L'Abattoir Restaurant

4.7
3255 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. NO DEPOSIT OR PAYMENT IS REQUIRED IN ADVANCE. Credit Card details are taken to guarantee your reservation only.

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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 3255 People Are Saying
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4.7
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.3
Value
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Geneve
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A lovely spot for thoughtful high caliber cuisine in an relaxed and welcoming environment. Service was wonderful!

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Marilyn
Vancouver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and service and I like the ambience.

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CRAIGT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Next level pairing dining experience. Wonderful service.

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ChristyS
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Hands Down the best restaurant experience I’ve ever had in Vancouver. The staff was exceptional and genuinely cared about our experience. The food was not only delicious but the attention to detail was top notch. The ambiance was perfect and the drinks were amazing. I cannot wait to go back and even if just for more baked oysters. Thank you kindly.

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IsabelleD
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Food was absolutely delicious. We had the tasting menu with wine pairing however, some of the dishes weren’t timed properly with their wine unfortunately. We sat with the wine and had to wait for food. Service was extremely pleasant and knowledgeable though.

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OpenTable Diner
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience yesterday and appreciate the service team taking care of me and my guest… food was 10/10! Great job 👏

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BeeT
London
8 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food! Every mouthful a delight. Excellent service, very good wines, a small but select menu - spoiled for choice.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Bee, It is great to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your experience with us the other night. The positive feedback has been passed down to the service and kitchen team; these kind words go a long way! Best regards, Team L'Abattoir

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JessicaP
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had such an amazing time here for our 10th Anniversary Dinner! We were blown away by the delicious food, wine pairings and staff. We will definitely be coming back!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Jessica, We couldn't be happier that you were able to celebrate such a momentous occasion with us the other night. Thank you for the glowing review; we'll look forward to the next time you return. Happy anniversary! -Team L'Abattoir

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colinb
Montreal
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Thanks Colin! We appreciate the positive review and we look foward to welcoming you back.

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KaKAC
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience2

For the price you pay, there are some other restaurants provide better taste and value. We have chef menu with wine paring. The wine paring did not match most of the dishes we had.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Kakac, We appreciate you writing us with your feedback. We always use instances of critique as growth opportunity within our business. If you would like to provide us with more details on how we could have fell short for you, don't hesitate to reach us [at] info@labattoir.ca Thank you, Team L'Abattoir

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SabrinaO
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Thank you for the wonderful meals and outstanding service! I went to l’Abattoir with 4 guests for my wedding dinner. Everyone working there is distinguished, polite and welcoming. The delay for receiving our meals was perfect. We were not rushed at all but we were not wondering when will we have our meals neither. The food is astonishing! The ambiance is a great balance between urban and chic. I highly recommend this place!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Sabrina, Thank you for thinking of us for your wedding dinner! We are SO happy you and your guests enjoyed yourselves and we wouldn't have it any other way. We really appreciate you leaving such a nice review. The overwhelming feedback has been passed along to the respective teams. We'll look forward to welcoming you back for the next occasion. Team L'Abattoir

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Carol
Vancouver
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I have never had a less than a good experience at L'abattoir! Good food and fantastic service as always. Thank you!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Carol, Thank you for writing us the great review. We are happy that you're able to depend on us for the consistency that we work so hard to achieve. We look forward to seeing you back inside the restaurant again soon :). Regards, Team L'Abattoir

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IvanB
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Rich, delicious food awaits!! Thoroughly enjoyed and shared everything that we had, from appetizers to dessert, as well as the wonderful selection of wines. A pricey meal to be certain, but we will definitely return for more special occasions!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Ivan, Thank you for taking the time to write us! We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food and the wine selection. Please do let us know when you're thinking of returning for another special occasion. Warm regards, Team L'Abattoir

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Momo
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. I would say the baked oysters are a must!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Momo, We are thrilled to hear you enjoyed your evening with us. Thank you for the kind words, we look forward to having you again soon. Best regards, Team L'Abattoir

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall2Food4Service3Ambience1

Above average price for below average food and ambiance

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Foodie
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

We enjoyed the service and food there. For us, it was just right sized portion. However some folks may find the portion small. Has a lively ambient. Our server Matt was great. Very detailed oriented. Location is historic Gastown is cool. Love the vibe there as always.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Foodie! We are delighted to hear you enjoyed yourselves the other night. It is always nice to hear that our team members were able to provide you with the kind of experience we are looking to deliver. Thank you for joining us and we look forward to taking care of you again soon. -Team L'Abattoir

