Wildebeest

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Contemporary American
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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LN
Hawaii
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever you start an evening with the hostess saying we need this table by x time, it can put the pressure on you to get going and order, drink, and be merry. Well, our first visit to Canada, Vancouver, we did some research and were pleasantly surprised by Wildebeest. Our server was polite, (nice mustache !) and explained the menu. My husband really had wanted the chef to prepare a mushroom dish, but, being the amazing chef he is, steered him to a mushroom ravioli dish that was just soooo tasty, oozing with this amazing cheese! We started with the smoked olives and burrata tomato salad. Great wine pairing! Thank you for an amazing evening, we enjoyed it all!

AR
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome meal and service. Bottomlesss mimosas are a win!

B
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Way over priced for mediocre food. $14 for 4 tomato slices? $14 for a tiny plate of under cooked string beans with sauce that tasted like cheap store bought teriyaki sauce. Do yourself a favour and head to Chambar instead.

CE
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I wish I could give this restaurant the 5 stars it surely deserves most nights, but unfortunately even though we had a reservation for 8:00pm, we didn’t get seated until almost 9:00pm.
I understand that sometimes these things are out of staff’s control, but I feel that waiting anything over 20 minutes for a table when you have a reservation completely defeats the point of making one.
The food and drinks were so good it won’t sway us from coming back though!

OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Husbands birthday- really great innovative food, interesting cocktails and funky atmosphere.

JN
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We loved the chefs choice menu and sampling the wines selected to go with each course. A wonderful culinary experience and exemplary service. Thoroughly recommend

MJ
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Very unique and tasty menu, loved the decor. Loved the smoked olives even more!! Main courses are small-ish portions, which is fine, just something to note. Friendly staff, would definitely recommend and I will be going back!

D
Vancouver
18 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

attentive staff and amazing atmosphere—plus a truly delicious brunch! can’t wait to bring more friends for bottomless mimosas!

CF
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wildebeest is simply the carnivore's dream, the best restaurant in Vancouver!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Horrible food , never go back there ever again , order a meat plater to share , very small portion , poor quality of food and the bread felt like 10 days old , we paid and left

LP
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat at the bar and had great service and conversations with bartenders. The food was fantastic.

OT
Orlando
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did the omikase. They asked for a price range and any requests. It surpassed our expectations. Good wine selection. The smoked olives are a incredible!

OT
Toronto
6 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible service, quality of ingredients, and unique menu offering. One of the best tasting menus I have ever had. The chefs took great care of my dietary restrictions as well.

MA
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent food with a emphasis on local sourcing and unconventional proteins (i.e. game meats)

AR
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic every time I’ve been. Cannot wait to go back!

HH
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit to Vancouver from Los Angeles. Could not have encountered a better dinner experience. Excellent bartender. Anyone who knows how to make a Horseradish Sour - and it tastes great - that's a quality bartender. Our server (may have been the manager) apologized for the noise and the crowd. Very thoughtful yet unnecessary - we're used to it in LA. The food was delicious. We asked for a restaurant recommendation for Victoria. The chef recommended Olo. Which was a fantastic recommendation. 6 stars out of 5. Keep up the great work.

E
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We had a great hostess who was very attentive and made our meal enjoyable. The food was a bit hit and miss. We ordered a salmon Benedict, pork jowl Benedict, bone marrow, and FBLT. We found the biscuit for the Benedict's to be really dry and overly dense. The bone marrow was delicious but come with bread which we found too hard.

OT
Hertfordshire
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great soundtrack to brunch

SM
New England
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious locally sourced fish and meats. Everything prepared in house

ER
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance, great service, and great food. We ordered the deviled eggs, heirloom tomatoes, Vacche Rosse Ravioli, Miso-Glazed Heritage Beans, and the Peace Country Lamb Loin. We finished off with the Santa Rosa Plum and the Red Haven Peaches (must have!!). This was our favorite meal when we visited Vancouver!

MM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was the first place I've been in a long time where everything on the tasting (omakase) menu was both interesting and excellent. Great execution on each dish, and even simple things - padron peppers, grilled corn on the cob - were done with real attention to culinary detail (I marveled at these simpler dishes almost as much as the more elaborate ones). The bone marrow dish, which culminates with a small glass of sherry for each guest in order to do a bone marrow luge (look it up), is not to be missed. The wait staff is helpful, friendly, knows the food, and describes each dish as it is presented. The omakase is well worth it: you can name a price point, and the restaurant constructs your menu around that - and your food preferences. My wife and kids (13 & 20) loved it as well: it's the best food experience we've had when traveling to Vancouver (along with Richmond Night Market...).

CW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

100% perfect. The two nice young ladies who looked after us were knowledgeable, friendly, funny, professional and very very good at what they did. The chiefs made some beautiful food and the Omakase style dinner for the four of us was perfect.

W
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had friends in town and Wildebeest was a great choice for a fun evening of food and wine. We enjoyed the share everything style. Highly recommend!

LV
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent restaurant! Highly recommend. Food was really good. The bone marrow is a must try.

JO
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent, creative food and drink in a hip environment. From entrance to exit, the service experience was top notch. I will definitely return to dine and drink.

k
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Service was pretty terrible, food & drinks were great

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best meals we had in Vancouver! The omakase is a great value and awesome experience. We named our price and got so much more than we expected. The staff was especially accommodating as we were a group of 6, but 2 wanted to order a la carte. Our server chose excellent wines for us as well. I really appreciated how inventive the food was. Each course was surprising and delicious.

JF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great tasting menu. Got to try really unique dishes.

LM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We already have recommended Wildebeest! Our server Liam was spectacular, as were all the dishes Chef selected for our group of three. We loved having different kitchen staff run the food out which we all felt was excellently presented. We had fun with the adventurous sherry marrow shots!
This was our second visit - first was brunch with another friend. Also a great experience.
See you again soon! 👹

ST
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 4ambience 1

We are avid foodies and ordered omakase courses. We were very excited to nosh and reviews were either love or hate. Unfortunately everything we had was extremely salty. After 4 consecutive dishes we decided to abort. Our server was very thoughtful and we tried to soften the blow as this was the first time we have ever walked out of a restaurant during the middle of service chef needs to sit and taste his own food.

LC
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great little cozy place to have yummy food with a different flare! Our server was great and we loved the charcuterie platter to start and the fresh fish specials! Would go again!

OT
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, great wine, and our server went out of his way to make the night more memorable.

S
Dallas
8 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The service was a bit disorganized but was very friendly. Food was delicious and high quality.

EH
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was inventive, but portions small for sharing and the price. Waiter was reasonably attentive but kept butting into our conversation and was rather arrogant.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious. Could use less salt in every dish. Lamb was excellent and tasted very gamey. Wagyu-ragu spaghetti was phenomenal.

OT
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for brunch, great cheddar omelette. Loved the crispy Kennebec Potato, and the salad was a good light complement to the dish. Service was great. Would definitely return for brunch, or to try dinner offerings.

w
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Great restaurant, but there’s no justifiable reason to charge that much.

AA
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The lamb is amazing!!

N
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, great service.

W
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Chose Wildebeest by chance from Google map and good reviews. Was very pleased we did, excellent service from Michael, good advice on how the menu cud be used, either sharing or solo choices. Interesting menu including deviled eggs, steak tartare served on sourdough toast, and other different from the norm dishes.
Good selection of local wines, by the glass or bottle. Pricing quite reasonable so all in all wud recommend as a restaurant with a difference.
Remember to pass by the nearby steam clock in the Gasworks area on the quarter hour to see it puff

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