Wildebeest

4.6
1553 reviews
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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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New England
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

1/2 marathon celebration

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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We were welcomed by a lovely host and the waiter who served us was very professional and giuded us through the cocktail menu.
The food menu was very poor and had no consistency or relation to any of the cocktail. The flavors were flat and non of the dishes had a bit of creativity.
I would expect a cocktail bar to match the food to the cocktail but dont really understand how fried chiken, plate of charcuterie or paste are good with a flavorful cocktails.
Overall we really enjoyed the atmosphere and service.

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MS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Omakase menu was great, good mix of flavors. Tried one cocktail, was quite good.

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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome! Was great

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Deliciously inventive with a focus on local products. The lamb loin was perfectly cooked and spiced. My favorites were the smoked garlic scapes which had a light vinaigrette, almond crisps and ricotta. Liam suggested great wines as we journeyed through the omakase-styled dinner. He was personable and polite. I like this spot for any occasion !

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DB
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I were very pleased that we discovered Wildebeest on our visit to Vancouver. I enjoyed the Hanceville Ragu Spaghetti. It was full of rich flavor, but was not a heavy dish and the portion size was just right. My wife enjoyed the Lois Lake Steelhead, a mild fish that was wonderfully seasoned. We also enjoyed the selections on the cheese plate. Finally, Wildebeest freshly brews its iced tea, and I really enjoyed the glasses of iced tea that were brewed for me.

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OT
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

went there for a business dining occasion. The food was great but the service was fantastic!

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a
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fantastic evening - great fun, great food and a very entertaining server.

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KK
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time - food and vibe was great! Gave "value" a 4/5 as I felt the happy hour asparagus item was kind of tiny for the $.

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J
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Started with a refreshing cucumber cocktail and our group of 4 thoroughly enjoyed their chef selection set menu over 2 hours. Very unique, flavourful items. The waygu was so tender and delicious. We will be back!

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HG
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredible food, great service.
An absolute must for anyone who loves rich flavors and if course high quality meats

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G
Seattle
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

Pros: Drink selection was fantastic. Music and ambiance were also quite good. Beef tartare was fantastic.

Cons: Service was lacking. Would not recommend the $14 asparagus, which was about 7 pieces of normal asparagus with fancy toppings.

Ordered three dishes plus dessert. The first dish arrived promptly and was excellent. It took about an hour for the 2 other dishes to appear, with minimal-to-no interaction with the staff. After the main dishes appeared we got bread. They weren't particularly swamped, so I'm not sure what was going on there. After the main dishes, we got more drinks and dessert, and that arrived promptly. It might be worth going to if money is not an issue.

Food: 9/10
Service: 3/10
Value: 7/10

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DA
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Enjoyed the evening very much. Our server was outstanding in helping select our choices and we were very pleased with the selections.

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v
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Jocelyn Kaleka is amazing!

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AN
London
9 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were incredible! We went with the tasting menu / omakase and enjoyed every single course. The bone marrow with a sherry luge was genius. The nettle and garlic ravioli were outrageous. Wagyu sirloin was beautifully rich and tender. Awesome, local, seasonal dishes.

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BA
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We had an excellent server. Very friendly and knowledgeable. Menu is on the expensive side but food was good.

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EN
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the chef choose for us.it was a foodie’s dream meal.

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Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food were amazing! We let the chief decide what we are which is always fun!!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. Really, really good. Highly recommend letting them pick the food for your table.

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AW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at Wildebeest was a real experience. Great menu with something for everyone and lots of local character, coupled with a good wine list, service and ambience.

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GC
Toronto
28 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Halibut was great. Charcuterie board is made in house.

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EP
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The steak is excellent however waited so long to get it~
Taste like in heaven

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JB
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service excellent! Next time we head to bc wildebeest is on our list!

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AC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was amazing! We did the omakase menu (for 2 adults and 2 kids) and it was beyond exceptional. The carpaccio, ravioli, and wagyu steak were our favorites, though everything was delicious. Dessert was both beautiful and delicious. Our servers took great care of us, making the whole experience lovely.

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T
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed the food at Wildebeest but would not recommend it to anyone with a large appetite as portions are small. The flavours were delicious and lots of interesting dishes for small plate sharing. Highly recommend going for happy hour.

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VA
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding service and food combinations. Highly recommend the chefs dining experience!

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J
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Honestly everthing was pretty good except for the. Blonde lady server gretting us with "Still or Sparkling" after we had been waiting for a while. A simple hello, how are you? goes a long way.

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NK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday dinner. Amazing service from all staff & delicious food. The bone marrow is a must try!!

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PH
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! The service from all of the staff was outstanding!! Everyone was so friendly and knowledgeable about every item the menu! And the food was absolutely amazing! Well done!

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. The restaurant isn’t exactly child friendly though and I wish it could try to accommodate kids better. For example drinking cups with lid on and actual high chairs (invest in Ikea $15 ones), not just booster seat. Overall, I would return but not with children.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The serving staff was phenomenal and the food was great. Very unique flavors. Best deviled eggs I have ever had!
Prices are a little high, I think they are pushing the envelope on what they can charge for ordinary ingredients at this place - but it is gastown afterall

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Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing! I got the Caponata Eggs Benedict which was delicious. The poached cooked was made perfectly and the crispy potatoes were insanely good. We also had the Guinness Donuts at the start and those were really good as well. Soft and not too sweet. The glaze was also very nice.

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RM
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice dinner with friends

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s
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time dining here, came for happy hour, the food was excellent! Really enjoyed the pasta. Charcuterie plate had interesting types of meat, and it was quite delicious.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tasty but not a lot for the price

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JH
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal that was perfectly selected for us by our bartender. We tried things that we would not have tried otherwise. Sitting at the bar also let us observe as they made the craft cocktails, which is a performance.

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Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We booked a table for two early in the day. When we arrived on time at 9.45pm, the host told us they could not accommodate us at a table and directed us to the bar, where there was a full service menu. Apparently, they had many large groups which had not left. We could clearly see several empty tables. I was ready to leave but my wife decided we should stay because it was too late to go anywhere else. My wife commented that this was poor as we had booked. The host did not apologize and no reparations were made.

The bar was cramped. There was little space to accommodate the large wooden chopping boards on which the food was served.

Eventually, we were moved to a table. The waiters were actually very professional,attentive and food was served quickly.

I consider the menu here to be quite experimental. Presentation was excellent. The quality of the food was excellent. The taste was also excellent. Despite this, I would have preferred something more “Vanilla.”

The decor was very interesting. The music was loud-ish but one could still hold a conversation.

I would not go here again because of the initial booking mess up and because of the expense. I expect something outstanding for what I paid ($300 for two people).

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P
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We already have recommended the Wildebeest to our son. We really enjoyed the variety of food. The charcuterie board was amazing, a delicious sampling of sweet and savory flavors. The wild boar appetizer was very tasty. The travelzoo meal was great as we were able to try a lot of the foods they have to offer. We were not disappointed.

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DB
Toronto
12 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

Overall food was outstanding, but the bar and table service totally let down the kitchen. Was it because it was Easter Monday and the bar manager just didn't care to be there? Was it the timing of our table server and did he just feel overwhelmed because there were actually a few tables more than anticipated? I may come back on a whim but as a world traveler who dines out any day all over the world, this dining experience was spoiled by uninterested mediocre service. They need to match the service to the outstanding food because it matters.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Parents were in town so I wanted to take them somewhere unique and tasty and Wildebeest did not disappoint. Incredible food, great drinks, and amazing service. Would happily recommend.

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