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OpenTable Diner
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience3

Food was great and amazing service but the place is quite pretentious and overpriced. I'

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We take all our guests feedback very seriously. If would like to share a little bit more about your experience, please don't hesistate to contact us [at] info@labattoir.ca Thank you, Team L'Abattoir

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SabrinaI
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful experience!!! Such a treat. It’s always delicious!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Sabrina, So great to hear you enjoyed your experience the other night with us. Thank you for joining us, it will always be a pleasure to take care of you and yours! Best, Team L'Abattoir

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EmmaK
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is one of my very favourite spots to have a delicious meal!
The food is always amazing, and the wine is always a perfect compliment.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Emma, Thank you for joining us the other night! We've passed along your great feedback to the appropriate teams. It's lovely to hear you enjoyed yourself. We look forward to the next time we can look after you. Best, Team L'Abattoir

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McMarshal
Toronto
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Dined here to celebrate my wife's birthday. While our reservation had to be guaranteed with a credit card (yuck), the restaurant was gracious in helping me adjust it later at the last minute (yay).

Dinner was pleasant, just not perfect. We had snacked beforehand elsewhere, so declined to order appetizers. This resulted in chastising from our server, as the restaurant prefers the appetizer ordered for timing mains. I don't get what difference that makes, exactly, but we weren't hungry enough to order appetizers and those on offer promised to be quite rich, so we held our ground. The proffered basket of bread was delicious and helped soak up our cocktails.

Mains arrived punctually so who knows why the fuss about appies. Plates are creative and proteins generous, but you won't fill up on the rest of the ingredients -- my celeriac velouté amounted to 1.5 Tbsp at most. However, the food is delicious, and I guess you are really supposed to have ordered appetizers. ;-)

We shared a dessert (also small, but delicious) and had last drinks. The bill came to about $200, which wasn't as bad as we might have expected for 2 drinks each, a glass of wine each, mains & a shared dessert.

Service was active but almost too attentive -- arriving to refill our water constantly -- that is, until we were done eating, at which time our server disappeared for ages, leaving us to flag her down (I hate doing that!) for a bill. At least we weren't rushed!

A good experience, with minor qualms: 1. Some other diners had their phones out constantly to photograph food, and their doubled-up flashes were in adjacent tables' eyes. Obnoxious, but not the resto's fault. 2. I don't need to be chastised for not ordering appetizers. If you insist, offer salad options (not just beet carpaccio). 3. QR Codes don't work printed on clear glass! Print new ones or print menus.

Nice vibe, service, and food -- just not sure the value was there, nor that the hype is worth it. Is it ever?

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to leave a review with us. While it is great to hear the positives, we can absolutely use your feedback as a growth opportunity within our management of the restaurant and our service teams. We hope your wife had a happy birthday and hopefully we can see you again soon. Regards, Team L'Abattoir

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Top shelf. Great food and exceptional service.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi there! Thank you for the positive feedback, we look forward to having you back soon. Best regards, Team L'Abattoir

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PhilippeG
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Some of the best dishes in Vancouver without a doubt and an amazing bar selection! A gem amongst many special establishments.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Philippe, Thank you so much for the kind words and the nice review. We hope to see you back here very soon. Warm regards, Team L'Abattoir

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AndrewM
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall3Food4Service4Ambience2

The food was very good, but very very rich. Obviously French cuisine is rich and what u would expect, but the lack of variety and depth of the flavours was lacking. For the price, I would expect much nicer ambience but from the plastic dividers to the cheap
Cutlery, it was a dining experience that cost a fine dining experience.

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Jellybean
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic experience. Service was exceptional, knowledge of menu and wine pairing was next level. Food was outstanding. We had scallops, sablefish and steak Diane before sharing every dessert on the menu. It was a truly memorable evening. Thank you, L'Abattor!

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MichaelC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This is an amazing restaurant with great food and service.

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jeffm
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fantastic. We have enjoyed dinner here several times and keep returning.

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Mddgarde
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dans un quartier très vivant le soir

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vipAmandaH
Calgary
20 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding. Every. Single. Time. From the greeting at the front door to the knowledge staff, recommendations from the Somm and every dish that was put in front of us, flawless. Always.

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Dean
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best meal we've ever had.

