L'Abattoir Restaurant

4.7
3241 Reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
French
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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Experiences

  • The Gaoler's Menu

    CA$140.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    The Gaoler's Menu [pronounced jai-lrs] at L'Abattoir is the ultimate indulgent dining experience. Nine seasonal dishes and optional wine pairings from their award-winning sommelier team will make for an evening not soon to be forgotten. Visit labattoir.ca to view the current Gaoler's Menu. Due to the nature of this menu, dietary restrictions or menu modifications are unable to be accommodated. Pricing is exclusive of taxes and gratuity. NO DEPOSIT OR PAYMENT IS REQUIRED IN ADVANCE. Credit Card details are taken to guarantee your reservation only.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3241 people are saying
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Mddgarde
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dans un quartier très vivant le soir

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vipAmandaH
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding. Every. Single. Time. From the greeting at the front door to the knowledge staff, recommendations from the Somm and every dish that was put in front of us, flawless. Always.

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Dean
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal we've ever had.

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Lasse
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The restaurant is beautiful with a great vibe, but the food is overpriced and the service unnecessarily formal.

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vipGourmand55
Vancouver
75 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous meal at L'Abattoir. My friend had the duck pate terrine which he said was excellent. I had the scallops, which were also very good. He had the sable fish which was cooked perfectly and enhanced with a tandoori influenced sauce. A unique treatment of the sable fish which was an outstandingly good compliment to the fish. I had the halibut, also delicious. We both had the Lemon Sllyabub. Fantastic flavour burst with interesting texture. Professional and pleasant, unobtrusive service. They were out of the Le Vieux Pin "Ava" but the Avrill Creek was a worthy stand-in. Terrific meal and a great way to show off Vancouver's culinary scene to my German friend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super fun, highly recommended!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Thanks for joining us! We look forward to welcoming you back :) -Team L'Abattoir

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CatherineW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was great and the food was delicious as always.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Catherine, We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience the other night. Thank you for dining with us and we will see you again soon ! -Team L'Abattoir

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pierreM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the cuisine was original/ service very professional/the menu a good variaties/ good wine list
pretty tought to find out in Gas Town

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Pierre, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a nice review. We are excited to hear that you thorougly enjoyed your experience the other night, and hope to welcome you back very soon. Best regards, -Team L'Abattoir

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Chad
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, great wine pairings. Good food but didn’t quite meet expectations for the price. We had a nice time overall.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Chad, Thank you for joining us the other night. While we are happy you enjoyed the service and the wine, I'm sorry we fell short on your expectations on the food. We take all feedback to heart in the restaurant and we hope to grow from this. Thank you -Team L'Abattoir

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AliceS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L’Abattoir is a wonderful restaurant and we have missed the privilege of dining there over the past many months.The staff are the best ever, the food is always amazing and so the chef and his crew are doing a truly great job as well. We always feel very comfortable at L’Abattoir and treat it as an extension of our own dining room.
Many thanks,
A & D

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded 4 days ago

Hi Alice! Thank you so much for joining us again. The kind words have been shared with the team. We look foward to having you back again and again so we can look after you and your close ones. Best regards, Team L'Abattoir

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

We were not very impressed. There was hip hop music playing relatively loudly, the servers were dressed very casual, the food was good but it was quite uninteresting. Ingredients didn’t seem to have a purpose (truffle that wasn’t fresh and was overwhelmed by other flavours). I have nothing against a modern vibe but this felt almost lazy. We decided to start small with two appetizers and a main to share, hoping that it would be exceptional and we would order more but we ended up finishing dinner and drinks within the hour so we could go for a walk and grab a pizza on the way home. It’s a mediocre restaurant dressed up to seem fancy. It was still an enjoyable dinner in good company but it was not all it’s cracked up to be.

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DariaK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

Disappointing and confusing experience. They need to decide whether they are a pub or a finer dining establishment. Food is inadequately priced, bland, boring and does not make sense. Chef needs to understand that you not only have to choose interesting and premium ingredients but also honour and celebrate their taste. Atmosphere is tiring, music is too loud and does not fit the ambiance, tables are too small, service is mediocre at best. Nothing wowed us. You will be better off spending your big bucks pretty much anywhere else.

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Kris
Manitoba
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are in Vancouver looking for an intimate dining experience consisting of great atmosphere, attentive service, and exceptional cuisine, all provided by a small chef run restaurant. Then you can do no better than L'Abattoir.

