L'Abattoir Restaurant
L'Abattoir Restaurant

L'Abattoir Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.labattoir.ca/
  • Phone: 6045681701x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner 7 nights a week:
    Happy Hour nightly ** Bar seats only 5:30pm- 6:30pm
    Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
    Friday & Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
    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: 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 events@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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
L'Abattoir Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
198 reviews since May 1, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (159)special occasion (120)romantic (75)neighborhood gem (70)hot spot (68)notable wine list (43)vibrant bar scene (32)good for groups (25)late-night find (24)scenic view (6)great for brunch (5)kid-friendly (4)great for lunch (4)great for outdoor dining (4)Show More
  • MCar
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Heard good things about this restaurant and decided to go for early dinner. I was expecting something more for moderately priced french restaurant. As expected the portions were small and my duck was slightly warm and undercooked. Service was good and noise level was moderate except for the small child across the room that was acting out. Not the restaurants fault.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Outstanding! Could not want for better food or service and there is nothing to fault
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Exceeded High Expectations!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    We've been planning to go to L'Abattoir for a long time now after hearing so many good things about it. We finally took the plunge, and were well-rewarded. Service was quick and friendly. We weren't rushed at all, and it still felt very warm and personable. Drink menu was extensive - we decided on a few of their cocktails, which turned out to be a GREAT value. They really didn't skimp on the alcohol! I was very red-faced and happy before the first appetizer arrived. We ordered 3 appetizers and a main. All of them were excellent. The highlights were the BBQ Octopus with the pork fat bread crumbs. The scallops were EXCEPTIONALLY harmonious. We licked the plates clean. Steak Diane was our main - it was worth it! We're Happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best find of the summer
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Bar none the best restraunt I went to all summer. It's rustic decor with a modern twist allows for a wide array of styles. Feel free to go in shorts and a tshirt or suit and tie and both will fit right in. The food was top notch, and great service to back it up. Would reccomend this place a hundred times over, and definitely will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable menu
    MikeylikesitVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Very well thought out menu, made for a great intimate dinner with friends. Also, terrific cocktails!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Tastes that make you want more!
    Kleinmausi
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Food choices offer unique and wonderful taste combinations...original and, oh, so yummy. Every bite is enjoyed and savoured. Service is warm, friendly, helpful and accommodating (food allergies, etc,). Definitely a dining experience we would recommend to others. The only draw-back for us middle-aged folk, is that the lighting is quite dim, which made it a challenge to navigate the menu. A simple candle at each table would remedy this very quickly. Otherwise, a wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of the Best Meals!
    FoodieGirl
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    This by far was one of the best meals I have ever had in my life! Food was outstanding, and the cocktail list was amazing! The Avacado Gimlet by far was the best cocktail! Who would have thought avacado for a cocktail but it was delicious! Thank you agagin L'Abattoir for a great dining experience! We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome dinner served here
    GCTO
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Great meal here with some interesting combinations. We had the scallop, octopus and beef short rib appetizers. The best was the octopus as it was not fishy at all and very tender. Mains we had the steak, ling cod and duck. The most interesting combo was the bone marrow butter on the steak. Not what we expected but very interesting. For dessert, we tried the chestnut cake and also the daily addition of cherries and berries. Overall, a great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • amazing experience
    Ines
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Les plats sont incroyables de finesse, des melanges de texture et de saveurs qui font de chaque bouchee une belle surprise. La carte des vins est pointue. Le pain ou plutot les pains sont delicieux. Service efficace et agreable. Excellent rapport qualite/prix. Lors d un prochain passage sur Vancouver je ferai tout pour pouvoir y retourner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not treated special on anniversary
    YVRFoodie
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    The first time we went to L'Abattoir 2 years ago for our anniversary was a wonderful experience. We were greeted at the door by the host and she said "Happy Anniversary!" to us. Then we were served with a glass of champagne on the house to celebrate our anniversary. We thought that was such a nice gesture from the restaurant, we told all our friends about this experience! However, this year, I specifically mention this reservation is for our 16th Anniversary and would like to seat at the table that look over to the bar. But when we walked in, no one even said Happy Anniversary to us and there were no champagne, and we were only told that the table we want is not available! Thou, the food we ordered were still very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Gr8tfood
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    The food is consistently excellent:fresh, unique, and delicious. However the tables are too small and all the food ,wine does not fit on them,they are too confining and too close together.I realize this is so you can increAse your table turnover but we almost didn't come because of this as we wanted a somewhat romantic evening. We also ordered each course separately because the food can come out too fast,we like to linger and enjoy such good food which means we drink more and so you make more profit on us .....food for thought!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place and food
    NicoleVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    great seasonal menu and original presentation. would recommend and return. they have a $30 corkage fee if u want to bring your wine and also extensive wine list.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still one of my favorite
    Love2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    i brought a bunch of people from Toronto to the restaurant for dinner. Everyone was very impressed with not only the food that was exquisite but the knowledgeable staff. we will all be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative
    slydeVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    This place is very comfortable upscale. The dishes and drinks are creative and presented extremely well. I'll go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fabulous meal.
    YummyVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed every dish. The crab starter, the steelhead starter, the Steak Diane, the ling cod. Tasty, tender, delicious, creative, beautifully presented. I could eat my steak with a spoon as it was so tender. The only thing stopping us from dining there more often is the location. Yes, Gastown is now hip, but it is an uncomfortable walk two or three blocks to where we found a parking space.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good drinks
    Wdee
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great place for dinner anytime. Been there before, and we'll go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • outstanding
    chefmark
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I'm a professional chef. I've traveled pretty extensively in Europe, Asia and the Americas over the past 40 years. Restaurants that get the service, food and bar equation correct are pretty rare, and it's no accident. It takes a lot of hard work and talent. L'Abattoir is one of them.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Innovative and Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Tried this based on reviews. Parked on Cordova, and at first was leery of neighbourhood, but restaurant backs onto charming brick Gastown courtyard. Had table in back corner on beautiful summer eve, quiet and full of light from atrium-like back room. Bar has an impressive selection of hard-to-find spirits and liquors and makes some interesting and innovative cocktails. Staff was knowledgeable and skilled, great recommendations. Had the Steak Diane, which was an updated and fresh take from what I was expecting, and was absolutely delicious. BBQ octopus appetizer was a taste explosion of smokey-spicy-sweet-savoury, and the octopus chunks were tender and fresh, not rubbery. Partner had the duck, and raved after nearly every bite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • perfect!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    our favorite...outstanding each time. each time we visit it gets better and better. hard to match!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    Marc
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Seemed a bit loud. We were located down stairs in the back. We also could smell the smokers who were smoking in the walkway from the building next door.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • travelingtastebud
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    second time to eat here and I would rank it in the top three in Vancouver. Fresh, simple, yet amazingly innovative and plates of food that look every bit as good as they taste. I don't write reviews typically but this place deserves it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • excellent bday meal
    djasi
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    I've had several friends tell me how good L'Abattoir is, so for my bday dinner my husband suggested we try it out. I'm not usually one for "fine-dining" but the nice thing about this restaurant is that it is fine-dining, less the pompous attitude. The atmosphere is casual, the staff are happy and relaxed and the food is truly amazing. Wish I had the kind of paycheque that supported eating there more often, (we spent $160+ for two meals and cheapest bottle of wine) but it is definitely worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    sholl63
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    We had dinner here on our last night in Vancouver and loved it. We have a few food allergies and the staff went above and beyond to make this a great dining experience. The food is excellent and the setting is quaint but vibrant. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing, absolutely amazing
    SimpleDiner
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Everything about the restaurant is fantastic. The food is delectable and a main reason why I will return, the atmosphere is simple and romantic, and the service is the best I have ever had. I have never been to a restaurant where a gentleman, or in my case lady, stands near the tables and just waits for us to call upon them if we need something. I will definitely recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious all around
    OABEVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    From the bar drinks to dessert this was a phenomenal experience. Super attentive service providing beautifully presented and uniformly tasty food.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and tasty
    weeklydinerVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Really enjoyed this place, great food prep and flavors, excellent friendly service and they have some really good (surprise to me, not found again elsewhere) Canadian wines as well as a good selection of others. Located in the only interesting district in downtown Vancouver. A must on every visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Gastronomy
    LushFoodie
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I visited this fine establishment for my birthday with my parents. The service was extremely quick and constantly attentive, a refreshing change from many restaurants where you can wait as long for your bill as it took you to order and get your food. The food was absolutely delicious, my steak diane in particular was buttery smooth and texture and extremely flavourful. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone visiting Gastown or for a special occasion because the food will definitely leave a memory.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really liked it!
    SJP314
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was amazing and the service was fantastic. Really enjoyed our meal here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappoints
    Swllha
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Quality of food and service coupled with a great venue make for a wonderful evening, every time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    My husband and I came here to celebrate an anniversary after receiving a gift card... I can't believe we've never experienced this place before! The service was impeccable. We felt like the only people in a busy restaurant. And then the food came... oh wow. It was absolutely delicious. We ordered 2 appies and 2 mains expecting that the portions would be smallish. However the portions were so filling. You definitely don't need that much between 2 people. We ate it all anyway as it was so good and stumbled out of there stuffed and delighted (Ps. the cocktails are generous with the booze.) What a terrific night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Really Yummy!
    Yummy
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    The food was really the reason I came here and it measured up. It's in Gas town which is trendy but also full of pan handlers and homeless folks. So be mindful. Certainly fine when it's light out. We walked so I'm not really sure about parking. There wasn't a valet. Seats a little uncomfortable. OK back to the food it was well put together with lots of flavor and texture. And unlike a lot of trendy restaurants the portions were good size. We loved all of our dishes. Go for the Tartine of Dungeness crab but the sweet breads were really good too. Actually eat whatever you order is going to be good. Cocktails good as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's a zoo
    Seasonediner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Trendy. Nice ambience. Great food.
    Cognaclover9
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great evening
    Gmpicks
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Restaurant -Very Expensive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    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.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Missed the mark
    Eatdrinkmerry
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good stuff
    Riovlibero
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Time A Charm!
    IWFoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    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!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding
    Beachguy
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Hmmmm...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet