L'Abattoir Restaurant

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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
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

My 3rd time there as I like the food , the duck is amazing , so are the sweet breads and foie gras.
I had to ask 3 times for bread and preferred to bother the other servers as my server was Super rude and even my guest I was with noticed that.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Hello, Thank you very much for your feedback - we appreciate you taking the time to write us about your experience. We absolutely would like to gather more information on this particular instance, so that we can better serve our guests in the future. If you wouldn't mind doing so, email us at info@labattoir.ca. We hope to host you again in the future. Best, Spencer

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s
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was great. Felt like we were a bit rushed to get out of there.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Hi there, We apologize that you felt rushed during your dinner experience - that was absolutely not our intention. We would love the opportunity to make it up to you, please reach out to info@labattoir.ca for more information. We look forward to hearing from you. Best, Spencer

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AM
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

Restaurants should advise when a pre-booked table is not in main room and stuck in overflow conservatory area. Very poor.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded 2 days ago

Hello Andrew, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your dinner - we appreciate your feedback. We apologize for the misunderstanding regarding your table, we feel the Atrium gives guests an equally beautiful setting and is absolutely part of our main restaurant. We will take this opportunity to coach our team on how to better communicate to guests when dining with us in the future. We hope to see you back soon. Best, Spencer

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The BEST meal of my life!

R
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Pretentious attitude that the food simply did not back up. Crab tasted like it came out of a can. Lobster was no better. Steak was Diane was ok but no where near living up to the hype. Extremely disappointing.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great find, friendly service upmarket dining , we had brunch presentation great and cooked beautifully, had bubbles too always a good start to the day

PX
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saturday branch. The food is amazing. Both pastries and entree taste great!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

We booked this restaurant for our wedding anniversary, but I have to say the overall experience was just so-so - nothing special at all.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to review your experience at L'Abattoir. It is unfortunate that we didn't live up to your expectations on this particular evening. If you would like to provide any further information on how your dinner went, do email us at info@labattoir.ca. Thank you, Spencer Food & Beverage Coordinator

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MS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 1

Food is good in general, but not everything. Bread basket heated and greasy, definitely not fresh. Green salad had wilted leaves. Hamachi appetizer tasted good and fresh. The slow cooked halibut was greatly balanced and cooked right. The Paris Brest tasted good but was not fresh, the Mille feuille (which was pronounced “myle file” by my waiter :))) was too hard and over cooked. Waiters dressed very inelegantly and, our waiter shifted along like a hobo and kept bumping me when serving the table next to us, quite hard sometimes, he did not write anything down and surely enough repeated the order wrong. Place has low ceiling and extremely noisy. I was surprised to see at such a place at dinner a family of 6 with 3 infants (1 yr, 6month and a newborn) with milk feeding bottles and a mess on the table that is 20cm away from us (hence the bumping), we were a couple that they could have seated us far from this noisy table that wrecked the ambiance, but no one was using their right judgement (the further tables remained empty). Too bad, was looking forward to it, but wasn’t the best of evenings. More management attention is required to raise the bar.

JS
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 2

First, the food. An outstanding meal last year brought us back. Mostly great, starters and dessert were very good. Unusually, my partner and I ordered the same main dish, barbecued cod. The fish was over salted and the accompanying elements (one small crab ravioli, corn/bacon elements) were scanty and not enough to accompany every piece of fish. A disappointment. That said, what was worse was the neighbouring table who were seated after we arrived. Three guests, seemingly a mother and her kids, all of whom remained on their phones for the entire meal. L'Abbatoir is a high end restaurant, both in quality and in price. They are responsible for setting an atmosphere that matches their brand, and to me that includes keeping the standard of behaviour in the restaurant at a comparable level. Others have done it (St. Lawrence), why not L'Abbatoir? This was not the only table near us who spent the evening scrolling and showing each other what they found. Distracting, annoying, unnecessary. Probably won't return just based on this experience.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on September 11, 2019

Hello John, We appreciate you taking the time to share about your dinner here at L'Abattoir. We take all feedback very seriously and rest assured that the appropriate departments have been notified regarding your experience. We would like the opportunity to make it up to you, please contact info@labattoir.ca for more details. All the best, Spencer Food & Beverage Coordinator

