L'Abattoir Restaurant

4.6
2592 reviews
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Located in historic Gastown between Gaoler's Mews and Blood Alley, built in the 19th century on the site of Vancouver's first jail and 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 combining classic French tile work with industrial fixtures and natural wood, the restaurant offers a bar and lounge, elevated dining room and a plush, light soaked atrium as well as private dining rooms.
Chef/Owner Lee Cooper is dedicated to highlighting the finer points of eating & drinking in L'Abattoir's informed but informal setting. Service is expertly orchestrated to be unpretentious yet refined. The French-influenced West Coast fare is paired with the eclectic wine program and the bar team's innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience.
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J
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I liked the atmosphere, brick walls, good contrast to the outstanding and very classy food. The staff was always nice and friendly but not too much. They were there to refill your glass before you even noticed it is empty. It s amzing how creative they are. Never had a tartare like this before, the best i had so far.

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OT
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food, as always was outstanding. To start, I had the sweatbreads and my husband the baked oysters. If you have never tried sweetbread, you need to head there right now and order it! I am not usually a fan of cooked oysters but these were amazing, juicy and warm with a lovely creamy sauce. The main course took a little long to arrive, enough that my husband and I checked out the time a couple times, maybe 35-40 mins but when it arrived it didn’t disappoint. The duck and the venison were both perfectly cooked. Can’t say I’ve ever had a bad meal at l’abattoir, we keep coming back.

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H
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good. Been here a few times on special occasions and have yet to be disappointed.

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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience!! Thank you!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food is good not great. Didn’t live up to the hype.

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R
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There is a reason why this is my favourite restaurant in Vancouver! The staff is above and beyond professional and so nice , from the minute they take your coat to paying the bill. I had mentioned in my reservation we were celebrating an anniversary and they brought us a glass of champagne each while we looked at the menu! Such a lovely and unexpected touch! Food was wonderful , lobster tail and ling cod. Cocktails and dessert also great. Our only complaint is the place we were seated , tables are so close together and we were sandwiched in between 2 other couples . Not intimate at all and very hard to talk when you know everything you are saying is being heard by the people beside you. Other than that, had a great experience!

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AV
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience. Best restaurant we've been to in Vancouver yet. Every staff member was very friendly and helpful. Food was perfect and although prices may seem steep at first, portions are very generous. The passionfruit-banana-cilantro ganache if life-changing. Not kidding.

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DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Was a nice time... nothing to rave about. I think the highlight was the ambiance and the visual aspect of the dishes. They were beautifully plated.
I had the beef tartare and duck; hubby had the cooked oysters and the venison... the venison was very lovely - good texture, nice balance of tastes. Appies were nice... beef tartare was probably my favourite thing of the night. Fresh and salty. The oysters - if you get them, share them. They come 5 per servings and they are incredibly rich. I couldn't stomach more than two. My duck was meh - it was just an overwhelming taste of bland fat... I understand duck is fatty but there was nothing really to balance it, or cut the flavour. It just tasted one dimensional to me. No dessert for us.
Service was adequate. Nothing special or warm or lovely. Very prompt and deliberate.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience,

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JC
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

THE NOISE LEVEL WAS LOW ENOUGH TO HAVE A NORMAL CONVERSATION.
I ENJOYED THE WAGYU TARTAR. I COULD'VE USED APPRECIATED A SAUCE OPTION, ON THE SIDE. (BUT THAT'S PROBABLY LIKE ORDERING WELL-DONE STEAK WITH KETCHUP).

I WASN'T HAPPY WITH THE BEER SELECTION. THEY DIDN'T HAVE MY PREFERRED BEERS.
OUR TABLE WAS WOBBLY, I COULD'VE COMPLAINED THEN, BUT I JUST DIDN'T. THAT'S ON ME.

THE STEAK DIANE AND LOBSTER WERE GOOD.
I ENJOYED THE PASSIONFRUIT GANACHE DESSERT.
THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT.

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VL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is absolutely very good, but the place is not for dating . Waitress do not have uniform , they ware their own clothes , it is not easy find out who is your server .

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome! Super fast service and knowledgeable staff. Food was perfect, drinks were good with a nice selection to choose from. Highly recommend!

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M
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience, food was phenomenal. So pleased! Thank you! Server was excellent as well, such a lovely time.

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U
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great but small portion, and the atmosphere and service is fabulous

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scone is to die for! I love their scone. I ordered the egg Benedict with pork belly. Yummy as well. 😋

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. Amazing food and excellent cocktails. Our server was fantastic as well with her knowledge of the menu.

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RV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu choices, quality and service. A new favourite.

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Dallas
46 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

There was a winter burst causing most restaurants to be chilly. Unfortunately the food came out cold, however the taste was amazing. Absolutely recommend this restaurant.

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TN
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in Vancouver. I am a little scared of writing a good review because it's still easy to get a seat!

