Vaquero

4.7
639 reviews
$41 to $100
Contemporary European
Vaquero dining is nestled in under the Old Albion town hall built-in the 1800s. Full of character this venue lets the imagination run wild.
The speakeasy-style entry through a vintaged themed butcher shop sees the space open up into a beautifully fitted out dining haven.
The food is inspired by the Spanish Vaquero (herdsman) with aged and cured meats front and centre on a beautifully designed ever-changing menu.

Chef Angellic Lokeni and his team work side by side with a skilled team of bartenders and waiters.
This is an elegantly casual dining venue with flexibility across the board for events and intimate or romantic dinners,

With Albion trains station 150 meters away Vaquero and On the side will satisfy your every need.
Thank you for your interest in our Albion hidden gem.

Experiences

  • Melbourne Cup Lunch

    A$79.00 per person

    Nov 2, 2021 only

    Melbourne Cup Lunch @ Vaquero Dining $79 Join us to celebrate the race that stops the nation with our 4-course menu designed by Chef Angelic To make it a fuss-free afternoon, Select our 2.5-hour beverage package for $45pp Experience the following: - Live coverage of the event - In House Sweep Stakes - Best Dressed Prize - Collet Champagne Specials Private Room Available for up to 13 guests We encourage you to contact us prior to the event to let us know of any dietary requirements you may require.
  • Vaquero Banquet Menu

    Multiple dates available

    Vaquero Banquet menu. 3 course shared style menu for $49pp This menu delivers a true expression of the Vaquero experience. Available: Wednesday & Thursday Nights Friday & Saturday Lunches Minimum 2 guests

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
What 639 People Are Saying
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4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
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dishalicious07
London
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We have dined a few times and this occasion did not disappoint. Food and service were excellent. We also loved the cocktails. We will go back, hopefully soon!

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MJL1
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food to share, something for everyone. Cool space and friendly polished staff.

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GeoffA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

When walking through the butchers shop entrances knew we were in for a special dining experience. The waiter and waitress were most pleasant and when asked for assistance with food selection very helpful. We found the food amazing and as we had the banquet tasted a variety of different selections. Would definitely recommend Vaqueros for that different and enjoyable Dino g experience.

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MarilynW
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing in all aspects. The service was just stand out

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JenniferG
2 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Impeccable service and top quality food. An enjoyable night with work colleagues.

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JaneE
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 16 October 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I’m disappointed again with Vaquero. We’ve eaten there many times. Regularly they run out of a meal and substitute, and we’ve had the same thing happen with wine.
We even joked before dinner as to what would happen tonight…
Well.. we were not surprised when the 2017 $106 French Chardonnay.. became 2018 Petite Chablis… same wine maker and same price apparently... but, giving us $15 off the price when we realised what we were drinking.. just disappointed with the attitude… ‘ the wine list has a typo’ ‘the wine supplier ran out’?? It would have been nice to have been informed when we ordered. The wine was pleasant but not what we expected. This took the shine off a delicious meal.

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Laura
1 review
Dined on 15 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional night. The servers knew their products and matched our wine to our meal perfectly. High quality food using fresh produce. Great service, friendly staff and wonderful ambience. Highly recommend

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KerrynF
1 review
Dined on 14 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service & staff once again.
Love how they change their menu on a regular basis.
Wines & cocktails great as well.

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IainJ
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is just an exceptional restaurant and bar. They hit the mark every time without fail. Highly recommend.

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Sharshar25
3 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Vaquero never disappoints! New menu last night was delicious. Highly recommend the Blue Swimmer Crab entree, this was a highlight for me.

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BennygTheJet
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Second visit for my partner and I after discovering Vaquero a couple of months ago. Certainly does not disappoint. The food has been of exceptional quality on both visits and the service is immaculate. Highly recommend if you are looking for a fine dining option.

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jack
1 review
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall3Food1Service3Ambience3

serving sizes small. broccoli is not a good dish.

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kelstar
3 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great food, atmosphere and service. Love the decor. Will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
4 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and food plus lovely staff makes for a great location for food and drinks

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DougS
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s our second visit and once again it was a really enjoyable dining experience.

