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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Thanks for booking on Valentine's Day! Please head to our website, wildebeest.ca to see the special menu we created, and grab your tickets. They are $69 per person, with taxes and gratuity already added in. Ticket purchase is required for us to hold your table. Let us know if any questions arise!

Friday, February 14, 2020

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HB
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First of all, Our waiter Liam was exceptional beyond words! A very charismatic individual with a immense amount of knowledge behind each dish, and over all the food and dining culture on general! We enjoyed the dine out menu & each dish my presented beautifully! My girlfriend and I nibbled at eachother dishes as well and both felt every dish was flavourful and pure rich. Would definitely recommend to make reservations! Cheers !

LF
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was very good but not worth the price.

Service nice and polite but Very slow.

Over all a bit disappointed

HM
Seattle
37 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So Dine out Vancouver is a great time to try new places... This being one of them. Holy sh*t I wish I had come here years ago! Starting off with the foie gras deviled eggs (not part of the promotion) that were simply put, the most decadent deviled eggs I've ever had. The tuna tartar was delicious, the duck was the best duck I've ever had, moist, flavorful, and cooked perfectly, and the chocolate and plum dessert was the perfect ending to a delicious dinner. Service was perfect and very attentive! This place is a MUST GO when in Gastown or Vancouver in general. D E L I C I O U S!

KG
Vancouver
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I expected a lot from the food and unfortunately did not live up to my expectations. Was just okay. Loved the dessert! The meats were cooked well but the side dishes failed to live up to the same standard. The customer service was outstanding. Loved the ambience as well.

R
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Honestly, and I understand that it was done out, but was rather underwhelmed with our whole meal. Server seemed annoyed to have us, the fish dish was very fishy and bland, steak was quite chewy. best part was the food runner’s knowledge and attentiveness. Way over priced for what was delivered.

j
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for dine out on my birthday. It was th perfect meal and the wine pairing elevated the meal. Wildebeest dine out is the best I've been to, so good we go every year to their dine out. I've also gone to Wildebeest outside of dine out and the quality does not change it is always amazing. They accommodate all allergies, I'm gluten free and I am not limited in options here. Their silk cake is the best dessert ever and they have amazing and perfectly made old fashioned drinks. I love that everything is done in house to pickling and purees. The meat is as local as possible and usually there are some game options.

KC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food. Super friendly, knowledgeable staff. Fantastic interior decor. Noise level was pretty high but it was dine-out weekend; it's probably quieter on normal weekends.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Don't go during DINE OUT. Not worth the money for the quality of the food. Have been before and ordered from regular menu and experience was much better.

AL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Didn't realize it was dine out menu during this time, but then everything on the dine out menu was something I liked so not a big issue. The fois gras and duck was a little over done, but everything else was spot on.

j
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came for dineout to celebrate sister's birthday. Tried the bc wagyu carpaccio, tuna tartare, heirloom beets, flat iron steak, pacific rockfish, spruce tip tart and chocolate and plum dessert. Seasoning was on point, nothing excessive. They really let the ingredients shine on their own. Fantastic meal and excellent value. Would recommend this restaurant that's looking for good food.

L
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wildebeest has 2 floors similar in ambiance to Sai Woo. If the music level was lowered, then one would not have to shout above it to be heard. Did not expect to be seated bar stool style but all good. The waiter was attentive and wonderful. My friend only had to ask for water once and thereafter her cup was filled on a regular basis (she drinks a lot of water) Luckily I checked upon arrival if there was a reservation after us and there wasn't so we were not rushed (so so nice of them). Definitely try the fried artichoke and wagyu as starters. The duck leg and the fish was on the drier side with the fish quite salty. It's all in the presentation and they hit that out of the ballpark. They have interesting drinks and definitely go for one of those. I like that there are only 2 choices for dessert because that is all you need. Both the tart and the chocolate plum cake was yummy. You get that burst of flavour after it goes into your mouth. Thanks again for a great experience.

J
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

It wasn't worth the money spent. I could have 2x the quality and quantity for the same price at Hart House, Bacchus, or Season's in the Park. The dessert was tasty. But the crust on the lemon tart needed a blow torch to cut through. When I mentioned this to the wait staff, they just said they would mention it to the pastry staff. No apology or anything.

AE
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a date night for my wife and I. Food is a love language for us and Wildebeest nailed it.

T
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food very nicely presented, servers attentive and knowledgeable, seating not comfortable (stools, no backs, no cushions) and noise level not a problem.

DT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

We made a reservation 2 weeks prior and got relegated to the basement which was disappointing. While it was nice because it was a bit quieter it does not have the same vibrant vibe as upstairs. Service was great! The wine bottle we ordered was kept over at the bar initially and it looked as though people were also looking at it as though it was available for them so we had it brought over and left at our table.

