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“Excellent meal”

L'Abattoir Restaurant
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Ranked #35 of 3,732 Restaurants in Vancouver
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$30
Cuisines: French, European, Canadian, Contemporary
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Good for: Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, After-hours, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighbourhood: 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.
Vancouver, Canada
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256 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Excellent meal”
Reviewed 2 April 2014

An excellent restaurant, with great service and food. The only quibbles are the brevity of its beer listing and that my daughter's medium lamb loin arrived rare. As with most downtown restaurants, it is a little crowded, but it has a very good atmosphere.

  • Visited March 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Gorgeous food”
Reviewed 24 March 2014

Maybe I'm jaded but I expect most fine dining places in this city to be good without really being outstanding. L'Abattoir was a pleasant surprise. Ignore the creepy name (slaughterhouse) and indulge! The food was very well prepared and beautifully presented.

My only criticism of the food was that the foie gras terrine seemed to be lacking in foie; could use more in the mix. Overall it was still a feast for the senses, as was everything we ordered.

Ambiance: the only drawback to this restaurant is that it's a small space, so the tables are very close together and you're basically having dinner with your neighbors.This can be minimized by booking an end table and either going very early in the evening or late in the hopes that the table beside you will be empty.

  • Visited March 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Nice looking restaurant with great food”
Reviewed 18 March 2014

Great dining experience with good selection on the menu. Tenderloin was done perfectly, Rosé a good choice.

  • Visited February 2014
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“horrible food!”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

Totally over rated!Poor dineout food!The pork chop and salad were nasty.All those drugies walked around and scared to walk near by.

  • Visited February 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great place to eat”
Reviewed 9 February 2014

This restaurant is an excellent place to have a great meal. It is a casual place, the service is excellent. Not rushed but attentive. The food is excellent. They allow time between courses which allows you to feel they are not rushing you out the door. Great wine list. Just a great place

  • Visited February 2014
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