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Absinthe Bistro

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1260 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
604-566-9053
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5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wed - Thu 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Absinthe Bistro offers modern and classic french cooking on Commercial...
Absinthe Bistro offers modern and classic french cooking on Commercial Drive
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Good for:
Dinner
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 87
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
What a little gem!!

This place carries a massive punch for such a great little gem of a restaurant. The service, food and atmosphere was fantastic. We had a wonderful evening, the service staff had great knowledge of each individual dish on the menu and made some great suggestions with drinks and wine to accompany the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 6, 2015
wrighthouse2
Good for:
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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106 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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  • Portuguese first
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English first
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

This place carries a massive punch for such a great little gem of a restaurant. The service, food and atmosphere was fantastic. We had a wonderful evening, the service staff had great knowledge of each individual dish on the menu and made some great suggestions with drinks and wine to accompany the meal. As for the food....words are not enough,... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I have been to Absinthe twice now and both times my husband and I were blown away by the food. The scallops are so fresh and tasty, and the duck confit is so moist and flavourful. We were in raptures about the salted caramel rice pudding and molten lava cake at the end of the meal. Our experience was made... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

You can't go wrong with this place. Excellent service with amazing food and refreshing menu. The service staff are amazingly friendly and warm. They took the time to greet us and make us feel welcomed as soon as we walked in. The menu is refreshingly simple. You have a choice of three appies, entrees and desserts. We each picked an... More 

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Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

...which only makes sense since I was left speechless several times during the evening. What did I say when i COULD speak? It seemed it was limited pretty much to "....omigawd..." Yes, it is that good. Yes, believe the hype. Yes, it is worthy of its "#1 for Vancouver" ranking here on Trip Advisor. Here is what I posted to... More 

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ireland
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

Received a gift voucher for this resturant as a present, and made a reservation for the new year - what an amazing meal! Safe to say, it was one of the best meals I have had. I had goats cheese to start, followed by the scallops and the lava cake to finish. Couldn't fault any of it. Hospitality by the... More 

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1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Took my beautiful girlfriend for the most amazing dinner we have had in a very long time. One can not go wrong with any item on the menu, Julianna and her husband put love and enthusiasm on a plate and it shines...I read a review stating the Creme Brule was amazing and words can't describe it....breathtaking! Thank You so much... More 

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Portland, Oregon
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

My sister and I had a girls trip planned up in BC and wanted a fancy restaurant to try for the first evening. Based on the reviews we decided to try Absinthe... And we are SO glad we did! We emailed in for a reservation but they didn't have an opening, so we called and were able to get in... More 

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Calgary, Canada
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 via mobile

I booked this restaurant after a quick google search of top restaurants in Vancouver (Absinthe, coincidentally, ranks #1 here on TripAdvisor). My wife and I made dinner reservations this December and we were not disappointed. In a nutshell, everything was perfect. We were told that Absinthe has been open for just over two years, so it was quite impressive that... More 

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

With a friend's recommendation we went to try this small restaurant. The decor is authentic Parisien and warm. My fiance and i ordered the sardine salad, scallops and the steak, with the rice pudding and lava cake as desserts. All of them are so good! Haven't had a meal for a long time which every dish is so AWESOME from... More 

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Toronto, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Every time I come back to Vancouver, this is one of the restaurants I will always go. It's a small restaurant but the food is amazing and very tasty. I love the scallops. The dessert is phenomenal. Highly recommend this French bistro.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1260 Commercial Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia V5L 3X4, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  British Columbia  >  Vancouver
  • Phone Number: 604-566-9053

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 35
  • Cuisine: French

Description

Absinthe Bistro offers modern and classic french cooking on Commercial Drive
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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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?