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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
+1 415-551-1590
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good41%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (29 reviews)
“pretzels” (16 reviews)
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French, Bar, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I used to live in Hayes Valley and this was one of my favorite places to eat and bring out of town guests. Now 17 years after I left SF and returned for a visit, I am so happy to see this restaurant still thriving...More

Thank jupiterman3000
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Everything here is great. I often eat here in the bar before the symphony. A hamburger and a perfect Manhatten.

Thank mwill210
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Absinthe has become a regular go-to for me now that I work in the area. It has a great bar, you can always get a reservation, the service is friendly and attentive, and the food is fresh and very well prepared. We are always greeted...More

Thank Maya002
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The waitress asked if we had a performance to attend and we did. The food came promptly and I was given my tasty requested off menu cocktail. The salmon with crisp potatoes on top was cooked to perfection. The mushroom side dish was dull. Nice...More

Thank KEB94133
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

twoo blocks from the from the symphony , one hour before the concert , good kitchen , kind people serving your table the restaurant is full of people , and the waiters run all over with knowlege and efficiency , but fantastic mood , 15...More

Thank Jorge W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a cut above the good surrounding bars and restaurants, albeit with prices of wines on the high side. We each had an outstanding burger following excellent cocktails . Good selection of desserts . Very friendly service and a good atmosphere.

Thank Adam h
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Pretty space. Nice waitstaff. Bread was very good. Cabernet by the glass was good. Caesar salad was very good. Soft pretzels under-delivered. Pasta and burgers were solidly OK. Nice place, maybe we ordered wrong, but it didn't live up to the hype.

Thank Joel S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great service and wonderful lunch. Everything had great and innovative flavors. Loved my Confit, the soup and the pasta. Good value and charming place.

Thank Winemaker95240
Reviewed 20 January 2018 via mobile

Famished after our drive to the city. Stopped by for a snack and a drink. Had the melted cheese in a iron pot with toast. Delicious. Good martini and wine. Nice bar and will go back for a real meal.

Thank Richard S
Reviewed 17 January 2018

We always make a stop at Absinthe before the ballet or symphony. The bar is very convenient to stop in and have soup,salad, cocktails and even caviar. It gets really crowded but the vibe is great and I always enjoy the time that I spend...More

Thank Maria O
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
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21 February 2017|
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Response from johnny_yeadon | Reviewed this property |
nope they are not! They're a medium/high end bar/restaurant with an extensive drinks/wine list, some reasonable wine prices and others off the freakin' chart expensive!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$40
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, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. - 12:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.
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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