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Absinthe Brasserie & Bar

) #137 of 4,539 Restaurants in San Francisco $$ - $$$ French, , European
398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
+1 415-551-1590
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good46%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (27 reviews)
“pretzels” (16 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 23:00All hours
French, Bar, European, American, Contemporary, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
398 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102-4421
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11 - 20 of 426 reviews

Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Ate here twice for brunch on Saturday before ballet. Get there at 11:30-11:45 with a reservation. Order classic Bloody Mary, fruit scones or cinnamon bun, dungess crab scramble or French toast, and super coffee.

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 8 March 2017

All three of us had the coq au vin, which was tasty but heavy. You need to like that strong taste, rather than a delicate chicken flavour. Service was very fast – they really seem to want you in and out to get the next...More

Thank Jayellbee
Reviewed 1 March 2017

In a place like this one cannot escape an absinthe cocktail. Strong and straight. The menu has interesting dishes and traditional ones like a burger with gorgonzola and mushrooms as extras. Farmers market salad is a good compensation for that burger if you share!

Thank Aalbersberg
Reviewed 28 February 2017 via mobile

Met a friend of mine who is a regular at Absinthe for a few drinks before head to the airport. We had a lovely time. The restaurant/bar is dimly lit and was certainly very busy when we were there (around 6pm). We just had snacks...More

Thank Chris H
Reviewed 28 February 2017

If you are going to the symphony or opera this is The Place. The drinks are so amazing. The ambiance and food are great. Super sweet and wonderful. Love it. Very romantic and upscale. Super good. Class act to the max.

Thank Eisa B
Reviewed 28 February 2017

While exploring Hayes Valley, I stumbled upon this cute spot. I was thirsty for a delicious beverage and some delicious bites. I sat at the bar since I was traveling solo. The bartenders were really friendly and attentive. I had a lot of fun watching...More

Thank Nicki W
Reviewed 23 February 2017

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....More

1  Thank LinKo254
Reviewed 19 February 2017

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...More

Thank RJMor
Reviewed 15 February 2017 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...More

Thank Aleguarino2007
Reviewed 3 February 2017

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

Thank Gymbunni63
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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Are you BYO? Thanks
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, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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