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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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Overall Rating

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food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.0

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Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (52)
Special Occasion (50)
Fit for Foodies (49)
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Creative Cuisine (47)
Romantic (40)
Good for Anniversaries (38)
Notable Wine List (23)
Handcrafted Cocktails (23)
Local Ingredients (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Cozy (18)
Good for Birthdays (17)
Pre/post Theatre (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Business Meals (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Great for Brunch (12)
Authentic (11)
Casual (10)
Worth the Drive (10)
Fun (9)
Seasonal (9)
Tasting Menu (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
People Watching (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Good for Groups (6)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Healthy (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Great Beer (2)
Organic (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Scenic View (2)
Spicy (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Tapas (1)
Vegan (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined a day ago

Dine out is great value! The char taste really great! Appetizers' portion are smaller than expected.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined a day ago

Not sure of it was because of the DOV but the food was mediocre, beef came almost cold. Service could be improved quite a bit... Host said they were fully booked although there were a number of open space on Open table. We had two reso for twos and were told unable to combine into one group of 4, but we could be seated next to each other with movable tables (but could not put the tables together)... (?) Just something we thought was kind of funny.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined a day ago

Great service; good selectio of options.
Criticism: it was a little dark, the portions were a bit too small, most importantly- the tables were too close together

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 2 days ago

We waited for an hour between appetizers and our entrees. We got so fed up that we asked for our bill and to cancel our order but then our food magically appeared but it was barely warm. The food was also on the salty side. I had a great experience the first time I went, not sure what happened yesterday.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined 6 days ago

Very tasty and very expensive. Great service. Good wine list. -- Only on very special occasions for me in future.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on January 14, 2018

L'Abbatoir never disappoints. The modern space is cozy and inviting. The menu is French influenced with local ingredients. My crispy Octopus appetizer was incredible, and the duck entree was the best duck I've ever had...an absolute 10/10. We brought a special bottle of wine which was no problem, paid a modest corkage and ordered more wine from the well-thought-out wine list. I will be back as soon as I can arrange it!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 10, 2018

Another amazing experience!

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·Dined on January 6, 2018

Having had high expectations, was actually disappointed overall. While the menu looked interesting, the portion size or the flavours that were presented didn't excite. Also, quite noisy and a group of 4 had difficulty hearing each other.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Wonderful food. Service has some work to measure up to the food.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on January 4, 2018

Excellent food and wine service good overall but a little slow to bring Children’s meals, which can raise child parent and so staff anxiety levels. Overall an excellent experience however

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Cozy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We booked 2 months in advance for New Year's Eve for the second year in a row. It was amazing as usual and expected. We will definitely be booking again for next year as well as dining again during the year as many times as we can.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for a Date, Fun, Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on January 1, 2018

My second time here and both times were amazing. The food is creative and incredibly well executed. The service is superb without being stuffy or formal. The wine list is small but well curated and the cocktails are world-class.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Calgary)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Love this place. First time there and it won't be our last. Food is high quality, but the atmosphere is casual. Service staff is amazing.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List, Scenic View, Fun, Tapas, Comfort Food, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Romantic
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The back room is fantastic, beautiful big windows, few tables, it's much more intimate. Very cozy and picture perfect. The decor was very French.

The staff wasn't very friendly, quite rushed. We were seated before most, but they didn't take our orders right away, they took care of other tables before ours.

The food was delicious, looks quite small but is filling. The one thing they should make clear is that when they present those delicious pastries as a starter, it is not free. It does cost $5 or $7 depending on your choice.

