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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.
Vancouver, BC V6B 1G8
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
CAN$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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"
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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