Vaquero

4.7
593 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

  • 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 593 People Are Saying
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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.7based on recent ratings
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Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.4
Value
Noise · Energetic
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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ShannonS
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

If you love great food, fantastic service and an amazing night out this is the place to go!

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AdamR
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Vaquero has delivered yet again. I cant fault them. This is my fifth time dining at Vaquero, each time I have had a wonderful experience. The Wagyu steaks were devine.
thankyou so much, see you next time!

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TanyaB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

beautiful food and atmosphere, will definitely return

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RichardS
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Found the menu very difficult to read , seemed to be a little faded , but apart from that food was great wine was great service was great , I'll definitely return

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StellaS
1 review
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Our experience at Vaquero was patchy. Our mojito cocktails were not good and thankfully they took them off the bill. Entree’s were very nice with special mention for the scallops which were the dish of the night. Mains and sides were yummy and I can particularly recommend the tuna dish and the roasted brussel sprouts. Dessert was very nice too but the burnt meringues were not at all crisp as expected, but soft piles on the plate, so a little disappointing. It was very dark and the music was loud, so difficult to read the menus and hear the other diners at our table. Attentive service from the staff and overall a nice night out, but not outstanding.

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FDTR
1 review
Dined on 17 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience1

It was disappointing to arrive for our reservation to be told our table would be ready in 15 minutes or we could sit outside. It was late, we were hungry so we chose to sit outside, which was a huge mistake as it was a wind tunnel with no atmosphere. Our food was nice but arrive warm rather than hot and we felt so rushed. We hoped to have a lovely, relaxed meal to celebrate a special occasion but it was all over within one hour. The reviews were glowing, so it was disappointing. Would we have felt differently if we'd been sat inside? Probably. We could have waited the 15 minutes but had never been to Vanquero before, so did not know how ordinary outside was and were already annoyed that a table wasn't ready for our booking.

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HoracioC
1 review
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal and good range of wine. Highly recommended

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KarinB
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Exceptional food and service as always, this place is amazing!

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NatashaW
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had the banquet menu it was delicious. Generous portions, such good value for money. All courses were delicious an came out in perfect timing. The staff were super friendly an attentive. We sat in the courtyard which on a nice sunny day is magic.

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MarkL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice food, good atmosphere, fantastic service.

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RandaT
1 review
Dined on 8 July 2021
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience4

First time at Vaquero 2 years ago was great. This time not as good.
Main problem was that the food was too cold. It was a cold night and mabe that didnt help but if the plates were pre-heated then it would have made a big difference. The grilled broccolli which I loved first time round was just not the same. The flavour wasn't there.
The meat dishes were tasty, but please serve them hot next time. And finally one of us ordered a glass of French Champagne which maybe wasnt kept well sealed because it didnt have the normal amount of fizz.

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MelissaT
6 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was excellent. The only thing I would add is that the ‘by the glass’ options were very limited. I drink white and my husband drinks red and I don’t want to drink a whole bottle to myself 😳.

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JamesF
1 review
Dined on 7 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic meal and atmosphere, the perfect way to celebrate our wedding anniversary, the flavours and texture of the food was amazing to the senses.

Highly recommend this Gem of an eating experience.

10/10

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BurtF
1 review
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

Entrees and desserts were great, mains were average and took well over an hour. Also a few things were not available, like the daily special, ceviche, coffee machine. Service was great

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OpenTable Diner
2 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great food and always great service

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tj2281
London
3 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, fantastic service. Great atmosphere. Would recommend.

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Jperc
4 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Our waiter was very attentive and friendly.
Food was good, plenty of variety. Also a nice selection of wines/cocktails.
Lighting on the high stool side of restaurant probably a little bit too dark.

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JemmaD
1 review
Dined on 25 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for catering to my dietary needs. My Birthday dinner was amazing. Thanks so much.

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RebeccaE
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was so tasty. The banquet option is a definite winner too.

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GrantR
3 reviews
Dined on 19 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very pleased with all aspects of our meal there. Definitely recommend a visit.

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing as always . Great food, great atmosphere, great staff, great night.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food, wine, service

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JoSs
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you Vaquero. As usual you looked after us so well and the food was amazing. Its why we keep coming back. ;)

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SkiltonY
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service1Ambience4

Food was great and great value but service was very poor.

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TroyS
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great suburban restaurant.
Great variety of meals
Excellent night out.

Restaurant accommodated late request for an indoor table.

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LisaB
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Great venue, great food.

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very enjoyable food, and staff who know their menu very well. Cosy interior perfect for a chilly night. Loved it!

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DeeP
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been here 3-4 times. Overtime pork gets sold out even though I am booked in for early dinner session! Restaurant need to work on supplying enough quantity for all diners.

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HungryTummy
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food, gorgeous drinks and lovely staff. Just perfect for a slightly boozy birthday lunch.

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ChanoC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience2

We had a nice time overall, food was excellent, service quite adequate for a busy night, prices very resonable, only we had to put up with a very loud person's laugh next to our table. It's was very unfortunate that we had to endure this, but I can see very little that we could have or you for that matter, done about it, just a crying shame really. Apart from that, all good.

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MoniqueF
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Will be coming many more times in the future ! A bit hard to see the menu but we saw the online one before :)

Great service and food tasted lovely and fresh !

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Christie
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Have been several times and it's always great. Friendly and attentive staff and cool ambience

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RaeganC
1 review
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Great evening, lovely atmosphere! Really enjoyed this experience.

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KateI
2 reviews
Dined on 11 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It’s our go-to! Shane and the team are always exceptional and that’s why we keep coming back.

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Sanum
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My wife and I went for dinner at Vaquero on a Thursday evening and opted the banquet menu. We both really liked the variety on the banquet menu, service and the ambience but the flavours in the dishes stood out the most. We loved the Spanish tapas for starters and the lamb shanks for mains. Dessert options were pretty good as well. Restaurant had nice modern touches with bit of a history from local Albion townhall/village and Spanish/Mexican influence. Would definitely visit again with friends and family :)

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DianaP
1 review
Dined on 10 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is our new favourite restaurant. Delicious food, great service and lovely ambience.

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LesS
2 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

We enjoyed our night there in general the food was amazing except my Wagu Beef was a little tough and surprisingly my partners Pork Belly was to
The waitress was very attentive and extremely helpful Her service was impeccable The only other problem was that
the lighting on our table was really poor and I needed my phone torch to read the menu
In all we throughly enjoyed our night and except for a few little things our meal was amazing
We most definitely will be back

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Jayceem
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Interesting menu, good wine list; service attentive.

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KylieP
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and wine was excellent. As was the ambience of the restaurant. Beatiful!

JC
JenC
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A hidden gem. The flavours fully tasted in all of the dishes. Fantastic hospitality. We will be back.

FAQs

Vaquero is rated 4.7 stars by 593 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.