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L'Abattoir Restaurant
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Ranked #36 of 3,811 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $30
Cuisines: French, Contemporary
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, 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.
Los Angeles, California
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“As good as the rating suggest!”
Reviewed June 10, 2013

Party of 4 had dinner here. Had several cocktails, all were very good. Ordered 3 appetizers, 3 entrees and 3 deserts to share. Food portions were on the large side and thus was plenty of food for us. Had wines by the glass, nothing really spectacular. Wines by the bottle had very high mark ups. Highly recommended!

  • Visited June 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Outstanding food, but service a bit hit and miss”
Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

This is an excellent restaurant, serving high quality food. Our main courses were excellent - interesting, beautifully presented, expertly cooked. However, our starters were delayed, spoiling the overall experience. Servers were helpful and friendly, and knowledgeable about the food and wine. It's got a great atmosphere, and a real buzz. Maybe we were just unlucky with the starters. I'd definitely go again.

Visited May 2013
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Calgary, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
“Delicious Food, Great Atmosphere”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

My Boyfriend booked this restaurant as a surprise for our anniversary. It did not disappoint. We were greeted by a lovely hostess who showed us to our table (one in an alcove as we had asked for somewhere slightly quieter). We were introduced to our waiter and given menus. We were then given complementary glasses of champagne as they were aware it was our anniversary. Very nice of them!

We had starters, mains and dessert each, and all of them were delicious. The chickpea and pea samosa was great, scallops and pork belly and the lemon tart were all divine. There was a great atmosphere here.

This place isnt too fancy, the staff are friendly and knowledgeable, and the menu is very reasonably priced (we have spent more in other places and not enjoyed it half as much as here). There is also a bar if you dont want to eat (although you'd be missing out). It was ranked at #2 in Vancouver on Trip advisor when it was booked, but but by the time we arrived it was at #1, and I totally understand why.

  • Visited May 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Delicious unique dishes, trendy location”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

One of my favourite restaurants in the world. The setting is great, right in Gastown - very trendy. It caters to the younger crowd, but the atmosphere of the place is relaxed and it just has a good vibe overall.
The food and drinks and top notch. The cocktails are very good, a must try, and the wine list was good as well.
There is a lot of meat, so this is a great place for meat lovers who are adventurous and not afraid to try unique foods, which are cooked to perfection. I had the veal sweetbreads with tongue for the appetizer and the pork shoulder cooked in milk for the entree. Both were absolutely divine.
The bread basket was also delicious!!!!

The service was very good, the waiters were attentive, knowledgeable and super friendly - probably the best service we have had in a long time.

The wait for the food was not long at all, and the price was better tahn expected.

Will visit again for sure!!

  • Visited May 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good wine selection”
Reviewed May 27, 2013 via mobile

Nice food, excellent service and good wine selection. I think the wine selection speaks a lot of the quality of the place and in this case I had an outstanding rosé from liban and an excellent côtes du rhône that suited perfectly with my dishes. Thank you!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Pgalindos
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