L'Abattoir Restaurant

4.6
2384 reviews
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CAN$31 to CAN$50
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French
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  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Located in historic Gastown between Gaoler's Mews and Blood Alley, built in the 19th century on the site of Vancouver's first jail and 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 combining classic French tile work with industrial fixtures and natural wood, the restaurant offers a bar and lounge, elevated dining room and a plush, light soaked atrium as well as private dining rooms.
Chef/Owner Lee Cooper is dedicated to highlighting the finer points of eating & drinking in L'Abattoir's informed but informal setting. Service is expertly orchestrated to be unpretentious yet refined by Restaurant Director, Lisa Haley. The French-influenced West Coast fare is paired with Haley's eclectic wine program and the bar team's innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French, Contemporary French, Contemporary French / American
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Hours of Operation
Dinner 7 nights a week
Happy Hour nightly
** Bar seats only 5:30pm- 6:30pm
Sunday - Thursday 5:30pm - 10:00pm
Friday + Saturday 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Bar Open until 12:00am every night
Brunch Saturday + Sunday from 10am-2pm

Dinner and lunch bookings are also available for groups in our private dining room.
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Phone number
(604) 568-1701
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Lee Cooper
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Catering
Please inquire with the Sales and Events team. Contact Lainey & Shannon at 604-559-3011 or events@labattoir.ca
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Neighbourhood
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Cross Street
Cordova Street
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Parking Details
Metered street parking is available nearby on Cordova Street and Alexander Street. Alternatively, a parkade is available directly down the block, at 160 Water Street.
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Public Transit
Waterfront Station is 700 m/ 9 minute walk away.
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Entertainment
Music is lively and eclectic, ranging from hip-hop and r&b to new wave and soul.
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Special Events & Promotions
Please note that we are only able to accommodate guest bookings for a maximum of 6 guests in the restaurant. Please contact us for further details regarding special event inquires at events@labattoir.ca and all larger group bookings for our Private Dining Room.

** No cakes, pastries or other outside product is to be brought into the restaurant.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

L’Abattoir’s Private Dining Room is a carefully orchestrated yet seemingly effortless affair. The private dining facilities are separate from the main restaurant dining room but the décor is an extension of our celebrated brick and beam style, with sleek, industrial glass and steel accents.

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Reviews from verified diners
2,384 reviews
4.6 out of 5 stars
Outstanding
69%
Very Good
21%
Good
8%
Fair
1%
Poor
1%
4.5
Food
4.6
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
3.0Dined 14 hours ago

3 star restaurant with 4 star pricing. Good for casual lunch/drinks. I don’t recommend for a nice dinner. More casual

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

At the edge French culinary savoir faire with West Coast fusion. A perfect dining experience hard to parallel anywhere.

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OT
4.0Dined 3 days ago

On multiple occasions, we have found that the food is not served hot.

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D
5.0Dined 7 days ago

Brilliant and Amazing as usual! We had our wedding at L’Abattoir and plan to have more special moments there!
The food, drinks, service and ambiance is definitely one of the best dining experiences in Vancouver

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OT
5.0Dined on July 9, 2018

Great food, service and atmosphere.

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HL
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Nice ambience, great plates, and the staff were helpful and polished in proper serving etiquette. The wine list is quite extensive, with multiple price points depending on your tastes... We ended up asking our server to pair glasses with our dishes, and she did an excellent job (it ended up being cheaper than the average bottle, and paired/progressed well with our food). I'd definitely go back for special occasions with my wife, or a small party (4-6).

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OT
4.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Noise level was a bit high but that was due to another groups celebrations. The service was great. Very knowledgeable of their menu and of their wines. Duck was a bit under and the chocolate dessert had an issue with the berries but the oysters, scallops, sweetbreads and cod dishes were outstanding.

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E
3.0Dined on July 8, 2018

Food was delicious and service impeccable, as always. What I don't understand is why, on a slow night (the room was less than half full), diners are seated smack next to each other at tables so close together you cannot have a proper private conversation. So bizarre.

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EM
5.0Dined on July 8, 2018

La carte est courte mais variée. Service impeccable.

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g
4.0Dined on July 7, 2018

My friends and tried this somewhat eclectic restaurant for dinner...we tried the horse tartare (excellent though I would have preferred toast points instead of potato chips) and bone marrow (divine) though I would pass on the sherry shots the next time; I had the saddle of rabbit (simply delicious); a friend had the game lasagna (this was strange...more like a crispy rolled taco)... so so....very loud music and quite dark...our waiter was often absent for long stretches so I would rate service so so... still, I would recommend this venue, mainly for drinks and appetizers at happy hour...then it becomes "a deal".

