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L'Abattoir Restaurant

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$$$
French, Contemporary
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217 Carrall Street | GASTOWN, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J2, Canada (Cordova Street)
+1 604-568-1701
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5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: L'Abattoir is located in the center of Gastown between historic Gaoler's...
L'Abattoir is located in the center of Gastown between historic Gaoler's Mews and Blood Alley. The restaurant was built in the 19th century and is the site of Vancouver's first jail. 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 that combines classic French tile work with industrial fixtures, natural wood, and glass and steel finishes, the restaurant offers a bar and lounge setting, elevated dining room and plush, sun soaked atrium. Chef Lee Cooper and General Manager Paul Grunberg are dedicated to highlighting the finer points of eating and drinking in L'Abattoir's informed but informal setting. French influenced West Coast fare is paired with Sommelier Robert Herman's eclectic wine program and Barman Sean Layton's innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience. Originally offering an evenings-only menu, L'Abattoir is now open for lunch during the week. From Monday to Friday between 11:30am-2:00pm a simple and elegant menu has been crafted to please afternoon appetites, featuring classic and clean flavours that characterize L'Abattoir's nightly fare. Behind the bar, Shaun Layton has designed new cocktail creations to compliment lunchtime dining. Lunch aside, L'Abattoir is also pleased to announce the debut of their private dining room. The 1,200 sq ft. Facility features historical architectural elements complimented by a contemporary design aesthetic. While large enough for 50 people seated or 80 standing, the room retains an intimate ambiance and a noise-reducing barrier blocks out the hustle and bustle of the regular dining room.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Favourite Brunch Place

Having lived in Vancouver most of life and always searching for the next best brunch place, I would rank L'abattoir as the best brunch places. The decor is simple yet chic with a rustic feel to it. The servers are always friendly and the food is consistently impeccable. The items on the menu... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
teresa_asa
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Shanghai, China
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Shanghai, China
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Having lived in Vancouver most of life and always searching for the next best brunch place, I would rank L'abattoir as the best brunch places. The decor is simple yet chic with a rustic feel to it. The servers are always friendly and the food is consistently impeccable. The items on the menu changes from time to time but I... More 

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Lahaina, Hawaii
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

What an amazing meal, every bite delicious . never had a better meal and the service was excellent. the oysters we're absolutely devine . the halibut and Meyer lemon marmalade wow

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Vancouver, Canada
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

After hearing rave reviews and several recommendations to go , We finally had time to check it out .. We were also lucky to get a table last minute .. The room has a fantastic airy feel to it , The service was great , The prices were high ... The food was overall good , but , difficult to... More 

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Fareham, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015 via mobile

I eat twice at the restaurant in March 2015. The menus are challenging but rewarding and as a hight end restaurant value for money. I sat at the bar the first time by myself and the staff were engaging and friendly, I stuck to the excellent cocktail menus rather than wine which in the end produced the same bang for... More 

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Victoria
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2015

A great place for a drink and a meal. Wonderful location in Gastown. Really nice feel to the restaurant - very open with the upstairs balcony seating overlooking the bar. Fantastic drink menu and innovative bar staff. Incredibly attentive staff. Lots of staff but not overly obtrusive. Some reviews think so, but it's a nice change from other places with... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Ambiance and scene is terrific, space is abound with energy, vibrant conversation and eyes of the Vancouver scenesters darting around the room. Course meal was dynamic and very veggie friendly. Wine pairing was spot on course to course. Our only complaint was the arrogance of the wait staff. Maybe just the night and fact of typical annoyance of 'restaurant week',... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We lived basically upstairs from L'Abattoir from the day it opened until the day we moved to Seattle. The food is maybe a bit overwrought? But it's delicious and well presented and the service is stellar. The cocktails here are second to none - spend an evening at the bar with Mr. Layton behind it and get to know your... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Food was excellent! I had the octopus as an appetizer and then the duck breast as a main course. Both the octopus and the duck were cooked to perfection. What I liked the most was the original combination of flavours that actually complemented the main proteins. Great service too. Atmosphere was also great - smart casual urban chick. One thing... More 

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Calgary, Canada
Top Contributor
126 reviews 126 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This restaurant was amazing. The service was incredible, as was the food. Our meal began with the usual bread basket, except there was nothing usual about this bread. It was all delicious and had been made fresh in the restaurant. We shared the day's special appetizer, a tasty salad. I couldn't decide what to order so chose 2 of the... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Excellent service and presentation of meals with mostly meat items but the scallops were delicious and tender.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 217 Carrall Street | GASTOWN, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J2, Canada
    (Cordova Street)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver
  • Phone Number: +1 604-568-1701

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Cuisine: French, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

L'Abattoir is located in the center of Gastown between historic Gaoler's Mews and Blood Alley. The restaurant was built in the 19th century and is the site of Vancouver's first jail. 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 that combines classic French tile work with industrial fixtures, natural wood, and glass and steel finishes, the restaurant offers a bar and lounge setting, elevated dining room and plush, sun soaked atrium. Chef Lee Cooper and General Manager Paul Grunberg are dedicated to highlighting the finer points of eating and drinking in L'Abattoir's informed but informal setting. French influenced West Coast fare is paired with Sommelier Robert Herman's eclectic wine program and Barman Sean Layton's innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience. Originally offering an evenings-only menu, L'Abattoir is now open for lunch during the week. From Monday to Friday between 11:30am-2:00pm a simple and elegant menu has been crafted to please afternoon appetites, featuring classic and clean flavours that characterize L'Abattoir's nightly fare. Behind the bar, Shaun Layton has designed new cocktail creations to compliment lunchtime dining. Lunch aside, L'Abattoir is also pleased to announce the debut of their private dining room. The 1,200 sq ft. Facility features historical architectural elements complimented by a contemporary design aesthetic. While large enough for 50 people seated or 80 standing, the room retains an intimate ambiance and a noise-reducing barrier blocks out the hustle and bustle of the regular dining room.
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?