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About Wildebeest

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.

120 W. Hastings St
Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Comfort Food, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm;


Dinner: Nightly: 5:00 pm - 12:00 am

Cross Street:
Abbott St.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 687-6880

Website:
http://www.wildebeest.ca/

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.

Executive Chef:
Ian McHale

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

Wildebeest Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

93% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (42)
Creative Cuisine (37)
Good for a Date (32)
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Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Local Ingredients (24)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Good for Birthdays (21)
Good for Groups (21)
Tasting Menu (21)
Fun (19)
Good for Anniversaries (19)
Casual (17)
Authentic (16)
Special Occasion (16)
Cozy (14)
Worth the Drive (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Great Beer (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Bar Seating (11)
Hot Spot (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Romantic (11)
Seasonal (11)
Happy Hour (10)
Business Meals (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
People Watching (7)
Tapas (7)
Healthy (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Organic (4)
Great for Lunch (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Late-night Find (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Vancouver)·Dined a day ago

An awesome dining experience!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

Tiny overpriced portions. Pork belly was firm, rather than crispy/tender - and maybe about 1 1/2 square inches. 4 scallops a little underdone. Veggie slaw was immersed in a tomato paste sauce. And this was a main entree for $29. Service was polite, but inattentive - glasses were taken away with no inquiry about another drink. Would not recommend or go back.

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Wildebeest was SPECTACULAR!!! Visiting from Seattle, we like to find a place that pushes the culinary envelope, but is still approachable. They've nailed it here! Chanterelle pappardelle, and bison steak with seared foie gras...oh my!!

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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Great service and food. Got there during Happy Hour and it got packed quickly. Highly recommend!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We were in Vancouver for the weekend and saw this restaurant on the internet (boasted about it being one of the best eggs benedict places in Vancouver.
We got reservations for Saturday brunch and walked over. The place looked inviting and we were seated fairly quickly. Then things started going downhill.
We sat for at least 10 minutes before our server came over and we ordered coffee. We both ordered the brisket eggs benedict. Surprisingly they arrived about 6-7 minutes after we ordered. (By the way , we asked for soft and runny eggs).
The whole meal (for both of us) was luke warm at best, and the eggs were hard . We would have sent them back except it was almost noon and we hadn't eaten since the night before.
Our server never came by as is expected to ask how our meal was. Our coffees sat empty for the whole meal. After paying our bill (leaving cash on the table), there was no server or no host or hostess to thank us for coming to this restaurant. All in all, it was a little disappointing. Not great service, and cold food . Not at all what we expected. To say the least, this is not a restaurant my wife and I will ever visit again on our trips to downtown Vancouver, and we would never recommend to anyone. Just being honest .

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 (Ottawa)·Dined on December 5, 2017

A friend recommended this place and it surpassed my expectations!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Great dining experience. Food and drinks were excellent.

Tags: Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This is a great place with a wonderful vibe, and the food was carefully prepared and delicious.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tasting Menu, Tapas, People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Phenomenal food.Great atmosphere. I would put this place in top 5 in Vancouver. Good service. My only complaint is that our server kept asking if the food was good while we were having a conversation. I know it is a North American custom, but I would like to have uninterrupted conversations with my fellow diners. Ask just once at the end of the meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The food was outstanding! Great ambiance, and fantastic service. The server was extremely knowledgeable, friendly , and made us feel very welcome. This place is a must try. Will definitely come again. Thank you for a wonderful evening!

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Healthy, Fun
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Decided to give it a try because of the good reviews. Dining atmosphere was nice; love the fact that I get to see the kitchen and the chef cook. Food was overpriced. Quality/freshness was not bad but the flavour was average. Our service was good; the waitress was professional and knowledagble with the menu and made some recommendations.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great service, amazing cocktails, vibrant atmosphere, interesting menu -good.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Cozy, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Seasonal
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Great spot in Gastown. Ambiance was great. Food was amazing.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Really appreciated the extra touches due to our 6-year anniversary. Food was absolutely amazing (had horse tartare & elk loin), great beer & wine list as well.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Romantic, Fun, Notable Wine List, Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Amazing service, wonderful food, great drink selection. We took my niece out for her 15th birthday and we're thrilled with the restaurant.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Hot Spot, Organic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Good food great people

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·Dined on November 16, 2017

Food was amazing and innovative! Everything tasted so fresh. Presentation was excellent. Great for sharing.

