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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 an innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience. L'Abattoir adds to Gastown's bustling breakfast scene with a menu mixing comforting staples with hearty, unique entrees. Thirsty brunchers can sip on creative cocktails, as well as daily feature vermouth on the rocks. Non-alcoholic options include daily bottled house made iced teas. Just adjacent to L'Abattoir's regular dining room is the restaurant's stunning new private dining facility. The 1,200 sq ft. Facility features historical architectural elements complimented by a contemporary design aesthetic. While large enough for 50 people seated or 70 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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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
Outstanding Food & Drinks

The food here is outstanding if you have an appreciation for good food. I was told they are quite well known for their cocktail menu which lived up to its reputation. Make sure you have one of their special cocktails before dinner. While there I had the veal sweatbreads for an appetizer and the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 21, 2015
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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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Richmond, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015 NEW

We were 3 to visit L'Abattoir. The service and the ambiance were great, we enjoyed the service and the atmosphere. It was not our first visit. The halibut was a tad over cook while the rack of lamb was good but had a bland taste. Hope it will improve on our next visit.

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The food here is outstanding if you have an appreciation for good food. I was told they are quite well known for their cocktail menu which lived up to its reputation. Make sure you have one of their special cocktails before dinner. While there I had the veal sweatbreads for an appetizer and the bacon wrapped salmon for an entree.... More 

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Surrey, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited L'Abattoir on Saturday night last weekend for our wedding anniversary dinner. We were not disappointed. We tried the duck foie gras and the baked oysters to start the meal. Both dishes were excellent. I enjoyed drinking the "Smoke and Mirrors" beer cocktail at the start of the dinner as well. The first few sips were... More 

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Sammamish, Washington
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The atmosphere of the restaurant is very nice except that the tables are a tad too close together for any privacy. The overall service was very attentive. For the food, I was disappointed and don't understand the reviews. I guess my palate just isn't refined enough to appreciate. The foie gras appetizer was disappointing especially with the sourness of the... More 

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Swakopmund, Namibia
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

don't expect a salad to start and then steak or something to follow. you have to have your 'tastebud ducks' in a row and then you will have a meal of a lifetime great l'minute bread basket... to die for to enjoy on its own great cocktails to start... wine by the glass, great selection

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Richmond, Australia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

This is one of the best meals i had in North America, thank you so very much. The baked oysters were absolutely delicious and the salmon and the lamb dishes were top shelf. These people are good enough to be working in Melbourne. Well done.

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Vancouver, Canada
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34 reviews 34 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Best brunch I've ever had, the poached eggs and scones were to die for!!! Definitely will be back! I have a full review up on my blog.^^ https://dreaminginfoisgras.wordpress.com/2015/04/12/labattoir-vancouver/

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London
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58 reviews 58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Four of us dined here over the weekend and were very pleasantly surprised. Although Gastown is a fab district, there are a lot of unsavoury characters in the vicinity. The service was good, the decor simple and the ambiance relaxed. The meals all round were very well presented and delicious. Two had the steak and two the lamb all were... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

The food was ok, but for the price you can find better in Vancouver. The avocado drink is a good one. The service was good, never had an empty glass. When seated in the atrium you feel a draft of cold air from the front door.

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Shanghai, China
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79 reviews 79 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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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 an innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience. L'Abattoir adds to Gastown's bustling breakfast scene with a menu mixing comforting staples with hearty, unique entrees. Thirsty brunchers can sip on creative cocktails, as well as daily feature vermouth on the rocks. Non-alcoholic options include daily bottled house made iced teas. Just adjacent to L'Abattoir's regular dining room is the restaurant's stunning new private dining facility. The 1,200 sq ft. Facility features historical architectural elements complimented by a contemporary design aesthetic. While large enough for 50 people seated or 70 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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