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DR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Upon being seated, and was told the dine out menu was not offered until dinner, I was very disappointed. I had booked reservations 2 days previously off of the dine out site, chose the restaurant, and the only available time that day for the reservation.. so to arrive and have a brunch menu was such a disappointment, and misleading of the site.
HOWEVER, we did enjoy brunch, it just definitely was not what we were there for or celebrating.

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KL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was delicious. However don't expect to be full as portions are small. It appears even smaller as the plate is big.

Service was mediocre. Waitress was rushing us and gave us the bill right after we finished our dessert course.

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TW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service, food was incredible. Cant wait to go back

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OT
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good fun atmosphere!

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n
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The food and drinks were amazing, stunning flavor combinations, however the portions are too tiny even for a tiny lady like me. I left still hungry after 3 course meal.
I saw that the portions are small and asked the waiter if we can order second main course if we still feel hungry, he advised us that we had to make this call at 9:45. He never came back to check on us if we still wanted to have it, by the time we had our main course was 9:53 and we wanted to order another one. By the time we found our waiter he told us it was too late, very disappointing.

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g
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 2

service is good but food is terrible.

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food are both impeccable! This is our second time here; everything is just as perfect as our first visit, if not better.

Every dish is tender, tasteful, and perfectly presented. Service is warm and timely.

Would definitely return again in the future and recommend to our friends!

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M
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent and very good value and service especially for Dine Out. I will certainly return.

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S
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

They didn’t have a host when you came in and several staff walked past me without acknowledging my presence, but they were rather busy being in the full swing of service at 2030. Still, I can’t but feel that a place as elevated as this should be welcoming (at least make eye contact) with customers as soon as they walk in.

Our server was knowledgeable and attentive without being obtrusive.

The quality of the food made up for the delayed welcome in spades! The flavours were delicate and finely balanced. The kitchen truly honoured the ingredients it uses.

Excellent wine selection.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our experience at l’abattoir was very nice. The food was very good. We enjoyed the dine out Vancouver. Lamb and pork was very good and so was the ganache!

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YJ
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I had high expectations from the restaurant with a very good reputation, but the dine out course was just ok. The main dish, artic char and sirloin lamb was good, but the appetizers and desserts were way below my expectations. Especially the honey cake was dry and tasteless. The best thing from the course was the cocktail. It was indeed fantastic.

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s
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Visited with Dine Out after a recommendation from a friend. Its hard to say as I have not experienced their regular menu, but their meals were small portions. Had a great wine and server was friendly.

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Food was sensational. However we were there for Dine Out Vancouver and the portions were very small. So don't expect to be leaving the restaurant stuffed. Our waiter was so so compared to service I have had at other fine dining.

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D
Essex
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent experience for Dine Out Vancouver 2019. The arctic char was cooked to perfection. The bread basket was delicious! Service and drinks were good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food wasn’t as good as expected

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dine out Vancouver menu $45 not including drinks

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

food is good. Very bad service. No one gave us menu until we sit there for more than 5 mins and I need to remind them that no one was helping us.

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K
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went for dine out and the food was outstanding. Right from the cocktail and bread everything was on point. We tried the tuna crudo, smoked pork jowl for first course, lamb sirloin, arctic char for the second, and passion fruit ganache and honey cake for dessert. We were very impressed with the sophisticated and well thought of flavor combination and beautiful plating consistent in all dishes. We had a late seating at 9:15pm and I noticed there were 10pm seatings as well! This is the best dine out experience I have had.

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T
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for Dine Out Vancouver and were blown away by the quality of the food. We were seated in the upstairs and it was busy but not overly loud and very cozy and unpretentious. I ordered the Sage Against the Machine drink and loved the gingery fresh taste. The oven fresh bread basket was simply divine. Would have ordered a second basket it was so good, especially the bacon brioche. For our meal, there were four of us and we ended up ordering one of everything from the choices on the menu. The crispy veal sweetbread was actually surprisingly good, given my hesitation to order that dish, but I had wanted to try something different. My cousin’s warm terrine of pork jowl was so delicious...actually, the description of the dish made it sound only so so and didn’t do it justice given how great it tasted. My Roasted Arctic Char as the main course was one of the best fish courses we’ve had! The skin was so thin and crispy! My husband and I both agree, hands down the best fish we’ve had at a West Coast restaurant. My friend said the Lamb Sirloin was also very good. All three dessert dishes were also very well executed and looked and tasted lovely.
I would definitely return and L’Abattoir is one of my new favourite restaurants. I had come previously for a private dining event and that had made an incredible impression and I had wanted to bring my family to try it out. It did not disappoint! Thank you for a wonderful meal! Service was great!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very good service. I had the salted caramel panacotta, still thinking about it! Delicious.

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CD
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You MUST try the desserts, it isn't all about the meat. They are incredibly tasty.

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