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Absinthe Bistro

1260 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
+1 604-566-9053
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  • Excellent74%
  • Very good19%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“rice pudding” (20 reviews)
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All hours
French, European, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1260 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had meal here with two good friends and was delightfully surprised at the quality of the food. Limited set menu but something there for any taste. I had the lamb loin which was wonderful and my pals had the Sablefish which they both enjoyed. Limited...More

Thank VancouverHipster
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We called ahead to be sure there would be a table for us- and I'm glad we did! We got a spot out on the patio on a beautiful day. Both waitresses were attentive and friendly. Music was interesting at times but not imposing. The...More

Thank Alexandra W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I went here for dinner. The restaurant is kind of small, so the tables are somewhat close together, and it was more noisy than I had hoped. However the food was outstanding! The flavors were well thought out. You savor every bite...More

Thank helene282
Reviewed 16 May 2017

We have taken friends to Absinthe Bistro a number of times in the last year. We keep coming back because the quality is so high. The menu is small - you choose from three appetizers, three main courses and three desserts. The menu changes regularly,...More

Thank old-jogger
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

From the beautiful presentation of perfectly cooked food, and well mixed drinks. To the warm and attentive service. This place is a hidden gem! You wont be dissapointed

Thank David J
Reviewed 13 May 2017

After dining there for the fourth time I finally have to write a review about this amazing place. The food there is a dream, I never got disappointed no matter what I went for on the menu. The menu includes 3 starters, 3 mains and...More

Thank lockerfluffig
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

Honestly the Best restaurant so far that i tried in Vancouver! Amazing staff, Amazing food!!! What else!?

Thank Gaeliño M
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

Cosy atmosphere with period decor. Intimate, +/- 30 seats. French music playing softly in the background. Family owned and operated. Service is exceptional. Efficient, friendly, knowledgable. From the first visit you're treated like a regular. Terrific food. Classic bistro-style dishes. No revolutionary efforts to show...More

Thank GVancouver
Reviewed 23 April 2017

This bistro brought back nice memories of bistro's in Paris. Small and cozy with eclectic French décor. A family run restaurant located on a bustling restaurant street on Commercial Drive. This was a pre-theatre dinner for the two of us. A welcoming smile when you...More

Thank CJN749
Reviewed 22 April 2017

When was the last time you looked around a restaurant and nobody was looking at their cell phone. That's the way it was last night at Absinthe Bistro. The food, the service and the typically French Bistro ambiance draw your full attention to eating and...More

Thank Bob S
Commercial Drive
Commercial Drive, also called "The Drive," comprises
of twelve sauntering blocks of modest and unfussy
counter-culture. Straddling the line between
sophisticated and unadorned, it is favoured by
students, artists, writers, designers, and start-ups,
and suffused throughout with a healthy off-beat
counter-culture. The kind of neighbourhood which
well-springs thought-revolutions and has the odd bit
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You must have looked at the menu...why did you go there? It is a bit precious to complain about a place which makes no pretense of being vegan/vegetarian after the fact?
22 July 2016|
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Response from Sandy C | Reviewed this property |
We also enjoyed our dinner there. I am not vegan or vegetarian, but am lactose intolerant, so I always check out a menu before going to a place. Once there I alert the server of my issue to make sure whatever I choose will... More
Sharon M
Hi, What's public transportation like near you? We'll be in town for a day and hope to try your place. Thanks,
9 April 2016|
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Response from Shawniebear | Reviewed this property |
You can take sky train to commercial drive then a bus...or walk from sky train.
are there very good hotels near your Bistro
7 August 2015|
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Response from old-jogger | Reviewed this property |
I would advise staying downtown Vancouver and taking a taxi or public transport (Skytrain) to Commercial Drive.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$26 - US$41
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 20:30
17:30 - 21:00
17:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1260 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver>  > Commercial Drive
  • Neighbourhood: Commercial Drive
  • Phone Number: +1 604-566-9053
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Absinthe Bistro offers modern and classic french cooking on Commercial Drive
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