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L'Abattoir Restaurant

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French, European, Canadian, Contemporary
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217 Carrall St | GASTOWN, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J2, Canada (Cordova Street)
+1 604-568-1701
5:30 pm - 10:30 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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Cambridge, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday 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 4 days 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 1 week 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 1 week 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Sometimes asking a stranger on the street in an unfamiliar town gets a terrific result. Such happened to us in Gastown, Vancouver last evening. When we asked about "an interesting spot to catch a late meal" we were directed to L'Abbatoir - not a spot a tourist might normally stumble into, but packed with local people clearly having a congenial... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the best meals I've had on this trip was at L'abbatoir. Ordered the foie gras torchon, pan-fried sweetbreads and lightly smoked duck breast for the entree. The foie gras torchon was great, sweetbreads was ok- I regret not ordering the baked oysters that my friends were raving about, the duck was to die for. Best duck dish I've... More 

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Roosendaal, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Trendy restaurant which you need to book in advence or - in our case - be lucky if there is a place at the bar. Nice cocktails to start with a fine menu: limited choice but great flavours. Relaxing atmosphere.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food at L'abbatoir was amazing and it was the highlight of our trip to Vancouver in early September. The menu is fairly limited, and with a party of 6, we ordered the entire menu. However, although choices were few, the quality of the food served was amazing. My favorites from this restaurant include the mushroom risotto (so good that... More 

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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
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, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups
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

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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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