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L'Abattoir Restaurant
L'Abattoir Restaurant

L'Abattoir Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.labattoir.ca
  • Phone: (604) 568-1701
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner 7 nights a week:
    Monday - Sunday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Bar Open until 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary French
  • Executive Chef: Lee Cooper
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: L’Abattoir’s private dining space consists of a total of 1200 square feet of seating space, and may be
    divided roughly in half with a noise reducing barrier. You may wish to rent one room or both rooms
    combined, depending on the size and style of your event. Either room comfortably accommodates up
    to 24 seated guests, while the combined space accommodates up to 50 seated guests or a standing
    reception of up to 100 guests.
    Our primary goal is to provide our guest with genuine hospitality in a well-equipped setting so they
    can focus on enjoying their event. Our private rooms feature comfortable seating, built-in audio visual
    and coat check.
  • Private Party Contact: megan@labattoir.ca x
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please note that we are able to accommodate guest bookings for a maximum of 6 guests. Please contact us for further details regarding special event inquires at megan@labattoir.ca.

    ** No cakes, pastries or other outside product is to be brought into the restaurant.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cordova Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from L'Abattoir Restaurant
L'Abattoir is located in the center of Gastown between historic Gaoler's Mews and Blood Alley. The restaurant was built in the 19th century and is the site of Vancouver's first jail. Originally buttressed to the city's main butchery and meat packing district, the name L'Abattoir pays homage to the neighbourhood's colourful past.
Set in a refurbished brick and beam building that combines classic French tile work with industrial fixtures, natural wood, and glass and steel finishes, the restaurant offers a bar and lounge setting, elevated dining room and plush, sun soaked atrium.
Chef Lee Cooper and General Manager Paul Grunberg are dedicated to highlighting the finer points of eating and drinking in L'Abattoir's informed but informal setting. French influenced West Coast fare is paired with Sommelier Robert Herman's eclectic wine program and Head Barman Shaun Layton's innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience.
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Diner Reviews
  • "We booked a table of 4. Servers are not friendly at all. They did not give us the bread basket. All other tables around us have them but us. The noise level is unbearable. 4 of us sitting at a small table but can't even hear one another. My ears are ringing and throat is sore by talking so loud. The service is extra slow. When we asked for more toast to finish off the foire gras, we waited for good 30 min. Oh, I will never go there again, even someone pay me! Having said that, the food is excellent."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Three of us visited L'Abbatoir on a Thursday evening. Great attentive staff, providing an explanation of food, ingredients and cooking method. We sat in the back dining room. Good atmosphere, although a little close to our neighbours. Great wine list and availability of liqueurs (off menu options). My companions were really pleased with the Steak Diane and Pork Belly. Personally, I found my duck to be a little dry (unusual given the high fat content found in duck). In all, it was a great meal with lovely presentation."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I have been to L'Abbatoir quite a few times now and have always enjoyed it. Food is typically excellent with an ever changing menu. Service is great. My friends tuna was a little overdone this time but she said the sauce was so good she didn't mind. My halibut was superb. Melt in your mouth goodness. Still one of my favorites."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "I recently went to L'Abbatoir for the first time. The menu was diverse, but one page and very limited in terms of appetizers. The food was great. Ambience is nice, but the tables are positioned far too close together - would not recommend for a date / romantic setting. I am glad that I tried L'Abbatoir, but for the price point of food & beverage, I expect excellence and would not return given it was a mediocre experience."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We had dinner at L'Abattoir during our stay in Vancouver. Our starters were very good (steal head trout and potato salad, and BBQ octopus), the bread basket was delicious with housemade bacon brioche, but our mains were disappointing. My pork belly was perfectly cooked but unpleasant tasting with ill-matched salsa verde and baby turnips. My husband had steak Diane which was fine, but served on a cold plate so everything chilled quickly. My cocktail was very poor - just tasted like a glass of juice. Service was slow and unhelpful. We asked for recommendation for wine, and instead they just brought a bottle to the table and shrugged as they handed it over. Lovely location, but food and service need improvement."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Great place. Came from Montreal and Romano was very knowledgable about the menu and wine lists. Service was also exceptional. Don't forget a cocktail."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "This was our second year in a row to dine at this restaurant and once again, all was interesting and delicious! And their bread is still the best anywhere!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A Gastown gem with a stylish interior, impeccable service with staff who are both enthusiastic and knowledgeable, creative cocktails and, of course, delicious food. Each starter and main was a masterpiece of presentation and flavour: sweetbreads on toast with sauce gribiche, baked oysters with sabayon, salmon ceviche, pork belly, ling cod, steak Diane, and halibut. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We have been attending the bar for some time, but have never eaten at the restaurant. I guess there was a build up of anticipation that fell flat. The food was a bit disappointing. Tough to put a finger on it. Some elements of the dishes were excellent, but on every plate - something fell short."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "A fantastic meal with lovely table neighbours and impeccable service. As a former wait staffer I am so picky about service and it really clouds my experience but at L'Abattoir I just had a fantastic time. So much respect to the beautiful presentation and the lovely ambiance... only drawback was the temperature. It was a rare hot HOT hot Vancouver night and we felt it on the second floor. But the pacing of the meal ensure that we didn't get overheated or overwhelmed. Well done!"
