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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
11:30 - 00:00
Open now
All hours
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 00:00
Thu 10:30 - 00:00
Fri 11:30 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 11:00 - 15:00
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106 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Average dining, and very average service. atmosphere was nice though, warm and cosy. bar was bustling, seems the drinks are good. I only had one and I can confirm it was well done. Disappointed with the service, not very professional, waitress interrupting us in the middle of a conversation, not very friendly. Food average, not anything special. So if you... More 

Thank AlexTedje2017
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The French style brasserie is what a brasserie should look like. Based on the reviews at tripadvisor, I expected the food to be good, but felt it was only average. The service was not very friendly, and not attentive at all. No service with a smile.

Thank Tve2012
Athens, Greece
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was terrific (the burger is incredible & so was the oysters and pretzel bites ... oh and so was the grilled octopus), the absinthe (straight-up x3) was delicious and the company and atmosphere was unbelievable! Definitely will go here again...

Thank BFamily20152015
Minden, Nevada
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Absinthe is always on point! The food is outstanding and perfectly prepared every time. My favorite is the Duck Confit Ragout on crispy potato cakes with a perfect Bernaise sauce. The cheese platter is so delicious. The Ricotta-stuffed French toast is always a hit with my children. The service is friendly and efficient. The Croque Monsieur is yummy too.

Thank JennCarnes
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Visited a few years ago. This place was recommended by a server at another restaurant. Big portions, yummy food, desserts and drinks. A lively atmosphere with quality service. This restaurant understands how to offer a great restaurant experience. This is a fun place to enjoy a quality meal.

Thank Ed T
Birmingham, Alabama
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96 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After a wedding at the San Francisco Courthouse, we were looking for a place to celebrate and we found it! Walking distance from the courthouse, this was a wonderful restaurant with great options for a light meal or more. Both the Absinthe drinks we tried were delicious and the food was just what we were looking for. The menu was... More 

Thank BlueDiver3231
Marin County, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was a speaker at a small dinner meeting in a side room for such affairs. Great location, excellent service and food. I look forward to going back to the main restaurant.

Thank Robert S
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

We went because I was craving french onion soup, and it didn't disappoint... very nice low lighting , and the service was good and efficient, nice intimate bar, not noisy...good bistro food in elegant surroundings

Thank Kristin S
SF Bay Area
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

I hadn't been to Absinthe in years. In the early days of this place we would meet friends here for cocktails. It seems like it was way before or certainly in the very early onset of the craft cocktail movement. We were walk ins and a party of three, so we did not receive the best table or service, but... More 

Thank ckslye
Oakland, California
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440 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A classic bistro with a lot of classic dishes. Food is always good. Very elegant bar and elegant surroundings suitable for a night on the town, with high prices to match. Service just OK.

Thank Thomas V

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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, American, Bar, European, Contemporary, Pub, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
10:30 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
11:00 - 15:00
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • 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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