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L'Abattoir Restaurant

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French, European, Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
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217 Carrall St | GASTOWN, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J2, Canada (Cordova Street)
+1 604-568-1701
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Aarhus, Denmark
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I am quite difficult to impress with food, and when I had the starter (squash) I thought it was nice and balanced but not outstanding. And then I had braised neck of lamb: it's incredibly difficult to describe how divine an experience it's been. Perfectly braised, incredibly tender, slightly crunchy on the outside and a huge journey of flavours all... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Small restaurant with great food. Menu is somewhat restricted but the taste of the food and service are excellent.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

food was good, not great. Attentive service. Upscale menu and food prep - which made it nice. nice appetizers and chef's specials.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The place has a true European vibe and the food is pretty exquisite for the price range. Steak was cooked to perfection but lacking the flavour burst expected from a fine dining restaurant. The lamb neck was phenomenal with all the flavors of the east and perfect crust and texture. The oysters were some of the best I've had in... More 

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Cambridge, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We honestly couldn't have asked for a better experience. From start to finish, through all the planning and on the day of the event, the staff of L'Abattoir were very hands on, professional and accommodating. We enjoyed a 3 course dinner menu, with canapes served during the cocktail hour. This was not your typical set menu that we have all... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Reservation was made, we arrived a bit earlier, however we had to wait 10 more minutes in order to have our table. In order to wait we had two drinks at the bar: Rasberry Lemon and Donald Drapper. I expected to be a bit dressier , so we felt overdressed for the venue, people were dressed casual. Food: Steak and... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this restaurant based on other people's reviews. Nice small bar that whips up creative drinks. We ordered Salmon Crudo that was delicious. We both had Venison chops that were also delicious but we could have shared our dinner. Clos Pegase Cab Franc complemented our dinner. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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Wayne, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a reservation and were promptly seated, albeit in a pretty tight dining area. Service by Cora was congenial and professional. My wife wasn't all that hungry and didn't get a starter. I, on the other hand, ordered the evening special--a venison chop. Fabulous and it seriously bordered on a main course in size. My wife ordered the Rockfish... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was not overly impressed with the cuisine or preparations. Service was Ok, but the food was not what I had hoped for or expected. This restaurant is very highly rated and well recommended by the locals, but I did not experience the joy. We had a meat and fish entrees and they were good, but not what I expected.... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely dinner at L'Abbatoir - it's a bit packed in, but the service was attentive and the food was universally excellent. Highly recommend the baked oysters to start and the sublime duck as a main course.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$20 - $30
French, European, Canadian, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Private Dining, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 217 Carrall St | GASTOWN, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J2, Canada
    (Cordova Street)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Gastown
  • Neighborhood: Gastown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-568-1701
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 Wine Director Lisa Haley's eclectic wine program and Bar Manager Thor Paulson'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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Staying in Gastown

Neighborhood Profile
A visit to Gastown is like turning back the clock and stepping into a bygone era. With the distinction of being Vancouver's oldest neighborhood, the many plaques that stud the cobbled streets of Gastown tell the story of its colorful past, giving Vancouver's history a more lively presence here than anywhere else. Having been originally founded around a popular worker's saloon, it's no wonder that today some of Vancouver's best micro-breweries, creative cocktail joints, and corner bars can be found in this area. Classical charm suffuses its many vintage boutiques and the brick-built structures that an army of creative professionals call home.
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