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "First time and loved it. Great service, friendly approachable staff, presentation of food was great and a really trendy atmosphere. Highly recommend this place."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "I enjoyed my meal at L'Abbatoir: the potato/herb tortellini were appropriately al dente and paired with zucchini prepared two ways; the halibut was perfectly cooked and accompanied by very good thick-cut fries. But the noise level at this hip, happening spot was just too high; my husband and I were totally unable to converse. I'd recommend it only for those who can tolerate a lot of noise with their dinner."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "A lovely meal. We had three delicious fish dishes (steelhead salad, ling cod and halibut) -- interesting presentations, great flavours and attentive service. Thank you! We'll be back..."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "my wife and I went for an early dinner around 6:30pm with our 7 month old. We are still a little nervous when dining out with the little guy. I must say, the host, Paul, was great. He put us right at ease. The restaurant had been highly recommended. The service and the food were impeccable. He even came by and sat at our table and we chatted. That was a really nice gesture and simply put we had a great time. I would highly recommend L'Abbatoir."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "L'Abattoir has established itself as one of our "go to" favorites for a really nice dinner out on the town. It seems we can sometimes sneak in when our other favorites are booked up for last minute reservations. We had the steak and lamb and a couple of terrific cocktails to get things rolling. Staff are attentive and we've yet to have anything other than a good experience."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I liked the atmosphere & decor. The food was nice, but not totally 'amazing' as I had expected considering others' reviews/recommendations. The dessert was nice to look at, but not very yummy: I had the rhubarb thing and my hubby had the banana thing-- both were just ok."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "First visit to the restaurant...My husband and I were celebrating our 27th wedding anniversary and chose L'Abattoir for our celebration. The restaurant had a very interesting cocktail selection which allowed us to try some very good but different drinks. We tried two different appetizers, grilled octopus and tuna ceviche, both were absolutely wonderful. For a main we had Steak Diane and the Duck, both perfectly cooked and full of wonderful flavour. Overall a great experience and would definitely go back."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "When we arrived at 8:30 it was still a VERY happening and very loud bar scene with food being delivered. Every plate I saw come out of the kitchen looked amazing. Turned out to taste as good as it looked. I expected to pay more just based on the looks but was happy to see a check under $150 for 2 dinners 3 drinks and a dessert. We were seated upstairs which appears to be the loudest of the areas."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It was a perfect evening. I took the chance of bringing friends to your restaurant for a special occasion. I had never been before so it was a bit of a gamble. The ease of reserving online and being able to forward the time and address was a good start. The greeting at the door was warm, friendly and professional. I was given two choices of areas to sit in. Thank for you that. Our waiter was warm, professional and knowledgeable. The food was exceptional, and presentation was perfect. It was such a flawless evening ! Thank you for this first experience and I will definitely be back. Dave Savage"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "This was possibly the best meal I've had in Vancouver. From start to finish, the entire evening was amazing. The food was top notch with exceptional flavours and plating (especially the steak and steal head potato salad). The service was incredible! Everyone was very knowledgable, friendly and knew exactly what type of recommendations to make. I would give the restaurant a 10 out of 10, which is very difficult to achieve!"
