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) #6 of 2,230 Restaurants in Ottawa $$$$ French, European,
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” (39 reviews)
Open Now
17:30 - 22:00All hours
French, European, Canadian, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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1 - 10 of 448 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago

The restaurant is well decorated and comfortable. You also have a lot of personal space around you. The menu is small but filled with a lot of tasty dishes. We had a three-course meal with pairing and it was really delicious. Very friendly staff made...More

1  Thank RuMark
Reviewed 1 week ago

Absinthe was a nice discovery and exactly what I needed. I started with an absinthe based cocktail which was sooo refreshing. Then, I had the Tuna Leche de Tigre Ceviche, which was very fresh and tasty - I could have licked my plate. Of course,...More

1  Thank nfortin_coach
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My restaurants in Wellington Village. Been three times for lunch and could not resist the deconstructed salad and a bottle of Gruner Veltliner. The staff recognized me immediately after the first visit with a friendly welcome. They are cheerful and committed to making the meal...More

1  Thank akps_ott
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A very nice local restaurant with food that is always a pleasure and staff that are knowledgeable and helpful.

1  Thank Michael F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was the oldest entry in our "restaurants to try" list, for over a year now! Well, it was worth the wait - what a wonderful experience! We went for the special "dinner for two" menu, and weren't disappointed. The food was great, the presentation...More

1  Thank Maria P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visit Ottawa regularly and always stop by when I'm in town. I've been to a ton of restaurants in a bunch of cities, but few are as consistently excellent as Absinthe - food to service to ambiance. Went with my family this time and...More

1  Thank FoodDudeDad
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had a lovely long lunch with an old friend, we both had the set menu, which was perfect - great flavours and just the right amount for lunch! Service was attentive but not intrusive, and we were able to linger and talk, not rushed at...More

1  Thank OttawaFootloose
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff great you warmly when you arrive and are attentive throughout, bringing cold water and warm bread to accompany your meal. They are knowledgeable about the food they serve and the beverages that are suitable to accompany it. Their steak frites is a specialty...More

1  Thank SJ M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I made a reservation for two at Absinthe to take a friend out for her birthday dinner. First off, I always check menu's before I go somewhere, and I noticed that their menu said OUR MENU CHANGES REGULARLY. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE MENU ONLY. The...More

1  Thank SauceGirl
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful place to pass a rainy evening with great food and wine and attentive service. As this was a special anniversary evening, we not only both ordered the starter, soup, main course and dessert but we also both went for the wine pairings for...More

1  Thank Gord B
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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
Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
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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