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1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good26%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“steak frites” (55 reviews)
“duck” (43 reviews)
“dessert sampler” (14 reviews)
Opens in 3 min
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French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My husband and I celebrated our 32nd anniversary with dinner at Absinthe. The food was delicious, the service impeccable and, knowing it was a special occasion, they brought us both a complimentary kir royal and a complimentary appetizer. This was our first visit in a...More

1  Thank Debbie M
Reviewed 5 days ago

We did the table d'hote with wine pairing and it was fabulous! Pricey yes, but most places in Ottawa are now, so it's really nice when the service is there to make you feel like you are really getting something special. Love this place.

Thank Benlepenguin
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food and service was very good, great windows to watch the world go by in the summer, but in the winter, bring a heavy sweater. atmosphere could be improved with some interesting barriers.

Thank Stephen K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife have gone here several times either for the lunch and dinner. Never disappoints. Great food. Appetizers are huge so beware. My wife and I shared tomato tarte-the size of a pizza! Entree are delicious-my wife had steak frites, I had their big hamburger....More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a very pleasant lunch at Absinthe. We both had the daily soup (butternut squash) and salade nicoise. The soup was very tasty and perfect on a cool fall day. The salad was nicely prepared with interesting ingredients. Their menu and drink list are...More

Thank IanMumford
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The staff were gracious and I rate it a "4" to try to be fair We found the menu to be surprisingly very limited... apparently it was their "fondue night". The ambiance of this restaurant is simply not befitting a rating of the #1 fine...More

Thank James W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On Monday evenings from October to March, a three course fondue dinner is offered, beginning with cheese, then beef, and ending with chocolate. There were generous portions of each, for only $46 per person! Three cheeses, all from Quebec province, went into the first course,...More

Thank Billitchyfeet
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were greeted very warmly by head waiter who knew it was my Husband’s special Birthday. All evening service was very pleasant and very professional. The three courses were delicious and nicely presented. The vinaigrette on the salad was amazing and the steak was excellent,...More

Thank psadler48
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I was lucky enough to be taken to Absinthe for a late 50th celebration. We changed our table as I didn’t find the chairs very comfortable. Our next table was much better. Our party of 3 began with cocktails. Mine was an Absinthe Kiss -...More

Thank Gabbie1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went on a date night with my husband. Great wine pairings; amazing squash soup, best we’ve ever had; coconut milk cod; and steak frites with a cognac sauce that’s worth paying extra for! Great service, jolly atmosphere, very pretty bistro. Street parking, GCTC across...More

Thank Julie F
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Julie A
30 September 2017|
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Response from Linda K | Reviewed this property |
Only service dogs.
16 May 2016|
Response from Redbirdie3142 | Reviewed this property |
I don't see them having a problem with kids
28 March 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
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Average prices
US$8 - US$31
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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
5:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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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