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Sommelier -Mia - was outstanding. Fantastic knowledge without any prétention. Wonderful all round experience.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

We appreciate the positive feedback, thank you very much for sharing! Best, Spencer Food & Beverage Coordinator

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wife’s birthday

G
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Tables trop près l'une de l'autre, bruyant comme une cafétéria, serveurs en tenue négligée comme s'ils servaient des tacos, portions ridiculement petites, service lent. Pas du tout l'ambiance qu'on cherche quand on est prêt à payer 100$ par personne.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on September 4, 2019

Hello Gorille, Thank you for taking the time to share about your experience at L'Abattoir. We take all feedback very earnestly and if you would like to follow up with us further, please email info@labattoir.ca. Best, Spencer, Food & Beverage Coordinator

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FG
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So far one of the best experience in Vancouver. Love it

EK
Vancouver
6 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All around Fabulous restaurant and not to be missed in Vancouver. The restuarant grounds are steeped in history. The restaurant itself is trendy yet laid back, and the food is absolutely on point.

KL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always come here for any special brunches, it’s a sure thing and I generally save it for special occasions or when I want to really impress a date.

JA
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Inventive, even eclectic, food and an interesting wine list. Excellent service by Andrew and attentive bussers as well. Overall, an excellent experience.

OT
Palm Springs
23 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Very little gluten free options. No espresso machine. Small menu.
Great service and ambiance.

YB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Probably one of the best restaurants I’ve been so far in Vancouver, great menu, presentation and flavours, nice and small dining room and great service! 😁☺️

a
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great innovative food in Gastown.

OT
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Especially recommend the oyster appetizers!

TT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our first visit and it absolutely lived up to the hype. Beautiful complexity of flavour, very lovely staff, gorgeous room.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hi Tina, We are glad to hear that we met, and hopefully exceeded, your expectations. Thank you for taking the time to share about your experience and we hope to host you again soon. Best, Spencer Food & Beverage Coordinator

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite! Can't wait to go back.

M
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebration at a long table in back. Service was excellent. Chose family style dinner to sample as much as we could. Great dinner experience, incredible cocktails and wine selection. Will definitely go back for a date night.

DD
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Staff very attentive yet discreet. Floor lead manager extremely professional and knowledgeable about wine selections.
Food was well presented and timely. Could become a regular spot for Friday/Saturday dining.
We felt special.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 28, 2019

Hello Dan, Thank you so much for taking the time to share about your experience, we are glad to hear that you enjoyed your dinner. We take pride in our wine knowledge and our ability to make each guest experience a unique one - thank you for considering joining us again, we hope to host you again soon. Best, Spencer Food & Beverage Coordinator

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AR
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is separated from the others by superb food and great service. It is not cheap but you pay for the experience.

AL
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What an amazing meal! From the moment we walked in to when we left, the staff was fantastic. Our somm, Andrew, was so incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. The food was off the charts delicious - the duck was a perfect blend of all-spice, red peppercorn and acid with the vinegar reduction - a must try on their Sichuan riff. Our server, Heather, was so much fun and made our evening “Empty Glass, Empty Soul” 😂😂😂

CC
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing! Everyone was so attentive and really sweet. Food was incredible.

H
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

First time there Not very crowded but waited to order
Drinks then food. Was never offered the pastry basket Got my side of homemade sausage after we had finished eating The concept of the food was good. The execution was fair No need to return

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

Love the food and service. Price is average in town. And it’s a nut/peanut allergy free restaurant 👍🏻

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional!

YZ
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Made our occasion unforgettable and we look forward to coming next time!
The staff was warm and friendly and the food outstanding.

Thank you L'Abattoir

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good ... with overall

HB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall it was a great experience, the food was good and the service was great! I would definitely go back!

OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I were pleasantly surprised by the quality of both the meals and service. To us they go hand in hand and although the price point is high, we feel that the quality for both exceeded our expectations.
We will definitely return, for future special occasions.

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and we tried de Brunch menu. The best pastries ever! We’ll definitely be back.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great tasting food as always.

HA
Montreal
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was good
Ambiance was great
I had the Beef Tartare which was definitely very good but found it to be a bit pricey.

HA
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great selection of food - excellent service.

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

Very enjoyable. Friendly staff and amazing food.

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