We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
+1 415-551-1590
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent47%
  • Very good41%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (31 reviews)
“pretzels” (17 reviews)
“onion soup” (18 reviews)
Open Now
French, Bar, European, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (505)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 466 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago

Good for dinner or drinks and apps with friends. The pretzel bites were delicious and my personal favorite, the french onion soup was loaded with croutons and baked on cheese.

Thank Suzi K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was a great dinner , we started with a dozen oyster and for the entree we had octopus and ribeye. The oyster was so good so fresh. The octopus was so tender and light. I love it. The steak was great too. The server...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Average, boring, so so. Its not bad but it is not really stellar either and San Francisco has stellar restaurants. Much better places to eat nearby. Again not bad but not great either.

Thank belliesq
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Artisinal tincture cocktails? Check. Moules frites? Check. Roasted chicken with root veggies? Check. Delicious? Check.

Thank briankulaf
Reviewed 11 March 2018

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 4 March 2018

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

Thank mwill210
Reviewed 3 March 2018

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 1 March 2018

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 27 February 2018

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 26 February 2018 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
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
Nearby HotelsSee all 230 hotels in San Francisco
Days Inn San Francisco Downtown/Civic Center Area
771 reviews
.12 km away
Inn at the Opera
772 reviews
.22 km away
Edwardian San Francisco Hotel
366 reviews
.41 km away
Vantaggio Suites Jefferson Square
12 reviews
.49 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Blue Bottle Cafe
165 reviews
.06 km away
Papito Hayes
89 reviews
.05 km away
Monsieur Benjamin
193 reviews
.05 km away
Nearby Attractions
San Francisco Symphony
231 reviews
.24 km away
San Francisco Opera
298 reviews
.28 km away
SFJazz Center
60 reviews
.16 km away
Louise M. Davies Symphony Hall
88 reviews
.26 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
21 February 2017|
AnswerShow all 7 answers
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!!
Improve this listing

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
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene
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
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing