L'Abattoir Restaurant

4.8
3153 reviews
CAN$31 to CAN$50
French
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. The French-influenced West Coast fare is paired with the eclectic wine program and the bar team's innovative cocktail list to offer a truly unique dining experience.
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  • The Gaoler's Menu

    CA$140.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    The Gaoler's Menu [pronounced jai-lrs] at L'Abattoir is the ultimate indulgent dining experience. Nine seasonal dishes and optional wine pairings from their award-winning sommelier team will make for an evening not soon to be forgotten. Visit labattoir.ca to view the current Gaoler's Menu. Due to the nature of this menu, dietary restrictions or menu modifications are unable to be accommodated. Pricing is exclusive of taxes and gratuity.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 3153 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipMJM1957
Seattle
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Wonderful food as always—had the Gaoler’s tasting menu and pairings. Plexiglass shields and appropriate distances between tables are in place.

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Harry
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Steak Diane was brilliant. Good atmosphere and experience

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ParvG
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Good experience, food and selection for wine pairing was excellent.

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RogerH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

most courses are perfect except the lamb. lamb with a little bit of smell.

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LoriT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious quality dishes. Appie, entrée and dessert all fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience3

Our reservation was pushed back 20 minutes later due to minor accident but other than that, staff were accommodating , food was good, great cocktails selection and fairly priced.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Hi there, Thank you so much for joining us and we do apologize in the delay for seating. Please feel free to reach out to us at info@labattoir.ca next time you're thinking of joining us and we'll leave you a small token of our appreciation! Regards, Team L'Abattoir

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NicoleS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I really enjoyed our first experience at L'Abattoir. We both work in the industry and have been looking forward to this dining experience. Our server and food runners were knowledgeable to help assist with the perfect wine pairings and dishes that blew our expectations! So happy we came when Chef was there which made it extra special. Can't wait to return.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Hi Nicole! Thanks again for joining us the other night, we're super pleased to hear we could exceed your expectations - can't wait to have you back !

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RyanH
New England
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had an amazing Valentines Day dinner and enjoyed the tasting menu. The food and service was top notch and we will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

So far the best! Will be back for sure!

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Barb
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Wow! The tandoori sablefish is incredible. Everything was excellent. The service was very good. Never disappointing, but last time it exceeded our expectations. Well done!

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Klassyfood
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We had a lovely dinner for my husband’s birthday. The food was excellent and the service was stellar. It was a special evening of being pampered in the best possible way!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded 6 days ago

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! We've been working hard to keep our standards high. Glad you and your husband enjoyed yourselves, looking forward to seeing you again soon!

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Alicel
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

service is good
nice place for couple
but the dark chocolate is too sweet

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vipJakeskitchen
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a night out with my husband. Wonderful evening with great food and knowledgeable staff. Our server Melissa was wonderful. Good luck on your continued wine studies W Set.

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vipkeithh
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful tasting menu. Great flavors

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vipAmandaH
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A favourite place to visit when I'm in Vancouver. We went with two pre-teens and they loved their mocktails and the server was incredibly accommodating to our requests. Great vibe in the room, fantastic music, friendly + personable staff. Food was incredible.

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JesseP
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Truly exceptional. We had the tasting menu with the wine pairings and everything was perfect.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on February 14, 2021

Thanks Jesse! Looking forward to seeing again soon. Cheers!

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WestP
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We did the gaoler's menu. It was incredible!!! A splurge but worth it. This is one of the best dining experiences I've ever had.

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Touftouf
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wow it was really really good. The duck my dear! Amazing. I also organized a little surprise for my +1 and the staff on site helped me (they kept the gift for 2 days + gave it just at the right time during the diner.) Thank you so much for this night, it was truly amazing!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on February 14, 2021

Congratulations again from team L'Abattoir!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing ambience, menu and service! We had The Gaoler’s tasting menu with wine pairing this weekend and it was easily among my top 5 dining experiences in Vancouver. 5 stars!!

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CharlotteW
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and food, enjoyed the seasonal craft cocktails and how knowledge the staff was.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on February 14, 2021

Thanks for the positive feedback Charlotte! Looking forward to seeing you again soon :) Nick

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fiveDELTA14
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I would definitely recommend eating at L’Abattoir!!! The food was delicious and it definitely sparked conversation about some of the different flavor combinations going on in the dishes. The service was also on point and professional. The only comment would be the choice of music. Gangster rap would be fine at a lounge or nightclub bit I thought the ambiance and food combination begged for something a little more conservative.