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Massi
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a night we had, from the greetings upon arrival to the dessert, we simply had the best exoerie ce in a restaurant for a while. Thanks to the staff

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Kitsy
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it will be back - great food & wonderful space

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
68 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent dinner, everything was fantastic especially the heirloom tomato tart and the tandoori style halibut.

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ADAMR
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Best service I have experienced at a Vancouver restaurant. Server was all the things that make great experience: attentive but not intrusive, friendly and informative but not to the point of distraction. Tables were cleared and wiped down between each course which is something that is so often overlooked. Went for our anniversary and were delighted at the complimentary glass of bubbles to start the evening.

Definitely some of the better fare in Vancouver as well. We had the Gaioler's menu, which was well done though somewhat repetitive, many variations on cream foams and use of citrus / sour which individually was nice but did become repetitive on the palate. Ditto with the duck breast course, which, while nicely done, was a bit conventional (though the custard was interesting though would have preferred a shredded confit to the chopped leg).

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Shawn
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and impeccable service as always. Love L’Abbatoir!

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BariK
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent menu selection and the service is professional and friendly. Great ambience!

This was our third visit to L'Abbottoir and we would come back again. Each time the menu has offered new and intriguing tastes.

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VanessaL
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I are visiting from Ottawa and we had an incredible experience at l'abbatoir. Everything from the food to the service and the atmosphere was amazing. My boyfriend has a severe peanut allergy and we we're pleasantly surprised when our server told us that the chef himself is allergic too, therefore there are no nuts on the menu. We will definitely be back!

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StephenV
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was awesome, food was awesome, great experience, would recommend.

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SebastienT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food, cooked to perfection. Servers were super friendly. Almost too helpful, if that is possible. Meal portions were modest, yet filling. We got the best table in the house too, with a view right over the bar. It was cozy and pleasant, which was a nice surprise because my girlfriend and I were expecting a stuffy fine dinning set up, but it was very relaxed and chic. As one would expect in Gastown. Great experience. Must try the marinated octopus and tandoori sablefish.

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GPLover
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant and never ceases to meet and exceed expectations.

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NeilC
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I’ve had in quite some time. Tandoori Sablefish was perfectly cooked, fragrant herbs and spices (not too spicy), a real treat. Labatoir is always a must anytime I’m in Vancouver.

Side note: the table next to us was clearly having issues. The couple was clearly not having a good night - nothing to do with the restaurant - angry with each other, too much booze or something. Our waiter was doing great to handle them. At one point t someone from the restaurant politely asked if they could arrange transportation for them. They had left their table, but as we left the couple were at the front door putting up quite a stink, asking to speak with management and seemed like they wanted to get the waiter in trouble. I hope you were able to manage the situation without incident. Fot what it’s worth the staff did everything they could and this particular couple was going to be angry regardless - their issue, not yours. So a long way to say 1) this does not affect my view of your restaurant. Staff was great , food was great as always, and I will be back, 2) here’s one opinion that I hope your staff were congratulated for making the best of a bad situation, and the angry customers were sent on their way.

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BernardF
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All dishes we had were fabulous and the service was outstanding and engaging! Would definitely recommend it and we will be back, the next time we are in Vancouver.

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GianniO
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak Diane was amazing. Halibut was tremendous & the lamb was divine. Can’t go wrong here

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took the Gaoler s menu. It was delicious . 5 *

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fully enjoyed our meal 🙌🏼

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YaletownRob
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Well, I had very high hopes based on my previous visit a few years ago where I had an all-world dish of duck prepared three different ways. Things started great with the signature Meat Hook cocktail, which I was delighted is still on the cocktail list. But while my friend loved the quail with smoked and grilled foie gras, and our opening tomato tart was excellent, my main (tandoori style sablefish) was lacklustre and disappointing. Portions were a tad undersized for the price, and while the stupendous (and big-portioned) dessert (mille feuille) saved the day, the value was wanting. Here's to hoping the restaurant ups its game just a little to match the promise of former years.

