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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W
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really wonderful food and service.

B
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service5ambience3

Went to L'Abattoir for my auntie's birthday and I can't say that I was very impressed. I made the mistake of not reading the fine print of our reservation, when we got there we found out that they were not offering their regular menu due to dine out. My aunt had been wanting to try L'Abattoir for quite awhile so we decided we would still try out the place. The one thing that was great is the service. Other than that, the drink service took quite awhile, over 10 minutes for my cocktail. I almost forgot I ordered it. The appetizers were ok but my one gripe is that they were bigger than the entrees! The entrees were also HEAVILY salted, it was almost unpalatable. We both had the Wild Turbot and my sibling had gotten the smoked quail. They were quite untasty. I would never imagine that something so salty could be served, there must be higher quality checks. Dessert was fine but forgettable. In conclusion, if their Dine Out Menu is any indication of their regular menu, I will definitely not be returning.

X
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dine out menu. Will go back again for their regular menu.

JY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. Service was on point and the presentation of the food was outstanding. Well done!

B
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place never disappoints, exceptional food and service!

N
Vancouver
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

If you want food that's unique, definitely pay L'Abattoir a visit. This is my 2nd or 3rd visit at L'Abattoir, this time for Dine Out Vancouver. Our Appetizers and Dessert were both top notch. The Mains were a tad on the salty side.

The only thing is, I'm not sure if this is their usual practice of if this was a charge because it's Dine Out. But if you wanted bread service, it's $3/person. We also was charge $7 for a table of 3 for STILL water.

Other than that, I'd still recommend the restaurant.

MT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was dine out, so it was packed. The pace in which the food came out was perfect. The portion sizes were extremely small, which is expected from L'Abattoir. The cannelloni was equivalent in size to three of my boyfriends fingers. I ordered the Quail Sausage, what they were missing was proper punctuation...It was sausage stuffed in a quail, was a sight. Overall isn't worth the hype, my partner left hungry. We wouldn't go back and wouldn't recommend either.

K
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I normally love this restaurant.
But only this time for dine out Vancouver 2020, I hesitate to recommend to my friends.
My mom had meat and I had fish for the main and both were too salty. Little disappointment for me, since I usually love their food.
Desserts were amazing like always. ;)

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It’s nice to celebrate our anniversary here. Overall experience is very good. I’m a food picker. So I’m a bit disappointed at the special menu, the sea bass. It’s a bit over cook and a bit unflavoured. The skin is not crispy as described. My boyfriend ordered the smoked Quail with foie gras, it’s extremely good! I’ll rate it 11/10. You could feel the foie gras melting in your mouth. Overall, L’Abattoir is still one of my favourite restaurants!

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s my second time here, perfect like always!

OP
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fillet on the Dine Out menu was superb. Also the service was excellent. Staff was unobtrusive and always proving us with what we needed before we realized.
Excellent!

OT
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Food was fine, presentation exceeded flavour, but all in all a good dish. The restaurant was very cute inside although tables are quite small. Cocktails were quite delicious but weren’t able to order more than one each due to timing of service.

BL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I heard great things about L'Abattoir so my friend and I decided to come here for our first dineout of 2020. The service was amazing but unfortunately the food was not up to par. The quail was too salty and they forgot to give us the foie gras that we ordered (they did apologize with reducing our bill wich is a nice gesture). The chocolate ganache dessert didn't really make sense and felt very clunky and alcoholic. On a brighter note, the turbot was exceptional and the lime yogurt mousse was amazing. For appetizers we ordered beef tartare and tuna crudo. They were okay but left something to be desired.

GP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dishes were well thought out and intricate enough to stand out in Vancouver. Service was pleasant and they accommodated the busy 'Dine Out' rush well. The space was efficient but similar to much what you see elsewhere.

A
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was delicious, service was amazing, was just a little loud.

OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Dine Out Vancouver dinner. The meals were excellent as were the drinks. The Dine Out menu was very reasonably priced. Absolutely wonderful service! We were seated in the atrium which was really nice and a bit quieter than other areas. I will definitely be revisiting and am hoping to in the summer when the atrium is open. Overall excellent experience!

