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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Face masks required for guests in public areas
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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Travellers' Choice
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.
US$8 - US$31
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
French, European, Canadian, International
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 3 days ago

Absinthe never disappoints. Charming and attentive service compliments the best food. Our only problem was deciding which amazing dish to order!

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 6 days ago

Perfect choice for a couples dinner. Short menu means you can count on them doing everything well. Mushroom soup was divine, so was the pâté. We chose to have their “crudités” with the cheese fondue, and in fact the blanched vegetables were even better than...strictly raw would have been. Wine pairings by the glass worked well. We had barely enough room left to share a crême brûlée, but it surely would have been a crime to skip it. Good atttention to COVID protocols, much appreciated. Highly attentive service; the staff were hopping. Thanks for a great first night out in Ottawa in a loooong time.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food! Great attentive service without being too intrusive. Quality and taste of the Steak frites was exquisite. Steak was cooked to perfection. Creme brûlée is absolutely the best I have ever had. Fourth time there and is consistent with the best food and service.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a great experience to celebrate two birthdays. Really enjoyed the fondue, plan to visit again

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great experience as always. Great food and excellent service. We really appreciated the fact that Absinthe offers a bilingual service. We're Francophones and every time we visit Absinthe, the staff notice that else speak French and serve us in our preferred language, which is...a welcome touch. We also highly suggest that you indulge in the Absinthe ritual where they serve you a glass of Absinthe the traditional way. A great experience.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We are never disappointed at Absinthe. The food and service is consistently excellent. Prices are reasonable and our server Aymeric was very professional and knowledgeable. We are very lucky to have this restaurant in our neighborhood.

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is to die for. It is reasonably priced for a wonderful meal. The flavours are unbelievable and it’s unlike anything I could make at home. The staff is well educated on the menu and very friendly. They add to the experience and...help you feel comfortable and welcome. My boyfriend and I go here for our date nights and they never disappoint. We usually get the streak frites but last night we decided to get some drinks and the salmon, pate, and focaccia appetizer. They never disappoint.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Absinthe is a go-to place for steak frites. The steak was done perfectly and the frites were hand cut and delicious. Coupled with attentive but not intrusive service, it a very pleasant dining experience.

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

All four of us ordered the 3 course fondue. Amazing! Very generous portions, we could not finish the cheese fondue. The meat was incredibly tender, no fat to be seen The chocolate fondue was Devine. Extremely knowledgeable, friendly service, our water glasses were never empty....Special shout-out to our waiter Mitchell, his wine recommendations were spot on. Very clean, spacious restaurant, won’t be our last visit.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I chose Absinthe for a four person work dinner. It was a perfect Balance of easy-going and professional. The service was swift and friendly. The charred tomato soup was memorable and of course we had the steak frites. They stuck to the Covid rules without...being in your face about it, much appreciated.More

Date of visit: October 2021
Patrick G, Chef at Absinthe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your kind words, hope to see you again soon. Pat G

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Yes there are but the menu varies so it would be best to check their website
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Only service dogs.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Absinthe

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