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This Gastown resto serves up serious history and stunning flavours

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If you haven’t yet tried out the French-inspired, West Coast style cuisine at L’Abattoir, let us be the first to say that you’re missing out. There’s a reason why they’ve become the best destination restaurant in Gastown, and it’s not because of their central location.


First, their name. L’Abattoir is the French word for ‘slaughterhouse’, referencing the storied past of Blood Alley right behind the restaurant. As Vancouver’s original meatpacking district, Blood Alley got its name from, you guessed it, the blood running through the streets. Colourful.

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l'abattoir oysters

Next, the food. Expect amazing dishes that highlight the region’s diversity and quality. From baked oysters to sweetbreads to honey-glazed duck, there’s little chance of not finding your new favourite dish here.

l'abattoir duck

Of course, it’s important to have a good glass of wine alongside your meal, and that’s one of L’Abattoir’s strong suits. By selecting the finest wines from BC and beyond, you’re sure to get the perfect pairing each and every time. Don’t hesitate to ask for suggestions, either.

l'abattoir food

Finally, the cocktail program reflects the attention to detail here. Aiming for something light? Try an Avocado Gimlet. Looking for a heartier drink? The Meat Hook blends rye, whisky, vermouth and cherry perfectly.

So, the next time you’re thinking about where to stop in after a day in Gastown, remember that L’Abattoir awaits.


Hours: Dinner Daily, 5PM-12AM and Brunch Weekends, 10AM-2PM
Where: 217 Carrall Street

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