Tags: Healthy, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Organic
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

First, they were able to accommodate a day of reservation change, which was very much appreciated. Second, a bit loud for a date night, but still able to chat without yelling too much. Watching the open kitchen was a nice treat. I'm not going to give you a nuanced review of the food, but the plates shared were, horse tartare, sweetbreads, green beans, poutine, and creme brulee. Sweetbreads are served on a charred piece of bread, which on one end was a bit too charred, as the burnt taste was a tad overpowering. Also felt the sweetbreads could have been a bit smaller in size to allow for easier consuming, but for a first time eater of sweetbreads, they were smooth and creamy. Would've appreciated a tad more gravy on the poutine, but all other parts of it were delicious. Horse tartare and green beans were as described and enjoyed. Creme brulee was lovely to share as an end to the evening. Would like to return to enjoy more offerings from the menu, but would hope for a little quieter evening.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was great but we were told that all the items on the menu were designed to be shared and I would disagree. We were told that getting a starter and a main per person would be too much food - not true at all. The food was delish so everyone get their own plate! They are not sharable and you wont want to share anyways!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Main dishes have a tiny portion

The most overpriced restaurant me and my girlfriend has been to... ($29 main dish includes one small cube of pork belly + 3 scallops) (Another dish includes 4 slices of steak for $36, refer to pic) - these were all main dishes

Veggies and sauce are very salty

Good for trying non-traditional meats but served in very very small portions

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

The service was top notch and food was great too! The ambiance and decor were super modern and cool.

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·Dined on November 9, 2017

We went on a recommendation and were very glad we did. Everything was great and we tasted a bunch of dishes. Special standout to the scallops - made to perfection!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food and the service were excellent. We took the option of having the chef decide our menu for us and it was a great choice. Everything was delicious!

Tags: Seasonal, Worth the Drive, Disabled Access, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

the food was good but not the great meal I expected from the other reviews. I was surprised by the short menu. I was expecting more meat dishes, but there were only a couple (one being a 32 ounce steak that takes 45 minutes. So while I think most people could find something on the menu, after screening out a few (not a scallops or sweetbread fan) you may be left with only a couple choices. We ordered the Chanterelle pasta that was great, and a bison/beef dish that was good but very rare. The accompanied vegetable cheese gratin dish was really smoky (and not a mild flavor like apple, but a bitter smoke). Not sure what they were trying to accomplish. We mentioned it to our waiter who said basically, "yes other people have mentioned that too"

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Awesome brunch experience!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

It was our first time having brunch here. Overall we love the food, but we've found the dishes tend to be on salty side especially that Merguez Hash. It was too salty that we had trouble finishing it. Marrow & Eggs was very delicious!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Very very salty food. Omakase are just random dishes from the menu that fit the price range you pick as opposed to what you’d expect from a real omakase, felt a bit misled. Also the server did not ask us how hungry we were, just asked us for a price range and off to the races (it was way way too much food).

Pretty low to average experience. The food was trying really hard to be trendy but generally fell flat.

Good place for a casual meal but not a date.

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·Dined on November 2, 2017

I was so excited to get back to Wildebeest after we went for dine out a few years ago, It was the same awesome place with super friendly and knowledgeable staff. It was the same great atmosphere i remembered but a bit more quiet on a weeknight. Our wait staff was amazing and the service was quick but not at all rushed. We could not believe when the charcuterie (forgive my spelling) plate came out how the lady who brought it out knew so much and was able to remember every detail when explaining what was on the plate!

