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Absinthe

#53 of 2,288 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
International, Bistro
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1208 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
6137611138
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5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 105
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The place for steak/frites!

Excellent lunch, great atmosphere, and super service. The steak was excellent, fries crispy and salad yum!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 27, 2015
Mylenezb
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Ottawa, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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192 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 NEW

Excellent lunch, great atmosphere, and super service. The steak was excellent, fries crispy and salad yum!

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Gatineau, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

We went to this restaurant on a Saturday evening. The food is very good and tasty. The service is excellent and the staff very pleasant. The only negative thing I would mention is that it is very noisy!! Very hard to have a conversation with my husband. So if you want a quiel romantic dinner, go elsewhere!

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Ottawa, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Very good food with excellent service from Manuel. Every dish was delicious, complemented by recommended wine pairings.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

First visit...the service, the atmosphere, the food, the wine... Everything was gorgeous. We transformed our meal with the wine pairing for 33$ and it was worth it. Will come again and will try the fondue next fall!

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

Great food and excellent service. The price is on high-end of the range, but it worth it. Definitely will go back again.

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Ottawa, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

With my son craving beef and Absinthe's reputation for, among other things, steak frites it seemed like the place to go. We skipped appetizers and went straight to the mains. The pre-dinner bread was love at first bite for my son who gobbled it down. His steak was cooked nicely but didn't find the preparation/cut to his taste (hanger steak).... More 

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Ottawa, Ont
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Very tasty food with little evidence of processed food. Friendly, prompt and nice staff. A little pricey, but worth it and I shall be back for a third time soon.

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Gatineau
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42 reviews 42 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Went to Absinthe for a night out with my wife. We had reservations for 8pm on a Friday - the place was packed. We only waited a couple of minutes for our table which was great. We started with the beet salad - weren't crazy about it because it was "all over the place" in terms of flavours: sweet nuts,... More 

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5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

First and foremost the service was awesome. Patrick (Pat) was so attuned to our party of fourteen and went above and beyond to make us feel welcome yet relaxed. Many of us had the three course that was a great value and allowed us to taste so many eclectic flavours. The mushroom soup was unanimously the favourite, followed by the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Had a wonderful meal with wonderful friends. The pork, duck, snapper and the dessert sampler are fantastic. Will be going again for sure.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1208 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Ottawa
  • Phone Number: 6137611138

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
  • Cuisine: International, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Doing business, Entertaining clients
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

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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?