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M
2.0Dined on July 6, 2018

Not sure what all the hype is about this place. Food was tasteless, only flavor dominant was butter in both the salmon and halibut dishes. No side dishes from which to choose to accompany your meal. Extremely dissatisfying and disappointed in my experience.

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S
5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

Excellent restaurant in a great neighborhood in Vancouver!

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GT
2.0Dined on July 2, 2018

The food was overpriced and not great. If there's one thing restaurants should never do, and that's to serve food that is warm. It's disappointing that this restaurant's standard has dropped significantly. This was my 3rd visit and will be my last as I will not be coming back to a sub-par location when there are better and more competitive-priced restaurants serving similar cuisine in the city.

There were flies or insects flying around the dining area as we dine and that was a complete turn-off as well.

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JL
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

great space and delicious food

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OT
5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

You can’t go wrong eating here.

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RC
4.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Excelent food, service and ambiance! I’m not a big fan of desserts but the apricot with the wine pairing was awesome. A bit pricey but worth the visit.

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g
4.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Really tasty options.

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E
5.0Dined on June 29, 2018

Fantastic experience — from the baked oysters to the duck to the steak!

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MJ
5.0Dined on June 28, 2018

This was an exceptional dinner. The food and service were great.

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CS
5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Great food and cool vibe. Service was top notch and they accommodated my vegan meal preferences with enthusiasm! Will certainly be back!

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TP
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

I could not imagine a better dining experience: low key ambiance coupled with fantastic food, with every single preparation just top notch. They don’t go out of their way on the menu to make the stuff sound spectacular, but they just make very simple things really taste great. The baked oysters were especially terrific.

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j
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018

Fantastic all round. Great cocktails. Great service. Excellent wine recommendations. Food was top notch.

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MR
5.0Dined on June 18, 2018

It was delicious! . They were very accommodating when we had an extra party join us last minute! A bit hot upstairs though

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JS
4.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Late (1:30) “brunch”, partner loves the eggs benny, sabayon was light and fresh, house made muffin and nice Canadian bacon. My ricotta pancakes (side sausage) were odd, one pancake burnt, the quince butter had a bitter aftertaste (or was that the burnt pancake?), and overall too sweet, glad I had the salty and nice homemade sausage to offset. No Caesars so had their “Blood Alley” (Mary), would have preferred a Caesar. A little more $ than your average brunch but overall OK, will return for dinner next time.

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OT
1.0Dined on June 17, 2018

Not pleased with my experience at all. The place was crowded and hot. The food portions were small and not tasty at all. Service was just so-so. Very disappointed.

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B
5.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Excellent food, chic ambience and attentive service!

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5.0Dined on June 13, 2018

We go to L'Abattoir pretty much every time we go to Vancouver. The food is always excellent and inventive. The cocktails are fun and well made. We will return the next time we go to Vancouver.

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MP
5.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Had a wonderful dinner with a group of friends. The food was fresh and delightfully prepared and presented.

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MM
3.0Dined on June 10, 2018

The service wasn't as good as I thought it would be considering the pricing. Our server wasn't very friendly and welcoming - seemed bored. The toast for my sweetbreads was burnt but replaced fairly quickly. All the other food was very good. The sommelier did a very good job and provided very good customer service. The special occasion was not acknowledged which I thought was odd. Why was that question asked when the reservation was made?

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DD
1.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Very disappointed that the food was not served hot and was over priced. We were there as a result of a strong recommendation from a family member to celebrate our anniversary. I can truly say that this was the worst experience we have had on our special day.

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OT
4.0Dined on June 4, 2018

The oysters are amazing, but the seating was way too cramped. People next to us knocked over our bread bowl as they were trying to get to their seats.

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3.0Dined on June 4, 2018

Disappointed as we heard and read great things about this restaurant so our expectations were high. Service was outstanding. Limited menu and choices unexciting. Baked oysters the highlight. Duck, salad, and halibut ok. Duck would have been better if I didn’t find a hair in my egg roll. Really impacted my whole dinner.

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OT
5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Always a fantastic meal. You can’t go wrong here.

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S
5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Brunch is amazing

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AS
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Fantastic meal combined with a fantistic atmosphere. A true must-go restaurant

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OT
5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Excellent Service. Broccoli risotto was a highlight

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SM
4.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Very tasty and good service. Small portions. Especially the very small glass of wine for a mere $14. Ouch!

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OT
4.0Dined on May 31, 2018

Good was wonderful ; very good service. But so noisy we had a hard time hearing each other.

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OT
5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Friendly wait staff knowledgeable but wish chef served a fresh veg with king cod to break heavy flavour of cod

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AS
4.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great meal overall, food excellent, very good service and reasonable for Vancouver!

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