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StyimetheSockMonkey
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was well prepared and quite tasty. Service was spectacular. I would highly recommend this place.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 26, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for recognizing the team for your experience the other night. We are dedicated, and working hard to ensure we keep pushing forward in a creative, high quality direction! Best regards, Team L'Abattoir

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EEEE
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I would recommend having one bar code rather than 4 different ones and our phones kept reading the wrong one. Some constructive criticism. But otherwise amazing food and friendly staff. Great experience all around. Definitely plan to come back

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 26, 2021

Hi there, Thanks for joining us the other night! Great to hear we were able to provide you with excellent food and hospitality. Your feedback regarding the QR codes is absolutely valued and has been passed along to ownership for review. We look forward to having you back with us again soon. Warm regards, Team L'Abattoir

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AnneS
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We always come back to L’Abbatoir to celebrate special occasion because we know the food is always great! This time we order their Gaoler’s menu and love everything! L’abbatoir has the best bread that they serve at the beginning. Will always come back and highly recommend this restaurant to our friends for French restro!!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 26, 2021

Hi Anne, Thank you for the wonderful review, we like the bread as well :). We hope to see you back again soon for another special occasion! Warm regards, Team L'Abattoir

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Diane
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Not a nice greeting at the door. asked quite condescendingly if we had reservations (yeah, and we were on time...) Once seated the servers were nice.
Food was good, especially the first course. Set the bar high. But overall found the tasting menu pretty tame and basic. The duck was tough & the weakest dish.
The wine pairings were nice, some paired very well and others felt thrown in. The a la carte cocktails were disappointing, not balanced. Although the cocktails for the tasting menu were good. Desserts were on point and a strong finish.

Enjoyed the experience overall but can't say I would visit again.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 26, 2021

Hi Diane, We appreciate the time you took to write a review. We apologize for where we fell short for you during your experience and will absolutely use that information to cultivate a culture of growth moving forward. Otherwise, it is great to hear where you enjoyed your time with us. The team is always striving to become better and we hope that we can utilize your comments to help achieve that. Thank you, Team L'Abattoir

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lovely. so lovely. always appreciate it when my dietary needs are taken seriously and modifications are beautifully made for me. a wonderful birthday dinner :)

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 26, 2021

Thank you so much for the kind words! We strive to create a culture where we can elevate the bar for that level of food and service. We are thrilled to know you had a wonderful birthday with us! Kind regards, Team L'Abattoir

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AaronC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and drink and even greater service. Highly recommended

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 26, 2021

Thanks for the great review Aaron!

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DianaM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

We have celebrated many birthdays and anniversaries at L'Abattoire over the last 8-10 yrs and it used to be our favorite dinning spot in Vancouver but we are rethinking that preference after our latest visit on Aug 14th,21. Sorry to say this but the main reason for that was the food - it was good, which is disappointing since it used to be EPIC!
Service was ok but again not as attentive as it used to be. Lots of new faces on staff, and while very apologetic when they brought us the wrong order, that mistake was fixed quickly but didnt feel quite as good as last time we were there (in pre-pandemic times).
We would maybe recommend it to someone young that is new to fine dining, but that's it.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 26, 2021

Hi Diana, Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We take all comments into consideration and use the feedback to continue to grow and train members of the kitchen and front of house. We've spoke within management and ownership and would like the opportunity to hear more from you. Could you kindly reach out to info@labattoir.ca so we can further follow up. Thank you, Team L'Abattoir

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Experience! Amazing food and service!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for the kind words! We can't wait to host you again soon :) Team L'Abattoir

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vipOpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Went here for a birthday and ordered the special menu. Portions were very small, and food was quite salty. Overall ambiance and service was great though. For the price of the meal i would have expected the food to be impeccably seasoned.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2021

Hi there, While we are happy to hear you enjoyed your service, we are sorry to hear we fell short on your food experience. We take all feedback very seriously and use it towards training opportunities. The team has been made aware of your comments so we can help master our programs moving forward. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review and we hope to see you again soon. Team L'Abattoir

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AndyL
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, original food. Great advice on wine pairings. A definite must go for foodies.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2021

Hi Andy, We're excited to hear that you loved the wine pairings and the food! We look forward to hosting you and yours again soon. Best regards, Team L'Abattoir

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Tessa
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice service and good food. Great cocktails too.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on August 14, 2021

Hi Tessa, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your experience with us the other night. We will make sure to pass along the nice comments to the team! Warm regards, Team L'Abattoir

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L'Abattoir Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 3241 OpenTable diners.

L'Abattoir Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.labattoir.ca/gift-cards.

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