It goes without a doubt that L’Abattoir is among one of Vancouver’s top-tier fine dining restaurants. Situated in the heart of historic Gastown, this “industrial-chic” restaurant has been serving Northwest cuisine with a French twist to patrons since the summer of 2010. Thanks to the amazing vision of Chef and Owner Lee Cooper, this little restaurant has been bustling since its opening and continues to challenge the palates of diners who want to try something exquisite. Although the translation of l’abattoir might seem a bit disconcerting (it means slaughterhouse), there is a reason for it. Back when the building was built in the 19th Century, it was the site of Vancouver’s very first jail. The building was located in the city’s main butchery and meat packing district which makes the name very fitting and a true homage to the history of Blood Alley, Gaoler’s Mews, and Gastown altogether.
Private Dining At Its Finest
If you’re looking for a more intimate experience while dining, I encourage you to consider the private dining room L’Abattoir has to offer. Extending from their main dining area, you will find more brick and beam-style architecture surrounded by industrial glass, steel accents, and classy overhead chandeliers. Windows providing natural light can also be opened to welcome fresh air into the room. With a total of 1,200 square feet available, you can choose to book the entire space or half which can be divided by a noise-reducing barrier. Either room can seat up to 24 guests. Combined, the space can seat a total of 50 seated guests, or host a reception of up to 70 standing guests. Asides from the comfortable seating, the private rooms also come with built-in audiovisual and coat check. The hospitality provided by L’Abattoir ensures that you have what you need to focus on your event and can be customized with enhancements.
Come For Brunch, Stay For Dinner
It goes without saying that anytime you open the dinner menu at L’Abattoir, it becomes a choose-your-own-adventure story. If you are the type of diner who is willing to challenge yourself, deciding on what to order is not an easy task. The French inspired West Coast menu offers fresh ingredients and all sorts of protein including arctic char, mackerel, duck, and veal. Their appetizers alone are enough to leave you speechless: fresh homemade cheese, foie gras tart, baked Pacific oysters – I digress. As for drinks, needless to say, L’Abattoir has an extensive wine list and several featured house cocktails including the Gaoler’s Mews and the Gastown Sizzle (don’t you just love the local love?). Brunch on weekends showcase a different menu with a variety of pastries and breakfast items including poached eggs with Canadian bacon, steak and eggs, and a delicious breakfast burger. From 10am to 2pm, you can also order from a special selection of bubbles to go with your brunch – the perfect way to end the week and kick-start your weekend!
With so many reasons and opportunities to visit L’Abattoir, I hope I have convinced you to consider making it your choice for your next date or private event. Every visit of mine has been exceptional and I can guarantee you will leave with a very satisfied palate. Reservations are strongly encouraged, so book your table today!