L'Abattoir Restaurant

4.6
2406 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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French
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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 by Restaurant Director, Lisa Haley. The French-influenced West Coast fare is paired with Haley's eclectic wine program and the bar team's innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American
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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 every night
Brunch Saturday + Sunday from 10am-2pm

Dinner and lunch bookings are also available for groups in our private dining room.
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Phone number
(604) 568-1701
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lee Cooper
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Catering
Please inquire with the Sales and Events team. Contact Lainey & Shannon at 604-559-3011 or events@labattoir.ca
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cordova Street
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Parking details
Metered street parking is available nearby on Cordova Street and Alexander Street. Alternatively, a parkade is available directly down the block, at 160 Water Street.
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Public transit
Waterfront Station is 700 m/ 9 minute walk away.
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Entertainment
Music is lively and eclectic, ranging from hip-hop and r&b to new wave and soul.
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Special events & promotions
Please note that we are only able to accommodate guest bookings for a maximum of 6 guests in the restaurant. Please contact us for further details regarding special event inquires at events@labattoir.ca and all larger group bookings for our Private Dining Room.

** No cakes, pastries or other outside product is to be brought into the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2406 People Are Saying
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4.0Dined 5 days ago

We loved the glassed-in intimate restaurant patio in back that opens to a warm historic alley/dead end atmosphere. Our waiter was warm, knowledgeable, helpful, and fast. Delicious scallop risotto appetizer and duck main dish. Recommend the sweet pea infused cocktail. Yum! I might suggest a slightly shift in the hip hop music playlist for the 55 and over people populating the tables around us, which felt a bit out of place, though I"m sure was meant to be hip and cosmopolitan. Disclaimer: I tend to prefer quieter ambiance.

So much fun to experience. Thank you.

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3.0Dined 7 days ago

The food was okay, relative to the best restaurants in Vancouver (as per Canadas 100 Best). The service was very slow however and not very attentive

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, the food was exquisite. Baked oysters and veal for appetizers, duck and steak for mains and then chocolate and tart for dessert with the wine pairings — magnifique!

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2018

For the price, nothing special although food was good. Service was efficient but overall it reminded my wife and I of a place that has been at it for some time, has a good reputation but has lost the warmth and soul that make for a special dining experience.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Our first visit while visiting from Phoenix. Our meal was outstanding from start to finish. Every dish was thoughtful, well seasoned and showcased excellent technique. The oysters and sweetbreads to begin were equally as fabulous as the steak diane and cod mains. The apricot dessert did not disappoint either. Melissa our server was extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and was neither overbearing or absent the entire meal. Great job to her and the rest of the staff. Thank you for a lovely meal, and wonderful end to our trip. Cheers.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The experience overall was amazing (food, ambiance, cocktails, etc.) but even though we had a reservation we opted to sit at the bar next to the window. Nick (sommelier and host) took really good care of us, but when his shift ended the service went downhill. Nobody asked us if we wanted dessert or additional drinks. We had a wonderful dinner but it didn't end as well as it could have.

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4.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Our food was amazing. Appetizers and entrees were outstanding. I was disappointed about the cherry tart however. It tasted old and stale. Service was friendly and attentive. I would look forward to coming back in the future.

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5.0Dined on August 2, 2018

Delicious as always, the baked oysters were amazinggggg! I couldve just had a plate of that and been fine. Always had a good time in this restaurant :)

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5.0Dined on August 1, 2018

What a great dinner. When we made our reservation we noted we needed wheelchair access. We pulled up to the restaurant and were ushered to a lovely table through the back entrance. We did not mention we were celebrating our anniversary, but two complimentary glasses of champagne arrived. The soup with ravioli and poached egg was light and flavorful. Special veggies were added because of my pepper allergy. The main course of octopus and pork belly with eggplant was amazing. The octopus soft and perfectly cooked, the pork belly amazingly fat free. The salmon was rare and showed off the fish to best advantage. Three homemade rolls including flat bread, cheddar bacon and one other arrived warm and so perfect it needed no butter or oil. The desserts looked really interesting, but were full by then. Once caution, parking is difficult and expensive and the neighborhood kind of seedy. Streets are busy, but do be careful after dark.

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5.0Dined on July 30, 2018

We had a phenomenal dinner here and cannot stop talking about how much we loved it. The attention to detail was amazing. The staff really knows what they're doing. The drinks and meal recommendations were fantastic and the pace of the meal was perfect. I can't wait to go back again.

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5.0Dined on July 29, 2018

Service was personal, friendly, efficient. Food was excellent, lovely bread basket, signature items (Foie Gras) still on the menu and didn’t disappoint the second time. Highly recommend this restaurant. Recommendations from service staff spot on.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2018

I loved their salmon dis. salmon was cooked slowly and moist. They had great wine selection. Music was a little bit to high rhythm for dinner.

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Good food, good service. A bit pretentious as far as atmosphere goes. And with those prices, an espresso machine should be mandatory. A French restaurant with no espresso? Food was delicious but don’t come hungry.

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5.0Dined on July 27, 2018

We visited L’Abattoir on our first trip to Vancouver in August 2017 on the way home from Alaska. We found the city and this easy-going bistro to be creative, pleasantly informal and at a high standard with food and drink. It’s compact menu features Canadian seafood and game with flair and imagination. The drinks are substantial and well-made. The staff is bright and polite. We returned this week on the way back from the Canadian Rockies and were delighted and sated again.

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3.0Dined on July 25, 2018

Servicio malo, comida muy promedio, muy caro para la calidad

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Delicious brunch!

