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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 - 10:30 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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
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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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
Small but great

We had a business dinner and we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. I definitely would go again ! Especially for the port chocs.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
Frederic L
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Cerfontaine, Belgium
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Cerfontaine, Belgium
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

We had a business dinner and we really enjoyed the food and atmosphere. I definitely would go again ! Especially for the port chocs.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

very good food .........loved the cocktails .....the trout is perfect....very good service..... allways a good atmosphere

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Seattle
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 NEW

We were expecting this restaurant to be a bit more on the "formal side" and found it actually to be more dressy casual. The food was very flavorful with a bit of a creative twist. For a starter, we had the fried oysters and they were AMAZING. I could have had another order but they were very rich. I had... More 

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seatte
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

This was our first stop on a birthday celebration weekend--we sought it out for both food and cocktail menu. Space is well designed and comfortable--albeit a bit loud at times during the peak of service. Menu was wide-ranging and we tried many small plates--but at times I felt it tried a little too hard to be spectacular in style and... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

It was our first time here and we were pleasantly surprised with the ambiance of the restaurant and the attentive and pleasant staff. We were told that L'Abattoir had the best cocktails in town and we were not disappointed. The entrees were beautifully presented and well portioned. 4 cocktails, appetizers, entrees and a shared dessert later, we were fully sated!... More 

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Steveston, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Nice place but very busy and noisy, hard to hear the person next to you speaking. The food was very good but the portions were so small. Same for desserts, delicious but teeny tiny. We were so hungry on the way home, we had to stop for a burger. Very expensive for what you get, much better value in town... More 

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Vancouver BC
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154 reviews 154 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
316 helpful votes 316 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

The place has received high acclaim since opening, but it took me a long time to get there. The historic site adds to Gastown. It has uneven floors, a sit-up bar, a glass backroom and foregoes the elegance of white linen tablecloths. I didn't try their famous cocktails and chose from their wine list. You have the option to pay... More 

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Miami, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

Located in a historic building in the Gastown area, this excellent restaurant offers creative food and drinks with global character...the coctail menu is delightful, the food is colorful and delicious. Great environment, from the service to the place itself.

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Richmond, Canada
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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

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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82 reviews 82 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

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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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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