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$$ - $$$French, European,
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
+1 613-761-1138
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  • Excellent64%
  • Very good26%
  • Average6%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“steak frites” (59 reviews)
“duck” (57 reviews)
“dessert sampler” (17 reviews)
Open Now
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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1 - 10 of 589 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

We went to celebrate a birthday and the staff couldn’t have been more welcoming. The service was great and the food is outstanding!

Thank Trek196928
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cosy, warm place with good vibe. Presentation excellent. Good wine selection and great cocktails. We enjoyed salad appetizer plus mushroom soup, followed by pasta (fresh, seasonal ingredients), duck (declared perfect) and house hamburger (always reliable and very tasty) Plenty of chilled, drinking water provided throughout...More

Thank 455kate
Reviewed 1 week ago

Interesting and well-executed menu, excellent (I'm so close to saying impeccable) service, good wine and cocktail list. I have added this place to my list of favourites.

Thank Nicolas B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Romantic food and wine journey, sommelier was knowledgeable and professional. Fun night, if ever in the area we will return

Thank Bruce B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great experience on their new street patio. The food was fantastic and they have an excellent beer selection. The Bleu Nuit should not be missed. The service made the dinner a fantastic night.

Thank David A
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really lovely experience last night at Absinthe. Great service (Laurie was fantastic!! Good luck the with vegan thing :) ) Tartar in particular was divine

Thank Callum S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Usually a go-to restaurant for steak-frites, a disappointing evening overall. The servers attire were generally untidy and they were slow and inattentive. We waited quite a while before being able to order a cocktail - so much time that we passed on it. The napkins...More

Thank SnowLeopard-290
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting Ottawa and found this restaurant on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed! Went for a special occasion. The staff were very attentive. Appeared when we wanted them and otherwise were watching from a distance. They just seemed to know when they were needed. The...More

Thank Sheila C
Reviewed August 10, 2018

I've been to this restaurant a few times in the last few years, and must say the food is always excellent and the service very good. Most recently we went on a Tuesday night with another couple visiting Ottawa. Wonderful cold carrot soup, excellent perfectly...More

Thank Equarelle
Reviewed August 4, 2018

I was expecting more. The family visited with our two adult sons. We had been a while ago for a birthday and were well impressed. A lot was exceptional, the aps, tuna, the cold soup, the quail all great. The duck was superb as was...More

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Julie A
September 30, 2017|
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Response from nolikewinter | Reviewed this property |
I hope not!! Why would you want to take a pet to a quality restaurant?.
Ian M
May 16, 2016|
Response from Redbirdie3142 | Reviewed this property |
I don't see them having a problem with kids
March 28, 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$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
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
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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