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5.0Dined on July 20, 2018

Persuaded to try a baked oyster : it was magnificent! & We don’t like oysters!! Main courses liked by all & I stayed with one of my favourites: duck breast with berries & lavender honey!

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3.0Dined on July 16, 2018

3 star restaurant with 4 star pricing. Good for casual lunch/drinks. I don’t recommend for a nice dinner. More casual

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Always an exceptional experience. I can't wait to go back.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

At the edge French culinary savoir faire with West Coast fusion. A perfect dining experience hard to parallel anywhere.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

We had a fantastic brunch at L'Abattoir. Our server was excellent and the food was delicious and well presented. I would request the back section in the future on a nice day as it's very cozy compared to upstairs which is a bit cavernous. The hostess didn't seem to want to be there. She probably shouldn't have been the person greeting but giving her the benefit of the doubt - Maybe she's been out a bit too late on Friday night. ;-)

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

It was a wonderful experience. The server was very attentive and patient.

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

On a girlfriends trip to Vancouver we decided to have dinner at L'Abattoir. The food did not disappoint. We started with the albacore tuna tartare, it was amazing. This appetizer is a must. Our entrees were the Halibut and Roast Duck with Orange and Lavender. The halibut was made perfectly where it fell apart like butter when the fork touched it. The duck was also cooked just right with some pink and not chewy. We were also given a bread basket which came with a few different types. All were excellent.

For a drink I ordered the Guacamole Gimlet which was outstanding. It had a little kick to it, but also was very refreshing. I expected it to be creamer, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it on the lighter side.

The service was good. They were on top of keeping our water glasses full and checking in on us. However, when I asked to be given a bit more information on how certain dishes were cooked our waitress seemed stumped on how to answer.

The main reason I am not giving L' Abattoir 5 stars is because of where we were seated. I thought about giving a 3 star rating, but the food was truly great and I didn't want to deter anyone from eating here. The downstairs seating is located at the end of a long hallway in a room that opens up to what feels like an outside patio due to its large windows that face out to an alley. The ambiance is welcoming and not pretentious. At first I was pleased with our seating arrangement, but once we were seated at the very last table before the restrooms I soon found out that we had the worst table in the room. The odors from the restrooms did not take long to reach us. I believe all that would be needed to fix the problem are some air fresheners and/or a strong scented candles. The very last thing you want is a bad smell while you are trying to eat. The best would be to have a large candle located in the hallway outside the bathrooms.

Enjoy your meal!

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4.0Dined on July 14, 2018

On multiple occasions, we have found that the food is not served hot.

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5.0Dined on July 14, 2018

This was my first time dining here and it was an amazing experience! I really liked that the ambiance wasn't overly fancy and yet the food was elevated.

I had a wonderful dining experience from the food to the service to the ambiance ....and I have not had an all around amazing experience like this in a long time!

The tuna tartare was delicious, their scallops with broccoli risotto is a must order, and the duck was one of the best I have ever had.

It is definitely a splurge to dine here but the overall experience was top notch. I would come back for special occasions.

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5.0Dined on July 10, 2018

Brilliant and Amazing as usual! We had our wedding at L’Abattoir and plan to have more special moments there!
The food, drinks, service and ambiance is definitely one of the best dining experiences in Vancouver

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5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Great food, service and atmosphere.

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Nice ambience, great plates, and the staff were helpful and polished in proper serving etiquette. The wine list is quite extensive, with multiple price points depending on your tastes... We ended up asking our server to pair glasses with our dishes, and she did an excellent job (it ended up being cheaper than the average bottle, and paired/progressed well with our food). I'd definitely go back for special occasions with my wife, or a small party (4-6).

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4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Noise level was a bit high but that was due to another groups celebrations. The service was great. Very knowledgeable of their menu and of their wines. Duck was a bit under and the chocolate dessert had an issue with the berries but the oysters, scallops, sweetbreads and cod dishes were outstanding.

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3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food was delicious and service impeccable, as always. What I don't understand is why, on a slow night (the room was less than half full), diners are seated smack next to each other at tables so close together you cannot have a proper private conversation. So bizarre.

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5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

La carte est courte mais variée. Service impeccable.

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4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

My friends and tried this somewhat eclectic restaurant for dinner...we tried the horse tartare (excellent though I would have preferred toast points instead of potato chips) and bone marrow (divine) though I would pass on the sherry shots the next time; I had the saddle of rabbit (simply delicious); a friend had the game lasagna (this was strange...more like a crispy rolled taco)... so so....very loud music and quite dark...our waiter was often absent for long stretches so I would rate service so so... still, I would recommend this venue, mainly for drinks and appetizers at happy hour...then it becomes "a deal".

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2.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Not sure what all the hype is about this place. Food was tasteless, only flavor dominant was butter in both the salmon and halibut dishes. No side dishes from which to choose to accompany your meal. Extremely dissatisfying and disappointed in my experience.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Excellent restaurant in a great neighborhood in Vancouver!

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2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The food was overpriced and not great. If there's one thing restaurants should never do, and that's to serve food that is warm. It's disappointing that this restaurant's standard has dropped significantly. This was my 3rd visit and will be my last as I will not be coming back to a sub-par location when there are better and more competitive-priced restaurants serving similar cuisine in the city.

There were flies or insects flying around the dining area as we dine and that was a complete turn-off as well.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

great space and delicious food

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

You can’t go wrong eating here.

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4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Excelent food, service and ambiance! I’m not a big fan of desserts but the apricot with the wine pairing was awesome. A bit pricey but worth the visit.

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4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Really tasty options.

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5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Fantastic experience — from the baked oysters to the duck to the steak!

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