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AnaC
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing service, food and environment,,, highly recommend this place.

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RossG
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our bi annual cousin lunch was fabulous - tap beers, delicious meals and lovely ambience. A gem of a discovery.

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JVDB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 23 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

Food prepared with care and lots of flavour
Good GF options and a wide selection of proteins

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ToniS
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was fantastic! We had a fantastic evening at Vaquero.

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DanielaP
1 review
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

The food and service was fantastic, however I would suggested you review your lighting in the restaurant and the look and layout of your menu as it was almost impossible read.

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Chris
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic food and great atmosphere, will definitely be back

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David
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our first time, but not the last! Food was excellent, and the service was superior! We will look at a table outside next time..

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SydT
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We will be back again as the food is very good and varied

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WilliamC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I had a wonderful night with out issue. We throughly enjoyed the food the staff and ambiance

Thanks again for a top night

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AngelaT
3 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and "banter" from the wait staff. Food delicious and good wine choices. A couple of our "crispy" cuts could have been cooked a little longer to be crispy rather than fatty. Great night. Good GF and GFO options. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 9 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had a great night from beautiful cocktails at the bar to a delicious banquet being well looked after by Dan.

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KerryS
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another exceptional food and wines night. We chose the well priced four course set menu which was one of the best ways for Vaquero to show just how good they are. Never disappoint on the several occasions we have been .

JM
JennyMac
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Still a lovely place to eat. Beautiful food, great service.

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Julieann19
4 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Nice space with lovely ambiance and quite large indoor & outdoor eating areas
Service was great and food was delicious and delivered quickly as well
Only discovered this restaurant in our local area so nice to have somewhere new to go
Tapas was great and good variety
Nice night out

JC
JennyC
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyable
Great menu choice and wine list

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SteveG
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2021
Overall1Food1Service2Ambience4

Unfortunately a few of us were quite ill immediately after we dined at Vaquero.

Vaquero
Responded on 16 September 2021

Thank you Steve for your review. We are sorry again to hear that you were ill immediately sick after dining with us. We did talk over the phone where you did let me know that this did happen. As you know we did investigate this as we take these claims seriously. We touched base with other 37 diners on the night and we had no other reposted issue of sickness after dining with us. Again we are sorry to hear that you experienced sickness but we don't believe that we were the reason for this.

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MelK
3 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience3

We had a beautiful meal and lovely wine. The light was low and the menu is difficult to read. We felt a little rushed at first seeing as our food order was taken quickly. We had arrive early and would have appreciated a drink at the bar as the website had invited us to do. We were allowed to slow the service and it made for a very pleasant night.

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SydT
2 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was outstanding and service quick and friendly will go again

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JacquiN
1 review
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Fantastic place....everything was great. Food was delicious, service excellent, ambience perfect. Definitely no complaints from our table.

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Baba
8 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Very dark as lamps not working. All patrons using light from phones. Food was not as exciting as I expected. Asparagus stringy beef tasteless. Could do better. Service very good

JM
JasonM
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A enjoyable evening, in a well designed setting, with a good selection of food and wine to choose from. Nice ambience, but a bit more lighting to read the menu would be good.
Service from our waitress was excellent. Recommend to give it a try. 😀

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MarieS
1 review
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Loved the decor. Service great. A little bit hard to read the menus with dim lighting and brown lettering on light brown paper. Loved the ceiling. Yes

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ShannanL
1 review
Dined on 25 August 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love this restaurant! Great food, wonderful atmosphere, outstanding service, and all away from the busy city!!

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Jonny
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great atmosphere and amazing service.

Brilliant drinks menu and quality food - the sourdough and house smoked butter is incredible.

Most dishes have a smoked flavour which is pleasant but meant some of the dishes tasted similar rather than the different ingredients coming through.

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CatherineT
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience5

Food needs to be more flavorful/easier to eat, everything else is great and worth a visit for. Would definitely recommend once the food is sorted.

FAQs

Vaquero is rated 4.7 stars by 639 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.