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Absinthe

#3 of 2,200 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
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1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
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Today
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 17:30 - 22:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Wed - Sun 17:30 - 23:00
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47 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Three of my friends took me for lunch at Absinthe on a Monday which was not very busy in the restaurant. The waitress was amazing. She brought 4 or 5 different wines for us to sample before we each chose our wine. Two of us have the Nicoise and two the beef Stroganoff. The presentations were appetizing and flavours very... More 

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Thank Zaiga B
Montreal, Canada
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I really like the beef tartare and the chocolate fondant. The waitresses were very attentive and friendly. We enjoyed our experience.

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Thank 4c0ugar
Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my second visit to Absinthe. Food was delicious. Nice ambience and great service. I didn't try the Absinthe but one of my friends did. Excellent experience but my friends are always the best part.

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Thank Andrea18182014
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had the pleasure of tasting Absinthe's mushroom soup at a fundraiser for the Ottawa Food Bank earlier this year, and decided we would try a full meal for our anniversary. Incredible! The service was above and beyond, and the atmosphere was really cool!! Loved every moment and I can't wait to go back!!

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Thank LBREF
Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lunch here was wonderful. Great timely service, delicious salad, perfect seating near the window. Great value for such a lovely experience.

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Thank linda_street
Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Delicious food. We had the beef bourguignon and cheese pasta followed by a sampling dessert of four different items. All excellent, though very rich. The two-person menu looked the most appealing. Our only issue: everything took far too long, including getting to our seats. We stood at the front for five minutes as the hostess deliberated with others and found... More 

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Thank ShazPopsMcNeedleson
Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent food, service and ambiance with generous portions. I would definitely return. The only concern (if any) is that the menu is limited. I'm not sure how often it's updated.

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Thank HonestReviewsOnly11
Canada
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35 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious food and excellent, attentive service perfect for a special occasion. Chose the three course with wine pairing which we really enjoyed. The portions were not tiny either. I was stuffed. Nice atmosphere. Try the absinthe margarita. Yum!

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Thank GriffindorOtt
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Great establishment. The atmosphere was nice, if a bit bland, but the music was nice. The staff was great, very attentive, pleasant and helpful. And the food was delicious with a simple, well focused menu. Only complaint was that it may have been slightly overpriced, but still an all around good experience and I would go back again.

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Thank Meaghan P
Ottawa, Canada
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a restaurant we keep coming back to. Menu is always great and staff are friendly and knowledgeable. We like the Canadian theme to many of the dishes. Also love that they manage to balance the flavours. I had the beet salad and one of the beets was smoked - you could really taste the beet, the smoke and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$4 - US$21
Cuisine
French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
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, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
17:30 - 23:00
Monday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:00
17:30 - 23:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?