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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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  • 201
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    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 2
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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
Most recent review
Restaurant Week Bop in!

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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20 reviews 20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

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
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

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
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126 reviews 126 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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Calgary
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175 reviews 175 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

We went as a group after a business meeting and were actually seated in their 'group' area which is a few steps down the alley from the main resto. I had checked the menu before going and saw (as expected with a resto so named) that there were no vegetarian items. I called and they advised a special menu had... More 

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went to this lovely place for a $38 Dine Out Vancouver dinner. The interior décor is very intimate and simple, but it would be much better with a small bud vase and a candle on each table. The service is quick, friendly and professional. The food - oh, the food! - is where this place really... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Small place, very hip, and there's a reason to wait for a chance to eat here. The cocktails are good but the food is a unique experience. I was lucky enough to get a table during the Vancouver restaurant week, or whatever they call it, and had one of the best meals of my life. Not only was the food... More 

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Vancouver
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We have been wanting to go to L' Abattoir for some time, but finally got an opportunity this year for Dine-Out. Everything was fantastic. Between my boyfriend and I, we had baked oysters, duck ravioli, tuna tartar, lamb and ling cod. By far the best item was the smoked ling cod with cauliflower risotto (a great way to get your... More 

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San Francisco, California
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54 reviews 54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This restaurant was on my list of places to eat at when I first visited Vancouver, but with so many dining options, I never made it here. I made a point to eat here while in town on a recent business trip. Since I was traveling alone, I elected to eat at the bar. The bartender was very friendly and... 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 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?