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L'Abattoir Restaurant

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$$$
Neighborhood:
Gastown
Canadian, Gluten Free, French, European, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
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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
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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196 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Our evening was flawless. Impeccable service, great food and original yet simple cocktails. This place was recommended to me by a private chef, I was advised to try the oysters and the avocado gimlet and they were indeed amazing. Best meal I ever had in vancouver.

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Thank oribie
Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had steak Diane and the halibut. Both were outstanding. The menu is small but I assume that they focus on doing a few special entrees. The atmosphere was eclectic/urban with brick walls. We were there early but the place filled up quickly for a Tuesday night. Service was prompt without being annoying. Nice pace to the whole meal.

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Van
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I helped my sister plan a quick, low key wedding and had to find a suitable place in a short time frame (3 weeks). Thankfully, L'Abattoir was available and we're so glad they were. The food was excellent, the room was beautiful even before the decorations, and the coordinator that worked with us, Lainey, was fabulous! The day of the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This place has been highly recommended to me and has been written about many times so I decided to try it on my recent food trip in Vancouver. The cocktail list here is very impressive. The atmosphere is quite elegant and sexy but my husband and I found the service to be quite arrogant. Everything was done with a lot... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stumbled upon this restaurant while strolling in Gastown. Son and I went in since it looked like it would be good for drinks and I'm glad we did! The cocktails were amazing and our server made us feel so welcome. They also have the best house-made breads I have ever eaten

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Worcester, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I were disappointed in our dinner. It was overpriced and the pork loin was very fatty. With so many good options in Vancouver, I would suggest going elsewhere.

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Thank Williasp
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Blindly chose this restaurant for a meeting over dinner and it turned out to be a fabulous experience! The staff is so welcoming and friendly, large list of beautiful cocktails, and the food is to die for. 10/10 would recommend if you are craving divine French food.

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Thank Shaina C
New York City, New York
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Gladly surprised with this absolutely understated place, the service was casual and outstanding. The cocktail list was very well put together and the drinks very well executed. We were consistently amazed by the quality and simplicity of the dishes! We had the raw vegetable salad, the oysters (we were told they were the best item in the menu and they... More 

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Thank Anna S
Cincinnati, Ohio
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Located in Gastown, we stumbled on l'abbatoir and were lucky enough to score the last two reservation of the evening. We were not disappointed. Our friendly and knowledgeable server was attentive without "lingering", just right, as one would expect in a restaurant that is serious about its food. We chose a reasonably priced (especially in US$) wine and enjoyed the... More 

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Hoorn, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food, great staff and great cocktails. Do I need to say more? We liked this restaurant so much that after three weeks of holiday we were back in Vancouver to catch a flight back home, we went here for the second time.

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Restaurant Details

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
Average prices
$20 - $30
Cuisine
Canadian, Gluten Free, French, European, Contemporary, Pacific Rim
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations, Waitstaff, Private Dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions
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
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 217 Carrall Street | GASTOWN, Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 2J2, Canada
    (Cordova Street)
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Gastown
  • Neighborhood: Gastown
  • Phone Number: +1 604-568-1701
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 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
Gastown
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.