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$$ - $$$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%
Travellers talk about
“steak frites” (62 reviews)
“duck” (46 reviews)
“dessert sampler” (15 reviews)
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French, European, Canadian, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1208 Wellington St W, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
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11 - 20 of 530 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great service and amazing food, and conveniently located in the heart of Wellington West Village... easy to walk to.

Thank HealthwiseOttawa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice french-style bistro cuisine. Good menu items. Great hanger steak frites. Dependable, reasonable prices for food and wine. Busy but not too noisy. Good service. Highly recommended.

Thank RichardR33
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The staff were pleasant and attentive. We ordered the steak-frites and were not disappointed. The atmosphere is cozy even though it's one big room.

Thank 274lisettel
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am never disappointed here. We have been in a big group and as a couple and the food and ambience is always great and the staff very friendly but not intrusively so. I had the quail & oyster mushroom starter which was really flavourful,...More

Thank Mtlgal17
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Excellent in all ways. Flavorful soup and great advice on wine pairings. My friends had the duck which they tell me was perfectly prepared. Not a scrap left. All tables are good. They have the nice added service of taking your coats away so that...More

Thank BarreMP
Reviewed 14 January 2018 via mobile

Birthday dinner out with my wife. Great food, better service - recommend it highly. Pork cheeks pretty well melt in your mouth. Varied and interesting wine list.

Thank 409JimM409
Reviewed 11 January 2018

I came here for lunch, very satisfied! We had the rainbow trout niçoise. The service was great and atmosphere too. We chose to add a soup and creme brûlée for 6$, both portions were very very small but very good. You should go!

Thank laurencemz
Reviewed 5 January 2018

Their food is good but I found staff not caring enough to write down your reservation. I was extremely disappointed.

Thank Liz B
Reviewed 1 January 2018 via mobile

This restaurant has very friendly and helpful staff and we were pleased by the quality of the food we ordered. We enjoyed their NYE Tasting menu with wine pairing and were quite satisfied.

Thank FrancisP01
Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile

Absinthe is a cool place - nice atmosphere, exceptional service and creative food. The meal was tasty - a selection of vegetarian options including tomato soup, salads and ravioli. The steak was well cooked and the sides were delicious. The bartender was fantastic and creates...More

Thank Kylie M
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Questions & Answers
Julie A
30 September 2017|
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Response from Rhomar3 | Reviewed this property |
Pets aren’t allowed in any restaurant in Canada
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$32
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, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
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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