Cant wait to come back and try the family style experience, Wildebeest is my favorite place in the entire city with the best staff.
see you soon!

Tags: Late-night Find, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Romantic, Hot Spot, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Casual, Seasonal, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on October 31, 2017

Amazing food! The beer salad was amazing.. and the squash done three ways was my favourite!
Will defiantly be back!

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

I don't often do nicer meals and usually opt. For pub grub but for a special occasion I don't believe wildebeest lived up to expectations, a high price drink menu boasting $60 bottles of beer and food options to capture the meat eaters heart weren't backed up by the atmosphere of the establishment. I guess when your paying higher prices ( $34 for a delicious bison steak) I expected dimmer lighting, a higher level of service and a more professional feel, instead noisy r and b music bright lights and servers dressed for a casual affair that struggled to smile meant the experience was less than desired. The food was the best part and displayed brilliant, but apart from that it was nothing special.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Introduced friends to Wildebeast. They were looking for game meat options. The menu fit the bill.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Seasonal, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Our dining experience at Wildebeest was, in a word, amazing. There was so much to choose from on the menu; we enjoy trying new and exciting foods & places and we were not disappointed! Our server was incredible - he talked us through how to properly eat the bone marrow with the 'luge' which was a first for both of us (and we managed not to make too much of a mess lol). I wanted to try everything on their cocktail list as well :) Our mains were just as tasty and fun to eat as the appetizer, and we would recommend both - I had the pork belly and scallops, and my partner had the elk, which was soooo tender! Truly an unforgettable west coast 'foodie' experience!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

Popped in before a concert with expectations to have a quick dinner. We had an all around exceptional experience from service, to amazing food paired with great wine. We look forward to experiencing your breakfast menu next time!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Excellent reservation with reminders, friendly, great Manhattan cocktails, lived the Brussels sprouts! Everyone’s meals were delicious. Good service. Close to Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food and wine selection was fantastic! We had been craving some unusual cuts of meat, after many nights in a row of seafood dining. They had foie gras, wild boar belly, elk, and bison meat! The portion sizes were nice for sharing and not overly large. My husband was a little disappointed in the beer selection; they had an IPA on tap, but it had just finished and they were on to the next keg, which was not an IPA. Overall, great restaurant and an unusual find!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic, Tapas, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Romantic, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Awesome spot for plate sharing and cocktails. Great service and ambience. Not too loud too so you can hear your company.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Authentic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Overall a great experience and I am happy I experienced Wildebeest. I did find the portions on the smaller side, however, that was most definitely made up by the Quality, time it takes to create this type of food and the incredible flavour profile each of the meals contained. Being highly familiar with wild meats, having had that a part of my pallet since I was born, I found each meal that had game meat was executed perfectly and would definitely have a non-game eater asking for more. One note, the lasagna is not a traditional lasagna, more of a cannelloni in my opinion but, tasty nonetheless. The cocktails really showed the amount of research and time it took to create each one, Wildebeest has a few drinks on the menu that fits any flavour you seek to wet your pallet.
I would recommend this place to anyone who would like to try wild meats with out the work, leave that up to Wildebeest and you will not be disappointed. Just be ware the portions are not big but, this will allow you to try more than one item - great restaurant find In Vancouver.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

First time here. The Wildebeest came highly recommended and did not disappoint. Food was interesting, well prepared and tasty. As soon as you walked through the door you were greeted with a welcoming and vibrant energy. It was a great location to meet old friends and share a meal.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

My wife and I went here for a date night, and we ended up leaving blown away by the tasting menu. Best culinary experience I have ever had. The smoked olives I would buy by the case for any price.higkky recommend if you want a full dining experience to remember. Drinks are also quite unique and well done.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Worth the Drive, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 19, 2017

Salty. Yep food was salty. Uh huh, quite salty. You know, tastes like salt.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Bar Seating
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