Wildebeest

4.4
1471 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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JB
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined a day ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Overall great experience ! Moody jazzy atmosphere was wonderful.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 10, 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
17 reviews
Dined on February 9, 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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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 4, 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 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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AC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 3, 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 2, 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 2, 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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AH
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had the Dine out menu and were very happy with all the three courses. We also ordered the famous bone marrow with the sherry luge and the fried chicken. All the food was fresh and delicious. We also enjoyed the wines, great selection. We would definitely go again.

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T
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We went for Dine Out Vancouver and was looking forward to dining at Wildebeest as we had heard good things. However, the food did not live up to the hype. We ordered poutine for the table and it was the smallest portion ever for $14. Hardly more than a few fries to share. BBQ Pork Belly appy wasn’t tender. The Wagyu beef carpaccio was way over seasoned to the point of barely being able to eat it...I think they must have salted it twice by mistake. Couldn’t taste the flavour of the beef at all after that. I had the fish and it was overdone, but the flavour was good. My husband had the Duck confit, duck was not tender as you would expect it to be and the sauce didn’t quite go well with it. Finally, dessert...what could be bad about dessert? The Milk and Lemon had way a very weird texture. They used too much gelatin and the dessert was rubbery. Sponge cake was dry.
The staff were friendly but the music was too loud. When they were describing the courses, couldn’t hear the waiters descriptions at all. We just nodded our heads.

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

I don’t like high chairs. The lighting was ugly. Menu for Dineout was different. Apparently separating the components of a salad & a dessert and the customer mixes them is the new trend. No thanks. Very mehhh experience.

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b
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We attended Wildebeest during the Dine Out event and the menu was very creative. As usual Wildebeest delivered fantastic dishes and great service. The wine pairing for the menu was stunning as the dishes seemed to really enhance the taste and mouthfeel of the wine. Great experience!

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AC
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Went during dine out
Sat downstairs at the commune table, Jackson was lovely and helpful.

App course beef and tuna tarter ok
Main course steak a bit too lean and dry
Duck would have been a better choice
Not a big fan of both chocolate and lemon tart on desert menu.

Ordered a poutine to continue as catching up with friends over drinks, poutine wasn't good :(

Overall, great staff good, ambiance, food is OK.

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CN
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

A fantastic place to enjoy a well prepared meal. The food was delicious. The staff were on point and there whenever you needed them. The sound levels were perfect and one was able to have a conversation without having to yell.

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RR
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

As always the food was amazing. The beer selection was great too. Can't wait to come back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dine out experience

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PS
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Dine out with friends. Pretty good. Special aperitif too sweet and the polenta and vegetable (whatever it was ) were bland and did not pair well with duck. Steak was good, person who had sole said it was too salty.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

Liam our waiter was amazing and very attentive! Food was very delicious also!

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L
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food. Love the ambiance. A bit pricey but great for a special occasion.

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ML
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fine dining food, but with a friendly, upbeat yet laid back atmosphere. Great music, outstanding service. Delicious food and wine pairings. Would 100% recommend.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. The food was phenomenal. It's quite noisy and the communal table didn't offer much privacy. We were 45 mins late so I don't blame them for not seating us at a proper table. The overall experience was great. Would definitely come back.

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a
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. This dineout was actually worth the price and absolutely delicious!

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DL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a great time during Dine Out Vancouver. The food was very very good and the service friendly.
We did find the courses "small" but would return.

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D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our friend’s birthday and we had a really nice time. The food was tasty and service was excellent.

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a
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

The service was exceptional at the restaurant, each course was well romanced to the table.

The mashed potatoes stood out most in the meal and both dessert options were phenomenal. Wine pairings were carefully and successfully selected.

The carpaccio appetizer was disappointing and I did not enjoy it in spite of choosing the restaurant for that dish. The added lobster tail seemed to be a displaced up-sell when paired with the appetizer and would have been a more enjoyable pairing with the entree.

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m
Vancouver
30 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with delicious food

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d
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Arrived early on Saturday when the restaurant was just opening. It was quiet at first but ramped up quickly. Food was great. We all had different variations of Eggs Benny on buttermilk biscuits. Yum! Service was prompt and efficient.

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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Gross food. Everything we ordered needed salt. NO options for dairy allergy on the brunch menu. No option for sides to sub breakfast potato except some gross mixed greens with no taste.

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NS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there for Dine Out Vancouver. Food and service were great. Very likely environment. Not a place where you would plan to have a quiet conversation.

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n
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the taste and texture combinations that are very unique and work together so well! Great effort to make this food festival a venue to create new flavors and excitement about food.

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a
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

I love wildebeest’s food! Kind and knowledgeable staff. Great vibe. Unfortunately we had to wait for our reservation for approx. 20 minutes, which I find 10 minutes to be reasonable, 20 might have been excessive. They also messed up the bills significantly, but we didn’t know until it was paid and made it uncomfortable that certain people were covering other guests bills. I would suggest that if there is uncertainty or need for clarification about bills, please ask rather than assume because you don’t know the dynamics at the table regarding who is paying for who. One person got stuck with two peoples bills but felt uncomfortable saying no and paid it anyways. And then the wine was split onto everyone’s bills without being asked, rather than keeping it on the persons bill who ordered it for the table. We weren’t really offered to change the bill after the wine had been split. Having said this I had an amazing experience at wildebeest previously would not hesitate to come back!! :)

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SD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

I had the duck leg with the herb polenta. It was amazing, I would highly suggest trying it.

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J
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 3

Food was "Meh" for $45. I would pay $25 for the quality of food. The amount was not impressive either for charging so much. But the quality alone was not worth it compared to other restaurants that charge $45. I would not go back there for fine dining. The service was excellent though. The servers were super friendly and attentive.

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