DD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

For the most part our Dine Out experience was good. At times the service was forgotten. Maybe less time explaining the details of the meal. The turning up the volume of music seemed a little juvenile for the quality of the restaurant.

IC
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The main courses were too salty but otherwise, everything else was good.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

My boyfriend and I came here for Dine-out but also an anniversary. we were greeted by our server with 2 champagne flutes as soon as we sat down. The service was attentive and efficient. We ordered their famous bone marrow as add-on to the 3 course dine out menu. Food was mostly delicious. We enjoyed the beets appetizer but felt the tuna tartare needed a bit of tang to brighten up the flavor profile. Our entrees were both good, we had the duck confit and rockfish. The rockfish was served with peculiar artichokes which tasted like artichokes but with a more root vegetable / water chestnuts texture. It was interesting, I liked them, but my boyfriend is still on the fence about them lol. The desserts sadly was a little disappointing as I wasn’t a big fan of the plum and chocolate flavor pairing. The lemon tart was good though. All in all the dinner was very enjoyable, service was great and the ambience is cozy. Would definitely one back.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were there for brunch. Our server was very accommodating, genuinely nice and knowledgeable about the menu. We had a great view of the kitchen and they were impressive to watch handle a Sunday brunch rush. Thanks fellas. I will recommend the Sherry Bone Luge to everyone.

EM
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, interesting and unusual. Restaurant not busy so for us older people very pleasant conversation ambiance. Service was very attentive and excellent.

JH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service - as always! One of my wife and I’d favourite dining place sin Vancouver. We ordered the omakase and 3 wine pairings. The food was on-point - exciting and innovative. The omakase favourites were the mouth watering bone marrow, game pie, and venison. Always a good time at Wildebeest!

M
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, interactive, knowledgeable staff. It's up there on the fancy side. Would recommend for a nice date out.

KH
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, even better food. Would highly recommend the bone marrow and the mussels.

G
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was decent but the portion sizes of the mains seemed way too small for the price when compared to similar restaurants. Drinks took forever to arrive.

Had an air of trying too hard.

GB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Q
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

NYE event, 4 course meal, needed to pre pay to reserve. We were seated downstairs, at one of two very long benches on the end. They wanted to squeeze in more couples across from each other than accepted it. Two separate couples moved away from us.

Our server and food were excellent. Top of the line, with the sablefish being top notch. Server was also very informative and engaging, but gave us time.

Everything would’ve been exceptional if it wasn’t for the music choice and volume. I listen to a lot of mid-late 90s Hip-hop, but , when dining with my wife, I shouldn’t have to yell to speak to her and be distracted by the music.

Many people are audibly distracted. Restaurant music shouldn’t have vocals or loud horns. Especially on NYE with a great course food menu. We asked our server to turn it down and she did promptly.

Easily would’ve been 5 stars w/o that.

OT
Nashville
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really good brunch & staff was super attentive!

OL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food
Good service
Was wonderful experience

OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Le service est excellent.

Les plats sont très bon mais nous avons été déçus par les portions légères des plats principaux.

Il y’a une carte de vin sympathique.

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f
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

At Wildebeest for a birthday brunch with a group of 11. Food was delicious! Portions were on the small size and service was pretty absent considering there was a 20% auto-grat - which the server never mentioned.

P
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Original menu and great food. I tried the bone marrow brunch menu option - interesting presentation and very flavourful. Service was also good - authentic. Was a bit noisier than I would like at brunch time with music but otherwise a great experience all around. Coffee was also good

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The team at Wildebeest was amazing as always.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Overall it was a good experience. One meal was forgotten to be placed by the waiter , so everyone ate and one person waited for his meal order to be placed and made . Everyone had finished their meals by the time the missed order arrived . A drink was forgotten as well .Food portions very small . Prices on the high side . Good atmosphere.

O
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great end to end experience from cocktails, front staff, explanation of food, to local ingredients.

AB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We did the omakase option which was a little pricy but there was plenty of food. Overall it was a good quality meal. Our server was fantastic.

b
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Server kept disappearing in the back. Took a long time to get anything and even to order anything.

OT
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we were treated so well! the food itself was outstanding but the service really took the experience above and beyond. our cocktails took a little longer than usual, and our server brought us two short lagers to tide us over in the meantime.

we got the heirloom carrots, mushroom ravioli, mussels, and the lemon curd spruce tip tart. everything was magnificent. we couldn’t have asked for a more delightful meal. thank you so much!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

LK
London
8 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I've been to Wildebeest's for Brunch several times, and am always happy with the food. Last week, we were particularly fond of the seasonal (apple chestnut) Buttermilk pancakes- they were excellent. However, the avocado toast was on the bland side. Drinks were good, as always. Service is excellent.

MB
London
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wildebeest has been my go to for special occasions for years now. Consistently fantastic food, great ambiance and amazing bar program.

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