L'Abattoir Restaurant

4.6
2636 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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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was one of the most amazing meals I have ever had. Fantastic.

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JM
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

To preface my review, it is important to note that we were given a nice gift of $150 dinner voucher. I have become a plant-based eater but consider myself a "flexatarian"and am open to eating some meat when I don't want to be a bother or attention-seeker. I would never choose this restaurant, by name alone. So to be fair, this review is my plant-based perspective.
This menu was challenging for me. I ended up choosing the asparagus tart and the sablefish. The tart was tiny and had a base of gooey cheese which to me tasted like soft Philadelphia creamed cheese - very heavy and completed dominated the asparagus. I was hungry and for $18, I ate the entire thing. Then came the sablefish which was frankly quite bland with an accompaniment of kale buds (tiny little strings of kale bunched together)and a potato-cakey thing that was just kind of bland. The sauce on the meal completely dominated the dish and it was quite salty and heavy in flavour and taste.
The ambience was very nice and our sommelier was top-notch! So we did have a very nice time all and all.
Recommended for meat eaters only.

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

Hands down one of the best meals I have ever had- from start to finish the food was unparalleled. Fantastic service and so accommodating as I must eat gluten-free. A truly fantastic experience.

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

Service and food was very good. The mains were in my opinion not as warm as they should be; that they were rested makes sense, but maybe a little too much. The scallop was very nice but it does not need to rest, it should be very warm if not hot. Wine selection was very good and advice on selection was top notch. That said, we will return, hungry for more.

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WL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a girls night out, I would highly recommend L'Abattoir. Our server was knowledgeable about the food and each dish was deliciously romanced when it was presented. The atmosphere was fun and lively. The Sommelier Kristi recommended some great wines to enhance our dinner. Can't wait to come back and try their brunch!

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GK
Portland
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hands down the best meal we’ve had in Vancouver. All the dishes were unique and plated so beautifully. Our sommelier was very knowledgeable and picked the perfect wine to pair with our dinner. We forgot her name but sounds French Canadian?? Our server was amazing as well. Will definitely recommend this place! Oysters were so good that we ordered another one!

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GS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, ambiance and absolutely delicious food!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service by Darren
Knowledgeable food and wine service
Amazing food and atmosphere

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CM
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I love L'Abattoir. Food, ambience, lovely natural service. I gave the food 4 becauseI would like more vegetable on the plate. That's all. The food was beautiful and tasty, artily presented. Thanks for a wonderful birthday dinner.

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

The asparagus tart was a drag on food quality... it was 75% sauce, which didn’t taste like it was asparagus based... $18 for one tart like that is so not worth it.
The ling cod tasted mushy to me, but my bf thought it was good.
Beef tartare was great! And also great bread

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a
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had the halibut and it was outstanding. My friend loved the sweetbreads and another one in our group raved about the tuna crudo and the steak Diane.

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MO
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience as always. Been many times and never get disappointed. Service is excellent, attentive, timely knowledgeable and we keep coming back for the food. So well balanced, incredible ingredient quality, presentation and of course taste.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was exceptional with the exception of a critical component to a great brunch... good coffee. Would have been perfect if espresso drinks were offered. The French press coffee actually spoiled the overall experience of the meal. It was very weak. Will come back to try dinner as the food and service was really good!

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DB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was amazing. The dishes are smaller but are plated like a piece of art. It is a high-end restaurant with casual service which I like. The food and wine menu are not cheap but the quality is amazing.

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d
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deftly handled seafood. The halibut preparation and presentation was amazing.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely restaurant with great food and relaxing atmosphere.

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AR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dining at L'Abattoir is not just for the amazingly, perfectly prepared food, but really for the experience that encompasses the food. The staff here are friendly, caring and knowledgeable. They patiently answered all our questions and gave wonderful recommendations and pairings for dinner, wine and dessert. This led us to our wonderfully prepared Steak Diane and Roasted Lamb Saddle, paired with a Syrah from BC. Then we ended with the tastefully sweet Milk + Tea dessert. As we were looking for something new, we were thrilled with the knowledge of the staff about their dishes and wine. Their recommendations, the ambience and delicious food led to a fabulous experience.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The room is very nice—a great layout, and quite airy and spacious. I was offered samples of a white wine and a red wine to taste before placing my drink order. I really appreciated that.

We were also offered a complimentary basket of ‘bread,’ which turned out to be fabulous! It contained (for 2 people) 2 bacon-flavoured brioches; 2 fragrant flaky ‘twists;’ and 2 delectable crispbreads (the latter 2 items were to die for!).

We both ordered the Steak Diane. The meal was beautifully plated, and the tenderloin was cooked precisely to order. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to L’Abattoir.

