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1208 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
6137611138
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Ranked #60 of 2,214 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $50
Hours:
Mon - Tue 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wed - Sun 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: International, Bistro
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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
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

Went with my daughter to have lunch one December noon. Lots of Office Christmas Lunches, so the service was quite slow (understandable). Food was excellent. Portions were adequate. We had the 3 course lunch, with choice of duck and it was really fabulous. I will come back for sure.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We loved the cheese fondue, which tasted sooo good. We would've loved a mountain of bread with it, though, instead of having to order more bread 4 times!! The chocolate fondue was amazing, although some strawberries and more chirps would've been nice! We were not thrilled with the meat though .. Mixing raw & cooked meat on one plate wasn't... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

We went there for dinner in a big group of about 10 people. The service was average and they were patient with us when we were deciding on our food. I would recommend the fish or duck dish. I had a beet salad and it was fabulous. An explosion of taste in the mouth. A mixture of goat cheese, sweetness... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Had my second fantastic meal at Absinthe on Saturday. The first time I went I went I was very impressed with the whole experience, this time not so much. The food was still wonderful but the restaurant was let down by the surly waiter. He wasn't friendly, didn't take the time to explain our meals and generally had a 'couldn't... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I have been going here for years, it is usually quite good. Used to get the burger all the time, but it is a bit too difficult to eat now, it has three layers, like a big mac, but 5 times the size! (I have friends that love it). Steak frites is always a good choice. I feel like I... More 

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Kingston, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We visited Absinthe about 5 months ago, and had a wonderful time. We were so impressed that we had to come back and bring our daughter. I get a bit worried when you build up one's expectations so high that may be they cannot deliver. Well, that worry was needless. Again, the food was excellent. The tomato salad was a... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

This is one of those restaurants that never disappoints.... consistently great quality and flavour and I think it's because although they have the same basics on the menu, the chef manages to change up the selection of seasonal vegetables and sides, with a well-balanced spin of subtle seasoning - delicious. Never the same thing twice, which is perfect to draw... More 

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Ottawa
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74 reviews 74 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The service was friendly, attentive and discreet. Didn't feel over served or spied on. The tomato salad appetizer was a lovely surprise - well balanced flavour and a nice diversity of texture in the different tomatoes (kind of a soup/dressing - you will need a fork and a spoon). Steak Frites for the main. The steak was perfect, the frites... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Absinthe, I cannot say enough good things about this place! The servers (we had Partick tonight) also highly recommend Nosh (sorry if I spelled incorrectly). We've eaten there quite a bit and every time they recognize us, and the service is ALWAYS fantastic. On the menu they did not have fois terraine, which is amazing. I asked if I could... More 

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Ottawa, Ontario
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The soup of the day was a spicy corn and coriander - it was excellent. My main was steak frites, and both the steak and the frites along with the yellow and green beans were excellent. The seasoning on everything was done well, not over done, not under done. And the steak was tender, juicy and cooked to perfection. The... More 

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Additional Information about Absinthe

Address: 1208 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
Phone Number: 6137611138
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
Open Hours:
Sunday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:00 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
Cuisine: International, Bistro

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