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Absinthe

#24 of 2,310 Restaurants in Ottawa
Certificate of Excellence
$$$
French, International
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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, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 154
    Excellent
  • 72
    Very good
  • 26
    Average
  • 13
    Poor
  • 3
    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
Above and beyond customer service

We were a group of 4 people from Toronto. We drove to Ottawa for the Winterlude and took the opportunity to visit the restaurant. We were unaware that some dishes changes according to the day and it turns out that what we went there for wasn't available for that day! We talked with the staff and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Michel M
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We were a group of 4 people from Toronto. We drove to Ottawa for the Winterlude and took the opportunity to visit the restaurant. We were unaware that some dishes changes according to the day and it turns out that what we went there for wasn't available for that day! We talked with the staff and they were very considerate... More 

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1 Thank Michel M
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went from Toronto to Ottawa on the weekend to skate on the Rideau canal and to eat meat fondue which is so hard to find in Toronto. So we searched on google a fondue place in Ottawa and made a reservation at Absinthe for Saturday night. Unfortunately the canal was closed and later we found out that the fondue... More 

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2 Thank Mariana F
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I ordered the steak frites and my husband had the chicken AMAZING! Our waiter was very knowledgable and recommended wines that complimented the meal perfectly. We will continue to go this fantastic restaurant

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1 Thank fraserw00d
Ottawa, Canada
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19 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been many times, This last time, was let down by the dishes that previously I had enjoyed. Beet salad was quite bland, and just and average plate you could make at home. Had trouble choosing a main, as everything seemed pretty boring, all four of us got different dishes, and shared. All of the main courses were average at... More 

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Thank Bob A
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This meal was just that — fine. It was well executed and presented, but I felt like I was ordering off an 8 year old menu: chicken, steak frites, beer and goat cheese salad, duck Brest with mushrooms. It's what my husband and I call a "take your parents to dinner" restaurant — the food won't be bad, but it... More 

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Thank Nowmeaghan
Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for a birthday lunch - food and service excellent. Very generous portions. Coq au vin superb. We'll be back.

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Thank DorothyD70
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were three ladies celebrating our friendship and an upcoming trip. I can't think of a better restaurant in which to celebrate than Absinthe. The food was perfectly prepared -- no salt or pepper on the tables because the seasonings were already just right -- and the service was unobtrusive and efficient. Two of us chose the absinthe sampler, which... More 

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Thank Katherine W
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The server was terrific. Atmosphere was quiet, clean and inviting. The food was delicious and presented in a very appetizing way. I will definitely go back and recommend this restaurant to co-workers and friends. Thank you for a lovely evening.

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Thank Rosalind R
Ottawa, Canada
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last night my family and some friends celebrated my husband's birthday with dinner at Absinthe. I had done some serious research as to which Ottawa restaurant would be suitable for such an occasion and Absinthe certainly fitted the bill beautifully. A warm welcome, incredibly efficient service and delicious food. What more could we have asked for? We had brought our... More 

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Thank anp901
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our friend was visiting from BC so we wanted a nice, but casual place for lunch. My husband wanted to go to Absinthe because he thinks their "benevolent burger" is the best one in the city!! It's gigantic (2 paddies) and comes with their great fries. I enjoyed the swordfish brochette and my friend also liked the coq au vin.... 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: French, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?