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Absinthe

#65 of 2,251 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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Today
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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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, Reservations, Late Night
Good for:
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 94
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 20
    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
Most recent review
Dinner a disappointment

Granted that we had a large group but...the server was bordering on rudeness. Have you ever had someone say to you "good job" when clearing a plate? I had the burger..over cooked, so big I had to use a knife and fork,greasy bun, salad had a weird dressing. My partner had the highly recommended... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
Alexa R
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Ottawa, Canada
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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176 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Granted that we had a large group but...the server was bordering on rudeness. Have you ever had someone say to you "good job" when clearing a plate? I had the burger..over cooked, so big I had to use a knife and fork,greasy bun, salad had a weird dressing. My partner had the highly recommended duck. It was way undercooked. Another... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

This was my husband and I second time having dinner at Absinthe...and again they delivered perfection! I had the Beet Salad...incredible and my husband had the Quail...his words I believer were "WOW"...we both had the Mushroom soup and believe me when I say this was no Campbells!!! I had the massive burger with bacon and mushroom poutine..to die for! I... More 

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Kennebunk, Maine
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

I took my family for dinner yesterday and it was absolutely fabulous. We had been there a few times and liked it but last night was better than we'eve had anywhere in Ottawa. The choice of wines is excellent and reasonable. the service is great. One little thing: I called at 5.30 to change the reservation from 7 to 8... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Enjoyable dinner once again at Absinthe. The steak frites were great and the burgers were tasty if a bit massive! The tuna tataki was a highlight with an interesting combination of flavours on the plate. The service was friendly and attentive. Will return.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My wife and I have been to Absinthe a half-dozen times now, and it has quickly become our favorite restaurant in the city. The atmosphere is great the food is excellent, but it's the wine pairings above all that keep us coming back. The Sommelier is second to none. If you haven't been already, it's definitely worth your time to... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

I went here with friends for lunch, it was my first time at Absinthe. The waitress was wonderful, very attentive and helpful. The burger, salad and fries I had was terrific, just the right size (I opted for one patty versus two). My friends really enjoyed the Nicoci (sp?) and the other had the lamb. The white wine I had... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I've been to absinthe a few times and have consistently enjoyed the food. Last time I visited, this past December, the butternut squash soup was delicious; it was part of a table d'hote that was well thought out as each dish complimented each other. I had a beef stew that was delicious, and the dessert creme brule was the perfect... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Since we're busy on Valentine's we decided to hold Feb 14th in January at Absinthe. We elected to go with the wine pairings and 3 course meal. From the quail, ceviche starters, to the soup and salad mids, to the roasted pork and duck mains ... excellent we loved it. We finished off with a dessert sample and a flight... More 

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Ottawa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

We went for lunch on a Monday, and the daylight revealed that the decor is getting a bit tired (for example, there were a number of obvious scratches on our table). The food was good, but not exceptional, and the wine was expensive ($12 a glass for white wine) and only ok.

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015

Absinthe review Terribly inconsistent On Sunday, we celebrated a milestone birthday at Absinthe. The food was inconsistent and overall a disappointment given the cost. Three of us wanted their signature steak frites, but by the time we arrived at 6:45 it has sold out. My quail appetizer was dry and if it was stuffed with foie gras it was negligible.... More 

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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: Doing business, Special occasions, 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?