for breakfast. We were quickly seated and our food arrived promptly. Only complaint is that our sour dough bread was over toasted.

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A
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

3rd time at Wildebeest, and it never disappoints. My friends from Texas were even super impressed with the tasty, smoky cornbread, and enjoyed their first bone marrow luge.

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L
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was really well thought out—flavourful, a little on the rich side but the portion sizes were perfect for balancing this. Service was attentive but not hovering (servers always seemed to appear right when needed). Overall a really great experience for our first night out in awhile. The milk & lemon dessert blew us away!

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BT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely incredible. Our favorite was the bone marrow followed by a sherry louge!

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D
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wildebeest consistently put out great sharing plates which are both imaginative and tasty. Their service is top-notch without being fussy and this trip was for my 9 year old's birthday - it's his favourite restaurant. The staff were very welcoming and were fabulous to him - and he even got a candle on dessert and had a chat with the chef. We hope we will be celebrating there for many years to come.

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OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch with colleagues are always a joy in this great space with excellent service and fantastic fare.

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MN
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome service and food!!!

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RW
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bartender is one of the best in the city. A true artist to complement the most creative and delicious meat-based menu in the Vancouver.

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I looooooved the Ardbeg old fashioned, extra smokey just the way I like it! Also the food was incredible - definitely go with the chef's omakase! Excellent service too!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, we chose to “trust the chef” for our late Valentines dinner and it was wild. Cocktails were amazing, all of the service staff are knowledgeable and friendly, and every dish was perfectly built. Thank you for everything!

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JP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

It was a nice dinner, lovely ambiance.
Our first time. I ordered the pork belly, which I love, usually. Two of us at the table ordered and everyone tried it. We all agreed that the sauce was not very pleasant and tasted like something out of a bottle. We enjoyed the chicken and bison. Husband says he would go back. I am not sure... Music was loud at the back, but the ladies turned it down for us. We were right under the speaker.
Thank you for a nice evening.

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SQ
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved this restaurant! As a former Lead Concierge at the Four Seasons, it would be pretty high on my suggestion list. The food and service was amazing and I was very impressed by the overall knowledge of the servers. However, as a dining guest, I would suggest they rethink their music selection as quite a few songs where super inappropriate and made me (30 year old male) super uncomfortable.

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NM
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent. We had a chef’s menu. So good!!!

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J
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and creative. Only thing missing was a few more accompanying vegetables possibilities such side salad or broconchini.

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M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Fantastic Drinks & Service but food underwhelmed and a rushed experience.


Dining room is extremely warm and inviting with excellent lighting. That said it's really setup as more of a bar lounge
with far too many high-tops than tables which makes for a less comfortable dining experience.

Drinks take time and so the 2.5oz 'cheeky beer' while you wait is killer concept. The drinks are
absolutely stunning and worth the wait.

Having ordered from both the happy hour and the regular dinner menu while there were elements
that were tasty, nothing really wow'ed as a whole for the dish. The butter poached lobster was
underdone (twice), and there was a general lack of seasoning.

It's really a shame because the plates are beautifully presented and you can tell there's time and effort put in
but along the way the kitchen became a little bit more of a express check-out lane and stopped tasting and was rushing.

As an example we ordered the heirloom vegetables. I swear that I turned away for a few seconds and they were on the table.
A lot of the other food came out really fast and not in any particular order.

I feel like if the back of the house took a few tips from the front of the house they could be successful, but based
on our experience and the price, not sure I would be back to dine there, but I'd sit at the bar and drink there any time.

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JB
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, perfectly seasoned dishes, served family style. So much fun and beautifully savory. Expertly crafted cocktails served in interesting glassware. I would definitely dine here again when visiting Vancouver.

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z
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing experience with delicious food, well prepared, and delivered by extremely friendly and knowledgeable servers.

The ambiance is rustic but also modern, comfortable, and can provide an entertaining floor show if you happen to be seated near the open-plan kitchen.

Had a wonderful meal and would absolutely return, hopefully soon!

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W
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 2

It wold have been good to know in advance that we would be on a long table with everyone else, rather than by ourselves.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall great experience ! Moody jazzy atmosphere was wonderful.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The food was terrible. The waitresses were so confused about the orders, they brought us the wrong bill twice and for the third time, they charged us extra!!
I don’t recommend this place at all!!

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RR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We drove in from Abbortsford because we had heard it would be worth it.
It did not disappoint.
The service was fantastic, the food was amazing.
The only disappointment was the music when we arrived. Loud rap music made it difficult to hear both my wife and our server. They were quick to adjust it when we commented though.

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TD
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had seats in front of the kitchen and enjoyed watching the chefs prepare the meals. Limited menu, but wonderful and unique flavors. Atmosphere was dark, warm, and inviting. Would definitely go back.

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SN
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had their dine out menu with the suggested wine pairings. Started with the tuna tartare (recommended) my partner had the Wagyu carpaccio (even more recommended). Then the duck confit. Do what we did, splurge and add the duck liver side, melt in your mouth duck taste that stole the show. Finished with their chocolate and prune silk cake. Amazing texture, not too sweet (although I AM a sucker for sweet and would have like more of a cream than a yogurt tasting side to the dish). Jason, and the crew, gave some fantastic service, even noticing the volume of the music was getting loud and and having then turn it down without our having to request it. Overall, it was a fantastic evening dining in the belly of the Wildebeest!

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Boyfriends brother was in town. Went for the last night of dine out. Fantastic food, server was great (never interrupted and was there when needed). Will definitely be going back!

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LT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was amazing! Very unique and full of flavours, I wish it wasn't that dim in the restaurant to get good photos. Also, our waiter didn't have that smile I'm expecting to see from servers. It felt like she didn't want to serve us at all. Other servers were nice, smile and welcoming, but not our waiter who took our orders. That was the only negative experience i had in the restaurant.

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JC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a great experience for dineout festival 2019.
They have great atmosphere; the downstairs is usually more quiet.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a awesome dine out experience! The food was delicious:)♡

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AC
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for Dine-out and had such a lovely experience. The design was so interesting, the service impeccable, the food... yummmm! Portions are definitely not large but leave you eager for more, in a good way. Also, they have nailed the timing between courses. Long enough to reflect and enjoy your last course, not long enough to have you looking at your watch. We also started with cocktails and my Ancient Ruin was amazing but warning, not for the faint of heart. That baby had some kick!
We will definitely be going back!

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AL
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We came here for dine out and the food was great. We did make a reservation for 7 but didn't get the table until 720 because they were running late, but all things considered that wasn't a big deal.

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LD
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dine Out Event: As a group of 6 we had drinks downstairs at the bar which gave us a different experience to the upstairs and we enjoyed that it was quieter and we could talk. Upstairs from the start, the waiter was responsive and took the time to fully explain the ingredients. I had flat iron steak which was a surprise - plated attractively; tender with interesting and tasty sauces and accompaniements. Others tried the fish. I have told friends it was a superb experience. I would definitely go back and try the restaurant on a regular day. It was a 5 star experience for Dine Out when many menus were leaning towards bland/regular

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