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“L'abattoir Means Slaughterhouse, but Go for the Seafood”

L'Abattoir Restaurant
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Ranked #79 of 3,995 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Gastown
Cross street: Cordova Street
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.
Reviewed April 15, 2012

This place was recommended by the waiter at r.tl... A nice touch I thought. It didn't disappoint. It's in Gastown, and there's tons of atmosphere both inside and out.

The service was really great. The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful. The chefs bring the plates to the table themselves and take the time to describe each detail. Pretty cool.

We split the sweetbreads with veal tongue appetizer. This was one of the few homages to the slaughterhouse past on the current menu. Very light and nicely balanced. I had a red snapper dish. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't spectacular. My partner's halibut was light, perfectly prepared, and paired nicely with pasta and other accompaniments.

For dessert we chose pain perdue because the table next to us had ordered it...even better than it looked.

The restaurant was booked the first night we stopped by, but they graciously directed us to other options. We made a reservation for the next night and noted in our conversation that my birthday was coming. :-)

Again... The atmosphere, wonderfully friendly staff, and some original dishes make this a great choice.

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Reviewed April 3, 2012

This restaurant, while expensive, offers many delicious treats on it menu. The food is presented in a very attractive fashion. I would return, but would likely do so only for a special occasion.

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Reviewed April 1, 2012

The plates looked spectacular. Crab with chickpea toast was a creative presentation -- a toast cylinder, but crab lacked flavor. Fois gras parfait was very good with candied sunflower seeds and slices of apple. But no toast, bread or crackers. Hard to eat, but scrapped every bit out of the dish with knife and fork. Squab was the daily special, served with East Indian touches and duck breast with croquettes of duck leg were both served at room temperature. After mentioning that to waitstaff, duck was taken off the bill. Room temperature or not, entrees were tasty. Bar is good with small but decent list of wines by the glass.

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Reviewed April 1, 2012

If you are in Vancouver, and looking for the best place to eat.....L'Abattoir is it. I can't wait to go back to Vancouver to have the pleasure of eating there again... Don't miss that chance... If you are visiting for a week, I suggest you go at the beginning of your vacation, because I'm convinced you will want to return before your vacation ends.
Enjoy Vancouver and L'Abattoir.

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Reviewed March 25, 2012

Visiting from out of town on business, a gropof us were looking for a place for dinner in the Gastown to Yaletown area. A local colleague suggested L'Abattoir so we thought we'd give it a try. We were considering another Gastown option as well, so checked the window menu for both. L'Abattoir's menu was very limited (handful of mains only) and the descriptors were decidedly 'out there' with unusual cuts and preparations. From the initial reactions, this probably wouldn't have been our first choice - but the other restaurant was a few blocks away, it was cold, and we were hungry, so L'Abattoir it was. So very glad - group all agreed it may have been the best restaurant meal they had ever eaten.

Fabulous re-use of an old building, the interior decor was quite something. Amazing creative use of varying levels and narrow space. Service top notch in every respect - could not have been better. We were well taken care of every minute and felt like our presence as customers was really appreciated - almost like we were the only patrons there, although it was full and they barely had space to accommodate us as walk-ins. Hint: reservations strngly recommended!

The food - words cannot adequately describe. Every mouthful, every morsel was delectable. Each of the four of us had something different so we shared bites - each dish just as amazing as the last. Drins, appetizers, mains, dessert - each a unique work of art from colors, unusual combinations, presentation and taste. Total top notch in every respect.

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