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L'Abattoir Restaurant

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European, Canadian, Gluten Free Options, French, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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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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Palo Alto, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This was a fabulous find, and my partner (who prefers to be known as Greta), who is a tough critic, loved it. We started with the tomato-nectarine salad for Greta, the grilled octopus for your reviewer, and went on to the ling cod and the smoked duck breast for the main course, followed by the chocolate cremeux desert. This was... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant had such high accolades that I chose it for my wedding anniversary dinner. I made the reservation online and mentioned this asking for a special table. When we arrived no mention was made of my request and we were seated near a large table that included kids and the servers station. My husband hates when I complain so... More 

Thank likestoeat53
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

One of my faves in gastown. Service is excellent and the food is wonderful among many interesting cocktails to start the evening.

Thank bengZ5533ST
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Really fantastic place in Gastown, located about 5 minutes from the Pan Pacific/Convention centre. The food is really fantastic (we had the oysters, scallops, duck among others) with a Canadian Riesling (dry). The staff were very accommodating- we had an extra (5) on a 4 person table- and we felt no pressure to move on for the next batch of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is one of my favourite places in Vancouver to go to when I'm feeling like I want to be surprised. The menu is not huge but it changes often and the food is totally gourmet. They make things I would never think of and the combination of tastes is delightful. The decor and ambiance is lovely and the staff... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was surprised with the limited menu offering when it is supposed to be a fine dining restaurant. Anyways everything we ordered was warm as opposed to piping hot. The scallop, pork, sweetbread and even pasta ???? I hate warm pasta but whatever, or should I tell them to microwave for me ? the sweetbread was tasty but chewy and... More 

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Brantford, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Extensive and innovative menu. Delicious food and knowledgeable staff. Unusual ambiance -- a restaurant in what looked like used to be a factory or back alley.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

One extremely average restaurant ... Vancouver has so many good restaurants. Go somewhere else: weak wine list, food is not particularly well cooked ( while I like some creativity into the dishes), and the service is average.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Located in the touristy Gastown, two blocks from the Waterfront Skytrain station. The walk from China town to Gastown was quite seedy. We enjoyed our experience at L'Abattoir. Restaurant ambiance and the food (between traditional and modern french) was good. Our server was friendly and efficient, but I found some general staffs were a bit unnecessarily superficial. Dinner for two,... More 

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Stalbridge, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our hotel booked us a table here on Saturday. It was pretty busy to be honest. We sat on a really poky table for 2 in a long line. You literally couldn't squeeze between your table or the next to get to the bathroom, without needing to ask the other table to move over a little (I'll say we are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $30
European, Canadian, Gluten Free Options, French, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Private Dining, Waitstaff, Free Wifi
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic, Business meetings, 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.