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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
10:00 am - 2:00 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: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer
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 Owner / Operator 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 Alex Thornley's eclectic wine program and Bar Manager William Johnson's 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
Great Anniversary dinner with great friends

We were three couples celebrating our wedding anniversaries (15, 18 and 19 years respectively). Generally we are not fans of French food but our friends had gone to the trouble to choose and book the restaurant so we decided to step out of our comfort zone and give it a try. It was a balmy... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 4, 2015
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Burnaby, BC
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Burnaby, BC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 NEW

We were three couples celebrating our wedding anniversaries (15, 18 and 19 years respectively). Generally we are not fans of French food but our friends had gone to the trouble to choose and book the restaurant so we decided to step out of our comfort zone and give it a try. It was a balmy August evening and we started... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

This place has an awesome vibe. It's hip and in a cool neighborhood. We tried a few different dishes and everything was very good and interesting. Great fun place to try.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Smooth reception in a very busy place, at 06:15p. Shared a heirloom tomato salad (with a simple, divine dressing) as appetizer, and took the mains suggestion: rockfish fillet with grilled caulifour and capers. Simply outstanding. No desert taken (but they looked delicious !). Good wine selection although lacking in BC choice. Flawless service and very reasonable prices for this level... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Drinks, food and service were all good. I would have liked a bit more room, though. We were in the back and it was a bit like sardines in a can.

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Kamloops, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

We stopped in without a reservation and not only got a table, but one with a birds-eye view of the bar. Our server was great, definitely paying attention without feeling that he was intrusive. Food was very good. Heirloom tomatoes, ling cod were great very good. Sole was replaced with rock fish, which with the gnocchi and lobster mushrooms was... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Beautiful location and building. Food was quite good and the wine list was excellent. They have a separate building in the back to house larger groups/events.

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I have been here several times both on business and pleasure. It has never disappointed. The last time I went for a business meal with another foodie and we were both very impressed with the food. I had a foie gras starter and it was very good, which is saying a lot for a Vancouver restaurant....it's hard to find good... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Excellent fresh and trendy cuisine in a very fashionable and upbeat neighboorhood. Always full, so best to book welll ahead.

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Bay Area, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Wonderful food and an extremely knowledgeable waitstaff in this boutique restaurant that strives to be a cut above the rest in Vancouver. From the moment we sat down til the last delicious spoonful of the heavenly dessert - this place was delightful. Unlike the highly touted Farmer's apprentice restaurant, this place. Actually seems to care about the customer, the food,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Unique food, on the expensive side. While enjoyable, I think there are many options in Gastown area equal in quality.

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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 Owner / Operator 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 Alex Thornley's eclectic wine program and Bar Manager William Johnson's 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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