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$$ - $$$French, European,
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“steak frites” (61 reviews)
“duck” (57 reviews)
“dessert sampler” (17 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Hours
French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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1 - 10 of 571 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great options for a glass of wine and a small nibble, the service was wonderful and knowledgeable (as always) and the food was tasty.

Thank Peter_Bomberg
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I’ve come here many times and have always been impressed. It has been roughly a year since I was last here and felt it was still good but not as great as I remember. The burger is amazing and a meal for two, great wine...More

Thank Shanti C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food, excellent service, chose the 3-course meal + wine pairing, worth every penny. Will definitely return.

Thank jpe52
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Absinthe is my “go to” with family and friends for consistently excellent food in a nice environment. The green salad is simple but one of the best in Ottawa. The in-house made desserts always a hit. The only complaint - the cutlery! Totally mediocre and...More

Thank leifaraway
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came here for family dinner with friends and had heard great things about Absinthe. Ottawa has it ranked as a top 5 restaurant (must go to). Friday night dinner service was pretty quiet (though it was a long weekend). Nonetheless, arrived and was seated prompted....More

Thank Julian L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Staff were awesome. Friendly and superb knowledge of the food and wine. Would gladly come back. Creative food using fresh ingredients. The mint chip ice cream was made with real mint!

Thank NAI152
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Ate at Absinthe twice in one week. Each time the food was superb and the service unobtrusive. Had the delicious duck both times. Second time was cooked more and came with many times mushrooms but as tasty and satisfying. The salad is one if the...More

Thank Resto613
Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the ambiance and could actually hear ourselves talk, contrary to many restaurants these days. The service was efficient and inobtrusive. We all enjoyed our salad appetizers. Two people had duck and loved it, although one had to settle for magret as they had...More

Thank Summum
Reviewed June 5, 2018

I have never had a bad meal at this restaurant. Creative menu, attentive staff and well prepared food. This is one of my "go to" lunch locations as you can have a business conversation, (tables are well spaced) and the noise level is very low....More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed June 5, 2018

birthday supper for my son at Absinthe last night. Fantastic experience from start to finish. Front staff were exceptional: super friendly, professional, funny, attentive. Extensive cocktail and wine list...the tuna appetizer and duck entré were mouth-wateringly delicious! Can't wait to go back! I have never...More

Thank osuzanna56
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Julie A
September 30, 2017|
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Response from nolikewinter | Reviewed this property |
I hope not!! Why would you want to take a pet to a quality restaurant?.
May 16, 2016|
Response from Redbirdie3142 | Reviewed this property |
I don't see them having a problem with kids
March 28, 2015|
Response from Patrick G |
Hello thank you for your inquiry we are closed all statutory hollidays and December 24th.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, 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
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Open Hours
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: +1 613-761-1138
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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.
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