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Absinthe

1208 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
6137611138
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Ranked #38 of 2,159 restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: International, Bistro
Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

My boyfriend and I went to Absinthe for an anniversary dinner. The service and atmosphere are amazing! We both had the duck and we couldn't have been happier. Excellent food, service and drink selection. Made for an absolutely wonderful night!

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ottawa
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Absolutely fantastic restaurant! Great service, great atmosphere & most importantly great food! Will definitely be back.

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Ottawa, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Been here a few times, and it is consistently good every time. Chacuterie plate is playful and substantial, if you're not very hungry, you can probably get away with not having a main. Servers are bilingual and explained the menu clearly to help me decide, drinks are fun too. My go to place for special occasions and splurge.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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48 reviews 48 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Another excellent meal in Ottawa. Absinthe is an outstanding restaurant. Creative and top of the notch menu, extraordinarily helpful and competent staff, excellent service and food quality. Close to perfect.

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Ontario
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Casual dining, no need to dress which is great when you are travelling. The waiter "Michael" was excellent. The Absinthe salad with lemon thyme dressing was the best ever, wonderful dressing with tender greens. The beet salad was full of so many flavours that complimented one another. It was the best beet salad I have ever experienced. My husband had... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The service here is simply splendid and the food is varied and wonderful. We enjoyed a salad dressed in a light thyme vinaigrette with toasted pepitas. The duck had a great salty crust but the mini pot pie that accompanied it really had nothing to do with the plate. The asparagus soup met with rave reviews. Unfortunately the hamburger, while... More

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I loved the duck! it is delicious, medium-rare, cooked well :) all dishes on the menu are great, service is great.

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Ottawa
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64 reviews 64 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

the restaurant overall was ok - not what expected from a restaurant named as one of Ottawa's top 20. The menu was simple and had some appeal, though very difficult for a vegetarian. I would have expected at least one main to accommodate my needs. I asked for a "specially made salad" and fries and the kitchen did accommodate me,... More

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Kingston, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We had a wonderful meal at Absinthe. I would not have known of this place, if not for my friend who had been here on a previous trip. As we usually stay downtown when visiting Ottawa, the Byward Market is the default dining options. I was so glad we broke out of that mould! The food was fantastic, and it... More

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014 via mobile

Had an amazing dinner at absinthe tonight. Started with a cheese board followed by appetizers of mushroom soup and a beautiful dressed and plated beet salad with goat cheese and walnuts. Our main dishes were spectacular. For dessert we tried the Sampler which was a perfect dessert to share. Service was excellent. Wine pairings spot on. Decor could be improved... More

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