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 Damon porter and his team work side by side with a skilled team of bartenders and waiters.
This is a elegantly casual dining venue with flexibility across the board for events and intimate or romantic dinners welcomes its little sister "on the side" by Vaquero.
If you are looking for a small bar for a drink before or after you dinner with friends, just pop next door.
With Albion trains station 150 meters away Vaquero and On the side will satisfy your every need.
Thank you for you interest for our Albion hidden gem.
Vaquero had delicious food across entree, mains and desert. There was also nice indoor and outdoor seating areas. The service was friendly and attentive. It made for a wonderful night out. Would thoroughly recommend!
This place has probably the best food I have ever been lucky enough to eat. The chef Damon and his team in the kitchen are masters of their craft.
I was in when the restaurant looked to be at capacity, but the service remained excellent. Front of house were also great and i am telling everyone I know to go to vaquero as soon as they can
We love going to Vaquero, its great food, great cocktails and intimate.
Consistently great food and service. The sort of venue you can take family or clients and know they will have a great experience.
Our experience at Vaquero was very good. The service was outstanding and also their various staff there were friendly, welcoming and helpful. Their food knowledge was very good. The food itself was delicous but unusual. We both really enjoyed the food board which gave you a taste of various meats, pate's and pickles, delicious and we will be back for a bigger tasting board and a glass of wine. All the food was of a high standard, just not to my taste but the ambience and the setting beautiful, I would certainly recommend you go, there will be something there that you enjoy! Louise
The menu was restricted and the wine was over-priced. Terrine, as an entree was not accompanied by bread or biscuit on which to spread it. This was to the good as it was dry, over-cooked and unacceptably dense in texture.
A main dish of pork turned out to be a well cooked pork chop with a small smattering of decoration. Well done but not worth $40. I cook a chop in my kitchen just as well.
A cheese board for 2, when served, was 2 very small serves of ( adequate) cheese and about 7 small pieces of bread: a bread board, not a cheese board.
A small dinner for three cost almost $100 per head for modest helpings of rather ordinary fare.
Albion has better value dining available.
Our party shared a range of dishes and all were delicious - the charcuterie board was a stand out along with the pork. We had cocktails and dessert and the price was very reasonable especially considering the quality. Great service and lovely atmosphere.
Excellent restaurant. No low notes. Great food, wine & service. Try it.
Have been wanting to visit this local restaurant for some time now. So glad we finally made it. Lovely, tasty, well presented food and great service. Always someone on hand for that next glass of wine.
Great menu of seasonal local
Food along with superb ways of presentation and flavours. A must visit for any foodie.
Simply outstanding - we ordered a number of dishes to share and they were all superb - can't wait to try some of the other dishes the next time we return. Staff were fast to satisfy our requests and friendly without being obtrusive - we'll be back!!
A most enjoyable evening. Most helpful and engaging staff. Interesting , delicious food.
Very friendly and efficient staff who make patrons feel welcome.
Food is imaginative and very high quality.
Always an enjoyable spot for dinner.
Loved my experience at Valquero.The food was delicious and innovative, the staff both knowledgeable and attentive. I had the special of the day, turkey,with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc a steal at $25, my friends had the octopus...not a morsel left behind. The Xmas tree croquembouche dessert was a big hit, mini Chou pastries filled with chocolate mousse with raspberries and red currents and topped with a lacy toffee cone. Yum!
After spending nearly $100 a head for a table of 4 to celebrate my son’s medicine graduation I was very disappointed with the Visa surcharge. This was a dampener for me and something not experienced too much these days. The surcharge appeared to be a gouge by the owners in addition to paying top dollar for food and drink. It undermined what was otherwise a great meal!
Vaquero, charge a bit more if you have to but eliminate the surcharge, you’ll be losing customers without knowing.
Great service fantastic food. We will be back. Very pleased to have it so close to home.
Had driven past this place on many occasions wanting to go so as soon as we moved to the area the 1st restaurant we picked to go with friends was Vaquero. It is definitely more of a special occasions style restaurant not a regular but in saying that i guess you dont have to splurge on bottled wines entrees mains desserts and cocktails like we did everytime you visited (close to $500 for 4 pax, which is certainly more than reasonable, for a special occasion) so i may just have to take another wander down with the hubby and experience it again as a 'regular' visit ( oh the shame of it) This venue is a MUST to visit. One of the best dinners our friends and i have had over the last 15yrs. My review may not make sense but thats because im still so excited :)
The ambiance was great and the tables were spacious. It was annoying that the menu for one entree meal failed to state that there was an item containing prawn derivative, when one of us is highly allergic. The staff promised to change the menu description for the future and compensated by offering free dessert. The pork main was overcooked and tough. However, all the other meals were top class.
My fiancee took me here for dinner. The service was exceptional and food delicious. We had the charcuterie board, pork, octopus and broccoli. My partner doesn't like broccoli, he ordered it for me and loved it! Delicious, tasty, flavoursome . We are both good cooks and like to try food we can't cook at home. This definitely knocked it out of the park.
Wow.. Judo perfect. Great restaurant with smiling happy staff and unique food
Had an anniversary lunch here, was fantastic. Food was good, cocktail was great and the venue itself is really nice.
My wife says the kale was tough. I found the Pinot Noir ordinary.the octopus and venison were excellent.
Great food and great service and a fantastic atmosphere..
Great night great value and real dining experience.
Good was exceptional and so was the service. We couldn't have been happier as a group of 4 ladies.
Great selection of dishes to suit many tastes. Fresh, well- cooked, nicely presented. Very attentive service
Six of us enjoyed a birthday lunch at this lovely small attractive restaurant - it has a nice ambience. The food was tasty and we had excellent service.
Another spectacular evening at Vaquero. As always Vivienne provided friendly excellent service. This place never disappounts
Back again, just as impressed this time as the first.
The flavour combinations are amazing.
The food and the ambience is great. I will drive returning
Impeccable service, lovely ambiance and outstanding food!
My 2nd visit ...... continues to amaze .... venison is fab
This was my second time dining at Vaquero. We had the Chef's tasting menu and this was excellent value!
A most pleasant experience. Food was sooooooooo good. Staff very friendly and willing to chat - good stuff. My GF & NF requiremnts were meet with alterations to the selected meals - very impressed.
3 out of 4 diners enjoyed the food, main meal of pork was fatty. They offered to replace with another menu item, but in the end we agreed on a complimentary dessert. Dessert was very nice. No real issues with the food, Didn’t really seem to have enough wait staff. I think that made us feel like we were an inconvenience. For the price it was a fairly disappointing evening. It was great when it first opened. . I hope we just caught an average night and that it will be great again. Will give it another chance
I was very impressed 4 months ago - but this time the wines seem to be more expensive and the meal portions have shrunk! One person ordered pork belly - not to share, but he ate it in 3 bites! $36.
A fabulous evening. Delicious crafted dishes of home produced goods such as the cured meats and freshly baked sourdough. The mid-week tasting menu was excellent value for money - we were so full! We'll definitely be returning.
My husband recently took me here for my birthday. This restaurant I can highly recommend the food was awesome, loved walking through the butcher
shop to the restaurant, we had pre dinner drinks at the wine bar, we will definitely be back again
Amazing as always. Food, service and ambiance first class.
Great venue, food was amazing, the meat and pickles were so good.