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1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good25%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“steak frites” (56 reviews)
“duck” (41 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 14:00All hours
French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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1 - 10 of 476 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

It was a warm September evening, we wanted a delicious, and comfortable, dinner. Absinthe was perfect. A shorter, but perfectly rounded menu. A wine list of reasonably priced bottles. And knowledgeable servers. Sometimes you want an "easy" meal, but one with some complexity and great...More

Thank sjacobs069
Reviewed 1 week ago

Once again, we were not disappointed with the atmosphere, food and service at the Absinthe. The Burgers were declared the Best-Ever Eaten but the special fries were not a'hit'. The Bacon Wrapped Pork and th Vegetarian pasta were also successful. A nice touch was that...More

Thank nolikewinter
Reviewed 1 week ago

We loved the decor, menu and service at Absinthe. It is located in a neighborhood but is an easy taxi ride from the city centre. Food was outstanding -- fresh, inventive and plentiful. Service was excellent and attention was paid to a food allergy. As...More

Thank Ellensm
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary at Absinthe Cafe and loved it! We both stared with absinthe based cocktails that were excellent then hah the build our own tree course meal. I had the best tasting duck tartar I've ever tasted with a peppery...More

Thank Trent K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time to Absinthe. We and another couple were celebrating my husband's birthday. The dinner was excellent and my steak was cooked to perfection! Our server Hogan was amazing! his attention to detail, knowledge of the menu and overall warmth helped make...More

Thank Rhomar3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So many "finer dining" places are disappointing due to poor or boring food, extremely high prices, or so much noise it is impossible to converse. ABSINTHE is none of the above!! The menu is small so food is exciting and very good, the service is...More

Thank Gregor C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I love the ambiance in the restaurant, reminiscent of a French Bistro filled with locals enjoying each other's company. Aside from the great vibe, the amazing food made this an instant favourite for me. I loved their Mariposa Farm Duck Breast and dream of returning...More

Thank tnico2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The look is modern, the feel is relaxed. The food is the reason to go. The beet salad is a must. They really bring up the burger and fries to a new level. I would return and bring friends.

Thank Carolle C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I and friends have been to this great restaurant a number of times during the last 5 years (wedding anniversaries, special occasions and just for a good meal!) and have always been impressed with the food and the service.

Thank Ron D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The service was amazing, our waiter was very attentive. Food was fabulous! Atmosphere was a bit noisy.

Thank Cheryl C
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Questions & Answers
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
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$24
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
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
17:30 - 23:00
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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