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Absinthe

1208 Wellington St., Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 2Z7, Canada
6137611138
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Ranked #50 of 2,160 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
Restaurant details
Good for: Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Ontario
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Ottawa, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

I love Absinthe! To the point where the staff know us, and give us a hug if we come in. They are very friendly, huge foodies and love to talk about food! All the serves are passionate about what is being cooked and tell you every detail about the food (which is really nice!) The food, is amazing. Everything is... More

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Ottawa, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014

As someone who dines out in an eclectic array of cuisines, Id like to say that I have an educated opinion with regards to what a restaurant should offer, based upon their reputation, menu, website, etc otherwise it feels like false advertising and you can end up wasting your time. This place was less than adequate. We felt as though... More

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Absinthe_Manager, General Manager at Absinthe, responded to this review

It is very difficult to respond to a review when there are no specific complaints that I could act on. The one thing I will say is that the reviewer is perhaps the first person to complain about portion sizes. The reviewer initially attached an image to this review that was not from our restaurant, and the image was removed... More

Brockville, Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Saturday evening, our group of 4 attended Absinthe for the first time. We had booked reservations for seats as soon as they opened on Saturday (5:30pm), with the considerations that we had 7:30 pm prepaid tickets for a show elsewhere in the city. Their online reservations claim to take this into consideration with their seating and service, to work with... More

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Absinthe_Manager, General Manager at Absinthe, responded to this review

Hi Jeff, We made mistakes that night. You did everything right, letting us know on your reservation when you needed to be gone. We did not follow our own procedures for ensuring we served your meal in a timely way to get you to your event in an unhurried fashion. Our first mistake was being short-staffed that evening unexpectedly. Which... More

Ottawa
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

This was on my radar for a bit. Ended up going for my birthday dinner and it was amazing. I loved the local beers (from Beyond the Pale, a couple blocks over) and the carpaccio was excellent. Service was fantastic too. Was greeted with a welcome drink on the house which was a nice touch. They make ice cream in... More

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