Vaquero

4.6
261 reviews
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$40 and under
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Contemporary European
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Special Occasions
  • Fit for Foodies
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 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.
What 261 People Are Saying
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MA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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!

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LO
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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JL
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We love going to Vaquero, its great food, great cocktails and intimate.

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BT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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Consistently great food and service. The sort of venue you can take family or clients and know they will have a great experience.

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LS
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

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

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T
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 1Food 2Service 3Ambience 2

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.

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C
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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CJ
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. No low notes. Great food, wine & service. Try it.

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SW
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

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.

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NW
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great menu of seasonal local
Food along with superb ways of presentation and flavours. A must visit for any foodie.

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DO
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!!

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MM
1 review
Dined on 4 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A most enjoyable evening. Most helpful and engaging staff. Interesting , delicious food.

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T
5 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very friendly and efficient staff who make patrons feel welcome.
Food is imaginative and very high quality.
Always an enjoyable spot for dinner.

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LB
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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!

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OT
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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SM
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great service fantastic food. We will be back. Very pleased to have it so close to home.

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SG
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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 :)

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JM
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

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.

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EB
1 review
Dined on 7 December 2018
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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LM
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wow.. Judo perfect. Great restaurant with smiling happy staff and unique food

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MT
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Had an anniversary lunch here, was fantastic. Food was good, cocktail was great and the venue itself is really nice.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

My wife says the kale was tough. I found the Pinot Noir ordinary.the octopus and venison were excellent.

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LN
1 review
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Great food and great service and a fantastic atmosphere..

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ST
1 review
Dined on 27 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great night great value and real dining experience.

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SC
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good was exceptional and so was the service. We couldn't have been happier as a group of 4 ladies.

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KM
2 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great selection of dishes to suit many tastes. Fresh, well- cooked, nicely presented. Very attentive service

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SD
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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M
2 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Another spectacular evening at Vaquero. As always Vivienne provided friendly excellent service. This place never disappounts

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G
2 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Back again, just as impressed this time as the first.
The flavour combinations are amazing.

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SF
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and the ambience is great. I will drive returning

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AC
1 review
Dined on 31 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Impeccable service, lovely ambiance and outstanding food!

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G
3 reviews
Dined on 25 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My 2nd visit ...... continues to amaze .... venison is fab

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VO
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

This was my second time dining at Vaquero. We had the Chef's tasting menu and this was excellent value!

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G
3 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

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.

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A
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 2

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

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GB
1 review
Dined on 12 October 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

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.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

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.

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LF
1 review
Dined on 29 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

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

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SS
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing as always. Food, service and ambiance first class.

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MT
1 review
Dined on 25 September 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great venue, food was amazing, the meat and pickles were so good.

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