L'Abattoir Restaurant

4.6
2389 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
Reviews from verified diners
2,389 reviews
4.6 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
68%
Very Good
22%
Good
8%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.5
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

3 star restaurant with 4 star pricing. Good for casual lunch/drinks. I don’t recommend for a nice dinner. More casual

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

Always an exceptional experience. I can't wait to go back.

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Vancouver
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At the edge French culinary savoir faire with West Coast fusion. A perfect dining experience hard to parallel anywhere.

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MH
Vancouver
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a fantastic brunch at L'Abattoir. Our server was excellent and the food was delicious and well presented. I would request the back section in the future on a nice day as it's very cozy compared to upstairs which is a bit cavernous. The hostess didn't seem to want to be there. She probably shouldn't have been the person greeting but giving her the benefit of the doubt - Maybe she's been out a bit too late on Friday night. ;-)

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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a wonderful experience. The server was very attentive and patient.

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L
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

On a girlfriends trip to Vancouver we decided to have dinner at L'Abattoir. The food did not disappoint. We started with the albacore tuna tartare, it was amazing. This appetizer is a must. Our entrees were the Halibut and Roast Duck with Orange and Lavender. The halibut was made perfectly where it fell apart like butter when the fork touched it. The duck was also cooked just right with some pink and not chewy. We were also given a bread basket which came with a few different types. All were excellent.

For a drink I ordered the Guacamole Gimlet which was outstanding. It had a little kick to it, but also was very refreshing. I expected it to be creamer, but I was pleasantly surprised to find it on the lighter side.

The service was good. They were on top of keeping our water glasses full and checking in on us. However, when I asked to be given a bit more information on how certain dishes were cooked our waitress seemed stumped on how to answer.

The main reason I am not giving L' Abattoir 5 stars is because of where we were seated. I thought about giving a 3 star rating, but the food was truly great and I didn't want to deter anyone from eating here. The downstairs seating is located at the end of a long hallway in a room that opens up to what feels like an outside patio due to its large windows that face out to an alley. The ambiance is welcoming and not pretentious. At first I was pleased with our seating arrangement, but once we were seated at the very last table before the restrooms I soon found out that we had the worst table in the room. The odors from the restrooms did not take long to reach us. I believe all that would be needed to fix the problem are some air fresheners and/or a strong scented candles. The very last thing you want is a bad smell while you are trying to eat. The best would be to have a large candle located in the hallway outside the bathrooms.

Enjoy your meal!

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

On multiple occasions, we have found that the food is not served hot.

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H
Calgary
62 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my first time dining here and it was an amazing experience! I really liked that the ambiance wasn't overly fancy and yet the food was elevated.

I had a wonderful dining experience from the food to the service to the ambiance ....and I have not had an all around amazing experience like this in a long time!

The tuna tartare was delicious, their scallops with broccoli risotto is a must order, and the duck was one of the best I have ever had.

It is definitely a splurge to dine here but the overall experience was top notch. I would come back for special occasions.

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D
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant and Amazing as usual! We had our wedding at L’Abattoir and plan to have more special moments there!
The food, drinks, service and ambiance is definitely one of the best dining experiences in Vancouver

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OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service and atmosphere.

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HL
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Nice ambience, great plates, and the staff were helpful and polished in proper serving etiquette. The wine list is quite extensive, with multiple price points depending on your tastes... We ended up asking our server to pair glasses with our dishes, and she did an excellent job (it ended up being cheaper than the average bottle, and paired/progressed well with our food). I'd definitely go back for special occasions with my wife, or a small party (4-6).

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Noise level was a bit high but that was due to another groups celebrations. The service was great. Very knowledgeable of their menu and of their wines. Duck was a bit under and the chocolate dessert had an issue with the berries but the oysters, scallops, sweetbreads and cod dishes were outstanding.

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E
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was delicious and service impeccable, as always. What I don't understand is why, on a slow night (the room was less than half full), diners are seated smack next to each other at tables so close together you cannot have a proper private conversation. So bizarre.

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EM
Chicago
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

La carte est courte mais variée. Service impeccable.

