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About L'Abattoir Restaurant

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 Lee Cooper and owner/operator Paul Grunberg are 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 General Manager Ricardo Ferreira. The French influenced West Coast fare is paired wIth Wine Director Lisa Haley's eclectic wine program and the bar team's innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience.

217 Carrall St
Vancouver, BC V6B 2J2
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American

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.

Cross Street:
Cordova Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
CAN$51 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(604) 568-1701

Website:
http://www.labattoir.ca/

Entertainment:
Music is lively and eclectic, ranging from hip-hop and r&b to new wave and soul.

Catering:
Please inquire with the Sales and Events team. Contact Kimberly & Lainey at 604-559-3011 or events@labattoir.ca

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.

Public Transit:
Waterfront Station is 700 m/ 9 minute walk away.

Executive Chef:
Lee Cooper

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

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.

L'Abattoir Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (49)
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Fit for Foodies (45)
Romantic (33)
Good for Anniversaries (29)
Handcrafted Cocktails (25)
Local Ingredients (25)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Neighborhood Gem (22)
Notable Wine List (20)
Hot Spot (18)
Bar Seating (17)
Authentic (15)
Casual (15)
Fun (13)
Seasonal (13)
Cozy (12)
Business Meals (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Great for Brunch (10)
Pre/post Theatre (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Good for Groups (7)
Tasting Menu (7)
People Watching (7)
Sunday Lunch (6)
Happy Hour (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Great Beer (4)
Healthy (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Organic (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Scenic View (3)
Spicy (3)
Comfort Food (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Waterfront (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Great for Lunch (1)
Tapas (1)
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 3 days ago

Went here for my bestie's birthday dinner. Overall, I find the food outstanding...you have to try their veal tartare. It's fantastic!! However, I find food came out a little too slow for such a quiet Sunday night. We waited for a substantial amount of time (around 30 mins) before the appetiser was served. Waited for another 20 minutes or so for the main course to be served. We were excited that our mains were here. But nope...the server brought the wrong food out. Apparently there was a little confusion about the main course. We ordered the lamb sausage to share but the server brought ling cod instead. The kitchen refired the main course and the lamb sausage was out in about 5 mins. Would I be back? Yes, to try the ling cod.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

This would be a one star review if at the end of it the server hadn’t comped one of our meals. It took them over 1 hour to serve us brunch, during which time we got offered no food, drink or explanations except for one time. Our server spent more time avoiding us versus even taking pity and bringing a pastry. After 45 minutes he comes over to offer a weak explanation about the batter not being made up for the potato pancakes one of us had ordered (?!?!!!). The menu only had 7 items on it so how could it be one of them was not prepared. After his notification we asked a different server about our meal then she said she’d look into it and promptly disappeared never to appear again. Right as we seriously thought about walking out the food arrived. All of it was lukewarm and the potato pancake dish was greasy fried dripping in oil and none of it was even remotely as advertised for such a fine dining restaurant. Only as he came to clear the plates and asked us how it was that we politely offered our opinion. He then said he’d see what he can do and brought the bill with the comped amount for the pancakes. So seriously disappointing. The service was so so lacking (I mean no one even walked to us for 45 minutes!), the kitchen clearly unprepared and absolutely no one able to remedy a wrong. The decor is nice, the food average. Not worth going to.

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·Dined 4 days ago

The food was outstanding lots of flavour. Dishes were very well presented and perfectly cooked. The foie gras was the best part of my experience. Service was fantastic the servers were always available when you needed something but not overwhelming. They definetley knew their menu and recommended some great wines, which there were lots to choose from. Will definitely be going back.

Tags: Good for a Date, Worth the Drive, Cozy
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·Dined 4 days ago

We had to send one of the entrees back because it was cold. They were very gracious in handling the problem and gave us a free dessert. The food was delicious, the timing to bring it to our table, was a little off. I'd go back and would request a table on the main floor at the back which would be quieter than the tables upstairs.

Tags: Special Occasion, Notable Wine List
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·Dined 4 days ago

Absolutely fantastic in all aspects, from food to service to ambiance! Had a wonderful time celebrating for a special occasion, and the staff's attentiveness was top notch. Would definitely come back here again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Cozy, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined 4 days ago

Ordered a Niçoise salad and asked for no egg. Was brought to me with egg on top. Calling this is a salad was really a stretch. Mostly potato, hardly any salad or beans. More like a generous garnish for a main and definitely overpriced. Service wasn’t particularly attentive either.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined 6 days ago

A beautiful experience from front to end. One of the top restaurants around!

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·Dined on November 14, 2017

Warm and friendly, very good amosphere for dating, sharing with friends or your spouse.....

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on November 13, 2017

Awesome food and service! Our waiter was very friendly and knows his stuff he made great recommendations and really made our experience special. Great job

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·Dined on November 13, 2017

The staff and team at l’Abattoir is always so wonderful and professional. They really ensure your needs are being met and, their knowledge of food and wine is remarkable and makes for a wonderful experience.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Romantic, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We came here for our anniversary dinner and were greeted with complimentary bubbles. We were given three varieties of breads to start the meal off and all were delicious. We ordered veal sweetbreads as an appetizer and the ling cod and lamb sirloin for entrées and all three dishes were amazing. We also ordered a bottle of BC wine to compliment the meal with the help of the sommelier. It is a fairly pricey restaurant with small portions but the quality and flavours were spectacular. There's a reason this restaurant is No.24 in Canada's 100 Best Restaurants 2017. I will gladly return!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Romantic, Great for Brunch, Great Beer, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Didn't feel rushed and everything just flowed in at the right time. Everything was delicious and the Avocado Gimlet was amazing - perfect recommendation on the cocktail from our waiter. Thank you for making the experience very enjoyable.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I was looking forward to this meal for a Birthday. I eat out a lot and from recent reviews I was expecting a nice fine dining experience.
What I got was an expensive casual dining experience.
The staff was too casual. The food was good but not outstanding. The sommelier provided no input.
The staff needs better training and the food could use more flavour. In general there could have been more attention paid to the details.
I paid a lot of money and I feel I did not receive value for the money.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was pretty good and just as what I expected. Had the ling cod while my boyfriend had the pork belly, both of which were cooked very well. But I will say that the desert (maple tart I believe, was what we ordered) could have done with way less pumpkin seeds.