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Danielle
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was absolutely amazing and made for such a great date night.

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CarlaS
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

We had a lovely evening at the restaurant. The food was outstanding. The server was very good and I especially loved the dessert! The only thing I would critique is the choice of wine or wine itself. As a second level sommelier, I'm pretty confident it was corked. My husband chose it and I only took a sip after eating and drinking other things. We ended up bringing the bottle home and I tasted it and yeah, definitely corked. It was iltabarro Valpolicella 2016. Too bad since he spent $91 on the bottle. I should have stepped in and taken charge but I didn't want to upset our evening. Otherwise, we enjoyed ourselves very much.

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vipSweetPea
Vancouver
34 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were late - yikes! But so pleased the restaurant accomodated us with no hassle. Everything was utterly fantastic!

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SPK1212
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

I had been looking forward to this experience for years. As Dine Out Vancouver usually happens on my birthday, I don't get to enjoy nice restaurants and their full menus. With Dine Out postponed this year, I was thrilled to get a table at l'Abattoir.

The first red flag appeared when I called the restaurant the day before my reservation to ask about the menu. As my daughter was looking forward to the Steak Diane, I wanted to know how it was prepared. Would it be flambéed at the table? Would it be Belgian, or Dutch, or Aussie/New York?

So I called and asked if the Steak Diane was flambéed, imagining my daughter's delight as this legendary dish is prepared flaming at our table. The person who answered the phone answered, "It's not flambéed."

So I asked, "What style is it prepared in?" To which this person replied indignantly, "I don't know, it's the same way it has been on our menu for ten years."

Not a good sign.

We arrived the next day for our reservation and decided to start with scallops and oysters. Although neither dish was what we expected - scallops were sashimi style in some kind of lardon sauce with brussel sprout leaves and what my son thankfully determined was not damsel fly larvae, but gnocchi. Sad. Soggy. Gnocchi.

The oysters were butchered and baked. They weren't bad, but they weren't what we wanted. That's on us, not on L'Abattoir, but the execution of said baked oysters was underwhelming nonetheless. I have had plenty of baked oysters and these were nothing special.

At this point in the meal we decided we didn't want to try our luck with the entrées. I can best describe iL'Abattoir as 'nice wedding food', but it's not a serious restaurant. At least not anymore. It's more of a tourist trap than innovative haute cuisine.

Special mention to the BC wine Ava. That was excellent.

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OsmanS
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Innovative balanced gastronomy
Chef a maestro with flavours

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our meal was perfect. Staff were fantastic. Can’t wait to go back.

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Ingo
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All the staff was friendly. Our server was very knowledgeable and gave us an excellent wine recommendation. The food was exceptional. It was also very rich, a little goes a long way. The space is very urban but the lighting warms it up nicely. Sound travels upstairs from the bar quite a bit. The music was also a bit odd and often sounded like a tv was on instead.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good environment, good service, steak is wonderful, fish is just ok, noise is moderate not so quiet as I thought, foe the food value, food price is quite expensive especially for the scallop appetizer and fish. It is recommend for only special occasions not for everyday dinner.

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vipMichaelM
Vancouver
19 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

L’Abattoir consistently provides great food, friendly and excellent service and good value for dinner... always a real pleasure to go there for dinner!! Mike and Joanne

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great experience at L'abattoir. Never disappoints. If I had to say one thing it would be the music. Music that is background not foreground and is a little loud would be preferred.

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HannahUy
Louisville
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The drinks were amazing, our server was charismatic, and the food was impeccable as always. 100% recommend the oysters to start!

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JodyM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and service were outstanding. Will be back.

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Rdonna
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. Thoroughly enjoyed every bite. The staff were very knowledgeable. We will be back.

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Alpolowich
Edmonton
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, delicious food, knowledgeable and fun staff, and wine pairings on point.

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EvaH
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic- as always! Looking forward to our next visit.

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Nadia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

An amazing meal, great service, always a treat. Highly recommend.

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MiloL
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The service was excellent and she went above and beyond. The food was excellent and presentation was beautiful

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Albacorelucy
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thoughtful and tasty food, excellent service as always. L'abattoir never disappoints.

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MaryR
1 review
Dined on December 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service and ambience. The food was amazing and drinks very unique and delicious.

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L'Abattoir Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 3153 OpenTable diners.

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