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Absinthe is a Restaurant where you can eat too much, drink too much, put your elbows on the table and laugh out loud... all at the same time and nobody cares. Absinthe is a restaurant of the people for the people.
PRICE RANGE
C$10 - C$40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
French, European, Canadian, International
FEATURES
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I was impressed with the variety on the menu - there were so many great options to choose from! Overall, I had a fantastic dining experience and will definitely be returning in the future.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Outstanding evening. Food, wine, service, venue and value. The perfect evening of celebrating a friend. Thank you for a great evening. Absinthe gets a highly recommend.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great spot for dinner. The salad and soup were both excellent. Loved the steak frites and creme brûlée as well. It had a nice ambience and the servers were very attentive and personable.

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an excellent meal with very good service my only recommendation is that there are a few less expensive options for a glass of wine

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Excellent food, great service and good tunes! The Table d’hôtel was especially good. Our favourite restaurant in Ottawa.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 11, 2024

Pat I would like to thank you and your staff for a wonderful evening Wednesday, March 6th! Despite cancellations and two no shows, your staff, Bonnie, carried on to serve and entertain the remaining 17. It was a walk down memory lane for me since...as a young person, fondues were a regular manner of home entertainment. I was surprised to discover how many people had never experienced any form of fondue. I'm glad their initial cheese experience was at Absinthe. There was a wonderful mix of cheeses and liquors to dip into with your homemade focaccia. The creme de la creme was completing the evening with the absinthe liqueur ritual. Thanks to everyone and special shout-out to Bonnie, our server. It felt as though she was part of our group!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed February 29, 2024

I always have a great experience at Absinthe! Amazing food, and I especially love the Tuesday night fondue menu!! Have been many times and will be back again!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 25, 2024

Absinthe is an amazing dining experience that never disappoints. The upscale food offerings are the perfection of chef Pat and his kitchen staff with fresh and delicious bites on every forkful. My compliments again to this five star experience in Ottawa.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 22, 2024

My wife and I went for lunch. We had the table d’hôte (soup, main, dessert). She had the beef stroganoff and I had the steak-frites. The food, service, location were all first class. We intend on making Absinthe Café a regular stop on our restaurant...cycle!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 19, 2024 via mobile

Absinthe has long been a favourite, and our latest visit did not disappoint. A warm welcoming atmosphere, and a consistently great menu. The steak frites has been a staple and the quality is still superior. A special shout-out to Erin our server! Thank you!

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 11, 2024 via mobile

Elegant yet relaxed setting, with excellent service, food, and drinks! We had steak, salmon and beef Wellington, and all were deliciously prepared and presented. And the staff were very courteous and helpful.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 11, 2024

Delicious steak frites, mousse au chocolat, and excellent service. High premium placed on quality, we will definitely return.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 11, 2024

Great for fine food with friends or a date. Service was friendly and helpful. I loved the red leaf lettuce salad. The salmon with vegetables was tasty and not over-cooked.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed February 10, 2024

One of the best date night in Ottawa! We have been there a few times over the years with friends and family and it’s still one of our favorite. Expensive dinner but totally worth it. Service and food always been exceptional and continue to be....Thanks to our very knowledgeable server Bonnie and the team for an awesome night!More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed January 31, 2024

It’s been way too long since we were last here. Thank you Covid. I remember it was always exceptional and despite the years it is still exceptional. We were looked after by the lovely Bonnie. Their fix prix menu (appetizer, main, desert) had lots of...options. We were brought a plat of fresh focaccia with oil and balsamic dip. Shut the front door. The bottom crust was this amazing crispy, salty deliciousness, the crumb, light and flavoured with just a hint of rosemary. I could have been happy with just that but alas the food started to come out of the kitchen. The salad was fresh and not soaked in dressing as can sometimes be the case. We had the stroganoff and the steak frites. The stroganoff was delicious with its rich, meaty, robust sauce and perfectly cooked tagliatelle. It came with a dollop of herbed sour cream which at first seemed generous but don’t be afraid it lent just the right amount of creamy richness. Generous portions of meat but I could have used a few more mushrooms. The steak was cooked to a perfect medium rare and rested on a very generous serving of beautifully cooked green beans. The fries were delicious shoestring accompanied by a horseradish aioli OMG. Dessert was chocolate mouse or crème brule which came in a small mason jar. Again it was outstanding. There were no leftovers and we continued to talk about what a fantastic mean and service we enjoyed all the back to the office. Absinthe here we come again and again.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Yes, Absinthe offers takeaway services.

Yes, Absinthe is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Absinthe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4