LP
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I celebrate our wedding anniversary every year here. The staff is excellent, the drinks are delicious, and the food is perfect. My only complaint is this restaurant is not in my home town. We also had our wedding in a private room in the back. For the price of many other venues our guests were served amazing food and drinks in a really cool environment. The pictures in “blood alley” were a bonus. Thank you L’Abattoir. The Pattinson’s

OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

L’abattoir is a place that comes to mind when I’m planning date night or a special night out. From the lighting, the service and the plating, they do it all! When we sat down, moments after our server brought glasses of champagne to congratulate us for our anniversary. That set the tone for the entire night and made it much more special. The food was great, but I wasn’t the biggest fan of the duck. The meat was cut up a little too thick, and some parts were more chewy than tender. The Steak Diane, however, was so perfectly made! The truffle sauce combined with the lightly salted/peppered steak tasted amazing. My boyfriend loved the Hamachi Crudo, especially the tanginess. I’ll definitely be back to try other menu items!

AS
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food was really good and presented well. Service was excellent. A vegan option or two would make it easier to recommend to more of my friends.

MM
Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were excellent... an’t wait to return!

C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was solo and it was a lovely meal, and not rushed at all.

OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great friendly service..food was creative and expertly prepared, presented and devoured!!

KW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Overall, I had a good experience at L’abattoir as the food was quite good and the ambiance was nice and relaxing. The service was good and the food came out really fast. The only complaint is that I mentioned a note of there being a birthday and there was no acknowledgment of that, as well, we kind of had a bad table where it felt a bit squished pressed against the wall and between serving tables. I was hoping to get a nicer table as I made the reservation in advance and mentioned that it would be a birthday celebration. Also, I wanted to order a latte but they said they don’t have a milk steamer which I found weird as most brunch places do.

AH
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The brunch pastries were delicious and the quiche I got was decent. The service was friendly, but the server was a bit pushy, trying to get us to order more.

RF
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Been there for brunch and dinner. Brunch was great, dinner was exceptional. Up there with Hawksworth imo.

OK
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent! Really enjoyed the tartare, baked oysters, and the steak Diane. Would skip the duck though.
Service was excellent!

RT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Darren was exceptional. The cocktails were so good. The food was excellent. A perfect evening of dining

OT
Frankfurt Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Excellent and meticulously presented food. The name of the restaurant was bit misleading to me as it means “Slaughterhouse” in French. Therefore, I was expecting a larger selection of meats. The restaurant is charmingly located in an old brick house. The decibel level is bit too high in the main room to converse without raising the voice, but they have a back room too. Overall a nice fine dining experience in Gastown.

EB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I brought my friend here who has been to many very high end restaurants around the world and we had a fantastic experience. It was short as we had tickets to the Vancouver Canucks hockey game but I can’t say enough good things about this place. The food and service was outstanding and the price I believe was fair for that reason. Will recommend to friends and be back again soon.

KL
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was delicious. My first visit and I would definitely recommend and revisit in the future. Well done.

C
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal, amazing service. Such a wonderful experience and our night was made very special by the staff ♡

KZ
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Som was awesome. Very knowledgeable Great food! excellent service

GR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous! The food was superb as was the service.

m
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Unfortunately a holiday party next to us which dominated the space. But that is how it goes at that time of the year.

HC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was amazing from start to finish
Food exceptional
You should be proud of your entire team
We come back time & time again
Never fails to
Impress

OT
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our 25th anniversary and the staff were awesome in making our dinner very special

DY
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food; excellent service

RB
Seattle
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice but the table beside got a little out of hand and that took some of the charm of L'Abattoir away. Too bad.

RR
Naples
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had Sunday brunch. Great pastries to start, decent selection of main dishes. Really good French filter coffee. Good wine and bubbly selection. The Full Breakfast was amazing. Excellent service too, restaurant was pretty full upstairs, but we had quick attentive service.

b
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an amazing time and meal at this restaurant and would go back in a heart beat! The oysters are to die for and the lamb and duck were amazing!

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