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g
Hawaii
80 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My friends and tried this somewhat eclectic restaurant for dinner...we tried the horse tartare (excellent though I would have preferred toast points instead of potato chips) and bone marrow (divine) though I would pass on the sherry shots the next time; I had the saddle of rabbit (simply delicious); a friend had the game lasagna (this was strange...more like a crispy rolled taco)... so so....very loud music and quite dark...our waiter was often absent for long stretches so I would rate service so so... still, I would recommend this venue, mainly for drinks and appetizers at happy hour...then it becomes "a deal".

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M
New England
6 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Not sure what all the hype is about this place. Food was tasteless, only flavor dominant was butter in both the salmon and halibut dishes. No side dishes from which to choose to accompany your meal. Extremely dissatisfying and disappointed in my experience.

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S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant in a great neighborhood in Vancouver!

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GT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

The food was overpriced and not great. If there's one thing restaurants should never do, and that's to serve food that is warm. It's disappointing that this restaurant's standard has dropped significantly. This was my 3rd visit and will be my last as I will not be coming back to a sub-par location when there are better and more competitive-priced restaurants serving similar cuisine in the city.

There were flies or insects flying around the dining area as we dine and that was a complete turn-off as well.

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JL
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great space and delicious food

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OT
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can’t go wrong eating here.

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RC
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelent food, service and ambiance! I’m not a big fan of desserts but the apricot with the wine pairing was awesome. A bit pricey but worth the visit.

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g
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Really tasty options.

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E
Hong Kong
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic experience — from the baked oysters to the duck to the steak!

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MJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an exceptional dinner. The food and service were great.

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and cool vibe. Service was top notch and they accommodated my vegan meal preferences with enthusiasm! Will certainly be back!

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TP
Seattle
20 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I could not imagine a better dining experience: low key ambiance coupled with fantastic food, with every single preparation just top notch. They don’t go out of their way on the menu to make the stuff sound spectacular, but they just make very simple things really taste great. The baked oysters were especially terrific.

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j
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic all round. Great cocktails. Great service. Excellent wine recommendations. Food was top notch.

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MR
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

It was delicious! . They were very accommodating when we had an extra party join us last minute! A bit hot upstairs though

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JS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Late (1:30) “brunch”, partner loves the eggs benny, sabayon was light and fresh, house made muffin and nice Canadian bacon. My ricotta pancakes (side sausage) were odd, one pancake burnt, the quince butter had a bitter aftertaste (or was that the burnt pancake?), and overall too sweet, glad I had the salty and nice homemade sausage to offset. No Caesars so had their “Blood Alley” (Mary), would have preferred a Caesar. A little more $ than your average brunch but overall OK, will return for dinner next time.

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OT
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Not pleased with my experience at all. The place was crowded and hot. The food portions were small and not tasty at all. Service was just so-so. Very disappointed.

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B
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, chic ambience and attentive service!

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B
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We go to L'Abattoir pretty much every time we go to Vancouver. The food is always excellent and inventive. The cocktails are fun and well made. We will return the next time we go to Vancouver.

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MP
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner with a group of friends. The food was fresh and delightfully prepared and presented.

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MM
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The service wasn't as good as I thought it would be considering the pricing. Our server wasn't very friendly and welcoming - seemed bored. The toast for my sweetbreads was burnt but replaced fairly quickly. All the other food was very good. The sommelier did a very good job and provided very good customer service. The special occasion was not acknowledged which I thought was odd. Why was that question asked when the reservation was made?

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DD
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Very disappointed that the food was not served hot and was over priced. We were there as a result of a strong recommendation from a family member to celebrate our anniversary. I can truly say that this was the worst experience we have had on our special day.

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OT
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 2

The oysters are amazing, but the seating was way too cramped. People next to us knocked over our bread bowl as they were trying to get to their seats.

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p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Disappointed as we heard and read great things about this restaurant so our expectations were high. Service was outstanding. Limited menu and choices unexciting. Baked oysters the highlight. Duck, salad, and halibut ok. Duck would have been better if I didn’t find a hair in my egg roll. Really impacted my whole dinner.

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OT
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fantastic meal. You can’t go wrong here.

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S
Vancouver
11 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Brunch is amazing

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AS
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fantastic meal combined with a fantistic atmosphere. A true must-go restaurant

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