Wildebeest

4.6
1301 reviews
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CAN$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Organic
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm;


Dinner: Nightly: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Phone number
(604) 687-6880
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ian McHale
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Abbott St.
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Parking details
Metered street parking is available on West Hastings Street, as well as on Abbott and Cambie Streets to our west and east. A secure pay parking lot is available for guest use across from us at the intersection of Hastings & Abbott.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1301 People Are Saying
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1.0Dined 3 days ago

Horrible service and clientele with expensive, subpar food.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We had high expectations when booking our recent reservation. Our expectations were far exceeded!
We had another totally wonderful and complete dinning experience at Wildebeest.

As two Floridian travelers, we first came upon Wildebeest a few years ago thanks to a friend living in Vancouver. Back again, and with all the choices Vancouver has to offer, Wildebeest was our pick and it was the correct selection. Farm-to-table, fresh, unique ingredients, expertly woven together by a skillful kitchen, delivers on a creative and imaginative (but not weird or bazaar) menu. The wait staff was engaging, knowledgeable and professionally friendly. We invite two guests to join us for our second visit and between the four of us we pretty much covered the menus with our selections. From Bison to Halibut to Smoked Duck Carpaccio to The House Charcuterie and Deviled Eggs Foie Gras. Great wine list as well as desserts. Totally enjoyable and well worth the visit!

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4.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Excellent food, very unique. Menu descriptions do not exactly represent what you will get - the lasagna was more like a meat pastry, as the pasta was quite crispy, however it was delicious.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Fantastic! Liam was a blast to talk to, and the food was simply spectacular. My (now) fiancee and I got engaged the day before, so we were ready to spend a good amount on the omakase and it was so fun and delicious. Highlights include the olives, bone marrow (ask for the luge after) and the bison w/foie gras.

For drinks, the improved sbagliato is definitely the most unique version of the current amaro cocktail craze that I've seen in a while.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Great! We had the horse tartare which is a must. My only suggestion is that they please bring the elk back on the menu. :)

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Great food and service, the cocktails are worth a mention too. Definitely try the omakase.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Good food and service i would recommand to all foodies

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Very good brunch and great service.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Great comfort food with a local twist. Great service in a warm inviting place.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Last night of a family holiday in Canada. Booked this after a recommendation in a UK wine magazine. Very high quality food. Our 17yr old son was blown away by the game lasagne but said he didn’t want dessert, he just ate most of mine - the bourbon bread and butter pudding with lavender creme anglaise. The thyme ice cream with the silk cake was amazing too. I could go on. It was nearly $100 each with drinks and tip but worth every penny (sorry, cent).

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

Great place. We did the ‘Omakase’ option which basically means you’re in the chefs hands (although you can state items you may not like/want).
I would reccommend this option to everyone (but don’t hold anything back) as some of the dishes will surprise you.
Drinks, service, ambiance was all fantastic.
Thanks for a brilliant evening!

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

We did the chefs choice option and loved every single dish they brought us! And it was a reasonable price and we walked away completely full. Great ambiance, great service.

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5.0Dined on July 24, 2018

Food was delicious and the servers were really knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Great atmosphere. Nice to see the chefs working away clean and professional. Highly recommend when visiting Vancouver

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4.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Absolutely outstanding service, great wine list, and delicious food. I find it to be slightly overpriced and the music was a little too loud for a conversation in a group. Overall a great experience and we’ll definitely eat there again.

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Exceptional food, ably & imaginatively prepared. Great atmosphere & service. In a town filled with a dearth of amazing eateries, Wildebeest stands out in my experience as one of the top 5 & a must-do for any locavore's dining list. Do yourself a favour: GO!

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5.0Dined on July 17, 2018

Beyond exceptional. Each plate was simply perfect; I cannot think of a way to improve anything. We had: devilled eggs, boar belly, salad (special), bison flat iron, pork jowls (special), and the bone marrow. Dessert: milk&honey combo, and brioche bread pudding.