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 (Edmonton)·Dined on November 11, 2017

The food was delicious! Try the avocado martini! Our server was lovely.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Fantastic service and food! Was there with another couple. We had a great evening.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Food: good presentation, quickly served, delicious as always
Server: knew the menu, explained dishes, answered questions, polite, well manicured, professional
Hostess: friendly, very welcoming, polite, well groomed
Restaurant: clean, great seating
Bar: super clean and neat

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent experience! Foods are so perfect! Highly recommend!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

I’ve been to a lot of restaurants in Vancouver and this is probably the best ever.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food certainly was unique, beautifully presented. We both ordered steak ... amazingly tender and flavourful . The desert... chocolate mousse et al, was mediocre. The wine was outstanding. Coffee... ho hum.... French press. The toughest issue is the noise. As all tables are really close together, you have to be really loud to hear each other.

Tags: Authentic, Seasonal, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Hot Spot, Casual, Romantic, Paleo Friendly, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 28, 2017

All I can say is, AMAZING! My husband and I were visiting Vancouver from California for our anniversary & this restaurant was recommended to us from a friend. The service was outstanding, cocktails were unique & tasty, food was exceptional. Before we went, my friend said she would fly to Vancouver just to eat there... I can see why. Definitely a highlight of our trip!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Hot Spot, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 24, 2017

I've wanted to try L'Abattoir for ages, but when selecting from 2-3 higher end restaurants it always seemed to be the odd one out. That will no longer, as the food quality, creativity, and flavour waaay outperformed the majority of restaurants rated above it. Expectations were high as we've hit a few decent restaurants the past while, but we were blown away by how amazing every single course tasted. There were surprise hits (baked oysters) and more familiar items that stood out due to the very high quality of execution (lamb sirloin!!). We were extremely impressed and will definitely be back again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (Calgary)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Good food but not outstanding. The sweatbreds are however excellent

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wine prices seem a bit high. Some at 5x retail.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful meal as always. The oysters are a must try. The tartare was a bit over spiced but still good. Server was a little too attentive. At least give us a bit of time to talk. And, no the table does not need to be rearranged every 5 minutes.

Tags: Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 20, 2017

De loin, c’était la meilleure nourriture que j’ai mangée depuis longtemps!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Creative and delicious dishes, very good wine selection.
Staff was very accommodating and friendly. Can’t wait to go back!

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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 16, 2017

Great food, nice bar area. Loved the baked oysters!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Staff were warm and attentive even though it was a steady day.. meal was perfect!

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We had an excellent time overall. As pescatarians, it was a little disappointing that so many items contained meat or other animal products, but do commend the astute server who realized by our selections without us asking. For the rest of the meal, she made sure to point out which items contained ingredients from animal sources, like gelatin in the desserts, so that we could make the right choice for us. Bravo.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We had a wonderful evening. Our waiter, Kevin, could not have been more attentive and knowledgeable. Our food was interesting as delicious and the wine that was chosen for us was a perfect match. I couldn’t recommend L’Abattoir more!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 9, 2017

A great anniversary dinner with incredible food and little gift :)

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Very tasty food and attentive service. Warm plates would be good and the sixth plate of our group took time to arrive. Otherwise, exceptional.

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·Dined on October 8, 2017

Belle adresse, propre, carré, belles assiettes, bon, de qualité.... petit bémol, le café filtre...uniquement ! Un café à la hauteur du reste serait apprécié. 👍

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great service, excellent food and really enjoyed the special drink from the drink menu. It was a last minute surprised outting with my wife and you guys made it a special night -our server was very attentive and his recommendations were great choices - thank you

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This restaurant was recommended by a friend. My cousin is visiting from Australia and we spent a night in Vancouver before coming to Victoria where I live. It was a wonderful evening and we had a great time

Tags: Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

This was our third time here! It has been fantastic every time. My wife had the poached halibut and I had the seared duck breast. Both appetizers we ordered were superb.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

When they called to confirm our reservation (for my guys birthday) I requested a table that we could sit side by side at. So pleased that they did that for us.
Service was attentive and knowledgeable
The food...i found overly complicated
Too many flavours combined
I had a wonderful evening, but think the kitchen could dial it back a bit and have more success.
Halibut with duck jus?????
Too much for my palate
Sorry

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Brilliant. Been many places world-over. This was up there. Salmon was superb. BC wine ... viognier really lovely, dry crisp but full bodied.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Wow! From the moment we walked in we were simply amazed! Casually cool and grittily chic decor framed a menu that was unbelievable. Starting with the beef tartar...which was BEYOND fantastic and leading on to entrees of octopus, tenderloin of beef and ling cod...every bite was exquisite! And definitely don't retreat to safety when it's time for dessert; the " ice tea" was the star!
Definitely worth it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List
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