L'Abattoir Restaurant

4.6
2443 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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French
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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 by Restaurant Director, Lisa Haley. The French-influenced West Coast fare is paired with Haley's eclectic wine program and the bar team's innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American
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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.
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Phone number
(604) 568-1701
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Lee Cooper
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Catering
Please inquire with the Sales and Events team. Contact Lainey & Shannon at 604-559-3011 or events@labattoir.ca
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Cordova Street
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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.
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Public transit
Waterfront Station is 700 m/ 9 minute walk away.
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Entertainment
Music is lively and eclectic, ranging from hip-hop and r&b to new wave and soul.
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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.
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
What 2443 People Are Saying
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BD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful night and we will certainly visit again. The Burke boys don’t do any restaurant we this one!

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DA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great wine selection and staff was very pleasant.

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G
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best bread basket ever! Sweetbreads and foie gras was like eating butter-wonderful.

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LM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had the smoked salmon tartine which was absolutely delicious though the toasted baguette it sat on, was impossible to cut through (very chewy). Our Mauritius server was lovely (and very courteous/patient with our lengthy 2 1/2 hour brunch). Con: Tables are too close together - I'm only 130 lbs but had to squeeze in sideways between tables to get to the banquette and as such we could hear everyones conversation around us (and them, ours!) The value for the food and service is on point - and while I realize packing in tables means more revenue, the room could lose a table along the banquette wall simply for breathing room. Not sure I would go back for brunch for that reason. (This is my second visit - the first for dinner and cocktails during morelle mushroom season which was very memorable)

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FD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

It was absolutely delicious. We were impressed, and we’ll be back

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great wine. Excellent service. Amazing as always!

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SM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely outstanding! Every single morsel was like heaven. Couldn't recommend it enough. Great service, excellent sommelier.

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b
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service and ambiance were all excellent. I would definitely recommend trying this awesome restaurant!!

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M
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Not too many choices on the menu, but all dishes ordered were top quality and scrumptious! Even the bread that came prior to our meal was exceptional! Service was great, servers didn’t push or felt let down when we didn’t order alcohol. Portion was smaller, but the taste made up for the quantity!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Most dishes were delicious! Drinks were okay, had a new server every time something came to our table and the courses were way too far apart. Fancy crowd too! Overall not so bad but would not return or reccomend to friends/family

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I would recommend probably not to put customers to sit close to the bathroom if there's a lot of other seats around. It will the last choice. Overall, good service and good food.

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DV
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Was very pleased with the service, the food was surprisingly outstanding! Definitely recommend.

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MN
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Cute comfortable and great service. All employees are very friendly and food was beyond excellent. Playing of fishes were spectacular and from appie to desert every plate was mouth watering and beautiful. Didn’t leave hungry and left very happy! Thank you 🙏

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HM
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service, great food! We've been there for brunch and for dinner and had an amazing experience in both occasions :)

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A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding French, artisan crafted fresh food from the beginning to the end

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JS
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hadn't been here for dinner for quite a while (brunch only) and happily they delivered big time for an anniversary. I hadn't really enjoyed the last dinner there, found it fussy and unsatisfying, so went for a couple of starters while my wife chose a cold starter and full main course. My foie gras was, well, foie gras, what can you say, delicious and nicely presented with brioche toasts, and enough to share. My wife had the tomato with smoked buffalo curd, everything perfect, from the seasoning of the fresh tomatoes to the crunchy contrast of the rissole themselves. It was fresh, simple, and sophisticated at the same time.
I then had the baked oysters with garlic butter and truffle, five oysters, one bite each and superb. Shared one with my wife and wish I hadn't . . . Her main was the Ling Cod with caramelized buttermilk and mussels. Outstanding. It was such a pleasure to experience great cooking, start to finish, imaginative and beautifully executed. Wanted to take the breadbasket home, and our server (I'm sorry, don't remember her name) was on point with wine recommendations. We'll be back soon.

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Miami
4 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From arrival to the end of our evening, everything was delightful; welcoming, friendly and attentive staff and delicious, creative, fresh food. Definitely a standout for us and we will surely return when we’re in Vancouver again.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience at the restaurant. Service was outstanding and very helpful. It was our first time there and the waitress suggested great items without being pushy. Ambiance was fitting for a date or one on one conversation. Would definitely go again on a special occasion

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PK
London
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful as always. Ask for Angela as your server, and then let her dictate what you eat! Magic!

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MH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My husband and I recently enjoyed an anniversary brunch here. Its a beautiful space. He had the Breakfast Burger (quite good but burger was a little too pink) and my Poached Eggs with Canadian Bacon (basically a bacon bene) was delicious with the sabayon sauce; but the dish could really use some potatoes on the side to fill it out. We indulged in some breakfast cocktails; the Orange is the New Black and the Moonwalk were both outstanding.

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MB
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were seated 20 minutes past our reservation time which was frustrating but the food and service made up for the delay.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great service; nothing amazing about the seats (it was our anniversary and we told them ahead of time); we got a nice glass of champagne which a good touch. Overall recommend this place for a casual and social meal though bring your wallet as it ain’t cheap!

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OT
Vancouver
8 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. First class 5 star restaurant.

Good value.

Would highly recommend.

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E
Portland
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wonderful service, delicious food. Had the scallops, oysters, foie gras. For entree; ate the duck. Would definitely come back again!