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3.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Was there for brunch. Had good options although none of us were a fan of the hash browns. A bit too crispy/fried. But the veggie Benedict was delicious

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

I came here with a group of friends for my birthday. We are all foodies. Everything we ordered was delicious!! We tried wild bore, venison lasagna, duck poutine, rabbit saddle, iron steak, horse tar tar, chicken, green beans and cornbread. I recommend everything! Playing was on point and the food flavour combo was a hit! I will def be back!!

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5.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Every thing was amazing and original. Great wine. Great service. Thanks

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4.0Dined on July 10, 2018

kitchen very accommodating with dietary restrictions. food was great. nice way to experience other flavours. staff super helpful. highly recommended.

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Very impressed. Our server was amazing. He recommended the "omasake" where they decide what you eat, which was awesome because it made us try new things we have never had before and probably would never order on our own. The food was fantastic. Still having dreams about it. Had the best Old Fashioned I've ever had as well. 12/10 would highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Always a trust always good our third visit

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

My friends and I, in Vancouver to begin a cruise, went to experience game at this venue in Gastown. The horse tartare was good, the bone marrow was great but you don't need the sherry add-on. Two of us tried the saddle of rabbit (excellent), the other opted for the game lasagna...this dish was disappointing, it looked like an enchilada and was just okay. The service was slow and spotty... I think we'd only come back during happy hour for drinks and appetizers.

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4.0Dined on July 5, 2018

The steak was fabulous albeit pricey. I wasn’t sure the fuss over the Old Fashions was warranted. I like the ambience.

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5.0Dined on July 5, 2018

Excellent food and service. We got the tasting menu. The chef really nailed the techniques of his dishes. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on July 4, 2018

Both times I have eaten here have been extremely memorable. The food is excellent served by staff who care about the food. I don't fine dine often, but wildebeest is worth it.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

I loved the experience of the omakaze.
Our attendant was clever’ well versed in the possibilities of the chef and the results was very surprising

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Excellent scallops, but consider upping the portion size. The bison was great, too

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Great dinner! Our waiter was wonderful and the food was to die for. Don’t miss the bone marrow!! The cocktails where a hit also, really creative and hits the mark.

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5.0Dined on June 27, 2018

BEST. MEAL. EVER!!!!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great dining experience! Outstanding food with amazing flavors. Highly recommend allowing the staff to order for you. They will take into account any items you may not want to try and deliver a top notch meal. We had fun being surprised with what was coming to the table next!

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Food is very different and delicious, lots of interesting ingredients. Fantastic cocktails as well

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I love Wildebeest every time I go. The service is excellent, the food to die for and the atmosphere is awesome.

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5.0Dined on June 21, 2018

Outstanding meal. I have a number of allergies and the chefs at Wildebeest came up with 6 dishes that wow'd my tastebuds!! My husband was equally impressed. Our server was personable and very knowledgeable on the menu. Pricey, but oh so worth it! I will definitely be recommending Wildebeest to friends & family. Almost can't wait to go back to Vancouver for another meal at Wildebeest! Only negative for me was the location. It's not far from the "rougher" part of Vancouver.

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5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

Father’s Day

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4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

this is a very nice spot! Our server was wonderful and the bottomless mimosas are a great deal!

The only negative thing I would say is that the tomato and burrata salad is very small. BUT it is delicious.

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2018

What an amazing meal! Tell them your budget, and they prepare an amazing meal that is beyond flavourful! You will not leave hungry or unsatisfied. The dishes are rustic but refined, inventive and locally sourced. The service is by far some of the best I have ever had. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous here, it will be well rewarded! I suggest the bone marrow with a bone luge to follow!

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3.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Very slow inattentive service, they seemed very understaffed, good food in general with some Great dishes !

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

What stands out is the service. Staff were clearly knowledgeable of what they were serving and described the meals presented in excellent detail and with pleasant enthusiasm.

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