To ensure a balanced review:

The menu is quite limited (which we knew before making the reservation), and I’m sure that some (such as my male dining companion who has a huge appetite) will find the entree portions too small. We didn’t order appies or dessert. And since the courses are on the pricey side ($44 for our entrees), adding more dishes to satisfy larger appetites will result in a hefty bill.

All in all—great ambiance; great food; and the service was good, too. I would definitely go back.

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A
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine, and friendly and prompt service.

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TL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Food was spectacular!!

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V
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

The meat-centric menu was perfect for a carnivorous group of four on a Friday night. Service was well paced and formal in an otherwise relaxed atmosphere, which made for good (but sometimes inaudible) conversation. Compared to similar restaurants, L’Abbatoire’s unpretentious attitude and high-calibre fare stands out for me. However, the extended pace and portions may lead some diners to pit stop at a nearby burger joint for “dessert”. Or, do like us and ask for a second basket of their warm and pillowy bread. Would recommend for intimate dates and special occasions.

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v
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and drink, warm service👍 we had an awesome time

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was local and elegant..a must try are the baked Pacific oysters and the lamb saddle. Had a great time and meal. Thank you

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RR
Vancouver
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food not as good as it usually is, used to be one of our top restaurants. The meat wasn’t warm for all 4 entrees ordered and way too small portions. Bread basket was great however.
Our waitress said she was now. Took about 10 minutes before anyone even acknowledged we were seated. We tried ordering our drinks and appetizers same time but waitress said she couldn’t and would come back, odd.
Good cocktails.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it. Snazing

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GE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and wonderful service. Very nice place to have a dinner with friends as can still have a nice conversation

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OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We planned a surprise celebration this week and Maude was an awesome and knowledgeable server. She was patient, friendly yet professional. Will definitely return.

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NT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Main objection to Ambiance was the noise level.
Once again, the food was excellent.

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AN
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A friend and I split the smoked salmon tartine and pancakes. Both dishes tasted great and the service was outstanding. However the portions were small.

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AK
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

What a disappointment!

This was an important meal for me, a special birthday, and in the middle of a really busy work month and I was really looking forward to it. So I advised it was my birthday and asked for a quiet table. Instead, we were seated next to a loud party - initially 3 that then grew to 5 (at a table for 4). They were clearly industry people because the sommelier spent a lot of time at their table loudly discussing varietals of grapes. The sommelier literally stood with her posterior inches from my meal for several long periods of time. In addition to her, two servers attended this table. Meanwhile, we were made to feel insignificant and unvalued as customers.

There was, in my opinion, also an issue with value. I had the oysters and they were excellent; however, the steak Diane was comprised of less than 5 oz of beef, and it appeared to me to be eye of round, not tenderloin. My husband’s steak had a thick tendon running through it, rendering one third of it inedible. For this, $44? So not worth it.

In the end, after having someone’s back in my face for much of my meal and having them talk so loudly that my husband and I could not hear each other, we just wanted to leave. Then we waited an age for our bill and, frankly, it sucked to have that be the last experience of this restaurant on my birthday.

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was amazing.

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LM
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as expected, a great choice for us visiting to Vancouver.

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PC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'abattoir restaurant is a fantastic restaurant. I am French so I am very straight forward with restaurants and very critic as well. Tried to think of something bad but it was really good food and finally a modern French restaurant in Vancouver to revisit the classics with good influences... Had a wonderful Wagyu tartare, followed by foie gras and sweetbreads and finally venison (....with morrels yum). Not your average restaurant. Dishes aver very well executed, good size portions and flavors balance perfectly on the palate. Been spoiled with 3 waiters during my visit while the restaurant was full. The team is very well organized as well and did not wait between dishes unless I asked for it. Sommelier service offered as well tasting of wines before ordering is possible. I forgot to mention the avocado cocktail... try it our you won't be disappointed. It is pricey, but it's fine dining so absolutely expected, no surprise, you pay for what you get: top-notch service, top-notch food!

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

Fantastic as always. Nick took great care of us as soon as we walked in and our service and food were impeccable.

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DY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only disappointment was the noise level. We would highly recommend some noise abatement of some kind. Perhaps sound absorption ceiling panels.


Also, Valet service would be great. Perhaps the Carroll Street layout is not conducive for it but there is some space just past the entrance top the restaurant that could be dedicated for a temp pull in.


Those are the only issued which we thought could be addressed at some point. Apart from those, it was a very memorable dining experience. Highly recommend !!!!!!!

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f
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, and won't be the last. Was an incredible meal all around!

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JM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a bit of a wait for everything to come out, not much to complain about otherwise, food was phenomenal. 8/10 would come again!

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C
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. The flavours were out of this world. It was a late dinner for us, we were arriving from the east coast so we took 2 first dishes and a dessert. The waghu tartare was incredible. Who am I kidding: all was beautiful. It's a feast for the palette. GO!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very lacklustre service and very small portions.

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D
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Family brunch. Very good

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