Overall it was a very good experience, one thing they can really improve on is service and friendlier staff... people are coming there to eat and enjoy themselves, look like you want to be there too.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Romantic
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food is fabulous and the staff are very attentive yet not obtrusive- they were great with my Mom finding a wine she would like. Highly recommended!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

The food are very good. I like the appetizers of octopus and oyster. For mains, ling cod and pork belly are also nice. We ordered chocolate mouse, marjolaine and yogurt panna cotta as desserts. I like yogurt one the most.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Seating not very nice, not great for intimate occasions for sure. Food presentation nice but value pretty cheeky and food not fantastic but ok. Wouldn’t recommend

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food was beautiful - creative, fresh, well presented and great balance of satisfying flavours.
Our table was excessively noisy, upstairs from the bar. Conversation was impossible without shouting at each other.
The service was terrible. Our server was ill-I formed and completely uninterested. We did notice other servers around us seems much more interested in their work, so presumably we were just unlucky.
Our bill was almost $600 and we would have happily spent the money for our special occasion dinner, and often do for special events, but this experience was a real disappointment. Could not recommend it, given some of the other restaurants on offer in Vancouver.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Avoid this restaurant at all costs. The food is possibly the worst I’ve ever had at any restaurant and the service is...words can’t describe how bad it is.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Had a wonderful experience here over the holiday season. Incredible food and the service was outstanding.

Tags: Romantic, Seasonal, Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 23, 2017

Great service, informed staff and wonderful food. We went to the restaurant for 3 graduations and loved the setting. We will return.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Amazing food best food i ever ate, great presentation, impeccable service ,they never missed a step, memorable night out

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 20, 2017

I thought the food was well prepared and looked wonderful. But there was this reoccurring pickle/vinegar flavor in almost every dish (we tried 6). It's obvious it's a flavour the chef loves, but maybe not in every dish.. that said, great looking place, good service.

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·Dined on December 19, 2017

We had a great time right from the start the staff was amazing. We felt very welcomed and we're treated with the utmost respect and kindness. We found that all the staff were pleasant and attentive. It was an important date for me the lady I brought is very important to me. It had a very warm atmosphere and very much suited what I was looking for that evening. My thanks to the staff for helping me make my date a success if you know what I mean... ;-)

Tags: Good for Anniversaries
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent brunch food especially house-made pastries and pancakes.
Wish they had a proper coffee maching.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Brunch here was great. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Of particular note was sort of a riff on lox and bagels, using a potato flatbread instead. Probably one of the better breakfast dishes I have ever had. If it is on the menu the next time I am in Vancouver, I will order it.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We had an amazing experience at L'abattoir. The hospitality was warm and welcoming, the wine pairing on point & the meals extremely tasty. We'll be back - thank you!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Was surprised to see two veal dishes on the menu. Had I bothered to look at the menu before booking, I would have considered going elsewhere.

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Incredible service and food.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 10, 2017

It was a perfect brunch day and we were not disappointed with our choice. We were met warmly at the door and quickly escorted to our table where we were treated to a glass of sparkling wine because it was our anniversary. Our server was knowledgeable and accommodating. We appreciated the extra insight as well as the gracious service. Highly recommend!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2017

Food is always on point but the staff are abrupt and lack some social graces

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food and service was outstanding. Tried a few appetizers and various mains - the duck, the steak, and the lamb and was impressed was everything. The desserts were underwhelming compared to the rest of the food though.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 5, 2017

We had an amazing time for our anniversary. Service was excellent. The wine list was stellar. The food was unreal - the new octopus dish is to die for and we are still talking about it. Being from Whistler we recommend so many Vancouver restaurants to our colleagues and friends (clients & guests too!) and yours is now at the top of the list. Keep up the amazing work and thank you so much for a memorable evening!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Loved the brunch menu. Great options and our group ordered a number of different dishes. All the food came came out at the same time, and we all enjoyed our choices.

Would definitely recommend the restaurant to friends.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Chef has some really nice dishes here. We tried the octopus and the arctic chard. Both were delicious and unique.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great room, amazing service and the food was outstanding.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great music

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·Dined on November 26, 2017

It’s really good! The food is so yummy!

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 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

BRUNCH WAS VERY GOOD BUT WOULD BE NICE TO GET STRONGER COFFEE. NO AMERICANO AVAILABLE & REGULAR COFFEE WASN'T GREAT

Tags: Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients
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vip
 (Vancouver)·Dined on November 20, 2017

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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