L'Abattoir Restaurant

4.6
2613 reviews
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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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RR
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Food not as good as it usually is, used to be one of our top restaurants. The meat wasn’t warm for all 4 entrees ordered and way too small portions. Bread basket was great however.
Our waitress said she was now. Took about 10 minutes before anyone even acknowledged we were seated. We tried ordering our drinks and appetizers same time but waitress said she couldn’t and would come back, odd.
Good cocktails.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it. Snazing

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GE
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal and wonderful service. Very nice place to have a dinner with friends as can still have a nice conversation

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OT
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We planned a surprise celebration this week and Maude was an awesome and knowledgeable server. She was patient, friendly yet professional. Will definitely return.

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NT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Main objection to Ambiance was the noise level.
Once again, the food was excellent.

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AN
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A friend and I split the smoked salmon tartine and pancakes. Both dishes tasted great and the service was outstanding. However the portions were small.

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AK
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

What a disappointment!

This was an important meal for me, a special birthday, and in the middle of a really busy work month and I was really looking forward to it. So I advised it was my birthday and asked for a quiet table. Instead, we were seated next to a loud party - initially 3 that then grew to 5 (at a table for 4). They were clearly industry people because the sommelier spent a lot of time at their table loudly discussing varietals of grapes. The sommelier literally stood with her posterior inches from my meal for several long periods of time. In addition to her, two servers attended this table. Meanwhile, we were made to feel insignificant and unvalued as customers.

There was, in my opinion, also an issue with value. I had the oysters and they were excellent; however, the steak Diane was comprised of less than 5 oz of beef, and it appeared to me to be eye of round, not tenderloin. My husband’s steak had a thick tendon running through it, rendering one third of it inedible. For this, $44? So not worth it.

In the end, after having someone’s back in my face for much of my meal and having them talk so loudly that my husband and I could not hear each other, we just wanted to leave. Then we waited an age for our bill and, frankly, it sucked to have that be the last experience of this restaurant on my birthday.

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CH
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was amazing.

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LM
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food as expected, a great choice for us visiting to Vancouver.

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PC
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

L'abattoir restaurant is a fantastic restaurant. I am French so I am very straight forward with restaurants and very critic as well. Tried to think of something bad but it was really good food and finally a modern French restaurant in Vancouver to revisit the classics with good influences... Had a wonderful Wagyu tartare, followed by foie gras and sweetbreads and finally venison (....with morrels yum). Not your average restaurant. Dishes aver very well executed, good size portions and flavors balance perfectly on the palate. Been spoiled with 3 waiters during my visit while the restaurant was full. The team is very well organized as well and did not wait between dishes unless I asked for it. Sommelier service offered as well tasting of wines before ordering is possible. I forgot to mention the avocado cocktail... try it our you won't be disappointed. It is pricey, but it's fine dining so absolutely expected, no surprise, you pay for what you get: top-notch service, top-notch food!

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

Fantastic as always. Nick took great care of us as soon as we walked in and our service and food were impeccable.

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DY
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The only disappointment was the noise level. We would highly recommend some noise abatement of some kind. Perhaps sound absorption ceiling panels.


Also, Valet service would be great. Perhaps the Carroll Street layout is not conducive for it but there is some space just past the entrance top the restaurant that could be dedicated for a temp pull in.


Those are the only issued which we thought could be addressed at some point. Apart from those, it was a very memorable dining experience. Highly recommend !!!!!!!

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f
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here, and won't be the last. Was an incredible meal all around!

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JM
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a bit of a wait for everything to come out, not much to complain about otherwise, food was phenomenal. 8/10 would come again!

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C
Montreal
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal. The flavours were out of this world. It was a late dinner for us, we were arriving from the east coast so we took 2 first dishes and a dessert. The waghu tartare was incredible. Who am I kidding: all was beautiful. It's a feast for the palette. GO!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Very lacklustre service and very small portions.

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D
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Family brunch. Very good

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GO
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Evening started out well, it was a busy Saturday night, reservations at 8:30, we arrived early, asked to wait, no problem. Staff was friendly, place was buzzing. Got sat on time at a nice 2 top upstairs.

The server touched the table within 2 minutes and was really nice, but we had some small issues with timing and an order throughout. We ordered a glass of wine and a n/a cocktail. It took over 12 minutes to get our drinks. We did get water right away though, Bread basket was good followed.

1st - Foie Terrine was really nice, and Wagyu Tartare was fantastic. Overall, both very good.

Took 14 -15 minutes after our plates were cleared for the next second course to come.

2nd- Baked Oysters and Sweetbreads next. Oysters were great, sweetbreads were good but not sure if the set was a perfect match but it was very good.

Entrees
Duck and Venison. Both great, but they brought the wrong dish first and we had to swap out. Small simple mistake but should t happen at this level.

The food was great and our server made up for the mistakes with just being a cool person and down to earth, but we are pretty down to earth as well.

If you are expecting Michelin star service, this is not the place, but I am not sure they are tying to be, otherwise the food is very good, the price is pretty good, but the service at least tonight wasn’t on point, but at least was very nice and friendly, and understood the ball had been kind of dropped.