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N
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Good food, great service. Not the cheapest but worth it.

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DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal. Location is in buzzy Gastown in a welldesigned and nicely lit space. Staff are very attentive. Good cocktail choices. Not good for vegetarians though! Delicious starters - for example the tomato plate looked simple but was really full of flavour. Dessert (a cherry tart) was a little ordinary, but overall a great evening.

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DG
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Was directed to the Smoked Buffalo Mozza Tomato Salad and the Steak Diane by our server. Salad was heavy on presentation and light on flavour. Steak wasn't tender and featured excessive pepper rub. Both were just okay.

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very attractive wine card, service is with plenty of care, cooking is precise, plateis generous ... no default

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N
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

I've always enjoyed dinning at l'Abattoir. But this last time, I thought the service was contrived, the music too loud and totally appropriate for a meeting of drug dealers laundering their money on expensive drink and food. The ''cult'' aspect of the service really turned me off. So, victim of its own success ? Certainly to me. On a positive note, the confit of salmon was incredible, to achieve such perfectness in evenness is quite something. But the radish were too much on the raw side. I like contrast but I felt like I was eating grass.

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JW
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food. Super unique presentation. Cocktails to die for. Dessert was delicious. Service unparalleled. Definitely a must if you are visiting Vancouver.

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CG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

The hosts were very pleasant. The restaurant is super clean and they make aure to wipe the table everytime, the food arrived relatively fast but I found appys to be very small plate. The plates we odered were scallops which was really tasty with rizotto, beef tartar which was great as well. For main plate I ordered the lamb. It was really good and the only downside for me is that all their portions were very small. I had a pleasant experience overall. I would be back and i totally recommend this place if you are on a casual date. The music that was playing was hiphop and i didnt like particularly but hey we go there for the food.

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GF
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great dining experience in Vancouver!
Attentive staff and a fun & lively atmosphere. The 90’s hip hop/rap playlist made any possible pretentiousness of fine dining disappear.
Food was innovative and perfectly executed NW art on a plate with a French flair.
Cocktails were delicious and the wine list was expertly curated. The Maître D’/Sommelier/Manager Nick really made the night special. Thanks for a memorable and enjoyable dining experience!

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LW
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You must go to this restaurant! The food is outstanding, nouveau French cuisine that will blow your mind...try anything!

The service...impeccable! Not hovering at all but the wait staff are there a second before required.

The ambiance is fantastic. Exposed cosy brick and smaller sections as opposed to one large room. The background music was on point!

Hubs and I had been meaning to try L’abattoir for awhile and are sorry we hadn’t exposed our tastebuds to it sooner...we will definitely be back!!!

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P
Vancouver
36 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

I am reminded that hype and good food go together but service and training and it’s absence can undo a lot of good. I had to wait to be acknowledged for some time while all the people without reservations were accommodated while I waited.

The sticker shock is always there here the breads were good to start and while service was sluggish it was pleaaant enough. The value here has declined

Cocktails were food but the “soup” was a consommé with four tasty tortellinis and a very small quantity of chicken broth was challenging to justify at the cost although was tasty enough. But the wait of well over 30’ for the mains, with my mother late, now past 10pm on an 830 reservation, and no communications. negligible apologies or efforts to rectify would be unacceptable at a Chain restaurant yet alone here. Not good enough at all.

Service this slow needed a fix and didn’t get one. And then the modest mains showed barely warm enough, on the heels of another 10-15 min of wait when asked and told they were being plated.

The lamb sausage and loin dish with Brussels sprouts leaves was food but insubstantial in flavour, although the deep fried cauliflower drumettes were good too. But at $42? Dubious.

All in, it was an experience less than a middling chain restaurant would offer, and with little of the effort L’Abbatoir offers. Off night? Possibly. But the sense it needed to be fixed was awol.

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B
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Too noisy, limited menu and their interpretation of steak Dianne is horrible

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SH
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We loved the glassed-in intimate restaurant patio in back that opens to a warm historic alley/dead end atmosphere. Our waiter was warm, knowledgeable, helpful, and fast. Delicious scallop risotto appetizer and duck main dish. Recommend the sweet pea infused cocktail. Yum! I might suggest a slightly shift in the hip hop music playlist for the 55 and over people populating the tables around us, which felt a bit out of place, though I"m sure was meant to be hip and cosmopolitan. Disclaimer: I tend to prefer quieter ambiance.

So much fun to experience. Thank you.

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was okay, relative to the best restaurants in Vancouver (as per Canadas 100 Best). The service was very slow however and not very attentive

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A
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff, the food was exquisite. Baked oysters and veal for appetizers, duck and steak for mains and then chocolate and tart for dessert with the wine pairings — magnifique!

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D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

For the price, nothing special although food was good. Service was efficient but overall it reminded my wife and I of a place that has been at it for some time, has a good reputation but has lost the warmth and soul that make for a special dining experience.

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m
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first visit while visiting from Phoenix. Our meal was outstanding from start to finish. Every dish was thoughtful, well seasoned and showcased excellent technique. The oysters and sweetbreads to begin were equally as fabulous as the steak diane and cod mains. The apricot dessert did not disappoint either. Melissa our server was extremely pleasant, knowledgeable and was neither overbearing or absent the entire meal. Great job to her and the rest of the staff. Thank you for a lovely meal, and wonderful end to our trip. Cheers.

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