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JakubM
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Tasting menu and wine pairing are an experience that rivals anything that Vancouver has to offer right now (and Vancouver has a lot to offer). This together with outstanding service makes for a great evening.

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RogerR
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We have eaten at many fine restaurants all over North America and Europe and we agree and can say without hesitation that this was the most enjoyable meal we have EVER shared! Every course was epicurian excellence. Remarkably, although we loved every dish and wine pairing, the evening was put over the top by your outstanding staff. Knowledgeable, personable and completely professional. The only thing more appreciated than the outstanding execution of the fantastic menu was the service from Mark and his colleagues.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on October 14, 2021

Hi Roger, These kinds of reviews never go unnoticed to us. Thank you very much for the kind words and wonderful feedback. We have shared your note with the service and kitchen teams. Thank you again and we are thrilled you were able to have such a great experience with us. Best, Team L'Abattoir

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Lasse
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

The restaurant is beautiful with a great vibe, but the food is overpriced and the service unnecessarily formal.

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vipGourmand55
Vancouver
79 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous meal at L'Abattoir. My friend had the duck pate terrine which he said was excellent. I had the scallops, which were also very good. He had the sable fish which was cooked perfectly and enhanced with a tandoori influenced sauce. A unique treatment of the sable fish which was an outstandingly good compliment to the fish. I had the halibut, also delicious. We both had the Lemon Sllyabub. Fantastic flavour burst with interesting texture. Professional and pleasant, unobtrusive service. They were out of the Le Vieux Pin "Ava" but the Avrill Creek was a worthy stand-in. Terrific meal and a great way to show off Vancouver's culinary scene to my German friend.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Super fun, highly recommended!

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on September 23, 2021

Thanks for joining us! We look forward to welcoming you back :) -Team L'Abattoir

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CatherineW
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was great and the food was delicious as always.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on September 23, 2021

Hi Catherine, We are thrilled you enjoyed your experience the other night. Thank you for dining with us and we will see you again soon ! -Team L'Abattoir

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pierreM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

the cuisine was original/ service very professional/the menu a good variaties/ good wine list
pretty tought to find out in Gas Town

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on September 23, 2021

Hi Pierre, Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a nice review. We are excited to hear that you thorougly enjoyed your experience the other night, and hope to welcome you back very soon. Best regards, -Team L'Abattoir

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Chad
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great service, great wine pairings. Good food but didn’t quite meet expectations for the price. We had a nice time overall.

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on September 23, 2021

Hi Chad, Thank you for joining us the other night. While we are happy you enjoyed the service and the wine, I'm sorry we fell short on your expectations on the food. We take all feedback to heart in the restaurant and we hope to grow from this. Thank you -Team L'Abattoir

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AliceS
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

L’Abattoir is a wonderful restaurant and we have missed the privilege of dining there over the past many months.The staff are the best ever, the food is always amazing and so the chef and his crew are doing a truly great job as well. We always feel very comfortable at L’Abattoir and treat it as an extension of our own dining room.
Many thanks,
A & D

L'Abattoir Restaurant
Responded on September 23, 2021

Hi Alice! Thank you so much for joining us again. The kind words have been shared with the team. We look foward to having you back again and again so we can look after you and your close ones. Best regards, Team L'Abattoir

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Kathleen
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall2Food3Service3Ambience1

We were not very impressed. There was hip hop music playing relatively loudly, the servers were dressed very casual, the food was good but it was quite uninteresting. Ingredients didn’t seem to have a purpose (truffle that wasn’t fresh and was overwhelmed by other flavours). I have nothing against a modern vibe but this felt almost lazy. We decided to start small with two appetizers and a main to share, hoping that it would be exceptional and we would order more but we ended up finishing dinner and drinks within the hour so we could go for a walk and grab a pizza on the way home. It’s a mediocre restaurant dressed up to seem fancy. It was still an enjoyable dinner in good company but it was not all it’s cracked up to be.

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DariaK
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience1

Disappointing and confusing experience. They need to decide whether they are a pub or a finer dining establishment. Food is inadequately priced, bland, boring and does not make sense. Chef needs to understand that you not only have to choose interesting and premium ingredients but also honour and celebrate their taste. Atmosphere is tiring, music is too loud and does not fit the ambiance, tables are too small, service is mediocre at best. Nothing wowed us. You will be better off spending your big bucks pretty much anywhere else.

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L'Abattoir Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 3255 OpenTable diners.

L'Abattoir Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.labattoir.ca/gift-cards.

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