We will be back when in YVR next.

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SP
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was amazing and service was excellent - professional and prompt but not rushed or snooty. Seated at the back, we found it a bit noisy. Somewhat pricy but worth it in our opinion.

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OT
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Beautiful setting, fantastic food and staff.

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J
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I liked the atmosphere, brick walls, good contrast to the outstanding and very classy food. The staff was always nice and friendly but not too much. They were there to refill your glass before you even noticed it is empty. It s amzing how creative they are. Never had a tartare like this before, the best i had so far.

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OT
Vancouver
20 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food, as always was outstanding. To start, I had the sweatbreads and my husband the baked oysters. If you have never tried sweetbread, you need to head there right now and order it! I am not usually a fan of cooked oysters but these were amazing, juicy and warm with a lovely creamy sauce. The main course took a little long to arrive, enough that my husband and I checked out the time a couple times, maybe 35-40 mins but when it arrived it didn’t disappoint. The duck and the venison were both perfectly cooked. Can’t say I’ve ever had a bad meal at l’abattoir, we keep coming back.

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H
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was very good. Been here a few times on special occasions and have yet to be disappointed.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience!! Thank you!!

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food is good not great. Didn’t live up to the hype.

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R
Vancouver
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

There is a reason why this is my favourite restaurant in Vancouver! The staff is above and beyond professional and so nice , from the minute they take your coat to paying the bill. I had mentioned in my reservation we were celebrating an anniversary and they brought us a glass of champagne each while we looked at the menu! Such a lovely and unexpected touch! Food was wonderful , lobster tail and ling cod. Cocktails and dessert also great. Our only complaint is the place we were seated , tables are so close together and we were sandwiched in between 2 other couples . Not intimate at all and very hard to talk when you know everything you are saying is being heard by the people beside you. Other than that, had a great experience!

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AV
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dining experience. Best restaurant we've been to in Vancouver yet. Every staff member was very friendly and helpful. Food was perfect and although prices may seem steep at first, portions are very generous. The passionfruit-banana-cilantro ganache if life-changing. Not kidding.

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DS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Was a nice time... nothing to rave about. I think the highlight was the ambiance and the visual aspect of the dishes. They were beautifully plated.
I had the beef tartare and duck; hubby had the cooked oysters and the venison... the venison was very lovely - good texture, nice balance of tastes. Appies were nice... beef tartare was probably my favourite thing of the night. Fresh and salty. The oysters - if you get them, share them. They come 5 per servings and they are incredibly rich. I couldn't stomach more than two. My duck was meh - it was just an overwhelming taste of bland fat... I understand duck is fatty but there was nothing really to balance it, or cut the flavour. It just tasted one dimensional to me. No dessert for us.
Service was adequate. Nothing special or warm or lovely. Very prompt and deliberate.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience,

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JC
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

THE NOISE LEVEL WAS LOW ENOUGH TO HAVE A NORMAL CONVERSATION.
I ENJOYED THE WAGYU TARTAR. I COULD'VE USED APPRECIATED A SAUCE OPTION, ON THE SIDE. (BUT THAT'S PROBABLY LIKE ORDERING WELL-DONE STEAK WITH KETCHUP).

I WASN'T HAPPY WITH THE BEER SELECTION. THEY DIDN'T HAVE MY PREFERRED BEERS.
OUR TABLE WAS WOBBLY, I COULD'VE COMPLAINED THEN, BUT I JUST DIDN'T. THAT'S ON ME.

THE STEAK DIANE AND LOBSTER WERE GOOD.
I ENJOYED THE PASSIONFRUIT GANACHE DESSERT.
THE SERVICE WAS EXCELLENT.

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VL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food is absolutely very good, but the place is not for dating . Waitress do not have uniform , they ware their own clothes , it is not easy find out who is your server .

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was awesome! Super fast service and knowledgeable staff. Food was perfect, drinks were good with a nice selection to choose from. Highly recommend!

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M
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous experience, food was phenomenal. So pleased! Thank you! Server was excellent as well, such a lovely time.

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U
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great but small portion, and the atmosphere and service is fabulous

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scone is to die for! I love their scone. I ordered the egg Benedict with pork belly. Yummy as well. 😋

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely experience. Amazing food and excellent cocktails. Our server was fantastic as well with her knowledge of the menu.

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RV
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding menu choices, quality and service. A new favourite.

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Dallas
48 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

There was a winter burst causing most restaurants to be chilly. Unfortunately the food came out cold, however the taste was amazing. Absolutely recommend this restaurant.

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TN
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best brunch in Vancouver. I am a little scared of writing a good review because it's still easy to get a seat!

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DR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Upon being seated, and was told the dine out menu was not offered until dinner, I was very disappointed. I had booked reservations 2 days previously off of the dine out site, chose the restaurant, and the only available time that day for the reservation.. so to arrive and have a brunch menu was such a disappointment, and misleading of the site.
HOWEVER, we did enjoy brunch, it just definitely was not what we were there for or celebrating.

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