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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Hayes Valley
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398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421 (Gough)
+1 415-551-1590
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
Closed now
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Sun 17:00 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 23:00
Thu - Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
Sat 17:00 - 00:00
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Santa Clarita, California
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The hostess at the reception desk ignored us when we told her our reservation time. Then the host told us to move out of the way to let the servers through. Very unwelcoming. Cocktails were good but martini olives had pits. Very expensive wine list. Coke farm salad and onion soup were very tasty. The monkfish wrapped in bacon and... More 

Thank LinKo254
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21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We first went to Absinthe about 10 years ago. The food was not that good (mine was lousy, my husband's OK), and the service poor. We didn't go back for a few years but then friends wanted to go. That time the food and service were very good. We went back a few months later, again good, and then a... More 

Thank RJMor
Sao Paulo, SP
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wanted to have a later dinner on Saturday night after a piano duelo bar and asked some restaurants tips for a local friend. Absinthe was one of them and we went for it. The restaurant was close - it was 10:30 pm and we had just the bar menu option (very restrict options). I was supposed to really eat... More 

Thank Aleguarino2007
San Francisco, California
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61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Classic French style bistro with some American twist. The food is good but the cocktails are awesome.

Thank Gymbunni63
Petaluma, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I loved it and would recommend it! Tasty food and refreshing cocktails, great service, quiet, yet not too quiet

Thank klennier
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63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Short walk to SF Jazz venue performances. Tables near jumping, locally active, bar scene are deafening making so-called "fine dining" an impossibility. Onion soup terrific and featured Petaluma raised duck over wild rice very tasty albeit a small serving for huge price. Huge wine list is rediculous with virtually all selectons above $200/bottle up to $5,000. Few, local, California wines... More 

Thank Jerry C
Boca raton
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

I went with my family for drinks after a City Hall wedding. The staff was friendly, drinks were great and we had a fantastic time. Will go again next time I am in the city!

Thank marjoriem750
Toronto, Canada
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90 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

This establishment has been reviewed often and well by our fellow travellers. We concur with the assessment that the food and service is generally good but the noise level is deafening. Management should consider getting some professional advice on noise abatement. Some textiles on the tables and walls might help. The food... was very good. The beet salad and the... More 

Thank Adrian S
Los Angeles, California
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163 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

My friend and I had a nice meal a few nights ago at Absinthe but to be honest it was nice but certainly not great. The steak and duck were nicely plated and flavorful but hardly memorable given the price. Our team of servers were unusually friendly but did not seem to respond to my comment that the steak and... More 

Thank Joepure
Huntsville, Alabama
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270 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Our research into the better restaurants a short walk from the Orpheum Theater paid off. Everything was great, from the greeting and service, creative cocktails (some with absinthe), appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. All the dishes were creative with very tasty ingredients. For appetizers, one example is the CAULIFLOWER SOUP with roasted grapes, pomegranate, brown butter croutons, and micro arugula.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
French, Bar, European, American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
17:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Hayes Valley
  • Neighbourhood: Hayes Valley
  • Phone Number: +1 415-551-1590

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Hayes Valley
Chock full of designer boutiques, art galleries, funky shoe stores, and great restaurants, it’s hard to imagine Hayes Valley once languished in the shadow of a major freeway. Its removal allowed for the creation of an attractive boulevard on Octavia Street with a community park at its center and dozens of trendy businesses to satisfy visitors looking for a stylish respite.
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