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Atmosphere was relaxed and casual, exactly the way dining in Vancouver should be. Servers were friendly and knowledgeable. I love restaurants with a limited menu; 5 or 6 mains that they do extremely well. This is the case at l'Abattoir. Attention to detail was obvious with all items from of the kitchen and the wine list featured a great selection of wines by the glass in addition to full bottles, something I appreciate as the person who is generally the designated driver. We don't get out to 'grown-up' restaurants as much anymore since we moved on to the parenthood stage of life, but l'Abattoir quickly made it as one of our 'go-to' spots after our first visit."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "The food was just outstanding and the beverage selection was impressive. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. My wife's vegetarian special requests were met above and beyond expectations. The only thing I didn't like so much was the number of people we had to deal with: 7 different staff came to our table during the course of our meal; I would prefer to deal with the host and then one server and maybe a busser. But overall, we had a great time there. The quality for the price paid is totally worth it!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Drove all the way from Seattle to experience this well known restaurant. We were not disappointed - exceeded our expectations!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "This was our first visit, as were were in for a vacation in Vancouver. We had a nice set of cocktails to start, with two small plates and a shared main course to follow, plus dessert. We chose some great French red wine to go with it. The wait staff was attentive and engaged and the food was great -- nice taste, good temperature, good presentation. Be aware that it can get a bit noisy and the tables are closely spaced. That was not a problem for us, but it might be if you are looking for intimate dining in a quiet space. Otherwise, this is a super restaurant and we'd highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Great food! Great service! Great space! Wine list was somewhat "limited"...would prefer a bit more selection."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Must try the BBQ Octopus for the cold dish and Glazed Lamb & Slightly Smoked Duck mmmmmm"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "We have dined here several times. this time was a big disappointment! I asked for a certain table when I made the reservation. When I arrived, that was not acknowledged and the greeter indicated that someone else had reserved the table when I asked. It was loud, hot and the food was not of the usual caliber. The cold appetizer, barbecued octopus, was dry and the squid ink and chili didn't feel integrated into the dish. I ordered the suckling pig, and again the plate just felt like ingredients-pig was also dry. My husband had the duck-it was very well prepared and sauced. We did not stay for dessert due to the above."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "We heard a lot about this restaurant but L'Abbatoir lived up to the hype. The spring fois gras special was outstanding and the seafood was perfectly cooked. Great service and friendly staff. Thanks for a great night!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We had a wonderful meal - fabulous food and really terrific service. My only complaint is that it was LOUD. We were there on a Saturday night and I could barely hear my husband across the table from me."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Went for dinner. First time there. 2 people. Chose to share 6 appetizers and no main dish. Wanted to try as much flavors as possible. A exquisite and ultrafresh menu with creative cooking (without the excess of trendiness). Presentation and service impeccable. Somelier suggested a different wine than my first choice and was spot on. One of the best meals I had in Vancouver in the last 5 years. Good to see a real pool of new talents that are not obsessed to pretend to be Barcelona or New York. Will return very soon, a few more dishes to try :)"
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Me and my wife did part with $160 so it's quite expensive. Everything else was perfect."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "So solid. Steak Diane is the go to meat. Great atmosphere with upstairs loft seating as well as downstairs and outside on "patio""
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "A highly recommended place in Vancouver. Try the octopus or the halibut. I just missed the opportunity of some kind of short menu able to offer a bit of the best plates in the menu."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Service was prompt, professional....perfect. Warm appies....tasty, cold appies.....devine, dinner.....fabulous, and so to the wine!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "I hadn't gone for a long time and now wonder why. Excellent, unique dishes. Good job Paul"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Very good service, good wine list and a number of cocktails; good food. Better overall value for money spent than other restaurants we've been to recently."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "My girlfriends and I enjoyed our meals. Servers were all attentive and always available (and good looking). Everything we ordered was fantastic, perfect ambiance and even with a full house the nose level was good cos we could talk and her each other well. I'm taking my family to experience this too for my daughters grad dinner. Thank you for a wonderful dining experience. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The food was amazing and sophisticated, but the service was still super friendly. I've been to restaurants where great food means uppity service; not so here. We hope to come back again!"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Chose the venue for a business dinner. Limited menu but certainly not disappointing. Food was fabulous - and could not be faulted. Service was attentive but neither pushy nor overzealous. Wine list was extensive and expensive but even the lesser expensive wine chosen was excellent. Will return and would highly recommend."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Well...this place is great... no Fabulous!! We read about it, booked it, and just booked it again with four friends who have never been. I think they will be converted very soon!! Keep up the great food!"
    Dined on 5/27/2014